UE stuns UST; Adamson keeps UP winless

first_imgTrump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Bottom-dweller University of the East stunned Final Four hopeful University of Santo Tomas in five sets, 27-25, 24-26, 25-23, 18-25, 17-15, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Red Warriors improved to 2-5 for share of the sixth spot with De La Salle while the Tiger Spikers, who played without star hitter Joshua Umandal, dropped to fifth at 3-4.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag UST shot itself in the foot after committing a league-worst 50 errors against the Red Warriors in a game it badly needed to win to stay at the top four of the standings at the end of the first round.Lloyd Josafat paced UE with 16 points while Al-jhon Abalon and Clifford Inoferio had 12 and 11 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsManuel Medina finished with a game-high 30 points to lead UST.In the other game, Adamson University took a share of the third spot following a four-set beating of University of the Philippines, 22-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-18. Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img The Soaring Falcons’ 4-3 record tied Ateneo’s card while the Fighting Maroons are at a miserable 0-7 slate for the no.8 spot.Leo Miranda led Adamson with 18 points while Paolo Pablico and Mark Alvarez had 17 points apiece.John Mark Millette led UP with 20 points.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Google Philippines names new country director UST makes it 3 in a row, blasts UE Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more


Wimbledon 2017: Bethanie Mattek-Sands hospitalised after suffering knee injury

first_imgAmerica’s Bethanie Mattek-Sands was stretchered off court screaming in pain after suffering a serious knee injury during her second-round women’s singles match at Wimbledon on Thursday.Mattek-Sands was playing Romania’s Sorana Cirstea on outside Court 17 when she appeared to slip as she approached the net at the beginning of the third set then collapsed awkwardly to the grass.After a moment’s silence she suddenly screamed out in pain, then shouted “help me,” clutching her right leg.Cirstea approached her then looked shocked as Mattek-Sands continued to cry out in pain as everybody around the court initially seemed stunned.Medical personnel then attended and she was treated by doctors on the court for more than 20 minutes on court, and given oxygen and an injection.Still clearly in pain she continued to scream out. “It hurts, hurts so much.”Best wishes to @BMATTEK who has been taken to hospital with an acute knee injury after falling in her 2nd round match against Sorana Cirstea pic.twitter.com/K6NqozkiMb- Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) 6 July 2017The 32-year-old has won three grand slam doubles titles with Czech Lucie Safarova, who was crying courtside during the incident, and if she had won at Wimbledon would have held all four at the same time.The Woman’s Tennis Association said Mattek-Sands had suffered an acute knee injury and had been taken straight to hospital.last_img read more


Centre asks states to observe birth anniversary of Patel

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 16 (PTI) The Centre has asked all states to observe the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as a day to foster and reinforce the governments dedication to strengthen unity, integrity and security of the nation.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the nation in paying tributes to the countrys first home minister.He would offer floral tributes on the statue of Patel in Delhi, followed by administering pledge and flagging off the Run for Unity, Additional Secretary in the Home Ministry Praveen Kumar Srivastava told reporters here.Home Minister Rajnath Singh has written to chief ministers, and ministers of the Union government, to organise the pledge, run for unity and march on the occasion, he said.”The government observes October 31 all over the country as a day of special occasion to foster and reinforce the governments dedication to preserve and strengthen unity, integrity and security of our nation by celebrating it as a Rashtriya Ekta Diwas to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel,” Srivastava said.The 1.5 km Run in Delhi will start from the National Stadium, where a large number of people, including sports personalities like P V Sindhu, Mitali Raj and Sardar Singh, are expected to take part.The state governments were asked to encourage college and school students to participate in the national unity day events.Srivastava said around 15,000 people had participated in the event in Delhi last year and the number will go up this year.October 31 is also the death anniversary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi. PTI ACB ABHadvertisementlast_img read more


Throttle Jockey: Harley Rolled out New V-Twin Engine, so We Asked Bill Davidson all about it

