GTA announces 1 lakh exgratia for families of bridge collapse victims

first_imgDarjeeling: The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh each to the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to the injured in a bridge collapse incident in the Kalimpong district on Sunday. Two persons died and five were injured.The incident occurred at Mungpel village under the Pabringtaar gram panchayat, Kalimpong Block 1 of the Kalimpong district on Sunday. A suspension constructed of wooden planks and bamboo poles collapsed killing two and injuring five. The village is located around 100 km from Kalimpong town. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaOn Sunday, the villagers had gathered to carry out repair works on the bridge when the wire on one side snapped resulting in the collapse of the bridge. The bridge is located 2km from the village on the Turung river. During monsoons the villagers cross this mountain river to the agricultural fields. “The villagers were repairing the bridge on Sunday when the accident occurred,” said Sukraj Rai, a local resident. When repairs were on, a wire on one side snapped and the suspension footbridge collapsed. People repairing the bridged plunged into the river. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersTwenty-three-year-old Aitaraj Rai died on the spot. Tek Bahadur Subba (52) later died in the hospital. The five seriously injured people — Ribendra S Wazi, Nahang Subba, Tikaram Subba, Sukman Subba and Bibek Subba — were admitted to the hospital. “We are with the affected people in this hour of crisis. We appeal the public to inform the GTA about vulnerable bridges in our area. The concerned officials will take necessary steps after inspection,” said Anit Thapa, Chairman, GTA. The suspension bridge was built in 1986 and repaired by the DGHC and repaired twice. “This time, however, the GTA had decided to reconstruct the bridge and work was scheduled to commence soon. There is another footbridge. However, as it takes around 30 minutes more if one uses the foot bridge upstream, villagers used to prefer the suspension bridge,” said GTA member Sanchabir Subba. On October 22, 2011, a footbridge collapse on River Little Rangeet at Bijanbari, 38 km from Darjeeling, had resulted in the death of 33 persons, including children. More than 150 persons had been injured in the incident. On that day, local residents had gathered to attend a foundation stone laying ceremony by the then GTA Chief Bimal Gurung. An event had been organised to mark the occasion. With a huge crowd trying to cross the footbridge, the cables had snapped.last_img read more

WestJet commemorates Western Canadas inaugural airmail flight

first_imgIt was 100 years ago Monday that the first airmail flight in Western Canada took off from Calgary to Edmonton, and a woman was at the controls.WestJet has marked the historic trip by Katherine Stinson. She was the fourth woman ever in the U.S.A to get her pilot license, in 1912 at the age of 21, and set a number of endurance and distance records south of the border and in Canada.In honour of Stinson, flight 3143 was flown by Captain’s Athenia Jansen and Janna Breker Kettner.“As a female pilot it’s an honour to fly WestJet Encore flight 3143 in recognition of Katherine Stinson’s first airmail flight in Western Canada,” Jansen said. “Stinson was one of the world’s leading female aviators and Janna and myself are thrilled to commemorate the 100th anniversary of her flight.”The flight also transported 259 letters destined for Edmonton from Calgary including a letter from Mayor Naheed Nenshi to the Mayor of Edmonton, Don Iveson.Open Gallery4 itemslast_img read more

