SEA Games: Suarez, two Filipino pugs enter semis; Paalam out

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Fil-Briton Felix John Nobel Tupas finished the card with a dominant debut for the Philippines team in 81kg, banging Cambodian Felix Merlin Martinez via unanimous decision.READ: ‘Solid’ PH boxing team capable of taking home golds But the victories were tinged by the questionable defeat of Carlo Paalam to Malaysian Muhamad Fuad Redzuan in the 49kg.Paalam, one of the most promising boxers in the country at only 19 years old, was clearly on top of everything against the fighter who had earlier in his career lost to Filipinos Rogen Ladon and Elmer Pamisa.But Redzuan kept Paalam busy by dragging him down at least four times throughout the match.ADVERTISEMENT READ: PH in for tough gold hunt in SEA Games; Athletics, boxing bright spotsThe Malaysian also threw haymakers coming from out of nowhere and landing very few.That decision shocked the Philippine team here drawing criticism as the Malaysian Sports Minister Brig. Gen. Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar was in the sidelines. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Charly Suarez of the Philippines dominates Khir Akyazlan Bin Azmi of Malaysia in the quarterfinals of the light welterweight class men’s boxing competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games at the MITEC Hall 8 in Kuala Lumpur. Suarez prevailed by unanimous decision. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Two-time champion Charly Suarez battered Malaysia foe to score a convincing decision win and lead two other Filipino boxers to the Southeast Asian Games semifinals at MITEC Hall 8.Suarez slammed left and right upper cuts to the solar plexus of Khir Akyazlan Azmi in the third to win the 64kg quarterfinal match before a band of uniformed, boisterous crowd trying to distract the Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games MOST READ PH men’s volley team drops SEA Games opener to Vietnam “I told myself that I need to win the favor of the crowd,” said Suarez in Filipino who unloaded his power punches that put Azmi on all fours. The Malaysian, though, made the count.READ: PH boxers make rousing 2017 SEA Games debutsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMario Fernandez also advanced after a masterful unanimous decision win over Tran Phu Masuk of Vietnam in the 56kg.Fernandez, the defending champion in bantamweight division, controlled the match with his 1-2 combinations. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next View commentslast_img read more

‘Wasted Kante could leave Chelsea’

first_imgTony Cascarino believes that N’Golo Kante could leave Chelsea at the end of the season if Maurizio Sarri continues to favour Jorginho in a holding midfield role.The Italian playmaker was asked to take up the position against Tottenham at Wembley last Saturday, with disastrous results, as the home side ran out 3-1 winners.Kante was deployed in a wider role further up the pitch while Jorginho was guilty of leaving too much space in midfield for Spurs to counter. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Sarri defended his decision in an interview on Wednesday, insisting that Kante does not possess the technical ability to fill that vital defensive position, which raised more than a few eyebrows.The 27-year-old had occupied that role for three and a half years at club level at both Chelsea and Leicester City to great effect, winning the Premier League twice and the FA Cup.He also has the same responsibility for France at international level and was a key part of their World Cup success in Russia this summer and ex-Blue Cascarino feels that the 27-year-old is being undervalued at Stamford Bridge at the moment.“I don’t think Sarri’s comments about Kante being more technical were too much to be concerned about,” the former Republic of Ireland international told talkSPORT.“I think the bigger issue with Kante is they have given him a new contract because they know so many clubs are sniffing around him, but he’s being played out of position.N'Golo Kante Jorginho Huddersfield Chelsea 08112018“You feel he’s wasted.“I think certainly PSG would be in for him as well as other clubs, and why wouldn’t they? He’s the best at his position in the world, without a doubt, for me.“That’s why he signed a new deal, but I don’t believe it will be enough to keep him there if Kante plays in that position all season.“I think by the end of the season he might have had enough, knowing he’s a far better player in the positions he is more accustomed to.”Next up for Chelsea is a Europa League group stage encounter against PAOK Salonika on Thursday, before a return to Premier League action against Fulham on Sunday.The Blues are currently fourth in the table and seven points behind leaders Manchester City, with Arsenal just a point behind them in the race for a Champions League spot in fifth. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


first_imgDowntown Partners is introducing a new way to acquaint yourself with businesses in the downtown area next week.Kalynn Sortino says the first “Stop & Sip” event is next Tuesday:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………beer & wine samples. :19Tuesday’s first event will be in the 600 block of Pearl Street:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….615 Pearl Street. :08You can find future locations and events on the Downtown Partners Facebook page.last_img read more


