Conservatives refuse to reveal numbers on party petition calling for more First

first_img(Image from Conservative party website) Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Conservative party is refusing to release the number of signatures amassed on a petition calling for “more transparency for First Nation governments” promoted by Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt on the party’s website.Valcourt, who is identified by his northern New Brunswick riding on the website, asks for signatures to support his government’s recently enshrined First Nations Financial Transparency Act.“All Canadians deserve the right to expect accountability and transparency from their governments,” writes Valcourt, whose photograph is posted on the web page. “Until recently, First Nations governments were the only level of government not required to make basic financial information public.”Valcourt goes on to take a shot at Liberal leader Justin Trudeau who has said he would repeal the Act.“Sadly, the Liberals would prefer that this vital information stay hidden from their communities,” writes Valcourt, before asking for signatures of support.His party, however, is refusing to release the number of signatures the online petition has garnered.Conservative spokesperson Cory Hann would only say that “thousands of Canadians” have signed the petition and “we keep getting more signing up every day.”NDP Cree MP Romeo Saganash said he found the party’s actions offensive.“The Conservatives are sickening,” said Saganash. “This is yet another example of Harper’s dismal failure to understand such basic principles as the Honour of the Crown, reconciliation and inherent Indigenous rights.”A California-based consultant who handles petitions said they are useless if the number of signatures attached to them is unknown.“Generally, it is of no value until they reveal how many have signed,” said Michael Arno, of Sacramento-based Arno Consulting.Arno said the White House had done something similar that was aimed at obtaining people’s addresses.The Conservative’s petition asks signers to also submit their email addresses and postal codes.Arno said the Conservatives may not be happy with the amount of signatures they’ve manage to collect so far and may be waiting to get more before revealing the actual number.“Right from the very beginning, everyone wants the advantage. Giving you the exact number is not to their advantage right now, but it may be later,” said Arno.The Conservative party posted the petition to Facebook on Feb. 8. It has been “liked” 2,330 times, shared 385 times and attracted 312 comments.Many of the comments expressed negative views toward First Nation people.“Tear up all Treaties…We don’t owe these present day ‘Native’ descendants anything. Any ‘Aboriginals’ alive at the time of Confederation are dead,” said Facebook poster by the name of Gail Hawthorne.“Why is the ‘term first nations’ used? It implies higher status. How about using the term Aboriginal Transparency Act. This more accurately describes the Act (sic),” said Cheryl MacNaughton, whose Facebook profile says she is the founder and CEO of Peak to Peak Marketing.The petition and Facebook posting have triggered some online speculation about the Conservative’s motivation.“Are Conservative race-baiting Facebook with this First Nations petition?” posted the left-leaning PressProgress website.APTN National News sent Valcourt several questions about the petition. APTN asked what the minister intended to do with the petition, whether he planned to present it in the House of Commons and whether he would use it to inform policy decisions.The minister’s office had not responded as of this article’s posting.The Conservative party first posted the petition on its website in December with the image of an inuksuk which is an iconic Inuit symbol. The Inuit are not impacted by the transparency legislation and are not First read more

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Moroccos Economic Council Calls for Decriminalization of Sex Outside Marriage

Rabat – On April 29 the Economic, Social and Environmental Council discussed a new report about the conditions facing Moroccan women, drafting controversial recommendations that are likely to stir up debate in Morocco.The council, presided by Nizar Baraka, former Minister of Economy, called for the decriminalization of sex outside marriage and raised the issue of equality in inheritance.Moroccan daily newspaper Akhbar Alyoum reported in its May 1 issue that the report included recommendations, such as a call for the abolition of Chapters 490 and 491 of the Criminal Code, which the report claims “discourage women from reporting rape cases.” Under Article 490 of the Moroccan penal code, couples can be imprisoned for having sexual relations outside marriage. The article states that “unmarried couples will be arrested only if the perpetrators confessed or if they were caught in the act of having intercourse.”Article 491 of Morocco’s penal code calls for a prison term of one to two years for adultery.The Council also called for an “objective evaluation, through a quite national debate involving the parties concerned, of the various provisions and forms of application of the family code in controversial issues, in particular provisions relating to women’s right to inheritance, and enlisting the couples’ properties in a marriage contract.” read more

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Tsunami envoy Clinton urges UN to keep up momentum on relief effort

