No one surrenders to Halifax police at second giveyourselfup day

first_imgHALIFAX – Halifax police aren’t ready to wave the white flag yet on voluntarily surrender days, despite getting no one to turn themselves in last weekend.Insp. Don Moser said while they are disappointed no one showed up at a community centre in Spryfield on Saturday, the force is still in the exploratory stages of an initiative thought to be the first of its kind in Canada.The concept has been used in U.S. jurisdictions such as New Jersey.The first surrender day, held in Dartmouth last April, saw 12 people turn themselves in with the resolution of 19 outstanding warrants.Moser said police believe in the program, although they would have to analyze why there was no turnout the second time around. He didn’t rule out a third try.“We think it’s for the right reasons for sure,” said Moser. “That doesn’t mean we would continue on at all cost. We’ll probably look toward a third evolution of this program so we can do a proper evaluation.”Police say the idea is to provide people facing non-violent charges an opportunity to resolve the warrants voluntarily in a neutral environment, although anyone with outstanding warrants can turn themselves in to police at any time.Those showing up to surrender are asked for identification and have their fingerprints and photo taken.Their warrants would likely be replaced with a court date and they would have the opportunity to contact legal aid. Referral information is also made available for various community support services.Moser said he believes the idea is attractive to those who don’t want to end up in the back seat of a police car, or to spend significant time in custody.“You avoid what could be seen as unfortunate, unplanned contacts with police that could result in you being detained or held in custody for a significantly longer period of time,” Moser said.Moser has previously said police want to reduce the number of outstanding warrants for such offences.That number in Halifax currently stands at between 680 to 700, he said.Voluntary surrender is not an amnesty program, and people would still have to appear in court at a later date to answer to pending charges.last_img read more

Farm Aid Expands Family Farm Disaster Fund Relief To Include Puerto Rico

first_imgHurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have caused historic destruction in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean. In early September, Farm Aid activated its Family Farm Disaster Fund to provide aid to organizations helping family farmers affected by Hurricane Harvey, and later expanded to include those affected by Hurricane Irma.“Our hearts are with everyone affected by these devastating hurricanes. The most recent destruction wrought by Hurricane Maria on the 3.4 million residents of Puerto Rico is overwhelming, and it is Farm Aid’s way to do what we can to help,” said Farm Aid president Willie Nelson. “Puerto Rico is part of the United States and family farmers there are facing unimaginable losses. They need to know we stand with them.”Farm Aid has partnered with Visit Rico, a non-profit organization based in Puerto Rico. Visit Rico’s mission is to strengthen Puerto Rico’s agricultural economy through sustainable agritourism to achieve food sovereignty. Visit Rico has found that supplementing cash flow for farmers is the fastest way to help them get back on their feet to start planting seeds again. Visit Rico aims to temporarily replace the economic stability farmers had from their local farmer’s markets, which must be rebuilt. To read more about their effort, visit activation of the Family Farm Disaster Fund following Hurricane Harvey, Farm Aid has raised more than $82,000. Farm Aid will utilize every dollar raised to distribute emergency funds to farm families affected by the hurricanes in partnership with local organizations working on the ground; to offer resources that help farmers navigate their farm recovery options, from mental health services to federal funding opportunities; and to advocate for needed disaster recovery funds and resources from the federal government.Farm Aid is also working with partners in disaster-affected areas to determine the long-term needs of impacted farmers and ranchers. If you are a farmer and have been affected by these devastating hurricanes, additional tools are available at To donate, please visit Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual festival to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. For more than 30 years, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $50 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.last_img read more

In Attawapiskat Canadas Haiti dignity survives despite squalor

first_imgBy Ossie MichelinAPTN National NewsATTAWAPISKAT, Ont.-It’s -20C in Attawapiskat First Nation.And as November turns to December, it’s only getting colder.Many people here live in shacks with no insulation, in over-crowded trailers and dilapidated housing built decades ago.People do what they can to stay warm.While this may shock many Canadians in other parts of the country, here, this is the way of life.This is a life where many go without running water and the bathroom is a slop bucket.“People think we’re so rich on. On paper we are, but in reality we wouldn’t be in this crisis right now if we had a good deal,” said Chief Theresa Spence, who lost control of administering the band’s finances after the Conservative government put the community under the management of an outside consultant called third-party management.While life is not easy here, people maintain their dignity and friendly manner.People here want a better life for themselves and for the next generation.Stella Wheesk and her newborn daughter live in a trailer complex with ninety other people – and only four bathrooms.“When they open that door, there’s a big draft coming in. In the winter time there’s no heater in the hallway and the drafts come in through and the baby gets sick.”Many of the buildings here are not fire safe and toxic mould creeps up the walls and ceilingsThe elderly and the young are hit hardestShort term relief has comes with Canadian Red Cross volunteers handing out sleeping bags and heaters.But long term solutions are caught in the slow moving gears of Aboriginal affairs“This is Canada’s Haiti, except it’s -20 right now,” said NDP MP Charlie Angus, whose riding of Timmins-James Bay includes the community.Angus, who has almost single-handedly made Attawapiskat a household name, visited the community this week with NDP interim leader Nycole Turmel.Spence says Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan should come to the community and see for himself what things are like on the ground.“He needs to come visit our community and get the true colour picture of what’s going on with the First Nations,” she said. “It’s not just Attawapiskat, it’s all over First Nations. He needs to really improve the funding, if he doesn’t our situation is going to get worse.”omichelin@aptn.calast_img read more