first_imgRain Plays Havoc with State Titles Horrendous weather conditions have marred the 2005 Junior State Cup with organisers having to cancel the event before all finals had been completed and declare joint premiers. After a starting the event bathed in sunshine on Saturday morning, conditions turned nasty and dangerous in the late afternoon. Organisers had kept watch on weather radars all day as fierce winds, hail and lightening strikes headed toward Thomas Dalton Park, Wollongong. Shortly after 3.30pm conditions became the major concern of the NSWTA as distance thunder and lightening approached. With 22 minutes gone in the time slot and with driving rain, gale force winds sweeping the fields and lightning strikes becoming dangerously close the NSWTA called a halt to all games and directed 7500 people on the park to the safety of covered areas. As the rains, lightning and winds picked up power was lost and the NSWTA had no choice but to cancel the rest of the days games as safety became paramount. This action meant an immediate restructure for the following day’s play with some 83 games needing to be slotted into Sunday’s schedule. After working through the evening to reschedule the event, Sunday got underway in overcast conditions and the occasional shower but in the most pleasant conditions fro the players. As organisers kept a watchful eye on the skies it seemed that the day would proceed without hiccup. Then once again the heavens opened as the finals commenced. Torrential rain continued throughout the final series and again player’s safety became an issue, not through lightning but due to the playing surface and hyperthermia in the bitterly cold storm. Again organisers were faced with a dilemma with only half the finals having been completed. At 4.45pm the General Manager of the NSWTA made a decision he described as his `toughest in the job’ when he cancelled the rest of play and declared joint premiers in all divisions where the final had not been played. “It is heart wrenching to make a decision that cost young children the opportunity to win a state championship on the field. However foremost in our minds has to be their safety and to that end it was the contributing factor in our minds” Russell stated. In the end some 12000 people had experienced the event and even with the severe weather interruptions it appears that most if not all went away with a positive take on the weekend. One parent we spoke to said “I am amazed that they nearly got though it all given the weather? The way they handled yesterday’s storm and getting people to safety was marvellous.” Russell however is now looking toward 2006. “We need to review our current format. We may need to make some changes given its size now. All or part of the event will be in Wollongong again, in what format I am not sure yet and we will have to make those decisions very shortly. However given what we faced this year I know the staff will work to make 2006 our best ever” Final Results (3-2 scoring system used. i.e. 3 pts first touchdown and 2pts for each following touchdown) Ayoub Cup (boys 10) Penrith 7 def Wagga 6 Boys 10’s Plate Peakhurst (2) 5 def Hornsby 0 Tirado Cup (girls 10) Manly Warringah 9 def Wollongong 0 Zabielo Cup (boys 12) Wagga & Penrith joint premiers Boys 12’s Plate Blacktown & Wollongong joint plate winners Vassallo Cup (girls 12) Manly & Parkes joint premiers Girls 12’s Plate Kiama & Taree joint plate winners Yiangou Cup (boys 14) Kiama 5 def Penrith 4 Boys 14’s Plate Manly 17 def St Georges Basin 2 Taylor Cup (girls 14) Wollongong 7 def Wagga 2 Girls 14’s Plate Tamworth def Kiama Wall Cup (boys 16) Western Suburbs & Taree joint Premiers Boys 16’s Plate Wagga & Parramatta joint plate winners Toohey Cup (girls 16) Central Coast 13 def Taree 0 Girls 16’s Plate Kiama 6 def Parramatta Galea Cup (boys 18) Western Suburbs & Penrith joint premiers Boy’s 18’s Plate Manly Warringah & Port Macquarie joint plate winners Rose Cup (girls 18) Cronulla & Wollongong joint premiers Girls 18’s Plate Tamworth & Wagga joint plate winners Club Championship 1st Penrith 79pts 2nd Wollongong 57 2nd Manly Warringah 57 3rd Wagga 50last_img

Early Success from State Of Emergency

first_img “Our operations are only as good as the intelligence that drives them.  We urge persons to use the JDF tip hotline, 837-8888 to call and tell us what you know about criminal activities in your communities,” he added. Colonel General Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Colonel Daniel Pryce, says there are encouraging results from the Public State of Emergency in  St. James, which was declared by Prime Minister , the Most. Hon. Andrew Holness on Thursday, January 18. He called for community support in providing intelligence, noting that the JDF will be putting out bulletins and social media products about the gang members, criminals, lotto scammers and other wanted men “so that they can no longer feel that St. James is a safe haven.” At a media briefing on Saturday morning (January 20) at Burke Barracks in Montego Bay, Colonel Pryce said within the first 24 hours of operations, one Kalashnikov rifle and six live rounds were seized in Flanker. The high-powered weapon, he said, is suspected to have been used in a recent killing in the parish and will undergo ballistic and forensic testing to determine its history. Colonel General Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Colonel Daniel Pryce, says there are encouraging results from the Public State of Emergency in  St. James, which was declared by Prime Minister , the Most. Hon. Andrew Holness on Thursday, January 18.At a media briefing on Saturday morning (January 20) at Burke Barracks in Montego Bay, Colonel Pryce said within the first 24 hours of operations, one Kalashnikov rifle and six live rounds were seized in Flanker.The high-powered weapon, he said, is suspected to have been used in a recent killing in the parish and will undergo ballistic and forensic testing to determine its history.He further informed that eight members of the Sparta gang, who were wanted for murder and other gun-related crimes, were arrested in Flanker.He added that on Friday (Jan. 19), 15 persons were arrested in connection with the illegal purchase and sale of petrol in Freeport.“Over 5000 litres of diesel and petrol, which were being sold from five illegal, makeshift, petrol distribution points, were also seized in that operation,” he informed.Colonel Pryce said the JDF will continue with targeted operations, vehicle checks, cordon and searches, patrols and snap raids to put pressure on the gangs and restore peace to St. James.He called for community support in providing intelligence, noting that the JDF will be putting out bulletins and social media products about the gang members, criminals, lotto scammers and other wanted men “so that they can no longer feel that St. James is a safe haven.”“Our operations are only as good as the intelligence that drives them.  We urge persons to use the JDF tip hotline, 837-8888 to call and tell us what you know about criminal activities in your communities,” he said.center_img Story Highlights He noted that the hotline is manned by soldiers on a 24-hour basis and offers convenience and more importantly, confidentiality.Colonel Pryce said that while he is mindful that law-abiding citizens of St. James may have concerns about the high concentration of soldiers and police in the parish, members of the security forces are trained to be professional in executing their duties and will give due regards to human rights and the dignity of all persons.He urged citizens to get acquainted with the regulations and requirements governing the State of Emergency in order for them “to easily and conveniently transit the area as they go about their lawful business.”He reiterated specific guidelines for closing hours for all businesses in St. James, which he said must be observed as violators will be prosecuted.Under the State of Public Emergency, all clubs and fast food outlets  must be closed by midnight; all service stations by 10:00 pm; bars and taverns are to be closed by 9:00 pm; cook shops and haberdasheries by 7:00 p m; and hangouts and corner shops by 6:00 pm.last_img read more

