Emergency bylaws passed against Toronto studio sale in bid to save Hollywood

first_imgCity council is hoping to keep more studios in Toronto to help the growing film industry. (Cinespace FIlm Studios) Advertisement Toronto city council passed two emergency bylaws on Wednesday that prevent the sale of a longtime film studio to businesses not involved in the film industry for up to a year. The decision, the city says, is meant to protect an industry that contributes $2 billion to the local economy.The city is also considering buying the plot of land Showline Studios currently sits on.“We can’t afford to lose any square footage for our film studios, our film industry — and to lose production to other places,” said Coun. Paula Fletcher, who spearheaded the bylaws with Coun. David Shiner. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Showline Studios had been operating in the Port Lands for years and has been sold to an anonymous buyer. CBC News contacted Showline for comment but was refused details on when the sale happened or who the buyer is.READ MOREcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Dismissing Kohli and AB best moment of my cricketing career say Shreyas

first_imgJaipur: Claiming the coveted wickets of Virat Kohli and South African run-machine AB De Villiers was the best moment of my cricketing career, says young Rajasthan Royals spinner Shreyas Gopal. The leg-spinner took 3 wickets for 12 runs in his magical four-over spell, which helped Rajasthan Royals secure their first win of the season, a seven-wicket victory over struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday night. “Getting Virat Kohli and AB Villiers in same match is a dream for any youngster. It is the best moment of my cricketing career and definitely one of biggest moments of my IPL cricket,” Shreyas said at the post match conference here. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “Any wicket is a big wicket but obviously these two are big names so it feels that much more better. But I feel I shouldn’t be getting ahead of myself and stay calm,” he added. The 25-year-old said that it was hard to devise a plan against batsmen of Kohli and De Villiers’ stature. “Honestly, I feel it is hard to plan a dismissal for batsmen like them (Kohli and De Villiers). You just need to be able to bowl your best ball and try and hit the best area on that particular wicket. It is all based on the situation,” Gopal said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “When you land on the ground you obviously do your homework. What the type of ground is, how the wicket is reacting, how the opposition has been playing. So for example (Krishnappa) Gowtham bowling three of his overs in powerplay felt like a good idea at that moment.” The youngster said he was keen to learn from more experienced cricketers in the team, including captain Ajinkya Rahane and Steve Smith. “In between overs I just go to Ajju Bhai (Rahane), Jos (Buttler) or Smith and have a couple of words and try to understand what they think about the game because they have a lot of experience.” Asked about his side leaking runs in the death overs, Gopal said it was part and parcel of the game and the entire bowling unit should take responsibility and lift the team. “In this cricket (T20) you will definitely be hit for boundaries depending on the kind of overs you are bowling. Look at Jofra (Archer), he is bowling two overs in the powerplay and then bowling back in the death overs. So he is bowling hardest overs in the game,” he said. “Jofra and fast bowlers are probably bowling the hardest overs in the match so it is understood that they will go for 6-7 runs per over, they will have bad days. It is more important that guys who are having a good day should lift the team,” Gopal said.last_img read more

Air Arabia Loses Suitcase of Moroccan Researcher After Alleged Insults by

Rabat – Maha Tazi, Moroccan researcher and professor at Concordia University in Montreal announced that she has arrived home. While she is happy to get back to Morocco, Tazi announced that Air Arabia  lost her suitcase at the “Lost & Found” at Terminal 1 of the Barcelona airport.On July 16, Tazi posted on Facebook : “Arrived in Morocco, and my suitcase is lost by Air Arabia. Looking forward to the end of this nightmare.”Read Also: Air Arabia Ground Crew Members Assault Moroccan Researcher in Barcelona AirportShe added that she is still “waiting for news from Air Arabia” about her suitcase. She also urged the company to take concrete action.“It has been three days since the incident with Air Arabia during which I was physically and verbally assaulted. I went home at my own expense, my suitcase is still lost somewhere in Barcelona airport,” she said.In a statement to Morocco World News earlier this week, Tazi said that she was “assaulted” at the airport when attempting to get onboard her scheduled flight to Casablanca.Two members of the ground crew of Air Arabia assaulted the Moroccan-Canadian woman following a discussion due to a  “small excess of weight in her suitcase.”One of the crew members prevented Tazi from boarding the flight and ripped her boarding pass as well as trying to take her passport, causing scratches in her hand.Tazi said that another  Spanish crew member intervened and told her: “We will send you to your f****ing country.”In another Facebook post, the Moroccan researcher has added that Air Arabia has still not found the missing suitcase on the fourth day since the incident. read more

