Trial begins for exMountie accused of sexually assaulting civilian employee

first_imgVANCOUVER – A retired RCMP inspector sexually assaulted a woman inside a locked washroom at police headquarters in British Columbia, a Crown attorney said at the opening of a provincial court trial on Wednesday.Michelle Booker told the judge hearing the case without a jury that former inspector Tim Shields also sexually harassed the woman at E Division headquarters in Vancouver.“She asked him to stop. The harassment continued,” Booker said of the woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban.Booker said the woman, who was a civilian employee, will testify that Shields sexually assaulted her in the fall of 2009 at E Division headquarters in Vancouver.“He did so by kissing her, touching her breasts, exposing himself, touching her hand and placing her hand onto his exposed penis,” she told the court.At the time of the alleged incidents, Shields was in charge of strategic communications and was the public face of the Mounties in the province.He was charged in May 2016 and pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault in July.Shields arrived in court flanked by two lawyers and did not respond to a request for comment.He appeared passive while listening to the proceedings, spending part of the time hunched over writing in a notebook.The Crown called RCMP Sgt. Jeff Wong as the first witness, who described photos he had taken in May 2015 of the Mounties’ former headquarters to assist with an internal investigation.Wong said he was told only that the photos were for a “sensitive situation” involving professional standards. He provided a detailed description of the facility’s washrooms.Retired deputy commissioner Craig Callens said previously the Mounties became aware of allegations of sexual misconduct against Shields in 2013, but an investigation could not proceed because of a lack of evidence. That changed in 2014 after new information came to light, Callens said.Shields was suspended with pay in May of last year and submitted his discharge documents in December, Callens said. The Mounties said at the time his suspension was due to a code-of-conduct investigation.The Crown told the court it expects to call a civilian witness and an RCMP superintendent to testify on Thursday.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

Central African Republic President Receives Omar Hilale

Rabat – The President of the Central African Republic, Faustin Archange Touadéra, received Wednesday in Bangui, Omar Hilale, Morocco’s permanent representative to the United Nations and Chair of the Central African Republic (CAR) Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission.On this occasion, Hilale informed President Touadéra of the actions taken by the CAR Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission to keep the situation in the country on top of the UN’s priorities in New York and to mobilize the international community, both at the political and financial levels, to end the crisis in this country and fund its economic projects, judicial reforms, national reconciliation and the establishment of human rights’ national mechanisms.Ambassador Hilale recalled Morocco’s efforts to assist the Central African Republic, including the support of several government departments. For his part, President Touadéra asked Hilale to convey to king Mohammed VI his fraternal greetings and thanks for Morocco’s constant support to the Central African Republic before, during and after the country’s crisis.In this regard, he expressed his deep gratitude to Morocco for the support and solidarity actions in favor of his country, including the financial contribution to the electoral process and the construction of 100 social housing units.The President also informed Hilale of the decision of his government to grant Morocco’s carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) permanent exemption as part of the distinguished brotherly relations between the two countries. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,350.84, down 113.07 points).Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Up nine cents, or 1.55 per cent, to $5.88 on 7.7 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Materials. Up 17 cents, or 0.71 per cent, to $23.97 on 7.6 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Down 12 cents, or 2.69 per cent, to $4.34 on 7.4 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Materials. Down nine cents, or 1.84 per cent, to $4.80 on 6.8 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Materials. Down 15 cents, or 2.28 per cent, to $6.44 on 6.5 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up two cents, or 1.16 per cent, to $1.75 on 5.3 million shares.Companies in the news:Air Canada (TSX:AC). Down 26 cents to $43.50. A Quebec Superior Court judge has authorized a class action lawsuit against Air Canada over fuel surcharges. The lawsuit, approved to proceed as a class action Monday, argues the country’s largest airline “illegally overcharged its customers” by more than double the cost of fuel on some flights. Michael Vathilakis, the petitioners’ lawyer, said Air Canada misrepresented the stated purpose of the surcharge, which was to partially offset the fluctuating price of jet fuel. Air Canada said Tuesday it disagrees with the allegations.Chorus Aviation Inc. (TSX:CHR). Unchanged at $7.68. The head of Chorus Aviation Inc. is playing down questions about how the sale of Bombardier Inc.’s CRJ Series aircraft will affect the company’s leasing business, which continued to make strides last quarter. Joe Randell noted Tuesday that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., which bought the floundering regional jet program from Bombardier in June, scooped up the maintenance and marketing activities for the CRJ — though not its manufacturing operations — as part of the $550-million deal. Chorus, which leases planes across the globe and provides regional service for Air Canada, signed an agreement in February for nine more CRJs.Transat A.T. (TSX:TRZ). Up nine cents to $16.84. An independent proxy advisory firm is urging Transat shareholders to support the proposed $720-million takeover of the tour operator by Air Canada. Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. recommended on Sunday that shareholders vote in favour of the deal based on the original price of $13 per share and reiterated its support when Air Canada boosted its offer to $18 per share or about $200 million more. ISS says the acquisition by Canada’s largest airline is supported by the significant premium and certainty of the all-cash offer, execution risks associated with other alternatives and the sale process that gave other bidders time to submit superior offers.Brookfield Business Partners (TSX:BBU.UN). Up $1.26 or 2.7 per cent to $47.92. Brookfield Business Partners has signed a deal to buy a controlling interest in Genworth MI Canada Inc. for $2.4 billion. Under the deal, Brookfield has agreed acquire 48.9 million shares, or a roughly 57 per cent interest, in the business from the Virginia- based parent company Genworth Financial Inc. at a price of $48.86 per share. Genworth Canada is a private provider of mortgage default insurance for Canadian residential mortgage lenders. The Canadian Press read more

