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Groups fighting nuclear plant near Ottawa River

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN NewsCitizens and environmental groups are against an application to permanently store nuclear waste at the Chalk River plant east of Ottawa.The Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is also applying for a 10-year license renewal of the plant.That’s also an issue for people who live in the area like Lynn Jones, a member of Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County and Area.“The license that’s being proposed is also greatly watered down from previous license … and what’s left appears to make it easier for the consortium to carry out its plans with very little oversight from the regulator,” said Jones.Her group is one of over 50 intervening at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission public hearings next week.afrancis@aptn.calast_img read more

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Algeria Shuts Border to Syrian Refugees Invokes Terrorism Threat

Rabat – The Algerian government has responded to international criticism for expelling Syrian migrants, citing concerns over terrorism. Al Jazeera quoted Hassen Kacimi, the head of the migration department at the interior ministry, as saying that the 50 migrants Algeria expelled to Niger last week were suspected to have a terrorist background. Algeria  had previously claimed the Syrians were irregular migrants.Defending Algeria’s policy, Kacimi told Reuters, “We have hosted 50,000 Syrians in the past few years for humanitarian reasons. But we cannot accept members of armed groups fleeing from Syria when it comes to our security.” He added: “This is a criminal network and we must be very vigilant not to allow them to enter into Algeria.”Read Also: Algeria Deports Syrian Refugees to NigerIn November, Anwar Al Bouni of the Syrian Center of Studies and Legal Research took to Facebook to denounce Algeria’s treatment of Syrians. Al Bouni accused the country of being insensitive to tSyrian refugeeshe plight of Syrians, likening Algeria’s attitude to the racial profiling of Arabs by an Arab state. He wrote that Syrian refugees were “stuck in an Arab country.” According to the Algerian League for the Defense of Human Rights (LADDH), Algiers expelled 50 “desperate and distressed” mostly Syrian refugees on December 25 and 26. LADDH said in a statement the Syrians were “abandoned somewhere in the desert between Algeria and Niger where they are in great distress and facing hunger and cold weather.”Kacimi said the Syrians had come through the Malian and Nigerien border to seek refuge in Algeria. Algeria considers the Niger-Mali route a hub of insecurity and illicit activities. People who use that route are suspected of being armed fighters, Kacimi explained.LADDH has adamantly criticized Algeria’s “insensitive” move. The rights group said it was doubtful whether the latest deported convoy of refugees has terrorist links. According to LADDH’s statement, the latest deported refugees were Syrians, Yemenis, and Palestinians, with “a considerable number of children and pregnant women.” read more

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Annan urges UK business leaders to back Global Compact AIDS fund

“You can play an almost revolutionary role,” the Secretary-General told the group of 75 top corporate leaders in London, as he invited them to contribute to the Global AIDS and Health Fund. HIV/AIDS affects business, he argued. It causes costs to expand, markets to shrink and contributes to political instability. He called on the companies to support their employees and their families by providing voluntary testing and counselling on AIDS.Mr. Annan also called for corporate support for the nine principles of the Global Compact for the voluntary respect of core standards on human rights, labour relations and the environment. “I can tell you that quite a lot of companies, some big companies, have embraced the Global Compact and have changed their rule books for their companies’ branches around the world to embrace the Compact,” the Secretary-General told the audience during a question and answer period. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,830.03 up 30.12 points):B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up a penny, or 0.32 per cent, at $3.18 on 48.38 million shares.Nevsun Resources Ltd. (TSX:NSU). Miner. Up five cents, or 1.33 per cent, at $3.80 on 12.89 million shares.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Up $1.26, or 3.94 per cent, at $33.25 on 20.26 million shares. The energy sector had the biggest gain out of the 13 subgroups on the main index, rising 1.09 per cent to 260.76 points. The crude oil price rose 42 cents US to $93.45 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Torex Gold Resources Inc. (TSX:TXG). Miner. Up 10 cents, or 5.62 per cent, at $1.88 on 7.06 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up five cents, or 0.32 per cent, at $15.48 on 6.64 million shares. The financials sector gained 0.13 per cent to 199.93 points.Element Financial Corp. (TSX:EFN). Equipment financier. Down a penny, or 0.11 per cent, at $8.70 on 6.03 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (1,117.15 up 4.54 points):Healthpricer Interactive Ltd. (TSXV:HPC). Online advertising. Unchanged at half a cent on 16.5 million shares.Galway Metals Inc. (TSX:GWM). Mine explorer. Up a penny, or 28.57 per cent, at 4.5 cents on 5.52 million shares.Companies reporting major news:InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:INN.UN). Hotel operator. Up six cents, or 1.39 per cent, at $4.37 on 627,341 shares. A $165.4-million income tax recovery helped InnVest swing to a big net profit in the fourth quarter. It booked net and comprehensive earnings of $147.5 million or $1.22 per diluted unit, compared with a net loss of $4.3 million or 4.6 cents per diluted unit a year earlier. Revenue was up at $151.7 million from $150.4 million.McCoy Corp.(TSX:MCB). Oilfield equipment and services. Up nine cents, or 2.14 per cent, at $4.29 on 50,450 shares. The Edmonton-based company reported a double-digit drop in fourth-quarter net income as it continued to see a decline in the profitability of its mobile solutions division. Profit totalled $3.3 million or 12 cents per share, down 15 per cent from the same 2011 period. Revenue was almost flat at $44.32 million. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 15, 2013 5:07 pm MDT read more