Valeant Pharmaceuticals loss doubles as acquisition costs weigh

LAVAL, Que. — Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. saw its net loss more than double in the first quarter, with the Quebec-based concern citing costs associated with its acquisition of Medicis Pharmaceuticals Corp. among the reasons.Valeant, Canada’s largest publicly traded pharmaceutical company, says its net loss for the three months ended March 31 was $27.5 million or nine cents a share.That compared with a first-quarter loss of $12.9 million or four cents per share in the same 2012 period.However, total revenue rose 25% to almost $1.04 billion from $750.9 million.Valeant said selling, general and administrative expenses rose 4% in the quarter to $242 million, or about 23% of revenue.“SG&A was unusually high this quarter due to the integration of Medicis, and we expect this ratio to return to historical levels for the remainder of 2013,” the company said in its earnings release.“Despite a slow January due to the integration of the Valeant and Medicis sales organizations, we delivered another solid quarter of strong growth in cash EPS and adjusted cash flow to our shareholders,” added chairman and CEO Michael Pearson.“We were particularly pleased with the strong organic growth of our emerging market segment, which was primarily driven by Poland, Russia, Brazil, South East Asia and South Africa, as well as the continued growth in many of our promoted brands.”Valeant is a multinational specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of pharmaceutical products primarily in the areas of dermatology, neurology and branded generics. read more

ICE Futures Canada Thursday Canola prices mostly higher barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $1.80 higher $495.20; Jan. ’18 $1.00 higher $500.70; March ’18 $0.20 lower $505.00; May ’18 $0.30 lower $507.50; July ’18 $0.50 lower $508.30; Nov. ’18 $0.20 higher $486.00; Jan. ’19 $0.20 higher $487.70; March ’19 $0.20 higher $490.40; May 19 $0.20 higher $490.40; July ’19 $0.20 higher $490.40; Nov. ’19 $0.20 higher $490.40.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00.Thursday’s estimated volume of trade: 544,920 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 544,920. read more

Ban tells Lanka to cooperate with OHCHR

“I encourage Sri Lanka to cooperate with OHCHR and the Human Rights Council’s special procedures in this regard,” the UN Chief said. A delegation from OHCHR has already written to the External Affairs Ministry seeking a visit to the country next month.Separately in the report he was encouraged by the freedom of access given to humanitarian agencies in the north after the war. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged Sri Lanka to cooperate with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).The UN Chief has said this in a report submitted to the UN Security Council on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. “I also welcome the fact that in Sri Lanka, security clearances are no longer required for movement by humanitarian actors in the Northern Province,” he said.During and soon after the military operations restrictions were imposed on humanitarian agencies travelling to the north. (Colombo Gazette) On Sri Lanka, Ban Ki-moon said he welcomed the recent decision of the UN Human Rights Council to call upon Sri Lanka to implement the constructive recommendations contained in the report of the LLRC and to take all additional steps necessary to fulfill its relevant legal obligations and commitment to initiate credible and independent actions to ensure justice, equity, accountability and reconciliation for all  Sri Lankans. read more

Annan receives South Africas Tambo award highest for foreign national

The United Nations worked to accelerate the isolation and eventual demise of the apartheid regime, Mr. Annan said in a message delivered by his Special Representative for the Great Lakes Region, Ibrahima Fall. “We remember it as a struggle which galvanized the entire world community” to work towards reaffirming the basic human rights and fundamental freedoms of all, irrespective of race or gender, he said. “Today, 10 years after the end of apartheid, we rejoice at the significant achievements of South Africa as a vibrant, non-racial, multi-party democracy, with a constitution protective of basic human rights, enjoying sturdy rates of economic growth.” Young South Africans all have the right to a quality education and all have the chance to contribute to building a stronger, more prosperous country, which can help not only its own citizens but also lead progress throughout the wider region, he said. South Africans have played an indispensable part in efforts to bring peace to several countries on the continent and are working to advance the cause of development, justice and African unity, Mr. Annan said. Oliver Reginald Tambo was the one-time law partner of Nelson Mandela and was Acting President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1967 to 1978 and President-General thereafter. The leader of orchestrated international economic campaigns to bring down apartheid, he died in 1993. Previous Tambo award winners include human rights activist Mahatma Gandhi of India, former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda and assassinated Swedish Prime Minister Olaf Palme. read more