Former United States President Bill Clinton, the United Nations Special Envoy overseeing recovery efforts from last December’s devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, today urged the UN and its partners to maintain momentum for what may by the most difficult phase, declaring that the world body was “the glue that holds international cooperation together.”Back in New York from a recent visit to the tsunami-ravaged region, Mr. Clinton told the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) that the events of recent months had confirmed his belief in the intrinsic value of the UN as the deliverer of vital services in the aftermath of a crisis.”As impressive as the immediate response was, we need to keep up the momentum now, to tackle the difficult, longer-term recovery phase,” Mr. Clinton said during a panel discussion on lessons learned from the response to the Tsunami. The earthquake and tsunami left an arc of destruction from Thailand to the Horn of Africa, nearly a quarter of a million people dead and millions displaced.”History tells us that this phase is in many ways the most difficult,” he said. “I am warning people that we may have more bad days than good this year. It will be a complex and frustrating time. Recovery in each country will need a customized response and will move at different speeds.”While paying tribute to the extraordinary effort of the UN and humanitarian community at large in the early weeks following the tsunami, Mr. Clinton warned that although the recovery process was still in the early phases, “there is impatience already, and there is exhaustion,” and that the most challenging days lie ahead.Mr. Clinton also noted that while the framework for the recovery effort was in place in most of the affected countries, specific policy and operational challenges needed to be resolved if we are to see a truly successful recovery.On the way ahead, he said that UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), donor and affected governments, and the corporate sector all needed to agree on who was going to do what, when and where. He also highlighted the need for disaster risk awareness education and urged governments to keep their people informed about what was going on, when they could expect results, and how they could meaningfully participate in their own recovery.Another participant in the discussion, Margareta Wahlström, Deputy UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Special Coordinator for the Tsunami Response, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said one of the key issues facing UN relief officials when they arrived on the ground in Aceh was the high expectation for immediate results. So, looking ahead, international relief groups needed mechanisms in place to coordinate the release of aid flowing in from all part of the globe and help local authorities cope with and distribute those resources quickly and effectively.Jean-Jacques Graisse, Senior Deputy Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), said overall coordination of on-the-ground disaster response initiatives must be improved so that the needs of desperate populations could be better and more swiftly met. Links with private entities for goods and services needed to be strengthened in a more systemic way while attention should also be focused on averting bottlenecks in ground transport and air traffic control.Ann Veneman, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), describing UNICEF’s massive response to the tsunami, said that cooperation must improve in the future and a focus had to be made on “building back better.” To prevent child trafficking, she urged continued vigilance, chiefly through registration, community awareness, universal education and government action. Preventing malnutrition among women and children required a similar complex of actions. read more

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Security Council UN calls for spirit and letter of Ukraine agreements to

