Jess Phillips has used a Commons debate on Interna

first_imgJess Phillips has used a Commons debate on International Women’s Day to read out the names of all the UK women killed by men over the last year.The Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley reads out such a list on an annual basis, making this the fourth year running that she has done so. It is compiled by feminist activist Karen Ingala Smith.“I could feel the nervousness in the room that I wouldn’t finish reading the list within seven minutes,” Phillips said, referring to the time restriction being placed on MPs’ speeches in the debate.“That is how we should feel every single minute of every day, nervous that one of our constituents will wake up dead. The fear and tension that we felt in our bodies… is what victims of domestic violence feel every minute that they walk around their houses.“The second they wake up in the morning, they feel frightened, and that they’re going to have to walk on awkward egg shells all day long. These women need us in this place to hear their names and hear their stories, so that we can change and make it so that next year’s list might be at least a little bit shorter.”Tags:Domestic Violence /Violence against women /International Women’s Day /Jess Phillips /last_img read more

THE most prestigious individual honour in Rugby Le

first_imgTHE most prestigious individual honour in Rugby League, the Man of Steel award, is to be named in memory of the sport’s most respected player, Steve Prescott.From October this year, the player who makes the biggest impact on the First Utility Super League season will receive the Steve Prescott Man of Steel Award.The RFL’s proposal to rename an honour which has been awarded annually since its inception in 1977 received unanimous support from the 14 First Utility Super League clubs at their Extraordinary General Meeting last week.Steve Prescott MBE was a former St Helens, Hull, Wakefield, Ireland and England player who raised more than £500,000 for charitable causes after being diagnosed with a terminal disease in 2006.His bravery and defiance was an inspiration to millions of people as he completed a series of tough, fund-raising challenges before his death in November last year.Super League Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer said: “It is absolutely right that the player whose on-field heroics capture the imagination of his peers throughout a First Utility Super League season is presented with an award named in recognition of one of the sport’s true heroes.“Although he never won the award himself, Steve Prescott really was a man of steel; a truly extraordinary individual who was universally respected by all who knew him and those who watched or read about his exploits.“Steve was not only a great player and an outstanding ambassador for the sport throughout his illness, he was much more than that. He was an exceptional human being who impacted upon many more lives than the ones he touched in Rugby League and this has been highlighted by the support shown by not only the clubs but also the general public in the naming of the Steve Prescott Man of Steel award.”Steve’s wife, Linzi Prescott, said: “The naming of the award for the winner of The Man of Steel is a fitting tribute to a man who showed so much grit and determination in face of adversity.“Steve’s name will forever live on and be known alongside such Rugby League greats as Lance Todd and Harry Sunderland.“We are extremely grateful to Super League and its clubs who have sanctioned this move and they have recognised how Steve has promoted this great game through his efforts, and we on behalf of his foundation will continue to do so.”Mike Denning, Chairman of the Steve Prescott Foundation, added: “The news that the Super League clubs have unanimously voted in naming the award for the Man of Steel winner after Stephen is overwhelming.“His achievements during his illness always amazed me and the fact that his name will always be linked to this prestigious award will for ever be a reminder of what a special husband, dad and person he was.“Stephen would be delighted, honoured and a little embarrassed by this announcement but we are all extremely proud. A massive thank you to all who have supported the renaming of this award and in particular those fans who petitioned to the Rugby Football League showing their respect for Stephen. Thank you.”The Steve Prescott Foundation has donated £526,000 to The Christies Cancer Hospital and RFL Benevolent Fund. At the start of the year the charity appointed 16 ambassadors from the world of sport to continue Steve’s legacy.The identity of the Steve Prescott Man of Steel will be decided by a poll of every First Utility Super League player at the end of the season: the players’ votes are then considered by a specially convened selection panel featuring a previous Man of Steel winner, two representatives of the players’ association League 13, a member of the broadcast media and a representative of the print media.The 2014 Steve Prescott Man of Steel will be crowned at the First Utility Super League Man of Steel dinner at Lancashire County Cricket Club on Wednesday October 8.The remarkable life and career of Steve Prescott will be celebrated in a ‘Super League Superstars’ special on Sky Sports 1 tomorrow (Thursday March 6) at 7.00pm.last_img read more