Black Friday Hectic holiday shopping starts in stores across the US

Black Friday: Hectic holiday shopping starts in stores across the US Nearly 100 million shoppers were expected to head to stores on Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season in the U.S.Add that to the millions who shopped Thursday on Thanksgiving, a relatively new phenomenon in the U.S. where the holiday has traditionally been reserved for family meals. In recent years, some major retailers have been opening their doors on the evening of Thanksgiving and staying open all night.Overall, the National Retail Federation expected about 30 million to shop on Thanksgiving, compared with 99.7 million on Black Friday. The trade group estimates about 135.8 million people will be shopping during the four-day weekend, compared with 133.7 million last year. And it expects sales overall for November and December to rise 3.7 per cent to $630.5 billion compared with the same period last year.But people may not be in the mood to shop much this year. Unemployment has settled into a healthy 5 per cent rate, but shoppers still grapple with stagnant wages that are not keeping pace with rising daily costs like rent. And years later, they still insist on the deep discounts they got used to retailers offering during the recession.Here are the big themes emerging on Black Friday:HELLO, CAN YOU HEAR ME?For the first time, there’s expected to be more people visiting retailers’ websites through their smartphones than on desktop computers or tablets during the first weekend of the holiday shopping season that begins on Thanksgiving Day.Mobile traffic during the five-day start to what is typically the busiest shopping period of the year is expected to reach 56.9 per cent of total traffic, up from 48.5 per cent last year, according to IBM Watson____NO ONE WILL START A FIGHT OVER ANYTHING, REALLYYet again, trend experts say there’s no single item that’s making shoppers run to stores. Perhaps that’s why Ron Waxman, 51, a sports agent from New York, was able to shop with ease on Black Friday morning and find a nearby parking spot at 2 a.m.“It’s quiet very quiet,” he said. “This is dead for Black Friday.’____IT’S CHEAP TO GET WARMHeavy sweaters and winter coats piled up at department stores and specialty chains heading into the Black Friday weekend.Unseasonably warm weather and a shift in changing shopping habits toward experiences like spas have limited shoppers’ appetite for such clothing. So plenty of stores like Macy’s, Nordstrom and Dick’s Sporting Goods say they plan to further mark down excess goods.___TOYS ARE GETTING PRICEYPrices are climbing for toys as manufacturers pack lots of technology into them. Deborah Weinswig of the Fung Business Intelligence Center says in a recent report that prices of what the company considers the top 20 expected toys was nearly 36 per cent higher than last year, with the average price of $64.99.And there are plenty of toys that cost $100 or more, observed Toys R Us CEO Dave Brandon. He cited Fisher-Price’s Smart Bear, which has a suggested price of $99.99, as an example.___YOU CAN STILL ORDER ONLINE AND GET IT TODAYMore retailers are taking on the challenge of same-day delivery. Amazon has been making an aggressive push to offer same-day delivery to people who’ve paid its $99 fee for Prime loyalty club membership. Start-up delivery service Deliv is working with Macy’s, Kohl’s, Express, Williams-Sonoma and other brick-and-mortar retailers to expand same-day delivery options.Craft-selling site Etsy is working with Postmates for a holiday season pilot that will let some shoppers in New York City have items delivered to their door within hours for a flat fee of $20. Apple is also working with Postmates on same-day deliveries in New York and San Francisco.And Uber in October launched UberRush service in New York, San Francisco and Chicago that lets small businesses offer same-day delivery.___WORKERS PROTESTWal-Mart workers and their supporters plan to protest outside the home of the daughter of Sam Walton, the company’s late founder. The protest outside her New York City apartment will conclude 15 days of fasting, organizers say. The number of days reflects the call for pay of $15 an hour and full-time work.Organizers say more than 1,400 people will participate in the action nationwide. Shoppers line up in front of stores at Tanger Outlets in Pooler Thursday evening, Nov. 26, 2015, as they wait for the opening of the big sale day of Black Friday in Pooler, Ga. (AP Photo) (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News via AP) THE EXAMINER.COM OUT; SFEXAMINER.COM OUT; WASHINGTONEXAMINER.COM OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT by The Associated Press Posted Nov 27, 2015 6:43 am MDT Last Updated Nov 27, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Brocks BioLinc receives provincial funding to support young Niagara entrepreneurs

