New federal bill to shorten court delays wont work in the north

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsIn northern communities that don’t have the RCMP, witness statements, community testimony can be an important part of a case.But what happens if there is no preliminary hearing?That’s what one Yellowknife defence lawyer is speaking out against in the face of a new federal crime

Tata JLR drives locally made Range Rover Velar trim in India

first_imgNew Delhi: Jaguar Land Rover India Tuesday said it has initiated sales of locally manufactured Range Rover Velar in the country with prices starting from Rs 72.47 Lakh (ex-showroom). The locally manufactured model is offered in a single trim, R Dynamic-S variant, and is available with both petrol and diesel powertrains. The cost of the trim has come down in the range of about 15-20 per cent as compared with the completely built units (CBU) variants of the model. The start of Velar’s local manufacturing would enable the company gain a competitive edge within the Indian luxury SUV segment, JLR India said in a statement. “Since its launch in 2018, the Range Rover Velar has received an overwhelming response from customers across the country,” JLR India President and Managing Director Rohit Suri said. He further said, “Now, with the introduction of the locally manufactured Range Rover Velar, we are able to offer this iconic, award winning product at a very attractive and compelling price than before.”last_img read more

900 kg of Cannabis and Tobacco Leaves Seized near Meknès

Meknès – 900 kg of cannabis and tobacco leaves were seized on Wednesday near Meknès on the national road number 13, a customs source said.During this operation, the customs services of Fez and Meknès seized, on board two vehicles, 780 kg of cannabis and 120 kg of tobacco leaves worth 900,000 dirhams, said the Fez-Meknès regional customs department.The drivers succeeded in escaping despite the combing operation led by customs services. With MAP

Budget office 177B in added costs from Trump drug plan

WASHINGTON — Budget experts for Congress say the Trump administration’s plan to reduce out-of-pocket drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries will cost taxpayers another $177 billion from 2020-2029.The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office analysis released on Thursday could affect prospects for one of the administration’s centerpiece proposals to lower drug costs.Under the plan, drugmaker rebates now paid to insurance companies and their middlemen would instead go directly to seniors in Medicare’s Part D program when they fill prescriptions.While that would reduce copays for many beneficiaries, CBO projected it would increase taxpayer-subsidized premiums, adding $170 billion to program costs. Medicaid spending would increase by $7 billion.CBO concluded that drug companies are unlikely to lower list prices in response to the plan.There was no immediate reaction from the administration.Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press read more

National securities regulator will forge ahead without highpressure sales tactics on provinces

TORONTO — As the plan to create a national securities regulator forges ahead, the organization’s newly minted chairman says he isn’t bothered by the fact that not all of the provinces have signed on.“My dominant goal at the moment … is to make it work for the people who have already signed up, because that’s going to be a big enough job as it is,” Nova Scotia businessman William Black said in his first sit-down interview since being appointed to lead the new co-operative regulator.“And if it turns out that Nova Scotia or Alberta or anybody else wants to join in as we’re going along, great.”Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Yukon have all signed on to participate. Alberta, which initially came out against the plan, has been softening its stance, while Nova Scotia — home to the regulator’s new chairman — is said to be mulling it over.Black, who served as the president and CEO of Maritime Life and has sat on a number of boards, including the Bank of Canada’s, says he plans to visit all of the provinces that have yet to get onboard over the next several months.Will 2015 finally be the year of the national securities regulator?Calgary audience hears case against a national securities regulator“But I think this should be viewed as kind of a diplomatic mission just to assure them that the door’s always open,” he said, adding that he won’t be employing any “high-pressure sales” tactics.Canada is the only country in the G20 that does not have a national regulator — a fact that can be attributed to the country’s Constitution, which places securities regulation squarely in the realm of provincial jurisdiction.Proponents of a national regulator say that centralizing the process would cut red tape for publicly traded companies and for investors. They also claim it would give smaller jurisdictions access to a more robust regulatory regime.Opponents — including Quebec, which has launched a legal challenge against the latest proposal to create a national regulator — say Ottawa is attempting to seize power away from the provinces.The opposition to the plan has resulted in delays. In 2011, the Supreme Court ruled the plan unconstitutional, but hinted that structuring the regulator as a co-operative model — where provinces can choose whether or not to participate — would make the proposal fair game.The newest proposal, dubbed the Co-operative Capital Markets Regulator, has been created with the Supreme Court’s ruling in mind, but despite that, Quebec has taken the plan to the Quebec Court of Appeal to rule on its constitutionality — a move that Black says he finds “puzzling.”“Quebec can join or not join, it’s entirely their choice,” said Black. “I don’t know why they should be offended that other provinces want to do some stuff together.”The provincial ministers involved are hoping the agency will be fully operational in the fall of 2016. But in order for the plan to move ahead, both the federal government and the participating provinces will have to implement legislation.In addition, there is an “enormous amount” of operational integration that needs to occur between the provinces to make the new agency functional, said Black.“If it was only the operational integration, I would be fairly optimistic that we would get it done next year,” he said, noting that the legislative process can be tricky to predict.“Whether (the deadline) is realistic or not, time will tell,” said Black. “That’s the one we’re aiming for. We’ll find out if it’s realistic as we go forward.” read more