Côte dIvoire UN officials condemn beach resort attacks

United Nation Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the terrorist attacks that reportedly killed at least 14 civilians and wounded many in Côte d’Ivoire’s beach resort town of Grand Bassam earlier today.“The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attacks carried out today in three hotels in the town of Grand Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire,” Mr. Ban’s spokesman said in a statement, adding that “he expresses his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the people and Government of Côte d’Ivoire and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.”Mr. Ban reiterates the UN’s commitment to stand with the people of Côte d’Ivoire at this difficult time and extends his full support to the Government in its efforts to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice, the spokesman added.A condemnation also came from the UN tourism agency.“We are appalled by this horrible act of violence,” World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Taleb Rifai said in a statement. “Our thoughts at this difficult moment are with the families and friends of the victims and the people of Côte d’Ivoire.”He said UNWTO reaffirmed its full support and confidence in the West African nation’s tourism sector which has been growing over the last years.“We trust that tourism will continue to play a key role in advancing development in Côte d’Ivoire,” he said, noting that the country’s commercial capital of Abidjan will host a 19-21 April meeting for the 58th UNWTO Commission for Africa and the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Conference & Symposium. read more

Ohio State womens basketball set for matchup with No 22 West Virginia

OSU junior guard Ameryst Alston goes for a 2-point shot while VCU freshman guard #13 Brittani Burgess and sophomore guard #14 Adaeze Alaeze try to intercede in the first half of the OSU Women’s basketball game against VCU November 23, 2014. OSU went on to win 96-86.With the Big Ten season around the corner, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is set to end its non-conference season on a high note against No. 22 West Virginia.The Buckeyes (7-4) and Mountaineers (9-1) are set to complete a home-and-home series dating back to last season, in which the Buckeyes won in Morgantown, W.Va., 70-61. Following that game, the Mountaineers would go on to win 17 of their next 18 games.Sophomore forward Shayla Cooper said she hopes to make a big impact in her first game for the Buckeyes.“I’m looking to bring a lot of energy, a lot more rebounding,” Cooper said.Cooper, a transfer from Georgetown, had to sit out until the end of fall semester due to NCAA transfer rules. In the two games she played for the Hoyas in 2013, she totaled 32 points and 17 rebounds.She spoke highly of her own defense, which will likely be needed against a deep Mountaineer frontcourt.“I’m more like the muscle of the team,” Cooper said. “I’m the one that’s going to get those rebounds, like when we played Pitt and we needed that one rebound.”The Mountaineers frontcourt starts with 6-foot-5 redshirt sophomore center Lanay Montgomery, who has totaled 66 rebounds in 10 starts this season.OSU coach Kevin McGuff said he was glad to have Cooper as an eligible player on the team.“It’s good to have her now,” McGuff said. “It’s good to have another body.”At 6-foot-2, Cooper provides depth, especially since the Buckeyes starting lineup is currently comprised of four guards and only one forward.One of those guards, junior Ameryst Alston, is looking forward to playing with Cooper for the first time.“Definitely, really excited to have her back,” Alston said.  “I’m really looking forward to playing with her finally, like in an actual game.”Alston said that Cooper’s presence is also important both offensively and defensively.“She’s definitely going to bring energy, for sure,” she said. “She’s such a physical player, so that’s definitely something that we need, as far as rebounding.”In addition to Cooper’s eligibility, freshman forward Alexa Hart was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, her first weekly award. Alston was also named to the Big Ten Honor Roll.With a win, the Buckeyes would be on a four-game winning streak heading into conference play. That would be the longest of the season and would be a tie for the longest in the past two seasons under McGuff.The game against the Mountaineers is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start on Monday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Embarrassment for English National Opera as muchhyped Blackpool venue spurns them for

