Financial Measures Act Introduced

first_imgFinance Minister Graham Steele introduced the Financial Measures Act today, April 15. The act provides the legislative and regulatory authority for measures in the annual provincial budget. “Our budget this year invests in health care, growing the economy, helping people make ends meet, all while ensuring government lives within its means,” said Mr. Steele. “The Financial Measures Act is part of our plan to get the province’s finances back to balance.” The act contains amendments to 14 pieces of legislation.For example, it reduces the rate of corporate income tax for small businesses, as announced on budget day, and implements a previously announced move to improve the film tax credit. Amendments to the Revenue Act improve tobacco enforcement controls by implementing new high-tech stamps to more easily detect and seize counterfeit tobacco products. The Financial Measures Act also contains amendments to the Motor Carrier Act to support the transfer of the Motor Carrier Inspection Division from the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board to Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. Changes to the Corrections Act, Education Act and Housing Act are associated with changes to municipal-provincial funding arrangements. “An agreement entered into by the previous government committed the province to assume about $100 million of municipal costs,” said Mr. Steele. “Given the province’s current financial situation, we have advised municipalities that we are not in a position, for the time being, to accept further uploading.” The Financial Measures Act also includes amendments to eight different acts required to increase most user fees and government charges, as previously announced.last_img read more

EastWest corridor work to restart after getting courts nod Metro Rly tells

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation (KMRC) told the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday that it had stopped underground construction for the East-West Metro corridor, following Sunday’s damage to several houses in the central parts of the city during a tunnel-boring work. Admitting that at least five houses had collapsed owing to ground settlement from seepage after a tunnel-boring machine hit a water table, the KMRC counsel told a division bench presided by Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan that work will start only after getting the court’s nod. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Several buildings in the congested Bowbazar area have developed cracks, leaving hundreds homeless. At least 323 residents of these damaged houses were shifted to hotels, KMRC lawyer Jishnu Saha told the bench, adding that all the affected and collapsed buildings will be repaired or reconstructed by the Metro Railway authority. He further submitted that the businessmen and workers who had lost their livelihood owing to the damage to the properties will be rehabilitated. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Hearing a PIL seeking termination of underground drilling for metro tunnels in congested areas, the division bench, also comprising Justice Arijit Banerjee, directed the KMRC to apprise it of the developments in arresting further ground settlement and damage to buildings by September 16. The court also asked the advocate general to make sure that the state government and the city civic authorities extend all cooperation in dealing with the situation and ensuring that the affected people are taken care of. The bench will hear the PIL, which has also challenged the provisions of Metro Railway (Construction of Works) Act, 1978, again on September 16. The KMRC lawyer told the bench that the work for 9.8 km of the 10.9-km-long underground tunnel was completed for the East-West Metro corridor. Saha said the KMRC had invited experts from within and outside the country for preparing a comprehensive geotechnical report on the incident and finding ways to prevent any damage to the remaining one-km tunnel work. He said the KMRC was likely to get reports from them within a fortnight on how to complete the construction work using tunnel-boring machines, without affecting life or property. Even as the court was hearing the PIL on Tuesday, there were reports of more buildings developing cracks owing to the ground settlement. Agitated residents demanded that the KMRC ensure that damage to more buildings was prevented and a written assurance be given to those affected that their buildings will be reconstructed or repaired as per requirement. Tunnels have been bored under the Hooghly river to connect the twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah through the rapid transit system, spanning a length of 16.6 km from Howrah Maidan to IT hub Sector V in Salt Lake. The new metro corridor passes through some of Kolkata’s most-congested areas where there are many century-old buildings, some of which are in a dilapidated condition. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who visited Bowbazar on Monday evening and spoke to some of the affected residents, said the state government will work together with the KMRC authorities to ensure proper rehabilitation of those who have been rendered homeless. Banerjee, a former railway minister, has also convened a meeting with the KMRC authorities, the city mayor, the police commissioner, secretaries of the disaster management and transport departments on Tuesday to discuss the modalities for providing rehabilitation. The chief minister appreciated that people were evacuated in time, preventing any loss of life or injury to anyone. Noting that the affected people had to vacate their residences, leaving behind their belongings, bank and identification documents, Banerjee said necessary assistance will be provided to them.last_img read more

UK state contractor collapses in liquidationputting 6000 Canadian jobs at risk

first_imgLONDON – One of the British state’s biggest contractors collapsed Monday, putting thousands of jobs at risk, after creditors and the government refused to bail out a company struggling under the weight of more than 1.5 billion pounds (CAD$2.6 billion) of debt.Carillion said it had no choice but to go into compulsory liquidation after weekend talks with creditors failed to get the short-term financing it needed to continue operating. The construction and services company is working on major public works projects, such as the HS2 rail line in northern England, while also maintaining prisons, cleaning hospitals and providing school lunches.“This is a very sad day for Carillion, for our colleagues, suppliers and customers that we have been proud to serve over many years,” chairman Philip Green said.The company employs 43,000 people worldwide who now face the risk of redundancy. Almost half of them are in the U.K., though Carillion also has a presence in the Middle East, Canada and the Caribbean.Carillion Canada says on its website it employs 6,000 people and generates about $1 billion annually in Canada through energy transmission, construction and services in sectors including oil and gas, health care, and aviation, plus roads maintenance services for approximately 40,000 kilometres of highways across Ontario and Alberta.A spokesperson for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation said Monday it had met with Carillion Canada and was advised that its winter road maintenance services are continuing uninterrupted.However, the ministry says it will continue to meet with the company and will provide updates to the travelling public as they become available.Carillion has been struggling to reorganize for the past six months amid debts of about 900 million pounds (CAD$1.54 billion) and a pension deficit of 590 million pounds. Carillion’s share price has plunged 70 per cent in the last six months.Britain’s government refused to rescue Carillion, saying it could not be expected to bail out a private company. In the meantime, it said it would provide the necessary funding to maintain public services.“It is of course disappointing that Carillion has become insolvent, but our primary responsibility has always been (to) keep our essential public services running safely,” said David Lidington, head of the Cabinet Office.But questions remain about why the government continued to award contracts to the firm — even after it was having troubles. The opposition Labour Party said the government must move quickly to protect public services and ensure employees, supply chain companies, taxpayers and pension fund members are protected.“Given two billion pounds worth of government contracts were awarded in the time three profit warnings were given by Carillion, a serious investigation needs to be launched into the Government’s handling of this matter,” said Labour lawmaker Jon Trickett.As critics debated the wisdom of contracting out civic services to private entities, Lidington rejected the notion that there would be a fire sale of assets. He said government departments had drawn contingency plans to be activated in the event of a collapse.In cases of joint partners on a contract, the other partners will take up the slack.“As we go forward, some services will be taken in house, some services will go out to alternative contractors in a managed, orderly fashion,” he told the BBC.Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman, James Slack, denied that the government had been taken by surprise by the firm’s collapse. He said some of Carillion’s 450 public sector contracts might have to be taken over by the government, but there would not be a huge cost to taxpayers.David Birne, insolvency partner at chartered accountants H W Fisher & Company comments, said in a statement that it is extremely unusual for a company of Carillion’s size to opt for liquidation rather than administration.“It suggests there is little, if anything, of value within the company to be saved. Almost every big insolvency in recent years has been a move towards administration rather than liquidation,” he said “For Carillion’s 43,000 global staff, liquidation means the immediate risk of redundancy.”___Jill Lawless contributed to this report.last_img read more