They took on Cowley International College in the Y

first_imgThey took on Cowley International College in the Year 8 Eric Chisnall and Year 10 Keiron Cunningham Finals.Year 8 Eric Chisnall FinalThe Year 8 final was a fantastic spectacle with two teams of a similar skill level both battling it out to get their hands on the Eric Chisnall trophy.De La Salle scored two tries early on to gain a comfortable lead and they went on to control the half to lead 20-12.But Cowley hit back in the second half and dominated to go ahead 22-20.However, De La Salle didn’t want to give up the game without a fight and managed to score a try in the dying stages of the game.Cowley tried their hardest to get back – and nearly scored in the corner – but De La Salle held on to win 26-22.Year 10 Keiron Cunningham FinalLike the first game, the Year 10 Keiron Cunningham Final was also a brilliant contest with both teams giving it their all.Cowley took the lead in the first 10 minutes and looked very assured with the 18-4 advantage they had at half time.But De La Salle came out fired up and scored three tries in 10 minutes to even up the contest.Both teams looked fatigued in the searing heat but it was De La Salle that made their pressure pay first before they sealed it with two tries in four minutes.Final score De La Salle 30 Cowley International College 18.Everyone at Saints would like to congratulate both sides for two super fixtures.last_img read more

NC senators respond to Cooper administrations GenX funding request

first_img “While we review your administration’s request for a roughly $2.58 million additional appropriation, we also want to address recent news reports that have called attention to multiple inconsistencies in your administration’s handling of this crisis,” read the letter, signed by seven senators, including Sen. Bill Rabon of Brunswick County and New Hanover County’s Sen. Michael Lee.Yesterday the leaders of the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Health and Human Services wrote a letter to lawmakers asking for nearly $2.6 million in emergency appropriations when the General Assembly returns to Raleigh next month. They say they need the money for additional resources and expertise to protect North Carolina’s water supplies.The senators asked several questions “[i]n order to better understand the timing and rationale for what looks like a reversal of course on several fronts. Those questions include:When was the first instance anyone from your administration discussed GenX in the Cape Fear River with Chemours or anyone else?At any time did DEQ know about and/or approve the discharge of GenX? If not, please explain the information related in a June 29 news report stating, “state regulators said Chemours informed them in its most recent discharge permit application and ‘all previous applications’ that it was releasing GenX and other related substances from the Fayetteville Works plant into the Cape Fear River, a process that has occurred since 1980.”DEQ Secretary Michael Regan has publicly said Chemours did not break the law. In light of this, why are you requesting an investigation from the State Bureau of Investigation? What exactly is the SBI investigating?Your administration said in June that the safe level of GenX in drinking water was 70,909 parts per trillion. Then, just one month later, your department revised the safe level to 140 parts per trillion – 500 times less than the original projection. What is the explanation for this change? Are there scientific studies or reports that support this change? Please identify those reports.In June, DEQ said all discharges of GenX at the Chemours plant had stopped. But water sampling in July found concentrations of GenX – concentrations still above the level deemed to be safe. Can the public have confidence in DEQ when it says this chemical is no longer being discharged in the water? What assurances can you give that it has stopped and when?Are you aware that your administration does not need to wait for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set regulatory standards for GenX or other constituents? Are you aware that DEQ already regulates a number of chemicals without federal standards?Are you aware that modifications made to G.S. 150B-19.3 in Session Law 2011-398 allow your administration to adopt any rule necessary to address “a serious and unforeseen threat to the public health, safety, or welfare?”We understand DEQ recently received a federal criminal subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of North Carolina. Have any other agencies or individuals in the Executive Branch received a similar subpoena? Has the governor’s office received a subpoena in this matter? For the purposes of transparency, would your administration be willing to share all the public documents that will be submitted to the U.S. Attorney as a result of these subpoena(s)?Given that Chemours previously announced it will voluntarily discontinue discharging GenX into the Cape Fear River, how will additional funding for DEQ and DHHS affect the dumping of GenX into the river?What specific use of the requested funds will be directed to improving water quality in areas already affected by GenX? How will that use of funds affect water quality in areas already affected?Why has DEQ not issued a Notice of Violation (NOV) under the Clean Water Act to Chemours? Regarding the costs for long-term water sampling for GenX, are you suggesting that Chemours should not be required to bear these costs as a result of the settlement of the NOV?Regarding the request for additional staff for DEQ, we know the department currently employs many individuals that perform non-regulatory functions not involving the implementation of federal or state environmental quality programs. An example of this is the “Office of Innovation” that was just created by Secretary Regan. Rather than using taxpayer funds to create additional government employees, could some of these individuals performing non-regulatory duties be shifted to assist with the permitting backlog and other regulatory functions that have been neglected?Regarding the request for additional staff for DHHS, we know both DEQ and DHHS currently employ accomplished and well-respected toxicologists that have been protecting North Carolinians for decades. Can you explain why these existing toxicologists are no longer able to satisfactorily perform this function under the supervision of your cabinet secretaries, and the need to create a new “Science Advisory Board” to supervise their work? 00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not found spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% Activist to testify before Congress about GenX2:32New study researches how PFAS contaminants