first_imgThe Congress has said that people, issued notices to appear for verification of their documents on flimsy grounds, are “coerced to move at very short notice”, lest their names are struck off the National Register of Citizens (NRC) that is being updated in Assam. A delegation led by Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Ripun Bora on Friday met State Coordinator for NRC Prateek Hajela and submitted a memorandum for checking “harassment of people in the name of verification of documents” for preparation of the Supreme Court-monitored NRC. Also Read  “It appears that the State Coordinator for NRC is acting under the direct instruction of the ruling State government, which has its own agenda,” Mr. Bora said, demanding an end to the practice of calling people to verification centres at very short notice. The nine-point memorandum submitted by the Congress includes the appointment of sensitised personnel at the verification centres to help poor and illiterate people who have no clue about the NRC updating process. May 31 deadline Registrar General of India, Sailesh said the second and final draft of NRC will be published by May 31. He made this assurance to delegations of All Assam Students’ Union and All Assam Minority Students’ Union that met him on Thursday. The first draft, recognising 1.9 crore of the 3.29 crore applicants for inclusion of names in the updated NRC of 1951, was published at the stroke of midnight on December 31. The updating exercise is according the provisions of the Assam Accord of 1985 that wants the State to be rid of illegal migrants who entered Assam after March 24, 1971. The verification process for the 1.39 crore applicants left out of the first draft began in January. This phase has been tricky because of the verification of citizenship documents of 29 lakh married women, mostly migrant Muslims, that began on April 2. The process has been running simultaneously with the verification of 48 lakh cases of mismatches in family tree that began on February 17. The mismatch, officials said, is because of faulty or presumably forged legacy data provided by applicants. The lowdown on Assam’s NRC drive Assam citizenship: SC refuses to extend May 31 deadline for updating NRC  The Congress claimed the citizens, primarily in remote rural areas low on literacy, were being subjected to harassment and that the entire exercise is executed in haste. ”There seems to be a never-ending issuance of notices and circulars to various districts for citizens to appear in remote corners of the State for verification of their documents,” the memorandum signed by Mr. Bora said. ”The system put in place by the State Coordinator of NRC is fundamentally flawed and if this mode of functioning is allowed to continue, it will snowball into a major humanitarian crisis and the people will be forced to take to the streets,” it said. The Congress also referred to complaints about incompetence of officials at the verification centres in processing the documents, besides shortage of people for doing the job without any glitch. Also Readlast_img read more

first_imgLondon, Dec 10 (AFP) England kept faith on Monday with the squad that delivered a Test whitewash in Sri Lanka, naming the same 16 players who finished that tour for the series against the West Indies.That means no place for Surrey’s Ollie Pope, who was initially selected for Sri Lanka but left early to get game time with the second-tier Lions side, and a reprieve for Kent’s Joe Denly.The uncapped 32-year-old was not required during the 3-0 win but will once again travel as batting cover for the three Tests, ahead of Pope and his overlooked county colleague Jason Roy.Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes was a late addition in Sri Lanka after an injury to Jonny Bairstow and takes his place as a first-choice pick after collecting man-of-the-series honours.The 15-man one-day squad also has a familiar look as the countdown to next summer’s World Cup continues.Left-armer David Willey returns and Mark Wood is included ahead of Olly Stone, who made his bow in Sri Lanka.Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have both been named in the ODI squad after a disciplinary hearing into their roles in a fight outside a Bristol nightclub in 2017, with all-rounder Stokes also in the Test squad.”Ben is obviously in all England formats and is one of our leading cricketers in this country,” national selector Ed Smith told Sky Sports.”Alex has been a central part of the white-ball team for a number of years. He’s currently missed out on selection at times but when he’s got his opportunities, he’s taken them.advertisement”So nothing has changed. They are available for selection, they have been selected and that’s the situation — that’s what is appropriate for me to consider as a selector.” England are due to play three Tests, five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals on their tour of the West Indies, which starts next month.The T20 squad will be announced at a later date.Test squad: Joe Root (Yorkshire, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jimmy Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Joe Denly (Kent), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Keaton Jennings (Lancashire), Jack Leach (Somerset), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire) One-day squad: Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Tom Curran (Surrey), Joe Denly (Kent), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Liam Plunkett (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham). AFP BSBSlast_img read more

