BC Liberals remove Darryl Plecas from party after he takes role as

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s Liberal party has kicked out one of its caucus members for taking the role of Speaker in the NDP minority government.Darryl Plecas, MLA for Abbotsford South, took the Speaker position Friday to the surprise of his party.By taking the role, Plecas gave the New Democrats more breathing room in the legislature where they hold a razor-thin minority, with a one-seat majority with the support of Green party member votes.Liberal party president Sharon White said Plecas had broken his trust with constituents and the party by taking the position after having repeatedly promised that he would not do so.“None of us are happy about these events,” White said in the news release Saturday. “As BC Liberals, we pride ourselves on working hard together, sticking together when times get tough, and having respectful debates within a strong, united party.”The party said the Abbotsford South riding association requested to revoke Plecas’s membership to the party hours after he was acclaimed. The executive approved the request Saturday.White said revoking his party membership was “the strongest action available to us.”Plecas was first elected to the B.C. legislature in 2013.Interim Liberal Leader Rich Coleman said Friday that Plecas betrayed his own party and effectively joined the NDP by accepting the Speaker’s post.“The caucus had agreed and everyone had committed, including Mr. Plecas, to not run for Speaker, so to change your mind and not inform me when you change your mind until after the fact, I would still think that’s a betrayal,” Coleman said.But Premier John Horgan called Plecas’s decision to take the post “an honourable thing.”“I’m very pleased not just for the stability it brings to this legislative session, but for the symbol it sends to British Columbians that New Democrats, Greens and a Liberal have demonstrated that we can work together on the things that matter to people,” he said following the speech from the throne Friday.Green leader Andrew Weaver said the Liberals reacted poorly to Plecas’s decision when they should have congratulated him on stepping forward.“I thought the Liberals did themselves a lot of damage in the public eye today based on their almost, ‘pick up my baseball bat and go home kind of approach,’” he said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had the incorrect first name of the B.C. Liberal party president.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement All past seasons of RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE and RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE ALL STARS will be available on Crave and OUTtv.Produced by World of Wonder, RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE has become a world-wide movement since its premiere in 2009. After 11 Seasons and more than 100 competitors, the series has garnered nine-Emmy Awards; critical praise; a legion of fans including mega-celebrities from Katy Perry to Anne Hathaway to HenryRollins; and a world-renowned drag and pop culture convention, RuPaul’s DragCon, in Los Angeles and New York City .Now, DRAG RACE is sashaying to the North and producers are on the look-out for the country’s most sick’ning artists to slay the competition, and be crowned Canada’s first Drag Superstar. Produced by Blue Ant Studios, DRAG RACE CANADA combines elements of the classic fan-favourite, with a healthy serving of Canadian maple shade, and likely, some Canadian bacon. Casting begins this summer on the 10-episode, one-hour original series, with production to begin this fall in Ontario. The DRAG RACE CANADA host and judges will be announced at a later date.“As Canada’s only homegrown major streaming service, Crave strives to represent all Canadians and we are thrilled to shine a spotlight on the Canadian drag community and their contribution to LGBTQ2+ culture,” said Justin Stockman, Vice-President, Premium SVOD and OTT, Bell Media. “This is an important franchise that has brought drag from niche to mainstream, and we can’t wait to extend the DRAG RACE runway all the way into Canada. Through our partnership with Brad Danks at OUTtv and World of Wonder, along with a passionate and growing Canadian fan base, the time is right to lip-sync for our lives, and crown Canada’s first drag superstar.”“RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE has brought charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent to OUTtv for almost 10 years,” said Brad Danks, CEO OUTtv Network.  “We are thrilled to partner with Crave and World of Wonder to give Canadian drag artists the chance to compete for the crown on DRAG RACE CANADA and bring future seasons, including RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE UK, to OUTtv and Crave.”“Canadian drag is world class and we could not be more excited to bring these artists and their stories to Crave,” said Sam Sniderman, EVP Global Productions, Blue Ant Studios. “We are thrilled to be working with WOW on this legendary and game-changing global format.”“We are excited to be working with Crave and OUTtv to grow the drag experience for Canadian audiences, and shine the spotlight on Canadian queens,” said Executive Producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, World of Wonder.In association with Crave, DRAG RACE CANADA is produced by Blue Ant Studios. World of Wonder’s Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, and Tom Campbell serve as Executive Producers. RuPaul serves as Executive Producer. Executive producers for Blue Ant Studios include Betty Orr, Michael Kot and Laura Michalchyshyn with Mike Bickerton acting as Showrunner. Robin Johnston is Director, Original Production, Factual, Bell Media. Production Executive for Bell Media is Danielle Pearson. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Justin Stockman is Vice-President, SVOD and OTT, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media. TORONTO – O Canada! As Pride Month winds down, and Canada Day approaches, Canadians have another reason to celebrate this weekend as Crave and OUTtv announced today an unprecedented partnership that extends the reach of international television phenomenon, RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE in Canada. This partnership includes the new Crave Original Series, DRAG RACE CANADA, the first-ever Canadian adaptation of the show.“I am proud to announce that the Drag Race family is expanding as Crave is about to begin production on DRAG RACE CANADA,” said RuPaul. “The panel and judges will be from the Great White North, representing Canada’s very best. This new franchise has my whole-hearted blessing. Good luck…and don’t puck it up!”Crave and OUTtv are set to become the leading Canadian broadcast and streaming homes of:Future seasons of RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE, airing day and date with the U.S. broadcastThe all-new series RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE UK, available day and date with BBC ThreeThe all-new Crave Original Series, DRAG RACE CANADA Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Ban underscores urgent need to address humanitarian needs in Zimbabwe