2 Arrested for Raping and Hiding Body of Mentally Challenged Minor

Rabat – Two individuals were arrested Thursday morning for the rape of a mentally challenged minor that led to her death. The victim’s body was discovered Monday August 21, in front of the Moulay Baghdad cemetery in the city of Zeghanghane in the Nador province. Local authorities in Nador proceeded, on Thursday, August 24, to arrest two people for “their alleged involvement in a case of luring a minor girl, not assisting someone in danger, and the concealment of the corpse of the victim,” reads a statement from the Directorate General of National Security (DGSN).According to preliminary investigations, the two accused, aged 22 and 23, took the victim, who was mentally disabled, to a dwelling where she was raped before “she was seized with a discomfort which caused her death in the same place,” said the DGSN. The two accused then got rid of the body of the victim in front of the gate of the cemetery, where she was found the next day, adds the statement.The investigations carried out by the security services led to the identification of two of the perpetrators and their arrest, as well as the seizure, in their residence, of some medication likely to contain biological traces of the victim, explained the DGSN. The body of the victim was subjected to an autopsy in order to determine the cause of death.The two accused were placed in police custody and are under the disposal of the investigation conducted by the Nador Judicial Police Brigade. Investigations are ongoing to determine the circumstances of this case, and the police intend to arrest a third suspect whose identity has also been determined.The case comes only days after a violent sexual assault of another mentally challenged girl on a bus in Casablanca, which sparked uproar in the Moroccan public and led to protests all over the country. read more

DPR Korea UN nuclear agency experts to embark on mission

11 July 2007An inspection team from the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will travel to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the next few days to implement agreements to monitor the shutdown and eventual abandonment of the Yongbyon nuclear facilities. The IAEA received an invitation from the DPRK yesterday, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters in New York today.Late last month, IAEA inspectors visited Pyongyang and reached agreement with authorities regarding arrangements for the agency’s monitoring and verification of the shutdown of the Yongbyon nuclear facility and the reactor under construction in Taechon.Earlier this week, the IAEA’s Board of Governors decided to dispatch inspectors after approving a report detailing the agency’s future activities in the Asian country.“This is the beginning of a long and complex process, but I welcome the return of the DPRK to the verification process,” IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei told reporters after briefing the Board on 9 July.Mr. ElBaradei predicted that the shutdown of the facilities should only take “a few days,” and cameras and other equipment will also need to be installed to monitor the sites. read more

Solution to conflict in DR of Congo in sight Security Council mission

The statement by the 12-member mission was issued in Kinshasa following meetings over the past few days with high-level DRC representatives, including President Joseph Kabila.”The ceasefire is holding and the parties to the conflict, with one exception, have disengaged their forces in accordance with the agreement they have signed,” the statement said, referring to the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement of 1999. “The parties to the conflict are working with the MONUC [UN Mission in the DRC] to prepare detailed plans and precise timetables for the total withdrawal of all foreign forces, and for the disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, resettlement and repatriation of the armed groups,” the Council delegation said. It added that in meetings today and tomorrow with the Political Committee of the Lusaka accord signatories it would determine whether the conditions had been met for MONUC to enter into phase III, which includes disarmament and demobilization. On the political front, the Council mission reported that the inter-Congolese dialogue had “moved forward” with the adoption on 4 May of a declaration on fundamental principles for the DRC’s internal political negotiations. It also welcomed the measures to liberalize the political environment announced by President Joseph Kabila. Calling on the parties to fully implement their commitments, the Council mission noted that several important steps remained, including the demilitarization of Kisangani and the collocation of the Joint Military Commission established by the Lusaka Agreement with MONUC.Stressing the urgent need for economic assistance, the Council delegation said that the “unacceptable” looting of the country’s natural resources must stop immediately. “Those resources belong to the Congolese people,” the statement said, urging all countries involved to cooperate with the panel mandated by Security Council to investigate the illegal exploitation of natural resources. “The Security Council intends, if no progress is made within three months, to consider the measures necessary to put an end to this illegal exploitation.”The Council mission also called for full respect for human rights by all parties and said it intended to recommend that human rights observers be stationed with each MONUC contingent. “Whatever the outcome, war criminals must be held accountable,” the statement said. “There will be no impunity.”During a press conference before departing Kinshasa, Ambassador Jean-David Levitte of France, who is leading this mission, announced that funding would be available for 40 small development projects where MONUC has a presence. read more

UN nuclear watchdog calls for tougher nonproliferation regime

Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said the existing rules and safeguards are not tough enough to deal with modern realities and the world risks “self-destruction” unless it updates them.Speaking at the IAEA’s headquarters in Vienna, Mr. ElBaradei said he welcomed proposals unveiled yesterday by President George W. Bush of the United States to introduce such measures as tighter controls over the export of nuclear materials and protocols allowing broader inspection rights.”I have the same concern and sense of urgency expressed by President Bush to shore up the non-proliferation regime and international security system,” he said.Urging the international community to get together to quickly lay out appropriate reforms, Mr. ElBaradei said the IAEA needs more authority to conduct inspections, nuclear exports must be controlled more strictly and there must be accelerated moves towards nuclear disarmament.Mr. ElBaradei elaborated on his proposals for improving and strengthening the non-proliferation regime in an opinion article published in The New York Times today.”If the world does not change course, we risk self-destruction,” he warned in the article.Mr. ElBaradei said there is currently not enough of a penalty for countries that withdraw from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. He suggested an automatic review of the country’s move by the UN Security Council as a minimum.Mr. ElBaradei also suggested that the five States recognized under the treaty as nuclear powers – China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the US – must make verifiable and irreversible moves towards disarmament. This would include bringing into force the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. read more