first_imgA closeup of Mark Dantonio during a Michigan State football game.EAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 29: Head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans looks on while playing the Central Michigan Chippewas at Spartan Stadium on September 29, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)It’s been a wild day of college football so far. The Citadel took down Georgia Tech in overtime in a crazy upset. Virginia Tech survived an upset scare from Furman.Now, No. 18 Michigan State is on the ropes against Arizona State.While it wouldn’t be a shocking upset, it would certainly be surprising considering MSU is at home.The Spartans trailed the Sun Devils, 3-0, at halftime. Halfway home 😈🔱— Sun Devil Football (@ASUFootball) September 14, 2019It’s a low-scoring affair in East Lansing. Just three total points scored in an entire half of football isn’t something you see too often anymore. But it’s enough for the Sun Devils to have the lead at the half.ASU true freshman quarterback Jayden Daniels is getting it done for the Sun Devils. Daniels has just 82 yards, but is completing 66.6% of his passes.The Spartans have had opportunities to score in this one. But two missed fields goals have prevented Michigan State from taking the lead. MSU missed a 47 and 31 yard field goal, both misses coming in the second quarter.MSU quarterback Brian Lewerke is having a decent game throwing for 144 yards. But poor offensive execution in ASU territory is plaguing the offense. So much so that the Spartans were booed off the field as they went into the locker room at halftime.Michigan State needs to get things figured out quickly. ASU isn’t expected to be one of the better teams in the Pac-12.Will the Spartans come back and win this one?last_img read more

first_imgDenise Smith has been appointed deputy director of the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service. “The Public Prosecution Service is privileged to have someone of Ms. Smith’s experience and ability take on this key management position,” said Martin Herschorn, director of public prosecutions, today, Feb. 11. “Ms. Smith has been a Crown attorney for 23 years. She has extensive knowledge of criminal law and has successfully prosecuted hundreds of cases including many serious criminal offences. “As chief Crown attorney for the Halifax region for the past six years, she has effectively led an outstanding team of more than 30 Crown attorneys.” Ms. Smith will develop prosecution policy, manage case-specific issues and oversee administration. She will also represent the Public Prosecution Service on several national and provincial criminal justice committees. Ms. Smith, a Halifax native, graduated in 1986 from Dalhousie University and Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto in 1989. She articled with Patterson Kitz in Halifax and was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1990. Ms. Smith was appointed a Crown attorney in 1991 was appointed a senior Crown counsel, and regional Crown attorney for Halifax in 2003 and chief Crown attorney for Halifax five years later. Ms. Smith represents the Public Prosecution Service on a number of justice sector committees and also sits on numerous internal committees and several committees of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society. She has been an assessor for: the McKelvey Cup, Atlantic Law Schools’ trial advocacy competition; a past-chair of the Sopinka Cup National Law Schools’ trial advocacy competition; and an instructor with the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program at Université de Moncton. She is also a Dalhousie Feminist Legal Association mentor to first-year female law students. Ms. Smith will replace Adrian Reid, deputy director since 2003, who retires this spring.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Housing Bank’s direction to housing finance companies to desist from providing loans under subvention scheme will lead to increase in interest cost for homebuyers and aggravate the liquidity crunch faced by real estate developers, according to two apex bodies of the realty industry. Worried over frauds by builders, the National Housing Bank (NHB) has asked housing finance companies (HFCs) to “desist” from offering loans under interest subvention scheme wherein real estate developers pay pre-EMIs (equated monthly instalments) on behalf of homebuyers for a certain period. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe direction has been issued by the NHB in view of several complaints of frauds allegedly committed by certain builders using subvention schemes. When contacted, CREDAI President Satish Magar said, “It should not have been done. This will increase the interest cost for homebuyers as builders were paying EMIs on behalf of customers for certain period. There was not much harm from this scheme”. He, however, ruled out any negative impact on housing sales and liquidity situation of developers. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostBut, NAREDCO President Niranjan Hiranandani is of the view that this move will further affect the project funding. “In the aspect where it seeks to control frauds, it is obviously welcome, although the side effect will be further drying up of project funds,” he said. The real estate industry is “desperately” looking for the government support to come out form the liquidity crunch, Hiranandani said. He stressed the need for alternative funding sources for the developers. Anarock Chairman Anuj Puri said, “This will definitely put even more strain on many developers’ already precarious liquidity situation.” In order to attract more buyers for their projects and also raise funds for their construction, Puri said many real estate developers had resorted to offering various subvention schemes. “In these schemes, the developer basically took it on himself to repay the home loan amount on