first_imgA scene from The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan Credit:Tristram Kenton “We provisionally agreed dates with ENO for May 2017 but then had other approaches from show producers for these dates. As we look to maximise our diary occupancy we considered all the options and consequently, we are now looking to schedule ENO in 2018.” “They have now asked us to postpone our planned schedule of performances next year with a view that these will take place in 2018.”Given that this is an important collaboration for us we have agreed to postpone our planned performances.”A spokesman for Blackpool Winter Gardens said: “Bringing the ENO to Blackpool Opera House is certainly something that is very exciting and we have talked extensively with their team about this.  It has not yet confirmed which show is to be scheduled in its place, with listings currently showing just a ballroom dancing festival in a different part of the hall. The announcement will be seen as a further blow to ENO, which has been wracked with troubles in the last few years.Its recent plans have seen it find novel ways to boost its finances, including cutting its number of full-scale productions, renting its home at the London Coliseum out to musicals for a lucrative summer season, and leaving the capital “for the first time in many years”.  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. Daniel Kramer, ENO’s new artistic diretor The Mikado was to see the ENO chorus – which went on strike over pay and conditions earlier this year – perform together in what may have proved a costly exercise to transport the full staging to Blackpool.The company’s management have previously been criticised for its artistic decisions, but have emphasised stringent cuts are essential to ensure the company’s survival after it was placed in special measures by the Arts Council. A spokesman for ENO said: “Earlier this year the Opera House at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool and Blackpool Council invited us to perform The Mikado in Spring 2017.  English National Opera has been forced to postpone its much-hyped season of The Mikado in Blackpool next year, after the regional venue got a better offer. ENO have admitted the invitation to perform for ten nights at the Blackpool Winter Gardens in Spring 2017 had not been followed through, despite being widely publicised by the opera company earlier this year.In a statement bound to cause red faces, ENO said it had been asked to postpone Jonathan Miller’s The Mikado until an unspecified date in 2018.A spokesman for the Winter Gardens said it had provisionally agreed dates for the show, but had since enjoyed approaches from other producers for the dates in May.center_img Daniel Kramer, ENO's new artistic diretor  Cressida Pollock, CEO of ENO The Mikado performed by the English National Opera: Robert Murray as Nanki-Poo, and Richard Stuart as Ko-KoCredit:Alastair Muir  Cressida Pollock, CEO of ENO A scene from The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan  The Mikado performed by the English National Opera: Robert Murray as Nanki-Poo, and Richard Stuart as Ko-Kolast_img read more

South Australia leads the way with community and stakeholder code

first_imgThe South Australian (SA) resources industry has taken a lead in recognising and responding to a growing expectation from community, regulators and industry leaders for more open engagement with the public. It has developed a Code of Practice for Community and Stakeholder Engagement, which has been launched in Adelaide. All companies involved in the SA resources industry including minerals, oil and gas and extractive sectors are eligible to sign the code, which is intended for all stages of resource projects including exploration, development and production, mine closure and rehabilitation. South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) Chief Executive, Jason Kuchel, said that the resources industry, through its peak body SACOME, had been proactive in developing principles and guidelines for community engagement. “The industry recognises it is not enough to do just the bare minimum when it comes to engaging with the communities in which they work,” Kuchel said.“We have developed this code of practice and guidelines for resources companies committed, or planning to commit to best practice when they engage with communities.”The code is designed to encourage resource industry companies to:Establish meaningful relationships with their stakeholders and communities to improve decision-making related to their activitiesGain local knowledge about a range of issues that could be important to an exploration or mining proposal or projectReduce concern, doubt or confusion in the community that may otherwise exist in relation to such a proposal or projectDemonstrate a level of community understanding and support sometimes known as the ‘social licence to operate’Meet regulatory expectations.Kuchel: “We know what happens when community engagement is not adequately conducted. Some resources companies have learnt the hard way that community engagement must be conducted well and communities engaged from the very first moment that any activity is scheduled to take place. Those companies that embrace the principles expressed in the code now have another way to demonstrate commitment to their communities and stakeholders.“We hope that having now developed this code of practice and guidelines, that the South Australian resources industry can lead the nation in best practice community engagement.”The first companies expected to sign the code included BHP Billiton, Iluka Resources and Toro Energy, demonstrating and recording their commitment to effective community engagement.The Code of Practice for Stakeholder and Community Engagement and guidelines are available on the SACOME website at www.sacome.org.aulast_img read more

Modder turns mechanical keyboard into Rasberry Pipowered computer

first_imgRecently there has been a number of examples of how the Raspberry Pi‘s small size and low cost can be leveraged to create incredible forms of small form-factor computing. Just last week we saw the RasPi embedded into a battery grip so it could supercharge a DSLR camera. That was an ideal use for the $35 computer, but it’s far from the only notable application we’ve seen. Another clever modder has gotten the RasPi and put it inside a mechanical keyboard, making for a Commodore 64-like computer-and-keyboard-in-one.This mod, as per the original German article, paired the Raspberry Pi with a Cherry G80-3000 keyboard. The G80 is a popular choice with typing enthusiasts because it’s affordable (under $90), widely available, and uses Cherry’s mechanical MX switches. These are the popular Cherry Blue and Brown switches that are used in Razer Black WidowBest Price at Amazon and the Das Keyboard.With a great keyboard chosen the next task was to fit the Raspberry Pi inside. The tiny computer was placed in the rear of the keyboard, under the F5-F8 keys. It was located there so that the HDMI port would be available from the outside, after a little bit of dremel work. This placement meant that the HDMI port could be used, but the power, USB, secondary video, and ethernet ports would have to be extended to other parts of the case. That’s not hard to do with USB, but it clearly took some work for the rest. For the time being the system has no audio, but that could be added later or handled through USB.While the RaspCherry Pi mod has some rough edges — for example the RasPi board is held in place with a few pieces of foam so that it can easily be accessed if the SD card need to be swapped and the heatspreader was salvaged from an old laptop — but it’s a practical weekend project that combines two of our favorite things. It’s exactly the type of mod that has created so much enthusiasm around the RasPi.Preamp (translated), via Hackadaylast_img read more

