Students Build Careers in Ocean and Energy Sectors

first_imgTwenty post-secondary students across Nova Scotia are gaining invaluable work experience this summer in the energy sector through the Energy Training Program for Students. Several of the students are working in ocean-related industries. “The energy training program has allowed me to gain hands-on skills in a successful and vibrant work atmosphere, such as JASCO Applied Sciences,” said Carmen Lawrence, an ocean technology student at Nova Scotia Community College. “I have been able to interact with people working in the ocean technology field with a multidisciplinary approach. “I am very excited to have this opportunity, as it enables me to be mentored by industry professionals in all aspects of design, construction, deployment and processing of oceanographic data.” The program, in its 14th year of operation, has provided hands-on experience to more than 400 young people in Nova Scotia. This year, 18 employers are taking part including JASCO Applied Sciences Canada, GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc., and the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy in the ocean technology sector. “The energy training program makes it possible for small-sized companies to bring in new graduates with fresh ideas and youthful perspectives, who already have an understanding of the energy sector,” said JoAnn Nippard, human resource manager for JASCO Applied Sciences Canada. The program provides eligible employers with a 50 per cent subsidy, up to $7.50 per hour, toward a student’s salary during a 12 to 17 week employment with the organization. Work terms are from May to August. “Nova Scotia’s offshore and tidal industries offer excellent opportunities for economic and employment growth in Nova Scotia,” said Energy Minister Michel Samson. “It’s terrific to see young Nova Scotians have a real chance to start building careers here in innovative energy-related fields.” For more information on the Energy Training Program for Students visit http://energy.novascotia.ca/industry-development/energy-training-program .last_img read more

Ontario gets another extension on care case

first_imgDelaney WindigoAPTN National NewsThe court battle for a Six Nations girl, who rejected chemotherapy in favour of alternative treatment, has been extended.The province has now been granted a May 1 deadline to appeal the controversial court ruling that allowed the girl to seek alternative treatments.Ontario’s Attorney General has not provided any details on what grounds it plans to use in its appeal.“The parties to these proceedings have agreed to a further extension of the appeal period to May 1, 2015,” said spokesperson Brendan Crawley in a statement. “The family, the Government of Ontario and Six Nations are continuing to discuss the matter.”The girl who cannot be named due to a publication ban, made national headlines last year when an Ontario judge ruled that she had the constitutional right to use traditional medicine.This is now the fourth time the province has been granted a new deadline for a possible appeal.dwindigo@aptn.ca@delaneywindigolast_img read more

Site C Employment numbers sees increase in February

first_imgConstruction and non-construction contractor’s workforce from the Peace River Regional District made up 28 percent or 791 of the workers which is up from January’s numbers of 697.The number of apprentices employed on the project decreased from 102 in January to 93 during the month of February.The number of Indigenous working on the Project increased from 293 in January to 313 in February.Women working on the Project saw a slight increase from 381 in January to 391in February. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro has released the latest Site C Dam Project employment numbers for the month of February 2019.The number of people working on the Site C Dam Project increased from 3,186 in January to 3,494 in February.The total number of workers from B.C. was 2,185 which is 77 percent of the workers.last_img read more

Other Delta Passengers Now Disputing Adam Salehs Discrimination Claims

Casablanca — Passengers on the same Delta flight as Adam Saleh and Slim Alabher are now coming forward to rebuke the YouTubers’ discrimination claims.Popular YouTuber Adam Saleh on Wednesday posted a video to Twitter and Facebook claiming he and his friend, Slim Alabher, were being escorted out of a Delta plane for speaking Arabic to each other and on the phone. We got kicked out of a @Delta airplane because I spoke Arabic to my mom on the phone and with my friend slim… WTFFFFFFFF please spread pic.twitter.com/P5dQCE0qos— Adam Saleh (@omgAdamSaleh) December 21, 2016The video, which was shared more than 1.7 million times across social media, sparked outrage amongst many, claiming Saleh and Alabher were indeed the victims of discrimination and calling out Delta for their decision to escort the two out. Meanwhile, many others have discredited the claims as just another one of Saleh’s YouTube pranks. One passenger on the flight, Anthony Ellis, told The Washington Post that he was seated a row in front of Saleh and Albaher.“He was never any part on the phone — I would have heard the whole conversation,” Ellis said. “If someone’s being racist, I would stand up right away. In this day in age, you defend each other. It wasn’t like that. I mean, this guy was trying to antagonize people. I think because they made it into such a big scenario, [Saleh] then kind of panicked a little bit.”Another took to Facebook to explain his version of things, as his boyfriend was on the flight:Delta, for its part, released a statement on Wednesday explaining the incident, saying:“Two customers were removed from this flight and later rebooked after a disturbance in the cabin resulted in more than 20 customers expressing their discomfort. We’re conducting a full review to understand what transpired. We are taking allegations of discrimination very seriously; our culture requires treating others with respect.”In response to both the widespread support and scrutiny, Slim Albaher and Adam Saleh posted a second video on YouTube, after finally landing in New York, detailing their experience:“You can clearly see it is as real as it gets. You see it. It may be the boy who cried wolf, but you can clearly see it and it was wrong,” Saleh says in the video. Whether or not this incident was a hoax, one cannot deny that anti-Muslim acts of discrimination have been on the rise in the United States, especially since Donald Trump’s election to the presidency. read more

