Air China asks Boeing compensation for MAX 8 delays

BEIJING — Air China Ltd., one of China’s three major state-owned airlines, is joining carriers that are asking Boeing Co. for compensation for the grounding of their 737 Max jetliners following two fatal crashes.An employee of Air China’s publicity department said Wednesday the carrier also has asked Boeing for compensation for disruption due to delays in delivery of new aircraft.The employee declined to give his name or details of the claim.Air China becomes the second Chinese carrier to ask Boeing for compensation following state-owned China Eastern Airlines Ltd. last month.China was among the first governments to order carriers to suspend use of the 737 Max in March following crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed a total of 346 people.The Associated Press read more

Madush and Amal Perera to be deported to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka had sought the deportation of the main accused to face charges in Sri Lanka and to be investigated over various crimes. (Colombo Gazette) All were arrested by the Dubai Police at a hotel and most of them had narcotics in their possession. According to reports Makandure Madush is also expected to be deported to Sri Lanka. Underworld leader Makandure Madush and singer Amal Perera are expected to be deported to Sri Lanka from Dubai.Notorious drug kingpin Mohommad Najim Mohammad Imran alias Kanjipani Imran and Amal Perera’s son Nadeemal Perera and four others have already been deported to Sri Lanka. read more

Torstar laying off more than 300 production and editorial employees

by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 15, 2016 6:58 am MDT Last Updated Jan 15, 2016 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Torstar laying off more than 300 production and editorial employees The Toronto Star’s Vaughan Printing Plant is pictured on Friday, January 15, 2016. The newspaper has said that 220 full-time employees and 65 part-time workers will be affected by a plan to sell it’s Toronto area plant and outsource the work. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young TORONTO – The company that owns Canada’s largest circulation newspaper, the Toronto Star, is laying off more than 300 production and editorial employees in the latest downsizing move in the hard-hit industry.The bulk of the job losses come from a plan by Torstar (TSX:TS.B) to sell its Toronto-area printing plant and outsource the work to Transcontinental (TSX:TCL.A), the country’s largest commercial printing company.The printing plant job losses include 220 full-time employees and 65 part-timers, Bob Hepburn, the Star’s director for communications, said Friday. These workers will meet with their union next week to work out termination agreements.Also Friday, 12 temporary contract employees in the Toronto Star newsroom had their contracts ended early, Hepburn said. Most worked in the Star’s tablet division.The Star hired about 70 to 80 people, mostly on short-term contracts, for the launch of its daily tablet-based publication called Star Touch.“We found that the launch has gone quite smoothly and the production is better, so … we’re ending those contracts earlier than originally scheduled,” he said.One permanent part-time employee was also laid off, Hepburn said.Paul Morse, president of Unifor Local 87-M, which represents newsroom employees at the Star, said the company is also eliminating 21 positions in the circulation department. Those employees will stop working later this year and their positions will be contracted out, he said.Hepburn later confirmed the additional layoffs, but said only 15 positions will be considered for outsourcing.The company also announced a new voluntary severance program in a memo to its newsroom employees obtained by The Canadian Press. Employees will receive details of the program on Monday, editor Michael Cooke said in an email.The switch to Transcontinental is expected to begin in July and produce about $10 million of annual savings for Torstar.The company is also looking for a buyer for its printing plant and land in Vaughan, just north of Toronto. Printing of Torstar’s papers will still be done in Vaughan, but at Transcontinental’s plant there.Torstar’s flagship Toronto Star newspaper has begun negotiating with its unions towards a transition.“Transcontinental Printing has newer, more modern presses and this decision will result in our very loyal print readers and subscribers receiving a high-quality print product with enhanced reproduction,” Toronto Star publisher John Cruickshank said in a statement Friday.“This is an important step for the Toronto Star, but unfortunately it also means we will be saying goodbye to our long-time Vaughan printing plant employees.”The newspaper’s parent company, Torstar Corp., says it expects to record about $22 million in restructuring charges this year.The global newspaper industry’s transition away from print towards online publishing has been accelerating after years of more gradual change.The Toronto Star launched its Star Touch tablet app last year.It is modelled after a similar platform pioneered by Montreal-based La Presse, which stopped printing weekday editions at the end of December.Transcontinental is both a newspaper and flyer printer as well as a newspaper publisher that has also been adapting to changing market conditions resulting from the switch to digital media.The president of its printing and packaging division, Brian Reid, said in a separate statement from Montreal that the Torstar deal is positive for both companies.“This agreement further demonstrates the ongoing interest in our ability to help publishers across Canada become more efficient. This contract will also enable TC Transcontinental Printing to further optimize its capacity utilization at Transcontinental Vaughan.” read more