4 December 2008The United Nations and its relief partners must respond quickly to address the humanitarian needs of Zimbabweans and prevent the cholera epidemic from spreading, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in a telephone conversation with South African President Kgalama Motlanthe. During this morning’s conversation, they also discussed the political situation in Zimbabwe and the mediation by the South African Development Community (SADC) in the power-sharing talks between President Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai, who heads the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).A power-sharing deal on the formation of a new government was reached on 15 September with the help of regional leaders, but outstanding issues remain, jeopardizing the deal’s implementation.Meanwhile, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) today pledged its continued support to Zimbabweans, with the number of suspected cholera cases in Zimbabwe having grown to nearly 13,000 and 570 deaths reported since August.The agency heads the group of heath providers who are responding to the outbreak as well as the country’s wider health challenges.Zimbabwe has appealed for $1.5 million each month to address the cholera problem, get health workers to return to their posts and provide medical supplies. Over $4 million worth of chemicals are also needed to ensure the safety of the country’s water supply.Kits capable of treating 800 severe and more than 3,000 moderate cases of diarrhoea have arrived in Zimbabwe, where 9 out of its 10 provinces have been affected by the cholera outbreak, which has also spilled over into neighbouring South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) yesterday announced that it is stepping up its help for Zimbabwe’s swelling population of children in need, outlining a four-month response plan to deal with the Southern African country’s multiple crises, including a deadly cholera outbreak, the closure of many hospitals and the collapse of the education sector.The 120-day plan yesterday in the capital Harare, and the agency warned that women and children are bearing the brunt of the humanitarian suffering engulfing Zimbabwe, where the economy is largely shattered and severe food shortages have become standard.“Schools and hospitals are closing, while teachers, nurses and doctors are not reporting for duty,” UNICEF acting country representative Roeland Monasch said. “It is UNICEF’s top priority to ensure that Zimbabwe’s children get vital life-saving interventions at this critical time.” read more

Government against all forms of trafficking

“The first government shelter for victims of human trafficking in Sri Lanka was opened in December 2012 in collaboration with the IOM. The provision of a shelter for victims of trafficking will ensure that identified victims are provided safe shelter and are also referred for necessary services, including medical, psychological and legal assistance and that the re-victimization of victims is prevented,” the government said.The government said that States have a responsibility to protect against human rights abuses including trafficking in persons and exploitation of persons by third parties, including business enterprises and criminal association through appropriate policies, regulation and adjudication.  (Colombo Gazette) Having ratified the UN Convention against the Transnational Organized Crime and signed the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, the Government enacted the Penal Code (Amendment) Act No 16 of 2006, which introduced legislation in line with these instruments and which applies to multiples offences committed in whole or partly in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is working in collaboration with the IOM and ILO to provide specialized training for government officials in identifying victims of trafficking and in other preventive measures. The Government says it adopts a zero tolerance policy towards all forms of human trafficking and endeavours to address this phenomenon through prevention, protection, prosecution and punishment, and promotion of international cooperation, in line with the UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons.Sri Lanka informed the UN Human Rights Council at its ongoing 23rd session that it has enacted legislation to make trafficking a very serious offence under the Penal Code, which embodies a broad definition on human trafficking. read more