Video of Smugglers Abandoning Migrants in Mediterranean Sea Goes Viral

Rabat – Italian security services have arrested seven people suspected of smuggling more than 80 irregular migrants in the Mediterranean sea.The European Union’s border force, Frontex, released a video captured by a surveillance plane showing a fishing boat transferring a group of migrants to a smaller vessel in the Mediterranean sea.Frontex posted several tweets with the footage during the operation “Wait, wait. Why is that fishing trawler towing an empty wooden boat at high seas?” Frontex added that its plane and drone “kept observing the fishing trawler and the boat with migrants over several hours, alerting Italian and Maltese authorities.”The agency added that the operation was “clearly the case of a ‘mother boat’ used by criminals to carry a large group of migrants across the sea towards their destination before unloading them onto a smaller boat.”The vessel, according to Euro News,  was heading towards Italy, while the fishing boat attempted to return to Libya. Italian security services, however, managed to arrest the crew in the fishing boat.Euro News added that the crew in the fishing boat left the migrants in the Mediterranean sea without water or “any other supplies.”Authorities rescued the migrants and took them to Lampedusa, an Island in the Mediterranean sea.The majority of the irregular migrants  rescued  reportedly came from Morocco, Libya, and Bangladesh.In recent years, significant numbers of migrants from North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa found themselves trapped in detention centers across Libya, following their illegal attempt to cross the Mediterranean to EuropeBy the end of  2017, the number of irregular migrants reached 700,000.Many Moroccans were among the irregular migrants trapped in Libya, with some of them calling for help from the Moroccan government.The migrants shared videos in 2017 and 2018, urging the government to bring them back homeThe Moroccan government has launched several repatriation programs to bring back the migrants stranded in Libya. read more

Ban Kimoon calls for efforts to bring Bosnian Serb war crimes fugitives

1 February 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today visited the United Nations war crimes court for the Balkans wars in The Hague, Netherlands, and called for action by Security Council members to help bring the two principal Bosnian Serb fugitives, Radovan Karadžic and Ratko Mladic, to trial. “I know that there is a sense of frustration for not being able to complete what they are mandated to do because of non-cooperation, non-availability of those people indicted,” Mr. Ban told reporters after conferring with the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Fausto Pocar. “This is a matter to be closely coordinated and consulted with the members of the Security Council,” he said. “I take this opportunity to urge again to those responsible perpetrators – Karadžic and Mladic – to appear before the court for trial, for the interest and the benefit for themselves as well as for the benefit of international peace and security.” Both men face charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws and customs of war. Last month, ICTY Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte told the Security Council it should consider keeping the tribunal open beyond its current completion timeline until whenever Mr. Karadžic and Mr. Mladic can be tried. She criticized the Serbian Government and the authorities in the Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina for not showing “a robust willingness” to arrest the men even though her office had frequently supplied accurate and detailed information on their whereabouts. Under its present schedule the ICTY is to complete all trials at the first instance by 2008, and wind up all its work, including appeals, by the end of 2010. Mr. Ban also visited and met with the chief officials of the two other major tribunals based in The Hague, the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which is the UN’s highest judicial body.ICC President Judge Philippe Kirsch thanked Mr. Ban for the UN’s sustained support and emphasized the importance of continued cooperation. “Though the ICC is independent from the UN, the two institutions operate in a context of interdependence,” he said.The Secretary-General later met with Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and had a working luncheon with him. He told reporters afterwards that he was considering increasing the presence of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) office in the southern part of that country. read more