Paedophile stripped of his British citizenship and facing deportation to India

A paedophile who groomed and raped a 7-year old child has been stripped of his British citizenship and faces deportation to India.The man, who can only be identified as RSD, came to the UK from India in 1997 and was granted British citizenship in 2004. But in 2011 he was convicted of 23 counts of sexual abuse of  ‘a male child within the family’.The court sentenced him to 14 years imprisonment and placed him on the sexual offenders’ register for life after finding him to have groomed and raped the boy between 2003 and 2010.Now, in what is believed to be the first case of its kind, the Home Secretary has removed his citizenship on the grounds that when he applied to be a UK citizen he lied about the fact he was sexually abusing a child.The man won his appeal against that decision but a senior judge has ruled in favour of the Home Secretary, upholding the decision to strip him of his passport.Last night child abuse lawyers welcomed the ruling.Richard Scorer, a specialist abuse lawyer at law firm Slater & Gordon, said: “This decision is to be welcomed as a statement of the seriousness with which grooming is viewed by the courts. Any court decision which highlights and reinforces the penalties for this kind of  will help to send out the message that perpetrators will face serious consequences.”In February this year the Home Secretary told RSD: “Given the fact that you began your sexual offences in 2003, prior to lodging your naturalisation application, and continued to do so many years after you were granted British citizenship, you were clearly not of good character. It was only because you concealed your sexual assaults that led (sic) to your application succeeding.”Judge Pitt, sitting in the Upper Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber where he upheld the Home Secretary’s decision, said in a judgement published this month: “It is  my conclusion that the appellant obtained naturalisation in 2004 by deliberately concealing material facts.”The case follows the Rochdale child abuse scandal in which three men are facing deportation to Pakistan. Abdul Aziz, Adil Khan and Qari Abdul Rauf were among nine men jailed in May 2012 for their part in a grooming ring which plied vulnerable girls with drink and drugs so they could “pass them around” for sex.The court heard that some of the victims, who were aged in their early teens, were raped and physically assaulted and some were forced to have sex with ‘several men in a day, several times a week’.Following their conviction, Aziz, Khan and Rauf were  informed by the Home Office in 2015 that they would be stripped of their British citizenship, after which the home secretary would consider deporting them to Pakistan.But the new case extends the scope of the Home Secretary’s power by allowing the government to revoke citizenship if a pedophile has lied about the grooming of a child while undergoing the naturalisation process.  This was not the case with the Rochdale three  who had their citizenship revoked on the grounds that “deprivation is conducive to the public good because the person, while having that citizenship status, has conducted him or herself in a manner which is seriously prejudicial to the vital interests of the United Kingdom, any of the Islands, or any British overseas territory.”In 2017, 104 people were deprived of their citizenship because it was conducive to the public good. In 2016 the number was just 14.The Home Office declined to say how many British citizens have been stripped of their passports for child abuse.A Home Office spokesperson said: “Any British Citizen may be deprived of his or her citizenship if the Secretary of State is satisfied that it would be conducive to the public good. It is a power used for extreme and exceptional cases.“Deprivation on conducive grounds can be used where individuals pose a threat to national security, or have been involved in war crimes, serious and organised crime, and unacceptable behaviours such as extremism or glorification of terrorism, unless to deprive would render them stateless.” 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. read more

Hungary made the biggest surprise Mocsai Fantastic feeling

Fantastic night for all the Hungarian Handball Fans. Team coached by Lajos Mocsai made the biggest surprise of the Preliminary Round at EHF EURO 2012 against France 26:23.– It is a fantastic feeling to defeat such a great team as France – we all know what great work the French team do in handball. They are already qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games and have won several big titles. Ours is a young squad with few experienced players. Today I feel that the luckier team has won, which used its technical skills most effectively. I could single out only one player for his performance Nándor Fazekas, but I really feel this was a victory for the whole team – said experienced coach for the official EHF EURO 2012 website. ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2012 PR Best Individuals: The leaders are Sigurdsson and Angelov Next Story → Fantastic day in Belgrade: “Two draws, one win in the last second! Hungary handballLajos Mocsai read more