first_img 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Editors’ Recommendations Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy 1. Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight 2. Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight 3. Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight 4. Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight 5. Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight 6. Bill Davidson The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected center_img What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Types Few motorcycle companies are as tied to a single engine configuration as Harley-Davidson. The iconic V-Twin engine that powers every bike in the lineup has a lineage that reaches back over a century, and any deviations from the V’s status quo through Harley’s history are rare and brief.So when Harley-Davidson rolls out an entirely new iteration of their brand’s mechanical heart and soul, as they have now done with the new Milwaukee-Eight motor, it’s big news and you’d better believe they took the time to make it work right.The new plant, so named because it features heavy-breathing four-valve heads (for a total of “eight” valves), will be available in 107 and 114 cubic-inch variants (1750cc/1870cc), with the bigger models more likely to be found in the big-rig touring bikes like the Ultra Classic, where it will also receive H-D’s “Twin Cooled” air/liquid cooling system to keep the heat down. Models using the 107ci version will use either the water/air or an oil/air cooling system depending on the model.The new motor will come in 107 and 114 cubic inch variantsIn a nutshell, the new motor makes 10 percent more torque than the Twin Cam power plant it replaces, and while Harley didn’t (and usually doesn’t) give any horsepower figures, it’d be fair to expect a bump in ponies as well. But after riding the hopped-up hot rod 110ci Twin Cam Low Rider S recently, I’d have to say more of either is going to work just fine for long-time Harley riders and anyone else who decides they want to get in on the fun.Harley-Davidson was kind enough to give The Manual some time to chat with H-D Museum VP Bill Davidson, great-grandson of one of the company’s founders, William A. Davidson, about the new engine and the bikes it will be found in for the 2017 model year (lightly edited for brevity).The Manual: How long has the engine been in development?Bill Davidson: Well it started several years ago and our process is very thorough, obviously, to produce the world’s best motorcycle engine, the Milwaukee Eight. What we start with is gathering a lot of customer and dealer input as to what they would like to see in the next-generation V Twin from Harley-Davidson. And once we get that information, our experts in engineering, manufacturing, styling, they go to work to make a motor that truly delivers – exceeds, actually – our customers expectations. And I have to tell you, I’ve had the opportunity to ride the Milwaukee Eight and it truly delvers the most power, the responsiveness of the motorcycle is fantastic, it’s very comfortable from a heat management perspective, it’s truly the most advanced motor that we have ever produced.Traditionally, when going from a two-valve head to a four-valve head, a engine can take a hit to the torque output, but you’re claiming a torque boost. How is that accomplished?If you think of the V Twin as an air pump, when we went from two valves to four valves, it allows us to increase the amount of air on the intake stroke and with the four-valve exhaust, to get that burnt gas out of the engine much more efficiently. So you’re enhancing the overall “workability,” if you will, of the engine and that produces about ten percent more torque. And in some of the other designs of the motor, it’s actually mechanically more quiet, and that has allowed us to enhance the exhaust note – that “potato-potato” – that V-Twin sound Harley is known for all over the world. And so the overall package truly is phenomenal… I rode it and it truly delivers.Is the fuel management system upstream air mix injection, or are you using direct injection now?We’ve been using direct injection on our Twin Cam and the Milwaukee-Eight is direct injection.One of the things I was impressed with last year when Harley had their press ride in Portland was that there is a lot of tech in the bikes now – the ABS system built into the hubs, the Twin Cooling system and so on. But the tech is very well hidden, so the bikes retain a clean, even vintage look. How important is that to your customers? What have they been telling you?That is something we work very very hard at. You know, my dad Willie [Willie G. Davidson] once coined a phrase: “form follows function, but both form and function report to emotion.” And when you think of a motorcycle, a motorcycle is a very emotional piece of art. Nothing on a motorcycle can be covered up. On a car, you’ve got space to hide things. But on a motorcycle, everything is exposed, so you work very hard on making sure that the function of the motorcycle is spot-on, but the form of those components that create function is a beautiful piece – no matter what it is – to look at. When you take a step back from the motorcycle and see it from a distance, it’s balanced throughout, front to rear and rear to front. We truly have a following around the world of our iconic look, our iconic sound, and our iconic feel, and the Milwaukee-Eight just enhances those ingredients to the next level.Which models did you ride and which model did you enjoy the most?We were at a test track with a whole array of touring motorcycles that the new motor is in, and I rode the Road King, the Street Glide, the Ultra Limited, and I was speechless. I gave our chief engineer a bear hug (laughs).Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Limited for 2017What’s the status of Project Livewire (Harley’s electric motorcycle project)?Livewire is alive and well, no pun intended. We’re very very excited about that motorcycle, we continue to develop it. We’re following a little bit different path on that bike. We actually had about 30 (!) prototypes which we toured around North America and then Europe for our customers and our dealers. We have a list of items that we are putting into process, if you will, that we need to develop or change, to ensure that we create a phenomenal motorcycle called Livewire.Do you think it will ever become a Harley-Davidson product, or is it just a project?The Livewire is a motorcycle that we’re going to continue to develop. We don’t have a specific launch time but we are developing it and it is an important project for Harley-Davidson.We are hoping to have riding reviews of some of the new bikes here on TheManual.com in the near future. All photos courtesy of Harley-Davidson. The 200-Horsepower Vanquish Vanqraft VQ16 Is a Boat-Sized Jet Skilast_img read more


Greece to Sell Two Largest Ports under Identical Terms

first_imgzoom Greek ruling party Syriza has proposed a change in the terms of the sale of the country’s second largest port – the Port of Thessaloniki – to mirror those of the Piraeus Port, according to local media.Back in May, the government of Greece invited China’s Cosco Group, Maersk Group’s APM Terminals, and Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) to present their bids for a 51% stake in the Piraeus port.The companies are to present their bids by September, with an option for the stake to increase up to 67% if the chosen company invests EUR 300 million in the port over a period of five years.This Thursday, Greece plans to float the same scenario to potential bidders for the Thessaloniki Port Authority (OLTH), which is expected to get a new owner by June 2016, according to the latest plan.Greece recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with its international lenders which stipulated that the binding bid dates for the ports of Piraeus and Thessaloniki must be announced by October.The proceeds from the sales and privatization of national assets are expected to reach EUR 6.4 billion by 2017, Reuters reports. The MOU is a prerequisite for Greece if it wants to gain access to around EUR 85 billion offered through a new bailout program.World Maritime News Staff; Image: OLTHlast_img read more


