The man suspected to be behind the ‘Canada Creep’ Twitter account is arrested again for child pornography charges.Jeffrey Robert Williamson, 42, was arrested Friday and later charged with possession of child pornography and accessing child pornography. Calgary Police Service says the new charges stem from evidence officers seized at Williamson’s house earlier this week.On Thursday, CPS arrested and charged with three counts of voyeurism and publication of voyeuristic recordings, after being notified about the Twitter account that posted photos and videos of women who appeared to be unknowingly filmed.The images focused on women’s breasts, buttocks and up women’s skirts and a much of the footage and pictures were taken in downtown Calgary.Officers are going through multiple terabytes of data taken from computers, hard drives and other devices tied to the Canada Creep account.Police say Williamson was filming women for at least five years, without their knowledge. He’s schedule to appear in court for the new charges on Monday.
PORTLAND, Ore. – Farmers rushed to save their livelihoods as a wildfire roared through vast Oregon wheat fields Thursday and crushed their hopes at the peak of what was expected to be one of the most bountiful harvests in years.Farmers used water tanks on the backs of pickup trucks and tractors to battle flames whipping across fields for the third straight day. One man was found dead near his charred tractor Wednesday, apparently overrun as he tried to clear a strip of land to protect a neighbour’s property.Farmers who grow tens of thousands of acres of soft, white wheat typically bound for Asia said they are confronting walls of fire up to 30 feet (9 metres) high and wind so strong that it tosses embers ahead of the fire’s leading edge. The conditions threaten farmers working to stop the blaze from reaching the wheat.“It’s been day after day after day of pretty horrendous winds and then the fire creates its own wind,” Alan von Borstel, who has battled the flames with his son, said by phone. “As the fire gets closer, you actually start to feel threatened, and if it gets too close, we realize we can’t do it, (and) we get the hell out of Dodge.”Wheat farmers like von Borstel always have water tanks loaded on the back of trucks during the hot, dry summers. When a fire breaks out, they race to the scene alongside professional fire crews. If they have time, the farmers mow down standing wheat to slow the fire’s progress and come behind firetrucks to tamp down flames with their water.But their most important job is called “disking.” They use a tractor attachment to till the wheat into the soil, creating a gap up to 150 feet (46 metres) wide between the advancing flames and the rest of the field. That gives firefighters a chance to get ahead of the blaze.“Without the help of the farmers, this thing wouldn’t get stopped,” von Borstel said. “There are lots of us out there. We look out for each other.”Von Borstel’s crops so far are untouched. But his cousin lost just over a square mile on Wednesday, and the fire is just a few miles from his home.The blaze about 85 miles (137 kilometres) east of Portland has scorched nearly 80 square miles (207 square kilometres) of wheat fields and grasslands since igniting Tuesday. Authorities on Thursday designated it as the top firefighting priority nationwide.It was the largest of more than 200 wildfires across Oregon, many sparked by lightning. Other fires dotted states throughout the drought-stricken Western United States.A man’s body was found Thursday near a homeless camp inside the perimeter of another fire that burned earlier in the week in southwestern Oregon. It wasn’t clear if he died before or during the blaze, and an autopsy was planned.In wheat country, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said the fire may have been intentionally set and the state will help investigate. Firefighters were trying to protect homes and other structures in the hardest-hit areas.Authorities have told residents of 900 houses to evacuate or be ready to go as the flames spread rapidly.The wheat at risk isn’t good for making bread and is primarily shipped to Asian markets — particularly Japan and Korea — for use in ramen noodles, steamed breads and flatbreads.The crop this year looked particularly bountiful, with farmers estimating they might get 15 or 20 bushels more per acre than the average 55. The wheat would normally be harvested within the next 10 days.Each crop takes two years to grow because farmers leave half the land fallow to improve environmental conditions and reduce erosion.“There’s some years when you wouldn’t mind your wheat crop burning, but this isn’t one of them. I don’t know how much crop has burned, and it’s still burning,” said Tom McCoy, who lost 300 acres overnight.He estimates the lost value at about $91,000. He’s insured, but this year’s crop looked so good he worries he might not have had enough insurance and will still wind up with less than he would have gotten on the market.“There has been tens of thousands of acres of cropland lost,” said Logan Padget, a fifth-generation wheat farmer who was battling the flames Thursday.“I’ve heard that some people have lost literally everything. … You’ve got two years’ worth of effort that’s coming down to a two-week harvest, and all your time and care and effort for the land is wasted.”___Associated Press writer Steven DuBois in Portland contributed to this report.___Follow Gillian Flaccus on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/gflaccus
Bhubaneshwar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has demanded special category status from Centre for his disaster-prone state, saying it faces natural calamities almost every year.In his first interview since Cyclone Fani that ravaged the coastal districts killing 41 people, he said special category status is the need of the hour due to the massive loss to infrastructure which may stall growth of the state. “In fact, this is one of the our main demands before the Union government. Odisha faces natural calamities almost every year. The assistance we get from the Centre is mostly for temporary restoration of infrastructure. We have to spend a lot from state’s own funds to work for the long-term,” Patnaik told PTI in an interview. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”This puts too much stress on our finances. Precisely for this reason, Odisha should be considered for special category status. In the last five years we had Phailin, Hudhud, Titli and now Fani. In addition to this, we has massive floods,” he added. Patnaik, who was sworn in as the chief minister for the first time in 2000 and is now seeking the consecutive fifth term, said it was necessary to accelerate the growth rate of the state. “We are maintaining a growth rate higher than that of the country. We are doing so well in all our socio-economic indicators. Proving special category status will help us accelerate growth,” he said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadWhen asked about if Cyclone Fani should have been declared a national calamity considering the magnitude of the damage, he said special category status will solve the purpose. “If the Centre declares the special category status , everything will be taken care of,” Patnaik said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Rs 1000 crore assistance for Odisha and he also did an ariel survey of cyclone ravaged area. He praised the people for cooperating with the administration before the calamity hit the state and applauded Patnaik for timely relocation work to minimise the causalities. He also promised to provide all possible help from the Centre. “It is the teamwork coupled with technology that helped in this mammoth exercise. I am grateful to everyone involved, especially to our people,” Patnaik said on the praise received from the prime minister. He also admitted that considering the storm coincided with the general and assembly elections , it was an even more difficult task for his government. “And also summer cyclones are a rarity,” said the 72-year-old Biju Janta Dal president. Fani is unlike the other storms that Odisha is accustomed to, as most of them occurred between October and December. Asked how challenging it would be now to bring Odisha back to normalcy, he said his government is leaving no stone unturned to do it quickly. “We are putting our best efforts in bringing back normalcy. Power infrastructure has been completely destroyed, especially in Puri and parts of Khurda districts where we have to re-electrify completely. Also lakhs of houses have been destroyed in addition to serious damage to tree cover and plantation crops,” he said.