US retailer Nordstrom to announce store plans in Canada

U.S. retailer Nordstrom to announce store plans in Canada Attention shoeaholics! Nordstrom is coming to Canada. Officials from the department store chain and Cadillac Fairview are scheduled to announce Canadian store plans at a media briefing in Toronto on Thursday. Nordstrom Inc. president Blake Nordstrom is set to join Cadillac Fairview president and CEO John Sullivan and Wayne Barwise, executive vice-president of development at Cadillac Fairview, at the media briefing. The Toronto Star reported the retailer will open stores at Sherway Gardens in Toronto, Ont., as well as locations in Ottawa, Calgary, Alta., and Vancouver, B.C. Nordstrom is known for its legendary shoe department and its customer service. by News Staff Posted Sep 12, 2012 6:57 am MDT cadillac fairview|fashion|nordstrom canada|retail read more

Federal deficit will be 5 billion higher than predicted in March budget

Federal deficit will be $5 billion higher than predicted in March budget: TD TORONTO – TD Bank is predicting the federal government’s deficit this fiscal year will be about $5 billion higher than Ottawa predicted in its March budget due to the sluggish economy.The bank says based on its calculations, the deficit is on track to hit $34 billion this year.Over a five-year span, the cumulative deficit is likely to be $16.5 billion higher than forecasted in the last budget.TD (TSX:TD) says the higher-than-expected deficit would soak up the $6-billion annual cushion and then some that the government built in to its finances to protect against unforeseen events.However, the bank notes that despite the larger deficit, modest economic growth would likely cap the debt-to-GDP ratio at its current level — about 31 to 32 per cent — through fiscal 2020-21.When asked about the TD report, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the government is “pleased” that it made the right decision by building in the $6-billion cushion, given that the global economic environment has been challenging.“Our prudent risk planning was clearly appropriate based on the status of the economy today,” Morneau told a news conference Thursday following a meeting with private sector economists.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 14, 2016 6:43 am MDT Last Updated Oct 14, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TD Bank is predicting the federal government’s deficit this fiscal year will be about $5 billion higher than Ottawa predicted in its March budget due to the sluggish economy. Bharat B. Masrani,the chief executive of TD Bank, speaks at their annual meeting, in Montreal in a March 31, 2016, file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter McCabe read more

Canadian energy company named in California climaterelated lawsuit

by Bob Weber, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 20, 2017 10:10 am MDT Last Updated Jul 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian energy company named in California climate-related lawsuit Doug Suttles, the new CEO of Encana Corp., speaks to reporters in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, June 11, 2013. A Canadian energy company is named in three massive lawsuits that attempt to link damages suffered from climate change to industry’s attempts to slow action on the issue. Calgary-based Encana is among 20 international energy majors and their subsidiaries that face claims from three California communities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh A Canadian energy company is named in three large lawsuits that attempt to link damages from climate change to industry’s alleged attempts to hinder action to address it.In the latest of a growing number of such lawsuits around the world, Calgary-based Encana is one of 20 energy majors and their subsidiaries facing claims from three California communities. They allege the companies have deliberately sown misinformation and doubt on climate change and are at least partially responsible for related damages such as shoreline erosion.“Defendants … have known for nearly a half century that unrestricted production and use of their fossil fuel products create greenhouse gas pollution that warms the planet and changes our climate,” says the lawsuit filed by the City of Imperial Beach.“They have nevertheless engaged in a co-ordinated, multi-front effort to conceal and deny their own knowledge of those threats, discredit the growing body of publicly available scientific evidence, and persistently create doubt in the minds of customers, consumers, regulators, the media, journalists, teachers, and the public about the reality and consequences of the impacts of their fossil fuel pollution.”Encana (TSX:ECA) has not responded to requests for comment.The lawsuits, filed Monday in California, draw on legal precedents used against tobacco companies, which reached a U.S. settlement of $368.5 billion in 1998.“The plaintiffs have an uphill battle, but these are plausible claims,” said Michael Burger, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School.Burger said that, like tobacco companies, the energy industry knew its business was creating problems. Reports quoting documents from Exxon’s archives suggest its management was told by its own scientists about greenhouse gases and climate change as early as 1977.Instead of addressing the problem, the lawsuits allege, industry deployed think tanks, lobbyists and other means to obscure the science and resist regulation — much like the tobacco industry.“You have a similar history of corporate malfeasance,” said Burger.But the climate lawsuits will have a much tougher time linking specific damages to industry actions, he said.“To get from pulling it out of the ground all the way through the chain of manufacture, marketing, combustion — and through the climate change reality and then to sea-level rise causing specific impacts in these places — is a much longer chain of causation.”Similar lawsuits have been thrown out.Vic Sher, the lawyer handling the litigation, said his lawsuits avoid conflicts with federal law that disallowed earlier attempts.Fresh reports have made industry attempts to block change much clearer, he said. As well, research now allows scientists to make direct links between greenhouse gases, sea-level rise and individual producers.“That causal connection we can now tie to particular companies.”The claim alleges the defendants are collectively behind about 20 per cent of total CO2 emissions between 1965 and 2015.“It’s an enormous volume and a substantial contribution to the problem,” Sher said.Kate Sears, supervisor for Marin County just north of San Francisco, said her communities are already suffering.Previously rare flooding tides now occur about 15 times a year, she said. The only roads in and out for some coastal communities have been submerged.A county assessment concluded in April that within 15 years, tidal flooding could threaten at least $15.5 billion in public and private assets, from homes to schools to wetlands.“Climate change is not a theoretical problem for us,” Sears said. “It’s very, very real.”Martin Olszynski, a University of Calgary law professor who has published research on similarities between climate change and tobacco liability, said the cases are highly relevant to Canada as different court systems try to deal with the issue.“Everyone’s watching to see what different courts are doing, especially countries that share that common law tradition,” he said. “There’s a cumulative effect — you start to see more and more of these.”A report in March for the United Nations counted 654 cases in 24 countries that dealt with the science of climate change and mitigation efforts.— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960 read more