Veterans Group Got Your 6 Honors 13 Projects As 6 Certified

first_imgGot Your 6 today announced the awarding of 13 new projects with its 6 Certified designation, reserved for films, television, theatrical, and digital content that normalizes depictions of veterans as leaders and community assets.The projects range from CBS’s “Criminal Minds,” Netflix’s “Five Came Back” the upcoming documentary “The Vietnam War” directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, and the Bleecker Street/LD Entertainment film “Megan Leavey” opening June 9.“The military is an ever-present fixture in film, theater, and television, and whether it creates the setting for the storyline or offers insights into a character’s past, it gives viewers a sense of what military service is all about,” said 6 Certified Review Committee member Bonnie Carroll, president and founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). “Got Your 6’s certification program provides a vital service, carefully screening films to recognize honorable portrayals and accurate depictions of veterans, elevating the entire entertainment industry to a higher standard.”“I love to see that ‘veteran’ doesn’t have to be a defining characteristic of a character; it can just be an aspect of who they are or that their life was enriched by service,” said review committee member Rory Brosius, vice president of ScoutComms. Referring to the film “Megan Leavey,” she said, “I thought that Megan’s story and struggle with transition seemed real, accurate, and most importantly hopeful. The film did not shy away from what can be a truly challenging portion of the veteran transition: finding a new mission in life. While some of the story may be fictionalized, this is an important narrative for our community.”Got Your 6 announced the following projects were awarded with 6 Certified status:“American Veteran” – The feature length documentary tells the story of U.S. Army Sergeant Nick Mendes, who was paralyzed from the neck down by a 500 pound improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2011. The documentary follows Nick for five years following the explosion as he rebuilds his life and falls in love with Wendy, an extraordinary medical caregiver he meets in a VA hospital. The film chronicles his long recovery, struggles, and pain, but never perpetuates the stereotype of the “wounded veteran.” BetterThanFiction Productions“Criminal Minds” – The long-running American police crime drama, set primarily at the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) based in Quantico, Virginia, follows a group of FBI profilers who catch various criminals through behavioral profiling. The plot focuses on the team’s cases and their personal lives, depicting the hardened life and statutory requirements of a profiler. Actor Joe Mantegna plays Supervisory Special Agent David Rossi, a senior level profiler who happens to be a Vietnam veteran as well as a moral core of the show. His service is primarily mentioned in passing, depicting his veteran status as one of many characteristics as opposed to defining his identity. The Mark Gordon Company, ABC Studios, CBS Television Studios“Fences” – Directed by Denzel Washington with a screenplay by August Wilson based upon his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Fences” follows Troy Maxson in 1950s Pittsburgh as he fights to provide for those he loves. Troy once dreamed of a baseball career, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. He tries to be a good husband and father, but his lost dream of glory eats at him, and causes him to make a decision that threatens to tear his family apart. Troy’s brother Gabriel, a disabled veteran, acts as a shining beacon of hope, despite his traumatic backstory. Gabriel is a fresh take on the sorts of wounds soldiers endure and showcases the strength of the human spirit. Paramount Pictures, in association with Bron Creative and Macro Media“Five Came Back” – Netflix’s “Five Came Back” is a three-part adaptation of Mark Harris’ bestseller, directed by Laurent Bouzereau. Meryl Streep narrates Harris’ story of how five esteemed Hollywood directors – Frank Capra (“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”), George Stevens (“Swing Time”), William Wyler (“The Letter,” “Jezebel”), John Ford (“Stagecoach,” “The Grapes of Wrath”), and John Huston (“The Maltese Falcon”) – volunteered to make propaganda films for the United States and its fighting corps. For the adaptation, it was Bouzereau’s vision to ask five current filmmakers – Guillermo del Toro, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Lawrence Kasdan and Paul Greengrass – to consider the Hollywood quintet who went to war and returned forever altered by what they saw and did. Amblin Television, IACF Productions, Netflix, Passion Pictures, Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment“Megan Leavey” – This film is based on the true life story of a young U.S. Marine corporal (played by Kate Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite (“Blackfish”) and written by Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo, and Tim Lovestedt, the film documents their journey of more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injures them. Bleecker Street/LD Entertainment“Sand Castle” – Set in Iraq in 2003, “Sand Castle” follows a platoon of U.S. Army soldiers in the early days of Iraq War. Inexperienced Private Matt Ocre (played by Nicolas Hoult) and his unit are ordered to the outskirts of the village Baqubah to repair a water pumping station damaged by U.S. bombs. Ocre struggles with the true cost of war and learns that trying to win the hearts and minds of the locals is a task fraught with danger. The film was written by U.S. Army veteran and Tillman Scholar, Chris Roessner. Treehouse Pictures, Voltage Pictures, 42/Automatik, Netflix“Seeing Blind” – A digital short produced by Crown Royal as part of its “Living Generously” campaign, “Seeing Blind” tells the story of U.S. Army Major Scotty Smiley, a combat veteran who was blinded in Iraq and continued to serve in active duty for another decade as the Army’s first blind commander. To thank Major Smiley for his service, Crown Royal paired him with internationally renowned poet Matthew Dickman to help him visualize his hometown of Pasco, Wash., in a poetic new way. Good Company“Seven Dates With Death” – This moving documentary short is about Moreese Bickham, a man jailed for an act of self-defense who survives half his life in prison by holding onto his faith, resilience, and hope. Viewers don’t learn he is a veteran until the end credits when an American flag is draped on his coffin at his funeral; however, this symbolic end showcases the depth of Moreese’s life and sacrifice. The short documentary is currently playing in film festivals across the U.S. and London and is expected to be publicly released by the end of 2017. Executive Producers Joan M. Cheever, Mike Holland“Taken” – A television series based on the “Taken” film trilogy, this series acts as a modern day origin story for former Green Beret Bryan Mills (played by Clive Standen), who overcomes a personal tragedy while starting his career as a special intelligence operative. As a former CIA agent and post-9/11 veteran, Mills has spontaneous flashbacks to his military service. While the show touches on his service, it allows the audience to be empathetic with his experience and the skills learned while in uniform. “Taken” consulted with Got Your 6 team members on specific issues regarding active duty service and veteran reintegration. FLW Films, Universal Television, Europacorp Television, NBC“The Vietnam War” – This 10-part documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will air on PBS in September 2017. In an immersive 360-degree narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War through the testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many American veterans who served in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. Florentine Films, PBS“This is Us” – This hit American television series stars Milo Ventimiglia (Jack) and Mandy Moore (Rebecca), parents of triplets – two natural-born and one adopted after their third child is stillborn. The series follows siblings Kate, Kevin and Randall as their lives intertwine. After 18 episodes, it is revealed that Jack – who must balance being the best father he can be with the struggles of supporting for his family of five – is a Vietnam War veteran. This dramedy challenges everyday presumptions about how well we think we know the people around us. Rhode Island Ave. Productions, Zaftig Films, 20th Century Fox Television, NBC“VOW” (digital shorts) – “VOW” (Veterans Operation Wellness) is a Spike campaign created to inspire veterans to make the same commitment to their health and wellness that they made to their country. Two of the campaign’s digital shorts, “Operation Surf Helps Returning Soldiers” and “NYC Veterans Day Parade 2016,” were awarded 6 Certified status. In addition to featuring inspiring veterans, the shorts serve to motivate civilians to connect with veterans through community-building events and activities. Witness Films, Viacom“When We Rise” – This four-part mini-series event which chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, set-backs, and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBTQ men and women who helped pioneer the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement. Ken Jones (played by Michael K. Williams and Jonathan Majors), an African-American Vietnam veteran, joined the gay-liberation movement in San Francisco, only to discover and confront racism within the gay men’s community. For years he organized services for homeless youth, worked to diversify the gay movement, and led efforts to confront the devastation of the AIDS epidemic. ABC StudiosGot Your 6 launched the 6 Certified initiative in early 2015 as a way to challenge industry executives and content creators to craft more thoughtful narratives around veterans and military families. Since the launch, 54 projects have been certified, including Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Sully,” Lionsgate’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” and Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World,” as well as episodes and seasons of Netflix’s “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” FX’s “Justified,” Fox’s “Gotham,” FX’s “Fargo,” and ABC’s “Modern Family.”To become 6 Certified, a project must contain a representative and balanced depiction of veterans and fulfill at least one of the following pledges:DO YOUR HOMEWORKResearch or consult with real veterans, family members, or subject matter experts in an effort to create accurate representationsCAST A VETERANHire a veteran actor to play a substantial roleHIRE A VETERAN WRITEREmploy a veteran writer to contribute to the narrativePORTRAY A VETERAN CHARACTERDevelop a multi-dimensional veteran characterTELL A VETERAN STORYDevelop a narrative with meaningful and accurate veteran themesUSE VETERANS AS RESOURCES ON SET OR IN WRITERS’ ROOMSHave veterans present for consultation throughout the filmmaking processAfter the project has met the requirements for certification, it may be submitted by a studio or production company once the project enters post-production. After the submission is complete, the project is evaluated by the 6 Certified Review Committee, an independent group of subject matter experts who review all submissions and grant 6 Certified status.The current members of the 6 Certified Review Committee include: Bruce Cohen, producer of “American Beauty” and “Silver Linings Playbook”; Greg Silverman, founder, Stampede Ventures; Charlie Ebersol, chairman and founder of The Company; Rory Brosius, vice president of ScoutComms, Bonnie Carroll, president and founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS); Tim Norman, director of human resources, DreamWorks Animation; Seth Smith, former director of campaigns and programming for Participant Media; Marjorie Williams, vice president, business and legal affairs, Endemol Shine North America; and Bill Rausch, executive director of Got Your 6.Additional information on certification is available at gotyour6.org/6-certified.The 6 Certified program is operated by Got Your 6, the national veteran organization that empowers veterans to lead a resurgence of community across the nation. The organization believes veterans return home as leaders and team builders and is named after the military term meaning “I’ve got your back.”last_img read more

Chamber of Commerce VP joins delegation to Alberta supporting Kinder Morgan

first_imgThe trip occurred with less than two weeks until Kinder Morgan’s May 31st self-imposed deadline, when it will make a decision to scrap or proceed with the project, depending on whether it feels it has enough support from the federal government. EDMONTON, A.B. — The First Vice President of the Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce, Julie Ziebart, was among 100 delegates from across B.C. who travelled to Edmonton on Thursday in support of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Ziebart was one of the group of officials that included Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and the BC Chamber of Commerce, and brought members’ concerns and support for the Kinder Morgan project to the forefront as part of the trip, titled ‘Federation Flight: Rebuilding Confidence in Canada.’ Federation Flight also included business, community, Indigenous and labour leaders, and was aimed at reinforcing the fundamental partnership that is the Canadian federation. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lilia Hansen said she believes that, “The Chamber’s greatest benefit is the power to advocate for our members at all levels of government, attend high level meetings such as this one where we can have face to face conversations with decision makers, and build bridges that will benefit our community.”last_img read more