AG asserts Sri Lankas zero tolerance policy on torture

“The Government, keeping in line with its constructive engagement with the Human Rights Treaty mechanisms has taken several progressive policy measures over the last two years, recognizing the importance of a transparent and independent mechanism for investigation into alleged incidents of torture in custody,” the AG said in a statement on behalf of Sri Lanka. He said that a declaration was made under Article 22 of the Convention Against Torture recognizing the competence of the Committee against Torture to receive individual communications in August 2016;The AG said that continuing its commitment to the pledge given to the people of the country to uphold, promote and protect the human rights of all, and in keeping with international treaty obligations as well, the Government has undertaken a voluntary process of introducing a National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) for the period 2017-2021. The Government is firm in its commitment of a zero tolerance policy on torture, Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya told a UN Committee today.Jayasuriya told the Committee Against Torture that in June this year, President Maithripala Sirisena, joined by the Minister of Law and Order, joined an initiative of the National Human Rights Commission to march against Torture, sending a message at the highest level of Government regarding the Government’s commitment to zero tolerance on torture. The Committee Against Torture today began reviewing Sri Lanka and a delegation led by the AG represented Sri Lanka at the session. He said that in May 2016 the Cabinet approved an Inter-Ministerial Committee tasked with drafting the National Human Rights Action Plan for 2017-2021, assisted by a Steering Committee of officials and experts and drafting committees working on each of the thematic areas. Prevention of Torture is one of the thematic areas focused in developing the National Human Rights Action Plan for 2017 – 2021.Jayantha Jayasuriya said that the Government has also initiated a process to develop the policy and the legal framework of a new counter terrorism legislation for Sri Lanka. The new legal framework focuses on reviewing the provisions of the PTA in line with international human rights norms and standards. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Amid rocky market 401k savers eked out gains in 2Q

Retirement savers have eked out steady gains this year, even as the stock market turned increasingly volatile amid uncertainty over the trade war between the U.S. and China and fear of a global economic slowdown.The average 401(k) plan balance rose 2% to $106,000 in the second quarter versus a year earlier, according to new data from Fidelity Investments drawn from more than 30 million retirement plan accounts.In 2016, about 55 million American workers were active 401(k) participants, according to the Investment Company Institute.Most of the gains came from employees setting aside more of their pay for their retirement plans. The average employee contribution rate rose to 8.8% in the second quarter, a record level. That’s up from 8% a decade ago, according to Fidelity.“While we’re seeing the market certainly play a role, the other part is that employees are saving more, employers are contributing more,” said Meghan Murphy, vice-president at Fidelity Investments.All told, nearly one third of savers increased their contribution to their 401(k) plan in the second quarter, Fidelity said.Boosting your contribution rate, even by 1 percentage point, can make a big difference to a 401(k) over a career. Consider a 25-year-old who is contributing 4% a year, with an equal contribution from their employer. If they bump up their savings rate by 1 point annually until reaching 15% they would see their retirement savings roughly double by retirement age, according to Fidelity.The amount of money employers put into their employees’ retirement accounts also increased last quarter. The average employer contribution rose to 4.7% in the second quarter. That’s up from about 3.9% a decade ago, Fidelity said.Fidelity recommends a total savings rate of 15%, including both the employee’s and the employer’s contributions.Another factor behind the gains is that more companies are automatically enrolling their employees in 401(k) plans.More than a third of employers now enrol new hires into 401(k) plans and set them up to automatically boost their contributions each year, Fidelity said.That trend has gathered pace over the last decade. Only 17.3% of employers used automatic enrolment 10 years ago.At the end of the second quarter, more than 20% of employers that used automatic enrolment enrolled employees at a contribution rate of 6% or higher. The 3% contribution rate is the most popular among employers, Fidelity said.The stock market’s gains this year have helped push the number of 401(k) and individual retirement accounts with balances over $1 million to a new high. At the end of the second quarter, there were 196,000 such 401(k) accounts and 179,700 IRAs, Fidelity said.The longest bull market since World War II has been good for longtime retirement account savers.In the second quarter, the average 401(k) plan balance for accounts going back at least 10 years hit $305,900, or more than five times the average balance 10 years earlier.Another factor keeping average 401(k) balances growing is fewer savers are borrowing against their 401(k) portfolios. The number of people with an active retirement plan loan declined to 20.1% this year. It was at 22.6% in 2013, Fidelity said.Although continued stock market volatility doesn’t bode well for retirement account portfolios, savers have not rushed to take a more hands-on role on their accounts.“We have not seen a lot of increased activity as far as rebalancing or exchanges,” Murphy said. “We tend to see less activity nowadays when there is market volatility because so many people are invested in a target date fund or using a professionally managed account.”Alex Veiga, The Associated Press read more