Apple fixes its Podcasts app but too much damage has already been

first_imgI just did something that I thought I would never, ever do: I reinstalled Apple’s Podcasts app for iOS. As a dedicated podcast listener I had waited for years for Apple to break podcasts out of iTunes and give them a seat at the premium app table. To my own detriment I avoided third-party podcast apps so that I could sync my Windows version of iTunes with my iPhone — wirelessly when the stars aligned and iTunes WiFi Sync worked — and because I assumed things would work better when I kept all my listening within Apple’s tools. Then, finally, Apple released an app just for podcasts… and it was terrible.Podcasts has been a major disappointment for me and many other iOS-using podcast fans. When it shipped in June 2012 the app was a buggy embarrassment — it crashed frequently, podcast downloads were missed, restarts were required after pausing, it was slow, and users tore it apart in their reviews. Since that time Apple has updated it multiple times, but Podcasts never received the overhaul that was required. Yesterday Apple revised the app once again, but this new release should actually make a difference.This update (to v1.2) made a few design changes — the reel-to-reel player is gone, replaced with a simpler, less life-like Now Playing screen — custom stations were added, and there is also iCloud-based syncing so that your podcasts, stations, and progress will be synced across your iOS devices. A major bug was fixed as well, so that when you resume playing playback after leaving the app and coming back to it, your podcast will actually play again (before you had to close out and restart the app). So, basically, the app is without showstopping bugs now and it has a few nice perks that were not available before.Months ago I got fed up with Podcasts, moved over to InstaCast, and never looked back (well, until today). It’s still the most-used app on my iPhone and while some people may scoff at the $5 price tag, it’s the best $5 I’ve ever put into the App Store. The app is stable, reliable, packed with features, and when I get on to the subway I can be sure that my podcasts will have downloaded. It was always excruciating to step away from WiFi only to see that Podcasts had not updated and I was stuck re-listening to old versions of On The Media and RadioLab.Podcasts is free, and it has subscriptions, syncing, and a good discovery system for finding new material, but I can’t see going back at this point. If you are new to podcasting or you are not a particularly demanding user Podcasts should be fine, but after having been frustrated by the app many, many times I’m taking a pass.[And before anyone tells me and other people to stop complaining about a free app, let’s remember that Apple may not care about podcasting but it’s still a core part of iTunes. It’s very much in the company’s interest to support this content as iTunes is the main place to get it. Additionally, apps like Podcasts are part of what buyers expect from their mobile operating system — they may seem free, but the cost is just built into the price we initially pay for the device.]From the archives: New version of iTunes to support podcastslast_img read more

Distracting and destabilising Leo Varadkar says everyone is waiting on a decision

first_img https://jrnl.ie/3246960 By Rónán Duffy ‘Distracting and destabilising’: Leo Varadkar says ‘everyone is waiting’ on a decision from Enda Regina Doherty thinks the Taoiseach should be given space to make his own decision. 21,150 Views Share577 Tweet Email Feb 18th 2017, 6:30 PM Image: PA Archive/PA Images Image: PA Archive/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 6:30 PM 126 Comments Updated 6.30pmMINISTER FOR SOCIAL Protection, Leo Varadkar, has issued a statement this evening urging Taoiseach Enda Kenny to address the current leadership situation of Fine Gael.He said that, although he has “full confidence” in Kenny to settle the issue, everyone was waiting to hear him have his say on if, and when, he will step down as Taoiseach and leader of the party.He said: “Everyone is waiting to hear from the Taoiseach.The current situation is distracting and destabilising for the government, the party and the country. I have full confidence in the Taoiseach to settle it.Earlier today, Fine Gael’s Chief Whip said that she can “categorically guarantee” that there’s no orchestrated campaign to unseat Enda Kenny and replace him with a new leader.Speaking on RTÉ’s Saturday with Claire Byrne, Regina Doherty called for Kenny to be given respect “as a human being” to make his own decision regarding his future. Regina Doherty says Enda Kenny has her support to make his own decision. Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie“He has done a tremendous amount for us in Fine Gael and just for that, if for no other reason, he deserves the due respect and regard to give him the bit of space to talk to his friends and his family to make decisions himself,” Doherty said.“This man is an inherently decent man,” the Meath East TD added.“At the very least have respect for him as a human being, let him go home to his family, his loved ones, his friends and close colleagues to have a conversation.”The ongoing debate about Kenny’s future comes after his some party TDs have begun calling publicly for him to step down.Alan Farrell TD yesterday called Kenny’s position “untenable” but Doherty said she was opposed to TDs putting ultimatums on front of the party leader.“Don’t start this second guessing business or this even blackmailing business because it’s unedifying and actually we’re better than that,” she said.In a move that was seen by many as a starting gun in the leadership contest, senior ministers Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney told the Fine Gael parliamentary party this week that members need to be prepared for an election should one arise. Ministers Frances Fitzgerald, Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar. Source: Brian Lawless/PA ArchiveDoherty denied, however, that she’s seen any evidence that either man is eager to begin the contest proper.“From my interactions none of the declared, even though there are none declared, but the obvious candidates. They are not impatient in the sense of drawing them or putting markers down for next Wednesday,” she said.Responding to reports that Varadkar was behind moves to have other TDs withdraw support for Kenny, Doherty says nothing so organised is taking place.“There is no orchestrated campaign kicked off yet, I can absolutely categorically guarantee that. It hasn’t, I have not witnessed it.”There may be people cuddled in corners, I had lunch with four people the other day and we laughed about saying we’ll get a bad name for sitting at this table. It’s at that level.With reporting from Sean MurrayRead: How does Fine Gael go about electing a new leader? >Read: ‘I’m focused on my job as leader of the country’: Kenny refuses to say when he’s stepping aside > Short URLlast_img read more