East Timor UN mission distributes ballot kits for upcoming presidential election

The kits prepared by UNTAET’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) include ballot papers and other sensitive polling material such as ink, ballot stamps and forms to be used by the IEC officers. The ballot papers show the image and name of the two presidential candidates, Francisco Xavier do Amaral and Xanana Gusmão. The ballot kits will be kept secure until election day.The IEC is setting up 282 polling centres with 933 polling stations throughout East Timor. It is estimated that each voting station will receive a maximum of 600 voters, although additional reserve ballots are being dispatched in case there are more voters than anticipated.Seventy-two East Timorese and 35 international observer groups will participate in the presidential elections. These groups were accredited by the IEC during the official period of accreditation that ended on Saturday.The number of East Timorese electoral observer groups has increased significantly compared to the total of 29 that registered to observe last year’s Constituent Assembly elections. IEC officials said this suggested a significant increase of interest in the electoral process and a greater awareness of the important role that observers can play in the process of ensuring transparent and free elections. read more

Iraq Annan stresses value of inclusive national conference

Responding to press questions, Marie Okabe said the Secretary-General strongly believes that the gathering later this week could contribute to stability in the country and “would enhance the chances for a peaceful political transition.””Creating the conditions for a successful outcome to the conference is therefore more important than holding it on time,” she said. Currently a small team of UN experts is helping in preparations for the meeting.In its latest resolution on Iraq, the Security Council endorsed a timetable for the country’s political transition, including the “convening of a national conference reflecting the diversity of Iraqi society.” read more

Using Egyptian crossing for first time in seven years UN convoy brings

WFP’s trucks arrived at the Rafah crossing after a seven-hour drive from Alexandria, where the food was procured, across the Sinai Peninsula, the agency said in a news release. This is the first time that WFP has used the Rafah crossing point since the Israeli blockade was imposed in 2007. The convoy of 18 trucks carried 15,600 food parcels – part of a total batch of 25,000 food parcels – that includes ready-to-eat food such as canned meat, canned beans, tea and dates. A second convoy with the remaining parcels is expected to cross into Gaza in the next few days.“It is extremely important that we have access to the Gaza Strip from different routes, including the Rafah crossing, to ensure a constant flow of humanitarian supplies to meet the growing needs of the people affected by the recent violence,” said Mohamed Diab, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe.“We are grateful to the Government of Egypt for opening the Rafah crossing and allowing WFP to procure food in Egypt,” he added. To respond to the urgent need for humanitarian aid in Gaza, the UN in Palestine has activated the logistics cluster. Under the leadership of WFP, the cluster is in charge of coordinating the movement of humanitarian assistance into Gaza. The Egyptian Red Crescent is coordinating all the crossing of humanitarian goods through Rafah.“The opening of the Rafah crossing for humanitarian aid provides a major opportunity to scale up aid delivery to Gaza and needs to be sustained,” says WFP Country Director Pablo Recalde. “WFP has provided emergency relief from the onset of the conflict and will continue its food deliveries to Gaza to reach people affected by the conflict.”Since the start of the conflict at the beginning of July, WFP has provided daily emergency food rations to up to 350,000 displaced people in Gaza, while reaching more than 120,000 people with emergency vouchers. To continue its food assistance programmes in Palestine, WFP requires approximately $70 million for its humanitarian response in Gaza for a period of three months. Yesterday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the announcement of an open-ended ceasefire for Gaza, adding that, after this latest round of killing and widespread destruction, civilians on both sides need a reprieve in order to resume their daily lives, and to allow for humanitarian and early recovery efforts to address the desperate needs of the people in Gaza. read more

NFL Week 16 Playoff Implications When Things Start To Shake Out

The game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers will have a bigger impact on the Dolphins’ playoff chances than Miami’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. The Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens playoff chances actually improve with a Steelers victory over the Chiefs; this despite the fact that they are battling the Steelers for the division title. With 143 percent of playoff “swing” at stake, the Chiefs-Steelers game figures to be one of the most important matchups this week.At the top of the AFC, the picture is relatively certain. The New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos are virtual locks for the top two seeds and byes in the first round. The Indianapolis Colts’ fate as a third or fourth seed was effectively sealed in Week 11 with their loss to the Patriots. In the NFC, there are still five teams in contention for both the top seed and the bye week. As we mentioned above, a victory would guarantee the Cardinals the top seed. But a loss would drop their top-seed probability to just 7 percent — a swing of 93 percent.CORRECTION (Dec. 18, 9:23 a.m.): The initial version of the “Which Teams To Root For In Week 16” graphic included three instances where a game in one conference (e.g. a matchup between two NFC teams) affected the playoff odds of a team in the opposite conference. These effects are not statistically meaningful and have been removed.CORRECTION (Dec. 20, 2:13 p.m.): Because of a programming error, this analysis miscalculated the outcomes of “head-to-head sweep” tiebreakers involving multiple teams. This miscalculation had a large effect on the race for the top two NFC seeds and a smaller effect on the AFC wild card race. The interactives, tables and text have been updated. The Arizona Cardinals continue to get no respect. Despite an NFC best 11-3 record, Las Vegas has them as eight-point underdogs, at home, against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Similarly, our rankings, which are derived from point spreads, have the Cardinals pegged as just the 19th best team in the NFL. Their “generic points favored”1Generic points favored is what you would expect a team to be favored by against a league average opponent on a neutral field. is essentially zero.The Cardinals are, quite literally, average.Of course, this is largely a reflection of the Cardinals’ starting quarterback situation. Because of injuries to Carson Palmer and backup Drew Stanton, Arizona will start Ryan Lindley against the Seahawks defense. If Lindley and the Cardinals pull off the upset, power rankings, point spreads and “respect” become meaningless, at least when it comes to playoff positioning. A win for Arizona would not only clinch the NFC West title, it would also guarantee it the top seed in the NFC and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.A loss keeps the Green Bay Packers in contention for the top seed. Their opponent this week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, are in no hurry to win: As you can see in the table above, we’re simulating each team’s chances of getting the top pick in the NFL draft. The Buccaneers are in the lead.With their decisive Monday night victory over the Chicago Bears, the New Orleans Saints re-established themselves as the front-runner in the NFC South. They host the Atlanta Falcons this week in a game that is truly a must-win for Atlanta. A loss would eliminate the Falcons from the playoff race. Although not quite a must-win for New Orleans, the Saints’ chances of winning the division and making the playoffs would drop to 11 percent with a loss to the Falcons. The Carolina Panthers can also afford to lose this week, but a loss to the Cleveland Browns would drop their playoff chances to just 3 percent.As it stands, the probability that the NFC South winner finishes with a losing record is slightly better than 50 percent. And there is about a 1 percent chance that Carolina will win the division with a 6-9-1 record. As if that wasn’t unfair enough, the NFC South winner may also find themselves with a favorable draw in the first round of the playoffs. If Arizona loses this week, they will most likely finish as the fifth seed and face the fourth-seed NFC South winner in the wild card round. The third seed plays the sixth seed in the first round, and that sixth seed would probably be a much tougher opponent than the fifth seed. In the event of an Arizona loss, the most likely sixth-seed teams would be the Detroit Lions, Packers or Dallas Cowboys, all of whom place higher in our rankings than the Cardinals.While all four divisional races are undecided in the NFC, in the AFC, only the North remains up in the air. But with three teams still vying for the AFC North title, and an additional five teams in the wild card race, things are far from settled in the conference. The Miami Dolphins are clinging to a 0.2 percent playoff probability going into Week 16 and will need a lot of help to make it to the postseason. The best case scenario for every team is included in the graphic below, which also includes “top pick” chances for the teams lousy enough to have a shot. read more