behalf of the buyer for a certain agreed period. In some cases, buyers were also taken for a ride if they didn’t read the terms and conditions carefully,” he added. Gulam Zia, executive director (valuation & advisory, retail & hospitality) of Knight Frank India, said the transaction volumes may come down in metro cities in the absence of the subvention scheme. “Subvention schemes are offered by reputed and A-grade developers on whom financial lenders had enough confidence. About 10-12 per cent of home loan market in top-8 cities were subvention schemes,” Zia said, adding that it was one of the most important schemes used by developers to induce purchase by homebuyers for under-construction properties. Ozone Group CEO Srinivasan Gopalan said, “This is good in the long run for developers. However, we do not appreciate any abrupt change overnight. This throws the entire planning out of gear.” He added that the subvention scheme had a lot of advantages to the customer as well as the financial risk on construction delays was wholly on the developer. Bengaluru-based Salarpuria Sattva group Managing Director Bijay Agarwal said buyers who were attracted to properties merely based on lucrative schemes would be discouraged. “In the long term, this maybe a good initiative from the government. It may bring stability among homebuyers and stop speculation,” he added.last_img read more

Companies in this story: (TSX:HBM)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Hudbay Minerals Inc. shares plunged 10 per cent in early trading after it reported a net loss in its first quarter blamed on lower realized metal prices and sales volumes.Shares in the Toronto-based mining company, which reports in U.S. dollars, fell 88 cents to C$7.88 by 9:45 a.m. ET after it said it lost US$13.4 million or five cents per share in the quarter ending March 31.That compared with a profit of $41.4 million and 16 cents per share for the same quarter a year earlier.Hudbay says its copper-equivalent production in the first quarter fell by six per cent compared with the same period in 2018, primarily as a result of lower production in Manitoba following the closure of the Reed mine.But, it said, it had record copper recoveries at its Constancia mine in Peru and record throughput at both the Lalor mine and the Stall concentrator in Manitoba.Last Friday, Hudbay announced a settlement agreement with activist investor Waterton Global Resource Management on a slate of 11 board of director candidates, including one joint nominee and two Waterton nominees.Hudbay board chairman Alan Hibben is to step down once a new chairman is selected, but will stay on the board until the company’s 2020 annual meeting. read more

India’s Janatha Party President Subramaniam Swamy has said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa not only solved the problems faced by his country but also that faced by India by defeating terrorism.President’s spokesman Bandula Jayasekera quoted Swamy as telling the President at a meeting yesterday that by defeating terrorism he had achieved the greatest victory of the 21st century. He said that President Rajapaksa should be decorated and be given the highest award by the Indian government.Subramaniam Swamy is in Sri Lanka to attend the three day defence seminar in Colombo which ends today. read more

ATHENS, Greece – A special court acquitted Greece’s former finance minister George Papaconstantinou of felony charges of breach of faith and doctoring a document Tuesday in a case concerning Greeks with bank accounts in Geneva, and found him guilty of a lesser misdemeanour charge.Papaconstantinou, 53, received a one-year suspended prison sentence.He had faced a possible sentence of 10 years to life imprisonment over the felony charges after being accused of removing the names of three of his relatives from a list of Greeks with accounts at HSBC bank in Geneva.The former minister had vehemently denied the charges against him. In a majority ruling, the panel of 13 judges found him guilty of doctoring a document but reduced the count to a misdemeanour.“After a very thorough and detailed procedure … was clearly demonstrated in court was that Mr. Papaconstantinou had no intention of harming the Greek state and of course did not harm it,” his lawyer Vassilis Dimakopoulos told reporters after the trial ended.“This lack of damage and any self-interest confirms my client’s reputation, which the defence was proud to uphold.”The bank account list became known as the Lagarde List, named after Christine Lagarde who was France’s finance minister at the time and who sent the information to Papaconstantinou in 2010. It was an extract of a list of HSBC Geneva account holders leaked by former bank employee Herve Falciani.Successive Greek governments have come under criticism for not investigating all the names on the list to determine whether those on it had evaded taxes.Papaconstantinou served as finance minister from late 2009 to mid-2011 and was the minister who negotiated Greece’s original international bailout, under which the country in May 2010 began receiving rescue loans from other eurozone nations and the International Monetary Fund in return for pushing through reforms to overhaul its economy.The case was heard by a special court set up to handle trials against politicians. Of the 13 judges, eight called for a guilty verdict on the document- tampering charge, with three of them calling for a felony count and the other five a misdemeanour.The remaining five judges had called for an acquittal.___Follow Becatoros at Court: Greek ex-finance minister Papaconstantinou guilty of misdemeanour in Swiss bank case FILE – In this Feb. 25, 2015 file photo former Greek finance minister George Papaconstantinou arrives in court at the start of a criminal trial against him on allegations he removed relatives’ names from a list of Greeks holding Swiss bank accounts in HSBC. A special court acquitted Greece’s former finance minister George Papaconstantinou of felony charges of breach of faith and doctoring a document on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in a case concerning Greeks with bank accounts in Geneva, and found him guilty of a lesser misdemeanor charge. Papaconstantinou, 53, received a one-year suspended prison sentence. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Elena Becatoros, The Associated Press Posted Mar 24, 2015 11:00 am MDT read more