Young entrepreneurs in Niagara will reap the rewards of provincial funding for BioLinc, Brock University’s incubation facility run by the Goodman School of Business.Support provided by the Government of Ontario’s Youth Entrepreneurship Partnerships (YEP) program will allow BioLinc to launch the Niagara Youth Entrepreneurship Network (NYEN), which will bring various organizations in Niagara together to deliver a more focused approach to programming for entrepreneurs between the ages of 12 and 29.“To ensure a strong, competitive and vibrant economy in the future, Ontario must act now to nurture the entrepreneurs and business leaders of tomorrow,” says Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.“The YEP actively encourages the development of an entrepreneurial culture among Ontario’s youth. Through the NYEN, we are promoting a culture of entrepreneurship among Niagara youth as part of our ongoing support of young entrepreneurs, and strengthening the youth entrepreneurship network in the region.”The ongoing efforts of various organizations in Niagara to provide youth with entrepreneurial programming and services will be improved by the collaborative nature of NYEN.This initiative is led by BioLinc, which is dedicated to promoting and enhancing the growth of new businesses and the commercialization of new products and services. BioLinc is part of Innovate Niagara’s network of incubators.Through a series of capacity building activities, NYEN will co-ordinate a forum to encourage knowledge exchange within and across organizations, leading to a stronger, more sustainable model for the delivery of services offered to entrepreneurs in Niagara.Supporting tomorrow’s entrepreneurs by assisting them with skill development is important to the Niagara region.The network will allow partners to reach more young entrepreneurs and foster a more collaborative entrepreneurial culture in Niagara by delivering more focused services. NYEN partners will benefit from the network by finding synergies, achieving efficiencies and becoming more effective in program delivery.NYEN is committed to collaborating with local communities to show entrepreneurship as a viable career option for young people in their search for employment.“Supporting tomorrow’s entrepreneurs by assisting them with skill development is important to the Niagara region,” says Dan Lynch, manager of BioLinc. “This will lead to the creation of successful local businesses and generate job opportunities necessary for future economic prosperity.”NYEN project partners include Innovate Niagara, Venture Niagara, Brock Innovation Group at Goodman, Niagara Economic Development, Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre, District School Board of Niagara, Niagara Angel Network and the Niagara Community Observatory.For more information about becoming involved with NYEN, contact Alexis Kleiman, Program Administrator, at akleiman@brocku.caBrock University is a comprehensive university located in Ontario’s Niagara region, just an hour from the GTA. With nearly 600 full-time faculty members and researchers, Brock’s robust academic scope offers more than 72 undergraduate degree programs and nearly 50 master’s and PhD programs. Brock’s student experience is enriched by an emphasis on experiential learning, as illustrated by community partnerships, volunteerism and one of Ontario’s largest and most successful co-op programs. Visit us at brocku.ca read more

Taoiseach says economy and emotions should be prioritised over a United Ireland

first_imgENDA KENNY BELIEVES there are a number of issues that need to be prioritised before advanced discussions on a United Ireland are initiated.Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, the Taoiseach reiterated his belief that there would not be a United Ireland by 2016.His remarks came following a Leaders’ Question from Gerry Adams who urged the government to begin a dialogue about the future with those who want a United Ireland, as well as those who do not.Welcoming the Taoiseach’s comments about unification in Cleveland last week, the Sinn Féin president asked for the coalition to consider the idea of a border poll and green paper for a United Ireland.“Our priority has to be rectify our own public finances,” said Kenny, adding that it is necessary for the Republic of Ireland to emerge from its bailout programme before individual decisions can be made.Pushed further on the issue by Adams who mentioned the events in Scotland and the opportunity afforded to it by the 2014 referendum on independence, Kenny said, “I don’t want to go that far now.”“There is a great well of emotion that needs to be released by ordinary people who lost loved ones on both sides of the conflict… It is not the time to have a border poll or a green paper – not when I see the depth and well of emotion that needs to be released so a new understanding about the future [can be realised] “As far as Northern Ireland is concerned, we need to provide people who have never had the chance to speak their mind about what happened in their families on either side of the conflict. We owe them that at least.”He also told the Dáil that he was “very struck” by the recent presentation made by the families of the 10 victims and sole survivor of the Kingsmills massacre and that he wants to meet with a group from Fermanagh following a request from Arlene Foster, as well as the Ballymurphy families.Kenny told Adams that the Constitutional Convention will provide an arena for politicians to reflect on the question of an United Ireland.Adams expressed his disappointment at the Taoiseach’s refusal to support a border poll.“Partition has failed the people of this island,” he said, calling it “uneconomic, unjust and inefficient.”“There is an onus on the Irish government to prepare a strategy, a plan, in co-operation with others, and including a Green Paper on Irish unity, that has the Irish government take the lead on the issue of Irish unity, including the setting of a date for a border poll.”More: Republic and Northern Ireland will eventually be reunited, predicts Enda Kenny>Related: Referendum on united Ireland ‘inevitable’ – Adams>last_img read more

Are you eligible for a student grant SUSI is open for applications

first_imgTHE SUSI STUDENT maintenance grant scheme is now open for applications for the 2014/15 academic year.SUSI, Student Universal Support Ireland, is the national awarding authority for all new student grant applications.It’s advising students to investigate whether they are eligible for a grant and if so to submit an application.You can apply for your grant online at www.susi.ie.SUSI says “the earlier you submit your application the earlier you will receive a decision”.One-to-One support is offered to young people under 25 who experience difficulty with the SUSI application process.You can call 045 897893 or e-mail: yic@kys.ie to make an appointment.Read: SUSI set up special unit to urgently reassess 65 students>Read: SUSI may ‘seek to recover’ 65 postgraduate grants>last_img read more