Rosemary DiCarlo was addressing the Security Council on Thursday in a meeting requested by Ukraine, and in the wake of Ukrainian presidential elections and the signing of a decree by Russian President Vladimir Putin a day earlier, that reportedly aims to allow citizens in parts of eastern Ukraine, to apply for Russian passports, under a simplified procedure.Conflict in Ukraine between Government forces and largely pro-Russian separatists in the east during the past five years, have resulted in the deaths of more than 3,300 civilians, up to 9,000 injured, with around 3.5 million in need of humanitarian assistance and protection.Ms. DiCarlo quoted from the Russian citizenship decree, saying that the decision had been made “with a view to protecting human and citizens’ rights and freedoms”, adding that it had been welcomed by “entities in control in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.” ‘Unprecedented interference’ – UkraineUkrainian authorities, in contrast, had “strongly protested the decree as an unprecedented interference by the Russian Federation in the country’s internal affairs and a violation of sovereignty…contrary to the Minsk Agreements”, she added.“The United Nations expects that the spirit and the letter of the Minsk agreements will be respected by all concerned”, said the Political and Peacebuilding Affairs chief. “To that end, we urge all parties to avoid any unilateral steps that may potentially undermine the implementation of these agreements and to address concerns through constructive dialogue in the existing negotiation formats.”She also underlined the UN’s commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.“Against the prevailing dangerous trajectory over the past five years, it is our sincere hope that at long-last, a new positive dynamic can emerge” she said. “This is essential for fostering national cohesion and lasting stability in Ukraine, and critical to the maintenance of peace and security in Europe.”Solutions needed for Ukraine crisis ‘to avoid further suffering’With half a million Ukrainians living within five kilometres of the “contact line” dividing the areas of military control, civilians on both sides face daily risks with “coping mechanisms” stretched to the limit, said Ursula Mueller, UN deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator.She called on all parties to immediately stop using landmines, which were the leading cause of child casualties last year, noting that more than 1,000 civilians had been killed or injured by mines or explosive remnants of war since 2014. Secondly, Ms. Mueller called for an end to “unpredictable” humanitarian access to the east, urging that it “should not be politicized”. Finally, she implored Council members and donors in the wider international community, to step up humanitarian funding.The UN 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan, aims to provide 2.3 million people with “protection and assistance to restore their access to livelihoods, essential services and critical infrastructure”, she said, but so far only 9 per cent of the funding has been received. She called on the parties involved with the 2014 Minsk protocol, to find “solutions to this crisis, in order to avoid further suffering. The people of Ukraine deserve nothing less.”Talks in Minsk ‘inconclusive’Latest talks between the Trilateral Contact Group, consisting of Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), proved “inconclusive” in recent days, on a new ceasefire recommitment, said Ms. DiCarlo, calling for a withdrawal of heavy weapons, disengagement of forces and more protection in the east, for civilians.Briefing for the OSCE, alongside the Chief Monitor of the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Ertugrul Apakan, Special Representative Martin Sajdik, said that a “deepening divide” between parts of the east and the rest of Ukraine, was making the task of unifying the country harder, with different currency being used, and increasingly difficult journeys across the contact line.“It is not enough to mitigate the effects of the divide”, said the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group. “We have to undertake all efforts to narrow and even to eradicate it. Statements by the future leadership of Ukraine make me optimistic that there is resolve, to actively work against this divide.” read more

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FDA to ban flavored ecigarettes at US convenience stores

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS mulls ban on flavoured e-cigarettes amid youth ‘epidemic’September 12, 2018In “World”India announces ban on e-cigarettesSeptember 18, 2019In “latest news”EYEWITNESS: Ignoring…August 14, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” A man smokes an e-cigarette in New York, U.S., September 27, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced sweeping new restrictions on flavored tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes popular among teenagers in an effort to prevent a new generation of nicotine addicts.The much-anticipated announcement will mean that only tobacco, mint and menthol e-cigarette flavors can be sold at most traditional retail outlets such as convenience stores.Other fruity- or sweet-flavored varieties can now only be sold at age-restricted stores or through online merchants that use age-verification checks.The FDA also plans to seek a ban on menthol cigarettes, a longtime goal of public health advocates, as well as flavored cigars.FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the moves are meant to prevent young people from continuing to use e-cigarettes, potentially leading to traditional cigarette smoking.“I will not allow a generation of children to become addicted to nicotine through e-cigarettes,” Gottlieb said.The agency has faced mounting pressure to act on e-cigarettes amid their surging popularity among U.S. teenagers in recent years. One of the most popular devices, made by San Francisco-based Juul Labs Inc, has become a phenomenon at U.S. high schools, where “Juuling” has become synonymous with vaping.E-cigarettes vaporize a liquid containing nicotine, the addictive stimulant that gives smokers a rush. They are widely believe to be less harmful than combustible cigarettes, but the long-term health consequences of using the devices are unknown.Data released Thursday by the FDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed a 78 percent increase in high school students who reported using e-cigarettes in the last 30 days, compared with the prior year.More than 3 million high school students, or more than 20 percent of all U.S. high school students, used the products, along with 570,000 middle school students, according to the survey.FIERCE RESISTANCEJuul and tobacco giant Altria Group Inc had announced measures to pull flavored e-cigarette products from retail outlets, after the FDA threatened in September to ban Juul and other leading e-cigarette products unless their makers took steps to prevent use by minors.Juul, Logic, a unit of Japan Tobacco Inc, Altria, which makes e-cigarettes under the MarkTen brand, and Imperial Brands Plc, the maker of blu e-cigarettes, all said they supported efforts to reduce youth access.Altria said it believes the devices have the potential to be “less harmful products that can deliver nicotine to adults who want them.”Imperial said it was developing a technology that can lock the devices if an underage person tries to use it.E-cigarettes have been a divisive topic in the public health community. Some focus on the potential benefit of shifting lifelong smokers to less harmful nicotine products, while others fear it will create a new generation addicted to nicotine.Last year the FDA under Gottlieb extended until 2022 a deadline for many e-cigarette products to comply with new federal rules on marketing and public health. Today’s restrictions on flavors are interim measures that companies must follow before submitting detailed plans before the deadline.The new rules on e-cigarette flavors mean that many of the sweet and fruity varieties believed to be most popular among minors will only be available in stores such as vape shops or tobacco shops that do not allow under-age people inside.Stores could also have a separate, age-restricted section that allows sale of other flavors, the FDA said.The agency cited survey data showing that mint and menthol flavors were more popular with adult e-cigarette users than teenagers.Anti-tobacco and public health groups commended the FDA on its proposed ban on menthol cigarettes, which data show are far more popular among young smokers and particularly young African-Americans.Any move to ban menthol is expected to face fierce resistance from the tobacco industry.Menthol cigarettes represent more than 30 percent of U.S. cigarette volumes and approximately 55 percent of British American Tobacco Plc’s U.S. volumes, through its Newport brand, according to a research note from AllianceBernstein earlier this week.The FDA must go through a rulemaking process, which requires significant public comment before finalizing any regulation on menthols.Imperial and Altria both said the ban on menthols or flavored cigars was not supported by science and evidence. read more