New Tokyo fish market starts traditionally with tuna auction

first_imgTOKYO – Tokyo’s famous fish market reopened Thursday at a new location but retained its most famous tradition: the tuna auction.The customary clanging of bells opened the auction for raw and frozen tuna, which crammed the huge warehouse wall-to-wall, at the waterfront Toyosu facility. The rhythmical shouts of the auctioneers and the special hand signals by the bidders that followed were unchanged from Tsukiji, the smaller, more accessible home the market recently left after more than eight decades.The top bid for tuna, a delicacy much like premium-grade beef in Japan, was 4.28 million yen ($38,000), not an unusually high price for quality tuna.The more than 400 kinds of seafood at the market come from all over Japan, as well as from abroad, including octopus, eel, sea urchin and other items special to Japanese cuisine.The market serves top restaurants and everyday supermarkets alike. The move was delayed for two years because of worries about contamination, including arsenic, at the Toyosu site. Measures were taken to ensure safety, such as better water pumps and extra concrete sealing.Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike attended the opening and expressed hopes for the location’s success.“Of course, things are different here,” she said of how the new place may take getting used to.“We must build the Toyosu brand, day by day, to make it a symbol of Tokyo, and of Japan. I hope to move forward with all of you.”Officials and workers then clapped rhythmically in celebration of Toyosu’s opening, the same customary gesture for good luck that had closed Tsukiji on Oct. 6.Free-of-charge tours for the public start Saturday, including seeing the auction from a huge glass window. Visitors will not be able to go on the auction floor as they could at Tsukiji. Reporters got a tour of the grounds Thursday.Like Tsukiji, Toyosu also has a vegetable wholesale area, where auctions also take place. In several spots in the same market complex are tiny restaurants, including the ones that used to be at Tsukiji but also new ones.Still, much of the humbly quaint atmosphere of Tsukiji was gone in the sterile factory-like environment of Toyosu. Whether Toyosu can attract tourist traffic remains to be seen.Serving as reminders were the people zipping around in their scooting carts, as busy as ever.Toyosu is a bit farther to get to than Tsukiji, which is within walking distance of downtown Ginza. Toyosu is reachable by an unmanned monorail called Yurikamome. A walkway from Shijo-mae station, which means “in front of the market,” leads right to the Toyosu market.About 40,000 people used to visit Tsukiji each day, not just retailers and restaurant operators but also “salarymen” on lunch breaks and tourists from all over the world.It’s unclear whether the stalls serving noodles and raw-tuna bowls that remain in the area surrounding Tsukiji will continue to be a draw without the backdrop of a real market.Many fish wholesalers, workers and supporters had opposed the move out of Tsukiji, alleging that Toyosu was inefficient and unsafe. A handful of businesses were continuing to sell inside Tsukiji, saying they hoped to fight the planned tearing down of the old construction.Tsukiji is being turned into a parking lot for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. What gets built afterward is undecided, according to the Tokyo city government. But it’s clearly prime real estate, and plans under consideration include a casino.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at Instagram at work can be found at read more

Officials at UN workshop agree on draft law on NGOs in Iraq

At a workshop organized by the United Nations in Iraq”s northern city of Erbil, representatives from the Kurdistan parliament, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the presidency council of Kurdistan and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have agreed on the draft of a new law to govern the work of NGOs in the region. The roundtable, which ended yesterday, was organized by the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) with funding from the European Union (EU), the Government of Finland and other donors through the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) Iraq Trust Fund as well as the US Department of State”s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.Participants at the roundtable also included representatives of the Iraqi Council of Ministers Secretariat, the NGOs Directorate, the outgoing Chair of Iraqi Council of Representatives” Civil Society Committee, the Iraqi State Ministry of Civil Society Affairs and international observers.The head of the Civil Society Committee of the Kurdistan Parliament, Dana Said Safi, stated that he was “very satisfied with the meeting.”According to Hoshyar Malo, a representative from ICNL/Kurdish Human Right Watch, the roundtable “was the first opportunity in several years of work on the new KRG NGO law to bring all the main stakeholders to one table. Previously, consultations have been less coordinated and taken place in smaller groups, which has not yielded the desired impact.”The multi-year process of working on the new KRG NGO law was accelerated this year and the new draft law now under consideration at the Kurdistan Parliament. Following extensive preparatory work, the three-day Roundtable Conference – which was supported by international experts – provided participants with an opportunity to discuss the provisions of this draft in detail.The main regulatory challenges in the law are the registration of NGOs, legal guarantees to preserve the independence of NGOs, and rules to prevent interference in the work of NGOs by authorities or political parties. Once passed, a progressive law containing such provisions will help ensure the development of KRG”s civil society.The Director of the NGOs Directorate of the Iraqi Council of Ministers Secretariat, Ahmed Al Attar, added that “there is also a need to synchronise the federal Iraqi NGO law and the future KRG NGO law in order to, for example, avoid double registration requirements. This synchronisation should be done in a spirit of supporting the development of a free and strong Iraqi Civil Society.”Commenting on the formula of multi-stakeholder consultations, the Advisor to the KRG Prime Minister on Youth and Civil Society Affairs, Fazl Umar, expressed hope that the workshop “will contribute to the adoption of the new KRG NGO law.”According to Dr. Safi, “there is even a possibility that the new KRG NGO law could be adopted at the end of this year, or in early 2011.” 26 September 2010At a workshop organized by the United Nations in Iraq”s northern city of Erbil, representatives from the Kurdistan parliament, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the presidency council of Kurdistan and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have agreed on recommendations on a draft law to govern the work of NGOs in the region. read more