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Met Commissioner calls for Facebook to cooperate with police investigating murder of

Cressida Dick has called for more cooperation between tech giants and the police Lucy’s mother, Stacey White, has also called on Facebook to help the police bring her daughter’s killer to justice by cooperating with the investigation.”In situations like this, Facebook really should just release the information that is needed and I think that is the opinion that everybody has,” she said.”They should give over the account details. Lucy needs justice. It’s so easy for them to do.”Yvette Cooper, the chair of the influential Home Affairs Select Committee has also branded the delay in handing over potentially vital information as “deeply disturbing”.Nicholson, a father-of-one, was staying at Lucy’s family home in Southampton until several days before she was found stabbed to death in woodland on July 26.While being questioned on suspicion of murder and sexual activity with a child, he twice refused to give detectives his Facebook password.Nicholson pleaded guilty to a charge under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) before his sentencing at Southampton Crown Court. Facebook is coming under mounting pressure to cooperate with police investigating the murder of schoolgirl Mr Lawson told the court: “The result of [his refusal] is that police are now having to make enquiries with Facebook themselves.”These enquiries present a difficulty to them. The police have to go through a lengthy procedure.”The police investigation has been considerably obstructed by the defendant’s failure to comply.”A spokesman for Hampshire police confirmed they had exhausted all options through the British legal system to get access to Nicholson’s account.He said: “There is no further legislation available to assist with this matter.”We are continuing to follow the process of requesting access from Facebook which is lengthy and involves an international application through the US Department of Justice.”A Facebook spokesman said: “We are working closely with law enforcement and there are well-established legal mechanisms that the police follow to obtain information in criminal investigations like this.”Nicholson remains on bail for his arrest on suspicion of murder and sexual activity with a child.A charging decision is anticipated on October 27. Hampshire Police are continuing to investigate the murder of Lucy McHughCredit:PA Hampshire Police are continuing to investigate the murder of Lucy McHugh 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. He admitted he had been in contact with the teenager on Facebook on the day she disappeared, but would not let officers see the messages.Last week he was jailed for 14-months for refusing to hand over his Facebook password, but police have now had to begin the lengthy process of applying to the US courts for access.But Ms Dick said in serious criminal investigations tech companies should be more willing to respond to police requests for information. Britain’s most senior police officer has said tech giants should be forced to hand over crucial evidence in criminal cases “in minutes” after it was revealed that Facebook has failed to cooperate with detectives investigating the murder of a schoolgirl.Met Commissioner, Cressida Dick, said in certain cases social media companies should cooperate much more willingly with the police to help bring criminals to justice.Her comments came as it emerged that Hampshire Police has been forced to apply to the US Department for Justice to gain access to the Facebook details of the man suspected of killing 13-year-old Lucy McHugh in Southampton.Stephen Nicholson, 24,  was arrested in July after the body of Lucy was discovered in woods near her home. She told LBC radio: “I absolutely think in certain instances – and it sounds like this is one – law enforcement in the UK ought to be able to have vital evidence which might bring someone to justice.” Last week prosecutor Matthew Lawson told the court Nicholson had still not provided his Facebook password, leaving police to apply to the US courts for permission to gain access to the account. Facebook is coming under mounting pressure to cooperate with police investigating the murder of schoolgirl Cressida Dick has called for more cooperation between tech giants and the policeCredit:PA read more