The key deliverables reached by the so-called International Syria Support Group, which has thus far held two rounds of talks in the Austrian capital, Mr. de Mistura said, included a future political roadmap on a political process in Syria, and also on aspects related to a nationwide ceasefire connected to a political dialogue to take place in Geneva.“This is an opportunity for the Syrian opposition to come and be as inclusive as possible and as prepared as possible,” he told reporters at the UN Headquarters on being asked about the list of participants in future talks. Mr. de Mistura emphasized that while the possibility of establishing a ceasefire is not guaranteed, he was hopeful that certain countries who “have the capacity of influencing those who are fighting,” in Syria are part of the peace talks and added that these countries “have an interest in seeing a ceasefire taking place.”“We already have the list from the Syrian Government. There are more than 40 people. We know who will be leading them at the Geneva discussions but it is extremely important to have a cohesive, comprehensive and well-inclusive opposition [group],” said Mr. de Mistura stressing the need to include the opposition parties in the discussions.Speaking about the failure of local ceasefires, Mr. de Mistura said that without the influence of foreign sponsors, the ceasefires are unlikely to hold.However, he added that while the ongoing peace talks aim to establish a ceasefire throughout the country, the regions now controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), such as Raqqa and Palmyra, will likely not be a part of the ceasefire.When asked about the disagreements over President Bashar al-Assad’s role, Mr. de Mistura emphasized that the Vienna talks included plans of not only establishing a nationwide ceasefire in Syria, but also the formation of new non-sectarian governance structures, a new constitution, and conducting elections that go beyond parliamentary polls. “That’s quite a package that even a disappointed opposition could look at with interest,” he said.Lastly, the UN envoy dismissed the recent comments made by President Assad in an interview stating that no political process will be allowed unless Syria is liberated from terrorists.“Every time there is a political process starting and the possibility of a ceasefire there are going to be a lot of statements which are in fact preparing, prepositioning [and] positioning the sides. What matters is what happens in Vienna meetings and the negotiations,” said Mr. de Mistura.Just before Mr. de Mistura addressed the press, Mogens Lykketoft, President of the General Assembly said that in light of recent developments in Syria and the region, it is crucial that the United Nations enhances the level of its engagement and contributes to restoring sustainable peace and stability. “We are very hopeful that momentum can now be created.” read more

Artist Danek Mozdaenski takes in his sculpture of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock after it was erected in front of the Schmon Tower Monday. It was a journey 4,000 kilometres in the making, but one that goes back much further than that.To a round of cheers and applause, the 3,500-pound bronze statue of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock, created by Canadian artist Danek Mozdzenski, was lowered onto a concrete stand in front of the Arthur Schmon Tower Monday afternoon at Brock University.More than 1,000 students and staff members came out to celebrate the final result of years of planning and months of construction.Students gathered to greet The General.Mozdzenski, a well-known sculptor from Edmonton, AB, watched carefully as construction crews raised The General off of the flatbed truck that carried him from a foundry in Oregon across the continent to Niagara.Like a proud father showing off his new child, it was Mozdzenski who gave the all-clear to the crowd that had gathered, allowing them to touch the bronze masterpiece.At Mozdzendski’s request, the 15-foot-tall statue was cast by Valley Bronze, a well-established foundry in Joseph, Oregon, located about 530 kilometres east of Portland. The renowned artist stayed hands on during the casting phase, spending about two months working with staff at Valley Bronze and watching his creation come to life.Finally, last Tuesday, The General’s 4,000-kilometre journey home on the back of a flatbed transport truck began, and he arrived safely in St. Catharines Sunday afternoon.It was Mozdzenski himself who carefully cut the protective wrap off of the statue Monday morning, and then gave him a quick polish before the big reveal.The entire project was the result of a generous $1 million-donation in 2013 from local businessman and Brock University supporter David S. Howes. Sadly, Howes died after a lengthy illness on Jan. 12. read more