Tom Clonan We need to talk about how unprepared we are for

first_imgTom Clonan: We need to talk about how unprepared we are for a terror attack “In the new reality, the ordinary police on duty, or Gardai, will be required to close down such attacks.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 124 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3345776 771 Views Tuesday 18 Apr 2017, 8:30 PM Security specialist and columnist, TheJournal.ie Tom Clonan Share Tweet Email2 Apr 18th 2017, 8:30 PM ‘SMASH HIS HEAD with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place or choke him, or poison him’.This is the advice given by ISIS spokesman Abu Mohamed al Adnani in 2014 to would-be sympathisers of Islamic State throughout the world – especially within the US and European Union. This call to action, a call to mobilise low-tech and indiscriminate violence against ‘unbelievers’ in their home countries, has resulted in a spate of so-called ‘lone-wolf’ attacks throughout the EU and US.As Iraqi and Syrian forces – backed by the US and coalition airstrikes of ‘Operation Inherent Resolve’ – close in on the final remnants of Islamic State’s ‘Caliphate’ in Mosul and Raqqa, IS has urged its followers and sympathisers to intensify and ramp up random, low-tech terror attacks throughout Europe and the US this year.The international intelligence and security community fear that as Raqqa and Mosul are liberated, the leadership of IS will migrate to North Africa – Libya perhaps – to launch a renewed wave of terror attacks throughout Europe this summer. In a concurrent development, it is also feared that thousands of European Islamic State fighters will be forced to flee from Raqqa and Mosul – and that many of them intend to return to their homelands to carry out terror attacks.It is in the context of all of the above that we have seen a significant evolution of the threat posed by Islamic State throughout Europe. In particular, vehicles such as lorries and SUVs have been used to indiscriminately kill dozens of men, women and children in attacks such as the Nice Promenade des Anglais attack, the Berlin Christmas Market attack, the London Westminster attack and most recently, the Stockholm attack of 7 April.Why Stockholm attack is significant for IrelandThe Stockholm attack is very significant in that Sweden is – like Ireland – a neutral country that had previously had a low terror threat assessment. Ireland has five terror threat levels. After the murder of Irish tourists in Tunisia in 2015, the threat level was raised from ‘Low’ to ‘Moderate’ – meaning a terror attack in Ireland is ‘possible but unlikely’.In light of recent developments involving low-tech ‘Lone Wolf’ attacks and particularly in light of the Stockholm attack – I believe that the threat level for Ireland should be raised to the next level, ‘Substantial’. In other words, that an attack within Ireland is ‘a strong possibility’.Twelve months ago, I would have said that an attack on Ireland was possible, in theory, but unlikely. I now believe that a terror attack within Ireland – similar to the vehicle attacks in other European states – is a distinct possibility.Islamic State and its sympathisers constantly seek out weakness and vulnerabilities to exploit in order to carry out terror ‘spectaculars’ or unanticipated, unexpected attacks on innocent civilians. The modus operandi of Islamic State in 2017 is to eschew complex coordinated attacks by cells in favour of lone individuals creating a mass casualty incident in a low-security, vulnerable environment – wherever that can be identified, irrespective of that state’s neutrality or otherwise.Ireland is a weak link in counter-terrorism trainingIS is strongly attracted by weakness and gaps in security. Unfortunately, Ireland currently fits that security profile as Europe’s weakest link in terms of counter terrorism awareness, preparedness and training.In Europe and elsewhere among the security community there is an acceptance that because of the ‘lone wolf’ nature of the latest wave of ‘marauding’ attacks, they simply cannot all be detected and prevented by means of traditional surveillance and intelligence gathering.Rather, the international security community recognise that the new game in town is to close down such attacks as soon as possible – preferably within minutes of their commencement.In the case of the Bataclan Theatre attack, the Nice, Berlin, Westminster and Stockholm attacks – the perpetrators in each case were encountered and intercepted by ordinary cops on duty. Whilst specialist units did arrive at the scene of these attacks in their immediate aftermath – in all cases – the initial response, albeit by armed police in continental Europe, was by ordinary street cops on duty near the scene of such an attack.For in the new reality, ordinary police on duty, or Gardai, will be the first responders.Throughout Europe, ordinary cops have been briefed and trained in Counter Terrorism (CT) exercises in response to the evolving threat. Indeed, just three days before the Westminster attack, over 200 London Metropolitan police officers were involved in a ‘boots on the ground’ multi-agency simulation of a terror attack on the Thames. This live simulation, called ‘Exercise Anchor’ also involved hundreds of other personnel from London Ambulance, London Fire Brigade and the London Port Authority.It is through such real-time, real-life exercises that first line responders train for the new terror threat and ensure faster, more effective response times with better outcomes and higher survival rates for innocent victims caught up in such attacks.Gardai are literally ‘in the dark’The Garda representative associations have unanimously stated that their rank and file members have received no training for such eventualities and that they are literally ‘in the dark’ in relation to the terror threat here. The AGSI for example has stated that ordinary gardai receive briefings on severe weather for example, but nothing on the current terror threat. This information – in contrast with best practice throughout Europe – is almost exclusively communicated to specialist units within an Garda Siochana.Over this Easter break , I have spent time in the pedestrian areas of Grafton Street, Henry Street and Mary Street with my family of four children – including a wheelchair user. Unlike such pedestrianised areas in Europe, there are no retractable bollards or other obstacles to prevent a vehicle attack of the type seen in Stockholm, London and elsewhere in recent times. Aside from the issues raised here around intelligence sharing, boots on the ground exercises and training – this is an issue that should be addressed by the relevant authorities without delay.An Garda Siochana has confirmed in recent days that it has formed a working group to update the national ‘Framework for Major Emergency Planning’ with regard to the advent of ‘suicidal’ ‘marauding’ attacks throughout Europe. An Garda Siochana has also confirmed that it has concentrated training in this regard to specialist units through the medium of theoretical ‘table-top’ exercises.No training exercises for first respondersOrdinary, rank and file gardai – those most likely to be first on the scene of a marauding, suicidal, attack – have received no such training.Nor have there been ‘boots on the ground’ real time training exercises involving the multiple agencies that would be required to respond to a marauding terror attack here.In writing this opinion piece, I am conscious that some may regard it as sensationalist or scaremongering in its tone. However, I believe very strongly that discussion and debate around policing and security in Ireland is often closed down in a patronising and paternalistic fashion by a policing and justice hierarchy that suggest there is little or no threat and that there is ‘nothing to see here, please move along’.Compared to other jurisdictions in Europe, Irish citizens are the least well informed in terms of the current evolving and emerging terror threat and the appropriate responses to it. For example, there is no equivalent in Ireland of the ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ campaign in Britain. This British Government information campaign includes YouTube videos (Run Hide Tell – Firearms and Weapons Attack) along with posters and information leaflets throughout all British cities and metropolitan areas.In this way, our British and EU partners seek to foster an informed debate and an informed and vigilant citizenry in order to best protect ourselves against the current wave of home-based terrorists. If it takes a village to stop such a crime – then the village needs to be clearly informed of the threat. Short URL By Tom Clonanlast_img read more