FEATURE Speaking with UN peacekeepers in Liberia South Sudan and Central African

“The Ebola epidemic was unprecedented,” Dr. Buzmion-Cheong told the UN News Centre from the capital, Monrovia, which is the headquarters for the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). “Initially, the lack of training and supplies, plus the stigma and the fear attributed to the Ebola virus disease hampered a lot of the critical intervention.” The highly contagious and fatal virus raced through Liberia – and the neighbouring countries of Guinea, Nigeria and Sierra Leone – killing thousands of people and resulting in the first ever emergency health mission being deployed by the UN, known by its acronym UNMEER.“As a Medical Officer, my primary goal is the health and well-being of each staff member in the Mission,” Dr. Buzmion-Cheong said. Her team was responsible for making sure each UN peacekeeper know about the disease and how it spread. “Still when staff member heard any news about Ebola, they panicked.” Her family back in the Philippines was also concerned about her safety – and theirs – when she visited them from the frontlines of the epidemic, before the country was declared Ebola-free on 9 May 2015.“The stigma in my home country that I was subjected to […] even my colleagues were scared of my presence, because I am in the medical profession,” she recalled. “It was difficult to convince my family that I was safe working in Liberia,” said Dr. Buzmion-Cheong, who has been with UNMIL since 2005 and working with the Mission in support of national efforts to stabilize the country and assist its people. ‹ ›Dr. Buzmion-Cheong is one of more than 124,000 military, police and civilian personnel deployed in 16 peacekeeping operations around the world. They are all being honoured as “heroes”, the theme of this year’s the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, marked annually on 29 May. The Day also pays tribute to the more than 3,400 “blue helmets” killed in the line of duty, 128 of whom died in 2015. “They manifest the best attributes of global solidarity, courageously serving in dangerous environments to provide security to some of the world’s most vulnerable,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marking the Day.South Sudan: Protecting civilians and preventing human rights abusesIn April and May of 2015, South Sudan’s Government forces and allied militia launched a violent campaign in Unity state against an area that was temporarily under the control of the rebel group. In fighting each other, the opposing forces targeted civilians, including through rape and killing, destroying towns and villages and pillaging what they wanted.“People were hiding in swamps,” said Jeffrey Buenger, who worked as the Senior Protection Adviser at the UN Mission in the country (UNMISS) and also headed the Protection of Civilians Unit. Mr. Buenger had worked in South Sudan prior to officially arriving there in 2013, after stints with the UN Mission in Mali and more than seven years working in the Balkans on human rights abuses.“Accepting the position was one of the hardest things I could do because this was not a scenario where you could ever be quote-unquote ‘successful’,” he recalled, agreeing because he wanted to be part of an effort where peacekeeping is not just protecting civilians from human rights abuses but aiming to ease tensions and prevent the conflicts from starting in the first place.At the time he arrived, UNMISS was struggling to protect 30,000 civilians, which then grew to 200,000 at the conflict’s peak and remains at 180,000. Two women walk in front of a billboard, which says “Ebola must go. Stopping Ebola is Everybody’s Business” in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo: UNMIL/Emmanuel Tobey Cecilia Kollie sits with her child Morris at her home in King Robert Farm, a suburb of Monrovia, Liberia. She lost her aunt due to the Ebola virus. UN Photo/Martine Perret Blood stains on a wall of hospital in Bentiu, South Sudan, where mass killing occurred last April. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine A woman walks past a police officer holding a riot shield at the Bentiu Protection of Civilians site in South Sudan. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine Burial teams of volunteers in Guinea, wearing full personal protective equipment and working in teams of seven, desinfects themselved after carrying the body of a 40 year-old woman who died from Ebola virus. UN Photo/Martine Perret Several women wash their hands and get their temperatures checked at a community check point, before entering a neighbourhood, in Freetown, Sierra Leone. UN Photo/Martine Perret A view of one of the entrances to the UNMISS POC camp near Bentiu, Unity State, South Sudan. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine A Mongolian peackeeper provides security as a WFP aircraft drops bags of food supplies. UN Photo/Isaac Billy ‹ ›In his professional capacity, Mr. Buenger works closely with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the Mission – who is usually the top UN official in the country – as well as with the Force Commander, who oversees the uniformed peacekeepers, and other senior officials to protect civilians when the Government cannot or is unwilling to do so.“We started to try to come up with more creative ways to see how we could interact with the UN peacekeeping force to get them further out,” he said, “and working also with UN civilian affairs on a more grassroots level so that they could support conflict mitigation to reduce tensions at a local level.”By June 2015, civilians from Leer and the neighbouring counties were fleeing for three or four days to reach the UNMISS Protection of Civilians site in Bentiu. The UN peacekeepers – who were from the Mongolian battalion at that time – were finally able, in response to the events and after significant efforts across the Mission, to establish a so-called “austere operating base,” which basically consisted of tents and a fence, from which they would proactively patrol several counties seven days a week.The additional visibility was in itself deterrence, but it also gave the UN peacekeepers wider scope to reach civilians and to open corridors for delivery of humanitarian aid. “We saw significant reductions in reports of violence,” Mr. Buenger said. The numbers of people saved are difficult to quantify since “you cannot prove that this number of people would have been dead had the Force not patrolled. But we saw a shift in Unity State.”“Both parties on the ground eventually appreciated our presence because they saw that it was impartial,” he continued. “It was to protect civilians regardless of who they were. We are not interested in civilians allied with this side or that side. It’s to ensure that the civilian populace is safe – particularly women, children and the elderly.” Central African Republic: UN Police working with women, children in the communitiesIn the Central African Republic (CAR), Captain Evelyn Borbor is a UN police officer working with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission there, known by it’s French acronym, MINUSCA. “The best part is me as a woman here, serving here in a mission and then trying to help my fellow women have a durable peace, be liberated economically and then to be able to help them solve their own problem in this country,” said Ms. Borbor, who is the Gender Focal Point within UNPOL.A former Deputy Superintendent of Police in her native Ghana, Ms. Borbor was previously in Cote d’Ivoire where she would do outreach to communities, explaining what UN Police do and how they work with the Government.She would also motivate the women to work together in their communities. “Be united as the twigs of a broom. Together they are strong. But alone, the twig can do nothing and breaks easily,” she told villagers.In CAR, the best part of her job, Ms. Borbor said, is meeting women and children: “To give them my experience and to help them have the peace that we are all looking for in this country. Hear directly from other UN Peacekeepers, including Human Rights Team Leader Benedetta Odorisio, Electoral Officer Alain Duplex Ngounou Kampang, and Civilian Affairs Officer Luc J. Madloire Ondouambega.Check out the “Honouring Our Heroes” vox pops.@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: -680px;}#story-headline{ font-size: 4.5em; line-height: 1.2em; color:#6699ff; position: relative; top: 50px; margin-left:12em; text-shadow: 10px 10px 10px rgba(0,0,0,0.8); width:40%; text-align:right;}}#sidebar {display:none;} div#story-content .span8 {width:100% !important} #fullstory p { font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.8em;}.videoWrapper { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 */ padding-top: 1em; height: 0; margin-bottom:1em;}.videoWrapper iframe { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;} read more

