Meghalaya Guv. courts controversy

first_imgMeghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy posted a controversial tweet on Monday , later apologised and deleted it, saying it contained a “factual mistake”. “10th anniversary today of the Paki-sponsored slaughter of innocents (except Muslims) at Mumbai, popularly called 26/11. Does anyone remember why we did not even downgrade our diplomatic relations with the Pakis (let alone break off such relations or go to war?),” Mr. Roy tweeted. The Governor, however, was quick to delete it and apologise. “I was misinformed of the Paki-sponsored killers of 26/11 having spared Muslims. In fact several Muslims were killed. It was a mistake of facts and I am sorry for the same. The relevant tweet has been deleted,” he said in an another tweet. Subsequently, Roy withdrew the second tweet too and came up with a third post.last_img read more

London Olympics: Indian rowers Sandeep Kumar-Manjeet Singh in repechage

first_imgIndian rowers Sandeep Kumar and Manjeet Singh finished fourth in the first heat of the men’s lightweight double scull at the Eton Dorney but qualified for the repechage round in the Olympics here on Sunday.The Indian pair finished 6:56.60 at the Eton Dorney and will have another chance through the repechage to qualify for the knock-out round.Another Indian rower, Sawarn Singh Virk, made the best of the repechage to enter the men’s single sculls quarterfinals after clocking 7:00.49 to finish first amongst five contestants.The Indian was 3.42 seconds faster than the second-placed South Korean Dongyong Kim, who also entered the quarterfinals.last_img

Acer launches Liquid Z6, Z6 Plus phones, Iconia Talk S 4G tablet at IFA

first_imgTaiwanese major Acer launched the Liquid Z6 and Liquid Z6 Plus smartphones alongside the Iconia Talk S 4G LTE-capable voice-calling tablet on Wednesday ahead of IFA 2016, in Berlin.Acer’s Liquid Z6 series smartphones are designed “sport minimalist designs and elegant 2.5D curved glass,” according to the company. The Z6 Plus offers a slight premium advantage over the standard Z6 in that it comes with a metal back casing. The Z6 Plus also offers a fingerprint scanner. Both the phones run Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Liquid UI.The Liquid Z6 comes with a 5-inch FullHD display and is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory. It sports an 8-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.The Liquid Z6 Plus on the other hand comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD screen and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor clubbed with 3GB RAM and 32GB memory. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapxiel front-camera. The phone is backed by a 4,080mAh battery.While the Liquid Z6 has been priced at 119 euros (roughly Rs 8,875), the Liquid Z6 Plus will be available for 249 euros (roughly Rs 18,571).The Iconia Talk S tablet meanwhile supports 4G LTE and dualSIM capabilities. It comes with an HD display and is powered by a quad-core processor (unspecified chipset). The tablet runs Android Marshmallow and comes pre-bundled with Acer’s Iconia Suite apps, which include EZ Snap, EZ WakeUp and EZ Utilities. It sports a 13-megapxiel primary camera and supports expandable storage of up to 138GB via microSD card. The tablet is rated to deliver up to 9 hours of battery life on single charge. The Iconia Talk S will be available starting at 169 euros (roughly Rs 12,600).advertisementAlso Read: Acer launches Spin 7, world’s first laptop that’s thinner than a centimetrelast_img read more

WHY IS THE DEADLINE OCTOBER 14?

first_imgIn recent days several affiliates from Queensland have been asking why the deadline for affiliation with Touch Football Australia (TFA) has changed from June 2006 to October 14, 2005. Question: As a Qld affiliate, originally we understood that we had a year to become a part of the model. Why do we now have to sign up before 14 October? Answer: The situation has changed. Since the new constitution was passed on 25 June, the management of the four regions (NQ, CQ, SWQ and SQBD) have formally declared that they oppose the new model and are actively campaigning against it. The sport suffers while there is ongoing uncertainty about which affiliates will be part of the model and which will not. People involved in the sport have better things to do than play politics. The longer this drags on the more time and resources are wasted when they should be being used to develop the sport. An independent audit found the structure of the sport in Qld to be `dysfunctional’ and recommended a new structure. Only the four regions in Qld do not want to be a part of the new model; the rest of Australia is already moving forward. The declaration by the management of the four regions that they will not be part of the new structure (in opposition to the rest of Australia) has forced the timetable forward. Touch faces challenges from competitors in its own market – Oz Tag, Premier Touch, NTRA etc. They have capitalised on our own willingness to compete against ourselves rather than cooperate for the good of the development of the sport. Touch also faces competition from other codes and other sports. We will lose participants the longer uncertainty reigns. The sport in Qld cannot be left to suffer until June of 2006. We need to move ahead and can only do so knowing exactly who our members are.last_img