VOX POPULI Who will win DKB Bundesliga 20152016

3.Flensburg-H.272133805:67145 Who will win DKB Bundesliga 2015/2016? The world’s best handball league coming to the final stage with three teams who have almost equal chances to win the “most important trophy” even more prestigious than EHF Champions League one. 1.Rhein-Neckar282404801:61848 ← Previous Story Kristianstad and Alingsas for Swedish title! Next Story → Budapest celebrate Beach Handball this summer. draw on Thursday! Who will win DKB Bundesliga 2015/2016? THW Kiel Rhein Neckar Lowen SG FlensburgView Results 2.Kiel272223828:69346  Loading …Rhein-Neckar Löwen11.05. 20:45 : SC DHfK Leipzig        vs. Rhein-Neckar Löwen22.05. 17:30 : HSG Wetzlar            vs. Rhein-Neckar Löwen29.05. 17:15 : Rhein-Neckar Löwen     vs. TSV Hannover-Burgdorf05.06. 15:00 : TuS N-Lübbecke         vs. Rhein-Neckar LöwenTHW Kiel11.05. 19:00: SC Magdeburg           vs. THW Kiel 15.05. 17:15: THW Kiel               vs. SG Flensburg-Handewitt22.05. 15:00: MT Melsungen           vs. THW Kiel01.06. 20:45: ThSV Eisenach          vs. THW Kiel05.06. 15:00: THW Kiel               vs. TVB 1898 StuttgartSG Flensburg-Handewitt11.05. 20:15: MT Melsungen           vs. SG Flensburg-Handewitt  15.05. 17:15: THW Kiel               vs  SG Flensburg-Handewitt21.05. 15:00: SG Flensburg-Handewitt vs. ThSV Eisenach29.05. 15:00: TVB 1898 Stuttgart     vs. SG Flensburg-Handewitt    05.06. 15:00: SG Flensburg-Handewitt vs. Bergischer HC DKB Bundesliga 2015/2016 read more

Man dies as storms batter UK

first_imgA MAN DIED after his mobility scooter fell into the River Thames today, police said, as dozens of flood warnings remained in place across Britain.The 47-year-old was pulled from the river near Oxford, south England, after he fell in while trying to avoid a flooded pathway.Police are treating his death as unexplained.More than 200 homes along the west coast of Britain have been flooded after heavy rains, strong winds and high tides hit the country over recent days.Around 70 flood warnings remain in place with more stormy weather forecast.“The risk of flooding to the coast will continue over the next few days, especially on the south and west coast and along the Severn estuary,” said Environment Agency spokesman Jonathan Day.Rescuers are still searching for 18-year-old Harry Martin, who disappeared after going to take photographs of stormy seas in Devon, southwest England, on Thursday.- © AFP, 2014 Read: Storm a-brewin’: Met Éireann upgrades weather warning ahead of Atlantic stormGallery: Battered: Your pictures of how the storm took its tolllast_img read more

Harris Former CRC chair Goulding still has questions to answer

first_imgWhy was Kiely never asked to take a pay-cut by the Board of the CRC?How did Goulding not know for a significant period of time [what] Mr Kiely’s salary [was]?How did Goulding “manage to preside over an organisation which managed to have €12 million in reserve and yet refused to provide some of the service necessary to its clients”?Why do “we have no information on what Goulding, and his colleagues on the board did, in relation to HSE letters they received warning them that they were not in in compliance”?In relation to the transfer of money from a charity account, the Friends and Supporters of the CRC, to Kiely, does Goulding view this as an acceptable transfer and did he seek advice in relation to the legality of the issue?Harris described Goulding’s comments in relation to the confidentiality agreement as “simply not credible”.“The minutes of the board meeting on 25 March 2013 make clear reference to the fact that a legally-binding confidentiality agreement was to be put in place. Considering Mr Goulding was the chairperson of the board who made a presentation on Mr Kiely’s retirement package, how can he claim that the confidentiality agreement was merely something that was put in without being requested, when it was recorded in the board minutes?” asked Harris, adding “he needs to clarify this”.Harris said that Goulding, and his colleagues, need to outline to the committee how they arrived at the final sum given to Kiely, and what advice they sought in this regard.The TD wants Goulding and his colleagues to provide more information on the appointment of Kiely’s successor, Brian Conlon.Finally, Harris said that he wants to know if the CRC board was unified in its approach that Kiely must depart the organisation.“It is absolutely vital that these individuals now come before the Public Accounts Committee, we also need to see the Remuneration Committee meeting minutes which relate to Mr Kiely’s departure,” said Harris.He also called for more minutes of board meetings that took place before and after the meeting of 25 March 2013 to be made available to the PAC.Read: Cowen: Kiely had no ‘hand, act or part’ in running of FF> HAMILTON GOULDING, THE former chair of the Central Remedial Clinic, still ‘has 10 questions to answer’ following an interview this morning, according to Fine Gael TD and Public Accounts Committee member, Simon Harris.Goulding spoke on This Week on RTÉ Radio 1 this morning, but Harris said that there are still “a number of outstanding questions” that he needs to answer.Deputy Harris called on Goulding to make available to the committee all documentation and material he possesses in relation to board minutes, board agendas and any supporting documentation relating to the governance of the organisation, former CEO Paul Kiely’s pay-off and the transfer of hundreds of thousands of euro from a charity account to meet this payment.Among the questions that Harris wants answers to are:last_img read more