ASA Echoes House Ag Committee Call to Protect Farm Bill from Budget

first_imgFollowing a letter today from the House Agriculture Committee to House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) urging that the budget panel take into account the sizable savings previously contributed by the farm bill when weighing future cuts under a potential budget reconciliation measure, American Soybean Association (ASA) President Wade Cowan expressed ASA’s full support for the agriculture committee’s request.“Soybean farmers worked very hard to pass what we believe to be a fair and well-balanced farm bill that addresses our need for certainty, while still allowing the market to drive soybean production, as it should. In helping to craft the bill, ASA supported measures that shore up the farm and food safety net while contributing to more than $16 billion in spending reductions. What resulted from that work is a nutrition, conservation and risk management bill that represents just 2 percent of federal spending. Digging deeper, the combined cost of crop insurance and commodity programs in the farm bill are less than one third of one percent of the federal budget.“We echo the call from Chairman Conaway, Ranking Member Peterson and all the members of the Agriculture Committee to protect the vital farm bill framework, including crop insurance and risk management, especially in a time of volatile and uncertain markets. Further, we encourage the protection of the bill’s conservation and trade programs that help our farmers achieve their goals of cleaner soils, water and air, and healthy foreign markets.“In short, now is hardly the time to trim pieces off the farm safety net or from the programs that help us address our trade and conservation goals. We hope that Chairman Price will note the importance of these programs as he looks to address our nation’s fiscal responsibilities.”last_img read more