UN to set up human rights office in Uganda

The Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) would not only monitor the situations, but would train local people and coordinate a protection strategy with the National Human Rights Commission and the UN Country Team, José Luis Diaz said in Geneva.The human rights situation in northern Uganda was extremely delicate and very serious, but the Office had seen that having an international monitoring presence helped at least to prevent violations in a number of countries, he said.He declined to say how many monitors would go, saying he could only give the figures after the formal agreement with Uganda was signed in the coming weeks.Mr. Diaz said he did not think that OHCHR had a magic formula for solving the situation in northern Uganda, but what everybody could agree on as necessary was strengthening the international presence dealing specifically with human rights.There was an international presence in Uganda dealing with the humanitarian situation, he added.The Chief Prosecutor of the Rome-based International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, said last July he was opening an investigation into the 18-year conflict in northern Uganda after President Yoweri Museveni formally referred the problem in December 2003. read more

Facebook hits milestone – a billion people logged in on a single

Facebook hits milestone – a billion people logged in on a single day, 1/7 of world population NEW YORK, N.Y. – A billion people logged in to Facebook on a single day this week, marking the first time that many members used the world’s largest online social network in a 24-hour period. The number amounts to one-seventh of the Earth’s population.Monday’s milestone was mostly symbolic for Facebook, which boasts nearly 1.5 billion users who log in at least once a month. But CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who founded the network in his Harvard dorm room 11 years ago, reflected on the occasion with a post.“‘I’m so proud of our community for the progress we’ve made,” he wrote. “Our community stands for giving every person a voice, for promoting understanding and for including everyone in the opportunities of our modern world.”Facebook achieved 1 billion overall users in 2012, but this week’s milestone is perhaps more significant. It means the social network has become an essential service in many of our lives, a sort of online connective tissue that binds us to friends, family and even strangers who find themselves in similar circumstances. We need it daily, or more.Facebook has long sought to connect everyone in the world with its service. A lofty goal, it’s not so different from the three other tech superpowers that are changing commerce, communication and worming their way into every part of our lives. Apple has its gadgets, Amazon delivers our every physical need and Google, well, when was the last time you went a day without Google?(Google, incidentally, receives an average of 100 billion search requests per day, which makes it likely that more than a billion people use it daily.)Most of the billion people who logged in to Facebook on Monday were outside the U.S. and Canada. Of Facebook’s overall users, more than 83 per cent come from other countries. In a video posted Thursday, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, mulled what a billion really means.“Look closely, and you’ll see more than a number,” she said in the video, a montage showing Facebook users’ photos, posts and videos from all over the world. “It’s moms and little brothers and cousins and cousins of cousins. There’s Sam, Dante, Ingrid and Lawrence. It’s camping trips, religion … there’s likes, loves and unfortunately still some hate. Look past the number. You’ll find friendships.”As it grows, Facebook’s next billions of members will likely come from outside the U.S., from India, South America, Africa and perhaps even China, where the site is officially blocked.To help expand its flock, Facebook has been working to make its service easier to use on the basic, old-fashioned phones used in many parts of the world. It’s also working to get Internet access to the roughly two-thirds of the world’s population that is not yet connected — or about 5 billion people.Two years ago, Facebook launched, a partnership with other tech giants that aims to improve Internet connectivity around the world. The group’s plans include developing cheaper smartphones and tools that would reduce the amount of data required to run apps, as well as working with telecommunications companies to provide basic, free Internet services. The effort has received some criticism for putting Facebook in the position of Internet “gatekeeper,” deciding what sites people can access and going against the spirit of “net neutrality.”Zuckerberg disagreed.“Net neutrality ensures network operators don’t discriminate by limiting access to services you want to use. It’s an essential part of the open Internet, and we are fully committed to it,” he wrote in April. “To give more people access to the Internet, it is useful to offer some service for free. If someone can’t afford to pay for connectivity, it is always better to have some access than none at all.”__AP Technology Writer Michael Liedtke contributed to this story from San Francisco. by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press Posted Aug 28, 2015 9:00 am MDT Last Updated Aug 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Toyota recalls 320000 trucks and SUVs for air bag problem

Toyota recalls 320,000 trucks and SUVs for air bag problem DETROIT – Toyota is recalling about 320,000 trucks and SUVs because the roof-mounted air bags can inflate without a crash.The recall covers the 2005 and 2006 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia, the 2003 through 2006 Land Cruiser, and the 2004 through 2006 4-Runner. Also included are the 2003 through 2006 Lexus LX 470 and the 2004 through 2006 GX 470.The company says improper programming in the air bag control computer caused the problem, which could increase the risk of driver and passenger injuries. Toyota says it’s not aware of any crashes caused by the problem, but it has received reports of injuries such as scrapes and ringing in the ears.Owners will be notified of the recall by mail in early February. Dealers will replace the air bag control computer at no cost to owners. by The Associated Press Posted Feb 2, 2016 8:43 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 2, 2016 at 9:54 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