La tablette Acer Iconia Tab A510 est dévoilée

first_imgLa tablette Acer Iconia Tab A510 est dévoiléeLe fabricant d’ordinateurs et de tablettes Acer a dévoilé sa nouvelle tablette qui sera commercialisée à la fin du premier trimestre 2012 : l’Iconia Tab A510. Acer a officialisé le lancement prochain de sa tablette tactile Iconia Tab A510. Elle remplacera l’A500, un modèle milieu de gamme. Avec cette nouvelle version, la tablette gagne en légèreté, finesse et rapidité d’exécution. Elle sera équipée du système d’exploitation Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.L’Acer Iconia Tab A510 disposera toujours d’un écran WXGA de 10,1 pouces, affichant en 1280×800 pixels. Mais elle disposera désormais d’un SoC Nvidia Tegra 3 et d’un CPU quadri-cœur cadencé à 1,3 GHz, d’un GPU assurant le décodage matériel de n’importe quelle vidéo Full HD. Ensuite, la tablette bénéficie d’un Go de RAM, de 32 Go de stockage interne eMMC, d’un slot pour carte microSD, du Wi-Fi N, du Bluetooth 2.1, et d’un port micro USB 2.0.Cette tablette possèdera une autonomie record de 18 h en lecture vidéo, mais sera en revanche plus lourde que la tablette Transformer Prime, pesant 675 g et mesurant 11 mm d’épaisseur. L’Acer Iconia Tab A510 sera vendue en France courant mars au tarif public de 400 euros. Le 15 février 2012 à 19:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgBy Aja Musu Bah DaffehThe Gambia Red-Cross Society in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Fire and Rescue Services and National Security Council headed by the Coalition Reconciliation Council on Sunday, 22nd January, 2017 embarked on a peace trip to facilitate the coming back of the refugees in the neighbouring countries back to The Gambia free of charge.  The task force is formed in order to help and coordinate the safe coming of both Gambians and non Gambians back home that left the country due to the political impasse. The names of those who fled the country were registered to make the process of coming back easier. Some of the returnees came back unhealthy, while some suffer from diarrhea and others appear weak. At the ferry terminal, exactly at the hour 11:10AM, upon our crossing to the Banjul terminal, more than 2,000 returnees came back fatigue, hungry, agitated, sick and stranded. It was congested with vulnerable women, pregnant mothers and children who were absorbed with tiredness including the elderly and their coming back means they have confident that there is peace in the country.Buses were deployed to all the borders, Amdallai, Karang, Farafenni border Kerr Ayoub, Senoba at Soma border for the returnees by Maleh Sallah the Vice Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Fire Service also deployed buses together with the Police Force.At Karang, the United Nation High Commission for Refugees and the Senegalese red-cross team took good care of the returnees, providing them with houses and their daily meals. The people of Karang acknowledged their fellow Gambians saying that they have never complain about the food that they have been giving them and did not cause any problem for the six days they have stayed there.It was revealed that two pregnant women who fled from Gambia gave birth at the Karang health Center, one with twins and the other had one child. However it was also reported that a Gambian died at Sokone.Mr. Abdoulie Camara, a public health emergency and disaster coordinator for Ministry of health and social welfare noted that the exercise is about humanitarian preparedness and response. He said the Ministry invited their partners like the UNICEF, National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), World Health Organization (W.H.O), Gambia Red-Cross Society (G.R.C.S), that they have allocated extra ambulances to all the hospitals and major health centres both public and private to facilitate staff movement and other health workers to and from work and also boost referral services so that services will not be interrupted and also for the security of the health workers.He added that partners supported this exercise, medical and non-medical items and extra mattresses were also ositioned at the hospitals and other health centres so as to support trauma cases and other casualties.Madam Fatou B. Gaye the Secretary General for the Gambia Red-cross Society asserted that they are doing the registration for the returnees and the collaboration partners are looking at their health status especially those coming with diarrhea, fever and other complicated conditions, pregnant women were also taken care of.She revealed that some organizations helped to supply them with bottles of water for the returnees while others promised to supply water and biscuit to sustain the returnees.last_img read more

Zero new HIVAIDS cases not ambitious say TCI Prevention Unit

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Dec 2015 – Getting to zero is the new TCI initiative as the world moves towards no more new cases of HIV and AIDS. The HIV Prevention Unit in the Turks and Caicos joined with DEMA and Big Blue to plant 17 mahogany trees with the help of students from 17 schools. We asked if the stride to get to zero was too ambitious. “It is not impossible, once there is life, there is still hope. Noting is impossible but in order to get to zero we have to work towards that.” World Aids Day is held every December 1st and this year marked 27 years since the commemoration first started. Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Climate Change blamed for seawater woes in Grand Turk Related Items:big blue, dema, HIV Prevention Unit, tree planting, World aids day Clement Howell High get their hands dirty for World Wetlands Day 2016last_img read more

Research shows total pay falls by 04

first_imgTotal pay, including bonuses, fell by 0.4% in real terms for employees in Great Britain between February-April 2016 and February-April 2017, according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Its UK labour market: June 2017 report, also found that regular pay, excluding bonuses, fell by 0.6% in real terms between February-April 2016 and February-April 2017. This is the lowest growth rate in Great Britain since June-August 2014.In nominal terms, which have not been adjusted for consumer price inflation, total pay increased by 2.1% between February-April 2016 and February-April 2017. This is lower than the 2.3% growth rate recorded between January-March 2016 and January-March 2017. The annual growth rate for total pay, in nominal terms, has not fallen below 2.1% since October-December 2015.Regular pay in nominal terms increased by 1.7% between the three months to April 2016 and the three months to April 2017, which is less than the 1.8% growth rate between January-March 2016 and January-March 2017. In nominal terms, the annual growth rate for regular pay has not been lower than 1.7% since August-October 2014.Average total pay, including bonuses, was £502 a week in nominal terms before tax and other deductions from pay for employees in Great Britain in April 2017. This compares to £497 a week in April 2016. Average regular pay, excluding bonuses, was £472 a week in April 2017, increasing from £464 a week in April 2016.In real terms, which have been adjusted for consumer price inflation, average total pay for employees in Great Britain was £487 a week in April 2017, before tax and other deductions from pay. Average regular pay in real terms, excluding bonus payments, was £458 a week in April 2017, before tax and other deductions from pay.Average total pay for employees in Great Britain, in nominal terms, increased by 33.5% between January 2005 and April 2017, rising from £376 a week to £502 a week. Over the same time period, the Consumer Prices Index, including owner occupiers’ housing costs (CPIH), increased by 31.8%.Mariano Mamertino, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) economist at Indeed, said: “For several months, and throughout the election campaign, the greatest concern over the labour market has shifted from those who are out of work to those who are in work, and how their living standards are being steadily squeezed.“The reason is pay rises are no longer just being outpaced, but left behind, by accelerating inflation. Consumer prices have risen by 2.9% in the past 12 months, yet by April average wages were creeping up at just 1.7% a year. That gaping mismatch will inevitably morph from a source of pain for [employees] into a threat to the wider economy. Real wages aren’t just falling, they’re stuck in reverse, and this risks undermining Britain’s increasingly fragile economic growth.”Ian Brinkley, acting chief economist at the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), added: “The figures confirm that real wages have fallen again, the third month in a row, as measured by average weekly earnings.  The sharp fall in earnings growth is remarkably broad-based, which is due to a combination of persistently low productivity growth and a fall in confidence among employers about the future prospects for demand in the UK economy.“The only sustainable solution to weak pay growth is to address the fundamental cause, which is the UK’s poor productivity performance. The new government should not allow the current short-term political uncertainty and looming Brexit negotiations to distract from the need to address key issues, such as managerial quality, skills development for the whole workforce, and work organisation and progression. We hope that the Queen’s Speech will include a commitment to draw up a new long-term productivity plan based on consultations with a wide range of industrial and professional organisations and trade unions, including a clear focus on the workplace.”last_img read more