Road Improvements in Annapolis County

first_img An eight-kilometre section of road in Annapolis County will soonprovide a smoother ride for Nova Scotia drivers. The section of Trunk 10, from the Lunenburg County line northerlyto Ridge Road, is receiving a $1.1 million repaving job. “This project is a continuation of upgrades to Trunk 10 betweenBridgewater and Middleton,” said Ron Russell, Minister ofTransportation and Public Works. “We’re pleased to be able tocontinue this project and work towards our commitment of betterroads in Nova Scotia.” The project was awarded to Dexter Construction Co. Ltd. The workhas started and will be complete by the end of October. The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains an inventory of 3,800 bridges and operatesseven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from districtoffices located in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Road Improvements in AnnapolisCountylast_img read more


Thirty years after Morgentaler ruling we have a long way to go

first_imgIt’s 1979. A 20-year-old student misses her period.“I was in my third year of university. I used oral contraceptives but I got pregnant,” the woman, now in her late 50s, said in a recent interview from Montreal. “I hadn’t finished my degree. I wasn’t ready for a family.”She avoided the French-language Catholic hospital where she lived in Moncton, N.B., and instead booked an appointment with a gynecologist at the city’s English-language hospital.“If you were early enough, I heard he would perform an abortion. It’s where all the French girls went,” she says.But there was a catch: she was told she had to be suicidal to obtain the procedure.“I had to say I would kill myself. It had to be a life-or-death situation,” she recalls.She declared herself mentally ill, but says now she felt lucky considering the difficulty some women had getting abortion services at the time.“I was in a safe environment in a hospital. It wasn’t a back-alley office somewhere,” she says. “I didn’t die and I wasn’t left infertile.”***This January marks 30 years since the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the country’s abortion law as unconstitutional.The Jan. 28, 1988, Morgentaler decision overturned a law that criminalized abortions unless a panel of doctors agreed a woman’s life or health was threatened by the pregnancy — likely the rule that compelled a Moncton gynecologist in the 1970s to require a woman to declare herself suicidal.The country’s highest court found the criminal law violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ guarantee of life, liberty and security of the person.“Bravo for the women of Canada!” Henry Morgentaler, doctor and abortion rights advocate, said outside the Supreme Court chambers. “Justice for the women of Canada has finally arrived!”Three decades later, the landmark abortion ruling still stands as the country’s touchstone on abortion rights.But the issue continues to be a source of polarizing debate, and voices on both sides have called for legislation: Anti-abortion groups want a criminal law banning or restricting abortion, while advocates of women’s right to choose say legislation is needed to improve abortion access and curb harassment against doctors and patients.“Even though 30 years have passed since the abortion law was struck down in Canada, we unfortunately are still dealing with the same issues,” says Arlene Leibovitch, Morgentaler’s widow and owner of the Toronto and Ottawa Morgentaler clinics.Anti-abortion groups rally outside abortion clinics, wielding graphic placards and intimidating doctors and patients, she says.“The Morgentaler clinic in Ottawa has been subjected to some of the most vicious protesting in the province and women’s rights to privacy have been grossly compromised,” Leibovitch says. “It’s extremely stressful for both the staff and the patients to get basically attacked by a barrage of very vivid posters and signs and people yelling at them as they’re coming into the clinic.”Ontario’s so-called bubble zone legislation — aimed at creating safe access zones outside abortion clinics — is expected to take effect soon. But she questions why it’s taken three decades for the province to act.“How could this still be happening in this day and age when abortion has been legal for 30 years?”***The Supreme Court’s watershed 1988 decision made Canada one of a handful of countries without a law either restricting or ensuring access to abortion.It’s a legislative void some anti-abortion politicians and advocates have tried hard to fill. They argue that the intention of the court was not to remove all limits on abortion, but rather to ensure those limits didn’t violate a pregnant woman’s right under the charter.But attempts to re-criminalize abortion have failed.As justice minister in Brian Mulroney’s Progressive Conservative government, Kim Campbell introduced a bill in the late 1980s that would have made abortion a criminal offence unless performed by a doctor who believed the health or life of the woman was threatened.The bill, which replaced the opinion of a hospital committee with one physician, was approved by the House of Commons only to be defeated in the Senate following a tied vote in 1991.Since then, successive federal governments have sidestepped attempts to criminalize abortion. Several private members’ bills have attempted, and failed, to make aspects of abortion illegal, including a bill to criminalize inducing an abortion after 20 weeks gestation and a bill to make it an offence to injure an unborn child while committing an offence against the mother.Abortion rights advocate Joyce Arthur argues that granting legal rights to a fetus is a slippery slope that could lead to restricting the rights of pregnant women in the future.“We need to make sure anti-choice (advocates) have no grounds to build on,” says Arthur, executive director of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada. “Without any restrictions, they don’t have a framework to build on.”In other countries, Arthur says criminal laws that make abortions illegal after certain gestational ages are used as a foothold by anti-abortion activists to try to further limit abortion access.Yet abortion opponents argue the Supreme Court’s Morgentaler decision left the fetus unprotected.