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Varis Smart Blast advances

first_imgMatt Ward of Varis tells IM that the company now has Smart Blast systems operating at Lac des Isles mine in northwest Ontario, Canada, Falconbridge Fraser mine in Sudbury, Canada and will be implementing a system at FNX’s McCreedy West mine in Sudbury (IM, May 2006, Operation Focus).Ward says the benefits are numerous. The two-way communication ensures that the blast supervisor knows at all times the status of the system, including whether or not the blast was initiated. The system saves time as the initiation can be performed as soon as all personnel are in safe areas. There are also instances where long lines of shock tube were replaced with Smart Blast and 30 m of shock tube, with significant cost and cleanup savings.“What we have learned through these experiences,” he says, ” is that the mine needs to start treating the Leaky Feeder network as a critical piece of equipment. As more and more services are put onto the Leaky Feeder any failure due to cable damage must be detected, located and repaired as quickly as possible. To facilitate this, all Varis Smart Com amplifiers have local and remote diagnostics. The remote diagnostic system can be configured to send out emails or phone calls when problems with the network are detected.“Smart Blast is a success as it improves safety, increases production and reduces cost. Payback calculations to date show a ten-month return, not including the safety benefits.”SmartBlastBrochureEnglishFalconbridgeBlastingcommitteeVariscentralblastinformatinolast_img read more

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Jenny Mikakos only Greek in Labor shadow ministry

first_imgLabor’s newly-announced Shadow Minister for Seniors, Ageing and Youth Services, Jenny Mikakos, has stressed the need for ethno-specific services for Victoria’s ageing population. We need to ensure that ethno-specific services such as Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS) in Brunswick, which services many of the northern suburbs, are adequately resourced.“We need to ensure that ethno-specific services such as Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS) in Brunswick, which services many of the northern suburbs, are adequately resourced,” Ms Mikakos told Neos Kosmos.“For an elderly person who doesn’t speak English as a first language, it’s even more difficult for them to navigate the kind of support that they need when they need home help, and often they are very reliant on their children to do the leg-work for them and make all the phone calls that need to be made.”Ms Mikakos was announced as part of Labor’s shadow cabinet on Tuesday, which will be led by former Health Minister Daniel Andrews.She said her focus would be on holding the new Baillieu government to account. Ms Mikakos, who has served in the upper house since 1999, said she was disappointed in premier Ted Baillieu’s decision to appoint Nick Kotsiras as Minister for Multicultural Affairs, rather than keep the role himself.“I was disappointed when Ted Baillieu announced that he’s retained arts but he hasn’t retained multicultural affairs in his portfolio as premier,” she said.“I think it would have sent a very strong message to our various ethnic communities that this was a very strong priority area for the new premier himself, also at a personal level.”The opposition leader, Mr Andrews, holds the portfolios of Multicultural and Veterans’ Affairs and the Shadow Ministry for Children and Young Adults.With counting still underway in Ms Mikakos’ region of Northern Metropolitan, the Liberal Party Craig Ondarchie looks set to end with the final seat, held by retired Labor minister Theo Theophanous.Ms Mikakos said a Liberal win in the seat, which would give them the balance of power in both houses of state government, would be disappointing.“If they do end up with 22 out of the 41 seats in the upper house, they’ll be able to repeat the mistakes of the Kennett government, which is basically to ram legislation through both houses of parliament without appropriate scrutiny by the parliament,” she said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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PhobosGrunt une erreur de programmation serait à lorigine de léchec

first_imgPhobos-Grunt : une erreur de programmation serait à l’origine de l’échecD’après le journal Kommersant qui cite une source dans l’industrie spatiale, l’échec de la sonde russe Phobos-Grunt serait dû à une erreur de programmation du système informatique. L’énigme de l’échec de Phobos-Grunt serait-elle enfin élucidée ? Lundi soir, la commission interministérielle chargée d’analyser le vol de la sonde a remis son rapport d’enquête au chef de l’agence spatiale russe. Selon les conclusions de ce document relayées par le journal Kommersant, Phobos-Grunt aurait échoué à prendre sa direction vers Mars en raison d’une erreur de programmation du système informatique. À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Plus précisément, il s’agirait d’un “dysfonctionnement du logiciel qui a causé le redémarrage simultané de deux canaux du système informatique de bord”, précise la commission dans son rapport cité par RIA Novosti. Depuis la chute de la sonde dans le Pacifique au large du Chili, les équipes russes ont envisagé de nombreuses hypothèses pour expliquer l’échec de la mission. Certaines ont été rapidement écartées quand d’autres ont fait l’objet de toutes les attentions, telles que la possibilité qu’un radar américain ait perturbé les systèmes de la sonde. Toutefois, des essais ont permis d’infirmer cette hypothèse, attestant plutôt de l’erreur de programmation. Après le 8 novembre, les équipes européennes et russes ont tout tenté pour entrer en contact avec Phobos-Grunt et parvenir à la récupérer. Mais après quelques essais réussis, elles avaient de nouveau perdu le contact avec l’engin, concluant que la mission était devenue irréalisable.  Le 31 janvier 2012 à 11:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Surfer Lands on Massive Shark Gets Bitten at Beach in Florida