South Florida community donates turkeys more to families in need

first_img“People need an opportunity to provide their families with good food,” Hardemon said, “so anytime you can help them do that is special.”And the Thanksgiving events didn’t stop there.City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez gave out turkeys and shared his love for the community. “It’s what Thanksgiving is about,” he said. “Thanksgiving is about giving thanks, but it’s also about making people happy and enjoying all these blessings that we have.”Whole Foods markets across Miami-Dade and Broward counties partnered with the Miami Rescue Mission for their first annual “Fill Up the Mayflower” event.Their goal is to fill up semi trucks with Thanksgiving food items donated by members of the community, that will be distributed to those in need this holiday season. “We’re gonna try to fill up this moving van with non-perishables to feed the homeless, the hungry, all of South Florida,” said Whole Foods shopper Diane Della-Pietra.“I hope, by the end of the day, you have this truck filled,” said a woman who participated.Several radio stations were also broadcasting all day at these Whole Foods locations asking listeners to donate turkeys, frozen pies and even canned goods. “The hunger still exists here, and I want to be sure I do things for the people that are still hungry,” said another woman who donated to the cause.As a reward for the good deed, Whole Foods is distributing $5 coupons to those who donate, Friday.More than 1,000 people lined up at Marlins Park for the eighth annual Thanksgiving distribution.Mayor Tomás Regalado told 7News that supporting the people is what this season is all about. “Some of these people won’t be able to have a Thanksgiving dinner if it weren’t for this afternoon,” he said, “so this is a good day for Miami.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Thanksgiving is around the corner, so organizations and residents across South Florida are giving back to the community to make sure families have a happy – and delicious – holiday.Many people were still in line at Marlins Park to grab a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, Friday evening.That same holiday spirit was felt throughout South Florida. Hundreds lined up at Reeves Park in the Overtown neighborhood, Friday morning, to receive free turkeys sponsored by Miami City Commission Chairman Keon Hardemon, the Overtown Neighborhood Enhancement Team and Brightline.By the end of the event, over 500 turkeys were given away to very happy South Floridians – some of whom even waited in line for over an hour.“Early this morning I had to be here for the turkeys,” said Overtown resident B. Wilson. “This is my day, and I’m trying to enjoy it to the fullest, baby!”Other essentials Brightline also provided in addition to the turkeys were sweet potatoes, corn, collard greens, biscuit mix and spices.“I am thankful for them providing the turkeys, and my Thanksgiving dinner,” said another woman. last_img read more

You can now control Galaxy Note 10 with a wave of your

first_img 1 Comment Tags NewS Pen gestures can remotely control the Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus. Angela Lang/CNET The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus are packed full of features and specs, but there’s one new trick for the S Pen die-hards among you that Samsung hopes you’ll love. The digital stylus can now control the Note with gestures.Last year’s Note 9 introduced a Bluetooth connection that makes it possible to take photos from afar by clicking on the S Pen’s button. Today, Samsung extends that feature to gestures — flicking your wrist right, left, up or down to flip the camera lens, change camera modes, or advance to the next photo, Power Point slide or camera mode. You can also trace a clockwise or counter-clockwise circular motion to zoom in or out on an image while you’re taking a photo.Gesture control isn’t new. Samsung used a version of it years ago in its Galaxy phones, where waving your hand across the camera sensor would advance a photo, for example. This year’s LG G8 uses motions to control the phone, to little benefit, and Google already announced that the forthcoming Pixel 4 will use gesture controls, too.I’ll admit it wasn’t the easiest to master when I first tried it, and sometimes the movement didn’t result in my intended action. But the S Pen stylus does give the Note 10’s gesture control an edge because it makes it truly remote, like if you’re giving a presentation, taking a photo or controlling a playlist from across the room.Samsung’s Unpacked event is ongoing. You can catch all of the new Galaxy Note 10 announcements live. Mobile Phonescenter_img Share your voice Samsung Event Samsunglast_img read more

Mallott To Decide Walkers Future Involvement In Point Thomson Settlement

first_imgDownload Audio Gov. Bill Walker has delegated his authority on the Point Thomson lawsuit to his lieutenant governor, while still leaving open the possibility of his involvement.In a letter signed on Monday, Walker granted Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott the power to decide if Walker’s prior litigation against the state while an attorney in private practice should prevent him from participating in decisions about those same cases in his new role as governor.As a partner at the Anchorage law firm Walker & Richards, Walker sued the state over a settlement with Exxon to develop Point Thomson, and the case became a point of contention during the campaign against incumbent Sean Parnell. Parnell argued that Walker’s lawsuit would halt development of natural gas reserves on the North Slope, while Walker responded that the agreement amounted that the agreement amounted to a closed-door deal by bypassing the legislature.The letter comes just days after his former law partner and current attorney general, Craig Richards, relinquished his own authority to participate in such litigation in more specific terms.On Friday, Richards wrote that his chief assistant attorney general, Martin Schultz, would take on those cases until his “former clients no longer have financial obligations” to him. In addition to the Point Thomson case, Richards wrote he would recuse himself from a number of municipal property tax proceedings concerning the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.Walker and Richards sold their law firm shortly after the election to attorney Robin Brena, who chaired the Walker transition team’s oil and gas committee.last_img read more