Marks and Spencer pulls its cauliflower steak as supermarkets urged to cut

first_imgOther supermarkets quickly jumped on board as more consumers decided to try ‘clean eating’ and veganism, with Sainsbury’s attributing its 2016 sales rise to its new pre prepared vegetable range including “squaffles” – butternut squash waffles – broccoli ‘rice’ and courgetti. Sainsbury's offers many "carb alternatives" However, these options, campaigners argue, are a product of our “throwaway culture” as consumers opt for these easy, plastic-packaged options instead of preparing vegetables themselves.Waitrose is selling “Mushotto” – mushroom ‘rice’ risotto- and celeriac rice, and Tesco’s range includes butternut squash spaghetti and fusilli in its collection of 62 pre-prepared, plastic-packaged vegetables.Sainsbury’s has increased its “clean eating” pre-prepared vegetables range in order to catch the attention of January dieters and those particpating in “veganuary”. It offers 59 examples of pre-prepared, plastic-wrapped vegetables including courgetti, crinkle-cut butternut squash chips and mushroom “mince”.The government has attempted to crack down on plastic waste in the wake of David Attenborough-narrated documentary “Blue Planet”, with a ban on plastic microbeads found in toothpaste and cosmetics coming into action on Tuesday, and Theresa May hinting at a levy on plastic bottles and throwaway coffee cups.However, some backbenchers think more efforts should be taken, with Zac Goldsmith hinting the Government should take action on supermarkets more interested in their bottom line than targeting waste.The Richmond MP told The Telegraph: “There can’t be many clearer examples of the stupidity of our throwaway culture than these absurdly overpriced and overpackaged vegetables.“Millions of us have seen Blue Planet and even if we didn’t know about the grotesque plastic problem affecting our oceans before, we do now. She told The Telegraph: “We want to see a reduction of plastic packaging and its global pollution problem. In the case of ready meals and pre-prepared vegetables, retailers are often taking products which are fabulously wrapped by nature and wrapping them in polluting plastic.”We urge consumers to make informed choices and avoid overpackaged goods- a decision which is good for the environment as well as their wallets. We are campaigning for retailers to reduce their plastic packaging particularly on plastic which cannnot be easily recycled.”We are finding shocking amounts of plastic on our beaches and in our seas, which is why we are calling on Governments to stop this plastic tide. While consumers can take a stance and not buy products wrapped in plastic, we urgently need the government to introduce a levy to minimise its use.”A Waitrose spokesperson said: “We have committed to making all our own-label packaging widely recyclable (using the widely recycled logo), reusable or home compostable by 2025.”Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Marks and Spencer have all been contacted for comment. Zac Goldsmith thinks the Government could force supermarkets to take action if they won't reduce waste themselves “We’ve seen a few good steps, like the plastic bag charge, which has cut the amount we use. But we need do much more.  “The retailers are a huge part of the problem, but they could so easily become part of the solution. They need to take responsibility, and if they don’t, they need to be made to by Government.” The Marine Conservation Society’s Head of Pollution, Dr Laura Foster, said “overpackaged” goods are contributing to the world’s pollution problem and asked the government to introduce a levy. A Defra spokesperson said supermarkets should not be taking part in wasteful behaviour, commenting: “Everyone has a role to play in tackling the scourge of plastics waste, and businesses need to make sure their packaging does not exceed what is required to make sure that the products are safe, hygienic and acceptable for both the product and for the consumer. Marks and Spencer stores are selling sliced cauliflower as ‘Cauliflower Steak’ with lots of lovely plastic and charging £2 (normally £2.50). A cauliflower costs about 69p from a local veg shop. 😑— Rachel Clarke (@rachclarke27) January 5, 2018center_img There was widespread outrage over Marks and Spencer’s cauliflower ‘steaks’, which contain what some shoppers thought was excessive packaging.Days after pictures of the sliced vegetable appeared on social media, the department store confirmed it would no longer be selling it.A spokesperson said: “Once we’ve sold the stock that is currently in stores, we won’t be ordering any more of this product.”We work hard to create quick and convenient meals for customers; however, on this occasion we didn’t get it right.”We have launched many other vegetarian dishes that are already proving popular with customers.” Zac Goldsmith thinks the Government could force supermarkets to take action if they won’t reduce waste themselvesCredit: Anthony Upton “We will set out further steps to achieve these goals shortly, including in our forthcoming 25 Year Environment Plan and Resources and Waste Strategy.”Elena Polisano, Oceans Campaigner for Greenpeace UK said customers should save themselves money as well as saving the environment by buying whole vegetables: “Whilst some people have great difficulty peeling and chopping vegetables, and so get real benefits from pre-prepared versions, the bulk of customers are paying double, and polluting our environment, just to save a minute or two’s work in the kitchen. There are two obvious ways to improve this situation. Supermarkets need to make all their packaging recyclable, make less of it, and make less of it from plastic, and those of us who are physically capable of chopping our own vegetables should think seriously about the costs and benefits of buying pre-prepared, plastic packed veg.”Friends of the Earth waste campaigner Julian Kirby said: “Cutting back on meat and choosing more plant-based protein…needn’t fuel the use of plastic packaging.”People can improve their diets and save money by prepping food themselves – which will also help avoid unnecessary packaging.” Riceless risotto (mushotto).Courgette spaghetti (courgetti).Butternut squash lasagna sheets. Whatever next..?#foodfads— Geraldine Jones (@EWC_wordsmith) January 15, 2017 Supermarkets have been urged to halt the trend of packaged vegetables after cashing in on the ‘clean-eating’ craze as the government and campaigners warn of an increase in plastic waste in our seas.Marks and Spencer was forced to stop the production of its ‘cauliflower steaks’, after there was widespread backlash over the ‘excessive’ plastic packaging and the inflated price.The shop was criticised on social media after a shocked customer pointed out that their £2.50 cauliflower ‘steaks’ are simply sliced cauliflowers sold in excessive packaging. She commented that at her grocery store, one can buy a cauliflower for a little over 60 pence. Marks and Spencer sells a whole cauliflower for a pound. A spokesperson confirmed to the Telegraph that the packaged cauliflower will no longer be sold once current stock runs out because of complaints over packaging and price.Dieters have also been told to prepare their own food instead of choosing the “lazy” pre-prepared vegetable option, especially as stores capitalise on January’s ‘clean eating’ and ‘veganuary’ trends by expanding their packaged vetable lines.In 2015, Tesco became the first UK supermarket to introduce plastic-packaged ‘courgetti’, or courgette ‘spiralized’ to look like spaghetti as a low carbohydrate alternative, after lifestyle bloggers such as Deliciously Ella popularised the trend. Sainsbury’s offers many “carb alternatives” 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.last_img read more