Bad Bunny Adds SecondLeg Dates To His X100Pre North American Tour

first_img Facebook Email Bad Bunny Adds Dates To X100Pre Tour bad-bunny-adds-second-leg-dates-his-x100pre-north-american-tour Twitter Bad Bunny Adds Second-Leg Dates To His X100Pre North American Tour News The rising star of reggaeton and Latin trap extends his buzz-heavy run into fall 2019Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 9, 2019 – 2:28 pm Breakout Puerto Rican sensation Bad Bunny announced the second leg of his X100Pre Tour via Billboard, revealing 12 new dates from Boston on Oct. 25 to Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 8. The tour, currently in the midst of leg one, has generated much buzz for its upbeat message, interactive elements, stage design and suprise special guests such as fellow GRAMMY nominee J Balvin. Balvin and Bad Bunny were nominated together for Record Of The Year for the 61st GRAMMY Awards for their collaboration with Cardi B on “I Like It.”Bad Bunny’s stock continues to rise, and he’s bringing Latin trap with him, as his list of collaborators also includes GRAMMY winners Drake, Will Smith, and Marc Anthony.You can catch Bad Bunny on the road now, and tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale to the general public on April 12. How Bad Bunny Is Putting Latin Trap On The Maplast_img read more

Hong Kong braces for antitriad rally despite police ban

first_imgHONG KONG: Protesters vowed to defy a police ban Saturday and rally against suspected triad gangs who beat up pro-democracy demonstrators last weekend. Public anger has been raging since last Sunday when a gang of men in white T-shirts, armed with poles and batons, set upon anti-government protesters and bystanders in a station and on a train, leaving at least 45 people needing hospital treatment. Also Read – UK, EU Brexit teams to meet twice-weekly in September Advertise With Us The brazen assault was the latest escalation in seven weeks of unprecedented political violence that shows little sign of abating as the city’s pro-Beijing leaders refuse to budge. Hong Kong has been plunged into its worst crisis in recent history after millions of demonstrators took to the streets — and sporadic violent confrontations erupted between police and pockets of hardcore protesters. Also Read – Climate change: Australia downgrades outlook for Great Barrier Reef to ‘very poor’ Advertise With Us The demonstrations were triggered by a controversial bill which would have allowed extraditions to mainland China but have evolved into a call for wider democratic reforms and a halt to sliding freedoms. Saturday’s rally will be held where last Sunday’s attack took place in Yuen Long, a town in Hong Kong near the Chinese border where many of the surrounding villages are known for triad connections and their staunch support for the pro-Beijing establishment. Advertise With Us Police have been heavily criticised for being too slow to respond to Sunday’s violence, fueling accusations of collusion or turning a blind eye to the pro-government mob — allegations the force have denied. Police say they have arrested 12 people so far in connection with Sunday’s violence, nine of whom have known triad links. In a rare move, Hong Kong police banned Saturday’s rally saying they feared reprisal attacks against villagers from protesters. But social messaging channels used to organise the largely leaderless movement have quickly filled up with vows from people to join in. Some suggested holding a “shopping spree” in Yuen Long, others for a mass gathering of Pokemon Go, a popular mobile phone game. Others suggested, sarcastically, it could be an occasion to mourn the death on Wednesday of notorious Chinese communist hardliner Li Peng, noting that religious gatherings do not need police permission. Rumours have swirled that protesters might target the ancestral halls and graves of a village close to the Yuen Long’s station where the white shirt mob ran into after their attack and later left without police making any arrests despite a large presence of officers. Earlier this week the graves of Junius Ho’s parents were vandalised. An ardent pro-Beijing lawmaker, Ho was seen shaking hands with the white-shirted men before Sunday’s attack. He also threatened a pro-democracy lawmaker in an online video earlier this week. That lawmaker, Eddie Chu, who also hails from the New Territories, said many villagers abhorred Sunday’s attack but were afraid to speak out. He used Facebook to call on fellow protesters not to target village halls and graves, saying such actions would backfire and unite sympathetic villagers against their protest movement. Beijing has labelled the protests as “extreme illegal violence”, but has left it to the city’s semi-autonomous government to deal with the situation. City leader Carrie Lam has shown no sign of backing down beyond agreeing to suspend the extradition bill. On Wednesday China issued a stark reminder that its army could be deployed in Hong Kong if city authorities requested support in maintaining “public order”, something local authorities have said they have no intention of doing. Two days later thousands held a 10-hour protest at the airport arrival hall in a bid to “educate” visitors, particularly mainlanders, about their movement. The protest was peaceful and there was no disruption to flights. Protesters also plan to march on Sunday through a district where riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at projectile-hurling protesters the week before. Police have allowed a rally to take place, but denied protesters permission to march, raising the likelihood of further confrontations.last_img read more