first_img“I’ll get back in as soon as the stitches come out and the wounds are closed up,” Walsh added. “I’ll get back in the water.”According to the International Shark Attack File (ISAF), Volusia County is home to the most unprovoked shark attacks in Florida from 1982 to the present. So far, 303 unprovoked shark attacks have occurred in Volusia County over the past 37 years.More on Geek.com:Watch: Great White Shark Bumps Into Boat Near Whale CarcassWatch: Great White Sharks Swim Yards Away From Oblivious SurfersWoman Bitten Twice By Shark While Swimming in Hawaii Bay Watch: Great White Shark Feasts on Dead Whale in Cape Cod BayWatch: Great White Shark Bumps Into Boat Near Whale Carcass A surfer accidentally took a ride on a 6.5 foot shark and was bitten by the giant animal at New Smyrna Beach in Florida on Tuesday.Donald Walsh, a chiropractor who lives in Mims, Florida, was surfing in the water when he suddenly caught air on a wave, only to realize that his board was actually a massive shark, the New York Post reported. A representative of Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue told The Daytona Beach News-Journal that Walsh “landed on a shark in waist-deep water and got bitten,” at approximately 11:55 a.m. EST on Aug. 27.“It felt like a freight train hit me and the first thing I could think of was to literally push him away from me and as soon as it happened, I grabbed my board and started to paddle as fast as I could,” Walsh told ClickOrlando.com in an interview.Walsh was treated for cuts on his left hand and calf at the scene.Walsh, who enjoys surfing, will not let this shark accident stop him from pursuing the water sport.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Teens on alleged crime spree captured in Fla

first_imgTwo teenage Kentucky sweethearts suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks across the U.S. South have been taken into custody in Florida, authorities said Sunday. Eighteen-year-old Dalton Hayes and his 13-year-old girlfriend, Cheyenne Phillips, were arrested without incident about 12:10 a.m. Sunday in Panama City Beach, according to authorities in both states. The two had eluded police in multiple states while raising concern about their increasingly bold behavior. “I spoke to Dalton and he was very scared, and he wanted to come home,” said Norman Chaffins, the sheriff of Grayson County, Kentucky, where the teens live. “He wanted me to come bring him home.” Chaffins said the teens were getting by on some cash found in a truck stolen in Georgia. Authorities said the U.S. Marshal’s Service and Panama City Beach Police discovered Hayes and Phillips asleep in a 2001 Toyota Tundra that was stolen in Georgia. Officers surrounded the vehicle, and both Hayes and Phillips were taken into custody. Chaffins told The Associated Press that the teens should be extradited back to Kentucky by the end of the week. In Kentucky, the two teens will face the same charges, including burglary, theft, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief, Chaffins said. Phillips will face charges in juvenile court, because she is a minor.last_img read more

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Star Wars robot could earn £39221 to work on Earth

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Plucky robot R2-D2 from the film franchise Star Wars would earn an estimated £39,221 a year if he swapped the Millennium Falcon for a job here on Earth, according to research by Adzuna.If R2-D2 made the move from a galaxy far, far away to one much closer to home, Adzuna’s ValueMyCV tool predicts that the blue and white robot might be able to earn £39,221 in today’s current job market, based on the skills and career achievements that would be listed on his CV.The skillset of a modern-day knight, shining armour optional, is estimated to earn £30,872 in today’s job market, compared to the potential £34,098 wage for a ninja’s specialist moves or £28,539 a year for a warrior’s required traits.Interestingly, the desired skills of an entry level padawan would pay more than the accomplished skills of a fully qualified jedi, according to Adzuna, with salaries of £63,750 and £28,300 respectively.Andrew Hunter, co-founder at Adzuna, said: “With the gradual introduction of automation, robots and [artificial intelligence (AI)], we are on the precipice of a third industrial revolution; the most significant of our time. We will not only witness jobs and industries evolving but new jobs and industries being born that could only have been dreamed of on Tatooine, Hoth or Jakku. And this is positive for the job market.“Instead of the doom and gloom headlines drumming up visions of a robot-run future, our research suggests humans will still have jobs, as employers adapt and appoint [employees] into these new roles. We are already seeing this with roles like drone engineer, robot scientist and AI regulatory solutions consultant, firmly putting humans back in the driver’s seat and ‘managing’ robots. However, whether or not we will soon see Death Star concierges, Millennium Falcon janitors or Super Star Destroyer drivers is yet to be seen.”Here at Employee Benefits, we feel that R2-D2 would be an incredibly valuable employee, especially within an organisation’s IT department. We wonder whether he would join in with tea rounds…last_img read more