Short-term contract employees of the Culture Ministry, unpaid for over six months, inform tourists about their protest outside the entrance of the ancient Acropolis hill in Athens, Thursday, July 23, 2015. Greece’s radical left-led government survived another revolt by rebels in the early hours of Thursday, passing reforms that should pave the way for the imminent start of bailout discussions with European creditors. Sign reads in Greek and English “We are unpaid”. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos) Bailout talks move back to Athens, as tough new conditions approved by Nicholas Paphitis And Derek Gatopoulos, The Associated Press Posted Jul 22, 2015 7:15 am MDT Last Updated Jul 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATHENS, Greece – Discussions over Greece’s third bailout in five years are set to begin in Athens imminently after Greece’s parliament approved Thursday tough new conditions set by European creditors.Officials in Athens and at the European Union said negotiators are expected to start arriving on Friday, marking the first time high-level talks will be held in the Greek capital since Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ left-wing government assumed power in late January.The news came hours after the Greek parliament approved a second round of reforms demanded by Greece’s creditors before the negotiations could start over a three-year financial bailout expected to be worth 85 billion euros ($93 billion).Without the money, Greece would be unable to pay the debts due over the coming three years and would likely be forced to leave the euro, Europe’s shared currency. Last week’s decision at a summit of the eurozone’s 19 leaders to open up bailout discussions provided certain conditions were met by Athens has helped ease the sense of economic crisis that was enveloping Greece.Over the past week, parliament has approved two sets of creditor demands — the first introduced sweeping sales tax increases, the second concerned judicial and banking reforms.Despite facing a rebellion among his own party’s ranks in both votes, Tsipras’ coalition government has survived. He relied on opposition parties to push the measures through.“We have chosen a compromise that forces us to implement a program in which we do not believe, and we will implement it because the alternatives are tough,” Tsipras said. “We are summoned today to legislate under a state of emergency.”Both sides hope discussions will conclude by Aug. 20, when Greece has a payment of a little more than 3 billion euros ($3.2 billion) due to the European Central Bank.A government official in Athens, who asked not to be identified because negotiations had not formally started, said Greece was determined to resist any further conditions being set for the third bailout.Greece has committed to reducing state spending on pensions, but says it need more time to draw up measures that spare low-income retirees further hardship. Major pension changes were not included in either round of reforms approved by parliament.The start of the formal discussions in Athens shows how times have changed since Tsipras’ radical left Syriza party was elected on a promise to bring an end to the austerity that it blamed for many of the country’s economic ills.While in opposition, Syriza was hugely critical of the so-called troika — bailout inspectors from the European Commission, ECB, and International Monetary Fund who regularly came to the capital to discuss the Greek economy.After assuming office, Tsipras declared that the “troika” was finished, and refused to let representatives from the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund negotiators into Greek ministry buildings, insisting instead on discreet meetings in Athens hotels, and talks in Brussels.Now, the ministry inspections look set to start again.The IMF will not be directly involved in the discussions in Athens. The fund has been critical of many of the demands insisted upon by Greece’s European creditors and is insisting on deep and meaningful debt relief for the country.Despite years of austerity that’s seen the annual budget deficit fall dramatically, Greece’s debt burden has increased because the economy has shrunk by a quarter. Figures this week showed Greece’s debt at the end of the first quarter improved slightly to just below 170 per cent. Still, it’s the highest rate in the whole of the eurozone.“We feel that debt relief is required,” IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said in Washington. Rice added that it was not clear when negotiators from the IMF would rejoin the talks.Following the two parliamentary votes that’s allowed the ECB to raise its emergency liquidity assistance to Greek banks, the Greek government will be hoping the economy stabilizes somewhat following a crisis-ridden period that’s seen strict capital controls imposed amid fears over the country’s future in the euro.Banks reopened Monday after being shuttered for more than three weeks, albeit for limited transactions. Daily withdrawals at ATMs are still limited to 60 euros ($65) per account holder.Dissent within Tsipras’ Syriza party twice came close to toppling the government, and has fuelled speculation of an earlier-than-expected general election in fall. But party critics insisted they continued to back Tsipras while disagreeing over the terms of the third bailout.“Diversity is the strength of our party, not its weakness,” former minister and outspoken dissenter Panagiotis Lafazanis said.___Associated Press Writers Paul Wiseman in Washington D.C., Raf Casert in Brussels and Menelaos Hadjicostis in Athens contributed to this report.