How To Make Baked Beans Like A Bostonian

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 8 Best Rums for Piña Coladas Koy Gear Aims to Revolutionize Men’s Everyday Apparel How to Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail A Soaring Roof Defines This Paradise of an Arizona Desert Dwelling Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes Chef Tom Borgia of State Street Provisions in Boston, MAThere’s nothing quite like the sweetness of baked beans to get you through a cold winter night. That’s right: the perennial barbecue staple, usually slopped onto a paper plate between corn on the cob and a relish-smeared hot dog, is so much more than its tart summer side dish status. With its origins in colonial New England, the stewed and baked dish is a year-round delight, and nowhere does it better than Boston.Chef Tom Borgia, head chef of new Boston eatery State Street Provisions, talked to The Manual about the secret to tried-and-true Boston baked beans and how simplicity trumps all when it comes to good flavor.While there are many different iterations of baked beans—some are tomato-heavy and tart, others are overly-sweet—Borgia says what makes Boston baked beans the best of the best is the combination of salty bacon and molasses.“It’s a sweeter, more well-rounded taste,” he says. The rich, almost bitter flavor of molasses gives Boston baked beans a depth that goes beyond the one-note sweetness found in many southern recipes, which often call for maple syrup. He warns, however, that it is of the utmost importance to prepare the beans properly before adding molasses. “Molasses has a lot of sulfur in it, so make sure to cook the beans separately so that sulfur taste doesn’t get into the beans.”Originally, baked beans were stewed with salt pork, a fatty cut (usually the belly or fatback) but State Street’s version relies on apple-smoked bacon to get the salty, fatty flavor so important to the dish with the added bonus of a smoky finish. While Borgia’s version is topped off with braised pork belly and streusel, he stresses that simplicity and good execution are key.“There is room for playfulness, but this is not a dish where you can hide behind tricks,” he says “We emphasize the basics.”An emphasis on expert execution of simple flavors is, it seems, a philosophy he picked up during his time in Italy, where he spent two years alternately working and traveling. “Italian food has always been everything I believe in,” he says. “They like to source locally, but more importantly: it’s all about the ingredients. It’s not necessarily all these bizarre ingredients on top of each other. The best Italian dishes have, like, 4 or 5 ingredients and they let them speak for themselves. Simple preparations, seasoned perfectly, executed perfectly.”State Street’s entire menu manages to balance playfulness, a tried-and-true Boston sensibility, and straight-forward flavor, and nowhere do you see that more than with their baked beans. “There’s a reason they call it Beantown,” Borgia says.Want to make your own baked beans? Never fear. Taking the expert advice of Chef Borgia, The Manual slaved away in the kitchen to create the best Boston baked beans you’ll taste outside of Beantown.Related: Micro Guide: BostonYou’ll Need2 cups dried navy beans¼ pound salt pork, rind removed, or bacon (applewood smoked, if preferred), cut into ½ inch cubes1 teaspoon salt, and additional to taste2 cloves garlic, minced¾ cup molasses1 onion, roughly chopped2 cloves1 teaspoon ground mustardblack pepper to tastecayenne pepper to tasteDirectionsRinse beans, ridding them of any stones, then cover with water—enough to cover the beans by roughly an inch—and soak for at least two hours, but preferably overnight. Add half a clove of garlic to the soaking liquid and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and add a pinch of salt. Let simmer for about half an hour or until the beans start to become tender. Drain the beans, but reserve the soaking liquid.In the meantime, brown the salt pork or bacon in a large dutch oven, then add the onion and remaining garlic and soften in the rendered fat. Add molasses, cloves, mustard, and a pinch of black pepper and stir. Then, add the drained beans and stir, making sure the molasses and salt pork cover the beans. Add the soaking liquid, 1 teaspoon salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper to taste. Bring to boil, then reduce to simmer. Cover with lid. Let simmer for anywhere from four to six hours, until the beans reach your preferred tenderness.Serve hot with fresh baked bread and, depending on the time of day, either a nice bloody mary or a smoky stout.Images courtesy of marlo marketing.last_img read more

Cape Breton Online Business Directory

first_imgBusinesses can now register online to work on the Sydney Tar Ponds cleanup project. The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency launched its online business directory today, March 9. It will serve as a single point of contact for firms that hope to take part in the cleanup and need information on Cape Breton suppliers of goods and services. “We believe the cleanup offers a great opportunity to enhance Cape Breton’s already transforming economy through job creation, skills development, knowledge transfer, and capacity building for future export potential,” said Frank Potter, acting CEO of the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency. “The online directory is a great opportunity for local business owners and operators to promote their products and services.” The directory is open to all businesses throughout Cape Breton and there is no cost to register. The directory is located on the Tar Ponds website, www.tarpondscleanup.ca , where business owners can register their firms, in just a few minutes. The directory will be promoted as the one-stop shop where contractors and consultants can find Cape Breton businesses to partner with. Other agency initiatives to maximize local benefits include business information sessions which will fully explain tendering procedures and a business capacity study of the labour and supplies requirements of the cleanup. The study will also identify areas where local service provision and additional skills development for workers might be improved. The mission of the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency is to clean up the Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens in a manner that is safe and effective, while providing the maximum possible benefit to the local economy.last_img read more

Wrongful conviction award for British Columbia man capped at 8 million

first_imgVANCOUVER – The B.C. Court of Appeal says the provincial government will not have to pay the full $8 million in compensation awarded to a man who spent 27 years in prison before he was acquitted of sexual assault.A B.C. Supreme Court judge granted Ivan Henry the award last year, saying the Crown wrongfully withheld relevant information in a “shocking disregard” for his rights.Henry was convicted of 10 counts of sexual assault in 1983 and was given an indefinite sentence before he was released on appeal and then acquitted of the charges in 2010.Henry had settled out of court in a damage claim against the City of Vancouver and the federal government for $5.1 million, with the lower court judge ruling the money should be deducted from the damage award against the province.Henry appealed the decision, saying the award of constitutional damages was for more than compensation and included damages for vindication and deterrence.But an Appeal Court panel of three judges unanimously disagreed and said requiring the province to pay the entire $8 million settlement on top of the $5.1 million would have constituted a double recovery for Henry.“He would receive an additional sum in the millions of dollars, which would not be fair to the state,” Justice David Tysoe says in the written ruling released Monday.The court says additional awards against the city and the federal government for vindication and deterrence weren’t necessary.The lower court decision said the Crown in Henry’s original trial made an intentional decision not to disclose information relevant to his case, including that Vancouver police had more than one suspect for the sexual assaults.last_img read more