Sony PS5 release date 2020 launch Hinted By AMD CEO

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:32Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:31?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Nissan GT-R/C – The ultimate remote-control car for gamers Closecenter_img With E3 just a month away, AMD’s CEO, Lisa Su sent a surprise to the gaming industry in a recent interview with CNBC’s “Mad Money’s” Jim Carter. She said in the one-to-one interview that gaming is a “good, secular growth market” and AMD is “really excited” about Sony’s next console. Su also talked about how 2019 is going to be a “down” year for AMD’s semi-custom-build business, but higher growth is posed for “2020 and beyond”.According to analysts, this development increases the possibility of seeing a 2020 release window for the next-gen gaming console from Sony.Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) also provides processing units for Amazon’s Web Services, various Apple devices and Google Cloud. AMD has also contributed to Stadia, Google’s gaming service which was announced in March. Sony Play Station 4 Slim Limited Edition Gold shown in this image for representational purposePlaystation.blog”With all of the data out there and all of the compute needs, it is a great market, and it really appreciates great technology,” said Su. “That’s where we differentiate ourselves. We’re really focused on high-performance computing.”According to a tweet by Ainsley Bowden of SeasonedGaming.com, reliable insider information has revealed that it will be more powerful than Sony and Google’s gaming platforms. The next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft will once again be pitted against each other in a bid to captivate audiences at the upcoming conference. More may be revealed in the weeks leading up to E3. We will keep you updated.last_img read more

Myanmar blocks Rohingya aid in Rakhine

first_imgPledge comes as activists accuse government of intentionally blocking aid for Rohingya facing dire food shortage in Rakhine. Photo: AAMyanmar on Thursday pledged safe repatriation of Rohingya from Bangladesh as soon as possible despite accusations of activists claiming the government was intentionally blocking aid for refugees facing dire food shortage in Rakhine state, according to Anadolu Agency.Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a repatriation deal last November, but Dhaka claims not a single refugee has returned.The UN maintains the Myanmar government has been unable to assure safe return for the refugees, and remaining houses in entire villages have been razed to the ground in the name of development works, the Ankara-based agency said.On Thursday, Myanmar minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Win Myat Aye, who recently visited the refugee camps in Bangladesh, said the government was working hard for the safe, dignified and voluntary return of refugees who provide evidence of origin in the country.“Firstly, we would like to reiterate that we are not accepting those who failed to present required evidences,” Win Myat Aye told the media, it added.About his two-day visit to Bangladesh earlier this month, he said he met Rohingyas in Bangladesh’s Cox Bazar.“For the repatriation, the first step for displaced people is to fill the form. But I got surprised that they have not received any form to be filled although we already sent the forms since months ago,” he said.“This is totally unexpected for us,” he told the journalists and international diplomats in Yangon.He claimed all refugees he met in the camps said they wanted to return to Myanmar, but said the problem is citizenship.“They told me that they want citizenship when they come back. So, we explained to them about the citizenship verification process,” he said.- Myanmar ‘intentionally’ blocks aid“We have been preparing for the safe return for months, and now we are ready. And we would like to start repatriation as soon as possible as the monsoon is coming,” he said.However, he admitted that more time would be needed to verify the people as the forms sent back by Bangladeshi government had not been filled completely.”We had seen how they are living in poor condition. So, we would like to take them back as soon as possible,” the minister said.Meanwhile, a UK-based activist group accused the government of intentional blocking aid for remaining Rohingya villagers in the area.In a statement on Thursday, the Burma Human Rights Network said: “Those who remained have had limited access to aid as restrictions on NGOs and charities remained in many areas following the fighting.“While the Red Cross has been given access to some of these areas others remain in dire need of food and medical aid.”BHRN executive director Kyaw Win told Anadolu Agency that no one would voluntarily return from Bangladesh to Myanmar at the moment.“How can the return be dignified and safe?” he asked.The Rohingya, described by the UN as the world’s most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 201, the agency said.Since 25 Aug, 2017, some 750,000 refugees, mostly children and women, fled Myanmar when Myanmar forces launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim community, according to the UN. At least 9,000 Rohingya were killed in Rakhine state from 25 Aug to 24 Sept, according to Doctors Without Borders.In a report published on 12 Dec, the global humanitarian organisation said the deaths of 71.7 per cent or 6,700 Rohingya were caused by violence. They include 730 children below the age of 5.last_img read more