Legends of Tomorrow Has a Wonderful Time in Old Hollywood

first_img All last season, whenever The Flash was struggling, I could always count on Legends of Tomorrow to cheer me right back up. After last night, it’s clear that will continue to be the case this season. As The Flash tries to bounce back from season three and get its story going, Legends of Tomorrow continues to have everything figured out. After last week’s story-packed episode, the Legends try to get back to fixing anachronisms. Unfortunately for them, the events of last week have complicated things a bit. They once again have a trio of supervillains doing everything they can to stop the Legends from succeeding. Also, two of them have switched bodies. There’s almost a risk of too much going on in this episode, but it actually pulls it off. I guess when your show is all about chaotic superhero hijinks, you learn to write them very well.The insanity starts when Ray builds a machine that should safely sever the connection between Martin and Jax. It doesn’t. Instead, it overloads and causes them to switch bodies. The best part of all this is Franz Drameh and Victor Garber doing their best impressions of each other. It’s pretty amazing to watch and got me cackling almost every time they were on screen. Drameh’s old professor voice is already the best part of this entire season. Also great are the rest of the crew’s reactions to what happened. They aren’t surprised or even all that angry. They’re just annoyed, like it happens all the time. Especially Sara Lance, who has clearly learned to pick her battles and decides that this isn’t one of them. They have an anachronism to fix.Todd Thomson as Eddie Rothberg, Bar Paly as Helen of Troy and Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)This episode brought the Legends back to old Hollywood, where an extremely beautiful woman wandered onto a set one day. Two studios started fighting over her, leading to literal murders and the crumbling of the nascent American film industry. That woman was Helen of Troy. The episode never tries to explain why Helen’s mere presence causes men to fight, but acknowledges that it happens no matter what time she’s in. The studios treat her like a queen, and men start getting into fights over who knocked down a fake pillar in front of her. Soon, she’s poached by an executive from Warner Bros., and things deteriorate from there. Even the male Legends are rendered completely useless by her presence. That works out fine because it means the women get most of the fun scenes in this episode. It’s been a while since they got to show off their skills.The really cool thing about this episode is its exploration of Helen’s character. It’s one of the few Trojan War-related works that tries to imagine what she must have thought of all this. She hates being treated like an object to be won in war. When the Legends show up to take her back, she flees at first. Men still may be fighting for her in this new time, but at least they aren’t killing each other. Yet. Yeah, once the Hollywood executives start shooting guns at each other, she realizes it’s time to go.Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Amaya/Vixen and Tracy Ifeachor as Kuasa (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)Of course, the whole thing is complicated by Damien Darhk, his daughter Nora and Kuasa. Darhk has been posing as Helen’s agent, encouraging her to cause more chaos. We didn’t learn much about Mallus’s ultimate plans this season, but we now know that the anachronisms are important. He wants to create chaos across time for reasons that are still unknown. That gives the legends a nice driving force for the rest of the season, and ensures that they’ll run up against the Darhks and Kuasa more often, rather than them being occasional villains. The three of them make a scary effective team, and it’s much more fun to watch the Legends tangle with them than the Time Bureau. It also leads to some fantastic fight scenes, Sara and Damien swordfighting one-on-one is always cool, and so is the big climactic moment when Hedy Lamarr (yeah, she’s in this too) convinces Martin and Jax to make Firestorm even in their switched state. That means we got to see Victor Garber in a the fire-suit blasting as much fire as he can at the Darhk family.Adding even more excitement to the scene was the fact that parts of the Waverider kept disappearing. It’s always great when Legends of Tomorrow plays with the ripple effects of time travel. Because Helen of Troy replaced Hedy Lamarr, she never got her break in Hollywood. She gave up on her dreams and never invented anything. (Seriously, Hedy Lamarr was a genius, and it’s so cool that the show makes that a major plot point.) Because technology is always building off previous work, no Lamarr means no functioning Waverider. The lights go out adding yet more drama to an already tense confrontation between Kuasa and Amaya. Thankfully, Helen is inspired by all the fighting she’s seen the women do and stabs Kuasa, who turns into water and escapes to save herself.Franz Drameh as Jefferson “Jax” Jackson and Celia Massingham as Hedy Lamarr (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)As much as this episode was Victor Garber’s time to shine, the coolest character arc was Helen’s. She sees Sara, Amaya and Zari fight and is so glad that one day women have more control over their lives than she ever did. She’s inspired to fight and when she laments having to go back to a much worse life in Troy, Zari finds a loophole for her. This leads to a very obvious bit of DC fanservice, but it’s cool enough that I don’t mind. Zari notices that Helen now disappeared halfway through the war, but everything else played out the way it was supposed to. With that knowledge they take Helen back to her own time, but drop her on an island full of women: Themyscira. So wait… does that mean Helen of Troy was an Amazon? And does this mean that a Wonder Woman series could happen? I know she’s more of a movie hero at this point, but how great would an Arrowverse version be? Even if it doesn’t lead to anything, which it probably won’t, the reference was pretty cool.This was a strong episode on its own, giving us a promising look at what the rest of the series could be. It would have been easy for the Darhks and Kuasa to fade into the background for a few episodes after last week. Instead, they’re a major part of the story. They can still participate in these anachronism-of-the-week episodes and make them better without stealing all the focus or bogging them down. If the season continues like this, Legends of Tomorrow might become my favorite Arrowverse TV show. DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Authorities seek tips on man who tried to lure 9yearold into his

first_img KUSI Newsroom April 23, 2019 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 SettingsSANTEE (CNS) – Authorities reached out to the public today for help in identifying and locating a man who attempted to lure a 9-year-old girl into his car in Santee nearly a month ago.The girl was riding her bicycle on Poplin Drive between Organdy Lane and Big Rock Road, in a neighborhood abutting Cowles Mountain, when the man pulled up beside her and asked if she would like a ride to a “game” around 6 p.m. on March 28, said San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Chris Steffen.The girl was scared by the encounter and rode her bicycle back to her home, he said.Investigators released a composite sketch of the suspect, described as a white man in his 60s with white hair. He was last seen wearing a red hat and chrome sunglasses.His vehicle was described as a silver 1984-1990 Chevrolet Corvette with a “T-Top” and possibly a handicapped plate from an unknown state.Anyone with information about the identity or location of the man was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 23, 2019 Authorities seek tips on man who tried to lure 9-year-old into his carlast_img read more