STF search houses of singer and actor arrested in Dubai

The Police Special Task Force (STF) searched the houses of popular singer Amal Perera and actor Ryan Van Rooyen today.Amal Perera and Ryan Van Rooyen were arrested in Dubai recently with notorious drug kingpin Makandure Madush. The STF and the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) searched the houses Amal Perera and Ryan Van Rooyen and recovered two empty cocaine pouches from Amal Perera’s house. (Colombo Gazette)

Workplace Controversy

Slack Debuts New Enterprise Security Controls Beth Schultz August 06, 2019 Enhancements aim to provide the ability to deploy Slack at enterprise scale in “safe, secure, and centralized way.” Workplace by Facebook provides a powerful enterprise collaboration service. The concept of an online, digital workplace is great, it’s the ”by Facebook” part that’s become problematic.Workplace by Facebook (formerly known as Facebook at Work) provides a stream of enterprise-specific, conversational shared content. The application lives among our industry categories of Workstream Collaboration (or Team Collaboration), Team Chat, and Enterprise Social Networks.This highly competitive and emerging workstream collaboration space intersects with telephony, messaging, and video, and provides various integrations that complement workflows. Facebook is new to enterprise SaaS and is competing against other workstream applications from providers such as Microsoft, Cisco, Slack, Unify, RingCentral, 8×8, Vonage, and many more. Facebook has several big advantages over most of these competitors, including:Familiarity — Social networking started as a consumer application. Facebook’s brand and UI offer a familiar experience due to the popularity of the parent’s consumer social network. This facilitates adoption.Intellectual Property — Facebook has an arsenal of related intellectual property including messaging, AI, video, and mobility.Opportunity — For Facebook, the enterprise represents a new, incremental opportunity, rather than displaced revenue.Capital — Facebook is one of the largest and most powerful software companies on the planet.These attributes have given Workplace by Facebook some momentum. The company has largely built for consumers, what many competing providers are creating for the enterprise — not just the application, but the associated global infrastructure as well. Incremental revenue means it can afford to offer services at a very low monthly rate, and familiarity reduces implementation and training costs.Workplace by Facebook, with a nascent enterprise sales force, has been able to land some impressive household names as customers, including Walmart, Starbucks, and Campbell’s. It has done particularly well in organizations with a high percentage of mobile and deskless workers.However, a lot has changed in the past few months. Facebook is embroiled in several controversies that have resulted in its founder/CEO/Chairman Mark Zuckerberg being summoned to testify before Congress, a stark decline in share price, a #DeleteFacebook movement, and more. On top of this, earlier this fall, Facebook reported its largest security breach ever.Securing TrustEnterprises tend to value the trust that comes with brand names, but Facebook has become politically charged. It seems as though Workplace’s association with Facebook is changing from asset to liability. Just last month, Workplace announced plans to drop the “Facebook” from its URL ( becomes issue is not technical. Facebook’s technical capabilities and intellectual property are a strong fit for enterprise collaboration. The issue is trust. These applications are most effective when employees are able to confidently converse and share ideas, suggestions, and concerns. A solution that imposes too many restrictions on what can and cannot be said limits its versatility and effectiveness as an enterprise collaboration tool.In fact, Workplace has been using security as a competitive differentiator. Its promotional materials claim that Facebook is “serious about security” and exceeds “the industry standard for protecting your data.” Unfortunately, that claim was weakened last September when Facebook reported its largest breach in its 14-year history. The attackers exploited a feature to gain access and take over user accounts. Two of the three bugs reported were introduced by an online tool meant to improve privacy. The third was introduced more than a year earlier with a tool designed to facilitate uploads of birthday videos.Workplace has been very clear that it is not Facebook. Its revenue model is fee-based, and there is no advertising. The breach and other recent concerns have been around the consumer social network, not Workplace. While the platforms are separate, trust is not so easily containerized.Facebook’s Faltering Public ImageFacebook’s public trust has been declining for several years. The company was outed for abusing its trust when it shared personal data with third parties, particularly Cambridge Analytica. Facebook unwittingly hosted Russian-backed efforts to undermine the 2016 elections. U.N. investigators concluded that Facebook played a “determining role” in fomenting genocidal attacks in Myanmar. Hate speech on Facebook incited murderous mobs in Sri Lanka.Throughout most of this, Facebook presented itself as a victim of its own success, and stressed that it was taking steps to identify bad actors and restore trust. This month, we learned that Facebook knew more and did less than it suggested. The New York Times reported that Facebook knew about Russian interference much earlier than initially stated, and worked to cover up its internal findings. We also learned that it hired a public relations firm to negatively portray Google, Apple, George Soros, and other Facebook detractors.Facebook’s response was rapid denial, claiming the Times report was full of “inaccuracies.” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg claimed that she was unaware that Facebook hired a PR firm to undermine its critics. “I did not know we hired them or about the work they were doing,” Sandberg said, referring its arrangement with Definers PR firm. This changed a week later, when Sandberg posted on Thanksgiving that she was aware of the PR firm’s efforts. These are not behaviors that instill trust.The Bigger PictureWorkplace was originally launched as Facebook at Work, later evolving to its current name, Workplace by Facebook, which still leverages the brand equity of its parent company. This poses a real challenge now as enterprises tend to avoid controversial solutions for their infrastructure.Certainly, enterprise software has become much more political this year. There were protests at Google over China and the handling of sexual harassment. Both Microsoft and Amazon had protests over immigration. However, the situation with Facebook is different. It’s bigger and more personal because so many people personally use the social app on a daily basis, and of course many take the election and government very personally. The issue here isn’t a disagreement about a policy, but trust.Trust is absolutely critical in workstream collaboration. The conversations, content, and relationships within these apps can reveal a lot. Confidentiality is the reason many organizations remain unwilling to adopt a cloud-delivered collaboration solution.Workplace has been fairly quiet, but it hosted its first customer event last month where it featured customer wins and made several announcements. After that event, my expectation was the time had arrived for Workplace to turn up the marketing. But now I think perhaps not. It will be interesting to see how Workplace navigates these controversies and works to build trust.Dave Michels is a Contributing Editor and analyst at TalkingPointz. Tags:News & ViewsWorkplace by FacebookFacebookteam chatworkstream collaborationtrustTeam Collaboration Tools & WorkspacesAnalyst InsightDigital WorkplaceIndustry NewsSecurityTeam CollaborationUser Adoption & Training Articles You Might Like Facebook_box_773.png See All in Team Collaboration Tools & Workspaces » Taming Teams: Microsoft Looks to Inspire Partners Kevin Kieller July 16, 2019 Pushes the multiplier effect of the cloud, and highlights embedded Teams capabilities Taming Teams: Where’s My Data? Kevin Kieller July 02, 2019 This simple storage question has a complex answer that any multinational organization considering Teams needs to explore. 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Ohio State mens basketball overwhelmed in regularseason finale at Michigan State