Petmate Teams Up With Miranda Lambert

first_imgPetmate, the worldwide provider of fun, trusted, quality products to enhance the lives of pets and their families, and country music superstar Miranda Lambert are teaming up to launch the new MuttNation Fueled by Miranda Lambert brand at Global Pet Expo March 16-18, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.Miranda Lambert with Bellamy Every purchase will help fund rescue and adoption programs of MuttNation Foundation, the organization established by Miranda and her mother Beverly Lambert in 2009.Miranda’s love for animals has always been a big part of her life. Growing up in a home with an open door policy for people and animals alike, she has adopted that mindset for her own life. Volunteering at the Humane Society of East Texas in her teens has led her to adopting Delilah and ultimately started “Cause for the Paws,” a yearly fundraiser now in its 8th year.“The creation of MuttNation is a dream come true. It’s an extension of me and my mom’s love for all dogs and our goal of helping every dog find a happy, loving home,” says Miranda. “We are beyond thrilled to have Petmate as a committed and trustworthy partner that shares that same vision. There are millions of beautiful dogs looking for homes and it is our hope that in addition to raising money, we will raise awareness to the joy of adopting a shelter pet.”The comprehensive collection of bedding, collars, leashes, toys, apparel, feeding and watering products reflect Miranda’s lifestyle. The product unites a country chic feel with a rock & roll flair. The vintage prints and antique hardware are inspirations of Miranda Lambert’s signature look.One of the highlights is the Rescue Mutts collection of six plush puppies – each toy puppy was created from a real-life rescue dog with its own story. Each tale is a touching depiction of the dog’s adoption and their new family. This particular toy is very close to Miranda’s heart as her own dog Delilah was her very first rescue and is featured in the Rescue Mutt collection.Petmate has always supported rescue and adoption efforts. “This partnership represents a major commitment to help put a stop to the epidemic of homeless pets sweeping our nation,” says Chris Wilson, the company’s executive vice president for product development. “We are so excited to create a collection that provides ongoing support for MuttNation Foundation. The MuttNation product line truly reflects Miranda’s lifestyle and her passion for pets.”Toys 
In addition to the Rescue Mutts, the toy collection features hand-crafted, mixed material toys with a Boho style designed for truly engaging fetch, tug and chew play. Miranda fans will love the suede feel plush tambourines for chew play, guitars and animal favorites including a unicorn, flamingo, rooster and armadillo for tugging. Perfect for fetch, toss and tug, chewing and teething, the molded rubber guitar can hold small treats stashed inside for hours of entertainment.Bedding
The bedding collection has a down-home feel providing a relaxed yet stylish look for the home. The superstar of the line is a tooled leather styled lounger with Petmate’s signature Dig & Burrow feature that taps into dogs’ love for nesting. The line rounds out with loungers, pillow beds, and irresistibly soft cuddlers in pink plaids, brown cow prints, denim, and a custom bandana print.Collars and Leashes 
The collars and leashes collection features a blend of “Country” and “Rock & Roll.” Collars are custom fit, with mixed material feels like denim and leather, tassels and bows with antique brass and nickel hardware. The standout Bandana Neckerchief collars embrace the Americana spirit of country life.Watering and Feeding 
This collection features vintage-inspired finishes including mats with tooled leather, red bandana, rustic burlap and chalkboard photo-real prints. The square melamine bowls bring a nostalgic tone to the line while the rustic crock bowls tap into country chic.last_img read more