CARING WITH LOVE

first_imgWith growing vegetarianism, what would happen to all the animals? As vegetarianism grows, the number of animals bred for food will gradually decline, since the market will no longer exist for them. The world gradually going vegetarian is imagining the most positive possible future for our species, for the Earth, and for all living beings. First of all, as we reduce the number of animals we are eating, agribusiness will stop forcibly inseminating female pigs, turkeys, cows, fishes, and other animals, so fewer animals will be imprisoned, and there will be less mutilation, killing, violence, terror, and suffering. It also means there will be lower demand for GMO corn, soy, alfalfa and other feed grains, and thus less deforestation, mono-cropping, and pollution. As this continues, there will be more food to feed starving people, and also monocropped land can be returned to being critically-needed habitat for wildlife, whose populations are being decimated by the habitat loss caused by grazing livestock and growing feed grains. Also Read – Feel what you fear Is it okay to judge people based on their attitude towards animals? As far as a person’s morality is concerned, it can very well be judged by how they treat animals. Although a sociological understanding would suggest various reasons that motivate a person’s attitude, it cannot be used as an excuse to torture or inflict pain on animals. Ignorance is not justifiable and if one encounters people who treat animals badly, it is okay to form judgments about them. Also Read – Homecoming Sometimes my dog sounds as if he is choking. He has a fit of reverse sneezing when he pulls his nose in repeatedly and makes an odd sound. Technically known as “paroxysmal respiration”, reverse sneezing can be caused by an irritant in the air, by eating or drinking too fast, by a foreign body or hair balls, or even a nasal infection. The resulting irritation of the palate or throat causes a spasm, resulting in quick inhalations of air into the dog’s nose. The trachea can narrow, causing difficulty in air movement. The condition is more common in older dogs. To reduce the chances of reverse sneezes, minimise chemicals, cleaners, rug deodorisers or other potential irritants. Groom your dog often, and vacuum the hair every day. During a reverse sneeze, try rubbing your dog’s throat to ease the spasm. Very briefly, cover his nose to encourage swallowing, which can dislodge a foreign body. Look into his mouth to see if anything is obstructing his throat. If so, remove it.last_img read more

TSX down amid fiscal cliff fears

The Toronto stock market was lower Tuesday as positive economic data was trumped by uncertainty surrounding negotiations aimed at steering the U.S. economy away from a fiscal crisis at the end of next month.The S&P/TSX composite index was 19.75 points lower to 12,165.3. Weakness was offset somewhat by a gain of almost nine per cent in Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) shares to $3.40.The transport giant announced what it calls the biggest sale of business aircraft its history — a firm order by charter company VistaJet for 56 Bombardier Global jets valued at $3.1 billion along with options for 86 others. The deal could potentially be worth up to $7.8 billion if all options are exercised.The TSX Venture Exchange was down 5.84 points to 1,219.91.The Canadian dollar dipped 0.01 of a cent to 100.61 cents US.U.S. indexes were lacklustre despite a string of positive data and relief that eurozone officials have agreed on getting the next instalment of crucial bailout money to Greece.The Dow Jones industrials were down 30.3 points to 12,937.07, the Nasdaq composite index off 2.6 points at 2,974.19 and the S&P 500 index 2.11 points lower at 1,404.18.The U.S. Commerce Department says that orders for core capital goods, which are considered a proxy for business investment, rose 1.7 per cent in October, the largest amount in five months. Orders in this category had slowed beginning in the spring, acting as a drag on overall economic growth.Total orders for durable goods were unchanged in October against a 0.4 per cent drop that economists had expected.Also, there was more evidence of a housing recovery as Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller reported that home prices increased in September in most major U.S. cities.U.S. consumer confidence rose this month to its highest level in almost five years, pushed up by steady improvement in hiring. The Conference Board says its consumer confidence index rose to 73.7 in November from 73.1 in October. Both are the best readings since February 2008.Investors continued to monitor negotiations over the U.S. budget. Congressional Democrats and Republicans have yet to come to an agreement to prevent going off a so-called “fiscal cliff” of automatic tax increases and spending cuts at the start of next year. Economists say the combination would represent a shock sufficient to send the U.S. back into recession.“Overall, people are just risk averse — until we get some sort of a deal it’s probably going to stay this way,” said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at MacDougall, MacDougall and MacTier. “The longer we wait, the more uncertainty this means. Businesses clamp down, they don’t expand, they don’t hire.”Research in Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM) also weighed on the TSX as its stock moved down 6.4 per cent to $11.11 after soaring more than 25 per cent over the previous six sessions. RIM found lift from a variety of analyst upgrades amid optimism about the launch of its new BlackBerry 10 operating system, which will be unveiled at a Jan. 30 event along with its new line of smartphones. It’s viewed as a make or break product launch for Research In Motion.The gold sector was down one per cent as commodities shed early gains and the December bullion contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange declined $4.80 to US$1,744.80 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) faded 77 cents to C$40.01 while Agnico Eagle Mines (TSX:AEM) fell 87 cents to $56.02.The mining sector was off 0.64 per cent with December copper down one cent at US$3.54 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) declined 37 cents to C$21.09 and Major Drilling Group (TSX:MDI) fell 35 cents to $9.01 as the company reported lower earnings and revenue for the latest quarter. It noted that “many mining companies did not extend their activities beyond their original budgets.” It also warned of weakness in the third quarter, which is seasonally the weakest of the year.The energy sector was flat as the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved down 77 cents to US$86.97 a barrel. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) slipped 32 cents to C$32.49.Meanwhile, after three weeks of negotiations, Greece’s euro partners and the International Monetary Fund agreed early Tuesday to release loan payments totalling €44 billion and introduce a series of measures designed to reduce the country’s massive debts to a more manageable level within a decade. These include reducing the interest rates Greece has to pay on the loans and a still-vague bond buyback program.Without the bailout money, the country would be facing bankruptcy together with a possible exit from the 17-country eurozone, with potentially chaotic repercussions for the world economy. Traders also digested a new forecast warning the world’s economic recovery will be “hesitant and uneven” next year.The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development adds that the 17-country eurozone is expected to struggle further next year despite recent positive steps to stabilize its government debt crisis. It forecasts a 0.4 per cent contraction this year in the eurozone and a 0.1 per cent fall next year.Elsewhere, the OECD is predicting the U.S. economy will grow two per cent next year while Canada’s economy will grow by 1.5 per cent in the final three months of this year, and advance only 1.8 per cent in 2013. The global economy is expected to grow 3.4 per cent next year.European bourses were mixed with London’s FTSE 100 index up 0.2 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX 0.53 per cent higher and the Paris CAC 40 down 0.07 per cent. read more