On October 20, Italian truck manufacturer, Perlini Equipment delivered the first 90 t trucks to the Brazilian port of Santos. Eurotire’s all steel radial tyres from its manufacturing facility in Drobeta Turnu Severin, Romania were installed. One of the largest steelmaking companies in Latin America USIMINAS will use 14 Perlini haul trucks with Eurotire radial tyres, at its iron ore mining operations. This partnership was made possible as a result of a business venture between the two companies and is a part of a joint program created to promote Eurotire products and Perlini machines.Maurizio Perlini, one of the owners of Perlini Equipment: “Partnering with Eurotire did not happen by chance, we have been looking at each other closely for a long time and have come to realise our companies are very similar. We are rapidly growing companies with rather ambitious plans to enter the complex market of developing countries. In addition, Eurotire products continue to meet the high level of quality we expect from our suppliers.”“We have conducted a complete technical analysis of USIMINAS mine site in Brazil,” states Meir Dubinsky, Executive Director at Eurotire, “We have developed a special chemical compound for our tyres to provide high resistance to cuts. This mine site has severe operating conditions but we believe that our radial tyres are the perfect solution.”“In my opinion,” adds Mikhail Shulman, Director of the Analytical Department at Eurotire, “This partnership is a prime example of the co-operation between the two manufacturers which enables both companies to feel confident in the highly competitive mining markets in developing countries, such as Brazil, Russia, India and China. We are currently discussing plans for cooperation between our companies in Kazakhstan and Indonesia.”Shimon Laber, Vice President of Business Development at Eurotire, praised the business relationship between the two companies. “For us, co-operation with the Original Equipment Manufacturers such as Perlini Equipment is an important step in terms of improvement of the existing as well as the creation of new generation of our products. The expert production process of our tyres enables us to remain competitive in the global OTR tyres marketplace.”OTR mining tyres are Eurotire’s only business. Focusing on the world’s emerging mining markets, it designs, manufactures, and provides full life-cycle management to maximise the efficacy of each bias ply and all steel radial tyre for haul trucks, wheel loaders, and other heavy support trucks. Eurotire operates offices on five continents, including some of the most remote and demanding surface mining applications.Started in 1957, Perlini Equipment is one of world’s most important producers of dump trucks. Perlini trucks, designed and built for efficiency and ease of maintenance are at work all over the world and are appreciated by big enterprises and small sub-contractors alike for their excellent productivity as well as the quality of their original components. During its history, Perlini has shipped over 12,000 vehicles, still at work in every continent.
There was something historical in routine and typical PSG Handball in away match against Tremblay 43:32 at LNH Round 22. The former member of the new-old champions, the 39-years old Tremblay playmaker, Mladen Bojinović, netted eight goals for his team which put him in the leading role on TOP scorers list of all time in French League.Bojinović, who came to France in 2002 from FC Barcelona to Montpellier Handball, in his 14 years netted 1205 goals in total, now one more than retired Anouar Ayed (1204). ← Previous Story POLISH FINAL: Kielce VS Wisla 2:0 Next Story → Gullden joins CLUB 100 – Gorbi still unattainable! LNH TOp scorersMladen Bojinović
On Saturday Dr. Sophia Xeros-Constantinides was awarded the inaugural Ann Morgan Essay Prize for her poem about how the trauma of migrant parents affects their children. The Australian Association of Infant Mental Health (Victorian branch) has awarded the prize jointly to Dr. Xeros-Constantinides and Dr. Fiona McGlade.Dr. Xeros-Constantinides, a general practitioner working in infant mental health, said she was not expecting to win the prize.“People were invited to write an essay of up to 2 000 words exploring the life of the infant,” she said. Instead of an academic essay, Dr. Xeros-Constantinides submitted a personal poem, called, “The Intergenerational Legacy: My Grandmother Yiayia’s Asylum Seeker Baby.”The poem explores her Yiayia, Evdokia Xeros’ experience of fleeing Smyrna as a Greek refugee in 1922, after it was sacked by the Turkish Nationalists. “Her trauma was felt by her whole family, especially her second-born baby, my Uncle Nick, whom she gave birth to on arrival in Melbourne, and whom she nursed through her own grieving,” she said.“I feel that trauma stayed with her, and I feel it got communicated to my uncle Nick,” she said.In a poem that combines the personal and political, she quotes philosopher Karl Marx: “The tradition of all the dead generations/ weighs like a nightmare/ on the brains of the living.”Dr. Xeros-Constantinides said she is looking forward to the poem hopefully being published in a prominent medical journal, as she thinks the experience is one shared by many immigrants.“There are a lot of children of migrants who are traumatized by their parents’ experiences,” she said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