Federal judge stays ruing CA magazine ban unconstitutional

first_img Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter April 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Federal judge stays ruing CA magazine ban unconstitutional SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – California’s law banning gun magazines that hold more than 10 bullets went back into effect this afternoon, one week after a San Diego federal judge ruled that it was unconstitutional.U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez issued a stay Thursday on his March 29 ruling that the law violated the Second Amendment rights of gun owners and that its passage was an overreaction to high-profile gun crimes.Benitez issued the stay following a petition from Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office which has appealed the decision declaring the law unconstitutional to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.“We are pleased that the judge stayed the effect of his decision pending our appeal,” Becerra said. “We look forward to defending this important public safety law before the 9th Circuit and are confident that it is constitutional.”The stay does not apply to anyone who purchased, sold, or imported magazines between last week’s decision and 5 p.m. Friday.In his ruling overturning the law, Benitez, an appointee of President George W. Bush, wrote, “Bad political ideas cannot be stopped by criminalizing bad political speech. Crime waves cannot be broken with warrantless searches and unreasonable seizures. Neither can the government response to a few mad men with guns and ammunition be a law that turns millions of responsible, law-abiding people trying to protect themselves into criminals. Yet, this is the effect of California’s large-capacity magazine law.”The executive director of the National Rifle Association’s political and lobbying arm called last Friday’s ruling a “huge win for gun owners” and a “landmark recognition of what courts have too often treated as a disfavored right.”“Judge Benitez took the Second Amendment seriously and came to the conclusion required by the Constitution,” said Chris W. Cox of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action. “The same should be true of any court analyzing a ban on a class of arms law-abiding Americans commonly possess for self-defense or other lawful purposes.”Benitez issued a preliminary injunction in 2017 stopping enforcement of the law. The injunction was upheld in July by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 5, 2019last_img read more

China surveillance app targets legal everyday behaviour

first_imgGraphic on `educational facilities` in China`s Xinjiang region that rights activists describe as political re-education camps. Photo: AFPChinese authorities are using a mobile app designed for mass surveillance to profile, investigate and detain Muslims in Xinjiang by labelling “completely lawful” behaviour as suspicious, a Human Rights Watch report said Thursday.Beijing has come under international criticism over its policies in the northwest region of Xinjiang, where as many as one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities are being held in internment camps, according to a group of experts cited by the UN.Human Rights Watch has previously reported that Xinjiang authorities use a mass surveillance system called the Integrated Joint Operations Platform (IJOP) to gather information from multiple sources, such as facial-recognition cameras, wifi sniffers, police checkpoints, banking records and home visits.But the new study, entitled “China’s Algorithms of Repression”, worked with a Berlin-based security company to analyse an app connected to the IJOP, showing specific acts targeted by the system.Xinjiang authorities closely watch 36 categories of behaviour, including those who do not socialise with neighbours, often avoid using the front door, don’t use a smartphone, donate to mosques “enthusiastically”, and use an “abnormal” amount of electricity, the group found.The app also instructs officers to investigate those related to someone who got a new phone number, or related to others who left the country and have not returned after 30 days.”Our research shows, for the first time, that Xinjiang police are using illegally gathered information about people’s completely lawful behavior — and using it against them,” said Maya Wang, senior China researcher at Human Rights Watch.”The Chinese government is monitoring every aspect of people’s lives in Xinjiang, picking out those it mistrusts, and subjecting them to extra scrutiny.””Moving red-line”The rights group obtained a copy of the app and enlisted cybersecurity firm Cure53 to “reverse-engineer” it — to disassemble it and look at its design and data — and examined its source code.Along with collecting personal information the app prompts officials to file reports about people, vehicles and events they find suspect — and sends out “investigative missions” for police to follow up.Officers are also asked to check whether suspects use any of the 51 internet tools that are deemed suspicious, including foreign messaging platforms popular outside China like WhatsApp, LINE and Telegram.A number of people said they or their family members have been detained for having software such as WhatsApp or a Virtual Private Network (VPN) installed on their phones during checks by authorities, according to the report.The rights group said its findings suggest the IJOP system tracks data of everyone in Xinjiang by monitoring location data from their phones, ID cards and vehicles, plus electricity and gas station usage.”Psychologically, the more people are sure that their actions are monitored and that they, at anytime, can be judged for moving outside of a safe grey-space, the more likely they are to do everything to avoid coming close to crossing a moving red- line,” Samantha Hoffman, an analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre, told AFP.”There is no rule of law in China, the Party ultimately decides what is legal and illegal behaviour, and it doesn’t have to be written down.”The IJOP app was developed by Hebei Far East Communication System Engineering Company (HBFEC), which at the time of the app’s development was fully-owned by China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, a state-owned technology giant (CETC), said Human Rights Watch.CETC could not be reached and HBFEC did not respond to requests for comment.Washington last year imposed export controls on key Chinese companies including HBFEC and other institutions under CETC, citing risks to US national security and foreign policy interests.Greg Walton, an independent cybersecurity expert who advised on the report, said while the system is a “blunt instrument that may be directly contributing to the massive numbers of people in internment camps”, the data if stored could be used in the future for more advanced policing algorithms.”This means that data collected through the app today may well be analysed in a few years’ time by far more sophisticated logic,” he said.last_img