go beyond our drinking water1:47EPA to regulate toxins in drinking water0:30CFPUA files motion to intervene in state’s lawsuit against Chemours0:37Gov. Cooper: 2018 was a tough year for North Carolina2:37DEQ hosts public meeting following proposed consent order with Chemours2:22GenX study leads to more questions than answers2:07Study: certain birth defects higher in southeastern nc0:35’The Devil We Know’ screens at Thalian1:13Brunswick Co. Woman Speaking to Congress Will Discuss PFAs Chemicals0:50Cape Fear River Watch presenting film, discussion about water and GenX3:06TOUR CHEMOURS: A look at company’s plan to keep GenX from you2:28Chemours sued over air, water pollution claims0:26Rep. asks State to demand Chemours hold Wilmington meeting2:04CFPUA plan to filter GenX raises financial concerns for customers2:11EPA discusses possible regulations on toxic chemicals in drinking water2:25Chemours will not hold public meeting in New Hanover County0:30CFPUA to continue business with controversial filter supplier2:14Report released on health effects of PFOA compounds2:26Gov. Cooper visits ports, talks education and GenX2:18One year after GENX Revelation, some fears still remain1:44GenX remains in focus nearly one year later, miltiple bills filed2:07Lawmakers begin negotiations for GenX research funding1:28CFPUA addresses GenX and other recent issues1:49Cape Fear River Watch to sue Chemours 2:06Clean up on the Cape Fear River for Earth Day1:03gen-x exposure study2:03NC State researchers to reveal homeowner’s Genx tap water results – selection0:01North carolina agency says chemours lied about discharging genx0:27UNCW researchers discuss findings on GenX after submitting report2:52UNCW researchers discuss findings on Genx after submitting report 0:39UNCW submits genx reports to environmental review commission0:30State considers testing backyard gardens for GenX0:32Brunswick Co. leaders approve dog tethering rule, discuss offshore energy 2:51County leaders, lawmakers tour pilot reverse osmosis system1:57Property owners near chemours plant files genx lawsuit0:28GenX bill stalls2:27Residents near Chemours plant frustrated over GenX samples2:31Senate stays quiet on GenX bill; Clean Cape Fear begs for cooperation1:55State House approves funding for DEQ to research GenX, other studies as well2:17GenX dominates news in 20172:28GenX in food? High levels of contamination found in farmer’s honey2:10Data reveals another spike in genx levels at chemours0:29Tests show elevated levels of genx in brunswick county0:34Anti-RO majority prevails if H2Go vote holds in tight election1:56Chemours ordered to provide bottled water to 15 more homeowners0:34New Hanover County neighbors can take part in study on the exposure to GenX2:28H2GO water results reveal high levels of compound carcinogenic to humans0:33Brunswick county files suit against chemours and dupont0:32Brunswick County woman suin Chemours and DuPont1:47Chemours hit with another class action lawsuit over Genx0:31Leader named for newly expanded state panel to address emerging chemical0:21NC House and Senate override veto of bill that provides funding for GenX treatment1:08Wilmington man files federal lawsuit against Chemours0:35Chemours ordered to provide more water to well owners0:22H2Go warns of possible scam targeting customers0:39Rep. Butler ’disappointed’ she is not on River Quality Committee0:59Special Committee discusses GenX in Raleigh2:33County leaders weigh in on veto of HB 560:45CFPUA offering water treatment plant tour0:23New Hanover County leaders respond to Governor vetoing HB 560:46Preliminary results show high levels of GenX found in private wells near Chemours0:34Exclusive interview with Gov, Cooper on veto of bill addressing Genx 2:08GenX in the air? Division of Air Quality wants answers0:32Gov. Cooper vetoes bill about GenX funding, Sen. Lee responds0:49Parents ’plea’ to Brunswick Co. school leaders to assure safe water1:47DEQ testing wells for GenX contamination near Chemours plant2:11CFPUA hires new information officer to end contract with PR firm over Genx0:59Former Mayor officially announces NC Senate run, Sen. Lee responds1:29Brunswick County parents want more water choices in schools 2:01Brunswick County parents want more water choices in schools1:30Former Wilmington Mayor Harper Peterson announces run for NC Senate0:35Speaker Moore says water safety is important not just in Brunsco, but the entire state0:58State issues notice of violation against Chemours after Genx found in groundwater wells1:06Brunswick County hires law firm to investigate Chemours, DuPont and Kuraray1:08State lawmakers applaud DEQ and DOJ action on Chemours discharge1:05Special Interests call state investigation into GenX “partisan blame game”2:09Senate passes plan to find, treat, remove GenX in Cape Fear River2:42CFPUA signs contract partnering with UNCW to test water quality0:40Gov. Cooper vists Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender Counties2:26Gov. Cooper to visit Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender today1:50Rep. David Rouzer talks hot topics: GenX, confederate statues, President Trump1:20Lawmakers investigate GenX discharge, hold public hearing3:24Educators, water groups make effort for clean water for students2:19Investigative hearings being held in Wilmington to discuss GenX0:36Erin Brockovich stays busy with GenX while visiting Wilmington1:52Erin Brockovich speaks at UNCW2:06NC House to hold legislative hearing over GenX discharge0:38Senate to call legislative hearing over handling of GenX, state responds1:49Pender Co. Commissioners give update on GenX0:37David Rouzer meets with local leaders2:07One Wilmington woman leads protest at Chemours1:52Chemours reports strong second quarter sales despite news of GenX0:26CFPUA intends to file federal lawsuit against Chemours and Dupont1:03Federal investigators ask NCDEQ for documents about Chemours, GenX1:50Gov. Cooper tours Pender Co. water treatment plant amid GenX concerns1:59Dozens show support for women?s rights rally2:01CFPUA adds 3 locations for people to get free groundwater0:34CFPUA board chairman?s July 27 GenX morning update0:28Proposed study could show health impacts of GenX on humans2:08XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A group of Republican state senators today responded to a request from the Cooper administration for more money for two state agencies in the wake of the GenX investigation.The co-chairs of the Senate Committee on Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Natural, and Economic Resources, as well as senators representing the lower Cape Fear region responded today with a letter to the governor.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Organizers take every precaution for festivals and concerts