LDCs UN conference on least developed countries opens in Turkey to assess

“This is an important opportunity to focus on the special needs of LDCs, and to assess the status of implementation of the IPoA, taking into account last year’s important global agendas, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the associated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” said Helen Clark, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), at the opening plenary. “Despite important progress, however, significant challenges remain: 51 per cent of the population of LDCs live in extreme poverty, and 18 million children of school age are not in school. Despite LDCs having 12.5 per cent of the world’s population, their exports account for only 1.1 per cent of the global total,” she noted. The category of least developed countries (LDCs) was officially established in 1971 by the UN General Assembly to attract special international support to disadvantaged members of the UN family. The current list includes 34 in Africa, 13 in Asia and the Pacific, and one in Latin America. The newest to have joined is South Sudan. “We cannot accept that in the next 15 years there will not be a reduction in the number of LDCs,” said Mogens Lykketoft, the President of the 70th session of the General Assembly, in an interview with the UN News Service. “We have to make sure that there is enough growth in their economies so that there will be many, many, of the LDCs moving out of that category. It has been all too few up until now,” he lamented, noting that many are still least developed because of conflict, which if left uncontained, will impede efforts to end underdevelopment, poverty and hunger. Speaking at a press conference, the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, said the global community should never forget that humanitarian and social development is “indispensable” for sustainable development. “We will continue to bring the challenges of least developed countries to the agenda of G-20,” he stressed, noting that Turkey’s official development aid was about $1 billion in 2010, and increased to $3.9 billion in 2015. “Least developed countries have seen significant progress and are a major human and natural resource potential for the world, but more needs to be done to support them,” said Gyan Chandra Acharya, the UN High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing States, speaking in the Turkish coastal city. “This event is a major opportunity for the international community to come together and reaffirm global commitments that were made in 2011 to ensure that the world’s poorest nations are at the forefront of efforts to build an inclusive and sustainable future for the world,” he added. Five years ago, UN Member States met in Turkey and adopted the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA), a ten-year plan to give impetus to economic and social development in some of the world’s most vulnerable States. The opening session of the Midterm Review of the IPoA, co-organized by Mr. Acharya’s Office (OHRLLS) and the Government of Turkey, brought together high-level representatives and over two thousand stakeholders from governments, international and regional organizations, civil society, the private sector, foundations, think tanks and the media. The three-day event will focus on how LDCs have experienced some progress in areas including poverty reduction, child mortality, gender parity and access to internet and mobile networks. Economic growth has also been strong even though its pace has been more volatile and below the average of the last decade. There has also been an increase in the number of countries fulfilling criteria which will lead towards graduation from their status as an LDC.Countries that demonstrate the lowest indicators of socioeconomic development – typically high infant mortality rates and low life expectancy rates, among others – are considered LDCs. A country is classified as an LDC if it meets three criteria:Poverty – adjustable criterion based on Gross National Income (GNI) per capita averaged over three years. As of 2015 a country must have GNI per capita less than US $1,035 to be included on the list, and over $1,242 to graduate from it. Human resource weakness (based on indicators of nutrition, health, education and adult literacy); and Economic vulnerability (based on instability of agricultural production, instability of exports of goods and services, economic importance of non-traditional activities, merchandise export concentration, handicap of economic smallness, and the percentage of population displaced by natural disasters) According to the UN, Samoa is the only country to have graduated since 2011. Equatorial Guinea, Vanuatu and Angola are scheduled to graduate, and seven other LDCs – Bhutan, Kiribati, Nepal, Sao Tome and Principe, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and Tuvalu – have reportedly met the criteria as of March 2015. Only Botswana, Cape Verde and Maldives graduated before 2011. The Phoenix Island Protected Area (PIPA) is one of three island groups in Kiribati, a Least Developed Country (LDC). Photo: UNESCO/Ron Van Oers read more