GMs Cruise Automation picks up another 115 billion investment

first_img 0 Enlarge ImageAside from the lidar emitters up top, and the livery on the side, you’d have a hard time telling this Bolt EV apart from a regular one. Cruise Automation Cruise Automation, an AV startup with GM’s backing, has said in the past that it wants to double its workforce in 2019, and with a massive new investment, it’s one step closer to reality.Cruise Automation announced on Tuesday that it has received an equity investment of $1.15 billion. The money comes from a group of institutional investors including T. Rowe Price, General Motors, Honda and SoftBank Vision Fund. This investment has boosted Cruise’s valuation to $19 billion, and it’s raised $7.25 billion in capital since its founding in 2013.Considering what Cruise intends to launch next, the company can use all the money it can scrounge up. Cruise intends to introduce a self-driving taxi service, similar to Waymo One, and in order for that to happen, it needs to expand. To that end, Cruise hopes to hire some 1,000 people over the course of the year.The startup’s service will likely use modified Chevrolet Bolt EVs rolling off the same line in Michigan as the regular Bolt EV. GM has been building them at Lake Orion since 2017, adding the hardware and software that converts these cars from regular EVs to vehicles capable of running Cruise’s autonomous development kit. That’s not all Cruise is cooking up, either. After Honda made a $750 million equity investment in Cruise late last year, the two companies announced that they would join forces to develop a unique autonomous vehicle for an unspecified “global deployment.” It’s unclear if this would be part of Cruise’s robotaxi service, but it doesn’t seem likely, given the length of vehicle development. But when it comes to future AV ride-sharing schemes, you might find something like it on a street near you. Review • 2019 Chevy Bolt: No longer unique, still something special More about 2019 Chevy Bolt EV Autonomous Vehicles Car Industry 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 41 Photos More From Roadshow Preview • 2019 Chevy Bolt EV: Model overview, pricing, tech and specs Share your voice General Motors Cruise AV is more than a Bolt without a steering wheel 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Post a comment Tags 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuelast_img read more

Confusion Tension Roil TexasMexico Border As Federal Government Attempts To Reunify Immigrant

first_imgPhoto by Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas TribuneImmigrants arrive at the Casa Vides Annunciation House shelter after being released from U.S. CBP custody, Sunday, June 24, 2018, in El Paso. According to the director of the shelter, all the migrants released today are parents and have been separated from their children.President Trump suggested Sunday the United States should block people fleeing violently volatile countries from seeking asylum here and deport any non-citizen trying to cross the border without due process.“We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country,” Trump tweeted. “When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order.”His statements, made in a series of tweets, drew immediate rebukes. They came days after his administration hastily cobbled together a reversal of a recent policy that has left thousands of undocumented immigrant children detained in federal facilities separately from their parents.And despite federal authorities’ assertions late Saturday that there are plans to reunify many of the 2,053 separated children with relatives, confusion and tension continued mounting along the U.S.-Mexico border.“We cannot simply take them at their word, especially when we are getting conflicting messages,” said Efrén C. Olivares, a racial and economic justice director for the Texas Civil Rights Project in McAllen.U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that 522 separated children have already been reunited, though it was unclear whether they were returned to their parents or another relative or adult. More than 2,053 separated children remain in federal custody, and federal officials said 16 children were expected to be reunited with their parents by Sunday evening.A downtown El Paso shelter named Annunciation House, which has taken in immigrants for decades, was preparing Sunday for what shelter Director Ruben Garcia said was likely one of the first groups of parents to be released by Customs and Border Protection after having their charges for illegal entry dismissed since the recent zero-tolerance policy began.But after they are processed and given an orientation by the center’s legal coordinator, the daunting challenge of locating their kids begins.“We do not know exactly the people who are coming to us, we do not know where their children are, so none of us can answer that question for you,” Taylor Levy, the shelter’s legal coordinator told reporters during a Sunday afternoon press conference. “No one really knows where their children are – except for the government. [It] somehow knows.”Some of those parents who crossed the border in the El Paso sector have since been transferred to federal detention centers other parts of the nation while their children have remained on the border.“I received a call, for example, from an attorney in Denver [Saturday],” Levy said. “She’s been representing a woman who’s now been detained for over two months. She spoke to her 5-year old son for the first time yesterday and that 5-year-old son is being housed somewhere in El Paso.”She said immigrants are given a government phone number to call, and “you wait on hold … and then they take information from you and that’s about it. That is the same information if you are calling and you are a lawyer, if you are calling and you are a social worker, if you are calling and trying to advocate on behalf of these families.”Immigration and Customs Enforcement this weekend designated the Port Isabel Service Processing Center as the primary place for detained families, many of whom fled Central American countries mired in gang violence, to be reunited and returned to the countries from which they came.Journalists were not allowed inside the Port Isabel center Sunday afternoon.Federal officials said in a statement released late Saturday that when undocumented children are detained and sent to the Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement, information about their parents or guardians is provided by Homeland Security “to the extent possible.” Authorities also said they are working across federal agencies to “foster communications” to reunite separated family members through a “well-established” process.But in McAllen, Olivares said the Civil Rights Project has interviewed more than 375 immigrant families, and “Everyone we have interviewed has not been told any of that information.” Also on Sunday, CNN reported that a teenage boy ran away from Southwest Key Program’s Casa Padre shelter, a converted Walmart in Brownsville that houses more than 1,400 migrant children. An investigation by The Texas Tribune found that inspectors in recent years identified hundreds of violations at nonprofit Southwest Key’s 16 Texas facilities, including 13 at Casa Padre.U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., visited a McAllen immigration center on Sunday and told reporters afterward that children 12 and older were not being kept with their parents. She said people were sleeping on concrete floors and in cages.“There’s just no other way to describe it,” she said.Warren, a frequent foe of Trump’s, said that she spoke with some of the detainees with the help of an interpreter. She said that one Central American told her that after she gave a police officer a drink of water in her home country, gangs assumed she was helping law enforcement.“So she sold everything she has and she and her 4-year-old son fled the country,” Warren said. “She believes she would not survive if she went back.”Meanwhile, the president’s social media comments Sunday drew the ire of of civil rights groups, who plan a protest in Brownsville later this week.“What President Trump has suggested here is both illegal and unconstitutional,” said Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. “Any official who has sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution and laws should disavow it unequivocally.”In his tweets, Trump suggested the unfolding crisis is the fault of Democrats and said the country’s immigration policy is the laughingstock of the world and unfair to “people who have gone through the system legally.” He said his administration is doing better than his two predecessors, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican George W. Bush.“Immigration must be based on merit — we need people who will help to Make America Great Again!” Trump wrote in a nod to his successful 2016 campaign slogan.Freelance journalists Ivan Pierre Aguirre, Rey Leal and Andres Torres and Texas Tribune editor Matthew Watkins contributed to this report. Sharelast_img read more