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hundreds injured and more than 50 killed at an outdoor music festival in Las Vegas. It’s an aftermath that hangs heavy as we enter the fall festival season in the Cape Fear.“We are always refining and looking at what other changes we can make to make sure that it is a fun and safe event for people that are coming,” Ed Wolverton, Wilmington Downtown Incorporated president and CEO, said.- Advertisement – WDI organizes many concerts and events throughout the year. Wolverton says security is a constant concern, which is why they work hand-in-hand with the police.“It’s a public event and it’s on public property. So there are measures that we can and do take but there are other things that we just have to realize, it’s all part of a public realm,” Wolverton said.They also increase security.Related Article: The Flats on Front to add 270+ apartments on Wilmington’s northern riverfront“We also are required to have for our events, off duty police officers in addition to that, we are supplementing that with private scrutiny as well,” Wolverton said.He says the city has a strict permitting process, which means organizers must have a certain number of police, fire and emergency personnel available.“It’s important that they are adjusting their staff and personnel needs to account for not just the even but the area immediately around the event as well as the entire community as a whole,” Wolverton said.Riverfest kicks off this weekend in downtown Wilmington. Laurence Nadeau, the chairman of Riverfest says “WPD has done a great job with the festival for forty years and has protocol in place for any situation and will be present all weekend.”We also reached out to Wilmington police and the New Hanover county Sheriff’s office to talk about security, but no one was available to speak with us today. We will follow up with them tomorrow.last_img read more

Whiteville police investigating Sunday shooting

first_img(Photo: City of Whiteville Facebook) WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) – Whiteville Police are investigating a shooting that occurred just after 8:00 P.M. Sunday night where they found a man shot twice in the back.Police tell us they responded to 104 S. MLK Jr. Drive where they found Thurman Jones shot twice in the back. He was transported to Columbus Regional where he is in stable condition.- Advertisement – Investigators are on the scene at this time.last_img

Wilmington leaders accept grant to help overdose survivors hold off on land

first_img(Photo: MGN Online) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –  Wilmington city leaders have accepted half a million dollars in grant money to begin a pilot project to help keep former opiate and heroin addicts safe and clean.The grant money will go towards developing and implementing the Cape Fear Opiate Overdose Quick Response Team. The intent of the team is to initiate follow-up care and counseling after an individual experiences a survivable overdose from opiates with naloxone administration.- Advertisement – The council did not decide to move ahead on a change to land code law and permitting processes for specific building heights in urban mixed use zones. The council held an initial public hearing on February 20, 2018. After the public hearing and discussion regarding the development agreement approval process, Council voted to hold the public hearing open and continue it to the March 20, 2018 Council meeting.Passing the new code would amend the Land Development Code to allow buildings within a UMX-zoned property to be constructed to a maximum height of seventy-five feet without a special use permit if the development is subject to an approved developmentagreement.Council tabled the item until its April meeting.last_img read more

Wilmington YMCA unveils Imagination Playground

first_img The goal is to let children use their imagination in a hands-on way to build all sorts of structures.The event was free and open to any child one year and older.The branch director for the Wilmington Family YMCA says the organizations want to give kids an active outlet to play.Related Article: Local 4-H launches family empowerment program to combat opioid crisis“The purpose of the event today was to really open the eyes of parents and children to something that’s unique and has a different feel. It allows the children to use their imaginations and really build and it’s hard sometimes in this day and age. A lot of people are playing with computers,” said Branch Director Shannon Berg.Berg says they want children to have a fun way to showcase their creativity, even indoors. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Nir Family YMCA unveiled its new imagination playground Wednesday morning.The brand new equipment was donated by The CarMax Foundation and national non-profit Kaboom. The equipment included blue foam pieces of all shapes and sizes.- Advertisement – last_img read more