UN officials express condolences for two German journalists killed in Afghanistan

“This tragic incident underlines the dangers that many journalists face in playing a vital role to highlight the issues and concerns of the Afghan people,” said Aleem Siddique, a senior public information officer for the UN Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA).Karen Fischer, 30, and Christian Struwe, 38, had camped in Baghlan, about 150 kilometers (95 miles) northwest of Kabul when they were killed by unidentified people in their tent, Afghan officials reported.The two journalists had visited several United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) projects in northern Afghanistan and were en route to the central province of Bamiyan, the site of ancient Buddha statues of the Buddha blown up by the Taliban regime in March 2001.Meanwhile the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) reported a half a million Euros donation from Italy will enable it to conduct a thorough needs assessment for women and adolescent girls in six provinces, including Baghlan.Baghlan has seen little of the Taliban-linked violence that is plaguing southern and eastern Afghanistan although unknown gunmen killed a Canadian carpenter building a school in the area in July.Afghanistan’s still had a very high maternal mortality rate of 1,500 per 100,000 live births, reflecting the limited access to basic reproductive health care and the scarcity of female health workers, Siddique said. Together with the National Humanitarian Youth Organization, UNICEF is providing literacy and vocational skills training to approximately 350 former child soldiers, and other war-affected children in Faryab province, including 70 girls, he added. read more

UN rapporteur calls for urgent action to protect hundreds of thousands of

“The situation must no longer be downplayed and it is not too late to save many lives,” the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of IDPs, Chaloka Beyani, said in news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “The Government must act urgently to ensure that food, shelter, medical care, water, sanitation and other essential services reach IDPs without delay,” he added. The Special Rapporteur also expressed concern at the lack of international attention and resources to meet the needs in the region, and called on donors to provide support to meet immediate needs as well as to enhance their long-term support in the region. According to a recent report by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Children on the Move, Children Left Behind, in addition to 2.6 million people currently displaced in the Lake Chad region because of the violence, some 2.2 million people are feared to be trapped in areas under the control of Boko Haram and need humanitarian assistance.The OHCHR news release noted that the situation resulting from the Boko Haram violence, as well as Nigerian Government counter-insurgency measures, are indicative of a crisis of the highest category. It noted that civilians, including children, leaving areas recently liberated by government forces bear the signs of advanced malnutrition and of deep trauma, while also flagging that humanitarian access is limited in some areas due to security concerns. “Due to a gross underestimation of the crisis, the existing supplies will only cover needs for a very short period of time and will be soon outstripped by demands,” Mr. Beyani said. He added that a vast majority of the displaced live outside camps, with little or no assistance, and that urgent steps are needed to assess their needs as well as the needs of the host communities supporting them with their own resources.During his visit, the Special Rapporteur visited IDP camps in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, where he said that food is scarce, medical care is insufficient and that the people are in need urgent protection, psychosocial support and counselling. Highlighting the direness of the situation in the camps, he spoke of reports of women and girls facing demands for sex to access food or to leave the camps and that early pregnancy and marriage are commonplace. “Many do not report abuse due to stigmatization, cultural factors and the knowledge that perpetrators can abuse with impunity,” he noted, calling for protection measures to be stepped-up and camps to be quickly placed under trained civilian management to prevent abuses. The OHCHR news release also noted positive measures taken by the government, including a plan for rehabilitating northeast Nigeria and the establishment of oversight systems by the Parliament.A full report of the Special Rapporteur along with his recommendations will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in June next year. Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Donated maps paint picture of North American history