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ADC Announces Dates for Ohio New England Regional Forums

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR ADC is holding regional forums this October in Columbus, Ohio, and Newport, R.I., to help local and state officials and community leaders learn more about the role they can play in supporting their military installations at a time when defense communities face a growing set of challenges.The two forums — at Ohio State University from Oct. 5-6 and Newport on Oct. 21 — will cover the range of issues facing defense communities, including the long-term consequences of sequestration, how to prepare for military downsizing, the BRAC process and evolving missions. The forums are designed to bring local officials up to speed on what’s going on in Washington, as well as introduce participants to the tools and strategies available to support defense communities.The association launched its regional forum series last year with events in Fayetteville, N.C.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.The Ohio Defense Forum, co-sponsored by the Dayton Development Coalition, will bring together community and industry leaders to discuss key defense community issues facing the region:How changes in Washington are affecting installations and defense communities;Understanding community initiatives in Ohio that support installations;Tools and strategies, such as partnerships, that can enhance support for an installation; andThe benefits of state and regional defense advocacy organizations.To register for the Ohio Defense Forum, and for more details about the program, speakers and the hotel, visit the forum website. Details about the New England Defense Forum are available at its website. More information about its program will be available shortly.last_img read more

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CLOSING ARGUMENT Mike McCoy Asks For Your Vote On September 4

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple offered each State Rep. candidate an opportunity to issue a “closing argument” to the voters. Below is the closing argument provided by Mike McCoy (D-Wilmington):My name is Michael McCoy and I am a candidate for State Representative for the towns of Tewksbury and Wilmington.  I am 59 years old and I’ve lived in Wilmington for my whole life.  Upon graduation in 1977 from the Wilmington High School, I went to college where I received three college degrees, one of them being a masters degree in criminal justice.  I am educationally qualified for the post I seek.In 1984, I opened up a restaurant known as Michael’s Place.  I sold it 31 years later in 2015.  As a business owner, I never forgot my community.  I did my best to give back to the various local clubs and organizations.  Over the years, we donated over 3000 pizzas to the Wilmington Food Pantry.  We gave continuously to seniors, youth organizations and all churches.  I have donated literally tens of thousands of dollars and I was happy to do so.I have been happily married for 27 years to a former Tewksbury girl named Danielle.  We raised our three children here in WilmingtonI am a member of the Sons of Italy, a member of the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks and where I volunteer every Tuesday night helping out with Bingo.I have served my town of Wilmington for 31 years and 28 years as a currently-elected selectman.For over 30 years I have used one principle to guide my decisions; As a community leader, I answer to you!  As your state representative, I will continue to work tirelessly and advocate for the needs of Tewksbury and Wilmington.  Your concerns will drive my agenda on Beacon Hill—Not political insiders, not lobbyists, not any other special interest.As a J.F.K. democrat, I am a fiscal conservative.  I always have and always will vote the person and the issue, not the party.As your state representative, I pledge to:Work with the Attorney General’s office to explore legislative options to stop unwanted robo-calls and telemarketing calls and impose harsh penalties for those convicted of scamming senior citizens.Seek legislative counter measures for overdevelopment of our rapidly vanishing suburbs.Oppose making Massachusetts a sanctuary state.Advocate for the death penalty in crimes resulting in the death of our first responders and Massachusetts citizens.Will vote against all additional pay raises for state representatives.For the past 28 years, I have funded my own campaigns as Wilmington Selectman and will do the same as a state representative.  Unlike my opponents, I accept no financial contributions from anyone and accept no endorsements from politicians, developers or especially from the “who’s who” of Tewksbury and Wilmington.  These contributions always come with I.O.U.’s.  The only endorsement I want on election day is yours, the Tewksbury and Wilmington voters because that is the only true endorsement that counts.Tewksbury and Wilmington Families first; Tewksbury and Wilmington neighborhoods forever.Thank you,Michael McCoyCandidate for State RepresentativeTewksbury-WilmingtonLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tewksbury Residents Should Vote Mike McCoy For State Rep Because…In “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Defends Himself From Attacks From Tewksbury Selectman CandidateIn “Letter To The Editor”DEBATE HIGHLIGHT: Most Democratic Candidates Not Ready To Pledge To Support Their Party’s Nominee In General ElectionIn “Government”last_img read more