Backroom deals speeches key to AFN national chief victory

first_img(Former AFN natioal chief Matthew Coon Come (left) walks beside AFN national chief candidate Pam Palmater during the grand entry Tuesday. Coon Come, Grand Chief of the Cree, is backing Palmater in her bid. APTN/Photo)By Tim Fontaine and Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsTORONTO–With less than 24 hours until chiefs begin electing a new leader of the Assembly of First Nations, it’s make-or-break time for the eight candidates.For many chiefs in attendance, this will be their first opportunity to meet one-on-one with those vying for the position of national chief.As of Tuesday, 314 chiefs and proxies had registered for the Toronto AFN gathering, but officials said they expected more to register by tomorrow, the day of the vote. A total of 1400 people had registered to attend the gathering by Tuesday morning.There are about 634 chiefs who are eligible to vote for the national chief. The winning candidate needs to garner at least 60 per cent of the vote.Eight candidates are in the race for national chief.Four women are vying for the job, including Ellen Gabriel, a Mohawk from Kanesatake, who rose to prominence during the Oka crisis, Joan Jack, an Ojibway lawyer from the Berens River First Nation and former Treaty 3 grand chief Diane Kelly, a lawyer from Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation, and Pam Palmater, a Mi’kmaq lawyer and professor at Ryerson University.The field of candidates also includes incumbent National Chief Shawn Atleo, George Stanley, Alberta AFN regional chief from the Cree First Nation of Frog Lake, Bill Erasmus, Dene Nation chief from the Northwest Territories and Terrance Nelson, the five-time former chief of Roseau River.Much of this politicking takes place in caucus rooms. Over the next day and during the voting process, chiefs from each region will meet in these private rooms to discuss amongst themselves where each candidate stands.“Usually they’ll have an idea on who they want to vote for on the first ballot. And then after that what happens is that the candidates will go around to the various caucus rooms and find out if they can pinpoint specific items that they need to work on to gain support for that caucus. Because after the first ballot everything can change very quickly.” says John Beaucage, who ran unsuccessfully for national chief in 2009.Bob Watts,chief of staff to former AFN national chief Phil Fontaine, said each of the camps would also spend Tuesday working furiously to shore up their existing support and try to peel support away from the other candidates.“Right now it’s about shoring up votes, making sure supporters are still supporters and finding ways of networking out in the other camps and seeing where there is help and where there is no help,” he said. “There is a lot of work in the backrooms.”Perhaps the most formal and visible election event is the all-candidates forum. Traditionally held the night before voting begins, candidates have the opportunity to address the chiefs in attendance in a strictly timed and structured format.Beaucage says this will be crucial for incumbent Atleo.“They’re looking at the past record for National Chief Atleo. They’re seeing what was promised three years ago and they’re seeing how that promise was delivered and they’re trying to determine if Chief Atleo deserves another term.”Watts said speech preparation plays a big part of what is happening in the backrooms of each camp.“(Atleo) has probably gone over his speech this afternoon a hundred times to make sure that he is going to hit everything they expect of him. This is going on in all the camps,” said Watts. “This is big politics and people take it really seriously.”While it might be easy to assume that the level of applause is an indication of support, that’s not always the case. At the 2009 AFN election in Calgary, Nelson received the most applause at the all-candidates forum, yet was eliminated in the first round of voting.The speeches will be playing a decisive role in this year’s outcome as many chiefs have still to make up their minds as to who they will support. It appears Atleo has a lock on a large part if not all the B.C. votes making Ontario, which has the second largest block of chief, as a key battleground. Many Ontario chiefs say they are waiting to see how the speeches unfold before deciding where to turn.Talk among chiefs and observers indicate that if Atleo emerges from the first ballot in a show of strength, his opposition will melt away. It seems there is little appetite for the marathon voting sessions from 2009.Watts said this year’s election is probably one of the most important in recent memory.“There is a lot at stake. There is probably more at stake in this election than in any other election,” said Watts. “Just with the way things are going with free prior and informed consent, the focus on resource development, the alternative that the government seems to be presenting that, ‘we’ll go ahead and do stuff and worry about it later,’ versus First Nations saying we want processes, we want to be involved, we want high standards in terms of how things are being done. So these are contrasting visions of the country of how development will happen.”And the high stakes have brought out some of the big hitters in First Nations politics.Former AFN national chief Matthew Coon Come, who is Grand Chief of the Cree, has publicly backed Palmater’s candidacy. He walked next to her as they entered during the grand procession to open the AFN gathering amid drums and singing.Coon Come, however, refused to comment Tuesday on why he backed Palmater.Another former national chief Ovide Mercredi, who is now a band councillor for Misipawistik Cree Nation in Manitoba, has thrown his considerable influence behind Atleo.“(Atleo) is the only guy that can lead,” said Mercredi, as he walked into the Toronto Metro Convention Centre where the AFN vote will be held.This year’s election has also seen a level of criticism directed at the incumbent not usually seen in AFN contests.Palmater has strongly rebuked the work of the AFN and Atleo, accusing the incumbent national chief of being too close to the Conservative government and enabling the assimilation of First Nations people.While her blunt talk has earned her a large following on social media, some chiefs believe that she has crossed the line.Snuneymuxw Chief Doug White, whose community is on Vancouver Island, said the rhetoric employed by Palmater has been “destructive” and done little to advance the cause of First Nations people.“It is a destructive form of politics that destroys the dignity…of the AFN,” said White, who is supporting Atleo. “Throwing rocks doesn’t serve our people.”White also said he was “deeply disturbed” by Nelson and his decision to use a planned trip to Iran as part of his campaign.“It attacks the dignity of the AFN for a candidate to be sidling up to such a repressive regime,” said White. “No social movement in history has ever advanced by peddling ignorance and allying with oppressors.”Rumours have also circulated that some chiefs from the prairie regions may consider leaving the AFN if Atleo again wins the post.The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations has openly criticized Atleo for ignoring the direction of chiefs who want the AFN to take a stronger position on enforcing treaty rights.Onion Lake Cree Nation Chief Wallace Fox has publicly accused Atleo of pushing the assimilation policies of the Conservative government. Fox nominated Atleo for national chief in 2009.FSIN vice-chief Morley Watson, however, dispelled talk of treaty chiefs walking away from the AFN if Atleo wins.“Whoever (the chiefs) decide to back, we will work with them,” said Watson.tfontaine@aptn.cajbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Forestry forum tries to find solutions to a struggling industry

first_imgLee WilsonAPTN NewsThere was a not a seat left at the “Rethinking Forestry Forum” held in Terrace, British Columbia in hopes of finding long-term solutions to the economic downtown that has rocked the industry.This year more than 4,000 forestry workers have lost their jobs according to the province.Eighty-five per cent of First Nations in the province have signed forest consultation and revenue sharing agreements, and the downturn is also affecting these nations.Roger Keery, president of Skeena Sawmills, was pleased to see industry focus their energy to find solutions to improve forestry.“There is an enormous amount of experience of people in the forest industry,” said Keery. “It’s common to have people who have worked in this for 30 plus years who have tried a lot of things and seen these problems and wrestled with them.”The northern terrain itself creates challenges.Building roads through coastal mountains is costly and tree growth is slower than in southern regions.“The value of the fibre here is on average lower than in some other parts of the province and the logging costs are high,” Keery said.“Those are some of the historic issues for logging in this area”.The forum was arranged by Skeena MLA Ellis Ross after residents shared job concerns with mill closures happening around the rest of the province.“This is really bad what’s happening in B.C., 89 mills either closed or curtailed.“I don’t want to see that, there has got to be a long term solution to this”, said Ross.Another challenge is high stumpage fees which are what industry pays the government to harvest timber on Crown lands.Those fees make it harder to be competitive in the market. An idea shared here was stumpage fees applied on average over multiple permits rather than each permit having a separate fee.The industry is also in search of new markets.Terrace Resident Chayo Nyawello has been trying to reach a deal to sell timber to Africa.He put together a plan that was approved by federal and provincial governments.“In the last two years, the year before I travelled to Africa to Ethiopia and Sudan. I looked around and I saw the opportunity in those countries as a new market for Canadian wood products,” said Nyawello.In Ethiopia, he discussed with government officials the benefit of building homes with Canadian lumber.“My meeting was very good with him. He said go into the community look for the construction companies and sell your ideas to them – that building with wood and wood housings are the best”, he said.Ross says MLAs are looking at how other wood producing countries like Sweden have built a sustainable and profitable forestry industry.“Are we at year one of BC having a 30-year plan for forestry, I am hopeful we can get to that conversation and make it more sustainable”In late September, loggers staged a rally in downtown Vancouver. They drove their trucks through the downtown to raise awareness of the struggles the industry is facing.lwilson@aptn.calast_img read more