We are now well into the Christmas festive season and Melbourne’s Greek community is once again showing the unique character and vibrancy of its celebrations across the city.Last week, the Lemnian Community of Victoria farewelled 2018 with a Christmas Family Day for the children and a luncheon with music for the elderly.Photos from the Lemnian Community’s Christmas Family Day Photos from the Lemnian Community’s Christmas Family Day Attendance exceeded expectations in both events, with young and old participating in the celebrations.The Christmas Family Day programme was full of games and activities for kids, including a visit from Santa of course, while Christmas spirits were also high at the elderly’s lunch.At the Lemnian Community’s elderly lunchAt the Lemnian Community’s elderly lunchOn behalf of the Lemnian Community and its board, President Yiorgos Yiannaros wished everybody Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.Meanwhile, members and friends of Melbourne’s Pontiaki Estia welcomed in their homes last week Pontian musicians singing traditional Kalanda.The custom, performed for 40 years now, is a living reminder of the community’s rich cultural heritage and the active role of Pontiaki Estia in maintaining and passing on the traditions of Pontos to our younger generations.Pontian “Kalandades”It is worth noting that among the houses the “Kalandades” visit every year are those of some of the most vulnerable members in our community, who find solace in the sound of “Χριστός ‘γεννέθεν, χαράν’ς σον κόσμον”.Yet another event with a years-long tradition paying tribute to the Greek Kalanda is expected to take place this Sunday 23 December.For a 35th consecutive year, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia invites community members to attend the Annual Pan-Orthodox Christmas Carols, held at the Melbourne Town Hall from 5 to 8 pm.Last but not least, among the top recent festive events was Fronditha’s Christmas Party at the organisation’s Clayton facilities last Saturday. Artists and performers from the Manasis Dance School and Band, the Pan-Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria and the orchestra led by Pantelis Krestas entertained guests and residents for hours.The turnout was great and everyone was eager to join a big ‘jam session’ of music and dance with joyful sounds inundating the room. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
La France prête à stopper ses réacteurs si cela s’imposeSelon le ministre de l’Energie Eric Besson, la France est prête à arrêter des réacteurs si l’autorité de surveillance du nucléaire le juge nécessaire à l’issue des tests de résistance menés sur les installations de l’Union européenne.Le ministre de l’Energie Eric besson a indiqué hier à Bruxelles que si l’autorité de surveillance du nucléaire le juge nécessaire, la France stoppera ses réacteurs nucléaires. “Nous adopterons les recommandations de l’autorité de surveillance du nucléaire (l’autorité publique de sûreté nucléaire, IRSN). Si elle juge nécessaire d’arrêter des réacteurs, nous le ferons. Il n’y a pas de doute à avoir”, a-t-il déclaré au cours d’un point de presse.À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylLe chef de l’Etat Nicolas Sarkozy avait pris cet engagement le 25 mars lors d’un sommet européen dont une partie des travaux était consacrée aux leçons de l’accident nucléaire de Fukushima au Japon. De son côté, la Commission a estimé hier qu’il n’était pas nécessaire de prendre immédiatement des mesures de fermeture de centrales.Elle ne se prononcera finalement qu’en juin prochain, dans son rapport définitif, une fois effectués les contrôles par des pairs (équipes d’experts des autres pays, nucléaires ou non, de l’UE). Le cahier des charges établi par le groupe des régulateurs européens (ENSREG) impose de contrôler “les critères les plus extrêmes, y compris les phénomènes cumulatifs, quels que soit leur origine”, a souligné M. Besson en réponse aux critiques formulées par les Verts du Parlement européen et Greenpeace.”Parmi les événements déclencheurs indirects figurent les conséquences de la chute d’un avion. Cela fait partie des tests et c’est écrit en toutes lettres”, a affirmé le commissaire à l’Energie Gunther Oettinger.Le 25 novembre 2011 à 19:44 • Maxime Lambert
Media deals continued to take a beating through the first quarter, with values sinking lower than they’ve been in more than a decade, according to a report released by investment banking firm the Jordan, Edmiston Group.JEGI tracked 129 media deals over the first three months, down 36 percent from the first quarter of 2008. Deal values, however, plummeted 91 percent to a combined $1.3 billion, the group said.“The first quarter truly was the perfect storm in terms of everything—including a difficult economy and credit markets,” JEGI managing director Scott Peters told FOLIO:. “We’re seeing a shift from offline to online in terms of where advertisers are putting their capital. You layer the debt market on top of that and it makes for a challenging environment.” Of the 11 sectors tracked by JEGI, all but two showed declines in the number of deals and deal valuations. The value of consumer book deals was up 5.6 percent, but only on three deals. Meanwhile, the number of consumer magazine deals (17) was up nearly 90 percent from the first quarter last year and valuations jumped 53.3 percent ($75 million). A number of these deals, however, were “opportunistic,” according to JEGI.“Print has been under fire,” Peters said. “This market had a lot of businesses up against the ropes. These deals weren’t about getting exceptional values—they were made under pressure. Media companies are consolidating in order to survive.”Although deal valuations were down significantly in the online media and technology and marketing and interactive services sectors (-86.9 percent and -79.5 percent, respectively), those deals led M&A activity during the quarter, JEGI said. Online media and technology was the most active with 43 transactions, accounting for a third of the deals JEGI tracked.The number of b-to-b media deals was down 57.1 percent (3) and valuations were down 98.8 percent ($5 million).Looking for ‘High-Growth’ OpportunitiesOn a brighter note, JEGI said a number of major media, information, marketing and technology companies continue to re-tool their businesses for digital growth and are “actively looking for strong acquisition opportunities of high-growth, emerging businesses.” For instance, Hearst is looking for acquisition opportunities and feels “there is potential for more deals now than in prior years,” JEGI said. Meredith Corp. is looking to add complementary services to their digital capabilities through acquisitions.“There has been an enormous gap between buyer and seller intentions, but this won’t last forever,” said Peters. “We’re seeing in our pipeline a good amount of activity heading into next two quarters. We think that’s a good indicator that companies are getting back to business and that we’ll see some meaningful improvement by the third and fourth quarters.”