OSU junior forward Marc Loving (2) yells out during a game against Michigan State on Feb. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorIn Saturday’s regular-season finale, Michigan State delivered daggers all day long — both from the field, and to the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s hopes for an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament.At the expense of the Buckeyes, the Spartans (26-5, 13-5) put on a shooting clinic, overwhelming OSU 91-76 in East Lansing, Michigan, on Saturday. The win was the second time the Spartans got the best of the Buckeyes within a two-week span.This time, the Buckeyes (19-12, 11-7) contained senior Bryn Forbes, the sharpshooting guard who nailed seven 3-pointers in their first meeting. The visiting team couldn’t stop a fellow senior guard, Denzel Valentine, however.The Buckeyes, behind freshman guard JaQuan Lyle’s 14 first-half points, remained within striking distance throughout the first half despite several poor defensive lapses.Exposing the Buckeyes’ weakside defense, Valentine, who leads the Big Ten in assists, got his forwards involved early. Before the half, Matt Costello had nine points, Gavin Schilling added eight and Marvin Clark Jr. contributed with six.The Buckeyes controlled Michigan State’s spark plug early on, though the Spartans forgot to contain theirs.Kam Williams, instantly hitting two three-pointers off the bench, helped keep the game within reach, as the Buckeyes trailed 47-37 at halftime.In the second half, OSU never got within single digits despite forward Marc Loving’s strong 15-point half. The junior ended the game with a team-high 21 points, shooting 75 percent from the 3-point line.The Buckeyes shot well (47.4 percent), especially from behind-the-arc (47.8 percent). However, the Spartans shot significantly better (66.7 and 50 percent, respectively).With 14:40 left, the Spartans were ahead 58-47, when a missed free throw by Loving led to a transition three-pointer by Matt McQuaid, getting Tom Izzo’s team going.Valentine, who assisted on McQuaid’s three, then hit a 3-pointer. Forbes, who ended the game with 14 points, followed that sequence up with a 3-pointer of his own. And just like that, the game became out of reach for the Buckeyes.Valentine took over in the second half, ending the game with 27 points, 13 assists and four rebounds.The Buckeyes, carried by Loving, Lyle and Williams, needed more from junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, who had just six points, in a make-or-break game.After the loss, the Buckeyes are slated to begin Big Ten tournament play Thursday in Indianapolis, though their seed is yet to be decided. In order to crash the Big Dance, the Buckeyes must string together a few marquee wins. read more