Vacant home catches fire in NWMD

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An unoccupied Northwest Miami-Dade home caught fire, Friday morning.The home, located near Northwest 77th Street and 13th Avenue, was empty at the time of the fire.No injuries were reported.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Week In Review 12821

first_imgFriday 2/1Audio PlayerFriday-0201.mp3VmFriday-0201.mp300:00RPdBorough Requests An Additional Seat On Advisory Gas Project Board, President Issues Disaster Declaration For 7.0 Earthquake, Murkowski, Sullivan Reintroduce GE Salmon Labeling Bill Thursday 1/31Audio PlayerThursday-0131.mp3VmThursday-0131.mp300:00RPdBorough Still Owes Legal Fees From Invocation Lawsuit, Residents Are Noticing An Extra Charge On Their Amazon Receipts, One Injured In Four Vehicle Collision On K-Beach Rd Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Wednesday 1/30Audio PlayerWednesday-0130.mp3VmWednesday-0130.mp300:00RPdAlaska Governor To Propose Constitutional Amendments, North Slope’s Rig Count Will Reach A 20-Year High, Kenai Peninsula United Way Has Officially Closed Its Doorscenter_img Monday 1/28Audio PlayerMonday-0128.mp3VmMonday-0128.mp300:00RPdWhat’s The Plan To Prevent Further Rockslides On The Seward Highway?, Hilcorp Works To Fully Decommission Drift River Terminal, Seavey Announces He Will Not Race In The Iditarod For Second Straight Year Tuesday 1/29Audio PlayerTuesday-0129.mp3VmTuesday-0129.mp300:00RPdGovernor Dunleavy Requests Repeal Of Education Funding, City Officials Request BOF Rescind Decision, Reschedule Votelast_img read more

Lakehead school reopening order stayed for 10 days

first_imgFile PhotoThe Supreme Court on Sunday extended a stay order for 10 more days on the High Court order that had directed the authorities concerned to reopen all the branches of Lakehead Grammar School in the capital, reports UNB.A five-member Appellate Division bench led by acting chief justice Abdul Wahhab Miah passed the order.The court also asked the state counsel to file a regular leave to appeal to the Appellate Division against the High Court order.Earlier in the day, attorney general Mahbubey Alam placed an intelligence report about the Lakehead Grammar School to the apex court.Barrister AF Hasan Arif and barrister Akter Imam represented the Lakehead Grammar School during the hearing.On 16 November, chamber judge Syed Mahmud Hossain stayed until 19 November the High Court order for reopening the Lakehead Grammar School after hearing an appeal of the government filed by the attorney general.The court also sent the matter to the regular bench of the Appellate Division for hearing.On 14 November, a High Court bench ordered the authorities to reopen all the branches of the school within 24 hours.The HC, on 7 November, issued a rule asking the government to explain why suspension of academic activities of the three branches of the school would not be declared illegal.Barrister Rashna Imam filed three writ petitions on behalf of Khaled Hasan Matin, new owner of the school and guardians of 12 students of the school.On 6 November, the government suspended the academic functions of Lakehead Grammar School at Dhanmondi branch and two other branches at Gulshan on charges of patronising religious extremism and militancy.According to the education ministry, the school was running without taking approval from the ministry.last_img read more