EA says there wont be anymore Medal of Honor games

first_imgEA has today announced it is shelving the Medal of Honor brand and series of FPS games indefinitely.The publisher has stated that recent games in the series have failed to sell well, and blamed critics and their very poor review scores for Medal of Honor: Warfighter for putting the final nail in the coffin. According to Peter Moore, COO at EA, Warfighter’s reviews were “lower than it deserved.”Frank Gibeau, EA Labels president, admitted that EA “missed” with Medal of Honor, and the hit-driven outlook of the company inevitably meant Medal of Honor didn’t make financial sense to continue with.The Medal of Honor series has been going since 1999. Over the last 13 years there have been 14 games released carrying its name spread across multiple formats including the PC, Mac, PlayStation, GameCube, Game Boy, PS2, PSP, Xbox, Wii, PS2, PS3, and Xbox 360.The most recent release, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, was a real flop, though. Regardless of what Peter Moore thinks, it averaged no higher than 55 percent on Metacritic for any of its platforms (PS3, Xbox 360, or PC) with good reason. The game was clearly rushed, the AI was highlighted as being particularly poor, and there were quite a few bugs.Having enjoyed early games in the series I think this is a real shame. I’m hoping that the decision to kill off the brand is rethought at a later date and we get a reboot, albeit it one handled by a respected developer who isn’t given an unrealistic and unachievable development cycle by EA.Medal of Honor could be a series that is up there with Call of Duty and Battlefield. Clearly EA has just handled it very poorly in recent years.via Eurogamer.netlast_img read more

Look Mom No Electricity Transmitting Information with Chemistry

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In the study, led by George Whitesides of Harvard University, with other coauthors from Harvard, Tufts University, and DARPA, the scientists explain that their system transmits information in the form of coded pulses of light generated entirely by chemical reactions, without electricity. The system is self-powered, with power being generated by combustion. The power density of the system is higher than that of electrochemical batteries, and has the advantage of not discharging over time.As Whitesides explained to, the significance of the study is that it “demonstrates direct chemical to binary encoding, and transmission of information at a useful bit rate, without batteries.” The researchers hope that their prototype will one day make it possible to make systems that transmit useful information in circumstances in which electronics and batteries do not work, such as harsh environments and under water.As the scientists explain, the system consists of a strip or fuse of combustible material (nitrocellulose) about 1 mm long. When ignited, a yellow-orange flame moves along the infofuse. To encode information, the scientists patterned the fuse with various metallic salts, which could be done using a desktop inkjet printer or a micropipettor. With their different emission wavelengths, the salts created distinct emission lines in different regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, similar to how the colors of fireworks are made: blue (copper), green (barium), yellow (sodium), red (lithium, strontium, calcium), or near-infrared (potassium, rubidium, cesium). The infofuse, which burns at about 3-4 cm/sec depending on thickness and pattern spacing, is then read by a detector, such as a color CCD camera or fiber optic cable coupled to a spectrometer. The distance between the detector and burning infofuse was typically 2 m, but the detector could still detect a signal up to 30 m away in daylight. Explore further ( — While information technology is generally thought to require electrons or photons for transmitting information, scientists have recently demonstrated a third method of transmission: chemical reactions. Based on a flammable “infofuse,” the new system combines information technology and chemistry into a new area the researchers call “infochemistry.” By coding letters of the alphabet using patterns of metallic salts, the scientists transmitted the phrase, “LOOK MOM NO ELECTRICITY” on a single infofuse using the new technique. As the scientists explain, light pulses have several controllable variables that can be used to represent different letters and symbols. In addition to emission wavelength, other variables include pulse duration, time between pulses, and emission intensity. Using combinations of three alkali metals, the researchers demonstrated how to encode 40 different characters by varying some of these parameters. “It needs a flame, but it does not need additional batteries or power, or auxiliary devices, to convert a chemical signal to a digital one,” Whitesides said. “The power needed to generate the light is produced by chemistry directly, not by drawing power from a battery.”Although the current infofuses convert energy into light with only 1% of the efficiency of a battery-operated LED, the infofuses generate 10 times more energy per weight than an alkaline battery generates. In general, integrating information technology and chemistry could have certain advantages, possibly leading to systems that operate beyond binary schemes by using a variety of parameters that allow each information unit to carry more information than a bit. Also, since infochemistry is not bound by the principles of electronics (such as fixed circuitry), but rather the principles of chemistry, new systems could lead to novel architectures.The scientists hope that further improvements to their system could lead to lightweight, portable, self-powered systems that can transmit information and integrate with modern information technologies. Applications could include environmental sensing and transmitting the data optically over a distance. The system could also be used for message transmission in search-and-rescue type applications.More information: “Infochemistry and infofuses for the chemical storage and transmission of coded information.” Samuel W. Thomas III, et al. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. vol. 106, no. 23, 9147-9150. Copyright 2009 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Citation: ‘Look Mom No Electricity’: Transmitting Information with Chemistry (2009, June 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from New quantum key system combines speed, distance Burning an infofuse transmits a sequence of pulses of light, in which information is encoded using different wavelengths (determined by various metallic salts) and the order of the pattern. Image credit: Samuel W. Thomas III, et al. ©2009 PNAS.last_img read more