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TDP MLA distributes free food at Anna Canteen in Vijayawada

first_imgVijayawada: TDP MLA Gadde Rammohan distributed free food at Anna Canteen in Krishnalanka on Saturday. As part of the protest, he distributed the food items to poor men. The party cadre staged a protest demonstration denouncing the government action in closing the Anna Canteens. On the occasion, he said that former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu provided food to poorer sections at nominal prices through Anna Canteens. He said that the present government led by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy closed the canteens in a short span of two months. He wondered as to how Jagan Mohan Reddy claims the government was elected for poorer sections. He lamented that the government closed the Anna Canteens once after making a contrary statement in the Assembly. TDP leader Ganne Vekata Narayana and M Prasad were also present.last_img read more

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2 ministers blame traders journos for rice price hike

first_imgCommerce minister Tofail Ahmed and food minister Quamrul Islam blamed dishonest businessmen for the unbridled price hike of rice in the country.The two ministers also questioned the responsibility of the journalists who are disseminating information of the rice price hike. They were talking to reporters at their respective secretariat offices on Thursday.Tofail Ahmed said, “India hasn’t stopped exporting rice. They have over 10 million tonnes of rice for export whereas a group of dishonest businesspeople have created a fake letter which said India has stopped exporting rice to Bangladesh.”Claiming that there is no shortage of rice in the country, the commerce minister said, “The corrupt traders created the fake letter to disrupt the rice market and a few newspapers and TV channels came up with reports based on this fake letter that has no signature.”Criticising the journalists, he said, “The journalists need to behave more responsibly for the 160 million people of the country. They must cross check before preparing reports. Preparing reports based on thin air is uncalled for.”The minister further said the government has directed the deputy commissioners and police supers to conduct drives against illegal hoarders of rice. “Those who are doing this to tarnish the image of the government will not be spared.”In response to a question, Tofail Ahmed said the Bangladesh High Commission in India and High Commission of India in Bangladesh would be the first to know about any such order [about stopping export of rice to Bangladesh]. “I have contacted both the offices and they said this is a blatant lie.”Meanwhile, the food minister, in a press conference at the ministry’s conference room on Thursday, said currently there are 10 million tonnes of rice in the country and there is no crisis of rice. “There is no reason of such a price hike.”Blaming the traders and media for rice price hike, Quamrul said, “Vested quarters are doing politics with the price of rice. They are trying to confuse the people and alarm them with steep rice prices.”He also said the government will sign an agreement with Myanmar to import 200,000 tonnes of rice.The minister also requested journalists not to publish any news that will instigate the price of rice to go up.Issuing a note of warning to rice millers and hoarders, Quamrul said, “ Stop doing politics over the issue.”He also informed the journalists that they have called the millers and leaders of rice traders’ association on 19 September for a meeting. Commerce and agriculture affairs ministers will be present.Mentioning that the government has taken steps to control the rice price, food minister said law enforcers have seized 50,000 tonnes of rice from trader Abdur Rashid’s mill and fined him Tk 50,000.“Law enforcing agencies are working to control the price hike. I also seek your [journalists] help.”He said the government will begin OMS (open market sale) of rice at Tk 15 a kg and of flour at Tk 17 a kg. The scheme will be started at the divisional towns initially.The minister also mentioned that importers brought 600,000 tonnes of rice from India after the government had decreased duty.Quamrul said they government has imported 250,000 tonnes of rice from Vietnam. Of this amount, 154,000 tonnes have been sent in different warehouses of the country. The rest of rice is waiting to be unloaded.Quoting Benapole customs house commissioner Shawkat Hossain, Prothom Alo Jessore office reported that Benapole customs house and Petrapole land port authority of India have not received any letter on temporary ban of rice export to Bangladesh.“Rice is being imported at a regular pace daily,” he added.last_img read more

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Govt forces public servants to join rally BNP

first_imgFile Photo BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Saturday alleged the government is using the public servants for political purposes like that of the 1975 Baksal regime, reports UNB.Speaking at a human chain programme, he also said the government has committed a mistake by forcing the public servants to join the Suhrawardy Udyan rally marking the international recognition of the historic 7th March speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.”The cabinet secretary has issued a written order asking all government officials and employees to be present at Suhrawardy Udyan today (Saturday) as the prime minister is scheduled to address there. It’s an unjust act to send the public servants with threat to a political rally or a reception,” the BNP leader said.He said the government could do it as Bangladesh is now not a democratic country. “Baksal has been revived in a new cover with new surprise under Sheikh Hasina’s rule.That’s why the public servants must join the political rally.”Mentioning that the cabinet secretary’s order for participating in the rally unlawful one, Rizvi said public servants are not forced in any democratic country to join a political programme.Pirojpur Nationalist Forum in Dhaka arranged the human chain programme in front of the Jatiya Press club, demanding its leader Gazi Nuruzzaman Babul’s release from jail.Rizvi said government officials and employees were forced to join political programmes after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had introduced Baksal in January, 1975. “Now we’re seeing new Baksal under the rule of her daughter Sheikh Hasina as public servants are being forced to join a political meeting.”He said the government will not be able to woo people by resorting to repressive acts and forcing them to do anything against their will.last_img read more