As Dan Livermore traveled around the world working as a Canadian diplomat and international affairs specialist, he made sure to visit small map shops wherever he went.Over nearly four decades he collected maps from the 17th and 18th centuries that focused mostly on Ontario and Eastern Canada.“I studied history and my focus was on the 18th century so that’s when the maps are the most interesting to me. They show the changing boundaries and the locations of the Indigenous groups,” said Livermore, a Brock alumnus who donated a valuable collection of maps to the University library’s Special Collections and Archives on Friday.Livermore is a longtime donor and supporter of Brock University who graduated in 1969 with a BA in history and politics. He served as Canada’s ambassador to Guatemala and El Salvador and went on to become Canada’s Director General of Security and Intelligence before retiring in 2007.He now works in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa.Livermore bought his first map not long after graduating from Brock when he lived in New York City in the early 1970s. He added dozens of maps to the collection over the years, but all are either English or French and are from the era he prefers.“It was interesting to see how they got their information and then how it would get back to the map makers. You see funny commentaries on some of the maps like ‘We don’t know what lies beyond here,’” he said. “To me, they become less interesting the more accurate they get, so I stopped with maps from the early 19th century.”Heather Whipple, the acting head of maps, data and GIS for the library said she was thrilled to see the donation Friday.It will be Whipple’s job to digitize all of the maps and eventually add them as layers that can be compared to modern Google Earth maps.She said the maps will be useful for students researching many areas of history.“For example the maps that show the Indigenous groups and where they were located will be of use to Indigenous Studies students to compare where those groups were 200 years ago and where they are now,” said Whipple.The maps will also be viewable by the Niagara community.“Libraries play an increasingly important role as stewards of our cultural heritage. This includes collecting rare materials like these maps that provide a window into our history,” said University Librarian Mark Robertson. “This wonderful donation will complement our collections and have special relevance given the history of this region.” read more

Authors need protection from online pirates Philip Pullman claims

In the letter – signed by Mr Pullman, Malorie Blackman and Joanna Trollope among others – the writers express concern at the growing number of websites where users can illegally download books, saying they have the “potential to destroy” the UK’s “great literary heritage”. 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. Online book piracy is an “offence against moral justice” that “any decent Government” should protect authors from, the writer Philip Pullman has said.Mr Pullman, the president of the Society of Authors, criticised Britain’s lax copyright laws that are failing to tackle the “increasingly prevalent” number of websites where novels are downloaded for free without the author’s permission.Mr Pullman’s comments come as 34 leading British writers from the Society of Authors signed an open letter to Greg Clark, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, calling on the Government to do more to strengthen current copyright rules.Speaking to the Telegraph, Mr Pullman said: “Online piracy of books, music, and other expressions of the human spirit needs to be properly understood: it’s an offence against moral justice.“It’s the very opposite of freedom of speech, because it acts to prevent those who create beauty, knowledge, consolation or delight from earning even a modest living from their efforts.“The law of copyright is one of the bastions of civilized living, but the acid rain of online piracy is slowly dissolving something we thought was set in stone. Surely it should be a fundamental duty of any decent government to defend the rights of those who help to create what civilization is.” Philip Pullman's classic book The Golden Compass was made into a Hollywood film starring Nicole Kidman (right) and Dakota Blue Richards (left) A spokeswoman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said: “This Government takes infringement of copyright very seriously, and we understand the damage this can do to authors’ livelihoods.“The IPO will continue to work with authors, online market places and social media platforms to tackle this unacceptable behaviour, and agree ways of reducing this infringement.” The letter cites research by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) which found that in 2017 a sixth of e-books read online in the UK – around four million books – were pirated.Writing to Mr Clark in the Telegraph, the authors note: “We are concerned that websites offering illegal downloads of books are becoming increasingly prevalent.“We do not want to give any of these sites publicity by naming them here, but they can easily be found.“The growth of online book piracy has the potential to damage the legitimate book market andmake it even harder for authors to make a living from their work.“The UK’s great literary heritage has always been underpinned by a robust copyright regime.Unfortunately, this regime is not respected by online pirates, who flagrantly infringe copyright law by both copying our books and offering them for download.“As Secretary of State whose department has responsibility for copyright and piracy, we are calling on you to take action against the blight of online book piracy.” Philip Pullman’s classic book The Golden Compass was made into a Hollywood film starring Nicole Kidman (right) and Dakota Blue Richards (left) read more

Christian Pulisic reveals why he joined Chelsea

first_imgBorussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic insists the reason why he joined Chelsea is because of their style of play under Maurizio Sarri.The Blues completed the signing of Pulisic early last week for a fee in the region of £58million but the youngster will spend the remainder of the season with Dortmund.The United States international was one of the most sought-after youngsters in the game following his impressive string of performances since appearing in the first team of the Black & Yellow in 2016.The 20-year-old’s current contract at the Signal Iduna Park was due to run out at the end of the 2019-20 campaign, but after only starting 11 games this season, the club hierarchy decided to sell him.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Speaking about his reason for moving to Stamford Bridge, Pulisic said, according to talkSPORT: “I’ve seen their style of play.”“I’ve always appreciated how they’ve played football, and it’s really nice how they play now, with their new coach. It fits me very well.”last_img read more