Hip Hop 4 Flint Hits Baltimore

first_imgJermaine Fletcher (co-founder of Curators of Hip Hop and ambassador for Hip Hop 4 Flint Hawaii), Yonasda Lonewolf (artist and activist and founder of Hip Hop 4 Flint), and Jimmie Thomas (producer and co-founder of Curators of Hip Hop) at Morehouse College in February on the Legacy Tour. (Photo: PNNLegacy12)Baltimore and 38 other cities around the world—from Toronto to Grand Rapids to Providence, R.I.—will come together on March 27 for a global day of unity to raise money to support for residents of Flint, Mich., where more than 9,000 children have been exposed to lead in the water they drink.Hip-Hop 4 Flint is a call to action for local, national, and international artists and leaders in the hip-hop community to host an event in their city to collect $80,000 to filtrate the water in more than 500 homes.The Hip Hop 4 Flint movement is led by YoNasDa Lonewolf, a hip hop artist and activist who focuses her work on human rights, indigenous rights, and social justice.In a March 10 Facebook post, Lonewolf described how the global fundraising initiative got started: “This crazy woman always had a HUGE imagination that instead of holding one HUGE fundraising event in 1 city let’s do a HUGE fundraising event in ALL the major cities.”In the aftermath of the 2010 Haitian earthquake that left 300,000 dead and hundreds of thousands of survivors displaced, Lonewolf launched Hip Hop 4 Haiti. The movement caught fire in hip hop communities across the world.Curators of Hip Hop with students from Coppin High School at Enoch Pratt Library’s Penn North Branch for a film screening. (Photo: Yonasda)In Baltimore, the movement is led by The Curators of Hip-Hop (COHH), a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving the ever-changing culture of hip hop in an online conservatory that showcases positive artistry and explores how different cities, states and countries embrace the culture of hip hop.“Hip hop is about unity in the community,” said Jimmie Thomas, producer and co-founder of COHH. “It’s bigger than Flint. Our kids in Baltimore can’t even drink from the water fountains in their schools.”While the global goal is to raise money for the residents of Flint, the local goal is to bring the people in Baltimore together, because the lead crisis here continues. It was only 13 years ago that Baltimore City Public Schools started offering students filtered water. At least 4,900 Maryland children have been poisoned by lead in the past decade.Hundreds of young people living in Baltimore’s Sandtown/Winchester, Park Heights and sections of Middle-East communities where lead-poisoned homes are concentrated have already been irreversibly affected.The purpose of the Hip-Hop 4 Flint event in Baltimore is to raise awareness around how this national issue hits home and to connect youth in the community to resources and support services that will help them to secure a brighter future.“We want to provide a positive experience for young people right here in their community, educate them through the universal language of hip hop,” Thomas said.The Hip Hop 4 Flint Baltimore event will feature performances by Grammy-nominated Carolyn Malachi, Kojo, Miss Mama, Ra TheMC, DevRock and Alanah. Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, Good News Baltimore, Grooming for Success are among many of the city’s community organizations that have unified to make this day possible.Hip-Hop 4 Flint Baltimore will take place March 27 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Maryland Art Place 218 W Saratoga St. Baltimore, MD 21201.last_img read more

IIT KGP to launch 6month Artificial Intelligence course

first_imgKolkata: The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur will launch a six-month Artificial Intelligence (AI) course at three centres in the country, a top official of the institute said Thursday. IIT-KGP, Director, Partha Pratim Chakrabarti told a press meet here that the certified programme is aimed at strengthening India’s talent pool in Machine Learning and AI. Chakrabarti said the courses, which will begin from March this year will be offered at IIT KGP’s Kolkata facility, at IIT KGP’s Kharagpur campus and at a rented premise at Bengaluru. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash Bengal He said thousands of new jobs were being created in AI sector every year with AI growing at 10-15 per cent on annual rate and there was need to have more skilled people in the AI sector. “AI is the future which will more invade our lives in the coming days,” Chakrabarti said. Head, Centre for Artificial Intelligence, IIT KGP, Prof Sudeshna Sarkar said, the course with 300 students will consist of 16 modules – each having 12-hour duration. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Around 2 lakh jobs in AI are expected to be created by 2020 in India, Sarkar said. She said the classes will be taken by IIT KGP faculty, reputed academic institutions and industry experts. There will be 60 per cent from the IIT KGP faculty and academics and 40 per cent from industry who will be teaching the students in the 16 modules, Sarkar explained. She said the demand is getting higher in AI in the country than the total number of AI-skilled professionals and there was need to bridge that gap. The course modules have been carefully designed to cover mathematical and algorithmic foundations, AI fundamentals and statistical and machine learning methods. “The courses will have a blend on fundamental theoretical principles as well as hands-on component and industry use cases and students will have the opportunity to work on live projects. “Every course module will be based on assignments and exams and a certificate will be awarded based on successful completion of the modules. It will be rigorous,” she said. The students will be selected competitively from working professionals and senior students. Tools and platforms will be introduced to make the students, from working professionals and senior students, technologically competent and ready for jobs. The AI course, application for which commenced on January 2 for screening and shortlisting, will start from March 10, this year.last_img read more