HMS Queen Elizabeth is running outdated Windows XP raising cyber attack fears

first_imgMind the gap!Credit:PA HMS Queen Elizabeth HMS Queen Elizabeth starting to exit the dock, Rosyth, Scotland, 26 June 2017Credit:PA Sailors and engineers have worked round the clock getting the vessel ready. A total of 1,000 sailors and contractors will be onboard for the first six weeks of testing.Crew have spent hours each day carrying out safety drills for fires, flooding and personnel overboard. More than 650 doors and hatches have been checked to ensure they are watertight and fire safe. HMS Queen Elizabeth, one of two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy, on the Firth of Forth after leaving the Rosyth dockyard near Edinburgh The warship under steam off the coast of ScotlandCredit:BEN SHREAD/Ministry of Defence Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. After trials begin this summer, the ship will move to its new home in Portsmouth this autumn. Trials for planes and helicopters will take place next summer.The flight deck is more than four acres in size and the ship can carry up to 36 F-35B stealth jump jets. Ian Booth, managing director of the defence industry alliance behind the ships, said: “The incident with the fire in London really brings it home to you, you don’t take chances with any incident on the ship, whether it be flooding or fire.” The Royal Navy has not had an aircraft carrier since the defence cuts of 2010. The arrival of the new carrier comes as the Navy is facing a budget black hole of around £500m each year and the demands of manning the new ships have been accused of causing shortages elsewhere.Critics of the carriers have also claimed they are expensive white elephants that are too vulnerable to new high speed missiles. HMS Queen Elizabeth on the Firth of ForthCredit: Andrew Milligan/PA The first steel was cut on the carrier eight years ago but it will not be sent on operations until 2021. Early deployments are expected to see US Marines F-35B jets embarked alongside British planes, to make up for early shortages of UK jets. Cdr Mark Deller, commander air, said the ship would be accompanied by a frigate or destroyer.He said: “We will go where it’s best to go and not where it’s best for a Soviet nuclear to go, so the reality is we can probably look after ourselves as long as our escort is in the right place at the right time. You don’t have to hang around and endure it, you can move away and go somewhere else.” “If XP is for operational use, it is extremely risky,” Alan Woodward, professor of computing at the University of Surrey told The Times. “Why would you put an obsolete system in a new vessel that has a lifetime of decades?”  Sir Michael Fallon insisted the security around the computer software on the aircraft carrier is “properly protected”. Capt Jerry Kyd, commanding officer, said: “There is nothing on the globe that is invulnerable, whether that’s a city, a car, an individual, or a ship. We are not shy in the military to understanding the risks and how we mitigate that in the theatre of war.“If you look at all the premier nations around the world, why is it that every nation in the top tier is investing billions of dollars in aircraft carriers? Is it just us, or has everyone got it wrong? The reason being is that they provide the government, very simply, with an incredibly flexible tool. It’s not just about war-fighting. This is about deterrence, coercion, signalling, proving a huge sea base for disaster relief, humanitarian assistance, defence engagement.” HMS Queen Elizabeth, one of two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy, with its radio mast down on the Firth of Forth after leaving the Rosyth dockyard Mind the gap! Fears have been raised that Britain’s largest ever warship could be vulnerable to cyber attacks after it emerged it appears to be running the outdated Microsoft Windows XP.As HMS Queen Elizabeth left its dockyard for the first time to begin sea trials, it was revealed the £3.5billion aircraft carrier is apparently using the same software that left the NHS exposed.Screens inside a control room on the ship, which is the largest vessel ever built for the Royal Navy, reportedly displayed Microsoft Windows XP – copyright 1985 to 2001.But Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, insisted the ship’s systems were safe because security around the computer software on the aircraft carrier is “properly protected”. Captain Jerry Kyd, Commanding Officer, onboard the HMS Queen ElizabethCredit:Jeff J Mitchell/Getty The new Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth departs Rosyth dockyard to be tested in the North Sea on June 26, 2017 in Rosyth The aircraft carrier squeezes out of dock to begin sea trialsCredit:Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Europe Commanding Officer Captain Jerry Kyd onboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier at Rosyth Dockyard A screen in the operations room on board HMS Queen Elizabeth (right) appears to be running Windows XPCredit:Jeff J Mitchell/Getty It came after the 65,000 ton HMS Queen Elizabeth slipped out of Rosyth dockyard and into open water on Monday through an exit with only 14in clearance on either side and 20in of water under the keel.The aircraft carrier then edged along the Forth under three bridges, including the landmark rail bridge, with a little over six feet to spare. Cdr Fiona Percival, head of logistics on the ship said: “[The Russians] will come and look, but they look at everything.”It came as the Defence Secretary taunted the Kremlin over fears it will attempt to spy on HMS Queen Elizabeth during its sea trials, saying Russia will envy Britain’s new flagship. The carrier's flight deck is more than four acres in size He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It’s not the system itself, of course, that’s vulnerable, it’s the security that surrounds it.”I want to reassure you about Queen Elizabeth, the security around its computer system is properly protected and we don’t have any vulnerability on that particular score.” The radio mast has been lowered to allow the vessel to pass under a bridgeCredit:Andrew Milligan/PA He said 2021 “will be the first time we will deploy this ship in anger”. Cdr Mark Deller, commander air on the Queen Elizabeth, told The Guardian: “The ship is well designed and there has been a very, very stringent procurement train that has ensured we are less susceptible to cyber than most.”He added: “We are a very sanitised procurement train. I would say, compared to the NHS buying computers off the shelf, we are probably better than that. If you think more Nasa and less NHS you are probably in the right place.” Bosuns mate Scott Campbell guards the Navy’s new warshipCredit:Getty A defence source told the newspaper that some of the on-boar hardware and software “would have been good in 2004” when the carrier was designed, “but now seems rather antiquated”.However, he added that HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to be given a computer refit within a decade.And senior officers said they will have cyber specialists on board to defend the carrier from such attacks. Sir Michael Fallon contrasted the carrier with what he called the “dilapidated” Russian carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, which sailed through the Channel late last year. The carrier’s flight deck is more than four acres in size HMS Queen Elizabeth starting to exit the dock, Rosyth, Scotland, 26 June 2017 He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It’s not the system itself, of course, that’s vulnerable, it’s the security that surrounds it.”I want to reassure you about Queen Elizabeth, the security around its computer system is properly protected and we don’t have any vulnerability on that particular score.”The operating system was that which left the NHS and other organisations around the world vulnerable to a major WannaCry ransomware attack last month. It affected 300,000 computers in 150 countries.Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft, meaning it does not receive updates to protect users from new types of cyber hacks. Bosuns mate Scott Campbell guards the Navy's new warship A computer expert warned that Windows XP could leave HMS Queen Elizabeth vulnerable to cyber attack. The trials mark the latest milestone in the nearly decade-long building of the Royal Navy’s two carriers, at a cost of more than £6bn.The Navy is also preparing for the warship’s first appearance to attract a concerted Russian spying effort, with submarines, ships and planes try to get a good look at the UK’s new flagship. A screen in the operations room on board HMS Queen Elizabeth (right) is seen to be running Windows XPlast_img read more

WISLA TV Newcomers in Plock

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Serbian playmaker Kristina Liščević to miss Womens EHF EURO 2014

Serbian playmaker Kristina Liščević won’t be able to help her team-mates in action EHF EURO 2014. French Metz Handball member is injured during the training session and first predictions speakiang about not less than 6 weeks of break due problem with ankle ligaments.– My first game has to be on December 28 – said sad “Kiki” for domestic newspaper Sportski Zurnal.Lišćević was a part of the team who won the World silver medal at WcH 2013 in front ot 20.000 home fans in Belgrade.Serbia will play in Group D with Montenegro, France and Slovakia. The Women’s EHF EURO 2014 will be played from December 6 to December 21 in Croatia and Hungary. ← Previous Story LNH (Round 10): St Raphael take the two points in Dunkerque! Next Story → Ana Gros to stay in Metz for two more years Kristina Liscevic read more