The Competition Bureau reaches settlement with Leons and the Brick

first_imgOTTAWA – The Competition Bureau said Tuesday it has reached an agreement with Leon’s Furniture Ltd. and the Brick Ltd. regarding allegations of deceptive marketing practices dating back nearly five years ago.As part of the settlement, Leon’s and the Brick have agreed to each donate $750,000 worth of home furnishings over two years to charities to be approved by the regulator.The bureau alleged in July 2013 that the retailers’ “buy now, pay later” promotions, often resulted in customers paying more than advertised and should be stopped.It said that customers who chose the deferred-payment option often ended up paying more than those who paid for their purchases up front as a result of the additional fees, which were “buried” by the retailers in the “fine print.” The extra costs ranged from processing or administrative fees, delivery fees and taxes.Leon’s, which owns the Brick, defended its deferred payment plans at the time. The retailer of furniture, appliances and electronics said they benefited consumers.But as part of the agreement announced Tuesday, Leon’s and the Brick have also agreed to adhere to the bureau’s guidance on the proper use of disclaimers in advertising and the disclosure of fees associated with their financing plans.“Consumers expect and deserve truth in advertising,” said Josephine Palumbo, the bureau’s deputy commissioner of competition, in a statement.“The bureau works to ensure Canadians can trust advertising claims made by businesses and can be confident in their purchasing decisions. Increased competition in the marketplace provides consumers with competitive prices and more choice.”Leon’s could not be immediately reached for comment about its settlement agreement with the Competition Bureau.Companies in this story: (TSX:LNF)last_img read more

Plight of refugees crossing Gulf of Aden draws call to action from

10 July 2007The United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) has used a halt in the annual flow of Somali boatpeople travelling across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen to draw attention to their plight and call for more action to help those who endure such harsh journeys. The United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) has used a halt in the annual flow of Somali boatpeople travelling across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen to draw attention to their plight and call for more action to help those who endure such harsh journeys.UNHCR Jennifer Pagonis told reporters today in Geneva that the flow across the Gulf of Aden “to seek safety or a better life has temporarily halted because seas are too rough to make the crossing in July and August.”Still, each year between September and the following June, “irregular travel to Yemen has also become increasingly difficult as a result of increased crackdowns on smugglers in Somalia’s Bosaso region and heightened security patrols along the Yemen coastline,” she said.For those refugees who do secure a trip, the risks of death or sickness have increased. Because of a need to find new routes, trips are more indirect and take around three days rather than the regular two.The treatment of the refugees by smugglers who have managed to remain active despite the crackdown is increasingly horrendous, Ms. Pagonis noted. After paying $50, many refugees are forced to disembark while still in deep water, where most are then beaten with clubs, drown or are attacked by sharks.The solution lies not only in cracking down on smugglers, but on tackling the root causes of persecution, poverty and conflict that drive so many people to leave their homes and risk such perilous sea journeys, Ms. Pagonis said.Countries receiving migrants should have more help in managing the inflows so that people who need protection can get it and those who do not can return home safely.She stressed that anyone in distress at sea should be rescued, allowed to disembark and given access to proper screening procedures upon arrival.For the first six months of this year, UNHCR has recorded the arrival of 77 smuggling boats carrying more than 8,600 refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, mainly Somalis and Ethiopians, across the Gulf of Aden.Although these figures are below those equivalent statistics from the first half of 2006, when over 11,700 people made the journey, the trip has become more deadly: at least 367 people have been killed so far this year, compared to 266 for the same period last year.Ms. Pagonis added that while smuggling in the Gulf of Aden has come to a temporary seasonal halt, it has started again in the Mediterranean Sea.“UNHCR has repeatedly expressed its concerns about the situation in the Gulf of Aden, the Mediterranean and other waters, as some of those who risk their lives making such crossing are refugees and asylum seekers,” she said. The number of irregular arrivals into Italy fell by 31 per cent compared to the first six months of last year, but in June alone 200 people were reported dead or missing reported in the Strait of Sicily.Last year UNHCR presented a Ten-Point Plan of Action on Refugee Protection and Mixed Migration that sets out a number of measures to assist States in dealing with the issue. read more