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Mintec introduces MineSight Haulage Version 310 and MineSight Schedule Optimizer Version 310

first_imgMintec says its MineSight Haulage Version 3.10 “is set to make mine planning and scheduling easier.” The improved software features numerous upgrades designed to simplify the process of calculating equipment usage. These enhancements coincide with the release of MineSight Schedule Optimizer (MSSO) Version 3.10.“For the past two years we have focused on developing scheduling and optimization routines,” said Mintec President John Davies. “Tools like MSSO Version 3.10, MSHaulage Version 3.10, and the new Material Manager in MineSight Interactive Planner, reect this commitment to our clients. All these new engineering tools will enhance the way our clients plan and schedule.”MineSight Haulage Version 3.10 changes include:Use bench table for the creation of cycle time filesCustomizable ASCII cycle time file dump optionsDerating factor for trucksPerformance increases in both material routing and cycle time file creatingNew validation window.MSSO Version 3.10 includes numerous improvements, many of them based on client feedback. They include:Phase/bench/cut mining controls by period.Mine or don’t mine selected cuts in a period.Ability to control tonnes by diglines.Continued improvements in usability to Advanced Reporting and Charting tool (ARC).Both feature many more upgrades, details of which can be found, on the Mintec website.last_img read more

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Les applications iOS pourraient se lancer en HD sur lApple TV

first_imgLes applications iOS pourraient se lancer en HD sur l’Apple TVGrâce à deux développeurs, l’affichage d’applications iOs en HD 720p sera possible sur le téléviseur d’Apple.Steven Troughton-Smith, déjà célèbre pour avoir fait le portage non officiel de Siri sur l’iPhone 4, et The MupKip ont réussi à lancer des applications HD, au format 720p, sur un Apple TV V.2 évidemment jailbreaké. Le but étant surtout de convaincre la marque à la pomme d’ouvrir l’Apple TV aux développeurs indépendants et à leurs applications. Pas sûr que cela plaise à Apple, mais l’année 2012 ne fait que commencer…sait-on jamais !Pour le moment, la méthode de ces deux bidouilleurs plutôt doués n’est disponible qu’en vidéo à cette adresse.Le 2 janvier 2012 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Les dauphins imitent le chant des baleines en dormant

first_imgLes dauphins imitent le chant des baleines en dormantUn groupe de cinq dauphins élevés en captivité dans le parc animalier Planète Sauvage, à Nantes, a été surpris en train d’imiter le chant des baleines en plein milieu de la nuit…Les dauphins savent aussi chanter comme des baleines ! Une nouvelle étude menée sur cinq spécimens du parc animalier Planète Sauvage, à Nantes, révèle en effet chez ces cétacés une étonnante capacité à imiter ces sons en plein milieu de la nuit. Le personnel du parc affirme en outre que les dauphins n’ont jamais eu l’occasion d’entendre les bruits émis par les baleines à part dans un court passage de la bande sonore défilant pendant leur spectacle la journée.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour en arriver à une telle conclusion, les chercheurs ont enregistré tous les sons émis par les dauphins pendant neuf jours et huit nuits, entre novembre 2008 et mai 2009. Les résultats, parus récemment dans la revue Frontiers in Comparative Psychology révèlent un panel de 25 séquences jamais entendues auparavant dont 1% ressemblent de manière frappante à des appels de baleine. Ces bruits étranges surviennent seulement pendant la nuit, entre minuit et 3 heures du matin lorsque les animaux sont au repos.Selon les experts, ce phénomène serait le résultat d’un langage parlé par les dauphins en dormant. Il est possible que les cinq cétacés se remémorent dans leur sommeil le spectacle quotidien imitant alors les quelques minutes du chant des baleines survenant dans la musique de leur représentation. Quoiqu’il en soit, cette nouvelle découverte ouvre de grandes perspectives pour les futures études sur les processus d’apprentissages et les représentations mentales chez les dauphins. Le 29 janvier 2012 à 09:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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SPOILERS 525 NXT TV taping results from Full Sail University