Pakistan bomb attack kills 14

first_imgMap of Pakistan locating a deadly bomb attack in Quetta on Friday. Photo: AFPAt least 14 people were killed in a bomb blast Friday at a fruit market in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta, officials told AFP.Senior police official Abdul Razaq Cheema, who gave the toll, said most of the victims belong to the minority Shia Hazara community, who have been targeted in the past.”We have 14 dead bodies and 15 people are injured in the bomb blast in Hazarganji neighbourhood of Quetta,” he said.The toll was confirmed by hospital staff.An AFP reporter at the site saw human flesh and blood scattered around the site, with injured people screaming for help.A local police official who was posted at the fruit market and survived the bomb said the area had been packed at the time of the blast early in the morning.During the early hours trucks arrive with vegetables brought in from outside the city, to be shifted by traders into smaller vehicles and delivered throughout Quetta.Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack.Balochistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran, is Pakistan’s largest and poorest province, rife with ethnic, sectarian and separatist insurgencies.last_img read more

Foreign groups likely behind Sri Lanka attacks US ambassador

first_imgThe scale and sophistication of the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka suggested the involvement of an external group such as Islamic State, the US ambassador said on Wednesday as the death toll jumped to 359.The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the coordinated bomb attacks on churches and hotels but gave no evidence to support that.Sri Lankan officials have blamed two domestic Islamist groups with suspected ties to Islamic State. Details have begun to emerge of a band of nine, well-educated suicide bombers, including a woman, from well-to-do families.”If you look at the scale of the attacks, the level of coordination, the sophistication of them, it’s not implausible to think there are foreign linkages,” the US ambassador to Sri Lanka, Alaina Teplitz, told reporters in Colombo.”Exploring potential linkages is going to be part of (investigations),” she said.Teplitz said the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US military were supporting the investigation.”Our hope is that as a result of our joint efforts we’re going to roll up the perpetrators and collaborators, trace the linkages and be able to prevent this sort of thing from happening in the future.”Teplitz’s comments came as Sri Lanka’s junior defence minister, Ruwan Wijewardene, conceded that there had been a significant intelligence failure before the attacks, with reports of warnings of strikes not acted on and feuds at the highest levels of government.”It is a major lapse in the sharing of intelligence information,” Wijewardene told a separate news conference.”We have to take responsibility.”Lakshman Kiriella, the leader of parliament, said senior officials had deliberately withheld intelligence about possible attacks.”Some top intelligence officials hid the intelligence information purposefully. Information was there, but the top brass security officials did not take appropriate actions,” Kiriella, who is also minister of public enterprise, told parliament.He said information about possible suicide attacks was received from Indian intelligence on 4 April and a Security Council meeting was chaired by president Maithripala Sirisena three days later but it was not shared more widely.Police earlier said the death toll had risen overnight to 359 from 321, making it the deadliest such attack in South Asian history. About 500 people were wounded.If the Islamic State connection is confirmed, it would be the deadliest ever attack linked to the group.The early Sunday bombings shattered the relative calm that has existed in Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka since a civil war against mostly Hindu, ethnic Tamil separatists ended 10 years ago, and raised fears of a return to sectarian violence.Sri Lanka’s 22 million people include minority Christians, Muslims and Hindus. Until now, Christians had largely managed to avoid the worst of the island’s conflict and communal tensions.LAW DEGREEIslamic State said through its AMAQ news agency on Tuesday the assaults were carried out by seven attackers.However, Wijewardene said there were in fact nine suicide bombers involved in the attacks on three churches and four hotels. Eight had been identified and one of them was a woman, he said.”Most of the bombers are well-educated, come from economically strong families. Some of them went abroad for studies,” Wijewardene said.”One of them we know went to the UK, then went to Australia for a law degree. Foreign partners, including the UK, are helping us with those investigations,” he said.Wijewardene told parliament on Tuesday two Sri Lankan Islamist groups – the National Thawheed Jama’ut and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim – were responsible for the blasts. He said on Wednesday the leader of one of those groups blew himself up in the attack on the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo.The attacks have already foreshadowed a shake-up of Sri Lankan security forces, with Sirisena saying on Tuesday he planned to change some of his defence chiefs after criticism that the intelligence warnings were ignored.A total of 60 people had been detained for questioning across Colombo since Sunday, Wijewardene said. That total includes a Syrian, according to security sources.Police searched more homes overnight, leading to the detention of 18 more people.The overnight raids included areas near the Gothic-style St Sebastian church in Negombo, north of the capital, where scores were killed on Sunday, a police spokesman said.An unspecified number of people were detained in western Sri Lanka, the scene of Muslim riots in 2014.”Search operations are going on everywhere, there is tight checking of Muslim areas,” a security source said.Most of those killed and wounded were Sri Lankans, although officials said 38 foreigners were also killed. That included British, U.S., Australian, Turkish, Indian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch and Portuguese nationals. Forty-five children were among the dead.The government has imposed emergency rule and an overnight curfew. It said it has also blocked online messaging services to stop the spread of inflammatory rumours that it feared could incite communal clashes.last_img read more