5000 reward offered in hitandrun that injured bartender

first_imgWilmington Police searching for the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that injured a pedestrian on Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept.) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in a felony hit-and-run crash that injured a Wilmington bartender last month.Justin Sartain was hit in the intersection of South 3rd and Dock streets Feb. 23 as he walked to work.- Advertisement – Wilmington Police searching for the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that injured a pedestrian on Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept.) Wilmington Police searching for the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that injured a pedestrian on Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept.) Wilmington Police searching for the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that injured a pedestrian on Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept.)center_img 1 of 3 Crime Stoppers of the Lower Cape Fear, in conjunction with the Wilmington Police Department, is now offering a reward of up to $5,000. People with information can contact WPD or to remain anonymous use Text A Tip or call Crime Stoppers.Police say Sartain had the right of way when the suspect hit him, throwing Sartain into the air onto the top of the vehicle. Sartain rolled off the hood of the car and into the street. As he was laying in the street, the suspect drove away from the scene, running over him, shattering his foot and ankle.“I didn’t know what was happening,” Sartain told WWAY a few days after the crash. “I heard a crunch, like a football helmet colliding, and then as soon as the windshield smashed, or some kind of glass smashed, that’s when I realized I was being hit by a car. Because it happened so fast, I didn’t get to see the car coming at me.”Related Article: WPD investigating two Friday shootingsEMS transported Sartain to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.Sartain told WWAY that being able to walk to work is the highlight of his day. Now, he says he won’t be able to work for 4-6 weeks or longer if he has to have surgery.The suspect vehicle is described as a white Chevrolet, possibly a Cruze, with dark tinted windows.last_img read more

Pakistan prepares to end its yearlong ban on YouTube

first_imgAdvertisement It’s been almost one year since Pakistan began blocking YouTube in response to a video that it deemed to insult the prophet Muhammad, but officials have said that the Google-owned site will soon be unblocked in the country — perhaps as early as September.Pakistan isn’t planning to grant full access to YouTube, however, and the Wall Street Journal reports that it will use a URL blocker to censor locally sensitive videos without knocking out the site in its entirety. The blocking technology has already been used to limit access to videos on Vimeo and “thousands” of websites, including pornographic and politically-sensitive content.[related-posts] – Advertisement – The block came about because Google refused to censor the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ video locally in Pakistan. The company did not deem the video to have breached its terms and conditions, but, beyond that, it was said to be reluctant to make censorship decisions in a country where it has no local version of YouTube, no local staff and no conditions that protect it from being directly (and legally) responsible for any YouTube content that is deemed unlawful.The ban has been criticized by many in the country’s entertainment industry. A group began lobbying the government to overturn the ban in January, and was granted a court hearing with an IT minister earlier this month.CNN highlighted one of the artists affected, musician Adil Omar, who has worked with a host of internationally-renowned rappers. He says his latest songs on YouTube have drawn one-tenth of the interest of his past work, a situation that the ban seems responsible for.The ban was actually lifted back in December 2012 but was reinstated within five minutes after a TV show journalist demonstrated that the video was still available on YouTube, via copies uploaded to other users’ accounts.This time around, it is serious about relaxing the ban. Government spokesman Kamran Ali, who is leading the YouTube ban review committee, told the Journal that the government is talking to experts and will lift the ban “as soon as we get a technical solution to block that video.”The IT ministry is said to have contacted the Prime Minister’s office with an official request to unblock YouTube. Some media claim the ban could be ended next month, though officials have declined to provide a timeframe.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