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Khulna BNP demands return of its missing leader

first_imgA human chain formed by local BNP leaders and activists of Khulna demand `missing` leader Nazrul Islam Moral`s tracing. Photo: UNB Khulna BNP demands return of its ‘missing’ leaderLocal Bangladesh Nationalist Party leaders and activists have formed a human chain in Khulna city demanding its ‘missing’ leader Nazrul Islam Moral be traced immediately, reports UNB.District BNP arranged the human chain programme in front of the party office at KD Ghosh Road around 10:00am on Friday.On 17 March, Nazrul, district BNP assistant religious affairs secretary, was picked up by unidentified persons while returning home from Keshabpur in Jessore after seeing a doctor. Since then, he remained missing.Speakers blamed the government and police for the incident and demanded that the BNP leader be traced and handed over to his family unhurt.District BNP senior vice-president professor Gazi Abdul Haq and general secretary Amir Ezaz Khan, among others, spoke at the programme held with BNP’s national executive committee member and district unit president SA Shafiqul Alam in the chair.last_img
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Google Starts Road Tests of New SelfDriving Car Prototypes

first_imgJune 25, 2015 This story originally appeared on Reuters Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Google Inc said it had started testing the latest prototypes of its self-driving cars on Mountain View, California roads, with safety drivers aboard.The prototypes will join Google’s Lexus cars, which use the same self-driving software, the company said in a blog post on Thursday. Google’s self-driving Lexus RX450h sport utility vehicles have been in operation for several years.(Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D’Souza) 1 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

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How to enable Windows Defenders potentially unwanted programs protection

first_imgHow to enable Windows Defender’s potentially unwanted programs protection by Martin Brinkmann on August 20, 2018 in Windows – 16 commentsOne of the latest additions to Windows Defender Antivirus’ arsenal of protection tools blocks potentially unwanted programs, short PUPs, from landing on the system or being installed on Windows PCs.Note: Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) and Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs) refer to the same type of potentially unwanted software.Microsoft improved the defensive capabilities of the built-in antivirus and security tool Windows Defender significantly for Windows 10.The company added features such as Windows Defender System Guard and Application Guard, Network protection, Controlled Folder Access, or Exploit protection in recent years to the tool. Microsoft even published Windows Defender Browser Protection for Google Chrome.Some features are reserved for Enterprise editions of Windows 10 but some are also available in Home editions.Windows Defender’s PUP protectionWindows Defender may block potentially unwanted programs from being downloaded or installed on Windows 10 systems. The feature is not enabled by default and can only be enabled using PowerShell, InTune, or System Center.Potentially Unwanted Programs are not classified as malware usually; these programs may come as extra installation offers during software installations on a Windows PC or as standalone programs that don’t provide a lot of value, if at all.Microsoft gives the following examples of typical PUA (Potentially Unwanted Applications):Various types of software bundlingAd-injection into web browsersDriver and registry optimizers that detect issues, request payment to fix the errors, but remain on the endpoint and make no changes or optimizations (also known as “rogue antivirus” programs)Windows Defender Antivirus does not block potentially unwanted programs by default. You can check the protection on Microsoft’s Demo Scenario site to test a system’s protection against various threats.Just click on the link under Scenario to test the protection. This should work with Windows Defender and other antivirus software installed provided that they are configured to block PUPs.The protection works in the following cases:The file is downloaded in a browser.The file is in a folder with “downloads” or “temp” in the path.The file is on the user’s Desktop.The file is not under %programfiles%, %appdata%, or %windows%, and does not meet any of the conditions above.Windows Defender Antivirus places files identified as PUP in the Quarantine. Users are informed about the identification of PUPs on the system similar to how they are informed about other threats detected by Windows Defender.Admins and users can check the Windows Event Viewer for event ID 1160 as potentially unwanted program events are recorded under it.Enable the potentially unwanted programs protection in Windows DefenderNote that the following instructions apply to Windows 10 only and that you need elevated rights to make the change.Open Windows PowerShell with Windows-X and the selection of Windows PowerShell (Admin) from the context menu.If you don’t see Windows PowerShell (Admin) listed there do the following instead: open Start, type Windows PowerShell, right-click on the result, and select “run as administrator”.Confirm the UAC prompt that is displayed.The console that opens should being with “Administrator”.Type Set-MpPreference -PUAProtection Enabled and hit the Return-key.Nothing is returned when you run the command. You can run the command Get-MpPreference to check the status of preferences of Windows Defender Antivirus. Find PUAProtection and make sure it is set to 1 (which means that it is enabled).Tip: You can disable the protection again at a later point in time by running the command Set-MpPreference -PUAProtection Disabled. It is furthermore possible to set the feature to audit mode. Audit mode records events but won’t interfere (read block) potentially unwanted programs. To set audit mode run MpPreference -PUAProtection AuditMode.I recommend that you run the test scenario that Microsoft published to the demo site linked above to make sure the protection is enabled correctly.Admins who work with Microsoft Intune or System Center Configuration Manager find instructions on enabling the Potentially Unwanted Applications protection of Windows Defender Antivirus on Microsoft’s Doc website.Whitelist blocked PUA applicationsDetected PUAs are moved to the Quarantine of Windows Defender automatically. It happens that you want to keep a program that Windows Defender identified as a PUA.You can restore any program that Windows Defender put into Quarantine and potentially unwanted programs are no exception to that.Use Windows-I to open the Settings application.Go to Update & Security > Windows Security.Select “Open Windows Security”.Go to Virus & threat protection.Click on “Threat history”.Select the threat that you want to recover and then restore.If you don’t see the threat listed there, as only some are displayed there, select “see full history” to get the complete listing.Windows Defender restores the file to its original location, e.g. the Downloads folder. You should be able to run it from there then without any issues.Now You: Do you run antivirus software with PUP protection? (via Windows Central)SummaryArticle NameHow to enable Windows Defender’s potentially unwanted programs protectionDescriptionFind out how to enable protection against potentially unwanted program downloads on Windows 10 by enabling the protective feature in Windows Defender.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Outrage after 200 leading rabbis in Israel call gays perverts