Mahbubnagar: The Mahbubnagar police conducted one-day awareness seminar on child rights in the district on Thursday. As part of the programme, Additional Superintendent of Police N Venkateshwarlu took part as chief guest and spoke about various laws and Acts that are provided in the Constitution to protect the child rights. He said with changing times and new advances in technology, the police department should also change and deal with various issues effectively. He said that the State and the Central governments were preparing various laws and Acts to protect the children. However, the onus of implementing them effectively lies on the police. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us The Additional SP stressed that children were facing many problems in the society as some people were stifling their right to education and forcing them into child labour and child marriages. He cited various incidents of violence and atrocities against children. While referring to various incidents of sexual exploitation, the ASP said that childhood was the most crucial stage of human development and any untoward incident during childhood could impact and influence their personality. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us “Childhood is precious. This is a stage where every child must be given freedom to study and for that, conducive environment should be provided to them. However, in today’s society, value systems are getting speedily eroded. It is time that we spread awareness on child rights, child safety and various laws protecting the children. Particularly, the parents must be aware of these laws and Acts and must provide their children the right environment to grow,” said the ASP. Advertise With Us The ASP gave a call to police officials to work unitedly and urged the public to support them in implementing the laws to book those committing atrocities against children. He said the role of police department in implementing these laws and Acts was significant and urged the department officials to see to it that laws are strictly implemented and child rights are protected.
Shahidul Alam taken to BSMMU hospitalDetained photographer Shahidul Alam has been taken from office of the Detective Branch (DB) of police to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University hospital around 9:00am on Wednesday, said general manager of Drik gallery ASM Rezaur Rahman.The High Court on Tuesday ordered to send him to hospital for treatment and diagnosis following a writ filed by Shahidul’s partner Rehnuma Ahmed. Shahidul Alam was booked and taken in remand under Information and Technology Act (ICT).Members of the DB picked up Shahidul Alam from his house on Sunday night. He was, later, shown arrested under ICT Act due to ‘instigate’ students movement demanding safe roads and on charge of spreading ‘rumours’.Shahidul’s wife filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the legality of Shahidul’s arrest and torture and seeking permission from the court to send him to hospitalShahidul Alam was picked up by plainclothes DB men from his Dhanmondi residence on Sunday night right after his interview with an international news agency on ongoing students protest following the death of their two fellow students in a road accident in Dhaka on 29 July.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with medical staff while visiting the Almazov National Medical Research Centre in Saint Petersburg on Friday. Photo: AFPRussia was on Sunday set to elect Vladimir Putin to a historic fourth Kremlin term, as the country faces increasing isolation over a spy poisoning in Britain and a fresh round of US sanctions.Since taking power 18 years ago, Putin has stamped his total authority on the country, silencing opposition and reasserting Moscow’s lost might abroad.Polling at around 70 percent, the macho leader is sure to extend his term to 2024 despite a lacklustre campaign ahead of a summer when global attention will be glued to Russia as it hosts the football World Cup.Putin has sought to use the election run-up to emphasise Russia’s role as a major world power, recently boasting of its “invincible” new weapons and continuing Moscow’s support for the Syrian regime in a bloody civil war.Rising tensions with the West over the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal in Britain, and new sanctions from Washington over alleged election meddling, strengthen the impression of a Russia at loggerheads with the rest of the world.“In America and Europe, they are trying to make us bend over and kneel, but we’re still standing,” Sergei Babayev, a 55-year-old transport manager, told AFP in central Moscow shortly ahead of the vote.“They promised us a crisis and we stuck it out. That’s Putin’s main quality-he is at the core of our state.”Sunday also marks exactly four years since Putin signed a treaty declaring Crimea part of Russia following its annexation from Ukraine, an action that led to the war in the east of the former Soviet state.No choicePutin, who has run under the slogan “a strong president-a strong Russia”, has declined to take part in televised debates and shot no new material for his own campaign advertisements.He is standing against seven other candidates, including millionaire communist Pavel Grudinin and former reality TV host Ksenia Sobchak, but none are polling more than eight percent.One of the more memorable moments from the campaign came during a debate when Sobchak threw a glass of water over the ranting ultra-nationalist candidate Vladimir Zhirinovsky, prompting him to call her a “prostitute” and a “mad fool”.Putin’s most vocal opponent, the anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny, has been barred from standing for legal reasons and has called on followers to boycott an election he says is a sham.Authorities, however, are seeking a high turnout to add greater legitimacy to a new term for Putin, who is already Russia’s second-longest serving leader since Joseph Stalin.“These are not quite the elections we see in Western countries,” Stepan Goncharov of the independent Levada Center pollster told AFP.“People are put in a situation where they have no-one to choose from,” he said.“If they want to express their disapproval, then they don’t turn out. They think of it as a vote of confidence (in Putin).”‘Adults only’There has been a particular focus on the youth vote, with prizes offered for the best selfies taken at polling stations and a sexually charged online campaign that brands the election as “for adults only”.Meanwhile, students in several cities have been warned they may face problems in examinations or even expulsion if they do not turn out to vote, according to liberal newspaper Novaya Gazeta.Heads of schools and state enterprises have put pressure on their employees to vote, as in previous elections, in some cases telling workers they should bring in a list of names of friends or relatives who were also going to the polls.Early voting has already taken place in some remote areas, where local election commissions bring ballot boxes by helicopter and snowmobile.Polls opened in Russia’s far east at 2000 GMT on Saturday and will close in Kaliningrad, the country’s exclave in Europe, at 1800 GMT on Sunday.Overall turnout is expected to be between 63 and 67 per cent, according to official pollsters.The run-up to Russia’s last presidential election in 2012 was marked by protests across the country against Putin’s return as head of state after four years as prime minister.But those demonstrations were quashed and once he was back in the Kremlin a crackdown followed, with activists arrested, the Pussy Riot rock band jailed and draconian new laws criminalising popular protest passed.