“We literally are a lawless nation with respect to abortion,” says Jack Fonseca with Campaign Life Coalition, a group that opposes abortion. “A woman could legally abort her unborn child at any point before going into labour, right up to the moment of birth.”The Toronto-based organization wants an outright ban on abortion with few exceptions.Natalie Sonnen with LifeCanada, an anti-abortion group, says “any law at this point would be better than the current situation where abortion can be obtained throughout all nine months for any reason.”But Joanna Erdman, Dalhousie University’s MacBain Chair in Health Law and Policy, says those claims are false.“It’s really a red herring. It’s a total falsehood that someone just walks into a clinic in Canada and asks for a late-term abortion and gets it,” says Erdman, an associate professor at the university’s Schulich School of Law.While there is no criminal law restricting abortion, she says it’s treated like any other medical procedure and is regulated by medical policies, codes of ethics and protocols.“We have no unique criminal law provision on abortion because there are lots of laws that regulate abortion as a medical procedure,” Erdman says. “Suggesting that women are regularly accessing late abortions just doesn’t at all reflect the reality of abortion practice.”In 2015, the Canadian Institute for Health Information recorded a total of 100,104 abortions across Canada in both clinics and hospitals.Only hospitals, where about one-third of abortions are performed, report gestational age. About 2.5 per cent of abortions were induced at a gestation over 20 weeks, according to the federal agency’s figures.However, Arthur says hospitals do the vast majority of late-term abortions. As most clinics only do abortions up to 12 or 16 weeks, she estimates just over 0.5 per cent of abortions are done after 20 weeks.“In practice, almost all abortions over 20 weeks are done for lethal fetal abnormalities. The fetus is not viable and won’t survive after birth,” Arthur says. “A small minority are done for other compelling reasons, such as a girl abused by her stepfather.”Erdman adds that for the most part, late-term abortions are “absolutely tragic cases of wanted pregnancies in which there is a diagnosis. It’s absolutely cruel to force a woman to carry a stillbirth to term and not have a way to intervene.”Meanwhile, finding a physician who is trained and willing to perform late-stage abortions makes them largely inaccessible.Lianne Yoshida, medical co-director of the Termination of Pregnancy Unit at the QEII Hospital in Halifax, says abortions later in pregnancy are limited for many reasons.“The main one is surgical expertise. The procedure is more complicated and requires different equipment and skill set for the doctor to be able to do them safely,” she says.The recurring anti-abortion stance that the lack of a criminal law will lead to women aborting a nine-month-old fetus is one Arthur calls “misogynistic and insulting.”“It’s been refuted over and over again but they keep saying it,” she says. “It’s based on the assumption that women are so stupid and callous that they are going to have an abortion at nine months for any trivial reason and a doctors will do it. It’s nonsense and it’s infuriating, and it’s a form of hate speech against women and doctors.”Arthur adds: “We’ve had no restrictions on abortion for 29 years so that itself is proof we don’t need any.”***Early in his career, Morgentaler turned women seeking abortions away. It was illegal, and he didn’t want to break the law.But it gnawed at his conscience, Leibovitch says, and in 1969 he opened his first abortion clinic.“For Henry, the fact that women were dying was wrong and unnecessary. It’s a very simple procedure,” she says, noting that abortions up to 12 weeks take about two to three minutes.Morgentaler was repeatedly arrested and thrown in jail for performing abortions. But juries repeatedly acquitted him, refusing to enforce a law perceived to be unjust.Even after the landmark 1988 ruling, Morgentaler continued to advocate for abortion funding and access across the country despite death threats and the bombing of his Toronto clinic.“Young people today have a hard time understanding how incredibly hard the fight was to achieve the rights that they have,” Leibovitch says. “Women were trying to self-induce abortions from unqualified doctors with devastating results. They were often subjected to perforation and a lot of them bled out or ended up with massive infections unable to have children in the future.”While access to abortion has improved significantly since the Morgentaler decision, women in rural areas are often forced to travel some distance for the service.“I think access has absolutely made huge strides but there are still barriers,” says Sarah Hobbs Blyth, executive director of Planned Parenthood Toronto.Only one in six hospitals in Canada performs abortions and some provinces have no standalone abortion clinics at all. New Brunswick, meanwhile, continues to refuse to fund abortions at the province’s only clinic.“We have had a significant and long-standing lack of leadership within executive branches of government to actually make access to abortion a barrier-free reality,” says Sandeep Prasad, an Ottawa-based lawyer and activist with Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights.For example, Mifegymiso, the two-step abortion pill, became available in France and China in 1988 — the same year Canada decriminalized abortion.Health Canada didn’t approve Mifegymiso until July 2015, and barriers still remain to its use — it can only be prescribed up to nine weeks, and can be subject to a requirement for an ultrasound.“It’s been available for 30 years and it’s just reaching the Canadian market now,” Prasad says, noting that while an ultrasound is recommended, there are other safe methods to rule out ectopic pregnancy and confirm gestational age.“In many areas of sexual reproductive rights, we have a long way to go as a country.”***It’s been almost 30 years since that cold January day when the country’s highest court struck down the criminal law against abortion.While there continues to be opposition to abortion, multiple polls in recent years suggest Canadian attitudes have shifted towards a woman’s right to choose.Leibovitch credits much of the progress in the area of women’s reproductive rights to Morgentaler, who passed away in 2013.“Henry Morgentaler was an extremely brave and courageous man who fought for what he believed in and for the rights of the people of Canada,” she says.“He suffered through the Holocaust, lost almost his entire family, pursued a medical degree despite anti-Semitic climates that were still ongoing in Europe and he arrived in this country as an immigrant and struggled for decades so others could have rights.”last_img read more