New DC Housing Complex Caters to Grandfamilies

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comAs gentrification continues in the District, a new affordable housing complex is offering units to a very specific kind of family- grandfamilies- households headed by grandparents rearing grandchildren.Located in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Northwest, D.C., Plaza West is the first of its kind in the area as 50 of its 223 units are reserved for grandparents who are raising their grandkids and making within 30 and 40 percent of the median income (AMI).  Plaza West also has 11 units reserved for clients of the Department of Behavioral Health. The other 162 units are reserved for families, not necessarily grandfamilies, making between 50 and 60 percent of AMI.Plaza West in Washington, D.C. caters to grandfamiles. (Courtesy photo)According to DCist, the development has been in the works for years since the city transferred the land to Gold Rule Plaza, a non-profit affiliate of Bible Way Church.  The idea of supporting grandfamilies has roots in a facility in New York, Washington City Paper reported.The 12-story complex boasts 9,500 square feet out of outside recreational space, a fitness room, library and community room the Mayor’s office wrote in a press release.“As our city continues to grow and age, we’re committed to making investments in innovative programs—in housing, education, childcare, and more—that will set more families up for success,” said Mayor Bowser in the press release. “Plaza West is an example of how we are ensuring residents and families of all backgrounds and income levels have access to safe and affordable places to live across all eight wards.”Each grandfamily unit will have two or three bedrooms with their own entrance at 1035 4th Street NW, according to Columbus Property Management. The other entrance of the property is on 307 K Street NW.There are about 1,000 grandfamilies in the District in need of subsidized housing The Washington Post reports and about 2.7 million in the world according to Brandon Gaille.  One of the reasons for the rising number of grandfamilies is the opioid epidemic.  Nationwide, over 40 percent of children being cared for by a grandparent are there because at least one parent struggles with substance abuse, Brandon Gaille reported.City Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) explained why he hoped Plaza West would assist in bolstering the community.“This is a neighborhood that is going through a lot of change,” Allen said. “If we want to be the type of city we want to be proud of, it takes an active intentionality…This is the type of housing that helps us deliver on and grow the type of city we all support,” Washington City Paper reported.last_img read more

Microsoft cuts Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle prices by 50

first_img2013 is expected to be the year that Microsoft replaces the Xbox 360 with a new console and the next generation of Kinect motion sensor. But for the moment, Microsoft is laser-focused on pushing the Xbox 360 and with that in mind has implemented a price cut.Sony decided not to price cut and introduced a slimmer PS3 console instead. Microsoft’s holiday season tactic, alongside offering holiday bundles, is to reduce the price of both the 250GB and 4GB consoles that include Kinect by $50.Pretty much every big retailer is carrying the price reduction. If you visit Amazon right now you’ll find the Xbox 360 250GB Holiday Value Bundle with Kinect for $349.96, down from $399.99. That also includes a digital code for Carnival Games: Monkey See Monkey Do, Kinect Adventures, and 3 months subscription to Xbox Live Gold.If that bundle is out of your price range, then the Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect now costs $249.96 instead of $299.99. It includes Kinect Adventures to get you started.Compared to the PlayStation 3, if we consider just the new super slim consoles, then the pricing is within range. You’ll pay around $270 for the 250GB PS3 and $300 for the 500GB version. That’s $50 cheaper than the 250GB Xbox 360, but you don’t get a motion controller. That may or may not be important to you, though.Both Microsoft and Sony will be pushing hard for your dollars this Christmas, but the difference is this may be the last year the Xbox 360 is Microsoft’s number one console. Next year we could see a sub $200 PS3 going up against an Xbox 720 at a premium price point.via Joystiqlast_img read more

Futurama being turned into a mobile game called Futurama Game of Drones

first_imgFuturama was a much beloved animated series that was canceled before its time. Thankfully, it was resurrected a few years ago by Comedy Central and got a few more seasons with a proper finale in 2013. The franchise isn’t dead yet, though. Fox and game developer Wooga are teaming up to make a Futurama mobile game called Futurama: Game of Drones. The poster for the game says “Release the Drones” for some reason, which is much less clever.According to the press release, the Futurama game will be designed by Dave Grossman, who wrote Sam and Max, The Wolf Among Us, and Telltale Games’ Tales of Monkey Island. He’ll work with former Futurama producer and writer Patric Verrone, who wrote some of the series’ iconic episodes including The Problem with Popplers. The game will have an original storyline set in the Futurama universe that follows the Planet Express crew as they compete with shipping monopoly MomCo. Players will control networks of drones in order to solve puzzles and advance the story. We don’t really know what kind of game this is going to be, though. The developer has mostly made hidden object and 2D puzzlers, so I don’t think we can expect a full 3D playable Futurama episode. The PR also makes no mention of voice actors, so manage your expectations.Wooga’s existing games are free-to-play, so there will probably be plenty of in-app purchases. I hope they can at least come up with a clever rationale for pumping money into the game. Maybe Bender needs booze money so he can keep his power cells fueled? There’s no release date for the game, but you can probably expect it in the next few months.last_img read more