Dry summer makes mosquito collection challenging for Brocks Zika researchers

It’s been a frustrating summer for researchers working on the Zika virus in Brock University’s CL3 lab. The drought blanketing much of Ontario is not only adversely impacting crops; it’s also hurting mosquito populations.“Our trap catches for mosquitoes are so low this year, it is unprecedented for us,” said Professor Fiona Hunter, a medical entomologist. “Normally we’d be getting hundreds and hundreds of mosquitoes in traps. Now we are lucky if we get a dozen. It’s that bad.”She said mosquitoes breed in standing water, which is in short supply in Niagara and much of the province.It means that we may not get the full story this year.Fewer mosquitoes out biting people is good news from a public health perspective. But, for researchers on the cutting-edge of research into Zika transmission and the mosquito vectors capable of spreading it, a shortage of the local pests is disappointing. The research team had hoped to be testing thousands of mosquitoes a week throughout the summer, rather than dozens. “It means that we may not get the full story this year,” Hunter said. So far this summer, Hunter and her team of graduate students have tested a half dozen species of mosquitoes caught locally. None of them can transmit the Zika virus. There are 67 species of mosquitoes in Ontario and Brock’s researchers continue to set weekly CDC light traps to catch as many as possible. “We take those mosquitos back to the lab and try to feed them in the CL3 lab on infected blood,” Hunter explained. Brock’s CL3 lab with an insectary is the only one of its kind in a Canadian university.The Public Health Agency of Canada sent Brock two strains of the Zika virus, one from an outbreak in Thailand in 2013 and the other a sample from Puerto Rico’s outbreak in 2016. Zika has gained notoriety, and spread fear across the Americas, since moving from Africa and French Polynesia to South America.In Brazil, the virus has caused a public health emergency and is being linked to an increase in Guillain-Barré syndrome as well as a surge in the number of babies born with microcephaly – an abnormal smallness of the head. In March, Hunter went to Brazil for a global summit focussed on the Aedes aegypti species of mosquito, which at the time was believed to be the main vector for the virus. But, Hunter said another genus (or classification) of mosquitoes is emerging as a potential vector as well. “It means that Zika is not restricted to only one or two mosquito vectors, which we’ve actually known all along because there were always over 20 mosquitoes that tested positive for Zika in the early literature from Africa. The idea of its being in this other Culex genus raises questions about how they are trying to control Zika in places like Brazil and even Florida,” she said, noting breeding areas and habits can vary by genus. The Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, a species also known to vector Zika, is found farther north in the U.S. than Aedes aegypti, which isn’t found in Canada. One of Hunter’s students is specifically looking for the Asian tiger mosquito and its eggs in Niagara.“We’ve got the perfect climate here for them,” Hunter said.She said the species was found in Niagara more than a decade ago but hasn’t established itself this far north.Despite the shortage of mosquitoes, Hunter and her team continue their research using colony mosquitoes.“We have been able to confirm that Aedes aegypti can transmit the virus. We wanted to make sure we have a positive control. We’ve successfully infected and seen transmission,” she said. “We know that we can run these experiments.” Hunter is still holding out hope for more mosquitoes, noting in a typical year the pesky insects can be caught until the end of October. read more

TalkTalk hacker who blackmailed executives in £77million cyber attack is jailed

Between September 2013 and November 2015, he engaged in a wide range of hacking activities, using stolen information to blackmail individuals and companies. Despite attempts at anonymity, his crimes were revealed in his online activities.In September 2012, he boasted on Skype that he was “involved with black hat activities and I can ddos (Distributed Denial of Service)” in reference to malicious hacking.Commenting on what he was doing, he wrote on an online forum: “Oh God, this is so illegal.”The court heard how Kelley was just 16 when he hacked into Coleg Sir Gar out of “spite or revenge”.The DDoS attack caused widespread disruption to students and teachers and also affected the Welsh Government Public Sector network – including schools, councils, hospitals and emergency services.In December 2016, Kelley pleaded guilty to 11 charges including hacking with intent, six counts of blackmail, encouraging hacking, offering to supply data in connection with fraud, and possession of articles for fraud.Kelley made no reaction as he was jailed and his father declined to comment as he left the Old Bailey.Speaking outside court, Detective Constable Rob Burrows, of the Metropolitan Police cyber crime unit, described Kelley as a “prolific and ruthless” hacker. A “cruel and calculating” cyber criminal who took part in a massive TalkTalk hack and blackmailed former chief executive Dido Harding has been locked up for four years.Daniel Kelley, from Llanelli, South Wales, turned to “black hat” hacking when he failed to get the GCSE grades to get on to a computer course.He hacked the college “out of spite” before targeting companies in Canada, Australia and the UK – including the telecommunications giant which has four million customers.The 22-year-old has Asperger’s syndrome and has suffered from depression and extreme weight loss since he pleaded guilty to 11 hacking-related offences in 2016.Judge Mark Dennis sentenced him at the Old Bailey to four years’ detention in a young offenders institution.Judge Dennis said Kelley hacked computers “for his own personal gratification” regardless of the damage caused.He went on to blackmail company bosses, revealing a “cruel and calculating side to his character”, he said.Kelley caused “stress and anxiety” to his victims as well as harm to their businesses, with the total cost to TalkTalk from multiple hackers estimated at £77 million.Previously, prosecutor Peter Ratliff has described Kelley as a “prolific, skilled and cynical cyber-criminal” who was willing to “bully, intimidate, and then ruin his chosen victims from a perceived position of anonymity and safety – behind the screen of a computer”. He said: “The convictions and sentencing today send out a clear message to cyber criminals committing crime anonymously online – they will be identified and prosecuted for their destructive crimes.” 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. read more

AIMEX 2011 mining exhibition Australia theme day details announced

first_imgDetails of the “theme days” for Asia-Pacific’s mining exhibition (AIMEX) 2011 have now been announced by organiser Reed Mining Events. Each day of AIMEX, to be held September 6-9, 2011 at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, will have a specific theme dealing with key issues in the mining industry incorporating information and demonstration sessions, along 
with special networking events. The four theme days are:Safety Day (Tuesday September 6)Women in Mining Day (Wednesday September 7)Careers and Training Day (Thursday September 8)Innovation in Mining Day (Friday September 9)Confirmed details of each theme day’s events are as follows.Safety in mining (Tuesday September 6)Increasing safety and driveage rates through full system integration and control of the longwall entry development process, presented by Jez Leeming, Joy Mining MachineryCollision avoidance technology, presented by Martin Smith, technical manager, SAFEmine Technology AustraliaInnovation in safety case study, presented by electrical and communications engineering solutions provider O’Donnel GriffinDemonstration of unique simulation capabilities of extreme loading software, presented by Dr Victoria Steblina, senior consultant, Applied Science International.Women in mining (Wednesday September 7)Women in Mining panel discussion, facilitated by Lainie Anderson, director of Mining Family Matters, with speakers including:o Margaret Davies, regional manager supply chain, AngloAmericano Yvonne Jackson, exploration contracts administrator, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Allianceo Angie Willcocks, psychologist, Mining Family Matters.Mining careers and training day (Thursday September 8)          The emerging skills crisis, and using technology to improve competence, productivity and safety, Deb Jones, General Manager – Research and Development, Mining Industry Skills CentrePartnering with TAFE and the national rollout of an enterprise-based Apprentice Development System, presented by Paul Richardson, National Organisational Development Manager, Komatsu AustraliaAddressing the need for increased management of risk relating to fluid power in the mining industry, presented by Nathan Tukuafu, national training co-ordinator, Custom Fluidpower140 years of mining training and safety – then and now, with presenters from Steelhaven Skills Centre, Ballarat University.Innovation in mining day (Friday September 9)Optimum material solutions for industrial hydrometallurgical equipment, presented by Thom Johnson, Corrosion Industry Manager, Ashland IncDiesel fuel cleanliness requirements for HPCR (high-pressure common rail) engines, presented by Brad Crook, global account manager, AngloGold AshantiSurface mining technology and methodology: Desirable mobile crusher features and case studies, presented by Andrew Gotley, national development manager, Wirtgen AustraliaThe introduction of “stapleless” hydraulic hose fittings and adaptors to the underground coal mining industry and the resulting performance benefits and safety improvements, presented by Stephen Dutton, Group General Manager, Pirtek Fluid Systems.All presentations will be held in The Hub at AIMEX, located near the entrance to The Dome, and will be open free of charge to exhibition visitors, said AIMEX exhibition director Paul Baker. “For presentations where there is high demand, access will be on a first-come/first-served basis. The theme days we have developed for AIMEX 2011 are a significant innovation for a major mining event, and are in response to demand from the industry for specific information on key subjects,” Baker said.“And with the forthcoming skills shortages for the resources industry, they are also aimed at engaging potential employees looking for careers in mining. We have a strong focus on women in mining, with our panel discussion and networking opportunities, allowing women looking to enter the mining industry to become aware of the opportunities and challenges in this exciting industry,” he said.“We are also targeting young people, as well as mid-career or older workers who are keen to know about training, apprenticeship and higher education opportunities. This includes highlighting some of the innovative programs being developed to give them life skills, along with the latest safety developments designed to keep workers safe and healthy throughout their employment in the mining industry,” Baker said.“Visitors to AIMEX 2011 are encouraged to pre-register in advance to minimise queuing at the entry – although trade visitors are welcome to turn up and register at the venue at any time during the exhibition.”To register, visitors should go to www.aimex.com, and click on the “Register to visit” button on the front page. Once online registration has been completed, an “e-badge”, incorporating a barcode will be emailed out allowing visitors to simply print out their badge when they arrive.For further information on visiting AIMEX 2011, please email aimex@reedexhibitions.com.au or visit www.aimex.com.au.Further information about AIMEX: Exhibitors & Visitors: Reed Exhibitions, Warren Queenan, ph (02) 9422 2563, email warren.queenan@reedexhibitions.com.au, website www.aimex.com.au.last_img read more