Syria peace conference set for Nov 23 Arab League chief

first_imgA keenly anticipated peace conference for Syria will convene in Geneva on November 23, Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said on Sunday after meeting international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.Arabi acknowledged that there were still obstacles to holding the conference, as Western and Arab governments prepare to meet Syrian opposition leaders on Tuesday to attempt to persuade them to attend.Arabi made the comment to reporters after meeting the UN-Arab League envoy for Syria at the bloc’s Cairo headquarters, on the first leg of a regional tour Brahimi is conducting ahead of the conference. “It was decided that the Geneva II conference will be held on November 23, and preparations are underway for this conference,” Arabi said.The top Arab diplomat warned, however, that there were still hurdles to convening the already much-delayed meeting.“There are many difficulties that must be overcome for this conference to succeed,” he said.Brahimi refused to publicly set a date for the conference, saying it would be announced after he concluded his tour.The envoy told reporters after meeting Arabi that he would travel to Qatar, Turkey, Iran, Syria and then Geneva for talks with Russian and US representatives.last_img read more


UN agencies to assist El Salvador military with AIDS prevention sexual health

The $220,000 project is financed jointly by the Salvadorian Armed Forces, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).The aim is to educate officers and soldiers at all levels in the country’s armed forces – a total of about 10,000 people – over the coming two years.According to UNAIDS, El Salvador has around a 1.1 per cent adult HIV prevalence rate, with approximately 7,700 adults living with the virus as of 2003. That year saw about 200 AIDS deaths.The agency says that the national response to HIV and AIDS is marked by close cooperation among government ministries, civil society, people living with HIV and AIDS, the Global Fund set up to combat the disease, and various international cooperation agencies. read more


Cambodias royal pardon for opposition leader a step towards reconciliation – UN

“I was very pleased to learn that the royal pardon was granted by His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, the King of Cambodia, at the request of Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen,” the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Surya P. Subedi, said. “I now hope that with this development, the Government will take the necessary action in order to allow Sam Rainsy to play a full part in the national politics of Cambodia.” Mr. Rainsy, the leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was tried in absentia in January 2010 on charges of destruction of property and racial incitement and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment in one case and 10 years’ imprisonment in another, and had remained in exile. Mr. Subedi had previously stressed the importance of a level playing field for all political parties to compete on an equal footing, and had called for a solution to allow Mr. Rainsy to play a full role in Cambodian politics.“Today I applaud the Royal Government of Cambodia for having taken this important step towards reconciliation, which is in the interests of stronger and deeper democratization of Cambodia,” he added.Special rapporteurs are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more


Dream Jailbreak turns out to be fake

first_imgThere will always be things that are too good to be true, and the climactic ending to the Dream Jailbreak release is a reminder of exactly that. After the “proof” video was released, and many users identified the video as a fake, the person behind Dream Jailbreak revealed to the wold that it was all a joke after all.There were plenty of reasons to be excited about Dream Jailbreak, though at the same time there were just as many reasons to be suspicious. This apparent one man team, who assured everyone that he was not part of any existing jailbreak team, had supposedly managed to take advantage of an exploit that affected every iDevice capable of running iOS 6. It sounded believable because that’s exactly what users want right now, since proper jailbreaks are still unavailable for several generations of iDevice. This developer promised to reveal all in an unedited video and finally a download with the tools to complete the jailbreak.In the short time since the announcement, the Twitter account for Dream Jailbreak exceeded 20,000 followers. When the video was released, several viewers immediately noticed that there was a point at which it was clear the video had been edited. In response to the cries that the video was fake, the party responsible decided to release the jailbreak earlier than planned. Instead of a download, eager users were met with the infamous Rickroll video on YouTube. Shortly after the video was posted, a message went live on the website explaining that everything had been fake. Those interested in a jailbreak from Dream were part of a social experiment designed to “teach” users to be more skeptical of those who claim they have jailbroken something without proof.Whether or not the desired message reached anyone who was interested in Dream Jailbreak will probably never be discovered. Whoever was responsible for this wanted to make it clear that newcomers to the iOS hacking scene aren’t to be trusted, and that the developers who have been responsible for jailbreaks in the past are the only people you should listen to.last_img read more