Astronomers measure detailed chemical abundances of 158 stars in a nearby dwarf

first_imgThis image shows the model of the tidally shredded Sagittarius dwarf galaxy wrapping around a 3-D representation of the Milky Way disk (flattened blue spiral). The yellow dot represents the position of the Sun. Credit: David R. Law/UCLA. (—An international team of astronomers has performed detailed measurements of the chemical composition of 158 red giant stars in the nearby Sagittarius dwarf galaxy. The study, presented in a paper published July 11 on, is so far the largest and most chemically extensive high-resolution survey of this galaxy. Citation: Astronomers measure detailed chemical abundances of 158 stars in a nearby dwarf galaxy (2017, July 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: APOGEE Chemical Abundances of the Sagittarius Dwarf Galaxy, arXiv:1707.03456 [astro-ph.GA] Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment (APOGEE) provides the opportunity to measure elemental abundances for C, N, O, Na, Mg, Al, Si, P, K, Ca, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, and Ni in vast numbers of stars. We analyze the chemical abundance patterns of these elements for 158 red giant stars belonging to the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy (Sgr). This is the largest sample of Sgr stars with detailed chemical abundances and the first time C, N, P, K, V, Cr, Co, and Ni have been studied at high-resolution in this galaxy. We find that the Sgr stars with [Fe/H] ≳ -0.8 are deficient in all elemental abundance ratios (expressed as [X/Fe]) relative to the Milky Way, suggesting that Sgr stars observed today were formed from gas that was less enriched by Type II SNe than stars formed in the Milky Way. By examining the relative deficiencies of the hydrostatic (O, Na, Mg, and Al) and explosive (Si, P, K, and Mn) elements, our analysis supports the argument that previous generations of Sgr stars were formed with a top-light IMF, one lacking the most massive stars that would normally pollute the ISM with the hydrostatic elements. We use a simple chemical evolution model, flexCE to further backup our claim and conclude that recent stellar generations of Fornax and the LMC could also have formed according to a top-light IMF. Farthest stars in Milky Way might be ripped from another galaxy Discovered in 1994, Sagittarius is a nearby, massive, elliptical loop-shaped satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. The dwarf is currently merging with our galaxy, resulting in massive tidal tails that can be found in the Galactic halo. Therefore, detailed studies of Sagittarius could clarify the formation of Milky Way’s halo. Due to its proximity (about 88,000 light years away), the stars in the core of this dwarf galaxy are excellent targets for high-resolution spectroscopy observations using ground-based telescopes.So a team of researchers led by Sten Hasselquist of the New Mexico State University recently conducted detailed spectroscopic observations of Sagittarius as part of the Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment, or APOGEE. The main goal of this survey is to study over 100,000 red giant stars across the full range of the galactic bulge, bar, disk, and halo. APOGEE makes use of a high-resolution near-infrared spectrograph connected to the Sloan Foundation 2.5m Telescope at Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico in order to penetrate the dust that obscures significant fractions of the disk and bulge of our galaxy.Hasselquist and colleagues has used APOGEE’s spectrograph to estimate chemical composition of a large group of stars in Sagittarius. They managed to measure chemical abundances for the 16 elements, namely carbon (C), nitrogen (N), oxygen (O), sodium (Na), magnesium (Mg), aluminium (Al), silicon (Si), phosphorus (P), potassium (K), calcium (Ca), vanadium (V), chromium (Cr), manganese (Mn), iron (Fe), cobalt (Co) and nickel (Ni).”The Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment provides the opportunity to measure elemental abundances for C, N, O, Na, Mg, Al, Si, P, K, Ca, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, and Ni in vast numbers of stars. We analyze the chemical abundance patterns of these elements for 158 red giant stars belonging to the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy (Sgr),” the researchers wrote in the paper.These measurements revealed that Sagittarius is deficient, at various levels, in all the studied chemical-abundance ratios relative to iron. This indicates that the most recent generation stars in the dwarf galaxy with metallicity higher than -0.8 formed from gas that was much less polluted with Type II supernovae than the gas that formed stars in the Milky Way’s disk and bulge.”We find that the Sgr stars with [Fe/H] > -0.8 are deficient in all elemental abundance ratios (expressed as [X/Fe]) relative to the Milky Way, suggesting that Sgr stars observed today were formed from gas that was less enriched by Type II SNe than stars formed in the Milky Way,” the paper reads.The team also also found that asymptotic giant branch stars are much larger contributors to the chemical enrichment of Sagittarius when compared to our Milky Way galaxy.”We find clear signs of AGB enrichment beginning at [Fe/H] ∼ -0.6 in [(C+N)/Fe], [Na/Fe], and [Al/Fe], and that the abundance patterns of these elements approach the MW trend in the most metal-rich Sgr stars,” the authors noted. © 2017 Explore further 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.last_img read more

Mamata calls for return to ballots

first_imgKolkata: Giving a clarion call to bring back transparency in the voting process, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee proposed to hold elections in the Panchayats and civic bodies using ballot papers, replacing the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).She was addressing the largest rally till date to commemorate Martyrs’ Day, at Esplanade on Sunday afternoon. Police had gunned down 13 Youth Congress supporters who took part in a rally demanding “No ID card no vote” on July 21, 1993. Trinamool has been observing the day as Martyrs’ Day since the inception of the party on January 1, 1998. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We will request the Election Commission to conduct elections in Panchayats, municipalities and corporations in ballot papers,” she said, adding: “BJP’s victory in 2019 Lok Sabha poll is a mystery and not history. USA and all the European countries have discarded EVMs and so our demand is justified. We will show the path.” It may be recalled that in the rallies before the general elections, Banerjee had repeatedly been vocal about the manipulation of EVMs. Many Opposition parties had echoed her voice but none had actually carried out any movement regarding the same. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateReferring to the cut money issue, she said: “BJP has misinterpreted what I had told my party men on the issue.” Coming down heavily on the saffron party, she raised the slogan ‘Return black money’ and instructed Trinamool workers to launch movements up to the block level, urging BJP to return black money. “I have evidence that BJP leaders had taken money for providing Ujala connections. Go back to your areas and launch movement urging BJP leaders to return the money which they had taken,” Banerjee said. She said Trinamool will organise rallies throughout the state, demanding that BJP should disclose the foreign funds which it had received before the general elections. “Indira Jaisingh’s residence was raided for receiving foreign funds worth Rs 90 lakh. But BJP has made law in such a way that it will not have to disclose the amount of foreign money it has received. Is it justified?” Banerjee questioned and added: “We have not received Rs 15 lakh in our accounts. We want BJP to return the black money it has received from different sources.” Referring to the deterioration of law and order situation in Bhatpara, she said: “This is the result of voting for BJP. There had not been any problem in Bhatpara in the past eight years. BJP is creating trouble everywhere. CPI(M)’s hoodlums who have joined BJP are now creating trouble in Khejuri and Keshpur.” Speaking about the “double standard” of BJP, the Trinamool supremo said: “In Uttar Pradesh Piyanka Gandhi and the Trinamool delegation led by Derek O’ Brien were not allowed to meet the family of the dalits who got killed a few days ago. In Assam, the Trinamool delegation which had gone to meet those whose names had been dropped from the NRC list, were not allowed to go out of the airport. However, a BJP delegation came from Delhi and met people in Bhatpara, flouting the prohibitory order under Section 144 CrPC.” Banerjee alleged that BJP is involved in horse trading in Bengal as well. “I was talking to one of our MLAS from North Bengal and he told me that BJP had proposed to give him Rs 2 crore and a petrol pump,” she said, adding: “People will shun them who will join BJP after taking money.” Cheering up the party workers assembled at the rally, she said: “There is nothing to worry. We have increased our vote percentage. Work seriously in your locality and build contacts with local people. Have faith in Trinamool and face any situation courageously and do not run away in case any trouble crops up.” “BJP will try out all means to scare us and harass us. But under no circumstance will we bow down to the party that has vitiated society,” she added. Meanwhile, she urged CPI(M) and Congress “not to take up self-destructive methods” and launch movement against BJP. “You do not have to support us. Put up a serious fight against the BJP,” she stated. Banerjee also announced the programmes which the party will undertake in the next few months.last_img read more

Chrome 57 throttling of background tabs begins

first_imgChrome 57: throttling of background tabs begins by Martin Brinkmann on March 15, 2017 in Google Chrome – 11 commentsGoogle Chrome 57 is the first stable version of the web browser for the desktop that ships with the background tab throttling power optimization feature.Google announced back in January 2017 that its Chrome web browser would start to throttle expensive background pages in the near future.This change is now live in Chrome Stable. According to the new blog post on the official Chromium Blog, Chrome “will throttle individual background tabs by limiting the timer fire rate for background tabs using excessive power”.While timers of background tabs in Chrome were limited to run once per second already, the change throttles access to the CPU so that background tabs may use on average 1% of a core when they run in the background.Google notes that tabs that run real-time applications such as audio playing in the background or WebRTC / WebSockets are not affected by the change.The change leads to 25% “fewer busy background tabs” according to Google, but benchmarks for how that translates to power improvement has not been published by the company.Users may opt out of the extra tab throttling right now by loading Chrome with the –disable-background-timer-throttling flag.This is done in the following way on Windows machines:Right-click on the Chrome icon in the taskbar.Right-click on Chrome in the menu that opens, and select properties from it.Add –disable-background-timer-throttling to the end of the target field. Make sure there is a space between the path and the flag, e.g. “C:\Users\Martin\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome SxS\Application\chrome.exe” –disable-background-timer-throttlingGoogle created the flag for “use cases like running test suites and other sanctioned heavy computations”, but it is available to all users of the browser.The company has long term plans for the feature (and we mean long term as the last entry of the roadmap is set to 2020+):Explicit opt-outs (~Q2 2017, when FeaturePolicy ships)Suspend all tasks on mobile (~Q2 2017)Throttling non-timer tasks (~Q2 2017)Budget-based throttling for offscreen frames (~Q3 2017)Throttling web workers (~2018)Suspend all background tabs (~2018)Remove opt-outs (~2020+)Google engineers plan to enable opt-outs that web apps and sites may use to opt-out from some forms of throttling. Also, in the second quarter of 2017, Google plans to throttle non-timer tasks, e.g. loading tasks, web workers in 2018, and to suspend all background tabs in 2018 as well.SummaryArticle NameChrome 57: throttling of background tabs beginsDescriptionGoogle Chrome 57 is the first stable version of the web browser for the desktop that ships with the background tab throttling power optimization feature.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more