High Court directs govt to beef up Chandrababu Naidus security

first_imgAmaravati: The High Court has directed the AP government to deploy 97 security personnel for the safety and protection of the former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. The Court on Thursday ordered the NSG and the state security to arrive at a decision to settle the difference between the two bodies. The Court has also directed the government to install Jammer to the Chandrababu’s convoy. Chandrababu Naidu has recently approached the High Court challenging the reduction of his security by the AP government. After hearing the case, Justice Durga Prasad Rao reserved the verdict.last_img read more

Tamil meme creators to have field day Saravana Stores owner to turn

first_imgSaravanan Arul.PR HandoutSaravanan Arul, who holds a top position in the Saravana Stores, is all set to become a hero. The businessman is impressed by the story narrated by director duo, JD – Jerry (Joseph D Sami and Gerald) and given nod to act in the film.The forthcoming movie will be launched in September and the makers have set their eyes on Tamil New Year (April) in 2020 for its release. The pre-production works are underway and the project is expected to be announced soon.Saravanan Arul is a popular name among netizens from Tamil Nadu. Thanks his ways of branding his products, people have made him a subject of trolling. Especially his commercials with Hansika Motwani and Tamannaah Bhatia had made him a meme-friendly face.The meme creators are expected to have field days in the months to come following his latest adventure.However, people have mellowed down on their criticism over his acts in the recent months. In fact, there have been reports of his results ensuring a good brand recall value among the audience. It also paved way for his competitors to become the faces of their own brands.His relief works during Gaja Cyclone and philanthropy works have started yielding positive results for him as a section of people have started accepting him.last_img read more

OnePlus eyeing new HQ in India RD centre likely in Bengaluru or

first_imgOnePlus 6 Midnight Black special variant comes with 256GB 8GB RAM configuration.OnePlus India Press KitChinese smartphone giant OnePlus is enjoying unprecedented success in India. After capturing nearly 50 percent market share in the high-end segment (as of Q1 2018) thanks to its brilliant devices, the company is now looking to open up new facilities in the country.The Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), known for its inexpensive flagships is looking to open a second global headquarters in India, and also has plans of setting up and R&D centre in the country that accounts for a third of the company’s business revenue. India is also OnePlus’ second-biggest market in terms of volume sales, making the country a high-priority for the firm. The move comes after OnePlus announced plans to manufacture smartphones in India, specifically targeting the local market. By bringing more operations to India, the Chinese firm will not only be ab;e to decentralised operations and decision making, but also reduce costs.As per Vikas Agarwal, who is the GM of OnePlus India, “The R&D centre is to be set up either in Hyderabad or Bengaluru by the year-end. The centre will have around 50 employees — the Chinese centre has around 100 — to help localise products for the Indian market.”To further boost its offerings in the country, OnePlus will expand its service centres from the current 12 to 25, although no time frame was given. It will also set up five experience zones in India, as well as expanding its offline footprint across the country in a bid to provide OnePlus members with more platforms to engage with the brand. The moves are also expected to attract more people to switch to the OnePlus brand by providing them with an engaging experience with the OnePlus devices before they make a  purchase decision.At launch, OnePlus branded itself as a ‘digital first’ firm selling devices exclusively through Amazon in India, but over time has expanded its physical retail presence to ensure it remains competitive in the Indian market. The brand is known for roping in big names like Amitabh Bachchan for conventional ads, as well as digital media where it has preferred to pick up students as brand ambassadors.OnePlus’ latest offering, the OnePlus 6 has launched to great reviews and has kept the brand alive in the highly competitive Indian market.last_img read more

1000 shot in Chicago this year

first_imgChicago hit a grim milestone Tuesday, with more than a thousand people shot in the Midwestern US city since the beginning of the year. Photo: AFPChicago hit a grim milestone Tuesday, with more than a thousand people shot in the Midwestern US city since the beginning of the year.According to the Chicago Tribune newspaper 1,008 people have been shot in the city — at least 182 fatally — since the beginning of January, a pace roughly unchanged since the same period last year.The largest city in the Midwest has been struggling with a stubbornly high murder rate that peaked at more than 750 last year, the highest in two decades.The Chicago Police Department (CPD) offered conflicting data for the first four months of 2017, saying 172 people were killed and 954 shot — a nine per cent decline compared to the same period last year.The police department did not account for shootings on area expressways under the jurisdiction of a separate agency, which could explain the conflicting data, according to CPD spokesman Kevin Quaid.There were also 3,500 shootings, mostly concentrated in poor sections of the city with rampant gang and drug-related violence.The city plans to hire nearly 1,000 additional officers over two years to address the problem, and is increasingly relying on high-tech solutions.Quaid highlighted the addition of “intelligence hubs” in the city’s violence-plagued neighborhoods as one reason they are reporting fewer shootings so far this year.”Officers and data analysts run historical crime data, gang intelligence, and social networking analytics through predictive software programming to help officers focus on the right people, at the right place, at the right time,” Quaid told AFP in an email.Chicago police last week became the first US police agency to use a new web tool where residents can anonymously report crime.last_img read more