Harvey Tynes Calls Prime Minister Christie A Dismal Failure

first_img Related Items:#harveytynescallsPMafailure, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 8, 2017 – Nassau – Popular Attorney Harvey Tynes, QC, railed against Prime Minister Perry Christie and the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) as he urged Bahamians to vote against the government in a bid to save the country.Citing the two failed referendums, violent crime and the introduction of Value- Added Tax (VAT), Mr. Tynes explained that despite Mr Christie’s likability, he has been a “dismal failure and complete disaster” this term.Mr. Tynes admitted that he voted for the PLP in 2012, but went on to describe the upcoming general elections as the last chance to save the country in a short video that was circulated on social media on Friday.“I happen to like Perry Gladstone Christie,” he said. “The man has a big heart and a great sense of humour and I like people like that. Perry Christie happens to be one of my favourite people.”, Mr. Tynes said.“I voted PLP, most Bahamians voted PLP. We chose Perry Christie to lead our country out of the mess it was in. Now five years later what has Christie given us in return?”, Tynes continued.Turning his attention to the failed referendums on gaming and gender equality, Mr. Tynes noted that in both instances Mr Christie lied about his administration’s agenda and wasted millions of dollars on propaganda.“He also gave us VAT,” he said, “a crippling tax burden on the poorest of our people who are now literally starving to death. He gave us a series of downgrades in our credit rating as a country to our current junk status and now we are in danger of our Bahamian dollar being devalued.”Mr Tynes said: “Meanwhile violent crime in our country has gone completely out of control and now comes the shocking news that senior well-paid members of Christie’s cabinet are out there begging rich foreigners for personal favours instead of working to protect our interests as a people.”He added: “Let us face the truth, Perry Christie has been a dismal failure and complete disaster.”#magneticmedianews#harveytynescallsPMafailure Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


San Diego Water Authority pipeline relining project in North County

first_img January 18, 2019 Posted: January 18, 2019 San Diego Water Authority pipeline relining project in North County Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Millions of gallons of water are pumped in every day by the San Diego County Water Authority. The infrastructure of that delivery is crucial.To continue providing safe an reliable water to our area, a pipeline relining improvement project in North County is helping the water authority secure it’s operations for the future.KUSI’s chief photographer Mike Smith gives us an inside look. last_img read more


FEMA Opens Temporary Office In Nikiski

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享FEMA representatives have opened a temporary office at the North Peninsula Recreation Center in Nikiski. The FEMA temporary office is open 10am to 7pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 1pm on Saturday, this week and next week ending March 2. You must apply for Federal Individual Assistance even if you have already applied for State Individual Assistance. The major disaster declaration issued on January 31 for the state of Alaska makes federal funding available to eligible affected individuals in the Municipality of Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and Kenai Peninsula Borough. Residents whose homes were affected by the 7.0 earthquake on November 30 are encouraged to apply for the Federal Individual Assistance program. The deadline to apply for FEMA Individual Assistance is April 1. Announcements will be provided for locations in Homer and Seward. You may also apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov.last_img read more


FERC Adds 4 Months To EIS Schedule For AKLNG Project

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has extended the schedule for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Alaska LNG project by four months. “The revised schedule for the EIS is based upon AGDC meeting its commitment to provide complete responses to outstanding data requests on the dates it has identified.”  The notice also stated, that the regulatory commission would not issue a final impact statement until March 6, 2020, instead of November 2019. But March 2020 depends on the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC) answering all of FERC’s questions in full this summer. In a notice issued by FERC on February 28, they now plan to issue the draft EIS in June. The commission did not specify a date in June. The scheduled release date had been the end of February. Some of the responses that the AGDC still owes FERC includes information on fire safety, spill-containment safeguards and hazard-mitigation designs at the gas treatment plant, liquefaction plant and LNG storage tanks in Nikiski. FERC cited the state’s timeline for answering federal regulators’ questions and fulfilling data requests as the reason for the extension. Also, federal regulators are waiting for information from the state on pipeline crossings at active earthquake faults, and a more detailed route map showing all seismic hazards within 5 miles of the pipelines.last_img read more


Closing Groove Music Microsoft Sends Users To Spotify

first_img Microsoft Groove Music Streams Users To Spotify closing-groove-music-microsoft-sends-users-spotify Facebook Closing Groove Music, Microsoft Sends Users To Spotify The end of the year is the end of it all for Microsoft Groove Music Pass subscribersPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 3, 2017 – 12:13 pm Stepping back from competition against Spotify, in mid-October Microsoft will make it easy for Groove Music Pass subscribers to click and transfer their playlists to Spotify. The end of the year is the end of it all for Groove Music, Microsoft’s bid in the music streaming space.Users will have through the end of January 2018 to save data. Closing Groove Music includes fine print, such as making sure to back up downloadable files to local storage. Microsoft’s built-in Groove Music app will still play these files.Microsoft has explored the music space without successfully exploiting it, but it has other consumer inroads such as Xbox. Meanwhile Spotify seems like it is growing even though it is already everywhere, an interesting height of interest that the company would like to be permanent.Spotify, Waze Integration Arriving On iPhone Email Twitter News last_img read more