INM sees group revenue decline but digital advertising revenue is up

first_imgINDEPENDENT NEWS & MEDIA said today that total group revenues have declined by 2.8 per cent – but digital advertising revenue is up so far this year.The interim management statement covers the period from 1 January 2014 to 16 May 2014.It showed that: Total group revenues declined by 2.8 per centTotal newspaper advertising revenues declined by 2.4 per centTotal digital advertising revenues increased by 17.8 per centTotal circulation revenues declined by 2.5 per centOperating costs reduced by 2.8 per cent, despite a substantial investment in digital activities. The group said that trading conditions have improved since March 2013.Total newspaper advertising revenues are down by 2.4 per cent year to date, compared to a decline of 2.8 per cent at 13 March 2014.“A number of newspaper advertising categories have shown strong year to date growth, with recruitment, property and inserts showing the largest year-on-year revenue increases,” said INM.The reduction in newspaper advertising revenue this year is primarily related to the performance of its Northern Irish operations, with the Republic of Ireland newspaper business showing a decline of 1.0 per cent.DigitalMeanwhile, digital revenues are up 17.8 per cent year to date, compared to an increase of 14.6 per cent as at 13 March 2014.The group said that the impact on profitability has been “largely mitigated by continued cost reductions” across the business.Group CEO Vincent Crowley is resigning from the Board, effective today.Read:Independent News and Media report fall in revenue and profit>Read: Independent News and Media chief executive to step down later this year>last_img read more

Mrs Browns Boys a big winner at the National Television Awards

first_img Jan 26th 2017, 8:44 AM Mrs Brown’s Boys a big winner at the National Television Awards It was the Brendan O’Carroll creation’s fourth win for Best Comedy in five years. Source: National Television Awards/YouTubeHe seemed to be particularly touched by the fact the award was delivered by 89-year-old British comedy legend Ken Dodd:“Thank you Sir Ken, to be nominated twice in the same category is amazing, we so appreciate it,” he said when accepting his gong.Thank you so much to all of you who voted, it’s really important that you vote, this is the most important award we get. It’s very, very exciting and very humbling.O’Carroll’s comic creation shows no sign of slowing down, with a new in-character chat show next on the cards. It was also named the best British sitcom of the 21st century last year, and was the most watched TV show over Christmas in Ireland with their Christmas special.Meanwhile, Cork native Graham Norton, a serial award winner, picked up a special recognition award at the ceremony, which was hosted by Dermot O’Leary and Gogglebox’s Scarlett Moffatt.Other winners included Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway for Best Entertainment Programme and Call The Midwife for Best Period Drama, while the The Great British Bake Off’s much-loved taster-in-chief Mary Berry received an award for Best TV Judge.Read: Tory councillor resigns after video shows him asking protestor ‘can I take you to bed, please?’Read: Mexico tells Trump: “We will not pay for any wall’ Short URL Thursday 26 Jan 2017, 8:44 AM http://jrnl.ie/3205905 Brendan O’Carroll at last night’s awards ceremony in London Source: Doug Peters/EMPICS EntertainmentTHERE WAS SOMETHING of an Irish feel to the UK’s National Television Awards in London last night, with both Mrs Brown’s Boys and Graham Norton among the winners.Brendan O’Carroll’s unstoppable sitcom collected the award for Best Comedy in a category including The Big Bang Theory and Orange Is The New Black.It’s the BBC show’s fourth victory in the category in five years.O’Carroll was in attendance at the ceremony with his wife Jennifer Gibney.center_img By Cianan Brennan Share Tweet Email2 36 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 20,748 Views last_img read more

Safari 5 épinglé pour son manque de sécurité

first_imgSafari 5 épinglé pour son manque de sécuritéÉtats-Unis  – Un rapport met en cause la sécurité du navigateur d’Apple Safari. Les versions 4 et 5 ne protégeraient pas les données personnelles des internautes.Safari demeure dans le collimateur des responsables de la sécurité sur Internet. Un rapport fustige en effet le navigateur qui souffre d’une faille au niveau du remplissage automatique, permettant aux responsables d’un site de consulter le carnet d’adresses des internautes. Bien qu’aucun correctif ne soit disponible, il est possible de se protéger en modifiant les options de navigation. Pourtant, Apple avait été prévenu de ce bug mais n’a rien fait pour le corriger. Selon Secunia, une entreprise de sécurité sur le Web, la firme à la pomme arrive en tête des entreprises dont les produits ont le plus de failles.Le 26 juillet 2010 à 13:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les ronfleurs ont un risque plus élevé dinfarctus et dAVC

first_imgLes ronfleurs ont un risque plus élevé d’infarctus et d’AVCSelon des chercheurs américains, les personnes qui ronflent présentent davantage de risques de développer des maladies cardio-vasculaires et d’être victimes d’accidents vasculaires cérébraux (AVC) et d’infarctus que les autres.Si l’on savait déjà que ronfler pouvait grandement influer sur la vie sociale, à moins d’avoir un entourage particulièrement tolérant, ce trouble aurait également un sérieux impact sur la santé. Plus précisément, les ronfleurs auraient un risque plus élevé de maladies cardiovasculaires, d’infarctus et même d’accident vasculaire cérébral (AVC). Pour arriver à cette conclusion, des chercheurs de l’Université de Detroit, aux Etats-Unis, ont étudié 54 hommes et femmes âgés de 18 à 50 ans.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour l’expérience, ceux-ci ont répondu à des questionnaires sur leurs habitudes de ronflement et ont également été soumis à des échographies des artères carotides. En étudiant les résultats obtenus, les chercheurs sont arrivés à la conclusion que ces artères, qui amènent le sang vers le cerveau, étaient beaucoup plus épaisses chez les ronfleurs. D’après les auteurs de l’étude publiée dans la revue The Laryngoscope, cet épaississement de la paroi des carotides pourrait être provoqué par les vibrations constantes du ronflement qui induirait une inflammation. Or, l’épaississement et le durcissement des artères entraîneraient un risque accru d’hémorragies cérébrales, d’AVC et d’infarctus.”Notre étude s’ajoute à l’ensemble de preuves croissantes qui suggèrent que ronfler n’est peut-être pas aussi bénin qu’on ne pense. Ronfler est bien plus qu’un tracas au lit et cela ne doit pas être ignoré. Au lieu de jeter votre partenaire ronfleur du lit ou de passer des nuits à ne pas dormir et à lui donner des coups de coude, cherchez un traitement médical contre le ronflement”, a commenté le Dr Robert Deeb de l’Hôpital Henri Ford.  Selon lui, les patients devraient consulter et recevoir un traitement au même titre que “s’ils souffraient d’apnée du sommeil, d’hypertension artérielle ou d’autres facteurs de risque de maladies cardiovasculaires”. Il a également précisé que le ronflement devrait être reconnu comme un véritable trouble par les autorités sanitaires afin qu’il soit traité le plus précocement possible et qu’il n’entraine pas d’autres problèmes plus sérieux. Le 29 janvier 2013 à 15:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Faire du bien à autrui serait aussi bon pour le coeur