Eishtec creates 250 jobs in Waterford and Wexford

first_imgHowever the major contribution to addressing this issue has been provided by Irish businesses and in particular Eishtec.This is an Irish company started in 2011, growing rapidly in export markets, and deriving its success from the ingenuity of its founders, the quality of the staff and the support of Government and the local community. Read: Aer Lingus to close Shannon cabin crew base that employs 87>Read: Online payments company creates 10 new jobs> Employment for the South EastHe said that the South East has come a long way and he has every confidence that they are on the right path.Heather Reynolds, co-founder and Operations Director of Eishtec said: AN IRISH CUSTOMER contact solution provider, Eistec, is to create a further 250 jobs for its sites in Waterford and Wexford by mid-2014.Eishtec started trading in May 2011 with just nine employees, but the company has just won another contract to provide smart phone technical support in the UK, which allows for the companies significant expansion.New contractThe awarding of this contract brings their headcount, currently at 700, to 950 people by the middle of 2014.Recruitment for the new positions has already started. The new positions will support UK customers on T-Mobile plans and tariffs.Announcing the jobs today, The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD said that Eishtec is a” remarkable example of what we are trying to achieve” adding that when the South East’s employment difficulties hit their peak in 2011 “many people called for the government to bring more multinational employers to the area…”. He said: The rapid growth of the business has been challenging but not entirely surprising. Our company mission is to challenge the standards of service.Therefore at Eishtec we have a particular approach to providing customer service that delivers a performance and experience that our clients, and their customers, love.last_img read more

DontGetNoRespect School of Photo Portraits

first_imgManfrotto’s School of Xcellence runs frequent, well-regarded webinars on photo techniques. Recently: sports shooting and photographing nudes (separate seminars, unless it’s the swimsuit issue). Next week, a session on taking great portraits. If you sign up, you’ll get this double-meaning confirmation (screenshot above) for the Dec. 2 session with acclaimed Sports Illustrated photographer Bill Frakes. To sign up, go to the Manfrotto School of Xcellence site. Manfrotto is the well-regarded maker of tripods, monopods, and other photo gear. AdChoices广告The Great Portraits Don’t Just Happen with Bill Frakes promotional blurb also notes, “Sports Illustrated staff photographer Bill Frakes has made portraits of everyone from President Obama to Frakes’ 9-year-old daughter, Havana.” No, not a self-portrait above. Joking aside, the seminars are useful to photographers at most skill levels and the price (free) is right. Check out the rest of the site for more tips on taking great photos.last_img read more

Heres what we know about Darklands the new ultraviolent gangland drama set

first_img 14 Comments By Rónán Duffy Sunday 1 Sep 2019, 11:00 AM Here’s what we know about Darklands, the new ‘ultra-violent’ gangland drama set in Bray The show is written by Cardboard Gangsters writer Mark O’Connor. The show is based and was shot in Bray and O’Connor says it gives it a bit of a different feel. He says other crime dramas like Narcos use their backdrop as a key part of the story and they’ve tried to do the same with Darklands, contrasting “big shots of the Sugarloaf mixed with the urban gitty stuff”.A six-part crime drama about drugs based in the outskirts of Dublin is likely to get comparisons with RTÉ’s Love/Hate, but O’Connor says it’s closer to his 2010 film Between the Canals, which launched a few of that show’s stars. “I suppose because it’s the same genre it will automatically get a comparison, but really I’m just doing whatever comes to mind at the time. And when I did Between the Canals, a lot of the actors from it were brought into Love/Hate, like Peter Coonan and then Barry Keoghan.” O’Connor (second from right) with some of the show’s stars. Source: Brian McEvoyVirgin Media’s director of content Bill Malone says its less like Love/Hate and more like another European-based crime series. “I would say it’s for me similar to things like Gomorrah, the Sky Italia thriller.“It’s a real gritty crime drama and it’s got the young ultra-violence that’s coming through in gangland and ironically we’re seeing it in the real world here as well. That there’s a new breed of really violent young gangsters coming through and it’s to capture that world and how one kid is getting drawn into it.”The date for the premiere of Darklands hasn’t yet set with Malone says the autumn schedule is still being finalised. Image: Virgin Media Television A still from the upcoming series. Short URL 32,234 Views Sep 1st 2019, 11:01 AM center_img A still from the upcoming series. Image: Virgin Media Television The brother is obviously involved in gangland and Damien, who is an amateur MMA fighter, wants to try to find out what happened to his brother. His family starts to breakdown and disintegrate over the brother being missing and Damien starts to hang out with the friends of his brother to try to find information about what happened on the night Wesley went missing.“He slowly get sucked into this world. And it’s a slow change, a kind of a metamorphosis of a young school kid, and it shows how these young people can can get dragged in.” Curiously, that’s followed by a new gangland series called ‘Darklands’ by the writer of Cardboard Gangsters— Rónán Duffy (@ronanduffy_) August 28, 2019 VIRGIN MEDIA’S NEW gangland crime drama set in Bray, Co Wicklow will explore how young teenagers get dragged into crime, the show’s writer has said.Cardboard Gangsters writer Mark O’Connor is behind Darklands, a new six-part series which will air on the broadcaster this autumn.The show explores the allure of the financial rewards from crime against the violence inherent in the gangland world. O’Connor says he’s been working on it for a number of years. “The story is about a young 16-year-old kid in his last year of school whose brother Wesley goes missing,” he told this week.  Share19 Tweet Email1 Source: Rónán Duffy/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Marvel drops Luke Cage Iron Fist and Defenders teasers at ComicCon