Free Kidney Health Assessments

first_imgNational Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD)In conjunction with National Kidney Month, the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) will provide free Kidney Health Risk Assessments, on Mar. 8, at the Brancati Center Health Awareness Hub, 900 N. Washington St., Baltimore, Md. 21205.Open to the public, this free assessment helps identify adults at risk for chronic kidney disease and increases awareness of kidney disease risk factors in the community. Participants will receive brief consultations with physicians and dietitians to learn about kidney disease, as well as general nutrition and wellness guidelines.last_img read more

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This image shows a non-invasive \”slice\” of a rat’s heart tissue made using grating-based X-ray phase tomography, which excels in contrast, albeit with some blurring when compared to propagation-based phase-contrast X-ray imaging.January 15, 2015 — X-ray phase tomography is an imaging technique that uses penetrating X-rays to create volumetric views through “slices” or sections of soft biological tissues, such as tumors, and it offers strongly enhanced contrast compared to conventional CT scans. Yet scientists still do not know which X-ray phase tomography methods are best suited to yield optimized results for a wide variety of conditions.To answer this question, a large group of researchers in Europe compared three different X-ray phase tomography methods at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility’s (ESRF) beamline ID19 in France — X-ray grating interferometry, propagation-based phase tomography with single-distance phase reconstruction and holotomography.Led by Irene Zanette, a scientist affiliated with both ESRF and the Technische Universität München (TUM) in Germany, the researchers examined cancerous tissue from a mouse model and an entire rat’s heart, which they report in the Journal of Applied Physics, from AIP Publishing.Along with colleagues Bert Müller, group leader of the Biomaterials Science Center in Switzerland, and Timm Weitkamp, a scientist at the Synchrotron SOLEIL in France, the team explored which method performs best in terms of spatial resolution and visualization/quantification of relevant features in the samples. They also investigated other related factors such as the simplicity of the setup, and the data acquisition and analysis involved in each method.The researchers chose to exploit synchrotron radiation, which produces significantly higher-quality X-rays than conventional X-ray generators such as those found in hospitals.”Think of synchrotron radiation as being analogous to the sort of monochromatic, collimated and intense light produced by lasers, while conventional X-ray generators in hospitals are more analogous to light bulbs we use within our homes,” explained Zanette.Zanette explained that while their study was performed using synchrotron radiation, the same techniques are amenable to both polychromatic and divergent beams and can also be implemented at conventional X-ray sources.The researchers used an advanced X-ray technique known as “phase-contrast imaging.” This type of imaging works by making the X-ray beam interfere while it propagates from sample to detector, according to Zanette. “This interference is fundamental because it encodes precious information on the phase of the X-ray waves.”By comparison, conventional X-ray imaging — of the sort performed at hospitals and airports — does not use phase information. Rather, it relies only on the attenuation of the amplitude (reduction in intensity) of the X-ray waves by the object under study to generate image contrast.”More detailed information is contained in the phase than the amplitude, so it enables us to obtain images with much greater contrast and clearly differentiates cancerous tissue from healthy tissue,” Zanette said.The researchers were able to show that for each specimen, the spatial resolution derived from the characteristic morphological features is about twice as good for holotomography and single-distance phase reconstruction compared to X-ray grating interferometry. They also found that X-ray grating interferometry data generally provide much better contrast-to-noise ratios for anatomical features, excel in fidelity of the density measurements, and are more robust against low-frequency artifacts than holotomography.The researchers regard all three of the phase tomography methods as being complementary. “The application determines which spatial and density resolutions are desired for the imaging task and dose requirements, so it really comes down to a choice between the complexity of the experimental setup and the data processing,” noted Müller. “It’s important to choose the ideal technique for your specific purposes.”Since synchrotron radiation is of higher quality than the radiation at conventional sources, measurements at synchrotrons represent benchmarking experiments when translating these tomography techniques to clinical practice — especially X-ray grating interferometry, which is attracting attention for use in hospitals.The article, “Experimental comparison of grating- and propagation-based x-ray phase tomography of soft tissue,” is authored by Sabrina Lang, Irene Zanette, Marco Dominietto, Max Langer, Alexander Rack, Georg Schulz, Geraldine Le Duc, Christian David, Jürgen Mohr, Franz Pfeiffer, Bert Müller and Timm Weitkamp. 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Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Winter storm blasts Europe with avalanches high winds