PlayBook OS 2 shown off adds full handset remote control and display

first_imgRIM knows that they need to wow users with the impending PlayBook OS 2 update. It’s set to arrive any day now, and there are scores of folks who purchased the deeply-discounted PlayBooks who can’t wait to get their mitts on the new software — not to mention early adopters who paid more than double for their tablets.At DevCon Europe today, RIM showed off some slick new additions that hadn’t been previously mentioned. BlackBerry Bridge is gaining some additional functionality in PlayBook OS 2. For starters, RIM has added remote control abilities. You’ll be able to enter text using your beloved BlackBerry phone’s QWERTY keypad instead of relying on the on-screen one on the PlayBook (which is also much-improved in the OS 2 update). You’ll also be able to use your phone as a pointing device. That may not sound all that cool, but there’s more to the story.Also added to Bridge is a presentation mode that allows you to run apps on your BlackBerry phone and wirelessly push video to the PlayBook’s display. It makes for a handy way to run presentations from your phone, demo apps to a friend or business colleague, or simply enjoy a larger-screen view of your favorite games that don’t have a PlayBook version available.RIM demonstrated a few more features that were previously known, such as the native calendar and contact apps. And, like Apple did in iOS 5, there’s a little bit of baked-in social networking coming in the PlayBook update.All that remains now is for RIM to begin pushing the software to PlayBook users, but that probably won’t happen until the end of next week at the earliest. When RIM hit up Android devs to get their apps submitted to App World, they asked for them to be in by the 13th. February 17th has been mentioned in some rumors as the day the update will drop, and that would make sense — since it gives RIM a few days to pump some additional apps into their store.More at Pocket Lintlast_img read more

Gardaí seek publics help tracing missing 17yearold from Dublin

first_img May 10th 2019, 7:37 PM Friday 10 May 2019, 7:37 PM By Cónal Thomas Gardaí seek public’s help tracing missing 17-year-old from Dublin Charlene Stevenson was last seen in Rathfarnham on Wednesday. 22,969 Views Source: An Garda SíochánaGARDAÍ IN DUBLIN are seeking the public’s help in tracing the whereabouts of missing 17-year-old Charlene Stevenson. Charlene, who was last seen in the Rathfarnham area on Wednesday, is described as being 5 foot 11 inches in height, with brown hair, of medium build with blue eyes.Anyone with information on Charlene’s whereabouts is asked to contact gardaí in Tallaght on 01 666 6000. Share106 Tweet Email1 2 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Boxee Iomega rattrapé par la mode des TV connectée