The True Story of Robert the Bruce – Scotlands Legendary King

first_imgRobert the Bruce (1274-1329) is one of the most celebrated figures of Scottish history. He united the majority of the clans and people of Scotland against the English in late 13th and early 14th centuries and re-established a fully independent Scotland, which had not been seen since before the reign of Malcolm III (r.1058-1093). Though the Scottish kingdom/nation had/has always been involved in some way or another with England, it was not until the reign of Malcolm that the English began to hold the keys to Scottish power.For the two centuries until Robert the Bruce, English monarchs controlled or influenced events in Scotland to a greater or lesser degree.Robert the Bruce.During the reign of Edward I of England, known both as “Longshanks” for his height, and “The Hammer of the Scots” for his punishing reign over and campaigns against them, Scottish politics was dominated by England.Portrait in Westminster Abbey, thought to be of Edward I.Edward’s political cunning, powerful military, and deep pockets provided the means by which he divided and controlled the Scottish nobility. However, in some circles, Edward’s involvement in Scottish affairs was welcomed, as the noble houses of the Scots were seemingly always at each others’ throats.In the last decade of the 1200s, the Scottish nobility was divided over the question of succession to the Scottish throne. Edward was invited in to settle the question, and he demanded that no matter who should be on the throne, they should recognize him as overlord.Early 14th century manuscript initial showing Edward and his wife Eleanor.Though there were as many as 14 men who claimed the throne of Scotland, the two with the most solid claims were John Balliol, a nobleman of likely Scottish and Anglo-Norman roots, and Robert the Bruce.Who was Robert the Bruce, and why is he called that? Simple. His true name was “Robert de Brus,” and he too was descended from the Anglo-Normans that resulted in the mixture of the Anglo-Saxons with the Norman invaders of England in 1066. “de Brus” has Norman-French roots. In modern English? “Robert the Bruce.” Robert was also descended from Gaelic/Scottish nobility, like Balliol.The face of Robert the Bruce by forensic sculptor Christian Corbet. Photo by S.A.Farabi CC BY-SA 4.0Robert was the 7th Earl of Annandale on his father’s side and the Earl of Carrick on his mother’s, both powerful positions and at the top of Scottish nobility. We know very little of him as a boy, but we do know that he was quite educated, having studied the Classics, philosophy, religion, history and spoke a number of languages.The remains of Turnberry Castle, Robert Bruce’s likely birthplace. Photo by Walter Baxter CC BY-SA 2.0Of course, he was also schooled in the arts of war, from planning to personal combat — like most nobles of the time. He was also familiar with politics from a young age, learning both from his parents, clergy/teachers and also from living in England, where he served in Edward I’s court for a time.In 2016, a 3D computerized rendering of Robert the Bruce’s face was done, based upon studies of what historians are sure are his bones (the bones even showed the traces of leprosy reportedly carried by the Bruce).Bruce crowned King of Scots – modern tableau at Edinburgh Castle. Photo by Kim Traynor CC BY-SA 3.0He was not handsome and not ugly, solidly built with a strong well-built bone structure, and was likely somewhere in the neighborhood of 5’9” and likely around 175-185 pounds.In 1292, the “Auditors” of Scotland chose John Balliol to be King of Scotland. This was not a surprise to most – his claim was as strong as Robert’s and his family quite powerful with ties of kinship to Edward I. In the dispute that followed the choice, Edward stepped in and declared John Balliol to be king.Robert the Bruce and his first wife Isabella of Mar, as depicted in the 1562 Forman Armorial.Soon, however, Edward was moving from being overlord in name to taking much of the power in Scotland and side-lining Balliol. Scottish politics were exceedingly Byzantine, and in what might seem a strange move, Robert the Bruce (aged 18) and his powerful father (who had renounced his claim in favor of his son) swore an oath to Edward I in 1296 – but this was more a move against their rival Balliol than for the English king.Bruce reading stories to his followers, from a 19th century Scottish history book.If the only Scottish “history” you know is from the film Braveheart, you might be confused by these events. In the film, Robert the Bruce personally strikes down his friend William Wallace in an act of treachery on behalf of Edward I – this never happened, it was done for dramatic effect. The truth is more complicated.In 1297, many of the Scots revolted against Edward I. From a personal perspective, the Bruce family was in a difficult position.The ‘Tyninghame’ copy of the Declaration of Arbroath.They had sworn for Edward, but more as rivals to John Balliol (who was now rebelling, having been pushed aside by his former ally in England) than friends to the English.Now, many of the leading families and much of the Scottish population was chafing against increasingly oppressive English rule and the presence of thousands of English troops in Scotland. The man who came to lead this rebellion was the charismatic William Wallace, the subject of the Mel Gibson film.The killing of Comyn in the Greyfriars church in Dumfries, as imagined by Felix Philippoteaux, a 19th century illustrator.After Wallace won a stunning victory at Stirling, Edward I sent the Bruce and other Scotsmen along with his army to crush the revolt. On the way, Robert had a change of heart and reportedly said: “No man holds his flesh and blood in hatred, and I am no exception. I must join my own people and the nation in whom I was born.”Unfortunately, the Scots were defeated in 1298, but though Wallace was killed, the Bruce family were allowed to keep their lands in exchange for another vow to Edward I. John Balliol had been forced into exile by Edward, and Robert the Bruce and another Scottish noble, John Comyn, were named “Guardians of Scotland” in 1299.Plaster cast of Robert I’s skull by William Scoular. Photo by Otter CC BY-SA 3.0For seven years, the Bruce and Comyn tried to rule Scotland together, but they hated each other with a passion, and both had claims to the vacant Scottish throne. In 1306, the two argued and Comyn was stabbed to death by Robert the Bruce – in church. As a result of this, the pope excommunicated Robert, and Edward I made him “outlaw.”The only alternative to a life in hiding, on the run or both was to rise up and claim his inheritance. In a separation from the pope in Rome, the Scottish clergy backed Bruce’s claims and declared him King of Scotland on March 25, 1306.Holkham Bible depiction of the Battle of Bannockburn (1314).Claiming to be king and being king are many times two different things. Edward of England marched on Scotland, defeated the armies of the Bruce family and its allies, and forced Robert to escape to northern Ireland, where he wintered and returned to Scotland the next year.Edward I died in 1307, but his son was just as determined to hold Scotland as the father. For the next seven years, Robert the Bruce and his men fought a guerrilla war against Edward II, his army and his few Scottish allies. Finally, in June of 1314, the Scots under the Bruce defeated the English at Bannockburn in Scotland.Though Bannockburn was the major engagement of the war, the English continued attempts to control Scotland, but all that was accomplished was to push the remaining Scottish nobles into the Bruce’ camp. In 1320, the nobility all swore for Robert, and he became Robert, King of Scotland.Read another story from us: The life of Mary Queen of Scots – Married 3 times, imprisoned and her untimely endRobert ruled an independent Scotland for another nine years and passed the crown to his son David II in 1329.last_img read more