first_img Google+ Twitter Now Playing Up Next Eddie Hearn May 27, 2017 at 6:38 am The following was taped on Thursday from Full Sail University.5/25 NXT TV taping results:Dark Match: Jeet Rama def. Chris Silvio* Tyler Bate def. Steve Cutler* Tommaso Ciampa promo on crutches. Blames the fans for turning on Johnny Gargano at TakeOver because when he got hurt, they immediately thought of replacements to team with Gargano, making him an afterthought. When he comes back, he will be the most dangerous SOB whether you like it or not.* WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne def. Danny Burch* Cezar Bonin def. Andrade Cien Almas. Former TNA star Thea Trindad was shown at ringside during the match.* Roderick Strong and Kassius Ohno def. SAnitY after No Way Jose returned and distracted SAnitY.* Heavy Machinery def. Lars Sullivan (Dylan Miley) and Andrews. Sullivan beat down his partner after.* Peyton Royce def. Sarah Logan* Hideo Itami and Oney Lorcan went to a No Contest after Itami hit 3 GTS’s and went for a 4th when Kassius Ohno ran down to stop him. Ohno and Itami had a shoving match until Itami stormed off.* Killain Dain def. No Way Jose* Roderick Strong promo about wanting to become NXT Champion. NXT Champion Bobby Roode interrupts and mocks crying at Strong’s life story, then warns him not to try the Bobby Roode lottery.* Drew McIntyre def. Rob Ryzin* Ember Moon def. Peyton Royce* NXT Tag Team Champions The Authors of Pain won a squash match. Paul Ellering ripped on Heavy Machinery after until they came out and AOP and Ellering walked off.* Velveteen Dream def. Raul Mendoza* NXT Women’s Champion Asuka, Nikki Cross and Ruby Riot went to a No Contest. It was an elimination match and Cross first eliminated Riot, then she and Asuka brawled backstage and went through a production table.* SAnitY def. The Ealy Brothers* Sonya Deville def. Rachael Evers (Rachael Ellering)* Aleister Black def. Kassius OhnoSource: F4WOnline.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE SmackDown Results Are In For 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list No chance that strong will take the title Videos Articles Sonya Deville Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Roman Reigns is in Remission WWE SmackDown Results Are In For 2019 Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down So it looks like Roode vs. Strong is being built so Roode can move to the main roster later this fall. Facebookcenter_img 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Now Playing Up Next 2 COMMENTS Now Playing Up Next Braun Strowman Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next May 26, 2017 at 11:34 am Al79 WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events WhatsApp Johnm Videos Articles Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Comments are closed.last_img read more

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Transgender man files restroom complaint against library

first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — A transgender man has filed a complaint with the Seattle Office for Civil Rights against the Seattle Public Library for refusing to let him to use the only private restroom in its downtown building.The Seattle Times reports Ryan “Comet” Alley filed the complaint Monday over the refusal involving a bathroom reserved for families.Alley refused to stop filming the encounter Wednesday with a library security officer, who asked him to leave.The city’s all-gender restroom ordinance passed last year requires any single-stall restroom in a public place to be accessible to all people regardless of gender identity.Library spokeswoman Andra Addison says the restrooms are gender-neutral but the restroom in question was off-limits because he didn’t have a child with him.Addison says the library will open staff restrooms for people until a new option for transgender patrons opens next year.last_img read more