first_imgBoxee : Iomega rattrapé par la mode des TV connectéeComme Google ou d’autres, Iomega propose désormais une box qui apporte aux téléviseurs la lecture de fichiers vidéos, le stockage de données et différents services internet comme le surf, la VoD, YouTube, Facebook et Twitter.Après les Sony Bravia, la Google TV et bien d’autres, c’est au tour d’un des leaders de l’industrie du stockage de données de proposer un boitier pour faire une télévision connectée. Il se nomme Boxee et est animé par un processeur Intel, avec au choix un disque dur 1 TB, 2 TB, ou rien du tout. On pourra y ajouter un disque externe, sans parler de Iomega Personnal Cloud à votre disposition, pour stocker vos données en ligne. Son prix : 259 euros sans disque dur.Il est certifié DLNA, c’est-à-dire compatible avec la plupart des autres appareils électroniques en WiFi, USB ou Ethernet, pour échanger des photos, de l’audio et des vidéos. Branché en HDMI sur la TV, il monte à 1080p sur les formats habituels tels que MKV, AVI, MP4, ASF, ISO, VOB, FLV, H.264, etc. Si vous n’avez pas branché votre TV à votre PC, si vous n’avez pas de Freebox ni de Téléviseur DLNA, les TV connectées sont une bonne solution pour amener sur votre grand écran le contenu autrefois confiné dans votre bureau. Parmi les services intégrés, on citera : la VoD, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Mubi, webradios, infos, météo, et le surf sur internet, avec gestion du Flash.)À lire aussiTV connectée : vers une diffusion accélérée des films à la télé et sur le web ?Dernier petit plus, la télécommande de l’Iomega TV est bien pensée. Elle est « Double Face », avec un côté classique (lecture, arrêt…) et un côté clavier qwerty !Depuis sa création en 1980, Iomega, dont le siège est basé à San Diego, a vendu plus de 400 millions de lecteurs et disques de stockage numérique.Le 16 décembre 2011 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo not sure how Italy experience will be

first_imgFive-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo was asked about how his experience in Italy would pan out and check out his response.“I don’t know, maybe it’ll be different here in this club,” he said as quoted in Football Espana.“So far, I feel the people at the club are different, they are nice and like a family. The supporters are the same.“I’m excited and of course I want to make them happy. I’ve been a professional for 15-16 years, so my method is always the same.Juventus v Atalanta BC - Serie AQuiz: How much do you know about the 2018-19 Serie A campaign? Boro Tanchev – May 28, 2019 Let’s see how deep your knowledge is about the 2018-19 Serie A campaign. Good luck and have fun!“I played for many years at Manchester United and Real Madrid, now is a new adventure, but I want to always keep the same working method and ethic, helping the team to achieve our goals.“I know the League, as I followed it on television, but never played here before. I hope that I can adapt very fast, but I come here for the challenge to the best club in Italy, is exciting and I hope to start the season as well as possible.“Thank you for everything, I’ll do my best and for sure we’re going to win things together.”last_img read more

Jumping into the fun at Woodland Planters Days

first_img Woodland Planters Days festivities continue Sunday in downtown Woodland and at Horseshoe Lake Park.Here’s a schedule of events:All day: Market, car show, antique farm equipment display and Cascade Pack and Paddle rides.9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: 4X4 Show & ShineNoon to 5 p.m.: Carnival1 to 2 p.m. Talent contest3 to 4 p.m.: Raffle drawing4 p.m.: Car show awardsWoodland Planters Days is packed with fun for the whole family. But Saturday afternoon was all about the frogs.Frogs large and small showcased their hops in the 46th Annual Frog Jump sponsored by the Walter E. Hansen family. The event drew more than a hundred people to Woodland’s Horseshoe Lake Park as dozens of kids and their frogs competed for contest’s top prize.The annual contest is open to kids 12 and younger. One by one, entrants take their frogs to a white launch pad in the contest arena. From there, the kids use various techniques — including clapping, patting the ground, stomping, shouting and poking — to get the frogs to jump. After the frogs take three hops, their total distance is measured.Cash awards are given for the top three jumps, as well as the biggest, smallest and prettiest frogs. This year, 76 kids participated.Sahara Jones, 12, of Vancouver claimed first place in the contest — and $5 in award money — when her “rented” frog hopped a total of 129 inches. Sahara didn’t bring her own frog to the event; instead, she borrowed one from a collection of loaner frogs.But she did scout out the competition before selecting a frog. The small frogs didn’t jump too far. The big ones didn’t move much either, she said.“The medium ones were the best,” Sahara said.So when her turn came, Sahara plucked a medium-sized frog from the bucket and hoped for the best. After a couple claps of her hands, the frog took off hopping. Sahara Jones, of Vancouver, poses for a photo with a loaner frog at the 46th Annual Frog Jump contest at Woodland Planters Days Saturday. Her frog’s first three jumps totaled 129 inches, earning first place and netting Sahara $5 in prize money.last_img read more

Coast Guard rescues 4 near Islamorada

first_imgISLAMORADA, Fla. (WSVN) – A group of South Florida boaters were rescued by officials near Islamorada.The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan rescued three adults and a child Friday morning off the coast of Islamorada.Their boat was taking on water and needed assistance.It was towed back to shore. No one was injured.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