first_imgOF ALL THE new technology revealed in the last few years, few have received as much attention or scrutiny as Google Glass.The company’s answer to wearable tech has been followed closely with some looking forward to its arrival while others are concerned about the problems it may had the opportunity to try out a pair this week and find out how it really works. Here’s what we learned.How does it work?It’s best to think of Google Glass as a more convenient extension of your smartphone. Most of the actions you can carry out with your phone, you can do here. There are four main features that you need to be aware of.Touchpad: Located at the side of Google Glass, the touchpad lets you activate the device and cycle through options. While it is voice activated – you say “Ok Glass” when it’s on and you simply ask it to perform an action.There are three main gestures you need to work it:Tap to activate or select an optionSwipe forward or back to cycle through menusSwipe down to go back an actionCamera: Google Glass has a 5MP camera – the same quality you would get from a current low-end smartphone – and can record video at 720p.There is also a camera button located just over the touchpad if you just want to take a photo or record a video without going through the menu, but it takes a moment or two for it to boot up, much like a smartphone.LED screen: Google Glass uses a Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS), LED illuminated display to show you what’s happening. The screen will take up roughly one-fifth of your vision meaning you can still see what’s happening in front of you and make out what’s on screen.Speaker: Located near the end of the device, any app that might have extra detail or text involved (The Guardian app for example) can be read out to you at low volume. You can connect headphones to it, if needed.You do need a phone to work it though, by downloading the MyGlass app for either iOS or Android, you connect it via Bluetooth and start using it.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister George Papandreou made his first public attempt on Thursday to diffuse the government’s dispute with taxi drivers, which is threatening to become an embarrassing distraction for PASOK. Speaking to MPs from his ruling party, Papandreou said the government was committed to opening up so-called closed professions but that it would listen to what those affected by the changes have to say. “The liberalization of the closed professions will happen with rules and dialogue,” he said. He added that the government was prepared to listen to any suggestions the cabbies may have. This was a much more conciliatory line than the one taken by Transport Minister Yiannis Ragousis in recent weeks. Ragousis announced a total liberalization of taxis just weeks after his predecessor, Dimitris Reppas, had announced a deregulation plan that would have placed a limit on the number of taxi licenses that would be issued. Ragousis has since held fruitless talks with the cabbies, who have protested by closing access to roads, ports and airports. On Thursday, about 2,000 taxi drivers demonstrated at the port of Piraeus, preventing coaches carrying cruise passengers from leaving for tours of Athens. Some drivers also threw oil on the road in what they said was an attempt to ensure that they were not pursued by motorcycle-riding policemen. Since cabbies started their protests almost two weeks ago, more than 5,500 have been charged with offenses by authorities. Papandreou called on taxi drivers to tone down their protests and suggested that New Democracy was encouraging them to cause as much trouble as possible for the government. Government spokesman Ilias Mossialos later referred to Thymios Liberopoulos, the head of the taxi drivers’ union (SATA), as a “close associate” of ND leader Antonis Samaras. Liberopoulos wrote to Papandreou asking for a meeting with him but will instead have to settle for talks with Ragousis.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The shortest bus route in Victoria, the 509, is being axed by Public Transport Victoria on September 30. The ten-minute bus ride has been popular with the elderly community of Brunswick, many of which are of Greek and Italian decent. The bus route has struggled in recent years to get more than one passenger a trip, but has been a lifeline for elderly commuters who use it for their shopping during the week. The two kilometre route across Mellville Road and Sydney Road has been in operation for over 60 years, and is solely serviced by Hope Street Bus lines, a small two bus company. Owner Joe Piccolo is devastated and is at odds with what will happen to him, the company and the drivers. “The whole line is devastated at the moment,” Mr Piccolo told Neos Kosmos. “When I got the letter, I didn’t want to say too much because lots of people aren’t going to take it lying down. They’re disheartened, their livelihoods are gone,” he said When Mr Piccolo got the news, the outpouring of sympathy was heartwarming. He says many of the regulars were offering support and anything that could help. Many of the passengers have started a petition to keep the bus line intact and are hoping to bring it to Brunswick MP, Jane Garrett’s office. Mr Piccolo employs three bus drivers and a book keeper, and regrets that he cannot keep them on. 509 Bus driver Menelaos Hatzigeorgiadis is ashamed that the government isn’t keeping the route. “I am upset that the government can’t find a few dollars to keep the line going. I am very upset, but what can I do? They should be ashamed,” he told Neos Kosmos. Mr Hatzigeorgiadis has been driving the Hope Street bus line for more than four years, and has struck a strong rapport with the passengers. “I know everybody, mostly by name,” he said. The bus has become a bit of a social club, and with the strong migrant community of Brunswick, many backgrounds easily chat and interact between stops. In between conversations in Greek, Italian or Chinese, everyone stops to greet the new passengers in