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South Carolina private equity firm acquires Onboard Systems

first_imgLiberty Hall Capital Partners, a Charleston, S.C., private equity firm that invests in global aerospace and defense businesses, announced Monday it had acquired Vancouver-based Onboard Systems, Inc., a global provider of external cargo handling equipment for civil and military helicopters.Onboard Systems represents the firm’s newest strategy to acquire niche suppliers of proprietary products into both the original equipment and aftermarket segments of the aerospace industry, the company said in a news release. Transaction terms were not disclosed.Founded in 1975 in Portland, Onboard Systems moved to Vancouver around 2002. The company provides external cargo handling equipment for civil and military helicopters, with factory installed proprietary products on over 30 helicopter models serving more than 1,000 original equipment and aftermarket customers. Onboard Systems has been family owned and operated since inception. Almost all of the company’s sales are derived from its proprietary designs.Onboard Systems’s management team — led by Jason Lemmon, president — will remain in their roles following the acquisition and together hold a significant equity position.“Liberty Hall offers unsurpassed expertise and knowledge of the global aerospace industry, making them an ideal partner for Onboard Systems as we look to execute on our vision and strategy for the next stage of our growth,” Lemmon said in the release. “We are pleased to embark on this new partnership with Liberty Hall, while we continue to focus on providing our global OEMs and helicopter operators with superior service and new, exciting products.”last_img read more

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first_imgA State has to have a Constitution. It is the 1997 Constitution which creates the Office of President, a National Assembly and a Judiciary. Section 7 of the 1997 Constitution states what should be the laws of the Gambia as follows:In addition to this Constitution, the laws of The Gambia consist of –(a)      Acts of the National Assembly made under this Constitution and subsidiary legislation made under such Acts;(b)     any orders, rules, regulations subsidiary legislation made by a authority under a power conferred Constitution or any other law;( c)     the existing laws including all decrees passed by the armed forces Provisional Ruling Council;(d)     the common law and principles of equity;(e)      Customary law so far as concerns members of the communities to which it applies;(f)      the sharia as regards mattes of marriage, divorce and inheritance among members of the communities to which it applies.The Constitution of an Islamic Republic must indicate the basis of the laws of the state. Section 26 (a) and (b) of the 1997 Constitution gives the following rights to every Gambian irrespective of religion:Every citizen of The Gambia of full age and capacity shall have the right, without unreasonable restrictions –(a)      to take part in the conduct of public affairs, directly or through freely chosen representatives;(b)     to vote and stand for elections at genuine periodic elections for public office, which elections shall be by universal and equal suffrage and be held by secret ballot;Section 62 of the 1997 Constitution establishes the qualifications for the Office of President. Nothing bars any one from being President because of religion. Hence a Christian or Muslim could be President. The Constitution of an Islamic Republic should state whether the office of President could be occupied by a Christian.Section 89 of the 1997 Constitution establishes the criteria for becoming a National Assembly member. Both Christians and Muslims could become members.Sections 138 and 139 of the Constitution deals with the qualification to hold the Office of Judge. One has to be qualified to hold the position of judge of the Supreme Court or court of appeal or high court in a common law country to be appointed Chief Justice, Judge of the Court of Appeal or High Court judge respectively. Religion does not matter. What will be the criteria for holding such posts in an Islamic Republic?Only a constitution could address such issues. That constitution does not exist. Why declare an Islamic Republic?last_img read more

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Kalidou Koulibaly I am happy in Naples

first_imgNapoli in-demand defender Kalidou Koulibaly has dropped a hint over his future amid Barcelona and Manchester United transfer talkEver since his arrival from Genk back in 2014, Koulibaly has imposed himself as one of the key figures in Napoli squad, having accumulated a total of 176 appearances for the Partenopei in all competitions.Known for his physical strength and his dominance in aerial duels, the 27-year-old Senegal international has established himself as one of the most reliable defenders in the Italian Serie A.His impressive performance at the Stadio San Paolo has drawn up the attention of several notable Europe clubs, including Barcelona and Manchester United.In his recent interview with Il Corriere dello Sport, Koulibaly has explained his situation at Napoli, with Calciomercato being the one to transcribe his words.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…“My caretaker keeps telling me: ‘You cry twice in Naples, when you arrive and when you leave.’ I always reply: ‘I didn’t cry when I arrived, but I will cry a lot the day that I will leave If I’ll ever leave.”“I am happy in Naples,” Koulibaly said.“Sometimes people speak badly, but they don’t know how it feels to leave here. If you don’t live here, you can’t understand.”Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has recently extended Koulibaly’s contract until 2023 and would hardly accept to sell him unless a stratospheric offer was to arrive at his desk.last_img read more