first_imgFaire du bien à autrui serait aussi bon pour le coeurUne étude menée par des chercheurs canadiens tend à prouver que faire du bénévolat serait bon pour le cœur et réduirait les facteurs de risque des maladies cardiovasculaires.Avoir la main sur le coeur ne serait pas bon que pour autrui. Ceci aurait également un effet bénéfique sur notre propre coeur. C’est du moins ce qu’affirment des chercheurs canadiens de l’Université de Colombie-Britannique (UBC), à Vancouver après avoir mené une étude sur 106 adolescents. Publiée dans la revue Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), celle-ci a consisté à surveiller la forme de ces jeunes alors qu’une partie d’entre eux faisaient du bénévolat.En effet, les 103 adolescents ont été répartis en deux groupes. Le premier a consacré une heure par semaine pendant 10 semaines à aider des élèves plus jeunes de leur quartier dans le cadre d’un programme mis en place après les cours. Sur la même période, le second groupe lui était en liste d’attente pour des activités volontaires. Avant et après l’étude, plusieurs analyse et mesures ont été réalisées par les chercheurs. Pour chaque adolescent, ils ont notamment évalué l’indice de masse corporelle (IMC) et ont observé les marqueurs sanguins. Ajouté à cela, les jeunes ont également été questionnés sur leur estime de soi, leur santé mentale, leur humeur et leur empathie. L’objectif avoué était alors de savoir si le bénévolat pouvait avoir un impact sur la santé physique des adolescents. Au final, les chercheurs ont constaté que l’IMC (indice de masse corporelle), le cholestérol et le degré d’inflammation des 53 lycéens consacrant une heure par semaine de leur temps à des activités bénévoles étaient meilleurs que ceux des autres lycéens qui ne le faisaient pas.L’empathie et l’altruisme améliorent la santé du coeur À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Ceux et celles qui avaient montré le plus d’empathie et d’altruisme dans l’accomplissement de leurs tâches étaient aussi ceux dont la santé cardiovasculaire s’était le plus améliorée”, a déclaré Hannah Schreier, auteur de l’étude. “C’est encourageant de voir comment l’intervention sociale auprès de membres de la collectivité améliore la santé des adolescents”, a t-elle encore ajouté. En effet, si on savait que le stress, la dépression et le mal-être personnel, jouaient un rôle dans les maladies cardiovasculaires, il n’avait pas encore été démontré qu’améliorer le bien-être d’autrui pouvait aussi être bon pour soi. De plus, les signes précurseurs des maladies cardiovasculaires pouvant apparaitre dès l’adolescence, l’étude suggère qu’il serait possible de les prévenir de façon très précoce. Une possibilité d’un intérêt crucial alors que ce type de pathologies représente aujourd’hui l’une des principales causes de mortalité dans de nombreux pays.  Le 26 février 2013 à 20:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ince agrees with Mourinho over Pogba getting dropped

first_imgFormer United legend Paul Ince, also agrees that Jose Mourinho did well to drop Paul Pogba from Manchester United’s starting eleven.The future looks bleaker and bleaker for Paul Pogba at Manchester United, as manager Jose Mourinho finally made the decision to drop him against Arsenal and he got applauded by the likes of Paul Ince or even Paul Scholes.These two people are amongst Jose Mourinho’s fiercest critics since the Portuguese manager took control of the squad, but they both agreed that the French midfielder hasn’t been performing at the top of his game this season and the latest falling out they had was the last chance for the player to fall back in line for the manager.Because it’s not just the disagreement he is having with the boss that affects Paul Pogba, it is also the increasingly bad relationship he keeps having with the fans who don’t agree with the way in which he conducts himself.The people have already caught wind of his attitude, and Mourinho’s biggest critics have as well. This week after the Arsenal match at Old Trafford, we heard Paul Scholes supporting Mourinho’s decision to leave Pogba on the bench and today it was Ince’s turn.Paul Ince believes Paul Pogba is ‘bang average’ and Romelu Lukaku ‘brings nothing to the table’ as he backed Jose Mourinho’s decision to drop them from his Manchester United team. pic.twitter.com/Gl7RGIpbg7— Lilian Chan (@bestgug) December 6, 2018“It feels like every time I speak about Man United, it’s about Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku. I’m getting bored of them both,” wrote Ince on Paddy Power.“Against Arsenal, the game was quite exciting and fun – which is rare for United at the minute – until those two came on the pitch.”“It wasn’t necessarily top-class football on display, but it was enjoyable, and that’s all the fans wanted.”“The big decision for Jose Mourinho now is whether he keeps the same side for the Fulham game.”“He keeps chopping and changing it, and I can see why. He did the right thing in dropping Pogba and Lukaku, they don’t seem remotely interested, and they’re just not good enough.”“When it comes to Pogba, it’s just another drama, another chapter in the life of him. He was atrocious against Southampton and didn’t deserve to be picked for a game like Arsenal.”“It’s all well and good him moaning off the pitch, but the fact is, he’s doing nothing to deserve a place in the side. Pogba’s supposed to be world class, but he looks bang average.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“If he thinks his place is to come on the pitch and do stupid little flicks and tricks which lead to them losing the ball – he’s an idiot.”“You can blame Jose Mourinho for some things, but you can’t blame him for everything. Pogba doesn’t help him himself, and he’s right to be dropped,” he added.If Pogba wants to leave Old Trafford he should go, according to @PaulInce. Read his column here: https://t.co/xE9rGpUUBv— Paddy Power (@paddypower) December 6, 2018The upcoming match against Fulham should be more than enough for everybody to really know if Jose Mourinho will drop Pogba on a permanent basis or not, the player could leave the club if he doesn’t see himself as part of the last games of 2018 and clubs like Barcelona are already waiting for the other shoe to drop.This situation is most unfortunate for Pogba himself, as he had always expected to become one of Manchester United’s legends since he started playing for the Red Devils when he was only a teenager.Unfortunately for this Paul, the other two most important Pauls don’t even seem to like him and he will have a very difficult time trying to win them over.It isn’t late for Pogba yet, he can still get back in his game but he has a very complicated next few months ahead if he wants to stay in the club.Mourinho has already taken the advantage in their particular battle, but the war is not lost yet.Paul Ince: “It feels like every time I speak about Man United, it’s about Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku. I’m getting bored of them both. Against Arsenal, the game was quite exciting and fun – which is rare for United at the minute – until those two came on the pitch.” #MUFC— Devils Latest (@Devils_Latest) December 6, 2018Do you think Paul Pogba will get back into Jose Mourinho’s good graces or will he get sent to another club soon? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Expensive state negotiator is out as gas line reshuffle continues