English. In true community camaraderie, Mr Hatzigeorgiadis doesn’t adhere to the bus stops all the time. He’s become a bit more of a private taxi service, willingly picking up people who hail him on the road, even outside their house. “Anybody that hails us we pick them up,” he said. A sentiment the elderly passengers really appreciate. The drivers wait patiently for them to hop on board and take their seats. Public Transport Victoria said two other bus routes on nearby streets a few hundred metres north and south of Hope Street would continue to run services. They believe they “offer the same connections to intersecting tram routes, but run for longer hours with better connections to trains”. For owner Mr Piccolo, the future seems bleak. The government hasn’t agreed to compensate him and will be closing more routes. He feels like more sensitivity should have been shown to the bus line’s role in Brunswick and in people’s daily life. “It’s a community bus line. It’s still a little bus line that does a lot of good for the area,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgMicrosoft Silverlight 5 sera peut être la dernière version !Cette cinquième version, qui devrait sortir d’ici peu, serait selon certaines rumeurs, l’ultime version du plugin de Microsoft.Selon le site Tom’s hardware, Silverlight pourrait continuer à être utilisé dans le futur en tant que plateforme de développement pour des marchés de niche et des plateformes particulières  comme la Xbox 360 ou les Windows Phone. Microsoft, qui se tourne de plus en plus vers le HTML 5, n’utiliserait plus le moteur d’exécution multiplateforme notamment car Internet Explorer 10 et Windows 8 abandonneront les plugins. La fin de Silverlight n’intéressera pas forcément la ménagère, ni même l’internaute moyen. Mais, il suffira d’attendre les prochaines versions d’Internet Explorer et de Windows pour voir si le choix (supposé) de la firme de Redmond sera judicieux ou non.Le 10 novembre 2011 à 13:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgThree people were injured, one seriously, in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 205 near Northeast 18th Street and Burton Road early Friday.State troopers said drugs or alcohol were involved, and the driver, still hospitalized Friday night, is suspected of vehicular assault on her two passengers.The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. when a northbound 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by April L. Delaney, 33, of Vancouver veered to the left, a Washington State Patrol bulletin said.The car went through the median, struck a tree, continued across southbound lanes and hit a concrete barrier on the southbound right shoulder.Delaney was transported by AMR Northwest ambulance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with scratches and bruises. She was listed in satisfactory condition Friday night, a nursing supervisor said.Also in the car was Mindy A. Saunders, 30, of Portland, who was sent to PeaceHealth with multiple skull fractures. Her presence and condition at the medical center could not be confirmed Friday night.A second passenger, Melvin W. Birgans, 30, also of Portland, went to the medical center with a head laceration, the WSP bulletin said. He was treated and released, a hospital employee said.last_img read more

first_imgHigh CourtThe High Court on Wednesday asked former home minister and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Altaf Hossain Chowdhury to surrender to a lower court within four weeks in Barapukuria coalmine graft case, reports UNB.The HC bench of justice M Enayetur Rahim and justice Shahidul Karim passed the order after dismissing the rule issued following a petition for quashing proceedings of the case against him.There is no legal bar to run the trial proceedings of the case following the HC order, said Korshed Alam Khan, lawyer of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).Earlier on 28 May, the Appellate Division dismissed a leave to appeal petition filed by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia challenging a High Court verdict that cleared the way for running the trial proceedings of the case.On 17 September last year, the High Court (HC) rejected a petition filed by Khaleda Zia for quashing proceedings of Barapukuria coalmine corruption case against her.On 26 February 2008, the ACC filed the case with Shahbagh police station, accusing Khaleda Zia and 10 of her former cabinet colleagues of taking Tk 1.59 billion in kickbacks on the Barapukuria coalmine deal awarded to the highest bidder, instead of the lowest one.Responding to a petition filed by Khaleda, the HC on 16 October 2008, stayed the case proceedings and issued a rule asking the ACC to explain why the case should not be quashed.The Appellate Division later upheld the stay order as well, leaving the corruption case in the cold.Khaleda, however, managed to secure a permanent bail in the case on 15 January 2012.Following a petition of the ACC, the HC revived the case on 2 March of that year.On 23 August, the HC turned down two petitions filed by Khaleda seeking all records of and the final report on Barapukuria coalmine graft case from the authorities concerned.last_img read more