New Army Command Will Narrow Down HQ Locations over Coming Months

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Army officials this week will present to senior leaders a list of 30 candidate locations to host the headquarters for the new Futures Command, reports Defense News. Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy said he and Vice Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville would make a final recommendation to the Army secretary and chief of staff in late spring. The headquarters for the new modernization command likely will be in a major urban area and not at an Army installation. “This isn’t like a standard basing decision, where we’re moving a brigade combat team somewhere,” McCarthy said. “We needed access to academia and business, and those two kind of key characteristics. Where the systems engineers, software engineers are.” McCarthy said he envisions the command leasing two or three floors of an office building for the next decade.Army photo by Spec. Esmeralda Cervanteslast_img read more

Anger as Trumps US leaves global climate pact

first_imgProtesters hold up signs during a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington, DC on June 1, 2017, objecting to US President Donald Trump`s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate accord. AFPUS President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the United States is withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, prompting a furious global backlash and throwing efforts to slow global warming into doubt.In a sharply nationalistic address from the White House Rose Garden, Trump announced his administration would immediately stop implementing the “bad” 195-nation accord.”I cannot, in good conscience, support a deal that punishes the United States,” he said, decrying the “draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country.”Trump repeatedly painted the pact — struck by his predecessor Barack Obama — as a deal that failed to “put America first” and was too lenient on economic rivals China, India and Europe.”I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” he said. “We don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore. And they won’t be.”Trump offered no details about how, or when, a formal withdrawal would happen, and at one point suggested a renegotiation could take place.”We’re getting out but we’ll start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair. And if we can, that’s great. And if we can’t, that’s fine,” he said.That idea was unceremoniously slapped down by furious allies in Europe, who joined figures from around the United States and the world in condemning the move.”The agreement cannot be renegotiated,” France, Germany and Italy said in a joint statement.’Reject the future’The United States is the world’s second largest greenhouse gas emitter after China, so Trump’s decision could seriously hamper efforts to cut emissions and limit global temperature increases.Trump’s domestic critics included Obama, who said the United States was “joining a handful of nations that reject the future.”Nicaragua and Syria are the only countries not party to the Paris accord, the former seeing it as not ambitious enough and the latter being racked by a brutal civil war.Hillary Clinton, Trump’s opponent in last year’s White House race, called the decision to pull out a “historic mistake.””The world is moving forward together on climate change. Paris withdrawal leaves American workers & families behind,” she wrote on Twitter.The Democratic governors of New York, California and Washington states formed a quick alliance, vowing to respect the standards agreed on under the Paris deal.In New York, some major buildings, like the World Trade Center and City Hall, were lit green in solidarity with the climate agreement, echoing a move in Paris.With much of the implementation of the accord taking place at the local level, the Paris accord’s supporters hope the deal will be in hibernation rather than killed off entirely.Trump’s decision is likely to play well with the Republican base, with the more immediate damage on the diplomatic front.Vice President Mike Pence, interviewed late Thursday on Fox, said that Trump “has demonstrated his commitment not just to keep his word, but to put American workers, American consumers, American energy, and the American people first.”Trump is “a president who is fighting for the American people, fighting for American jobs,” Pence said.The US president called his counterparts in Britain, Canada, France and Germany to explain his decision.But traditional US allies were uncharacteristically blunt in their condemnation, which comes amid already strained relationships with the hard-charging president.Germany said the US was “harming” the entire planet, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called the decision “seriously wrong.”Reality TV-styleEver the showman, the 70-year-old Trump gave his decision a reality TV-style tease, refusing to indicate his preference either way until his announcement.Withdrawal opponents — said to include Trump’s daughter Ivanka — had warned that the US global leadership role was at stake, along with the environment.A dozen large companies including oil major BP, agrochemical giant DuPont, Google, Intel and Microsoft had urged Trump to remain in the deal.Ultimately, the lobbying by Trump’s environmental protection chief Scott Pruitt and chief strategist Steve Bannon urging the president to leave won out.Following the announcement Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk, and Disney chief Robert Iger, announced they would no longer participate in presidential business councils.”Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world,” Musk said.GE head Jeff Immelt said he was “disappointed” with the decision: “Climate change is real. Industry must now lead and not depend on government.”China pledgeWhite House officials acknowledged that under the deal, formal withdrawal may not take place until after the 2020 election.Hours ahead of Trump’s announcement, China’s Premier Li Keqiang pledged to stay the course on implementing the climate accord in a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and urged other countries to do likewise.China has been investing billions in clean energy infrastructure, as it battles to clear up the choking pollution enveloping its cities.On Friday the official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary that Trump’s announcement came “to the regret of almost all”, although it was “anything but a surprise.”It added that “other major players” including the European Union, China and India have said they will “step up efforts in the face of the US change of heart over the landmark deal.”China and the US are responsible for some 40 percent of the world’s emissions and experts had warned it was vital for both to remain in the Paris agreement if it is to succeed.The leader of Asia’s other behemoth, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi — who is due to visit the White House shortly — has said failing to act on climate change would be “morally criminal.”Mixed signalsTrump’s announcement comes less than 18 months after the climate pact was adopted in the French capital, the fruit of a hard-fought agreement between Beijing and Washington under Obama’s leadership.The Paris Agreement commits signatories to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, which is blamed for melting ice caps and glaciers, rising sea levels and more violent weather events.They vowed steps to keep the worldwide rise in temperatures “well below” two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) from pre-industrial times and to “pursue efforts” to hold the increase under 1.5 degrees Celsius.last_img