Wilmington Library Partners With Career Place To Offer Job Help Every Monday Morning

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Memorial Library is collaborating with The Career Place in Woburn to bring weekly job help meetings to the library.The library’s Wilmington Networkers group has meet for four years on a biweekly basis but now will meet every Monday at 10 a.m. with staff from The Career Place leading many of the sessions.Anyone who is looking for work or is contemplating a job change is welcome to attend. All meetings focus on an aspect of the job search process and usually feature a speaker or trainer.Upcoming meetings include “Ask a Career Counselor” (arrive prepared with questions) on Monday, September 17 and “How to Develop a Professional Network” on Monday, September 24.For a listing of all fall events, visit the library’s website at http://wilmlibrary.org. For questions, email Assistant Library Director Charlotte Wood at cwood@wilmlibrary.org.The Career Place in Woburn is one of the many state career centers that helps individuals assess their skill levels and interests, find and apply for jobs, or enter education and training programs. They offer employment workshops, computer skills workshops, on-site employment interviews, and job fairs.In late September, The Career Place will change its name to The MassHire Metro North Career Center as part of a rebranding effort to bring unity to the Massachusetts Workforce Development System.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Wildwood Cemetery Stroll Set For September 21In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: FREE Bach, Beethoven, & Brahams Concert On Sept. 12In “Community”Wilmington Book Club Listings — July 2019In “Community”last_img read more


Homer City Council members survive recall effort

first_imgHomer’s canvas board counts absentee ballots in recall election. (Aaron Bolton, KBBI News)Three Homer City Council members who were subjects of a highly contentious recall effort will retain their seats. The political battle led to a court case with the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska and two political groups have formed around the issue.Listen nowCouncil members David Lewis, Catriona Reynolds and Donna Aderhold all enjoyed double digit wins as the official results came in Friday.As the canvas board counted hundreds of absentee ballots Friday afternoon, several Heartbeat of Homer supporters in the audience eagerly awaited the results. The pro-recall political action committee’s spokeswoman, Sarah Vance, sat quietly as the stacks of ballots were counted.The three council members narrowly eked out a win Tuesday in the regular vote and needed a strong showing from absentee voters. City Clerk Mellissa Jacobsen read the results for the record and those in attendance.Aderhold and Lewis were both favored by 57 percent of voters and Reynolds came away with 56 percent of the vote. Vance and her supporters were noticeably disappointed as they walked out of City Hall.“Of course we are disappointed in the outcome,” Vance said. “We feel that they definitely were dishonest in their dealings over the issues, but the people have spoken and we’ll proceed from here.”The three council members found themselves subjects of the recall effort this spring. Petitioners took issue with two resolutions they crafted and sponsored, namely an inclusivity resolution.Petitioners argue it was the council members’ intent to make Homer a sanctuary city, damaging the tourism industry. They also claim their actions were misconduct in office.The council members all had one word for the results, vindicated. On Friday evening, Homer Citizens Against the Recall gathered in the very place the inclusivity resolution began, Homer resident Hal Spence’s living room.Council member Reynolds gave an impromptu speech to supporters.“There hasn’t been anything I could do about any of this for a long time, but knowing that you were all working to show the recall was not valid, I think we did that today with the results,” Reynolds said in Spence’s living room. “We did it Tuesday with the results.”Lewis and Reynolds both say they’re happy the special election is over. However, Lewis notes the division created by it will not dissipate overnight.“You know I went back and read some of the articles, and we’ve been called Marxists and all sorts of stuff,” Lewis said. “That doesn’t go away.”Aderhold, an avid writer and runner, added she is particularly excited to have time in her personal life.Homer Citizens Against the Recall Chairman Ron Keffer explained the one-issue political action committee will be dissolved. But, Keffer noted its progressively minded supporters will remain a group.“Because we don’t want to get ourselves into a position in which we have not been active enough and things happen and we have to play catchup,” Keffer explained. “We want to be an active part constantly at this point.”The Homer City Council held a special meeting Monday to certify the results.Reynolds and Lewis’ terms are up in October. Lewis, a three-term councilman, said he decided not to run prior to the recall effort. Reynolds noted the recall, as well as other obligations, pushed her away from running for reelection. Aderhold, whose term expires in 2018, said it’s too early to make that choice.However, all is not said and done. Heartbeat of Homer is seeking reimbursement for its legal fees from the council members.last_img read more