first_imgMichael Stravato for The Texas TribuneJeremy Boutor removes personal items on an air mattress from his home in a neighborhood along Eldridge Parkway, flooded by waters released from Addicks Reservoir on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, adding to flooding from Hurricane Harvey.The U.S. House of Representatives passed a major disaster relief bill Monday evening, concluding a series of dramatic delays in Congress and sending the legislation to the desk of President Trump.The $19.1 billion bill, which Trump is expected to sign, would allocate funding to nine disaster-affected states and two territories, and also release more than $4 billion to Texas that Congress allocated more than a year ago in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. After meeting unexpected resistance in the House that stalled the vote for 11 days, the bill at last broke through Monday by an overwhelming, bipartisan margin of 354-58.The bill passed in the U.S. Senate just before the Memorial Day recess but hit an obstacle when it reached the House floor. Most members had already left Washington for the holiday. Backers of the legislation had hoped to push it through on a voice vote before the recess. These efforts were thwarted by U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, an Austin Republican, who drew national attention for his blocking of the vote by using a procedural objection. Two other conservative House members later made similar objections, ensuring that Congress couldn’t send the bill to Trump until after the recess.The resistance in the House appeared to come as a surprise to Senate Republicans, including Texan John Cornyn, whose contributions were instrumental in breaking the Senate logjam and applying pressure on the White House to take swift action. A key provision of the bill is a White House “shot clock,” implemented by Cornyn, which would require the Office of Management and Budget to release more than $4 billion in disaster aid owed to Texas within a 90-day window.Given the bipartisan support for natural disaster relief, securing relief funding has proved surprisingly difficult in recent years. The new bill was pushed through Congress only after the Trump administration dropped demands that the package exclude disaster aid for Puerto Rico and include allocations for the Department of Homeland Security to address the migrant crisis at the border.And for Texas, the forestalled success of the new bill caps a prolonged struggle by the state’s delegation to secure aid promised over a year ago. After Congress approved more than $16 billion in disaster relief funds in early 2018, efforts by Texas representatives to secure the state’s share have been frustrated by bureaucratic hurdles in OMB and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Most recently, U.S. Rep. Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, a Houston Democrat, and U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, a Friendswood Republican, introduced a bill with similar language to Cornyn’s provision demanding that HUD release the long overdue $4 billion to Houston-area districts still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.Local advocates for communities still recovering from Hurricane Harvey expressed frustration at yet another delay in the federal funds. Hurricane season started on June 1 and coastal communities in Texas are already seeing flooding amid strong recent storms.Even with the addition of Cornyn’s “shot clock,” the wait for disaster relief funding will continue. If President Trump signs the bill immediately, OMB will not have to release its funding until late summer, after the worst of hurricane season has already passed.This post was originally published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.  Sharelast_img read more

first_imgWell! This is a lot better than anyone had any reason to expect.The Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg comedy movie “collective,” if you like, could easily be the most underappreciated yet popular filmmaking team working right now; in as much as their movies are generally popular and make money yet somehow manage to still feel like they’re being undersold. They make really funny movies (Knocked Up, Pineapple Express, This Is The End, Neighbors, The Night Before etc,) that movies make money and that audiences more or less seem to find widely funny; but they also do such a good job at affecting this loose, goofy, “we’re just wacky stoners making shit up as we go!” vibe that it’s easy to miss that there’s real insight and talent there.Case in point: Sausage Party looks and feels, deliberately, like a one-joke stoner premise: “Hey, what if we did one of those Pixar-type cartoons where a bunch of inanimate objects talk and have human emotions and personalities, but like… in our version they SWEAR and FUCK and get high!?” And if you want to take it as just that it more than fits into that definition and in that context it’s funny as all hell. In fact, going by joke-to-laugh ratio and in terms of sheer originality it’s easily the best Pixar spoof anyone has pulled off yet and probably the funniest genre-spoof period that anyone has pulled off since maybe the Naked Gun movies. It is, simply stated, piss-your-pants funny – both in that I laughed almost hard enough to do that AND in that it’s the sort of humor where “pissing your pants” would be an actual punchline.Now, what’s key to understanding how Sausage Party is not only funny but kind of brilliant is that it is, emphatically, a genuine spoof. Maybe not exactly a “satire,” but definitely a parody – specifically, a parody of the PIXAR animation brand and their go-to formula of projecting human voices, personas, and insecurities onto inanimate objects or talking animals. The premise even sounds like a typical Pixar setup (if they made a movie about groceries): The story takes place almost entirely in a supermarket where the food is all “alive” in an anthropomorphic sense, and the hero is Rogen as a hotdog named Frank who discovers the previously unknown truth that the humans who buy the food are taking it home to eat it and tries to warn everybody – in particular his girlfriend Brenda, who is of course a hot dog bun.The film’s main joke, then, is to take this premise and pack