2020 Honda Civic hatchback gets a meaner face and more sweet sixspeed

first_imgEnlarge ImageThe 2020 Civic hatchback in Sport Touring trim looks a little meaner and can be had with a six-speed manual. Honda The present generation of Honda Civic is better than it’s been in a really long time. So when Honda announced on Thursday that it was tweaking the hatchback version for 2020, we were psyched.The changes to the Civic hatch aren’t massive, but that’s no bad thing because the car was already good. The most significant change — and the one that’s going to get enthusiasts’ hearts pumping the most — is the addition of a six-speed manual transmission in the top Sport Touring trim level. If you know Honda, then you know that gearbox is going to be good.In addition to the six-speed manual, Honda is offering a CVT transmission, and with that choice, you get remote start. The Sport trim level also gets push-button ignition and keyless entry as standard.2020-honda-civic-hatchback-sport-touring-056Enlarge ImageThe interior of the 2020 Civic hatchback sports an updated infotainment system and typical Honda practicality. Honda Next, the big H made some slight adjustments to the vehicle’s styling; specifically, it gave the hatchback a more aggressive look in the front and rear. Now, it’s definitely not Civic Type R levels of aggression, but it suits the car quite well.Inside, Honda is using the dashboard trim to help differentiate between trim levels. For example, top-spec EX-L and Sport Touring get a brushed black finish while the Sport trim gets a geometric pattern. Also on deck is an upgraded Display Audio system which still offers physical controls and both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration.Pricing for the 2020 Civic hatchback ranges from $21,580 for the base LX model with the CVT transmission and $22,750 for the Sport trim with manual transmission to $29,780 for the Sport Touring model with CVT, and all are set to go on sale on Friday. 2019 Honda Civic Sedan: Small visual updates and friendlier tech More From Roadshow 2020 Mini JCW Clubman first drive: A fast alternative for the crossover-averse Preview • Apple CarPlay lets iOS take over a Mercedes-Benz Honda Tags 2 Share your voice News • 2018 Toyota Camry and Sienna eligible for Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa retrofit Hatchbacks Car Industry Honda 2020 Toyota 4Runner first drive: Same as it ever was — mostly 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box More about Apple CarPlay Comments Honda Civic Type R TCR is one serious $172,000 race car 4:41 Review • Apple CarPlay review: What’s it like after one month of heavy use? Now playing: Watch this: 63 Photoslast_img read more

Stranded Rohingya refuse to return to Myanmar without citizenship guarantee

first_imgA man walks past the entrance of a camp set up by Myanmar`s Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Minister to prepare for the repatriation of displaced Rohingyas, who fled to Bangladesh, outside Maungdaw in the state of Rakhine. Photo: ReutersRohingya refugees living in no man’s land refused Tuesday to return to Myanmar without guarantees of citizenship and security after Bangladesh and Myanmar officials met to discuss their repatriation.The 6,000 Rohingya were among the first to flee Myanmar in the wake of a brutal military crackdown on the Muslim minority in late August. They have been living ever since in a makeshift camp in a strip of unclaimed land between the two countries.In recent weeks they have come under pressure to return, with a Myanmar minister warning of “consequences” if they remain in no man’s land.But community leader Dil Mohammad told AFP they would not return without guarantees of security, citizenship and compensation for property lost in the clampdown.“We are not going to return to our homes and villages in Myanmar unless our demands are met. We want citizenship, all rights, security to our lives and property and compensation,” he said.Mainly Buddhist Myanmar denies citizenship to its Muslim Rohingya minority in Rakhine state, insisting they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh even though many have been there for generations.Nearly 700,000 fled after last year’s crackdown, which the United Nations has said amounted to ethnic cleansing.Most of those now live in camps across the border in Bangladesh, but the country’s government has made clear it does not want them to stay and has agreed to start sending them home.On Tuesday officials from both countries held talks to decide the fate of the 6,000 before speaking to them directly in no man’s land.“Every person we spoke to said that they would go back to their homes if they got security,” said the head of the Bangladesh delegation, Abdul Mannan.A spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency told AFP any returns must be voluntary.“Some members of this group in no man’s land have said they fear returning home and wish to seek safety in Bangladesh,” Caroline Gluck said.“We appeal to the Bangladeshi authorities to allow them to do so. At the same time, Myanmar should ensure conducive conditions for the safe and sustainable return of those who wish to do so voluntarily.”A video circulated on social media last week showed Myanmar’s deputy minister for home affairs Aung Soe addressing the refugees through a barbed-wire fence.Other Rohingya living there said the Myanmar army had recently set up bunkers near the fence and now conducted regular patrols nearby, stirring fear among the refugees.“They tell us that we should leave this place or else they will shoot us,” said Rashid Ahmed, 32.Bangladesh was supposed to start the repatriation process last month but it has been delayed amid concerns over a lack of preparation.Recent aerial photos of Rakhine state showed bulldozed Rohingya settlements, and it is unclear whether they will be able to return to their former homes.last_img