Tall White Space Aliens Control America NSA leaked documents reveal

first_imgAdvertisement Documents that were leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden prove that the United States has been ruled by a race of tall, white space aliens who also assisted the rise of Nazi Germany in the 1930s.A Federal Security Services (FSB) report on the nearly two million highly classified top-secret documents obtained from the United States Department of Defense (DOD) run National Security Agency-Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) by the American ex-patriot Edward Snowden states that this information is providing “incontrovertible proof” that an “alien/extraterrestrial intelligence agenda” is driving US domestic and international policy.Snowden, who has been given asylum in Russia, leaked documents that a race of extraterestrial “tall whites” arrived on Earth, helped Nazi Germany build a fleet of advanced submarines in the 1930s, and then met in 1954 with President Dwight Eisenhower “where the ‘secret regime’ currently ruling over America was established. – Advertisement – [related-posts]This FSB report warns that the ‘Tall White’ agenda being implemented by the ‘secret regime’ ruling the United States calls for the creation of a global electronic surveillance system meant to hide all true information about their presence here on earth as they enter into what one of Snowden’s documents calls the ‘final phase’ of their end plan for total assimilation and world rule.”The report further says that the U.S. government is embroiled in a “cataclysmic” power struggle between President Obama, who heads the alien shadow government, and some unknown force that opposed the U.S.-alien alliance. “Most to be feared by Russian policy makers and authorities, this [FSB] report concludes, is if those opposing the ‘Tall White’ ‘secret regime’ ruled over by Obama have themselves aligned with another alien-extraterrestrial power themselves.”Any good conspiracy theory needs a patina of truth, a bit of intellectual cover to camouflage the craziness. In this case, the story cites Paul Hellyer, the 1960s Canadian defense minister who is now a fervent UFO activist. Hellyer allegedly has confirmed the accuracy of Snowden’s UFO leaks.Source: Forbeslast_img read more

GTA Online Bikers Expansion Coming Soon to PC PS4 and Xbox One

first_imgImage Credit: NDTV News Advertisement Rockstar Games has announced yet another update to its multiplayer component, GTA Online, dubbed ‘Bikers‘ – it lets you form your own Motorcycle Club for up to eight players.In addition to this, it brings a host of roles ranging from fresh Prospects to club Presidents with a massive slate of new competitive and co-op gameplay, along with a range of new motorcycles, properties that include motorcycle clubhouses with a special custom biker mechanic, and venues for seedy business ventures.This follows up the game’s last expansion, Further Adventures in Finance in Felony that released in June. With all of Rockstar’s focus on new GTA Online content, we wonder if there are plans to go beyond this. For now though, it seems unlikely.[related-posts] – Advertisement – GTA developer Rockstar has been in the news albeit for the wrong reasons. Most recently erstwhile studio head Leslie Benzies, suing the studio for $150 million over unpaid royalties.The lawsuit claims that GTA series creators, Dan and Sam Houser tried to force Benzies out of the company and unjustly terminating $150 million in royalty payments “based upon arbitrary actions by the company’s royalty Allocation Committee, a committee that may or may not have actually ever met.” Benzies also accused Sam Houser specifically of “mounting resentment” that Benzies received the same compensation from Take-Two as the Houser brothers.Source: Gadgets 360last_img read more

Facebooks Testing Reactions and a Dislike Button in its Messenger App

first_imgFacebook Messenger is showing some users a Reactions options in messages. Image Credit: TechCrunch Advertisement After offering a slew of Reaction buttons for posts last year, Facebook may soon add a new reaction Dislike for Facebook Messenger, a media report said.According to a report in TechCrunch, Facebook was testing out a “thumbs down” reaction in addition to the already available reactions.“We’re always testing ways to make Messenger more fun and engaging. This is a small test where we enable people to share an emoji that best represents their feelings on a message,” the company was quoted as saying. – Advertisement – The difference would be the availability of a “Dislike” button in the Messenger. The same button would not appear in the list of reactions available for posts.The new feature in Messenger would allow users to add reaction emojis next to the text in conversations. Users could do this by clicking on a button next to text.The reactions are similar to the current six reaction buttons for posts, but also includes a thumbs down button. The feature also includes a reaction counter, which would list the number of reactions on any given line.[related-posts]In February, Facebook celebrated the first anniversary of Reactions and recorded 300 billion Reactions on posts and the Love reaction was used maximum times by its over 1.79 billion users.“It’s been one year since we could do more than ‘Like’ a friend’s post, and in that time, there have been a total of 300 billion reactions on posts to date,” Facebook said in a statement.source: NDTV news and TechCrunchlast_img read more

WhatsApp TextBased Feature Now Available to iOS Users

first_imgWhatsApp Text-based Status for iPhones comes back in new update. Image Credit: igeeksblog Advertisement Facebook-owned social messaging platform, WhatsApp Inc. earlier last week brought back the text status features for Android users after a tiresome outrage over the removal of the feature. As promised to bring back the feature to iOS users, on Friday, last week, the social media company rolled back the feature for iPhone users as well.The latest WhatsApp for iPhone update will get you your old text status back. All you need to do to download the latest version of WhatsApp version v2.17.10 or simply update your app. The update also brings a few other features including playing videos without downloading completely, a new moon icon for capturing better photos and videos better under low-light conditions and 3D Touch support for directly cropping an image.As the update description reads, the new text status feature is now called About, and it’s location in the Settings sections >> Tap on your profile name. You’ll find About section at the bottom of the screen, most likely showing your last updated status before it was removed, just like in Android. – Advertisement – Thus! Users now get to choose whether to use the video like status or the text based status.[related-posts]last_img read more