Ohio State mens basketball picks up 20point win against Colgate

Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) dribbles the ball during a game against Colgate on Dec. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 70-50.Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s basketball team bounced back to beat Colgate (N.Y.) on Saturday afternoon after losing its first game of the season against No. 5 Louisville on Tuesday.The No. 14 Buckeyes (6-1) outscored Colgate (1-7) by 10 in each half on their way to a 70-50 win.Colgate hung with OSU for portions of the matchup, but the Buckeyes pulled away late. Redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams said that the Buckeyes needed to relax in order to finally pull away.“We just needed to calm down honestly,” Williams said. “We weren’t playing like our game and coach (Thad) Matta said after the timeout that we just needed to calm down and relax and get the flow for the game.”OSU got the first half started with a 10-0 run but the Raiders responded by scoring five unanswered points. Colgate cut the OSU lead down to three after going on an 8-6 run with about 10 minutes remaining in the half. The Buckeyes gained the upper hand though, going on a 15-8 run to close out the half.Both teams struggled from the field as OSU shot 35.5 percent while holding the Raiders to 29.6 percent in the half. Free throws helped the Buckeyes extend their lead as they went 5-6 from the line. Sophomore forward Marc Loving led all scorers in the first half with 12 points as OSU took a 31-21 lead into halftime.The deficit stayed relatively the same as both OSU and Colgate traded scores for the first 10 minutes of the second half. The Buckeyes managed to hold on to a 52-38 lead with about 10 minutes remaining in the game.OSU continued to stretch the lead after a four-point play by Williams gave OSU a 66-46 advantage with about five minutes to play on its way to a 20-point win.Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell led all scorers in the game as he scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half to go along with four rebounds, four assists and two steals. The Buckeyes shot 46.6 percent from the field in the game while holding the Raiders to 33.3 percent.Loving totaled 17 points while Williams had 11 points for OSU off the bench.Senior center Ethan Jacobs led Colgate with 18 points and five rebounds.Loving said it was important for the Buckeyes to go on a run in the second half to keep Colgate at a safe distance.“You can’t give teams like Colgate opportunity to linger around because then you’ll be in a dogfight,” Loving said. “We knew we had to go on a run eventually and we ended up pushing our lead to 20 points and finished the game out.”Williams finished the game with 11 points and three rebounds in 20 minutes of play. OSU assistant coach Jeff Boals commended Williams for his effort in playing for his teammates.“This is probably one of the closest groups in my six years,” Boals said. “They all care about each other, they cheer for each other, and it’s a situation tonight where Kam Williams came in and did a great job.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to face High Point (N.C.) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Manchester City to challenge Barcelona for Ajax youngster

first_imgOne of the most promising young talents in Europe could soon leave Ajax, with Frenkie De Jong attracting the interest of numerous notable European clubs.Already established himself as a regular first-team member under Erik ten Hag, De Jong has registered 47 appearances for the Lancers at the age of 21.Along with his fellow teammate Matthijs De Ligt, the prosperous midfielder has been one of the stars in the Netherlands’ stunning 3-0 victory over Germany.Dusan tadic, AjaxReport: Ajax are top of the league after 4-1 win George Patchias – September 15, 2019 Ajax is top of the Eredivisie after beating Heerenveen 4-1.Ajax was without standout midfielder Donny van Beek again, for the visit of Heerenveen to…Additionally, De Jong’s outstanding performance in the Champions League group stage has earned him the interest from the Catalan giants Barcelona.However, according to the Daily Mail, Manchester City are weighing up a move for Ajax rising star, who won’t come cheap. De Godenzonen ask for at least £70 million to renounce De Jong’s services, which would break City’s current £60 million record transfer fee paid for Riyad Mahrez.After Guardiola failed to sign Jorginho from Napoli last summer, the Spaniard intends to boost his midfield department by bringing “new Sergio Busquets.”last_img read more

EU Trade Talks Top of Mind for ASA at US Chamber Forum

first_imgAs part of the European Union (EU)-United States High-Level Regulatory Cooperation Forum held today in Washington, American Soybean Association (ASA) Executive Committee member and Greenwood, Del., soybean farmer Richard Wilkins spoke on the importance of including the unique nature of American agriculture and of soybean farming in upcoming negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).Wilkins noted the importance of the EU as an export market for American soybeans and soy products, but also cited the significant drop in recent exports as a result of EU policies.“In 1997, we exported 10.3 million tons of [soy] products to EU Member States. However, by 2012 the volume of exports had fallen by over 81 percent to 1.9 million tons. We believe an important cause for this sharp decline is the EU’s requirements that food products derived from agricultural biotechnology enhancement be labeled, and more recently the EU’s discriminatory policies on biofuel feedstocks under its Renewable Energy Directive (RED),” said Wilkins.Within his presentation, Wilkins highlighted three major areas in which EU biotech regulations and policies must be discussed during TTIP negotiations, including correcting the EU approval process for new biotech enhancement traits such that approvals are subject to deadlines and based only on scientific criteria; the establishment of commercially-feasible international standards for the Low Level Presence of unapproved biotech traits in commodity shipments; and addressing the unlawful practice of prohibiting imports of biotech-enhanced commodities that have been approved by EU Commissioners.Wilkins also raised farmer concerns with the Renewable Energy Directive, or RED, which places inaccurate and unscientific greenhouse gas emissions and sustainable land use benchmarks on American soybeans, restricting their use as a feedstock for biodiesel production in Europe, and significantly hampering the potential in the European marketplace.“The U.S. soy industry has worked with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to initiate negotiations with the EU on a bilateral agreement under which documented producer compliance with U.S. conservation laws would be deemed as achieving the RED’s sustainability requirements,” said Wilkins. “If the U.S. is to maintain even its current limited access to the EU market for soybean exports, the TTIP must guarantee that negotiations on an aggregate bilateral agreement will go forward, as provided for under the RED.”Finally, Wilkins cited the soybean industry’s opposition to the EU’s proposed Ecologically-Focused Areas (EFA) program which ASA believes would nullify and impair U.S. access to the EU market for soybeans and soybean meal and violate the Blair House Agreement reached at the end of the Uruguay Round negotiations.“We understand that the goal of this Forum and of the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations is to identify and work to harmonize areas where our respective regulations and laws currently restrict bilateral trade,” concluded Wilkins in his address. “However, unless regulations, laws and interpretation of laws are addressed, access to the EU market will continue to be impaired, and exports of U.S. soybeans and soy products will remain below historical levels.”For a full transcript of Wilkins’ comments, please click here.###ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through voluntary farmer membership by farmers in 30 states where soybeans are grown.For more information contact:Richard Wilkins, ASA Executive Committee Member, 302-242-1495, wilkfarm@verizon.netPatrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, pdelaney@soy.orglast_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday February 17 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Sunday, February 17, 2019:#1) Fun Fair At Shriners AuditoriumThe Commerford Fun Fair returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) during February vacation. The Fair will be open on Saturday, February 16, 2019 (10am-7pm); Sunday, February 17, 2019 (10am-6pm); and Monday, February 18, 2019 (10am-6pm). These fairs, held year-round up and down the east coast, are a “fun, friendly, and safe place to bring your family.” The fair feature rides, games, and a unique chance to interact with animals. Children 12 and under are free with coupon. Price for adults online are $10. Price for adults at the event are $18. Free children coupons are available at local businesses or at front box office during the event. Rides and other vendors inside are an additional cost. For ride prices, visit www.commerfordzoo.com. Call 860-491-3421 with any questions.#2) Wilmington High Teams In ActionWHS Girls Varsity Basketball team is participating in the St. Mary’s Tournament in Lynn at 3:45pm. Te WHS Boys JV Hockey Team takes on Melrose at the Flynn Rink at 12:30pm. Members of the WHS Boys & Girls Track teams are competing in the Division IV State Meet at the Reggie Lewis Field House at 10am.#3) Catch Up On This Week’s WCTV CoverageLast week, WCTV published seven new videos, including the latest Selectmen’s Meeting, School Committee Meeting, Board of Appeals Meeting, Seth Moulton’s Town Hall event, and Joanne Benton’s Auditorium Dedication. Watch them HERE.#4) Middlesex Canal Museum OpenThe Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm.  Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.#5) Food ShoppingFood shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.Like 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, February 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For February 19, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