US Census Bureau Starts Canvassing In Some Houston Neighborhoods

first_imgThe U.S. Census Bureau is starting a major field operation for the 2020 population count Monday.The agency is sending people door-to-door to verify addresses, including in Houston.The canvassing is in addition to the Census Bureau’s new use of satellite technology to identify new housing developments throughout the United States.The Census Bureau’s geography division chief, Deirdre Dalpiaz Bishop, said they are also using information from the U.S. Postal Service and from local, state and tribal governments.“For 65% of the addresses, we’ve been able to indicate stability. Things are looking good,” she told News 88.7. “But for the 35% where we’re not sure, we need to send people out into the field to validate.”Canvassing will go on until October. Once all addresses are validated, the Census Bureau will mail out invitations asking people to respond to the Census. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaHouston’s skyline from the air Xcenter_img 00:00 /00:46 Listen Sharelast_img read more

MetroStage Opens Season with Blackberry Daze

first_imgThe MetroStage began its 2016-2017 season with Blackberry Daze, a musical adaptation from a bestselling novel by Ruth P. Watson. The play that began on Sept. 1 and will run until Oct. 9 is featured at the MetroStage venue, 1201 North Royal Street. The play will feature TC Carson, most notably known for his role on TV sitcom “Living Single;”  Roz White;  Yvette Spears;  Duyen Washington and music by William Knowles. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit metrostage.org or call 703-548-9044.last_img

Cardinals at No 9 in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Preseason Poll

first_imgFOLLOWING THE CARDINALS ON SOCIAL MEDIAFans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter at @UofLBaseball and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ulbaseball. 2019 Collegiate Baseball Preseason Top 40 Print Friendly Version Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville baseball program will enter 2019 in a familiar place after landing at No. 9 in the Collegiate Baseball newspaper preseason poll released Tuesday.The announcement marks the 12th consecutive year (2008-2019) the Cardinals have earned a preseason national ranking extending their school record streak. Tuesday’s preseason poll extended another historic run for Louisville, which has remained ranked in at least one major national poll every week since the release of the 2012 preseason rankings — the longest such span in school history.Atop the Collegiate Baseball preseason poll is LSU while No. 2 Vanderbilt, No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 Texas Tech and No. 5 Stanford round out the top five. The Cardinals are among eight ACC programs in the top 40 joining No. 8 North Carolina, No. 10 Florida State, No. 15 Clemson, No. 17 Georgia Tech, No. 20 Duke, No. 22 NC State and No. 33 Miami.Last season, Louisville registered a 45-19 record overall after advancing to the championship round of an NCAA Regional for the seventh straight season. The Cardinals were ranked as highly as 23rd by Collegiate Baseball newspaper while also landing at No. 25 in the USA Today Top 25 and 27th in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll. Louisville registered its seventh straight 40-win season and the 11th in 12 seasons under head coach Dan McDonnell.Led by the return of All-American first baseman Logan Wyatt and All-ACC standouts Nick Bennett (LHP), Bobby Miller (RHP) and Danny Oriente (OF/DH), the Cardinals are scheduled to open the 2019 season against UConn with a three-game series on Feb. 15-17 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida, the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers. Louisville’s home-opener at Jim Patterson Stadium is set for Feb. 20 at 3 p.m., ET against Eastern Kentucky.2019 LOUISVILLE BASEBALL SEASON TICKETSAfter one season of ticketed admission for all home games, the Cardinals are giving free admission back to the fans in 2019. Louisville’s 15 ACC games as well as non-conference games against UK and Vanderbilt will be ticketed events at Jim Patterson Stadium. All other non-conference matchups, including games against Ole Miss, Western Kentucky and Xavier, will have free admission.The 2019 reserved chairback ticket packages, which include one ticket to each of the 17 ticketed games, are priced at $110 for adults, $90 for senior adults/youths and $90 for families of four or more. Season tickets for the Left Field Berm are also available at $50 per ticket. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online here, by calling 502-GO-CARDS or by visiting the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 at Cardinal Stadium (2800 South Floyd Street) on weekdays from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m., ET. Complete details on 2019 UofL baseball tickets can be found at gocards.com/bsbtickets.last_img read more