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Europe, Storm, Weather, Winter Tuesday, January 8, 2019 BERLIN — Hundreds of people were snowed-in in Alpine regions and warned of a high risk of avalanches, parts of Scandinavia were left without electricity, and high winds caused flight delays and cancellations in the Netherlands as deadly winter weather continued to blast Europe on Tuesday.Several people have already been killed in weather-related incidents over the last week, and in Norway attempts to find the bodies of four skiers were again put on hold due to poor visibility and heavy snowfall. A 29-year Swedish woman and three Finns, aged 29, 32 and 36, were presumed dead after a 300-meter-wide (990-foot-wide) avalanche hit the Tamok valley, near the northern city of Tromsoe, last week.In Austria, hundreds of residents were stuck in their homes due to blocked roads, and some regions experienced power outages after snow-laden trees took down power lines.Schools in some Austrian regions remained closed for a second day and homeowners were advised to remove snow from their roofs after several buildings collapsed. A 78-year-old man was severely injured when he fell of the roof of his home in Turrach while shovelling snow, Austrian public broadcaster ORF reported.On Monday night, 11 German hikers had to be rescued by mountaineers from a cabin near Salzburg, after having been snowed in without electricity and little food since Friday. Several people were killed by avalanches in recent days and authorities warned continuing snowfall is increasing the already high risk of more avalanches.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesIn southern and eastern Germany, people were also bracing for further snowfall, while in the northern coastal city of Hamburg residents were preparing for a storm flood caused by a winter gale, the German news agency dpa reported.In neighbouring Netherlands, Amsterdam’s busy Schiphol Airport warned of delays and cancellations. Dutch carrier KLM cancelled 159 flights to and from European destinations.In northwestern Dutch coastal regions expected to be hardest hit by strong winds and wild seas, local water authorities began checking dikes to make sure they were not damaged.The Noorderzijlvest water authority said it was monitoring dikes because of debris floating in the sea after nearly 300 containers tumbled off a cargo ship in a storm last week. Many of the containers are still at sea and some have broken open, spilling their contents.“A fridge or container that is rammed against a dike can cause damage,” the authority said on its website.Heavy snowfall and strong winds were reported Tuesday over central Scandinavia, hampering efforts to restore electricity after a hefty storm swept through northern Europe on Jan. 2.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Swedish media reported several fender-benders and stranded vehicles along roads but nothing unusual for the season in this part of Europe.Meanwhile in southeastern Europe, schools in the Greek capital and many surrounding areas remained shut due to weather conditions after snowfall blanketed Athens, with temperatures in some parts of the country plunging well below freezing.Courts in Athens were also to remain shut Tuesday, with only fast-track prosecutions being heard, the Justice Ministry said. Some rural roads, particularly those leading up to the mountains near the capital, were shut overnight and in the early morning.Greece has been experiencing a cold snap for the past few days, with heavy snowfall, particularly in the north of the country and in mountainous areas. Temperatures have reached minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit) in parts of northern Greece, while many islands have also experienced snowfall. Share By: The Associated Press Winter storm blasts Europe, with avalanches, high windslast_img read more

Homeowners and Appraisers The Gap is Shrinking

first_imgHomeowners and Appraisers: The Gap is Shrinking in Daily Dose, Headlines, News Appraisals Home Values Homeowners’ Perceptions Quicken Loans 2016-12-13 Seth Welborn For the fifth consecutive month, the gap between appraised values of homes and homeowners’ perceptions of what their homes are worth shrunk, according to the Quicken Loans Home Price Perception Index (HPPI) for November 2016.In an effort to better understand appraisers’ opinions of home values, home value expectations of homeowners refinancing gravitated toward the values given by appraisers through 2016. The National HPPI displayed that the average owner’s estimate of value was 1 percent lower than the appraiser’s perspective.Bob Walters, Chief Economist for Quicken Loans, shared that homeowners and appraisers are slowly coming to an agreement. “The HPPI compares the perceived gap between the homeowner and the appraiser’s opinion of a home’s value and has provided an intriguing look into the psychographics of our housing market,” he said. “The most recent HPPI indicates homeowners and appraisers are closer to agreeing at the end of 2016 than they were at the start of the new year. It’s our hope that with this information the only surprises this holiday season are the ones wrapped under the tree.”Despite some monthly variations, appraisal values measured by the Quicken’s National Home Value Index (HVI) have been rising throughout 2016, with home values rising 5.54 percent since January. The average appraiser valuation increased 0.42 percent and 5.28 percent year-over-year in November.The West Coast is persistently leading the country in home value growth, with an approximately 7.23 percent increase in 2016. The top five metro areas with the most HPPI growth are Denver (+3.10 percent), San Francisco (+2.19 percent), Portland (+2.12 percent), Dallas (+1.94 percent), and San Jose (+1.69 percent).Walters saw that home values were driven by a lack of inventory in 2016. “Home values pushed higher throughout 2016, largely driven by lack of supply in the hottest markets,” said Walters. “It’s yet to be seen if these increases will continue or wane as homebuilding grows, boosting inventory.”center_img December 13, 2016 784 Views Sharelast_img read more