Automotive industry rallies to drive up fuel efficiency and drive down motoring

Reduce dragSimple fixes such as removing roof/cycle racks when not in use or keeping windows closed at high speed helps vehicles to remain streamlined. Buy a newer vehicleToday’s cars are around 23% more efficient than they were just 10 years ago, so motorists upgrading vehicles stand to save even more.Quotes from industry bodies about fuel-efficient drivingAA President, Edmund King“At 43mpg, improving your car’s fuel efficiency by just one mile per gallon saves at least 3p a litre at the pump. With a saving of £1.55 from a small tank or more than £370 a year, how much more incentive does a driver need? Eco driving not only saves fuel but can save lives. All the techniques required to preserve fuel, such as sticking to sensible speeds, can also preserve life. A fuel efficient driver is a safer driver. The AA Trust offers free eco/safe driving courses to new drivers at risk.” Regularly service your carSimple maintenance such as using manufacturer-approved oil, replacing air filters and checking wheel alignment can make an important difference to fuel consumption. Keep tyres inflatedIn the UK around 10 million cars typically have dangerously under-inflated tyres. Correct inflation would save one million tonnes of CO2 emissions and around £440 million in fuel costs per year. Remove excess weightRemoving unnecessary items from a vehicle is a cheap and easy way to reduce fuel consumption. Automotive bodies join forces to promote fuel-efficient driving that could save motorists more than £6.8 billion a year.Simple changes to driving style could improve fuel efficiency by 20%, helping motorists achieve official EU mpg figures.Quentin Willson, motoring journalist, “Consumers aren’t taught how to save fuel and it’s time they were.”The automotive industry has today begun its drive to help UK motorists save more than £6.8 billion each year through driving more efficiently. Six of the UK’s leading automotive bodies state that official European mpg (fuel efficiency) figures are within every driver’s reach just by adopting simple improvements to their driving style.The average driver could make a 20% saving on their fuel bill, boosting their vehicle’s efficiency to equal, or even exceed, official mpg levels. Without affecting time or speed of travel, a series of simple driving tips could reduce vehicle emissions by a fifth and improve road safety.“Motorists could save around 20% on fuel costs by making a few simple changes to the way they drive. We have rallied as an industry to communicate this message at all levels so motorists have the skills to save money and help the environment,” said Mike Baunton, SMMT Interim Chief Executive. “Official European mpg figures are a guide to how cars can perform, but the biggest factor in getting maximum mpg is the driver and that’s why we’re so keen to help drivers realise the benefits.”The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), AA, British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, Guild of Motoring Writers, Institute of Advanced Motorists, Motor Codes, RAC and high-profile motoring media have rallied behind the win-win cause. Driving more efficiently could save the typical driver around £200 per year so, across the country, this adds up to savings of more than £6.8 billion annually. Today’s cars are around 23% more efficient than they were just 10 years ago, so motorists upgrading vehicles stand to save even more.Helping motorists to achieve or surpass official mpg figures is an important part of the move by the industry. The potential difference between the EU laboratory test can be confusing and industry believes it is important continually to help and educate drivers.Quentin Willson, motoring journalist said, “Everybody can make a dramatic difference to their mpg if they learn the simple craft of driving economically. Gentle pedal pressure, anticipation and watching the trip computer can improve economy by as much as 20%. Consumers aren’t taught how to save fuel and its time they were.”Fuel-efficient driving tips Consider a driving efficiency courseMaking a 20% cut in your fuel bill could add pounds to your pocket, so investing in a driving efficiency course could pay for itself. Guild of Motoring Writers Chairman, Richard Aucock“Motoring journalists are all too aware that readers are very concerned with the fuel efficiency of vehicles, and show great interest in features offering guidance on how to improve fuel economy. Such professionals are well placed to help explain to readers what steps to take in order to get more miles per gallon, and I feel sure this new initiative by the SMMT is just what’s needed to coordinate industry efforts in helping motorists save cash.” Read the roadAnticipating the actions of other motorists and the road ahead can reduce harsh acceleration and braking, cutting down fuel use on every journey. British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) Chief Executive, Gerry Keaney“UK companies operate some of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on our roads, but many of these cars and vans are not being used to their full carbon reduction potential due to the way they are driven. By encouraging staff to adopt a more efficient driving style, firms can cut carbon emissions and save on their fuel costs. It is a no-brainer.” Motor Codes Managing Director, Chris Mason“There is often a barrage of information to be faced when buying or servicing a car and it’s important to remember to take time to digest what you’re being told. If you’re uncertain, don’t feel awkward about asking – it’s what dealers and responsible garage owners are there for. If you’d like to talk things through with an independent expert, give the Motor Codes advice line a call on 0800 692 0825.” Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) Director of Policy, Neil Greig“The official mpg figures are developed in scientific conditions, so matching them to the real world is difficult. But they are very useful when you are choosing your next car. Eco driving works and we would urge all drivers to give it a try – it will save your money. A light right foot is the key to saving fuel.” Be energy smartOnly use air conditioning systems when necessary, opening windows at lower speeds can better for fuel efficiency. RAC Technical Director, David Bizley“The best tip for fuel-efficient driving has to be getting rid of the heavy foot habit because that leads to filling up far more frequently and spending far more at the pumps than is necessary. Gentle acceleration and deceleration, and keeping a consistent speed makes for fuel-efficient driving which is also safe driving. This is not just good for the pocket, but good for the environment and other motorists.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