I Know This is a nonsensical hacking game inspired by Jurassic Park

first_imgMost video games are the result of months and years of hard work by talented developers carefully refining their ideas. But when you only have a few days to make a game, like at a game jam, a whole different kind of creativity emerges. I Know This is a free game made during Global Game Jam 2015 based entirely on the hacking scene from Jurassic Park.To refresh your memory, in the scene, Lex hacks the control room to restore power, call for help, and most importantly, lock out the deadly dinosaurs encroaching on the group. “It’s a UNIX system! I know this!” she proclaims, giving developers Gavin McCarthy, Adam Axbey, and Matthew Simmonds of Two’s Complement a name for their project.What made the scene so memorable for the team was its perfectly 90’s Hollywood movie representation of a computer network as abstract islands of files in a rudimentary 3D space. Even better, the look was actually based on a real graphical user interface called Fusion, or “fsn” for “file navigation system.”So the team decided to reverse-engineer the scene into a hacking game, albeit one with as much understanding of real hacking as a high-paid screenwriter. Players move between blocks representing files on their own computer as they search for the target Golden Folder. However, they’ll also have to look out for fake folders full of viruses as well as roaming spotlights that send them back to the start. Corrupted files limit potential paths while orange nodes serve as bridges between areas.But the mechanic that best captures the feverish speed and determination of movie hackers happens once players open a pink search folder. A countdown starts and players have to code as much as they can to open up the file before being booted out. “Coding” in this case means typing as much gibberish as possible as fast as possible. However, players still have to pay attention to some coding rules and syntax like hitting the enter key at the end of the line.It’s dumb, it’s hilarious, and it will still somehow make you feel like a black hat super genius for doing nothing at all. Plus, there’s an off-brand Clippy named Clicky providing helpful advice every step of the way.You can download I Know This for free on PC and Mac at The Instruction Limit. There’s a Linux version in the works as well. Here’s hoping it makes a cameo in Jurassic World.last_img read more

Worlds Fastest Processor IBM z196 Clocks 52 GHz

first_imgRemember when a 1.4GHz processor was deemed the world’s fastest?Don’t blink!!! if you do, you may miss IBM’s new  5.2 GHz processor.IBM is claiming that the chip within IBM’s new zEnterprise clocks in at 5.2GHz, making it the world’s fastest microprocessor. We’re sure this claim could be challenged on multiple fronts, namely by hardcore overclockers who have seen their own chips operate at much higher speeds with the help of liquid nitrogen. But IBM’s new silicon doesn’t require any complicated cooling; it’s just blisteringly fast.It’s a four-core slab that was manufactured using the outfit’s 45 nanometer technology, boasting 1.4 billion transistors and the ability to handle more than 50 billion instructions per second.The new chip will ship only to mainframe customers starting on September 10th, and IBM says that the record-breaking speed is necessary for businesses managing huge workloads, such as banks and retailers, especially as the world becomes increasingly more inter-connected, data has grown beyond the world’s storage capacity, and business transactions continue to skyrocket.Fujitsu’s Venus CPU is also said to handle a staggering 128 billion calculations per second, so IBM would be facing a tough competition.last_img read more

Best Prime Day 2019 Deals on Soundbars – Starting at Just 6299

first_imgLooking to put a soundbar under your TV? You’ve come to the right place then, as Prime Day 2019 has a bunch of great options available at a significant discount.There was a time when people used to invest a lot of money on full-blown home theater systems. They are great and all, but sometimes you just need room-filling sound without spending too much money and wasting too much space. That’s where soundbars come in and they represent excellent value for money along with a bunch of space saving features. And oh, in a lot of occasions, they sound great too if you find an option with a subwoofer.Today, we’re going to list down all the best soundbar deals available for Prime Day 2019 that are worth checking out.Buy Samsung MM45 Series 2.1 Channel Wireless Sound Bar – Was $300, now just $119.99Buy VIZIO SB3220n-F6 32″ 2.0 Channel Sound Bar (2018 Model) – Was $90, now just $62.99Buy Klipsch R-20B Bluetooth Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer (Satin Black) – Was $400, now just $280Buy Yamaha YAS-207BL Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer Bluetooth & DTS Virtual:X Black – Was $300, now just $204.99Buy Samsung MM55 Series 3.1 Channel Wireless Sound Bar – Was $272, now just $149.99For smaller spaces, just a soundbar is more than enough to boost the audio experience. But if you have a larger television room space, then something with a subwoofer will go a long way to enhance those Netflix binge sessions. Furthermore, these deals are not going to last for more than 24 hours so make your move fast. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Kazakhstan government intercepts nationwide HTTPS traffic to reencrypt with a govtissued root