first_imgThis illustration shows what a proposed gas treatment plant on the North Slope could look like. (Courtesy of Alaska LNG)Yet another member of the state gas line team is officially out.Rigdon Boykin, the South Carolina attorney who made up to $120,000 a month in his role as the lead negotiator on the Alaska LNG project, is no longer working for the state. The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), which represents the state in the pipeline project, allowed Boykin’s contract to end Nov. 30, though it could have continued for another month, said AGDC spokesman Miles Baker.The termination came in the midst of a larger shake-up. A week earlier, Gov. Bill Walker replaced two AGDC board members, including chairman John Burns, and oversaw the ouster of the corporation’s president, Dan Fauske.But unlike Burns and Fauske, who were holdovers from the administration of former Gov. Sean Parnell, Boykin was specifically brought in by Walker to oversee negotiations with the state’s three partners in the project, ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips. Boykin also coordinated among the various state agencies involved.Baker said the administration decided that role was no longer necessary. Instead, the office of Attorney General Craig Richards and the Departments of Natural Resources, Revenue and Law have been participating in negotiations more directly.“The administration doesn’t want him as the lead negotiator, and from what I can tell they don’t have a lead negotiator to replace him,” Baker said. “That’s not the model they’re using now.”Indeed, the governor told reporters on Friday that he had taken over the role of lead negotiator, becoming more involved as the state pursued “withdrawal” agreements with its partners before a key Dec. 4 vote on whether to continue the project.  “I somewhat inserted myself into the role that Mr. Boykin was [filling],” Walker said.  “I attended sponsor meetings, I engaged on a regular basis on personal and phone meetings with Exxon, BP and ConocoPhillips. My concern was that what we were doing wasn’t going to get this particular piece in place in time for this vote by Dec. 4.”The governor announced Thursday [Dec. 3] that BP and ConocoPhillips — but not ExxonMobil — would sign agreements committing their gas to the project even should they decide not to continue on as full partners.Boykin’s contract called for a salary of $120,000 a month from June through October — and $100,000 for the month of November — plus expenses. The contract was capped at $850,000.Baker said AGDC has paid Boykin a total of $743,000 to date. That doesn’t include reimbursements for November expenses, but Baker said he anticipates the total will be under $750,000.last_img read more

Indiabulls Housing Finance to raise Rs 300 crore via debt

first_imgIndiabulls Housing Finance Ltd. informed the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Saturday that it intends to raise Rs. 300 crore via private placement of debt instruments.The non-convertible debentures (NCDs) will have a face value of Rs. 1 lakh each and repayable after 10 years. The debentures will carry an interest of 9.30 percent payable annually and have been rated by CARE Ratings (CARE AA+) and Brickswork Ratings (BWR AAA). The issue  will open on June 29 and close on the same day, the company said in a regulatory filing to the BSE.The NCDs will be listed on the BSE and the NSE. Indiabulls Housing Finance had reported a rise of 22.6 percent in net profit to Rs. 675 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2016 on total income of Rs. 2,400 crore.The share price of Indiabulls Housing Finance closed at Rs. 656.45 on Friday on the BSE, down 4.01 percent from its previous close.last_img read more

5 Big Unanswered Questions About The Russia Investigations

first_img Share Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesThe Senate side of the Capitol building is shown on the last day of the summer session on Aug. 3. The Senate is scheduled to return from summer break on Sept. 5.Updated at 10:29 a.m.The Senate is long gone. The House? Splitsville. The president is at his golf club in New Jersey. Only the hardiest swamp creatures continue to scuttle in and out of the half-empty offices of late-August Washington, D.C.Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller and his team, however, haven’t gone anywhere.His attorneys and investigators are using a federal grand jury to interview witnesses and issue subpoenas as they look into potential connections between President Trump’s campaign and Russia’s attack on the 2016 election.News also emerged this week that FBI agents searched a home owned by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and that Manafort and other people in Trump world, including Donald Trump Jr., had submitted hundreds of documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee.If all that has been established, many other questions remain about Mueller’s investigation — just who else is he interviewing? What specific materials does he want? — as well as the rest of the sprawling Russia imbroglio.1. What inning is this?Does Mueller’s use of the grand jury mean this game is almost over — or has everyone on the starting lineup even had a chance at bat? Does the FBI search warrant mean the tempo is increasing?Mueller hasn’t uttered more than a peep on the record since he’s been in his job. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has talked about the probe in general terms, but no one seems to have a sense about how far along this story might be — only that it’s focused appropriately.“It’s not a fishing expedition,” Rosenstein recently told Fox News Sunday.The more time Mueller takes, the greater the political pressure in Washington.The leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees said at one time they hoped to complete their investigations about Russia’s election interference by the fall.That may prove optimistic, but if they do wrap up their work and Mueller’s investigation continues into the new year and beyond, it could turn into a big factor in the 2018 congressional midterm elections.2. How much classified, or otherwise confidential, evidence will become public?The Russia soap opera is frustrating to try to understand because it’s an iceberg, only partly visible above the water.Much more of the evidence remains hidden — teased by current or former intelligence officials but never detailed. One big example: electronic intercepts of communications between Americans and Russians allegedly involved in the interference.“I was worried by a number of the contacts that the Russians had with U.S. persons,” as former CIA Director John Brennan told the House Intelligence Committee this spring. “By the time I left office … I had unresolved questions in my mind as to whether or not the Russians had been successful in getting U.S. persons involved in the campaign or not work on their behalf.”Mueller and the congressional intelligence committees have access to this evidence — believed to be intercepted emails or other messages from key Americans to key Russians.There’s also classified material from allied intelligence services. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed to the Senate Judiciary Committee that European spy agencies had sent material to Washington in 2016 — but said nothing more.“It’s quite sensitive,” he warned in May.It also hasn’t been described in anything like helpful detail. U.S. government officials have spoken about it anonymously to reporters — for example, CNN reported that Russians discussed conversations with then-Trump campaign chairman Manafort — but very little is solidly on the record.Until it is, the widespread skepticism among many Americans about the theory of the case — that Donald Trump or some of his top campaign aides might have colluded with Russians who targeted the election — will likely endure.3. What if Trump or associates did something other than “collude?”So far, prosecutors haven’t accused the president or anyone in his camp of doing anything wrong. But allegations about Trump’s business practices, and those of his associates, swirled for years before his run for office.Separately, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and others have said they want to know whether Trump might have obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey and taking other actions to try to protect himself or his aides — whatever the merits of the underlying DOJ investigation into possible collusion with Russia.These issues aren’t trivial, and they’re all tied together with the original mandate for Mueller’s investigation: Did, per press reports, Russian underworld figures have a relationship with Trump? If so, did Russian political leaders’ awareness of these ties put the president in a position in which he might be subject to coercion?Trump alluded obliquely to this thread of the story in his interview with The New York Times. He told the newspaper that he’d consider it a “breach” of Mueller’s mandate for the special counsel to look into his or his family’s business practices.“I mean, it’s possible there’s a condo or something, so, you know, I sell a lot of condo units, and somebody from Russia buys a condo, who knows?” Trump said. “I don’t make money from Russia.”That’s not the account The New Republic, for example, gave in its story “Trump’s Russian Laundromat,” which described decades’ worth of business relationships between the Trumps and Russian underworld figures who allegedly used the president’s properties to launder illicit money.The magazine reported, among other things, that at least 13 people connected to Russian organized crime have “owned, lived in and even run criminal activities out of Trump Tower and other Trump properties.”If Mueller’s investigators substantiate organized crime connections to Trump himself, but no “collusion” with Russia’s election mischief, would they reveal it? And, if so, what happens next?4. Will the U.S. ever deploy any safeguards or countermeasures?Although some Americans — particularly Trump supporters — don’t believe the Russians attacked the election, Washington has officially rebuked Moscow over it. Members of Congress passed and Trump himself signed legislation imposing new sanctions and constraining the president’s ability to lift them on his own.Before he told supporters at a political rally in West Virginia that the story was a “hoax,” Trump said in signing the sanctions bill that he supported “making clear that America will not tolerate interference in our democratic process, and that we will side with our allies and friends against Russian subversion and destabilization.”(The question of whether U.S. sanctions actually change Russia’s policies is a different matter.)But many members of Congress and outside advocates say Washington must do much more to deter future Russian interference in elections and respond in kind to Russia’s war of information against the U.S.State governments are bitterly frustrated with the federal government’s follow-up to the election interference, from the awkwardness of the outreach by the Department of Homeland Security to a White House “voter fraud” commission widely viewed as partisan.At the same time, former diplomats and intelligence officers complain that Washington has all but surrendered the battlefield of public opinion to Moscow. The Russian government is spending millions of rubles on both open and covert influence operations against the West, from cable TV networks to Twitter bots, but commentators argue the U.S. isn’t even trying to level the playing field.Two members of Congress asked why the State Department reportedly isn’t using funds that have been set aside exactly for that purpose.“Countering foreign propaganda should be a top priority, and it is very concerning that progress on combating this problem is being delayed because the State Department isn’t tapping into these resources,” complained Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.“This is indefensible,” said Sen. Chris Murphy D-Conn.A State Department spokeswoman told reporters that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to review global “engagement” following Trump’s approval of the sanctions bill, but she acknowledged that much of the work now is focused on the Islamic State.Clapper told lawmakers earlier this year he thought they should bring back a “U.S. Information Agency on steroids,” targeting Russians and “giving them some of their own medicine much more aggressively than we’ve done now.”Will Congress heed his advice? Will it increase federal scrutiny of the security of state election systems and their vendors — or will the politics, along with all the other priorities that await lawmakers when they return in September, make it all too fraught?5. What threats will face American elections by 2018 or 2020?“Generals are always fighting the last war,” or so goes the military bromide.One potential danger facing policymakers in Washington, however, is that whatever precautions and preparations they take ahead of big upcoming American elections, the threats from foreign powers may be different.New technology might enable a whole new strain of “fake news” — real-looking videos, for example, in which public figures are made to appear to be saying things they never actually did.Or a cyberattack might look completely different on Election Day 2020, for example, than the ones the Russians launched during the 2016 cycle: Instead of snooping in state records but permitting operations to go smoothly, attackers might try to erase millions of names from voting records, or register the same people in multiple places or otherwise sabotage the day itself to cause maximum disruption.The news environment could be completely different, too.Facebook and Google might get control of the online bots that promote or suppress stories seen by specific groups of users. But what if Russia gradually turns up the volume on its overt messaging? Online amplifiers and trolls already sometimes make common cause with some factions in the U.S., including, for example, in a recent, sustained attack against national security adviser H.R. McMaster.If the presence of such a force is no longer a surprise by 2018 or 2020, will it become so loud it changes the campaign landscape? Will the states and the federal government be ready?Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Kishore Kumar to be this years theme for Bhowanipore Durgotsav Samity