first_imgThe cast of Luke Cage is looking good. Sept 30th hurry up! #LukeCage— Geeks Of Color (@GeeksOfColor) July 21, 2016They revealed that Rosario Dawson’s character from previous Netflix series, Claire Temple, would be appearing in Luke Cage, but Dawson was currently in New York shooting “something else Marvel,” which must be Iron Fist. Marvel held their Netflix panel of heroes on Thursday at Comic-Con in San Diego. Uniting the cast of September’s Luke Cage on stage for the first time, announcing a new season of Daredevil, the first look at Iron Fist and a logo and teaser for the team-up The Defenders! They showed a surprising amount of footage, some of which is available, the rest is described.The panel opened with a sizzle reel showing off the Netflix heroes we’ve met so far: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Frank Castle:Then it was time to bring out the cast of Luke Cage’s titular series. They started by bringing out the supporting characters starting with Frank Whaley as Detective Scarfe, the partner to Misty Knight (another Marvel hero getting her first live action adaptation). Theo Rossi plays Shades, and had to borrow some sunglasses (come on, man!). Simone Missick, who will be playing Misty Knight and Mahershala Ali (playing Cornell Stokes aka Cottonmouth) also took the stage before Alfre Woodard (“Black Mariah” Dillard on the show) and Mike Colter (Luke Cage himself) rounded out the panel. Cheo says, “The world is ready for a bulletproof black man.” #LukeCage #MarvelSDCC— Ryan Penagos (@AgentM) July 22, 2016The cast and showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker (previously of Ray Donovan, Southland) talked about the characters and series as a whole, occasionally introducing clips. The cast members spoke to how important Harlem was to the story they were telling and Coker talked up how important music was, calling Luke Cage the “Wu Tang-fication of the Marvel universe.” Apparently, each episode will be titled after a different gangster rap song.The Hall H audience was treated to an extended version of the boxing ring teaser scene that came after the Jessica Jones finale episode.After that, he interrogates one of Cottonmouth’s men about where “the weapons” are, threatening to throw him into the Hudson River: “It’s not the fall that kills you. It’s the impact against the water. And when the water fills your lungs right before you black out, you’ll think to yourself: why didn’t I just give Luke Cage what he wanted?”The audience also got to see a clip of Cottonmouth and Black Mariah, who are cousins, fighting. They both apparently break a bunch of things in a bar in anger with Black Mariah arguing that Cottonmouth can always make more money, but she can’t get her name back if it’s tarnished.There was a steamy clip that showed a romance between Luke Cage and Misty Knight, right after Missick described her character: “She’s funny, fiery, she’s a little bit bold and brash… This is this iconic woman who is so strong and self-assured. It’s so refreshing to see a woman who’s her own person. She’s not a wife, she’s not the girlfriend, she’s her own thing.” Mixed signals or a plot wrinkle that needs to be sussed out? That remains to be seen.The next scene introduced the threat of Cornell Stokes, AKA Cottonmouth, the primary antagonist. Or that’s what his scene portrayed. Stokes monologues in front of a portrait of the Notorious B.I.G. in a crown and ends with “Cause everybody wants to be the king.” Then he violently punches someone off screen, asking for his money. When they reveal the man, he is tied to a chair and his face is a bloody mess.The Luke Cage part of the panel wrapped up with a reminder that the whole season drops worldwide on Netflix this September 30th before we all got this new teaser:Jeph Loeb, moderator of the panel and one of those in charge of Marvel TV quickly rattled off the news that Daredevil had been picked up by Netflix for season three before launching into Comic-Con exclusive Iron Fist footage!Teaser do Punho de Ferro! (AGORA VAI) #SDCC— Skwad #14Dias (@avengeiras) July 22, 2016 center_img The journey begins.— Iron Fist (@MarvelIronFist) July 22, 2016… and an ominous voice saying “Hello, Danny.”As all four Defenders had been revealed (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist), there was a short Defenders teaser!The Defenders will be released on Netflix in 2017…but an exact date wasn’t given.That’s a pretty jam-packed panel considering it was just representing a small sliver of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.last_img read more

Behind the Latest Restructuring at Condé Nast

first_imgLast month, the company announced it was shuttering the print edition of Teen Vogue in order to invest in the brand’s growing digital presence, while also making reductions in the frequencies of several other titles. Meanwhile, it launched six new digital brands and recently unveiled an expanded 23 Stories’ Creative Group under creative director Dirk Standen, which the company says now caters to “more than a dozen big external clients” like 20th Century Fox and Lincoln.Per comScore data, the company hit a record 113 million web visitors across its portfolio in October, and in November topped one billion total video views across its own brands’ platforms, YouTube, and Facebook.“We are already seeing results within the sales division of a more unified approach to the market, and there is clear momentum heading into Q1 2018, pacing well ahead of last year at this time,” Blanchard adds.In a holiday note to staffers this week, CEO Bob Sauerberg pointed to the restructuring of Allure and Teen Vogue, the hiring of Radhika Jones as Graydon Carter’s successor at Vanity Fair, the launches of digital brands like them, and The New Yorker’s Pulitzer Prize, among several other things, as highlights of the year.“We make the best content in the world, and that is something that will never change,” Sauerberg wrote. “No matter what new platform, trend or app disrupts our industry next, it will be our content that matters the most.” Major changes are afoot at Condé Nast as the publisher continues to evolve its operations to meet changing demands from consumers and advertisers alike.Responding to a Sunday New York Post report that the company was “poised to take a scalpel to its corporate side” after losing $100 million this year, Condé Nast chief communications officer Cameron Blanchard tells Folio:, “We are going to … look at the corporate functions to make sure that these areas are best set up to support the new business and editorial structures we put in place over this past year.”Those new structures, which took shape through multiple reorganizations in late 2016 and early 2017, were primarily aimed at driving efficiency by increasing collaboration across departments.Where publishers were once responsible for individual brands, chief business officers now oversee multiple titles. A unified sales and marketing team, under the banner “Condé Nast One,” reports to chief revenue and marketing officer Pamela Drucker Mann. Fashion and beauty editors collaborate on content for brands across the company’s portfolio, and formerly disparate creative, copy, and research teams were merged to operate in a more cross-brand manner a little over a year ago.As with most media-company restructurings, those shifts were followed by multiple rounds of layoffs, and Blanchard acknowledges, “We will resource more heavily in the growth areas, which may result in some duplications in others,” but insists the changes are not a cost-cutting exercise, but a restructuring to support the aforementioned changes elsewhere within the company.A privately held company, Condé Nast does not publicly disclose its finances, but its moves over the past year indicate that its evolution is at least in large part aimed at cutting costs tied to print in order to further embrace new revenue from digital media, events, and its recently expanded creative services unit, 23 Stories, which acquired experiential agency Pop2Life in March and produced a two-day Teen Vogue Summit in Los Angeles earlier this month.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Environmental Analyst II at MassDEPFull-Time Purchasing Analyst III at Osram SylvaniaFull-Time Design & Solution Specialist at Heilind ElectronicsFull-Time Buyer at D.B. RobertsFull-Time Inside Sale Support at S.G. TorriceFull-Time Packaging Technician at Stuffed FoodsPart-Time Bus Driver at Windsor Place of WilmingtonFull-Time Head of Communications and Content at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Drain Cleaner at Drains By JamesPart-Time Package Handler at FedEx Warehouse(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Ideal platform for talented artists