Steam has Final Fantasy VII VIII but wont let you buy them

first_imgIf you ask anyone who owned a PSOne to name one of their top games, most people would mention Final Fantasy VII. For a lot of players that’s still the best Final Fantasy game ever released.As you may or may not know, FFVII and it’s followup FFVIII both got ported to the PC. However, it was a straight port of the console version meaning it brought nothing new and suffered because of it. There was also reports of it crashing a lot, especially on more modern versions of Windows.Recently some investigation work by RPGSite on Steam has revealed both games are listed on the service. Better yet, they seem to have been modified meaning someone has attempted to update both games to work on the latest versions of Windows. Unfortunately you can’t purchase the games as they are hidden within Steam’s registry.Both games were found using the Steam Registry Toolkit which allows you to look at the internals of Valve’s digital gaming service. There’s actually four listings for the game as you can see in the screenshot below:Accompanying them is a launcher application very similar to the one released by modder Tobias Sebring back in 2007 for making the original 2000 Eidos ports work on the latest versions of Windows. The launcher also allowed higher resolutions to be used for the game. So it does look like Square Enix was attempting some form of re-release, but the files haven’t been touched since last year.If we had to guess we’d say the games were added as part of Eidos’ back catalog, but have since been put on indefinite hold as Square Enix acquired the publisher and probably doesn’t want the games re-released in anything other than perfect working order.Will we ever see FFVII and FFVIII become available on Steam? I highly doubt it unless Square Enix decides to celebrate one of the game’s upcoming anniversaries with an update for PC gamers. I don’t think PC is a platform they are really concerned about, though, as is the case for a lot of game publishers today.Read more at RPGSitelast_img read more

MCD dithers holds up National Intelligence Grid

first_imgAs the Centre went about issuing an advisory on how to tackle terror in schools, its flagship intelligence security project – National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID), proposed after 26/11terrorist attack in Mumbai, got stuck in a land dispute between South Delhi Municipal Corporation and Delhi Development Authority. On Friday, the standing committee of the civic body refused to pass the layout plan of the NATGRID building and directed the municipal commissioner to approach Delhi High Court to safeguard its interests on the disputed land. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI“We will pass the layout plan of the building only if the payment made by Union Ministry for Home Affairs to DDA is paid to South DMC plus annual ground rent of the proposed building or DDA must allot a similar 10 acre land at a suitable place to construct infectious disease hospital proposed by the corporation,” said Subhash Arya, chairman of the standing committee of South DMC and ‘referred back’ the matter. The 10 acre land which is part of a 22.15 acre plot of South MCD at Andheria More in Mehrauli was given to CRPF on rent to set up a temporary unit two years back. The price of the plot is estimated to be Rs 7.4 crore. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: Kovind“Neither DDA nor Land & Building department could present any record but the officers of the ministry accepted the verbal claims of these agencies to accept the ownership of DDA on the land,”  said Manish Gupta in a written reply in the meeting. He further added that the decision of the Additional Secretary of Union Ministry for Urban Development Bhupendra Bahuguna to reject all their documents of ownership as ‘not credible’ was wrong and arbitrary. “We are ready to put all our records for forensic test,” Gupta said. Amid the furious debate on the issue the commissioner was pulled up by all  members of the standing committee cutting across party lines for his inability to present the matter to the ministry in a proper way.  Taking part in the debate leader of Opposition Farhad Suri said, “South MCD functions as per an act of parliament so we are equal to any central government agency. No one is above us but parliament,” said Suri. NATGRID was proposed in 2008 by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and it approached South MCD in October 2013 to approve the layout plan of the building. After the new government took charge at the Centre it was expedited and three meetings were held between South MCD and NATGRID officers. On 7 October MHA asked South MCD to pass the layout plan ex post facto as the matter related to national interest and take the approval of the standing committee later but the civic body refused. On 14 October MUDS summoned a meeting of all the stakeholders and land ownership was decided in favour of DDA.last_img read more