first_imgKolkata: In a unique move, Bhowanipore Durgotsav Samity has made Kishore Kumar the theme for this year’s Durga Puja.This is for the first time that an actor-turned-singer has been made the central theme of a community Durga Puja. Sandip Bakshi, Trinamool Congress Councillor of Ward 72, is the president of the Durga Puja committee while social activist Nandini Bhattacharya is the vice-president.Bhattacharya, who is also the spokesperson of the committee, said it has tied up with the film Kishore Kumar Junior and actor Prasenjit Chatterjee who, along with director Kaushik Ganguly, will be present at the pandal. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOn October 7, there will be an audition for a competition on Kishore Kumar at ICCR.The pandal will be decorated with posters and photographs of the versatile singer. From October 11, there will be cultural shows where artistes will present only Kishore Kumar’s hit songs.It may be mentioned that there are two statues of the singer in Kolkata — at Tollygunge and Baisnabghata Patuli respectively. A statue of Kishore Kumar and SD Burman will be installed opposite Nazrul Mancha on Southern Avenue in October. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedKishore Kumar (1929-1987) was a playback singer, actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director and screenwriter. He sang around 245 songs for Rajesh Khanna across 92 films which is a record for any singer- actor combination.He sang 202 songs for Jeetendra, 131 songs for Amitabh Bachchan and 119 numbers for Dev Anand. Kishore Kumar sang Tagore songs for Saytajit Ray’s films like Charulata and Ghare Baire — Ami chini go chini tomare in Charulata and Bidhir bandhan katbe tumi. He has sung many Puja numbers like Ekdin pakhi ure, Akash keno dake, Seto elo na, Sei raate rat chilo purnima which were all super-duper chartbusters. From 1970s to 1980s, Kishore Kumar was the most popular Hindi playback singer. Phoolon ki rang se, Aaj madhosh mera, Meet na mila — all composed by S D Burman are immortal songs. Again, some songs composed by R D Burman like Yeh shaam mastani, Yeh jo mohabbat hai, Kuch to log kahenge and Aane wala pal were great hits.”It will be a travelling back in time with all the singers presenting the popular numbers of Kishore Kumar in Bengali and Hindi.”It is a unique way to pay our tribute to India’s one of the finest playback singers Kishore Kumar,” said Nandini Bhattacharya.last_img read more

Insolvency service receives first applications

first_imgThe Insolvency Service has received its first applications for debt relief, its chief, Giorgos Karotsakis, said on Tuesday.Karotsakis said the Service has received four applications, a significant number considering that the scheme only came to force on August 7.He added that he expected many more applications to be submitted soon. Private insolvency officers have notified the Service they were preparing applications for this scheme.With regard to the personal repayment schemes, Karotsakis said the Service received two applications from borrowers who have authorised two insolvency practitioners to draft a personal repayment plan.Under certain criteria, borrowers are eligible for an up to €25,000 debt forgiveness from banks, and up to €2,500 on tax dues.As part of the personal insolvency laws, individuals with assets below €1,000 and monthly income below €2,000 may apply to the court via the government insolvency service for an “order for debt relief” of up to €25,000.A borrower may file a request for debt relief, along with a sworn statement, with the government’s insolvency service.If the insolvency service is satisfied that the applicant meets the criteria set out under the law, it then issues a certified statement and the borrower will be represented in court for the issuing of a debt relief order.Unless the creditor (bank) responds within 21 days of the filing of an application, the court will by default issue a debt forgiveness order.You May LikeAuto Overload30 Perfectly Timed Moments Captured When It All Went WrongAuto OverloadUndoFinance NancyRemember Him? This is Why He’s No Longer An ActorFinance NancyUndoLiving MagazineThe Aluminum Foil Trick Everyone Should Know AboutLiving MagazineUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more