Save Over 500 on Web App Automation Testing with Selenium Bundle

first_img Share Tweet Submit Selenium WebDriver is one of the best tools for automating web application testing, allowing developers to save time and money by verifying applications function properly faster. It’s one of the top skills you can learn as an aspiring developer. Wccftech Deals brings a 92% discount on Web App Automation Testing with Selenium Bundle. Following are some of the courses that are part of this bundle offer. For complete details and all courses, visit the Deals page.Web App Automation Testing with Selenium Bundle for $411- Selenium Mastery: Understanding How to Use Selenium, JUnit, and MavenUncover the Mysteries of Continuous Integration & Become an Automated TesterAccess 44 lectures and 5 hours of content 24/7Learn the suite of tools to deliver Continuous Integration to a teamDiscuss Selenium WebDriver 2.0Explore JUnit and MavenDiscover FireBug and FirePath2- Complete Selenium Webdriver with C#: Build A FrameworkDesign Your First Automation Testing Framework & Start Towards a Career in TestingAccess 353 lectures and 19 hours of content 24/7Create a Selenium WebDriver framework from scratch using C#Master C# for Software Automation EngineersLearn how to use any identification mechanism to find an object on a web pageUse the Page Object Pattern to develop high-quality testsUnderstand automation testing best practices so you can perform with any toolWork with JSON objects using C#3- Learn Web Automation Testing Using SeleniumNail Down the Basics of This Essential Development Efficiency ToolAccess 30 lectures and 5 hours of content 24/7Set up the Selenium system and discuss web automation testing fundamentalsUse web elements in Selenium WebDriver to quickly create powerful scriptsGenerate robust test suites using Selenium featuresExplore advanced techniques and Selenium use with EclipseCover TestNG, Log4J, Jenkins, and other important testing frameworks4- Selenium WebDriver With JavaGet a Complete Overview of the Web Automation Testing Process with Real ExamplesAccess 204 lectures and 32 hours of content 24/7Learn how to code in JavaExplore TestNG, Selenium grid, Log4J, Maven, Jenkins, and moreUnderstand database testing, performance testing, and behavior driven testing using CucumberDiscuss advanced reporting and using the Page Object ModelOriginal value: $549 | Wccftech Deals: $41 at 92% discountlast_img read more

Environmental leader killed in Honduras

first_imgTEGUCIGALPA,Honduras — A Honduran environmentalist campaigning against a dam project in indigenous lands was killed with a machete blow to the head, her organization said Thursday.Lesbia Yaneth Urquía, abducted Tuesday, was found dead Wednesday in a landfill in the town of Marcala, said the Honduran environmental and indigenous rights group COPINH.Urquia, 49, was working against a project to build a dam over the Chinacla River, which flows through lands of the Lenca indigenous people in western Honduras.“The death of Lesbia Yaneth is a political femicide that seeks to silence the voices of women with the courage and valor to defend their rights against a patriarchal, racist and capitalist system that is ever closer to destroying our planet,” COPINH wrote on its website.The Honduran prosecutor’s office announced Thursday that it would form a special commission to look into the violent killing of Urquía.In March, gunmen killed Berta Cáceres, a prominent coordinator of COPINH. She was working against a separate dam project on Lenca land.Five people were arrested in May in connection with Cácares’s murder. One is a high-ranking employee of an electricity company involved in the dam project that Cáceres opposed.Another COPINH leader, Tomás García, was killed days after the death of Cáceres in still unclear circumstances.Read also:Daughters of slain Honduran activist want int’l commission to investigate mother’s deathLatin America most dangerous region for environmentalists in 2015 Facebook Comments Related posts:Four arrested over murder of Honduras activist Berta Cáceres Another activist killed in Honduras Daughters of slain Honduran activist want int’l commission to investigate mother’s death Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres murdered, family sayslast_img read more

Even in the event of a nodeal scenario the Europ

first_imgEven in the event of a no-deal scenario, the European Commission has said that UK airlines would still be able to fly between the UK and the EU. That said, if you’re travelling after 31st of October, it’s worth checking the terms and conditions of the airline you’re flying with so you know what would happen if flights are affected. In the event of a no deal Brexit, the UK would become a third country in the EU Pet Travel Scheme. This means that pets would still be able to travel, but the documents and health checks required will change. If you find you need a new passport urgently, remember there are various fast-track options available, but they are more expensive. Before travelling or picking up your hire car in the EU, please check the most up to date information on and read the terms and conditions of the hire car company you’ve used. Did you renew your passport before it expired? Extra months might have been added to your expiry date, which may not count towards the 6 months you’ll need remaining. Check out the latest official guidelines on this page. RelatedEverything you need to know about renewing, replacing, and updating your passportYou’ve booked the cheap flights, found the perfect hotel, but you’ve just remembered your passport is expiring soon. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about passport renewal, from where your passport office is, to how to apply for a passport online.ID – what you’ll need to travelIn these times, it is vital that all travellers have the correct documentation to enable them to fly.Top tips for peace of mind when you travelIf one of your New Year’s resolutions is to travel more, then you’re hopefully in for an exciting year. But whether you’re a seasoned traveller, or you’re venturing off solo for the first time, we know that planning even the most longed-for holidays can bring its own anxieties. From insurance… What about travelling with pets? First things first – make sure you check your passport is still valid. That’s because in the event of a no-deal Brexit, you’ll need at least 6 months left on your UK passport from the date you start your trip (that includes all adult and child passports). Will you need a new driving licence? Are there any changes to passenger rights? Arrangements for cross-border services would depend on agreements that the UK negotiates. Have you got fewer than six months remaining on your passport? According to the FCO, some passports with up to 15 months’ validity remaining may not be valid for travel. For the latest information and guidance about vehicle insurance including Green Cards, please read this page. There could be some important changes coming for UK citizens travelling to Europe. Here’s what we know so far to help you be prepared. In the event of no deal, your UK driving licence may not be valid by itself anymore when driving in the EU. It’s possible you’ll need to apply for an International Driving Permit (IDP). Will flights to and from the UK be affected? Have you checked your passport? Get even more travel goodness straight to your inbox.Sign up center_img For the latest updates and guidance, please check This means: Check this page for the latest updates. Travellers who are not allowed to board, are delayed, or face cancellations are still given the same assistance and compensation that they would be today – the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has more information on thisTravellers with mobility issues will still be given the same assistance from airports and airlines that they are given todayIf a travel provider becomes insolvent, UK consumer protection laws would still apply – the CAA has more on this too Will mobile phone roaming charges increase? If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the costs of roaming services might change. For the latest information, please check this page on mobile roaming. If you don’t have at least 6 months remaining on your passport, you should renew your passport in plenty of time before you travel. According to, it can take around 3 weeks to get a new passport, but it could take longer at busy times or if they need more information from you. An IDP is a special licence that you’d carry along with your normal driving licence, permitting you to drive in the EU. There are different types of IDP, depending on which country you’ll be driving in. What about travelling by train? Will the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) still be valid? The UK Government has guaranteed that for passengers flying out of the UK, there will be no change. EU passenger rights will remain the same as they’ll be carried over into UK law straight after exit from the EU. It’s expected to be continued during the transition period, but please check for updates on this page. If you want your pet to come with you, you should contact your vet at least 4 months before your trip starts.   Be sure to check the latest rail guidance on Want to know more? Please read the official guidance from the UK Government and always remember to carefully read the terms and conditions of the company you’re travelling with. If you’re travelling by train in the UK, your rights will stay the same.last_img read more