US President Donald Trump speaks about the mass shootings from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC, 5 August 2019. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump described mass shootings in Texas and Ohio as a “crime against all of humanity” as he addressed the nation on Monday after the attacks that left in 29 people dead.“These barbaric slaughters are… an attack upon a nation, and a crime against all of humanity,” he said.He added that the United States was outraged by the “cruelty, the hatred, the malice, the bloodshed, and the terror” that unfolded as 20 people were shot dead while shopping at a crowded Walmart in El Paso on Saturday morning, and nine more outside a bar in a popular nightlife district in Dayton just 13 hours later.
HISDHouston ISD Superintendent Richard Carranza meets with staff and families on the first stop of his Listen & Learn Tour of the district at Gregory-Lincoln Education Center, September 14, 2016. The school “needs improvement,” according to the state’s accountability system.The board of the Houston Independent School District will find out in about two weeks if the latest version of the turnaround plan for Kashmere High School is enough to stave off the threat of a state takeover.Superintendent Richard Carranza told trustees that he’s confident the district can get Kashmere High off the state’s failing list — with the third draft of its official turnaround plan. State officials rejected the previous two versions for lacking details.“What you see before you today is our best attempt at gathering — I would even say I have never seen a turnaround plan with this much documentation — ever,” Carranza said.The board passed the plan with six votes in favor and one abstention at an emergency meeting Thursday night.Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones represents Kashmere High in northeast Houston. She said that she hates the threat of a stake takeover, but added: “What I don’t want to risk is closure of this school. My students don’t deserve that. If this is what it takes to keep those students from having their school closed, I’m all in.”Kashmere High School has failed state standards for the last eight years – the most of any school in the state.The new plan was due Friday. Commissioner Mike Morath will review it. If he doesn’t approve it, under state law known as House Bill 1842, he can take steps to replace the board with outside managers, or close the school down. Share
By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, firstname.lastname@example.orgLast weekend thousands of Black leaders, educators and power brokers descended into Washington, D.C. to celebrate The NETwork Black Integrated Communications Professionals (BICP) and AT&T’s first Employee Resource Group serving, educating and empowering the African American community for 50 years.Before affirmative action, in 1969, three Black managers founded the nonprofit organization in order help AT&T meet its recruiting commitment to the National Alliance of Business. From that, The NETwork BICP was birthed. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson discussed Black genius, resilience and hope for the future at The NETwork Black Integrated Communications Professionals (BICP) 50th celebration at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Crystal City, Va. (Photo by Rob Roberts)Fifty years later and The NETwork BICP has 11,000 members with a mission,“to transform our future by empowering our members and our community today.” According to a press release submitted by The NETwork BICP, the organization achieves its mission through scholarships, community service, academic youth enrichment and professional development. Further, TheNetwork has contributed more than $22 million to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) since 1982.As part of its future-oriented mission, the organization’s three-day 50th anniversary celebration was themed, “Standing on Our Legacy – Disrupting the Future.”On Thursday, July 25, the organization celebrated with an opening reception at the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the weekend-long festivities concluded with a gala and keynote speech from activist, author and educator Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.Dyson kept it real with the thousands of guests by addressing several subjects important to the Black community’s history and future. Holding no punches, Dyson talked about Black genius and resilience, the importance of ending homophobia in the Black community and the power of Black women. In signature Dyson style, he interspersed rap lyrics for emphasis in his speech and talked about the genius found within Hip-Hop lyricism. “[Jay-Z] achieved the analogy, the word play, the double and triple and quadruple entendre. Just to think that he never wrote that down,” Dyson said. “And you’re calling our kids stupid and dumb? Because you prohibited writing, made it against the law? You can lose your life? Ask Nat Turner… Ask Fredrick Douglas, who said, ‘literacy unfits a child for slavery.’ Just because we couldn’t read and write, doesn’t mean we were unintelligent, and that we were illiterate.”“That’s why I embrace these young rappers,” he added. “When I can understand them,” he said mildly jokingly.Dyson stressed the need to end toxic masculinity within all communities, equating it to the leadership of the current President of the United States.“All this toxic masculinity ain’t paying off. Shooting, and stabbing, and killing and hating…denigrating each other… You ain’t got to be like Donald Trump.”Yes it is still complicated for us as Black people. Yet, even with this White supremacists in office, we must stand on a legacy that challenges him and to say, ‘You ain’t gone get the last word in history homeboy,’” Dyson emphasized.He encouraged the Black community, particularly the Black church, to end homophobia. “Who would choose to be recipients of such viciousness and just because they kiss somebody they’re going to hell? Who would choose that,” Dyson asked. “I ain’t never been to a Black church, that turns down gay tithes,” Dyson said.“You mean you’re going to listen to the same Bible that slaves were okay… and take that same authority literally and use it against gay people? As opposed to the liberating Gospel of Jesus that says, ‘ALL people who seek the Kingdom of God.’Finally, Dyson ended his keynote address celebrating Black women.He talked about the fact that statistics show Black women normally date men who are not as educated as them.In 2015 Brookings Institution reported that in evaluating married women ages 25 to 35, about 41 percent of White women had husbands who had similar educational-attainment levels, in comparison to only 32 percent of married Black women who could say the same regarding their spouses. The same study showed that 48 percent of White women said they had husbands with less education, while nearly 60 percent of Black women had married someone with a lower educational attainment. “Black Women buy more books- thank you Jesus. Show up to church, give tithes and deal with silly Negroes sometime.”The orator compared the ingenuity of Black women to the likes of Harriet Tubman, who successfully led 300 slaves to freedom.He joked about her bravery carrying a Bible in one hand and pistol in the other as men cowered to freedom.“Mama said knock you out! And she knocked those Negroes out. And when they woke up and said, ‘Where are we?’ She said, ‘Negro you’re free. We done drug your Black a** to freedom and Black women are still doing it today,” he said to roaring applauses.