first_imgFor the artists who cannot afford to exhibit their masterpiece at private art galleries, Lalit Kala Akademi is going to organise an International Kala Mela (Art Festival). Artists and groups from any part of the world can showcase their art at this unique festival from February 4 to 18, 2018 at IGNCA, New Delhi. Administrator of the Akademi, CS Krishna Setty said, “This is for the first time that the Akademi has planned a Kala Mela on such a large scale.” He says that earlier it was organized only at the national level. “It is going to prove a boon to especially those artists who cannot afford to exhibit their works of art in the art galleries’. Setty, himself, is an artist of international repute who was recently honoured by the Russian Academy of Arts with its honorary membership. He further said that the Kala Mela shall not only showcase various art forms and precious work of art by the Indian artists but also endeavour to bring the best from around the world including some of the most prominent international galleries from Europe, Asia and the United States. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf The International Kala Mela is coming at a time when there is a perceptible requirement in the art market for a wide-ranging, global platform for Indian art. Besides being one of the leading official platforms of Indian art, the Kala Mela is an attempt to be the first major event of international art in the country so far as the range and scale are concerned. The central objective of Kala Mela is to focus on the direct interaction between the artist and the connoisseur and also education and raising awareness about art, which has been the mandate of Lalit Kala Akademi. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe Kala Mela shall ensure that the contemporary art scene in India, in the sub-continent and the South Asian region gains visibility. It shall also offer an insight into the richness and diversity of these markets to the visitors from across continents. It will simultaneously allow the collectors and investors from this region to access global art in their backyard.The International Kala Mela shall exhibit the most assorted range of modern and contemporary paintings, sculpture, and photography; mix media, prints, drawings and video art by celebrated and upcoming artists.last_img read more

Trans teen confronts Aussie PM over antitrans tweet live on national TV

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Scott Morrison and trans teen Evie Macdonald. | Photos: Facebook / Channel 10 Meet Evie Macdonald: Australia’s answer to Jazz JenningsAustralia hits back at PM’s anti-trans comments with ‘gender whisperer’ productsLGBTI activists in Australia call on Prime Minister to meet transgender peopleRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) PM Scott Morrison shared a Daily Telegraph article claiming training teachers to be aware of transgender students would lead to a surge in young people transitioning.‘We do not need “gender whisperers” in our schools,’ he tweeted. ‘Let kids be kids.’13-year-old trans girl: ‘I had to pretend to be a boy’Morrison then appeared on Channel 10’s The Project last night (6 September).When presenter Carrie Bickmore brought up the PM’s ‘gender whisperers’ comment, she revealed a 13-year-old trans teen sent in a video question into the show.‘This is what I want to say to the Prime Minister,’ Evie Macdonald said in the video. ‘There are thousands of kids in Australia that are gender diverse and we don’t deserve to be disrespected like that through tweets from our Prime Minister.’She continued: ‘I know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of attitudes like this. I went to [a] Christian school where I had to pretend to be a boy and spend weeks in conversion therapy.‘We get one childhood and mine was stolen from me by attitudes like this,’ she said.Morrison responds: ‘I love all Australians – whatever background they come from.‘I want kids allowed to be kids and I want parents to be respected as parents of those children. I don’t think teachers get to take the place of parents.’See his full response:We speak to PM @ScottMorrisonMP about his views on the au pair case, whether bullying occurred during the leadership spill and a young trans kid shares her story with the PM. #auspol #TheProjectTV A trans teen just confronted the Prime Minister of Australia over an anti-trans tweet he posted on Wednesday (5 September). Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… — The Project (@theprojecttv) September 6, 2018Scott Morrison also recently said LGBTI conversion therapy is ‘not an issue’ for him.When asked about a nationwide ban on conversion therapy, Morrison responded: ‘People should make their own choices about their lives’.He continued: ‘I respect people of all sexualities, I respect people of all religions, all faiths. I love all Australians.’‘I’ve never been involved in anything like that, I’ve never supported anything like that, it’s just not an issue for me and I’m not planning to get engaged in the issue,’ he said.See also:LGBTI activists in Australia call on Prime Minister to meet transgender peopleRights groups slam Australia for denying Chelsea Manning a visaAustralian PM Scott Morrison thinks gay conversion therapy is ‘not an issue’ for himGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more