Texas Democrats Say Immigration Is A Key Issue But Are Short On

first_imgGilberto Hinojosa, the chair of the Texas Democratic Party, warned party members during his speech Friday night that even though the family separation policy has been halted, the issue is not over.Hinojosa says detaining families at the border indefinitely – even if they are together – is still a problem.“Thousands of children have been split from their families,” he said. “Now a family separation crisis will be a family detention crisis. History will judge them.”But he told attendants history is watching them, too, and it’s up to the party to do something.“Our children and our grandchildren will judge all of us,” he says. “What did Texas do when children were being ripped away from their families at our border? What did Texas Democrats do to fight back?”But party members don’t have a unified answer on what they should do to fight back – or what their alternative plan for immigration should look like. The party’s platform has a fairly long list of priorities on immigration – like passage of the DREAM Act, shutting down detention centers and denouncing xenophobia.“We are a country of immigrants,” said Jesus Trinidad, a delegate from Seguin. “So, I believe that we should welcome immigrants as opposed to putting them in jail.”Trinidad says he’s been watching what was happening at the border in recent weeks. He says he has a lot of sympathy for immigrants fleeing violence in their countries, but he didn’t have any concrete policies in mind.“That’s a tough question,” says Sana Shahid, a delegate from Houston.Shahid says tackling immigration policy is complicated. For example, on the issue of prosecuting people who enter the U.S. without documentation, she has two views on this.“They should be given due process,” she says. “Because, yes, they are coming to our borders and they are seeking asylum. But even if they cross in, that’s a civil offense. We shouldn’t be prosecuting them criminally. The punishment doesn’t match the crime.”Many Democrats say they are concerned that immigrants are being criminally prosecuted, while also frustrated with how badly staffed those courts are.Eve Fox, a delegate from the Fort Worth area, said she thinks diplomacy is the answer.“Our governments need to be spending resources to work with these other countries’ governments,” Fox says. “We need to have a stronger relationship with Mexico, not try to push them away and create animosities.”Fox also says the government should focus on prosecuting people who employ undocumented workers, instead of only prosecuting workers.And even though there’s not a singular vision for an immigration plan, Democratic leaders say they should be leading on this issue.“As the Democratic party, we are called upon to reaffirm our best American values,” said state Sen. Jose Rodriguez of El Paso. “It is time to recommit ourselves to this ideal that all immigrants are welcome and should not be treated like criminals regardless of how they got here.” JULIA REIHS/Via KUTDelegates cheer during the Texas Democratic Convention in Fort Worth on Friday.Immigration took center stage at the Texas Democratic Party convention in Fort Worth last weekend. Delegates from across the state are concerned about the Trump administration policy that was separating families at the border until it was reversed last week.But the party didn’t exactly present a concrete platform to reform immigration or oppose the Trump administration’s hardline policies ahead of the November elections. Sharelast_img read more

