first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–The recently formed Senate Liberal caucus plans to discuss the ongoing issue of murdered and missing Indigenous women during its first open caucus meeting next month.The 32 Senators once formed part of the Liberal caucus until Liberal leader Justin Trudeau banished them from the fold.Now freed from party discipline, these Senators plan to “make Parliament work better for Canadians, to make it respond to the needs of Canadians, rather than the needs of political parties and their leaders.”The Independent Senators plan to open up some of their caucus meetings to the public, turning them into forums on public policy issues that often go overlooked, said Sen. James Cowen, the leader of the Senate Liberal caucus.Their first open caucus meeting is planned for March 26 and will focus on discussions around the issue of murdered and missing Indigenous women.“This is an issue that has shocked the conscience of Canadians,” said Sen. Art Eggleton, who also referred to the ongoing search for Loretta Saunders, an Inuk university student from Labrador who went missing in Halifax.Eggleton said the caucus would be inviting speakers to the caucus to discuss the issue.The Senate Liberals will also be asking Canadians to submit questions for the Senators to use during the Senate’s question period, post their expenses on a separate website, make all votes free of party discipline and start an ongoing “national conversation” around equalization, where richer provinces help poorer provinces pay their bills.news@aptn.calast_img read more

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first_imgKITIMAT, B.C. — The company behind a controversial natural gas pipeline in northern British Columbia says construction began in a number of places before archaeological assessments were complete.Coastal GasLink says an internal audit found there were two areas along the right of way east of Kitimat where land was cleared before archaeological impact assessments occurred.It says the assessments are conditions of the permits issued by the BC Oil and Gas Commission and the B.C. government’s Environmental Assessment Certificate. “I have directed the team to complete a thorough investigation of these incidents and have halted clearing work in the area until the investigation is complete and recommendations are put into practice,” Pfeiffer said in a statement Thursday.The Canadian Press Coastal GasLink says it has suspended all clearing activity in the area until an internal review is complete and actions are taken to prevent it from happening again.It says it has also notified affected Indigenous communities and welcomes their participation in post-impact assessments.The Coastal GasLink pipeline inspired global protests when hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation said it had no authority without their consent.The company says it had signed agreements with all 20 elected First Nations along the 670-kilometre route to LNG Canada’s export terminal on the coast in Kitimat, including the Wet’suwet’en council.It says the land cleared in the affected areas measure 600-by-50-metres and 240-by-10-metres respectively and assessments of neighbouring lands had identified them as having low likelihood of archaeological significance.Coastal GasLink president David Pfeiffer says he regrets the errors that led to the construction.last_img read more

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first_imgMumbai: An on-field injury followed by some controversial statements off the field saw all-rounder Hardik Pandya in the news for all the wrong reasons. But the Mumbai Indians player wants the focus back on his game and was instrumental in helping MI beat Chennai Super Kings by 37 runs at the Wankhede Stadium. A brilliant 8-ball 25 was followed by bowling figures of 3/20 from his four overs as the all-rounder was rightly handed the Man of the Match award. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Speaking after the game, Pandya thanked all those who have supported him through his tough time. “The injury happened and then the controversy too. These seven months weren’t easy and I wasn’t sure of what to do. This award is special and I dedicate it to all those who stood by me during those tough times. My goal is to keep performing and hopefully, help India win the World Cup,” he said. Pandya said he was waiting to get some game time after spending hours at the nets. He also added that he is hitting the ball really well at the moment. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “It feels really good to help the team win and to contribute to it. It’s been seven months since I played much competitive cricket. Have batted and batted and batted in the nets. I am someone who loves to have game time and I am hitting them really well at the moment,” he said. While Pandya played a cameo at the end, he was well supported by West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard as he hit an unbeaten 17 off just 7 balls. The experienced campaigner said that Pandya was doing a fabulous job for the team. “Taking into context, the Pandya boys are doing really well. He has a clear mind and has been hitting the ball very well. As a team, we strive on momentum. It’s good for us, we have been batting pretty well, it’s just a matter of improvement,” he said. On his own little cameo at the end of the MI innings, Pollard said: “Whenever I get a chance, I try to make a difference and contribute to the team.”last_img read more