Dunleavy administration weighs in on Pebblebacked lawsuit against BBRSDA

first_imgPicking aboard the F/V Aventura in the Nushagak District.(Photo credit Sarah Grace Durrance) “Just as a matter of pure economics – forget the politics of it – pure economics – they’ve made an investment,” said Scott Kendall, an attorney for BBRSDA. The association filed a motion to dismiss the state’s brief yesterday. Kendall said not weighing in on a project that could impact the region’s fishery is out of the question. A hearing on the case is scheduled for Monday in Anchorage. “So our position is that they used pretty specific language about promoting and marketing regional seafood products. You know, it looks like the activities that BBRSDA is undertaking are outside that statutory purpose,” Borghesan said.  The association, of course, disagrees. The Dunleavy administration has sided with the Pebble-backed plaintiffs in a legal dispute over whether the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association can fund groups opposed to the proposed mine. In an amicus brief filed May 6, the state holds that BBRSDA should have no involvement in Pebble’s permitting process, and should instead confine its activities to marketing. “The economics of a fishery are pounds of fish times the per-pound value,” he said. “Pebble Mine could impact both negatively. It could reduce the abundance of the fishery. And no matter what, a major mine going into that area will degrade the region’s image as wild and unspoiled.”center_img In an emailed statement, Press Secretary Matt Shuckerow said the governor wants to see the Pebble project follow the permitting process. Shuckerow did not say whether the governor is for or against the mine. In a recent letter, Dunleavy opposed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers extending the deadline for the public comment period on Pebble. Despite that, the Army Corps did extend the comment period. Most commercial fishermen in Bristol Bay are required to join BBRSDA and pay a 1 percent tax on their catch. Those dues fund the association. The association’s response to the state includes letters from the Parnell and Walker administrations that acknowledge the association’s authority to spend funds at its own discretion. Kendall says acknowledging that precedent is important. “What’s changed between the last seven years and Monday of this week?” he asked. “They’ve reversed that precedent. The statutes haven’t changed. The only thing that appears to have changed is the posture of the administration.” Since that extension was announced last Friday the Army Corps has made a few changes. The final day to submit comments for both the draft EIS and Pebble’s application is now July 1. That’s two days later than the extension’s original end date of June 29. The Army Corps did not initially extend comment period for Pebble’s application, which was originally set to end on May 30. “So our interest is in making sure that these associations are sticking to their statutory purposes,” said Dario Borghesan, the assistant attorney general with the Alaska Department of Law.  According to Borghesan, the state takes issue with BBRSDA’s financial agreements with groups opposed to Pebble, namely, the United Tribes of Bristol Bay and SalmonState. In the state’s view, those contracts are not in line with the association’s mission. He points to the language of the association’s sponsors in the legislature.last_img read more


Car sales February 2018 Check out how Maruti Suzuki Hyundai Tata Motors

first_imgWorkers assemble cars inside the Hyundai Motor India Ltd. plant at Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu October 4, 2012.Reuters fileThe second month of 2018 saw carmakers steadily improving the sales numbers in India. The sales number of automakers in January 2018 was hopeful after a roller-coaster year that saw the BS-IV switch, GST implementation and the addition of cess. The February numbers for most of the automakers are positive and that indicates the industry is now slowly returning to normalcy.We have compiled a list of sales data for February 2018.Maruti SuzukiIndia’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki sold a total of 149,824 units in February 2018 and registered 15 percent growth over the same period last year. This includes 137,900 units in the domestic market and 11,924 units of exports. The company sold a total of 130,280 units in February 2017.The Indo-Japanese outfit’s domestic sales in India reported a 13.3 percent growth with 136,648 unit sales led by premium hatchback Baleno and compact SUV Vitara Brezza. Maruti Suzuki BalenoMaruti SuzukiToyota Kirloskar MotorJapanese carmaker Toyota’s Indian subsidiary Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) sold a total of 12,705 units in February 2018. TKM sold 11,864 units in the domestic market and exported 841 units of the Etios series. In February 2017, TKM sold 11,543 units in the domestic market and exported 570 units of the Etios series. The domestic sales witnessed a growth of just three percent.FordFord India’s sales (domestic and exports) in February 2018 stood at 23,965 vehicles as compared to 24,026 in the same month last year.Ford claims its domestic business grew to 9,041 vehicles in February from 8,338 vehicles in the same month last year. Exports were at 14,924 units compared to 15,688 vehicles in February 2017.Tata MotorsTata Motors’ passenger vehicle sales grew 45 percent with sales of 17,771 units in February 2018 against 12,272 units in the same month last year. New generation models like the Tiago and Tigor are the key models behind the spike along with the Nexon and Hexa gaining traction in the UV segment.Tata Motors’ overall sales grew by 38 percent at 58,993 units against 42,679 units due to the strong showing of its commercial and passenger vehicles business in the domestic market. Tata NexonTata MotorsMahindra & MahindraHomegrown automaker Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) posted eight percent growth in its passenger vehicles sales (which includes UVs, cars, and vans). The company sold 22,389 units in February 2018 as against 20,717 units in February last year.Commercial vehicle sales last month jumped 28 percent to 20,946 units compared to 16,383 units in the same month of 2017.HyundaiHyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL), the country’s second-largest car manufacturer registered sold 44,505 units in the domestic market and exported 10,917 units, taking the total sales to 55,422 units for the month of February 2018. The domestic sales grew by 5.1 percent against 42,327 units in February 2017.last_img read more