MVM Veszprem secure second place – Celje score 43 against Turks

7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko143110385:398(-13)7 PHOTO: SEHA 2. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…131102407:357(50)22 Celje PLMVM VeszpremWisla Plock 6. Orlen Wisla Plock14329372:397(-25)8 MVM Veszprem secured at least second place at VELUX EHF Champions League Preliminary Round by beating Orlen Wisla Plock 27:25 (16:13). The first place will be decided on Sunday, when Paris Saint Germain and SG Flensburg clash in French capital…MVM Veszprém – Orlen Wisła Płock 27:25 (16:13)MVM: Alilović, Mikler – Gulyas, Ivancsik 1, Schuch, Ilić 7, Palmarsson 1, Nilsson 1, Nagy 3, Ugalde 1, Marguc 6, Rodriguez, Terzić, Sulić 1, Lekai 4, Slisković 2.Orlen Wisła: Wichary, Corrales – Kwiatkowski, Daszek 7, Racotea 4, Wiśniewski, Pusica, Ghionea 2, Rocha 2, Tarabochia 1, De Toledo 3, Nikcević 4, Żytnikow 2.Celje PL : Bešiktaš 43:29 (21:14)Celje Pivovarna Laško: Lesjak (17 saves- 1 x 7-m), Gajić (1 save), Blagotinšek 4, Babarskas 1, Janc 5, Razgor 1, Marguč 8 (4), Grošelj 3, Poteko 3, Zarabec 3, Kodrin 3, Fižuleto, Patrianova 3, Dobelšek, Mlakar 4, Žvižej 5.Bešiktaš: Kocić (5 saves), Demir (3 saves – 1 x 7-m), Mercan, Arifoglu 1, Pribak 10, Güney, Boyar 2, Buljubašić, Karamišev, Demirezen 1, Ozbahar 5, Dačević 1, Ninčević 1, Coban 1, Đukić 7.STANDINGS: ← Previous Story Kadetten Schaffhausen to stay without lefthanders’ duo Next Story → Barca to TOP 8 – “Lions” ready for Zagreb! 1. MVM Veszprém141112402:364(38)23 8. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu141013382:487(-105)2 5. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …14518358:367(-9)11 3. SG Flensburg-Handewitt131003397:345(52)20 4. THW Kiel14815400:388(12)17 read more

Russian video shows one phone running two versions of Android

first_imgIf you’ve ever flashed an Android ROM before, you know it can either be a great experience or send you screaming back to your stock experience. What if you could just run that ROM in a service like Parallels and switch to it whenever you wanted to try something new? If you believe the video above, that’s exactly what a couple of St. Petersburg Academy students have created.There’s not a practical reason for most users to want to switch rapidly between two version of Android, but if you’ve been in the modding scene for a while this could be a godsend. The ability to press a button and flip seamlessly to another instance of Android would be a powerful way to test out new features on a smartphone, and would guarantee that you’re not accidentally destroying the ability to make phone calls on your daily driver.As it stands right now, switching back and forth between ROMs on your phone can often take 20-30 minutes to fully backup and restore. Even if you’ve got a blank system with no personal data, it’s still a few minutes between flashes where your phone is a very expensive paperweight. If your phone could switch between ROMs the same way Parallels can switch between Mac OS and Windows, that could really change how many users interact with new ROMs.According to the team responsible for this video, Parallels have been helping the students develop a tool that will make it easy to switch back and forth between ROMs. Your data is intact on both ROMs, but you have the ability to switch back and forth at will. It’s noted in the video that there’s about a 10% hit in battery performance while using this, but for many that’s a pretty small price to pay.The video shows outdated versions of Android and CyanogenMod running on a Galaxy S2, and mentions a Nexus S being tested currently as well. Apply this to current generation hardware, and if the video is accurately portraying the performance on these ROMs then there’s cause for celebration.For now, there’s no way to test this out yourself. That’s usually reason enough to be skeptical, but the team responsible claims that Parallels is testing this same software internally. While it seems unlikely that Parallels would announce a major piece of software that would seem to require you to root your phone in order to use it, this video could be all the motivation needed for other Android hackers and modders to move in and work on a community made way to accomplish this same task.last_img read more

Greek mafia responsible for saving Jews

first_imgOn Sunday 7 August, the Jewish Holocaust Centre, Return to Anatolia and Child Survivors of the Holocaust presented A Light in the Darkness – the Jewish and Hellenic experience of rescue. Dr Panagiotis Diamadis, vice-president, Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, gave his talk to the crowd on “The role of the Greek underworld, the Greek Orthodox Church and other Hellenes in the rescue of Polish Romanian and Greek Jews”. Over 150 people listened to Dr Diamadis talk about the Archbishop of Athens and the Metropolitan of Zakynthos, who refused to surrender Jews to the Nazis, and to Greek smugglers hired by Jewish agencies, led by William R Perl, who smuggled Jewish refugees from Romania to Britain and then to Palestine. Also in attendance were: Pauline Rockman, OAM, president, Jewish Holocaust Centre; Sofia Kotanidis, president, Return to Anatolia; Warren Fineberg, executive director, Jewish Holocaust Centre, Eleni Lianidou, Consul-General of Greece; and Nadav Prawer, Israeli embassy. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Golden Dawn MP ousted

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Golden Dawn ousted one of its lawmakers, Stathis Boukouras, from its parliamentary group, a move that will bring the number of seats the neofascist party holds in Parliament to 16 from 18 if Boukouras does not cede his seat to another GD candidate.The decision came just a few days after another MP, Chrysovalantis Alexopoulos, effectively resigned by saying he would stand as an independent in Greece’s Parliament. GD made the move after Boukouras allegedly suggested that he was considering following Alexopoulos’s lead.Six of the party’s MPs, including leader Nikos Michaloliakos, are in custody pending trial on charges of running a criminal organization. Judges investigating the party have extended their probe into the activities of the remaining MPs and last month asked Parliament to lift the immunity of another nine lawmakers.On Tuesday members of the House’s ethics committee proposed that the MP Dimitris Koukoutsis have his immunity lifted so he can face criminal charges of running a criminal organization. The committee also voted in favor of three GD lawmakers who are already in custody pending trial – Michaloliakos, Christos Pappas and Yiannis Lagos – having their immunity lifted for prosecution on charges of illegally supplying and possessing weapons.The decision followed a visit to Attica’s Korydallos Prison where the three MPs are being held. According to sources, Lagos was questioned about some bullets found during a police search at his home and allegedly said he was saving them to kill four or five people when he gets out of jail.last_img read more