The girl behind Who is Kalam

first_imgThe book titled Who is Kalam? may be intriguing but has a heart-warming story behind it. It is the story of a teenaged schoolgirl who posed a tough question to the former President. In turn, she was greeted with an answer that inspired her to become a scientist.It was in 2001, that Sudarkodi Sukumar, a 14-year-old from Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district, sent a question to Kalam in a Tamil monthly for children. She never knew that her question could inspire him so much that he would name a book after it.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Her question was: “Please rank yourself among the following: Scientist, Tamilian, human being and an Indian.” Kalam’s answer was: “One can find all three in a human being”.In 2003, Sukumar got an invitation to New Delhi for the release of the book Who is Kalam? A Good Human Being, which was dedicated to her. The book by Kalam’s aide R Ramanathan, about the personal side of the scientist-turned-Indian president, was released by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe next day, Sukumar, along with her family were called by Kalam in the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the meeting changed her life. “I realised that one has to pursue the passion of one’s life. I used to read all his writings when I was in school,” she recalled.The title Who is Kalam? was suggested by the former president himself, according to K P R Nair, managing director of Konark Publishers, who published the book. “Though I suggested some titles for the book, Kalam himself came up with Who is Kalam. The question raised by the girl was etched in his memory,” Nair said.last_img read more

If You Hated Windows 8 Microsofts Update Probably Wont Win You Over

first_img This story originally appeared on Business Insider Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min read After months of build-up, the next version of Windows, known as Windows 8.1, has arrived. Is Microsoft’s newest operating system worth your bother now?Short answer: If you’ve never tried Windows 8, try 8.1.  There’s a big, compelling reason to do so. You get a lot of device for your money, in every way, shape, and form.There’s an 8-inch mini-tablet from Acer, a bunch of 10-inch all-in-one PC/tablets, a mongo 18-inch all-in-one from Dell (the XPS 18). There’s big-screen desktops, Ultrabooks, and gaming PCs. There’s even an odd dual-screen tablet from Asus (the Taichi 21). Devices start at for under $500, too.And the best reason of all to try Windows 8 is that you can get a desktop and a tablet in a single device.But the long answer is: if you tried Windows 8 before and hated it, Windows 8.1 won’t change your mind.Yes, Microsoft added a bunch of new features and fixed most of the things people really hated. It added the Start button back in, lets people adjust the size of their windows again, and gives people an option to boot directly into the desktop side.But the major thing that drove people crazy about Windows 8 still exists in 8.1: The user interface is not intuitive. It’s almost secretive.Many of the gestures that make Windows 8 workable are hard to find. For instance, to see your open apps, swipe your screen to the right and then to left and a list of Windows will appear.You can only swipe from left to right to tab through your open apps/windows, not right to left.To close a Modern-style app, swipe from top to bottom with one finger in one smooth motion… there’s no little “x” in the corner.It’s hard to find various settings and features for various apps.When using the new-and-improved Snap feature that lets you run multiple apps in a split scree, the apps size themselves, so it takes more fussing than it should to get the apps you want arranged in windows the way you want them.There are still two versions of Internet Explorer on the device, although Microsoft fixed the biggest problem with that: they now share bookmarks.The upshot is that Windows 8 requires effort and commitment. Microsoft made it unnecessarily hard. But if you can take on the learning curve with an open attitude, you will learn Windows 8’s tricks and then you’ll have a device that can do a lot for you for the price.Bottom line: Microsoft addressed a lot of user complaints with this new update, most notably the ability to boot into the regular desktop mode, but it’s still largely the same experience as before. Register Now » June 27, 2013 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

Two people shot multiple times entering Cancun mall

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A man and woman were shot at as they entered a Cancun plaza Friday night. The couple were outside the doors of Plaza Las Tiendas when they were hit with bullets by a passing motorcycle.The shooting occurred in front of dozens of people. Police and paramedics arrived and found the woman had been shot three times. The man was also shot. Both were rushed to hospital. There is no word on their condition.Police say that at 9:15 p.m., two men on a motorcycle drove by the front of Plaza Las Tiendas in Cancun and opened fire on a couple entering the mall. Mall security reported the shooting to Emergency 911.Police arrived to find the woman lying on the floor with several bullet wounds. They cordoned off the area and evacuated shoppers to allow paramedics to give first aid to the injured.Agents of the Ministerial Police continue to investigate. Witnesses say two hitmen were on board a motorcycle who shot at the couple several times then fled to Lopez Portillo Avenue. There were no arrests.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more