Game Backup Monitor: automate game backups by Martin Brinkmann on March 24, 2019 in Games – 2 commentsGame Backup Monitor is a free open source program for Windows to back up game saves locally or in the cloud.Losing game saves can be a very frustrating experience; while many modern games support cloud saves, especially if they come from gaming platforms such as Steam or Gog, most older games and even some new ones don’t.Progress is saved to the local system when you play these games. If you want to be on the safe side, you may want to back up these game saves; this may also be useful if you play the games on multiple devices as you could move the backups between devices.Backups are also great if a game supports a single save only.Tip: How to optimize your PC so that games run great on itGame Backup MonitorGame Backup Monitor automates the game backup process. It monitors games that you specify and creates backups automatically so that you don’t have to. Backups can be saved to a local folder or to the cloud.Game Backup Manager is not the first program to offer the functionality. We reviewed applications like SaveGame Profiler or Game Save Manager in the past.The program comes with a list of over 300 pre-configured games that it can monitor right away. You may add custom games to the list, and may add pretty much any game that stores saves locally including emulators such as DOSBox or Wine.Note: Game Backup Monitor requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0. It runs on Linux as well.The application displays a simple menu on start. You may use it to import game configurations using the official list, or add a new game manually instead.Games like Wasteland 2, Warhammer Vermintide 2, Prison Architect, Prey, or Dragon Age are on the default listing. Most games are classic games but you find a couple new ones on the list as well that were released more recently.Just check a game in the list to import its configuration. The selected game is monitored from that moment on provided that Game Backup Monitor detects it properly.Open the Game Manager to verify that this is the case or to adjust certain monitoring parameters.The Game Manager displays all games and configuration for each. You may add new games manually with a click on the plus icon, or select any listed game to edit its configuration.The two main parameters are the process ID of the game process (supports regular expressions to catch multiple game processes) and the game’s save path (which can be a local folder or a Registry path). You need to add a name, obviously, and may specify monitoring parameters such as the number of unique backups to keep or what to save.The game list includes a search filter which is useful if the list is large. You may also filter by type, e.g. by games with backups pending.Game Backup Monitor monitors the system for game processes and will back up game saves automatically when it notices that the game processes has been terminated.A click on backup creates manual backups. Just select restore after selecting a game to restore a save game so that it becomes available.Closing WordsGame Backup Monitor is a useful program for gamers who run games on Windows or Linux machines. It works with games if they save progress locally. It is easy to start monitoring games that are on the default configuration list; the adding of custom games is not as straightforward as you need to specify a game’s process and local save path; this may require some research on your end.Now You: Do you play games? Do you save backups?Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 3 votes Software Name Game Backup MonitorOperating System WindowsSoftware Category GamesLanding Page mikemaximus.github.io/gbm-web/about.html Advertisement
Emirates unveils brand new cabins for its Boeing 777 fleet· Game-changing, fully enclosed private suites in First Class inspired by Mercedes-Benz · Completely refreshed look, meticulous design details, new seats and materials feature in multi-million dollar upgrade across all cabinsEmirates has unveiled completely refreshed interiors for its Boeing 777 aircraft, including its highly anticipated new First Class private suites.With floor to ceiling sliding doors and sleek design features inspired by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Emirates’ new suites takes luxury and privacy to the next level. Offering up to 40 square feet of personal space each, these spacious, fully-enclosed private suites are laid out in a 1-1-1 configuration.From First Class through to the Business and Economy Class cabins, all along the walkways, in the washrooms and galleys, the latest Emirates 777 aircraft boasts a multi-million dollar upgrade that includes newly-designed seats and upgraded inflight entertainment systems in all cabins.Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said:“The inflight experience is the heart of our brand and service proposition. The new 777 interiors that we are unveiling today is part of Emirates’ ongoing investment to continually raise the bar and exceed our customers’ expectations. Aside from our new fully enclosed private suites, Business Class features our latest fully-flat leather seats with personal minibars, Economy Class seats have adjustable full leather headrests, and the inflight entertainment system has been upgraded for all cabin classes. Throughout the aircraft, our customers will see modern and airy cabins, with painstaking attention to detail evident in design touches such as the textured wall and ceiling panels, lighting features, and more.”On the airline’s new First Class product, Sir Tim said:“Emirates pioneered the First Class private suite concept back in 2003, and today it’s the industry benchmark when it comes to first class travel. Over the years we have continually improved on our private suites, adding thoughtful refinements and features. We are very excited about our new fully-enclosed suite which is a real game-changer in terms of privacy, comfort, and thoughtful luxury. This is the first time an Emirates product has been so influenced by another luxury brand, but it is a natural fit as both Emirates and Mercedes-Benz have the same unwavering commitment to fine detail, uncompromising