LAcer Liquid Glow autorisé par la FCC

first_imgL’Acer Liquid Glow autorisé par la FCC La disponibilité prochaine du smartphone Acer Liquid Glow se précise. Celui-ci aurait reçu l’approbation de la FCC.Le mobile Acer Liquid Glow ou E330 aurait reçu l’approbation de la FCC, l’autorité de contrôle américaine des ondes, selon Engadget. Ce smartphone pourrait donc être commercialisé très prochainement en Amérique du Nord.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Le mobile devrait être livré avec l’OS Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich de Google et être compatible 3G, selon la presse américaine. Rappelons que cet appareil devrait être équipé d’un écran TFT capacitif de 3,7 pouces affichant en résolution 480 x 800 pixels.Il sera par ailleurs pourvu d’un appareil photo numérique 5 mégapixels avec Flash et Autofocus et compatible Wi Fi, Bluetooth, GPS et AGPS et équipé de plusieurs ports USB. Enfin, il devrait être équipé d’un processeur cadencé à 1 GHz. Mais pour l’heure, ce smartphone n’est pas encore annoncé (ni démenti en Europe).Le 15 mai 2012 à 10:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Halls Reports Data Sold To Relaunch

first_imgHall’s Reports, a data reporting firm for editorial and advertising content in the magazine industry, is being rebooted under a new name and with new ownership after closing down in October.Liz Grabler, previously the lead analyst at Hall’s, bought the firm’s data, reestablished its lapsed client relationships, hired back most of its employees and is relaunching as MA-Focus Media.Terms weren’t disclosed. While Grabler wouldn’t comment on why the company shut down in the fall, she plans to expand the product line as MA-Focus Media to include brand mentions and custom reports.“I am staying in regular contact to create a more client driven product line,” she says. “The response has been positive. I am getting the feeling that clients want to know that we are here to help their business grow and work with them, we have the historical data and experience to back their needs.”last_img read more

Inhofe Says Shanahan Likely to Get SECDEF Job

first_img ADC AUTHOR Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is likely to be nominated to his position long-term, Senate Armed Services Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) told Bloomberg Thursday.“Indications are now that it’s going to be him,” Inhofe said, according to the report.President Trump has long wanted to nominate Shanahan for the job, but one obstacle is the ongoing inspector general’s investigation into whether Shanahan has favored his former employee Boeing while at DOD.Shanahan has held the interim job since the end of the year, making this the longest stretch in U.S. history without a full-time defense secretary.Inhofe and others have pressed the White House to make a nomination. Inhofe told Bloomberg Thursday that having “acting” in Shanahan’s title may send the message around the world that he doesn’t have the president’s full support.DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Angelita M. Lawrencelast_img read more

Indian Democrazy JK standoff and PCs arrest

first_imgNew Delhi : Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday claimed that India was no more a democracy. Azad”s remarks came while he was addressing an all party meet, called by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam at Jantar Mantar protesting against the house arrest of senior political leaders of Kashmir. “Let me tell you, we are no more a democracy. If anyone thinks that he is living in democracy that person is living in fool”s paradise,” Azad said. Also Read – In his first after abrogation of Art 370, Army chief to visit Srinagar today Advertise With Us Azad added that, “When I was the Minister of Information and Broadcasting I had no guts to call editor of state owned media platforms to drop a story. But now any random leader of the ruling party calls any media outlet, its editors or owners to drop the story and the outlet has to oblige. This is not a democracy.” Azad urged the Central government to restore all the Telecom services in Jammu and Kashmir and to release all the political prisoners and leaders including Omar Abdullah, Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “Landline is not even used by 0.001 per cent of the civilians in Jammu and Kashmir, only government officials use it. If you really claim that everything is peaceful in Kashmir, then open mobile services,” Azad added. Among those participating in the demonstration was the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party and the Indian Union Muslim League. Advertise With Us Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram said that his father’s arrest by the CBI in connection with INX Media case is being done just to divert attention from the issue of Article 370. Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said India had over the last two days witnessed “the broad daylight murder of democracy as also the rule of law.” “Government is using CBI, ED as personal revenge-seeking departments for the party in power as also those ruling country”, Surjewala charged. “A seasoned politician was arrested on the statement of a woman charged with the murder of her own daughter,” Surjewala said referring to Indrani Mukherjea. “The shameless witch-hunt & unheard of abuse of CBI/ED by Modi Govt 2.0 is playing on every TV screen in India. It’s a sham and shame that democracy stands dead in the hands of the BJP,” Surjewala said in a tweet. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee termed as “very depressing” the way P Chidambaram was arrested and alleged that the judiciary was not coming to the help of a “crying” democratic system. Banerjee quoted Rabindranath Tagore and said the “message of justice is crying silently in isolation”. Banerjee also alleged that democracy in the country was “absolutely missing while the media has turned into a spokesperson for the BJP-led central government”. I have only one thing to say. I believe that sometimes the process is incorrect. I am not talking about the legality of the matter, but he (Chidambaram) is a senior politician, ex-finance and home minister of this country. The way his matter is being handled is very depressing,very sad and bad, Banerjee told reporters while leaving the sea town Digha in East Midnapore district Thursday. We should not forget that Indian democracy is resting on the four pillars of the legislature, the executive, the judiciary, and the press. Union Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Thursday rejected the Congress charge of “witch-hunt” and abuse of investigating agencies over the arrest of P Chidambaram, saying there was no need for the BJP-led Government to resort to such things. “Practically… what they did (misuse of investigating agencies during the Congress tenure)… now they are suffering from the same phobia”, the Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister told PTI. The whole world knows the case against Chidambaram and his son (Karti), he claimed. “So if at all we wanted to resort to political vengeance, we would have done earlier (in the previous term). Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid termed the arrest of P Chidambaram as ‘deeply distressing’ and said ‘we are very confident there is no case against him’. Senior Supreme Court lawyer Kapil Sibal, who is also P Chidambaram’s counsel on the arrest said: “It’s a matter of great concern to us as members of the legal fraternity, also it should be a matter of concern as citizens. All we wanted was a hearing in SC, the presiding judge chose instead to say that I am sending the file to CJI. Isn’t a citizen entitled to be heard?”last_img read more

WATCH UP minister mansplains how every rape is different according to its

first_imgThe minister’s insensitive comments come at a time when women’s safety is the topic of conversation at the moment and in India, rape is one of the most common crimes against women. And marital rape is not considered a criminal offence in the country.Recently, a two and half year old girl in Aligarh has brutally murdered over a repayment a loan of Rs 10,000. While her autopsy ruled out rape, the post-mortem showed that her arms, hands, ribs left leg and nose were fractured. An Uttar Pradesh minister found himself in hot water on Sunday evening when he gave his two pence on the ‘nature of rape’ and questioned if the rape of a married woman is actually rape.Upendra Tiwari, the minister in question, had said, “Dekhiye rape ka nature hota hai, ab jaise agar koi nabalig ladki hai uske sath rape hua hai toh usko to hum rape manenge, lekin kahin-kahin pe ye bhi sunne ko aata hai ko ki vivahit mahila hai, umar 30-35 saal hai….uska alag-alag nature hai (See, rape has its nature. If a young girl (minor) has been raped, then we can call it rape. But if a married woman, who can be 30-35 years of age, has been raped, then the matter is different).#WATCH UP Minister Upendra Tiwari: Dekhiye rape ka nature hota hai, ab jaise agar koi nabalig ladki hai uske sath rape hua hai toh usko to hum rape manenge, lekin kahin-kahin pe ye bhi sunne ko aata hai ko ki vivahit mahila hai, umar 30-35 saal hai….uska alag-alag nature hai pic.twitter.com/Ou1AMPsvGB— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) June 9, 2019He is the minister of state (independent charge) for Water Resources, forest and environment.last_img read more

Study shows increase in concurrent droughts and heat waves in US

first_img Explore further New index measures the magnitude of heat waves This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Long heat waves can not only cause damage to crops, they can cause cooling bills to skyrocket stressing budgets and sometimes leading to area wide economic problems. When combined with droughts, as the researchers note, they can lead to significant damage to both society and the environment. As the research pair also note, the second period of time they looked at occurred during what has been called a hiatus of rising global temperatures (which some have suggested is due to heat being sequestered in the oceans) a period when they were not able to spot any increase in frequency of droughts or heat waves—but they were able to see very clearly that the frequency of droughts coinciding with heat waves increased dramatically. They noted also that the greatest increases were associated with the longest and most severe heat waves.To come to these conclusions, the researchers studied heat and drought records over the past half century and then assigned certain definitions to conditions to allow for conducting a statistical analysis—a drought for example, was defined as a period of time during which the likelihood of precipitation was approximately 80 percent below the median precipitation level for a given area for a given time. Their analysis shows that most parts of the country experienced more concurrent droughts, but they were most prominent in the South, South West and some of the West. Notably, the reverse was found to be true for some parts of the Midwest and Northern parts of the country.The researchers conclude by suggesting their study and others like it may help officials, farmers and other people better plan for future meteorological events, perhaps helping to mitigate the damage that is caused by long concurrent heat wave and drought events. More information: Substantial increase in concurrent droughts and heatwaves in the United States www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1422945112AbstractA combination of climate events (e.g., low precipitation and high temperatures) may cause a significant impact on the ecosystem and society, although individual events involved may not be severe extremes themselves. Analyzing historical changes in concurrent climate extremes is critical to preparing for and mitigating the negative effects of climatic change and variability. This study focuses on the changes in concurrences of heatwaves and meteorological droughts from 1960 to 2010. Despite an apparent hiatus in rising temperature and no significant trend in droughts, we show a substantial increase in concurrent droughts and heatwaves across most parts of the United States, and a statistically significant shift in the distribution of concurrent extremes. Although commonly used trend analysis methods do not show any trend in concurrent droughts and heatwaves, a unique statistical approach discussed in this study exhibits a statistically significant change in the distribution of the data.Press release © 2015 Phys.orgcenter_img Heatwaves place substantial stress on natural and man-made environments. The impact is exacerbated when heatwaves and droughts occur simultaneously. Credit: Jennie Brewton (University of California, Irvine, CA). Citation: Study shows increase in concurrent droughts and heat waves in US (2015, September 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-concurrent-droughts.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers with the University of California has found that heat waves and droughts overlapping occurred more frequently during a twenty year span between 1990 and 2010 than occurred during the twenty year span 1960 to 1980. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Omid Mazdiyasni and Amir AghaKouchak describe their study and suggest their results indicate a statistically significant shift in concurrent extremes.last_img read more