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Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina laments the sewage spills from Tijuana

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 18, 2019 Updated: 8:17 AM Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina laments the sewage spills from Tijuana KUSI Newsroom center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 18, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) – Mayor of Imperial Beach Serge Dedina is lamenting over the sewage spilling in Imperial Beach from Tijuana.“Millions of gallons of sewage were flowing into the waters of Imperial Beach,” Dedina said.KUSI’s John Soderman has more on this story. last_img read more

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Steve Ballmer Aims to Reinvent Watching Sports on TV with Clippers CourtVision

first_img“What we want to do was require a machine to understand the game like a coach or a human did to augment the proper things,” said Rajiv Maheswaran, CEO and Co-Founder, Second Spectrum. His company is also exploring potential applications in other sports including soccer and hockey.The features are expected to be just the first of many that will be added to CourtVision in the coming months to increase the interactivity and visual flair of games. Some Clippers season ticket holders, for instance, will already get the chance to take part in a beta experience that will allow them to watch the game for a menu of seven different camera angles, or to forego the play-by-play commentary to listen instead to live sound inside the arena. Ballmer hopes the 1.0 version of CourtVision is the first of many iterations to a technology he hopes will have a transformative effect on sports broadcasting.“You can’t compare it to email or word processors,” he said at a pre-game press conference at the Clippers’ Staples Center home in Los Angeles, hearkening back to some of the innovations he helped make popular while at Microsoft. “But when you think about it from an entertainment perspective, it’s right up there.”Publicly available with today’s game, CourtVision can be accessed on devices that use iOs or Android via the Fox Sports mobile app for subscribers of pay-TV services in the Los Angeles market that carry the Fox Sports Prime Ticket channel, the exclusive TV home of the Clippers. Authenticated subscribers can also access CourtVision via the app is currently available for mobile and PC, it can ported over to the big screen via screen-casting technologies like Apple TV. Ballmer is hopeful connected TV devices will eventually provide access to the app itself.CourtVision is powered by a blend of artificial intelligence and augmented reality, two of the most buzzed-about tech trends today. Second Spectrum essentially created software that could be taught to understand the nuances of on-court action, to the point where the third version of CourtVision, “coach mode,” is capable of diagram the plays the athletes are executing seconds after they occur.While the AI component of CourtVision allows it to understand the game of basketball, the AR component powers its ability to project the “coach mode” diagram to appear on TV screens as if it on the floor of the court just inches away from the players they are charting. While not altogether different than other AR elements used sparingly in other sports like the virtual first-down marker in NFL games, CourtVision constantly fills up the screen with many such images. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 When he was the CEO at Microsoft over a decade ago, Steve Ballmer dreamed of bringing interactivity to TV. He explored the possibilities of innovating everywhere from scripted entertainment to video games, but didn’t get far.Now as CEO of pro basketball’s Los Angeles Clippers, his dream is finally becoming a reality Wednesday when his team takes to the court for the opening game of the NBA season.After four years of development in partnership with an analytics firm, Second Spectrum, in which Ballmer is an investor, Clippers CourtVision will allow viewers to customize the game-watching experience with a range of visual bells and whistles far beyond the on-screen graphics on display in a typical televised sporting event.CourtVision (see video here) offers viewers three different alternatives as a supplement to the traditional broadcast ranging from “mascot mode,” which inserts fun animations like a lightning bolt that appears to electrify the actual backboard after a player makes a shot, to “player mode,” which could appeal to hardcore fans by projecting over player’s heads the probabilities they can hit a shot based on where they are on the court. The calculations are based on player statistics that change on a near-real-time basis. Popular on Variety last_img read more

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Couple burnt to death

first_imgCanning (WB): A couple were burnt to death at their home in South 24 Parganas district early today, hours before panchayat polls were to being in West Bengal, police said. Family members of the victims, stated to be a CPI(M) worker and his wife, alleged that goons of the ruling Trinamool Congress set fire to the house at Kachharabari locality of Kakdwip at around 1 am.”An incident of fire was reported. A man and his wife were burnt to death. Forensic experts have been called,” Sundarbans Coastal police district SP Tathagata Basu said.CPI(M) district secretary Shamik Lahiri named some people claiming that those goons of the Trinamool Congress had assaulted party worker Debaprasad Das and his wife Usha and then set the house afire.Minister and local Trinamool MLA Mantu Pakhira denied the allegation and said the fire may have been caused by short circuit.last_img read more