WhatsApp Set to Rollout a Live Location Feature and a Revamped TextBased

first_imgAdvertisement Recently, WhatsApp started rolling out Pinned Chats feature for all Android users; the new chat-pinning functionality is intended to make it easier for users to pin their favorite or important chats on the top of the conversation list. Once a conversation is pinned, it stays on the top of the list even if new messages are received. However, only a maximum of 3 can be pinned, whether individual or group chats.According to a Twitter account that tracks tracks changes in WhatsApp’s beta builds; WaBetaInfo (@wabetainfo) revealed that the Facebook-owned messaging platform is soon rolling out new features which include live location sharing and ability to customize the text status.For now, the features are made for only users in the WhatsApp Beta Community. Users with WhatsApp Beat version v2.27.213 brings the live location feature, which can be enabled by going to the Privacy settings and allows the users to share their live locations with their contacts. In addition enable users to keep a track of the location of their friends in real time.WhatsApp beta for Android 2.17.213: the Live Location icon is green when the feature is enabled in that chat/group (DISABLED BY DEFAULT)— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) June 3, 2017 – Advertisement – One other feature was the ability to send text status updates to their contacts using the new text status option. More-so, the instant messaging app will allow users to customize their text statuses by adding background colors, emoji’s and change of fonts. To make more interesting, also be able to format the text in bold, italics and strikethrough, or even add FixedSys font.Notably, as you recall, WhatsApp had discontinued its text-based status when they rolled out the video-based status which didn’t last even two weeks when WhatsApp users were discontented with the new WhatsApp status, which in return made the firm with no choice but to return the text-based status in a revamped way.[related-posts]last_img read more

Cisco Set To Train 1 Million Africans Over The Next 5 Years

first_img(Photo Credit: Arstechnica) Advertisement At the Global Citizen Festival South Africa 2018, Cisco announced its commitment to train 10 million people worldwide including 1 million in Africa for jobs in the digital economy over the next five years.The Chairman and CEO of Cisco, Chuck Robbins gathered with government officials as well as businesses in Johannesburg to share commitment pledges for Global Citizen as well as share initiatives and programmes that aim to address the skills and job deficit in South Africa.Speaking about Cisco’s commitment Robbins said the company is looking to build job portals on the backend of their academy programme so that not only do they educate participants and wish them well, but actually give them the opportunity to work for their partners. – Advertisement – Robins revealed that the aim of businesses is to take a more active role in caring deeply about the issues that exist in the world other than just running businesses.He said, “Historically we’ve been focused on ensuring that we provide connectivity and education to all parts of the world. We’ve seen that when you connect people and educate them, you give them an opportunity.”Cisco’s announcement comes after Palo Alto, California-based Technology firm; Hewlett-Packard (HP) also announced its commitment to reach 100,000 learners across Africa over the next three years through the HP Foundation’s HP LIFE Program. The technology firm went ahead to launch a HP LIFE Center; a technology-enabled hub to facilitate learning, collaboration and entrepreneurship in a physical, face-to-face setting.Note: Written with inputs from ITNews Africa.last_img read more

All we hear is Musical Gaga

first_imgTV Trophy FinalYarmouth 9.19SKYTV TROPHY FINAL AT YARMOUTHIt’s the TV Trophy Final at Yarmouth tonight and sadly the race isn’t what it was – remember the days when it was live on BBC and often many peoples only exposure of the sport via terrestial TV?However, in the days of the sport in sad decline – and Wimbledon’s future as the only greyhound track in London in grave danger we have to be very grateful to Sky Sports for their excellent coverage and commitment to the sport.The TV Trophy is at Yarmouth this year and we have a really hot favourite in the final at 9.19 in the shape of Musical Gaga (TRAP 5).She looks very solid and if reproducing her heats success last week should be impossible to beat.She routed her rivals winning by nearly nine lengths in a course record time of 52.86 seconds – her customary early pace again in evidence.Defending champion Blonde Reagan (TRAP 6) and Golden Donaire (TRAP 3) also have early pace but this should be one for the jolly.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)10 points TRAP MUSICAL GAGA (9.19 Yarmouth)last_img read more