February 2017 Loot Gaming WILD Because Nerds Need Canteens

first_img The Best Wonder Wharf Prizes for Bob’s Burgers FansOpen The Nick Box from CultureFly, Get Amazing Hat The February 2017 Loot Gaming crate is designed to let you live off the land. Which, for gamers, means hitting things until they drop resources, then crafting with them. The crate’s theme is “WILD.” which fits because one of the biggest games to come out this month is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But don’t worry, there’s some Metal Gear Solid stuff in there, too.Let’s start with the Zelda item: a BotW t-shirt showing Link in his blue champion tunic. It’s a nice design and looks very similar to the BotW hoodie that was available from the Loot Crate booth a few weeks ago at PAX East (and is probably a Loot Wear item, but I haven’t confirmed that yet). Watercolor art style, tag-free.Then there’s the most adorable item in the box, a little D-Dog plush with a plastic clip so you can attach it to your bag. It’s so widdle and cute, and he has his own eyepatch (though a perfectly fine beady eye is right under it. The tag says Konami Digital Entertainment, which I’m still surprised is making anything (including a Nintendo Switch launch title, Super Bomberman R). And Metal Gear Survive is still going to happen, though it looks like it’s going to suck.The crate has a nice centerpiece item in the form of a canteen. It’s a metal-ringed (plastic inside) Pitfall canteen, with the classic video game box art on one side and the game logo on the other, on printed nylon. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Pitfall came out 35 years ago on the Atari 2600 and was one of the first real platformers. It was also terrible, like almost all Atari 2600 games. Fight me.There’s also a Warcraft reversible beanie. Alliance on one side, Horde on the other, you know the drill. And the Loot Gaming pin is a compass. The Loot Gaming pins are round, molded metal, and generally more detailed and look nicer than the regular Loot Crate pins (which did see a significant step up after the first year or two, and are very nice enameled pins in their own right).For those who want this in list form:The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild t-shirtPitfall canteenMetal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain D-Dog mini-plushReversible Warcraft beanieMonthly pinAs always, Loot Crate is a monthly subscription service that sends you a box of nerdy things every month, with multiple crates like Loot Anime, Loot Pets, and Loot Gaming. Loot Crate provides us with crates for unboxing and review. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Kalam Teacher par excellence

first_imgThe People’s President was as much the Pupils’ President. So the eminent educationist Satyam Roychowdhury has named his latest literary venture as “Pupils’ President – APJ Abdul Kalam”. The 11th President of India, the ‘Missile Man’ behind India’s nuclear power, loved to be recognized as a teacher at the end of the day. Even at the age of 84, he used to travel a lot in and outside the country for delivering lectures at varied educational institutes.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In fact, he loved interacting with the students, inspiring them not only to dream, but to transform the dream into reality. He expressed his wish for dying while doing what he liked the most.  It really happened. He passed away while delivering lecture before the students of IIM, Shillong.Satyam Roychowdhury’s “Pupils’.President – APJ Abdul Kalam” is probably the first literary tribute to Kalam after his demise. It is a complete compilation of articles and speeches by the great soul himself along with contributions by eminent scientists and scholars from across the globe. Article like “Paperboy to President “depicts the story of his struggle through the ages. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix The little boy who used to deliver newspapers in Rameswaram, later on became a great scientist and eventually acquired the throne of the President of India. The inspiring prologue by the editor is a good read and will ignite the young minds as dreamt by Kalam. The minute description of Kalam’s last rites at Pekkarampu village near his hometown Rameswaram and thereafter the story of his journey “From Rameswaram to Raisina Hills” added a value to the book. The compilation of Kalam’s speeches through the month of July 2015 is well thought of. Moreover, homage articles by Dr Bikash Sinha or those who had the golden chance to come across the great scientist have made the book a collection worth preserving. “Pupils’ President – APJ Abdul Kalam” has been formally launched by Sourav Ganguly on the Teachers’ Day in Kolkata. Sourav was nostalgic as he not only received Padmashri from his hand, but later on also was in close acquaintance with Kalam Sir. He said, “For me, he was a Guru.” Satyam Roychowdhury explained how Kalam’s life fascinated him in many ways. “He has always been my hero. This book commemorates the life of a man who worked tirelessly for the betterment of the nation and to ignite billions of young minds”, said Roychowdhury. It is a very good gesture on the parts of the editor and the publisher BEE Books to offer 50% discount to the students all over India. Sources said, on the World Teachers’ Day which falls on October 5, Satyam Roychowdhury will gift 1000 school students with this book in Kolkata.last_img read more

Jyotirmoyee Sikdar joins Trinamool

first_imgKolkata: Former CPI(M) MP Jyotirmoyee Sikdar joined Trinamool Congress on Thursday. Sikdar, an athlete and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee in 1998-99, was elected from the Krishnanagar Lok Sabha seat in 2004. She was defeated by Trinamool Congress candidate Tapas Paul in 2009.Sikdar was a close aide of former Sports minister Subhas Chakraborty. She had taken part in CPI(M)’s campaign in the 2016 Assembly election. After joining Trinamool Congress along with 200 CPI(M) supporters, the former MP said she was attracted by the all-round development carried out in Bengal by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.last_img