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In Windows 10 Parents Are Able to Spy on Kids by Default

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 3 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider August 27, 2015 Windows 10 has a new feature: a comprehensive report on your child’s activity delivered weekly to your inbox which is turned on by default.The feature is detailed in Microsoft’s Windows 10 online documentation and allows a parent to “monitor [their] child’s device use with activity reports.” The weekly emails, entitled “Weekly activity report for [child’s name],” detail the websites they visit, which apps they use (and for how long) and how many hours a day they spend on the PC.Business Insider independently verified that family accounts have the feature turned on by default.One of the concerns raised by The Independent is that as children grow up they may see the internet as a place to learn about sensitive topics, such as homosexuality, and a detailed report of this activity delivered to their parents on a weekly basis could lead to trouble.Click to Enlarge+The Windows 10 Family page: Activity reporting and weekly emails are enabled by default.Business InsiderOther concerns include a lack of privacy for children even if the intentions are good.Maybe soon there will be a generation of children who has no space at all— mcc (@mcclure111) August 24, 2015A Boing Boing commenter warned Windows 10 users to avoid assuming “[that] your own computer has your back” after he set up an account for his 14-year-old son and received a comprehensive email detailing his son’s activity the next day.John Gruber of Daring Fireball described the feature as “creepy” while some questioned whether Microsoft still received the data even if the parents do not.@daringfireball Does disabling those options actually stop Microsoft gathering the data, or just the reporting back to a parent?— Alan Stonebridge (@alstonebridge) August 25, 2015Some users invoked George Orwell’s “1984,” a dystopian novel about a surveillance state with almost universal control over its citizens.@Microsoft This “activity report” feature is straight up 1984 and could put LGBT kids in real danger. #Windows10— Jack Butroid (@jackbutroid) August 26, 2015there are so many queer and trans kids that are going to be beaten, kicked out of homes, or cut off from support networks. thanks microsoft.— FORmula TRANssexual (@morganastra) August 24, 2015Elsewhere, torrent sites have banned the use of Windows 10 due to concerns that the operating system tracks every virtual movement. Microsoft ran into trouble when it was discovered that your PC will still upload data to Microsoft’s cloud even when explicitly told not to.Company documentation also makes it clear that keystrokes are recorded to “improve character recognition and provide you with a personalized user dictionary and text completion suggestions.” Collecting keystrokes involves sending the data to the cloud to be analysed. Beyond this, Microsoft also uses contact information to “help personalize [the] experience” when using Cortana, the company’s virtual assistant.last_img read more

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Mexican army seizes 35 tons of marijuana in Zacatecas

first_imgThe driver was arrested, who, along with the vehicle, were made available to the corresponding authorities.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The discovery was made on Federal Highway 23 where 358 wrapped packages, which contained marijuana, were found inside a cargo trailer with an approximate weight of 3,575.5 kilograms and an estimated market value of 5,000,000 peso. The Ministry of National Defense reports that on August 2, elements of the The Mexican Army, in coordination with state authorities, seized the drugs after a cargo review of a trailer. center_img Tepetongo, Zacatecas — Elements of the Mexican Army, in coordination with state authorities, report the seizure of 3.5 tons of drugs in the state of Zacatecas.last_img read more

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Update Woman killed in crash near Ladysmith KZN

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The driver of the truck was found outside the vehicle with moderate injuries.He was assessed and treated by emergency services before being transported to hospital for further treatment.A woman who is believed to be in her late 30s was found with fatal injuries in the light motor vehicle.There was nothing that paramedics could do for her and she was declared dead at the scene.It took officials hours to clear the scene of the crash.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! A woman was killed and a man sustained moderate injuries in a crash that took place on the N11 near Ladysmith yesterday morning (March 29).A truck that was carrying cement and a light motor vehicle were involved in the crash.Emergency services arrived at the scene, where they found the truck to be on fire.The Newcastle Fire Department responded and extinguished the flames.Also read: Vehicles engulfed in flames, 2 deadAlso read: 7 people, including children, dead in crashAlso read: 1 dead in horror crash on N11last_img read more

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