it full of all the quote-unquote “adult” stuff i.e. sex and body functions and concepts of race and gender as it relates to the “humanity” of the characters that Pixar and their imitators generally make an active point of avoiding. We’re conditioned, after all, to think of “bathroom jokes” as inherently juvenile, but the TRUE function of scatological humor as a tool of satire is to highlight the absurdities of fiction by zooming in on the stuff that fictional works leave out for effect. For example: King Kong instantly becomes a comedy if you so much as mention that he’s probably taking Volkswagon-sized gorilla shits all over New York (“Look out below!”)So just “a Pixar movie, but we’re taking the humanizing part all the way to the edge” is already a damn funny setup (to say nothing of wildly overdue considering how oppressively that aesthetic has come to dominate Western animation). But where Sausage Party rises to near-greatness is in recognizing that the other half of the Pixar and/or Pixar-influenced aesthetic is that it can never “only” be a talking car movie or a talking fish movie; it has to be some big poignant metaphor for fatherhood or growing up or some other neuroses of its animators. In that spirit, Rogen and company have decided that their one-joke talking food comedy is also a movie about religion – and in doing so, they elevate Sausage Party goes from being a funny distraction to something like an inheritor to the mantle of “Golden Age” South Park – i.e. back before South Park was just two middle-aged Broadway millionaires complaining about Millennials not laughing at their “politically incorrect” jokes.The “big idea” they’ve arrived at is that the food actually all think that the human shoppers are GODS taking their purchases off to some sort of grocery heaven; and since only fresh undamaged items gets bought the food has developed a full-blown theology where even though they’d all like to get out of their packages and explore and party and fuck (mostly fuck, since it’s a comedy) they suppress those desires because that’d make them “unclean” and no longer favored by the gods – meaning that Frank’s journey becomes not just telling everyone the truth but figuring out how to best impart a radical new doctrine of rejecting the “gods,” the afterlife and living for the moment.Subtle it’s not, but it’s probably the most effective comedy argument on behalf of atheism/agnosticism since The Invention of Lying. It would almost verge on being pretentious if the actual jokes weren’t purposefully aiming to be as lowbrow, schticky, and “Dad-jokey” as possible – basically wall-to-wall food puns, visual humor about food that looks like genitalia and how they’d fuck if they could, and just about every worn-out racial and ethnic caricature you can imagine from Jewish bagels to gay fruit to Salma Hayek as a horny lesbian taco to the German sauerkraut forming a fascist movement to exterminate “The Juice” – yeah, it’s like that.It’s the kind of stuff that feels like it should be super-offensive – and it’s certainly not MY place to tell anyone how they will or should react to it – but it’s also pointedly lacking any semblance of the show-offy self-righteous “punching-down” sensibility that you sometimes get from the usual suspects in Western animation. Just like how the atheism allegory is funny because they’re deflating the high-minded metaphor-mongering of the Pixar formula but also allows for some genuinely clever swipes at organized religion; gags like the Kosher food and the Halal food fighting over aisle territory or a bottle of “Firewater”-branded whiskey being a Native American shaman are mostly trading on the sheer shock-value of wheeling out old-time ethnic caricatures but also manages a knowing swipe at the real-world tendency to project ethnicity onto food products (and packaging.)Still, questions like those are fodder for the thinkpiece mill, which will surely be at work in the coming days. The bottom line for now is that Sausage Party is fucking hysterical – easily the funniest movie of the summer.3 ½ stars, believe the hype.last_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. A former National Liberation Party presidential candidate and current campaign manager of San José Mayor Johnny Araya, Antonio Álvarez Desanti, denied on Monday that he had acquired more than 600 hectares of protected land in Panama in an irregular deal.Panama’s daily La Prensa reported Monday that more than 2,000 hectares of protected land owned by indigenous Ngäbe Buglé people were sold in “suspiciously fast” transactions.Desanti, a Liberation candidate for lawmaker in upcoming 2014 elections, allegedly bought 685 hectares in which he plans to invest some $40 million, according to La Prensa, which added that the properties were first acquired by Panamanian lawyers Elvisilda Martínez and her husband, Francisco Castillo, at costs as low as three cents per square meter. They then allegedly sold and registered the land in record time.Ngäbe people in the area told the newspaper they were tricked into signing documents that listed them as investors in development projects. The documents they actually signed were for sale of the land.Many local residents said they spent several years unsuccessfully trying to obtain property titles for the land, yet the lawyers managed to do it in record time and at extremely low price, turning a profit of millions of dollars.The 685 hectares in question are owned by a corporation called Desarrollo Ecoturístico Cañaveral, chaired by Antonio Álvarez Desanti and his wife, Nuria Marín.The Ngäbe Buglé region is a protected area for its high biological value, as it has a rich biodiversity of plants and animals, including various endangered species. Facebook Commentslast_img read more