first_imgPolice are deploying water cannons against anti-LGBTI group at Jerusalem PrideIsrael’s top companies join strike to protest anti-LGBTI surrogacy lawsLGBTI surrogacy protests snowball bringing Israel to a standstillRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/outrage-after-200-leading-rabbis-in-israel-call-gays-perverts/ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . More than 200 of Israel’s leading rabbis have caused outrage by signing a letter calling LGBTI people ‘perverts’. The missive also condemned the gay community for wanting surrogacy rights. The letter came after widespread protests in opposition to a new surrogacy law that excluded single men and gay couples.Anti-gay surrogacy protests: Tel Aviv demonstrators blocked the city’s main highway. Photo: @AlonLeeGreenLeading rabbis signed the letter in support of the chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, who spoke out against gay surrogacy rights.Rabbi said gay surrogacy would give children ‘wretched’ livesAryeh Stern said gay surrogacy would cause ‘children to be born and enter a very strange and unnatural life’. He also said childrens’ lives would become ‘wretched.’The rabbis wrote that Stern had simply spoken about ‘the eternal truth of our holy Torah and human normalcy’. They claimed outrage at the ‘organisations of abomination, who carry out impudent marches in the cities of Israel.’The LGBTI community received strong support from business, politicians and the public in nation-wide protests against the new law.‘[T]he aggressive terror which accompanies the media’s brainwashing’ designed to ‘destroy the concept of family and turn perverts into heroes will not succeed,’ he rabbis wrote. ‘[A]nd nor will the attempt to silence rabbis and sane people and turn them into delusional extremists.’Israeli politician Yael German said the rabbis were trying decide what is normal and what isn’t. Politician Yael German spoke out against clerics. Photo: Wikipedia‘The time has come for them to realize that the national-religious community also has homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people’, she said, according to the Jerusalem Post. ‘[N]o letter will change the fact that they are totally normative and want to live a full and equal life out of the closet’.Letter could lead to violence against LGBTI communityAnother politician, Michal Rozin, said the rabbis had ‘missed the train’ since Israeli society is ‘progressive and understands that love has many diverse colors’, adding that ‘benighted rabbis will be left behind, and they are in a panic.’Secularist group, Israel Be Free, said the letter could only be interpreted as a call for violence against LGBTIs.‘A large number of this group of crazies receive a wage from the State of Israel, and the silence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked testifies to the fact that they do not intend to do a thing to stop these men of religion who have no god,’ said the organization.The most prominent leaders of the hardline wing of the national-religious community signed the letter. This included Rabbi Dov Lior; president of the Har Hamor Yeshiva Rabbi Tzvi Tau; and chief Rabbi of Safed Shmuel Eliyahu.See also:LGBTI surrogacy protests snowball bringing Israel to a standstill Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Rabbi Aryeh Stern: Rabbis penned vitriolic letter in support of Stern’s comments. Photo: wikipedia GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more