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first_imgPrague: Czech billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Saturday he would not resign if indicted for his alleged role in a two-million-euro EU subsidy fraud. Police this week recommended that Babis be indicted over the case which could see him and several others, including family members, spending five to ten years in prison. “I would not resign because I have been saying from the beginning that this is a political process,” Babis told the DNES broadsheet which he owns. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe 64-year-old agro-chemicals mogul pegged by Forbes as the second-wealthiest Czech is suspected of abusing EU funds to build the luxury Stork Nest resort and farm near Prague in 2007. He allegedly took the farm out of his sprawling Agrofert food, chemicals and media holding to make it eligible for a subsidy awarded to small companies before eventually putting it back. Charged by police in 2017, Babis and several others — including his wife, brother-in-law and daughter — are suspected of subsidy fraud and harming the EU’s financial interests. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”If I weren’t in politics, nobody would have heard about the Stork Nest,” Babis told DNES. “People keep plotting affairs against me, delving into the past. This affair is 12 years old,” he said, calling charges against his family “incredible filth”. President Milos Zeman, who could remove the embattled prime minister, said Thursday he would not do so. “An indicted prime minister is not a sentenced prime minister,” said the 74-year-old pro-Russian, pro-Chinese veteran leftwinger and a staunch Babis ally. The prime minister’s populist ANO movement leads a minority coalition government with leftwing Social Democrats.last_img read more

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first_imgRabat – Moroccan “K-1”and “Kickboxing”World Champion, Badr Hari, was sentence on Friday to 12 months in prison and six months probation. The athlete was sentenced on charges of assault and battery, according to Dutch media. The kickboxer will also have to pay more than 21,000 euros in damages.The Public Prosecutor had asked for a ten-year prison sentence on the charges brought against him by a Dutch millionaire for “savagely attacking him in a night-club.”Badr Hari on Friday appeared before the court on charges of assaulting a reveler in a private box at the Sensation White event at Amsterdam Arena. Hari was accused of being one of several men who assaulted the travel industry entrepreneur Koen Everink and left him hospitalized with face and leg injuries. In court appearance in last month, Hari had denied all the charges against him and claimed to be innocent of each one.Hari will serve only 4 months, since he had already spent 8 months in custody.Born in 1984 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Badr Hari began practicing kickboxing at the age of seven, under the guidance of former World Champion Mousid Akamrane. He is famous for having a devastating knockout power and being an emotional fighter.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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first_imgMegan Edge Public Information Officer for the DOC: “On Friday, October 26, Doran Jennings  was found unresponsive in his cell. It appears that he died of a suicide. Jennings was 27, when the staff found him  they immediately began attempting lifesaving measures and continued until emergency services arrived.” His next of kin has been notified. Every prisoner death is reviewed by the Alaska State Troopers and the Medical Examiner’s Office. The Department’s Professional Conduct Unit will also conduct an internal investigation. He was transported to the Seward hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:22 p.m. Jennings’ death was the seventh state inmate death of 2018.center_img Jennings has been at SCCC since September 26, 2018. He was serving a sentence for assault charges. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An inmate at Spring Creek Correctional Center, in Seward, has died in an “apparent suicide” on Friday, according to Department of Correction officials.last_img read more

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first_imgHowie Kent with the Division of Forestry says the Kenai Peninsula still has a lot of dry fire fuels, which have become more flammable due to recent warmer temperatures.: “We’re expecting a little bit of breezy conditions along the coastal areas, like Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, that kind of area. For the weekend we are expected to get warmer and dryer, which will lead to higher temperatures, and lower relative humidity which equal the possibility for more fires.”   While this summer’s wildfire season has so far been quiet in Alaska, there are areas of the state that have been sunny, warm, and are drying. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享As Alaska residents and visitors prepare to head outside for the warm weekend, the state’s wildland fire officials would like to remind the public to be extremely cautious with any activity that could ignite a wildfire. In southcentral Alaska, recent warm days and temperatures on the  forecast will dry the surface fuels and deeper layers of forested lands leaving them very susceptible to fire starts. Kent: “As people get out and they want to do some camping, and want to have a campfire remember to keep your campfire small in case the winds pick up unexpectedly try and keep your fire under control.”last_img read more

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first_img ADC AUTHOR Photo by NBC News The Pentagon is now responsible for diverting defense budget funds to build a southern border wall, if President Trump’s national emergency declaration issued Friday stands.Here’s what you may have missed over the holiday weekend:As of Saturday, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan had not yet determined if the wall is “militarily necessary” and from which projects he might pull funds. “We understand there are some priorities that won’t be considered,” Shanahan said, according to Military Times. “Military housing … what’s been interesting … I’ve received a number of letters, I’ve had lots of feedback. ‘Do not jeopardize the projects that are underway.’”The House Appropriations Committee identified almost 400 potentially impacted military construction projects – in almost every state, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam, along with others overseas. Military.com outlined some of them.Tim Kaine (D-Va.) tweeted, “-Removing lead from military housing -Making overseas bases safer -Upgrading hospitals that treat wounded troops. These are the types of projects military construction funding is supposed to pay for when it isn’t stolen to build a wall that won’t make us safer.”Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said projects like one at Fort Campbell may have to wait. “I would say it’s better for the middle school kids in Kentucky to have a secure border,” he said Sunday on Face the Nation. “We’ll get them the school they need. But right now, we’ve got a national emergency on our hands.”Congress is out this week but could start a process when it returns to state its opposition to the emergency declaration. If it passed both chambers, it would be unlikely to do so with a veto-proof margin.Sixteen states are suing, according to NBC News. “We have vital military dollars going to strategic projects that are of vital national security,” New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas told CNN Monday night, explaining his decision to join the suit. Other organizations have said they will sue, too, setting up a possible Supreme Court showdown.Asked at his Rose Garden press conference Friday about whether readiness could be threatened, the President said “some of the generals” think a border wall is a high priority. “If we had a wall, we wouldn’t need the military.”last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — In the December episode of Book Stew, host Eileen MacDougall interviews Queens, New York writer Maya Alexandri, author of The Plague Circle, a collection of linked stories set in an epidemic center in Africa.Watch the episode, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/d/2/3/1/f/f/d231ff81-16c8-412b-b7ba-424dffc2bb731543943874.357%2B48726573.401%40castus4-wilmington%2B15439455471543944246614824.vod.720p.20181203_Book_Stew_ep_63_maya_alexandri.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/d/2/3/1/f/f/d231ff81-16c8-412b-b7ba-424dffc2bb731543943874.357%2B48726573.401%40castus4-wilmington%2B15439455471543944246614824.vod.720p.20181203_Book_Stew_ep_63_maya_alexandri.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEW STEW: Meet Author Ben Berkley On September’s Book StewIn “Videos”NEW STEW: Meet Children’s Author Ioana Hobai On August’s Book StewIn “Videos”NEW STEW: Meet Local Author Marty Conley On July’s Book StewIn “Videos”last_img read more

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first_imgApple’s interest in augmented reality (AR) is revving up.That’s the message behind a 292 page patent application the tech giant filed in August last year, detailing “an augmented reality environment,” including using the technology on an iPhone, and potentially a headset as well.Enlarge ImageOne image from the Apple patent, published Feb. 28. Apple Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the patent, which was published Thursday under patent number US 2019/0065027, is that Apple appears to be exploring ways of using an augmented reality headset alongside an iPhone. In the patent, Apple describes people using a headset to view “an augmented reality environment,” in which computer images are overlaid on the real world. And then they’d use a “touch-sensitive surface” as a way to interact with that environment.The patent, first discovered by the website Patently Apple, is the clearest sign yet that the iPhone maker is exploring building an AR headset, something that sources told CNET the company is hoping to release in roughly the next year. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Apple isn’t the only company working on these devices. Microsoft last Sunday announced its $3,500 HoloLens 2 headset, a device the company hopes will be widely used by businesses to help employees who need to regularly refer to schematics or X-rays or other information where a typical screen, mouse and keyboard don’t work as well.”The goal is these things will transform humans,” HoloLens leader Alex Kipman said in an interview at Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington, headquarters. “They’ll empower people and organizations to do things they plainly were not able to do before.”There’s also Magic Leap, which released its $2,295 headset for developers last August, with a consumer version promised in the not-too-distant future. The Magic Leap gadget is different from Microsoft’s HoloLens, which is self-contained and tracks your hands, eyes and voice to help you interact with its AR world. Instead, Magic Leap’s gizmo is made up of a headset, called Lightwear, that’s connected by a wire to a wearable computer, called a Lightpack. You can interact with Magic Leap using a handheld remote called Control.Apple appears to be following Magic Leap’s approach. The patent suggests a headset would wirelessly communicate with a separate computer and the iPhone. CNET’s sources said Apple’s prototypes included a cordless device that would wirelessly communicate with a separate device powered by a custom Apple processing brain. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Tags Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors reading • Apple patent hints at AR headset that’ll work with your iPhone Comments Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See All Share your voice 3 • Apple Wearable Tech Tech Industry Virtual Reality Augmented reality (AR) Applelast_img read more

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first_imgMark Zuckerberg might have to testify again, this time not in front of Congress, but in court. James Martin/CNET Washington, DC, Attorney General Karl Racine has said his court case against Facebook for last year’s Cambridge Analytica data breach will go ahead. Facebook’s second attempt to block the lawsuit has now failed, Racine tweeted Friday. The DC attorney general sued Facebook in December, alleging that the company failed to safeguard the personal data of its users. Facebook’s “lax oversight and misleading privacy settings” allowed Cambridge Analytica to access the personal information of up to 87 million Facebook users, the lawsuit said. The scandal saw CEO Mark Zuckerberg testify to Congress on Facebook’s data privacy policies. 🚨 #BREAKING: For the 2nd time, the court has denied Facebook’s attempt to stop our lawsuit that seeks to hold the company accountable for not protecting the personal data of nearly half of DC residents. We look forward to discovery and continuing our case to protect consumers.— AG Karl A. Racine (@AGKarlRacine) June 28, 2019 Share your voice Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and data mining: What you need to know Facebook allegedly knew of Cambridge Analytica data mining earlier than reported Zuckerberg takes Facebook data apology tour to Washington Facebook and the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: 0 Did Facebook lose control of your information? Tags The US Federal Trade Commission also kicked off an investigation of Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica scandal for violating a legal agreement it had with the US government to keep user data private. Facebook has previously estimated that the FTC could fine the company $3 billion to $5 billion.  The New York attorney general’s office is similarly investigating Facebook over the harvesting of email contacts of about 1.5 million users without their consent.  “It is time Facebook is held accountable for how it handles consumers’ personal information,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement in April. “Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of respect for consumers’ information while at the same time profiting from mining that data.” The social network confirmed in April that it collected the email contacts of its users but said it wasn’t deliberate. Originally published June 28, 5:21 p.m. PT.   Update, 6:01 p.m.: Adds Facebook comment. Legal Cambridge Analytica Mark Zuckerberg Facebook “For the second time, the court has denied Facebook’s attempt to stop our lawsuit that seeks to hold the company accountable for not protecting the personal data of nearly half of DC residents,” Racine tweeted. “We look forward to discovery and continuing our case to protect consumers.” According to the lawsuit, Facebook didn’t properly monitor data gathering by third-party apps, and its privacy settings aren’t easy for people to use. This is a breach of DC’s consumer protection law, the lawsuit alleges. “Facebook failed to protect the privacy of its users and deceived them about who had access to their data and how it was used,” Racine said in a statement in December. “Today’s lawsuit is about making Facebook live up to its promise to protect its users’ privacy.” A Facebook spokesperson told CNET that protecting its users’ data and privacy is “a top priority.” “We’ve taken a hard look at the information apps can use when you connect them to Facebook, as well as other data practices,” the spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “We know we have more work to do. However, we do not believe this suit has any merit and will continue to defend ourselves vigorously.” Mobile Internet Security Applications Mobile Apps Politics Online 3:28last_img read more

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first_imgScott Waring: YouTubeAlien researcher Scott C Waring has claimed to have spotted several anomalies in pictures of Mars and Moon released by NASA, and it has made many people believe that alien life could be a reality. Now, the researcher has uploaded a set of images from Mars taken by NASA’s Curiosity Rover, and claimed to have spotted an Egyptian sarcophagus on the Red Planet.”Here is an ancient sarcophagus on mars as seen in the original NASA photo. There are actually three of them, but two had fallen the other direction and only one had fallen towards us, which allows us to see its lid. The lid of the sarcophagus has a figure of a person on it. , It’s easy to make out the head, shoulders, and body on top of the lid,” wrote Waring on his website UFO Sightings Daily.Waring also claimed that he has spotted several artifacts including ancient pillars and structures on Mars. As per Waring, an advanced alien civilization had once lived on Mars, and they could have perished from the planet thousands of years ago.A video uploaded to YouTube about this discovery has already caught the attention of alien believers, and many people argue that Waring’s research is unique in the process of disclosure. Some other users claim that the weird shape of the sarcophagus-like object clearly indicates that it is built by alien beings.”Very, VERY strange shape if at all “Natural”? Mars – this whole Planet is an Anomaly!!!” commented Owl Ernator, a YouTube user.A few weeks back, Scott C Waring had discovered weird structures on the Red Planet, and he claimed that these structures were actually alien fossils. After making this discovery, Waring alleged that employees in NASA are not doing their work properly, and that the United States space agency is becoming obsolete.He also urged Donald Trump to make him the head of NASA, so that he can unveil several mysteries surrounding the existence of alien life on Mars.last_img read more

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first_imgReuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo pose for a picture at the Reuters office in Yangon, Myanmar. Reuters file photoMyanmar’s government said on Wednesday that police had arrested two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. The reporters had been working on stories about a military crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rahkine State that has caused almost 650,000 people to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.The Ministry of Information said in a statement on its Facebook page that the journalists and two policemen face charges under the British colonial-era Official Secrets Act. The 1923 law carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.The reporters “illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media,” said the statement, which was accompanied by a photo of the pair in handcuffs.It said they were detained at a police station on the outskirts of Yangon, the southeast Asian nation’s main city.Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo went missing on Tuesday evening after they had been invited to meet police officials over dinner.Reuters’ driver Myothant Tun dropped them off at Battalion 8’s compound at around 8 pm and the two reporters and two police officers headed to a nearby restaurant. The journalists did not return to the car.BLATANT ATTACKThe Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh say their exodus from the mainly Buddhist nation was triggered by a military counter-offensive in Rakhine state that the United Nations has branded “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.“Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been reporting on events of global importance in Myanmar, and we learned today that they have been arrested in connection with their work,” said Stephen J. Adler, president and editor-in-chief of Reuters.“We are outraged by this blatant attack on press freedom. We call for authorities to release them immediately,” he said.A spokesman for Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi confirmed that the two journalists had been arrested.“Not only your reporters, but also the policemen who were involved in that case,” spokesman Zaw Htay said. “We will take action against those policemen and also the reporters.”In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert emphasized that the agency was “following this closely.” She said that U.S. Ambassador Scot Marciel on Wednesday had a conversation with two government officials in Myanmar who seemed “genuinely unaware” of the situation.“We care about the safety and security of international reporters who are simply just trying to do their jobs. So we’re going to continue to try to stay on that,” Nauert said.The U.S. embassy in Yangon said in a statement posted on its website on Wednesday it was “deeply concerned by the highly irregular arrests of two Reuters reporters after they were invited to meet with police officials in Yangon last night”.“For a democracy to succeed, journalists need to be able to do their jobs freely,” the embassy said. “We urge the government to explain these arrests and allow immediate access to the journalists.”The European Union’s mission in Yangon also voiced concern.“The EU delegation is closely following their case and we call on the Myanmar authorities to ensure the full protection of their rights,” it said in a statement. “Media freedom is the foundation of any democracy.”The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists called for the reporters’ immediate and unconditional release.“These arrests come amid a widening crackdown which is having a grave impact on the ability of journalists to cover a story of vital global importance,” said Shawn Crispin, CPJ’s senior Southeast Asia representative.TEXTED FOUR WORDSWa Lone, who joined Reuters in July 2016, has covered a range of stories, including the flight of Rohingya refugees from Rakhine in 2016 and, in much larger numbers, this year.He has written about military land grabs and the killing of ruling party lawyer Ko Ni in January. This year he jointly won an honorable mention from the Society of Publishers in Asia for Reuters coverage of the Rakhine crisis in 2016.He previously worked for The Myanmar Times, where he covered Myanmar’s historic 2015 elections, and People’s Age, a local weekly newspaper, where his editor was Myanmar’s current Minister of Information Pe Myint.Kyaw Soe Oo, an ethnic Rakhine Buddhist from state capital Sittwe, has worked with Reuters since September.He has covered the impact of the Aug. 25 attacks on police and army posts in the northern Rakhine, and reported from the central part of the state where local Buddhists have been enforcing segregation between Rohingya and Rakhine communities.He previously worked for Root Investigation Agency, a local news outlet focused on Rakhine issues.“I have been arrest” were the four words that Wa Lone texted to Reuters Myanmar Bureau Chief Antoni Slodkowski on Tuesday evening to let him know what was happening. Very soon after that Wa Lone’s phone appeared to have been switched off.Over the next 24 hours, Reuters colleagues in Yangon filed a missing persons report, went to three police stations, and asked a series of government officials what had happened to the two reporters. They got no official information until Wednesday evening.last_img read more

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first_imgA Huthi fighter guards a polling station in the capital Sanaa on 13 April 2019, during by-elections held by Huthi rebels to replace 24 `deputies` from their assembly after the deaths and defections of former elected officials. Photo: AFPYemen’s government and Huthi rebels have accepted a detailed plan for a much-delayed pullback from the flashpoint city of Hodeida, the UN envoy said Monday, but no timetable was announced for the withdrawals.The redeployment of forces was agreed in December under a ceasefire deal reached in Sweden that offered the best hope in years of moving toward an end to the war that has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.UN envoy Martin Griffiths told the Security Council that “both parties have now accepted a detailed redeployment plan” for the first stage of the pullback from Hodeida.Griffiths said he received assurances from Huthi leader Abdul Malik al Huthi when they met in Sanaa last week that his forces would support the Hodeida agreement, but the envoy sounded a note of caution after so many delays.”Let us be clear that when — and I hope it is when and not if — these redeployments happen, they will be the first voluntary withdrawal of forces in this long conflict,” he said by videoconference from Amman.The United Nations announced a deal on the two-stage pullback from Hodeida city and its ports in February, but the redeployment failed to materialize on the ground and the peace effort has since stalled.The United States put the onus on the Huthis to unblock the process and begin redeployments as agreed in the plan.”The Yemeni government has demonstarted a clear commitment to the United Nations led process,” acting US Ambassador Jonathan Cohen told the Security Council.”It is time for the Huthis to also show the international community that they too are serious about the UN process and the agreements that they themselves reached in Stockholm,” he said.- US warns Huthis -The United States, which has supported the Saudi-led coalition backing the government in Yemen’s war, also accused the Huthis of blocking access to a food storage site that contains enough grain to feed 3.7 million people for a month.The Red Sea Mills “remain closed and the food stocks within may be rotten,” said Cohen. “At this point only the Huthis are blocking access to the Mills and they alone will be to blame if the food spoils.”The Red Sea port of Hodeida is the entry point for the bulk of imported goods and relief aid to Yemen.The detailed plan on the pullback was negotiated by Danish General Michael Lollesgaard who heads a UN monitoring mission.Following the deal on the first stage, Lollesgaard will now focus on the second phase and seek to resolve disputes over the deployment of local forces in areas from where there has been a pullback.Griffiths said he was laying the groundwork for broader serious negotiations on ending the war in Yemen but added: “We all need to see tangible progress in Hodeida before moving to focus on the political solution.”The coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 to push back an advance by Huthi rebels who continue to hold the capital Sanaa, and restore Hadi to power.The conflict has unleashed the world’s worst humanitarian conflict, according to the United Nations, with millions facing famine.last_img
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first_img Share Jose Luis Magana/APDemonstrators protest at Sen. Dean Heller’s, R-Nev., office in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and Temporary Protected Status (TPS), programs on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.President Trump and congressional Democrats appear no closer to a deal on protecting “Dreamers” from deportation, but GOP lawmakers are working on a Plan B that would — if approved — prevent an election-year shutdown of the government, extending funding at least another month.A continuing resolution is due to expire this Friday, but Republicans have proposed kicking the can down the road once more with an extension on stop-gap funding through Feb. 16.Democrats have threatened a no-vote on any spending resolution that does not include an extension of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. However, Republicans hope that by including a two-year delay on implementation of unpopular taxes on medical devices and high-end employer-subsidized health care plans and a six-year reauthorization of the children’s health program, or CHIP, they can get enough Democrats to come on board.Rank-and-file Republicans seem to like the deal and are hoping for a vote on Thursday, just ahead of the Friday deadline.As NPR’s Susan Davis reports, “The general consensus among members is this is simply a vote to buy time to continue negotiations on immigration and budget talks, and they want to cast the vote as a vote for/against a shutdown.”Susan reports that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has taken the lead negotiating role for House Republicans. He is planning a meeting Wednesday with Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn as well as Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Stenny Hoyer.“We don’t want to shut down the government. …We want to keep the government open,” Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, told reporters. “But we’re not going to be held hostage to do things that we think are going to be contrary to the best interests of the American people.”Hoyer’s remarks echoed those of many Democrats, who said they are unlikely to support any measure without a deal on DACA, which has been thrown into question by the president’s vulgar remarks last week about immigrants from African countries. As The Associated Press notes, “Democrats appeared to see scant reason to bargain with a president many in their party view as holding racist views on immigration.”The AP reports: “Republicans have enough votes to push a measure through the House if they stay largely united. But some House GOP defense hawks could vote no because they want lawmakers to approve long-term spending for the Pentagon. Conservatives were also threatening to balk.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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August 31, 2019

History on your plate

first_imgThey call it Daniell’s Tavern and they dish out some of the best recipes from the east, north and south of India. Of course I did a double take and checked out the name again. There’s a story behind it, the Sr. Executive Vice President and General Manager, Vijay Wanchoo had told me in a conversation. Daniell’s has a menu that revisits India from the eyes of Thomas and William Daniells. The uncle and nephew team came to paint the rich culture of India’s locales in 1786, in the midst of colonial era to assist the expanding British Empire. While they painted, they also got the chance to enjoy the local cuisine which got recorded meticulously in their diaries. The menu at this restaurant is right off those pages. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The restaurant greets you with a wonderful sense of comfort. It feels like splendid home to us localites, but for the foreign clientele, which Chef de cuisine Ved Prakash tells us – is the major bulk of diners;  it is a beautiful mix and match of luxury and indigenous charm. From the fresh marigolds on the tables to the live kitchen and the paintings on the walls – the romance fuses with the food on the plate. In a fresh innitiative to celebrate all things Punjabi, Daniell’s Tavern cooked up a storm. Apart from their signature dishes like Azeezun’s Glory (Navrattan Khaas) and Merchant’s Bounty (Keerai Masial), they dished out delicacies like Bhatti da Murgh, Macchli Amritsari, Maa ki Dal and Paneer Lababdaar. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixServed with Sadda Chawal and assorted Indian breads – ‘Punjab’ was quite a celebration. The Maa ki Dal was an absolute favourite. I do believe there is something eternally comforting about dal-chawal and no this isn’t the Bengali in me speaking! The Punjabi Meat Masala was perfectly done and that gets a thumbs up along with the Shamiana Prawns.The chef suggested the Tandoori Salmon (apparently a hit with foreigners) but it was turned down for the Macchli Amritsari – I was already bursting at the seams. Salmon is a very soft fish and it is almost a matter of mastery to not ruin it on the tandoor – definitely something to try the next time round.  With Hastings Choice (Matka Kulfi) to round it up – Daniell’s Tavern is not something you want to miss when you are at the Imperial. Pencil in a date soon! DETAILMeal for two: INR 4000 + taxes without alcoholTimings: 6:30pm to 11:45pmlast_img read more

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first_imgDo you feel apprehensive about using frozen foods thinking they are not nutritious? Now put your doubts to rest about frozen food in cold storage.Frozen food brand McCain Foods India has elucidated on the IQF technology to help users get over their inhibitions, said a statement.There are 12 stages before a vegetable or fruit is frozen. First is the reception of the raw produce (actually a misnomer because the product which is perfectly ripe is brought to the factory for freezing).  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The other 11 stages are pneumatic cleaning, washing and de-stoning, visual inspection, trimming, shelling, sizing, pitting and skinning, blanching, cooling, sorting, individual quick freezing (IQF), grading, packing and storage. The IQF method of freezing ensures that the quality of the end product is much superior compared to other methods of food preservation like dehydration, canning or bottling as it does not lead to any loss of nutrients, flavours, colours, shape or texture. The process also results in a longer shelf life (up to 18 months), reduced thawing loss and no product deformation.last_img read more

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August 30, 2019

Office Tech

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailHeavy traffic on the A500 is causing long delays throughout the north of the city this morning. There are long queues on the A500 D Road Southbound between Reginald Mitchell Way (Kidsgrove / Tunstall Turn Off) and A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way ( Basford Roundabout) – with congestion on A500 back to A34 Newcastle Road / Peacock Hay Road (Talke Roundabout). Travel time is around 45 minutes against the expected time, according to Inrix. The congestion has not been helped by a breakdown that was briefly restricting the carriageway between Wolstanton and Basford, although this has now cleared. There are also long queues and heavy on the A50 Scotia Road between Williamson Street in Tunstall and Cobridge Traffic Lights – this in turn is causing congestion on the A53. Drivers may be using Scotia Road to avoid the Southbound D-road. Read MoreSnow on way as Met Office issues Yellow Weather Warning There are delays on the Southbound D-road For the latest traffic updates throughout the day, visit our live news feed here.last_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:Want to start a business in Costa Rica? Let’s look at the details Insurance Institute begins collecting marchamo payments this week Want to start a business in Costa Rica? Getting it done Driving in Costa Rica: The rules of the road Facebook Comments Costa Rica’s Roadway Safety Council (COSEVI) has published a new manual for mandatory technical vehicle inspections, conducted by the Spanish-Costa Rican company Riteve SyC. A total of 14 changes were published in the official government newspaper La Gaceta on Nov. 21, and will take effect in January 2015. Drivers should note that if a vehicle is found to have a “grave infraction,” owners must fix the problem and return for a second inspection.Once a year, all vehicles in Costa Rica must pass inspection. Those that pass receive a sticker to be affixed on the inside of a vehicle’s windshield.Following are the 14 changes:License plates must be up-to-date according to rules and regulations issued by the National Registry. If current plates are not displayed at the time of inspection, a “grave infraction” will be noted.The installation of a “mule killer” (mataburros – a large front bumper sometimes used on 4-wheel drive vehicles) will be checked. If there is a concern that all or part of this equipment might fall off, you will receive a grave infraction.If the fenders on your car or motorcycle have been modified, inspectors will look for skirts that prevent airflow under the vehicle. If these skirts aren’t wide or tall enough, you will receive a grave infraction.If your windshield has a crack longer than 50 cm, look forward to a grave infraction.Buses and microbuses registered on or after January 2013 must have two- or three-point seatbelts on sideway seats or front-facing seats at the back of the vehicle. Non-compliance is considered a minor infraction.Starting in 2015, any vehicle brought into the country must have a speedometer that shows kilometers/hour. Failure results in a grave infraction.Your odometer must be in good working order. Your mileage will be noted. Riteve will ensure that the mileage hasn’t been altered or modified according to the official number registered when the vehicle entered the country. Starting in January 2016, a grave infraction will be noted for a lack of legible mileage or if it is found that the number shown is less than that originally registered.If your headlamps are of a different color on either side, you will get a minor infraction.Before the smog test, the oil pressure in vehicles with sparkplugs will be checked to see if your oil light is on. A warning light will result in a grave infraction.Any tow heavier than 750 kg must have working brakes. Otherwise, you get a “dangerous defect” designation.If the time limit on vehicles that have the steering wheel on the right side has passed, the modification to the left side must have been completed. A certificate from a properly licensed mechanical or electro-mechanical engineer must be presented, or you are prized with a grave infraction. All such conversions must be registered with the National Registry.Only heavy trucks can use re-treaded tires, as long as they’re designed for that use. They must be labeled “regroovable.” Otherwise, yes, a grave infraction comes your way.The installation of airbags will be inspected. Depending on the type of problem found, you could be found in receipt of one of four types of grave infractions, or two types of minor infractions.Meters will be checked in taxis to make sure they’re audible to the hearing impaired, and they must print out a receipt. Otherwise, you and your meter will be awarded a grave infraction.last_img read more

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