first_imgUpdate: On August 6, 2019, TSARKA, a cyberattack prevention body in Kazakhstan, announced that those who have established the National Certificate may delete it since it will no longer be needed. “Officials explained that it was happening because of the new security system’s testing,” TSAR mentioned. TSAR was officially informed that the tests were completed, all the tasks set during the pilot were successfully solved.  However, they further said, “the need for its installation may arise in cases of strengthening the digital border of Kazakhstan within the framework of special regulations.” On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, the Kazakhstan government started intercepting internet traffic within its borders. The government further instructed all the ISPs to force their users to install a government-issued root certificate by Quaznet Trust Network on all devices and in every browser. With the help of this security root certificate, the local government agencies will be able to decrypt users’ HTTPS traffic, sneak into their content, re-encrypt it with the government’s own certificate, and later send it to its destination; thus allowing for the possibility of a nation-wide man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack. Since Wednesday, all internet users in Kazakhstan have been redirected to a page instructing users to download and install the new certificate, be it in their desktops or on their mobile devices. Why is the Kazakhstan government forcing citizens to install the root certificate? A local media, Tengrinews.kz reported, the Kazakh Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace said only internet users in Kazakhstan’s capital of Nur-Sultan will have to install the certificate; however, users from all across the country reported being blocked from accessing the internet until they installed the government’s certificate. Olzhas Bibanov, head of public relations service at Tele2 Kazakhstan, said, “We were asked by authorized bodies to notify Nur-Sultan’s subscribers about the need to establish a security certificate”. In an announcement sent to the local ISPs the government said the introduction of the root certificate was due to “the frequent cases of theft of personal and credentials, as well as money from bank accounts of Kazakhstan”. The government in the announcement mentioned, “The introduction of a security certificate will help in the protection of information systems and data, as well as in identifying hacker cyber attacks of Internet fraudsters on the country’s information space systems, private, including the banking sector, before they can cause damage. (…) In the absence of a security certificate on subscriber devices, technical limitations may arise with access to individual Internet resources”. The government further assured the tool “will become an effective tool to protect the country’s information space from hackers, Internet fraudsters and other types of cyber threats.” The Kazakh government has tried unsuccessfully before to get its root certificate implemented Similar to current situation, in December 2015, the government tried their first attempt to force Kazakh users to install the root certificate. The government also sent across a notice to all users warning to install the certificate by January 1, 2016. “The decision was never implemented because the local government was sued by several organizations, including ISPs, banks, and foreign governments, who feared this would weaken the security of all internet traffic (and adjacent business) originating from the country”, ZDNet reports. The Kazakh government approached Mozilla to include their root certificate into their Firefox by default. However, Mozilla declined their proposal. How can users ensure their safety from their own government? If users do not wish to install such a certificate that puts their personal data at risk, they can try encrypting their internet traffic themselves or avoid the installation of this certificate. One way is, by switching to Linux as according to the announcement, Linux users are exempted from downloading this certificate. “[…] the installation of a security certificate must be performed from each device that will be used to access the Internet (mobile phones and tablets based on iOS / Android, personal computers and laptops based on Windows / MacOS).” Eugene Ivanov, a member of the Mozilla team says, “I think both Mozilla and Google should intervene into this situation because it can create a dangerous precedent, nullifying all the efforts of enforcing HTTPS. If Kazakhstan will succeed, more and more governments (eg. Russian Federation, Iran, etc.) will start global MITM attacks on their citizens and this is not good. I think all CAs used for MITM attacks should be explicitly blacklisted both by Mozilla and Google to exclude even [the] possibility of such attacks.” The government claims that installing the certificate is entirely voluntary. However, a user on HackerNews adds to this claim saying, “Technically yes, installing the certificate is voluntary; it’s just that if you don’t install it you won’t be able to access the internet anymore when the government starts MITMing your connections”.  This is possible.  The government can take strict measures, which may not be in favour of the public and in turn force them to indirectly and involuntarily handover their personal data In such cases people are highly dependent on browsers such as Firefox, Google, to fight for their rights. A Kazakhstan user writes on HackerNews, “Banning this certificate or at least warning the users against using it WILL help a lot. Each authoritarian regime is authoritarian in its own way. Kazakhstan doesn’t have a very strong regime, especially since the first president resigned earlier this year. When people protest strongly against something, the government usually backs down. For example, a couple of years ago the government withdrew their plans of lending lands to foreign governments after backlash from ordinary people. If Kazakhs knew about the implications of installing this certificate, they would have been on the streets already.” The user further adds, “If Firefox, Chrome and/or Safari block this certificate, the people will show their dissatisfaction and the law will be revoked. Sometimes the people in authoritarian countries need a little bit of support from organizations to fight for their rights. I really hope the browser organizations would help us here.” Browser organizations are having a discussion to come up with a plan of action to deal with sites that have been (re-)encrypted by the Kazakh government’s root certificate. However, nothing is yet officially disclosed. We will update this page on further updates to this news. Read Google’s discussion group to know more about this news in detail. Read Next An attack on SKS Keyserver Network, a write-only program, poisons two high-profile OpenPGP certificates Firefox releases v66.0.4 and 60.6.2 to fix the expired certificate problem that ended up disabling add-ons Apple revoked Facebook developer certificates due to misuse of Apple’s Enterprise Developer Program; Google also disabled its iOS research applast_img read more