Hispanic Heritage To Be Honored Issues Raised in Rice

first_imgAddThis ShareMedia Advisory CONTACT: Lia Unrau PHONE: (713) 831-4793E-MAIL:unrau@rice.eduHISPANIC HERITAGE TO BE HONORED, ISSUES RAISED IN RICETALKIn celebration of Hispanic heritage, Richard Tapia,the Noah Harding Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice,will present a talk titled “U.S. Hispanics: Diversity Within Diversity” at Riceon Nov. 6.The speech will be held at 4 p.m. in the Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren Library oncampus.Chicanos, Latinos, Mexican-Americans, Tejanos, Hispanics — while Americansmay recognize the labels, Tapia wants to make sure that Americans understand theheritage, the issues and the people behind those labels.Tapia will also address tough questions about what it is to be Hispanic, suchas “Is our strength also our weakness?” and “Who do we see as our enemies?”Tapia first presented his talk during National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept.15-Oct. 15, for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Washington, D.C. He isa member of the National Science Board, the governing arm of the NSF.Sponsored by the President’s Office, it is free and open to Rice communityand to the public. For more information, call (713) 831-4795.###last_img read more

Rice University to host immigration forum

first_imgShareCONTACT: David Medina PHONE: 713-348-6753 E-MAIL: Rice University to host immigration forumRice University is hosting a forum with political leaders and scholars to discuss one of the hottest social issues of the year–immigration–Wednesday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Grand Hall, Rice Memorial Center. Titled “USA Immigration: Truths and Myths,” the forum will seek to inform and shed light on the complicated issue of Hispanic immigration. “It is imperative that the community at large be better informed on immigration issues and have an opportunity, in a nonpartisan setting, to participate in the formulation of future U.S. immigration policy,” said Dr. Dorothy Caram, co-chair of the event. The panel will consist of four speakers: State Representative Rick Noriega, Attorney Monty Jacob, University of Houston sociologist Nestor Rodriguez and Texas A&M University sociologist Rogelio Saenz. Rice University Professor Richard Tapia will be the moderator, and attorney Adan Vega will coordinate the roundtable discussion. The event is free and open to the public. The immigration forum is being sponsored by the Houston Hispanic Forum, Society of Latino Alumni of Rice, the Hispanic Association for Cultural Enrichment at Rice, the Republican National Hispanic Assembly and the Harris County Tejano Democrats. To get to the Rice Memorial Center, take entrance 20 off Rice Boulevard. For a map, visit . AddThislast_img read more

DAmoreMcKim Student Startup Offers Up Ultimate Snacking Solution

first_img RelatedDMSB Keynote Speaker Encourages MBAs, New Startups, and More – Boston NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Boston business schools this week. Life is Like a Venture Investment, Biotech Entrepreneur Tells Business Graduates – D’Amore-McKim Blog The Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business selected biotech entrepreneur Dr. Gerald Chan as the keynote speaker at the…September 19, 2018In “Boston”Best Boston Entrepreneurship MBAsClimbing the corporate ladder has gone the way of the Dodo. There’s genuine concern that employees no longer have faith investing their prime years in large corporations that bankrupted, decimated retirement plans and left the economy in shambles back in 2008. Now more than ever, the trend among those with some gumption and likely a small degree…November 1, 2016In “Featured Home”D’Amore-McKim Hosts Networking Event for Europeans in BostonThe D’Amore-McKim School of Business will be hosting a networking event for all Europeans currently living in the Boston area. The event will be held Friday, July 17, at Northeastern’s Columbus Place, Alumni Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is open to the public as well as…July 14, 2015In “Featured Home” Last Updated Aug 18, 2017 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Boston D’Amore-McKim Student Startup Offers Up Ultimate Snacking Solutioncenter_img A new line of handcrafted, high-protein, low-fat chocolates has sprung up from a brand new D’Amore-McKim alumni startup, that offers a “snacking solution for those looking for a healthy treat to sate their hunger between meals.”Health by Chocolate Bakery, co-founded by Jaida Mercurio and Ara Josefsson, who currently works in marketing at Boston health tech company Wellable, produces dark and white chocolate from organic coconut flakes, chia seeds, cinnamon, and whey protein. The result is a sweet and healthy snack with a macronutrient profile: “seven grams of protein, one gram of fat, one gram of carbohydrate.” The chocolates are available in three flavors—apple pie, birthday cake, and chocolate almond. In addition to the duo’s partnership with IDEA, Northeastern’s student-run venture accelerator, Josefsson and Mercurio believe their DMSB classroom experience has been integral to the success of Health by Chocolate. A second-year marketing and interactive media combined major, Mercurio says her accounting class helped her apply concepts like costs of goods sold to her work with HBC.Josefsson learned “how to best validate a product and scale it upward” from his service marketing and business strategy courses. He elaborated in a recent interview with News@Northeastern, saying “What I learned is that successful ideas provide long-term solutions to problems that impact a large number of people.”Although Health by Chocolate—a gentle jab at “death by chocolate,” if you didn’t catch it—has generated a fair bit of online chatter, its founders are itching to level up. At the moment, they hope to expand to “cookies, muffins, and seasonal varieties of the bite-size candies, including gingerbread for the winter and pumpkin pie for the fall.” About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer last_img read more