Beheaded body found in canal man kills wife in Narendrapur

first_imgKolkata: Police recovered a mutilated body on Sunday morning at Kheyadaha in Narendrapur in South 24-Parganas. Officers sent the body for autopsy. In another development, a man was arrested for murdering his wife as he suspected her of having an illicit affair.According to sources, on Sunday morning, local residents spotted some plastic packets floating in Khorki canal in Kheyadaha. The packets were smeared with blood. Officers of Narendrapur police station recovered the body parts. It was found that the person was beheaded. Police officials said the unidentified body was found around 9 am on Sunday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt is suspected that the person has been murdered somewhere else and his body was cut into pieces and stashed in polythene packets at Kheyadaha. A sniffer dog was also called on Sunday morning. Police are searching for complaints for missing persons lodged with the police in and around Narendrapur of police stations adjacent to Narendrapur. This apart, a woman identified as Krishna Baidya (40) of Kusumba at Sahapara in Narendrapur was found dead in her residence on Friday. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateDuring the probe, the police arrested her husband identified as Bapi Baidya, who was absconding from Tolygunj area, since the murder took place. He was trying to evade arrest posing as a monk. According to sources, Bapi, a driver by profession used to torture Krishna for money. She had managed to save Rs 1 lakh by working as a maid in the locality. Bapi suspected her of having an illicit relationship. On Friday night, when Bapi demanded money from Krishan, she got involved in an altercation. When Krishna told him that she would not give him money, Bapi allegedly stabbed her with a sharp weapon and when she died he placed Krishna’s body on the bed and locked the room before escaping. According to Krishna’s daughter, Kabita Das, her mother was supposed to visit her home. When she did not reach her home, Kabita tried to call her. As she found her mother’s mobile phone switched off, Kabita went to Krishna and found the door of her house was locked. Later, she called others in the locality and the police was informed. After the police recovered Krishna’s body, Kabita lodged a murder complaint against her father at the Narendrapur police station. During the probe, the police tracked the mobile tower location of Bapi and went to Tollygunge area on Saturday night. After searching for almost an hour, the police personnel saw a monk, who resembled Bapi. When the police went close to the monk he allegedly tried escaping from the place. Suspecting something fishy, the police surrounded the monk and found Bapi was wearing false beard and shaved his head to look like a monk. He was then brought to Narendrapur and eventually was arrested. However, the police are still clueless about the culprits involved in the murder of a couple at Kheyadaha a few weeks ago.last_img read more

Guardian Mortgage Names New President CEO

first_imgGuardian Mortgage Names New President & CEO August 3, 2015 525 Views Share Guardian Mortgage Company President and CEO Russell Anderson Strategic Growth Bancorp 2015-08-03 Staff Writercenter_img Russell AndersonGuardian Mortgage Company, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Strategic Growth Bancorp Inc., recently announced the retirement of President and CEO Marcia F. Phillips. She has held those positions since 1988 and will now serve as vice chairman of the company’s Board of Directors. Russell Anderson will take Phillips place as Guardian’s new president and CEO.“I have been honored to be part of Guardian Mortgage for more than 39 years” Phillips said. “We have built a company that has integrity at the center of everything we do, and I am confident that Russ, Cari, and Marcus will continue that philosophy. As vice chairman, I look forward to watching the company intelligently grow into a national enterprise and offering my thoughts, advice, and guidance as needed.”Anderson has 30 years’ experience in the mortgage industry at leading financial institutions including First Union National Bank, Wells Fargo, and most recently, as a SVP at Bank of America. In addition to senior positions in the retail, correspondent, and wholesale areas of the mortgage industry, he also has experience in financing mortgage companies. In his new role, he will be expected to lead Guardian as it executes a strategic plan to make the company’s business model national while adapting to the evolving regulatory and compliance environment.“In a short time, I have developed a genuine respect for the entire Guardian Mortgage team, for Marcie Phillips, and the company’s strong business culture,” Anderson said. “Guardian Mortgage celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this year; I am excited to have the opportunity to lead Guardian Mortgage into its second half century.” in Headlines, Newslast_img read more

August 10 2012 FLAM CHEN returns to ARCOSANTI for

first_imgAugust 10, 2012FLAM CHEN returns to ARCOSANTI for a one night only performance of RITES OV SPRING. “This is the assembly of life that it took a billion years to evolve, It has eaten the storms – folded them into its genes – and created the world that created us. It holds the world steady.”  —E.O. Wilson RITES OV SPRING has been a repertoire piece for FLAM CHEN since 2000. Partial homage to Martha Graham fused with the fascination of microscopic bugs life- RITES VO SPRING is ever changing, always relevant and completely at home inside the fluid line structures of Paolo Soleri.  Rites OV Spring explores the inner workings of the hive and the tension of those structures. Incorporating aerial acrobatics, fire dancing and other worldly stilt creatures — WE witness the death of the old queen and the founding of a new colony. Flam Chen is excited to vibrate another stupendous performance piece at Arcosanti. The experience is always astounding and transformative! Come out and support Flam Chen as they leap out of state on a Mid West Mini Tour to bring Rites OV Spring deep inside the country! The performance is tomorrow, Saturday, August 11, 2012, @8 pm. $20 general admission, $10 for Lasagna Dinner (served at 6 pm, reservations suggested 928-632-6217). For more information see www.flamchen.com or call 480-206-8228. This photo was taken in 2009 by James Horecka, Architect, AIA. Here are some of James gorgeous photos from last year’s performance by Flam Chen Electropolis.last_img read more