quality, and a drive to push the boundaries.”Emirates’ latest First Class product gives a nod to the design philosophy of the Mercedes-Benz S- Class, bringing together two global brands renowned for innovation, luxury, and comfort. The collaboration inspired several design details in the private suite including the soft leather seating, high-tech control panels, and mood lighting. Extending that trademark inflight experience to exclusive on-ground services, Emirates and Mercedes-Benz have extended their partnership to provide a fleet of the S-Class cars as part of its complimentary Chauffeur-drive service. Emirates First Class passengers arriving or departing in the UAE will enjoy a seamless journey from aircraft to home, and vice versa, in a Mercedes-Benz S-Class car.The latest Emirates 777 aircraft with these new features will enter commercial service on 1 December, making its debut on flights to Geneva and Brussels.Changing the game in First Class – key product featuresThe new Emirates 777 First Class cabin interior uses a whole new colour palette of soft greys, cream and champagne, conveying a contemporary, open and airy feel, with quiet and timeless luxury.Created in collaboration with Boeing, Rockwell Collins interior systems, Panasonic, Jacques Pierre Jean Design studio and Seattle-based design firm Teague, each fully enclosed private suite has a floor to ceiling sliding door, and combines smart technologies and intelligent design to deliver function, as well as luxury and comfort.Source = Emirates
TEMPE, Ariz. — They say the more you can do, the more valuable you become to your employer.That workplace mantra works in sports as well. And Tony Bergstrom, the Arizona Cardinals’ newest offensive lineman, is living proof.An under-the-radar signing in early May, two months into free agency, Bergstrom provides depth to an offensive line that took its share of hits last season.“I played all five (spots) at some point in my life; actually all six, I played tight end a little bit, too, so I can do it,” he said, sitting at his locker following a recent organized team practice activity. “Some I haven’t done in a while, so if you want to throw me out at tackle, you better let me get a couple of sets in.” Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The lack of availability forced a constant shuffling, especially late in the year, when there were five different line combinations in the final seven weeks. The Cardinals started eight different five-man groupings overall.Also, having a player of Bergstrom’s caliber with some experience can serve as a good role model inside the locker room.“It’s good for young guys and rookies to see that somebody can be accountable at each position,” Veldheer said, “so then they’re like, ‘hey, this is my best chance, too, if I can do all this.’ So, then you get younger guys that are kind of being influenced by that same kind of mindset.”Position versatility seems to have become the new buzz phrase in the NFL.To his credit Bergstrom realized that long ago, especially understanding how his versatility may affect his playing status on Sundays.“Teams love to be able to dress only seven (offensive linemen). They like to, maybe, dress that extra d-linemen or the extra quarterback just in case. When you can get by with only seven linemen instead of eight that helps. Anything you can do to help the team. The more you can do the more valuable you are,” he said. “That’s how I’ve lasted so far is by being able to do it all, kind of being that jack-of-all-trades, that’s always a big deal.” “There’s just a good vibe, a good team situation,” Bergstrom said. “Everybody is good teammates. It just has a good feel in (the locker room).”And a lot of familiarity, too.In addition to Veldheer, Bergstrom played with quarterback Carson Palmer and safety Tyvon Branch over his four seasons with the Raiders, who drafted Bergstrom in the third round, the 95th overall pick, in 2012.“Tony, that’s my boy,” Branch said.According to Veldheer, the Cardinals are adding “a smart guy, dependable guy, tough guy; someone that can really help, especially when you never know what’s going to happen throughout an NFL season…because sometimes you got to shuffle stuff around and that’s hard for some guys, but having a guy like that, that’s played all the spots, it’s very valuable.”It helps keep some consistency along the offensive line, Veldheer said. Rather than the team having to call upon a different player for a different position should an injury occur, they can just plug-in Bergstrom and not miss a beat.Last season, the Cardinals had four offensive linemen on injured reserve, and two others, guard Mike Iupati and tackle D.J. Humphries, miss games because of injury. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Bergstrom, listed at 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds, has experience at both center and guard in the NFL after finishing his college career by starting his final 38 games at Utah at right tackle. In five pro seasons, he has played in 40 games — including four starts — with one at right guard and three at center.Last season, Bergstrom appeared in 15 games with Houston, filling in wherever was needed.“That’s how I’ve made it this long. I’m not the best athlete in the world,” he said smiling.While it’s possible Bergstrom may eventually find himself lined up outside, for now, the Cardinals are asking him to concentrate on the three interior positions.“And honestly just trying to find where I can fit in, trying to find where I can help the team and where my role can be on the team, that’s my focus right now is just working hard and find my role and fill it as well as I can,” he said.Bergstrom said he and the Cardinals have had one another on their respective radars for some time now.Bergstrom considered the Cardinals as a possible destination a year ago before joining the Texans. He even went as far as to reach out to tackle Jared Veldheer, a former teammate of his in Oakland. Veldheer gave Bergstrom the thumbs up on the organization. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Cardinals lineman Tony Bergstrom motions during an OTA practice May 24. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports)