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Jammu and Kashmir Updates If situation normal why cant we visit asks

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi along with a delegation of top opposition leaders from CPI(M), DMK and NCP will visit Srinagar on Saturday to “see the ground situation in the state”, where restrictions have been in place since the first week of August. However, hours after their decision was announced, the J&K administration asked political leaders “to cooperate and not visit Srinagar”. Even as authorities have announced relaxation of prohibitory orders in phases across the Valley, people have been observing a near total market and transport shutdown over the last few days against the government’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and its bifurcation into two Union Territories. Meanwhile, senior officials told The Indian Express the Centre has reached out to two former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah of National Conference and Mehbooba Mufti of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, raising the possibility of re-opening some space for political dialogue in the Valley.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

 

Justin Biebers Somebody to Love lawsuit dismissed

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Justin Bieber and Usher’s Somebody To Love copyright infringement lawsuit has been voluntarily dismissed.The pop collaborators were hit with the $10 million plagiarism lawsuit in 2013 after songwriters Devin ‘De Rico’ Copeland and Mareio Overton alleged the original song and its remix, which featured Usher, bore striking similarities to their tune, also titled Somebody to Love, which they had written and recorded for Copeland’s 2008 album, My Story II. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img

 

Greenpeace Canada taking Ont govt to court over repeal of cap and

first_imgTORONTO – An environmental advocacy group is turning to the courts in an effort to halt the Ontario government’s plan to scrap the province’s cap-and-trade system, alleging the lack of consultation on the issue violated rights entrenched in law.A legal challenge filed on behalf of Greenpeace Canada on Tuesday alleges Premier Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservative government failed to consult the public on a regulation ending Ontario’s cap-and-trade program and a proposed bill that would alter the province’s legislative regime for tackling climate change.The group said the Environmental Bill of Rights, legislation unique to Ontario, states that the province’s residents have the right to a 30-day consultation process on environmentally significant regulations and legislation.In its application for judicial review, the group alleged the province’s decision to bypass mandatory notice and consultation was “unreasonable and incorrect, procedurally unfair, and therefore unlawful.”“Basically, any policy, regulation or legislation that affects the environment has to be go through the EBR consultation process, and they’ve tried to skip that saying the election campaign constituted equivalent consultation,” Keith Stewart, a senior energy strategist with Greenpeace Canada, said in an email.Greenpeace said it has obtained an expedited hearing, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 21, so that the case can be heard before the government’s legislation on tackling climate change passes. The group said it is also seeking to have the regulation that scrapped cap and trade revoked.A spokesman for Ontario Environment, Conservation and Parks Minister Rod Phillips said the ministry would not comment on the specifics of the legal action, which contains unproven allegations.“We consulted extensively with the people of Ontario during the (election) campaign, and they spoke clearly,” Andrew Brander said in an email Tuesday evening.“The legislation has been posted to the registry and we are confident that it will meet all necessary requirements as we continue to undertake a full range of consultative steps,” Brander said.The Ford government is facing other legal challenges on controversial moves such as the scrapping of a modernized sex-ed curriculum. It has also been engaged in a legal battle over the size of Toronto’s city council.Legislation to slash Toronto’s council nearly in half in the middle of the municipal election campaign was struck down by the courts this week after a judge found it violated the right to freedom of expression for both candidates and voters.But the premier has said he will invoke a rarely used charter provision known as the notwithstanding clause to push ahead with his plan, and is expected to recall the legislature Wednesday to do so.Stewart said the notwithstanding clause could not be used in Greenpeace’s legal challenge because the case relies on procedural rights under the Environmental Bill of Rights, not charter rights.Ontario’s cap-and-trade system aimed to lower greenhouse gas emissions by putting caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries could emit. If companies exceeded those limits they had to buy allowances at quarterly auctions or from other companies that came in under their limits.The province made close to $3 billion in a series of cap-and-trade auctions since the system was introduced by the Liberals last year.Ford vowed to eliminate the system and fight Ottawa’s carbon pricing plan during the spring election campaign.His government has since introduced legislation to scrap cap and trade and cancel programs financed through its revenues, which include rebates for energy-efficient renovations, transit projects and a fund for school repairs.Ontario also announced this summer it was launching a legal battle against Ottawa over its carbon tax plan, saying the provincial government received a clear mandate during the spring election to fight the federal tax for provinces that don’t have their own carbon pricing system.The federal carbon tax is scheduled to kick in on Jan. 1.last_img read more

 

DPR of Korea requests UN aid in fighting bird flu among chickens

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has formally appealed for United Nations and other international help in its fight against bird flu among chickens, including diagnostic tools and technical aid for control strategies and vaccination, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).The appeal was made public at an international conference on bird flu last week in Paris, jointly organized by FAO and the World Animal Health Organization (OIE), a 167-member inter-governmental organization, in collaboration with the UN World Health Organization (WHO).OIE and FAO welcomed the DPRK’s request as a sign of improved transparency and international cooperation. Both organizations said that they are ready to extend their technical support to ensure an effective control of the disease in the country, which so far has not been reported to have claimed any human victims.FAO experts are already on the ground supporting the Government in obtaining data on the extent of the outbreaks and designing control strategies. OIE has been asked to assist in the training of veterinary experts.Last week’s meeting brought together some 300 key veterinary experts and scientists to discuss the current scientific information on the virus, which has spread to humans in other Asian countries, and to address different aspects of disease surveillance and control strategies.As of last week 33 human cases of H5N1 virus, 15 of them fatal, had been reported since mid-December in Viet Nam in the latest outbreak of a disease that in a worst-case scenario could kill tens of millions people worldwide.The conference appealed to donor countries to provide more funds, with some $100 million being urgently needed. So far only Germany, Japan and the Netherlands have expressed a willingness to financially support affected Asian countries.Overall there have been more than 80 reported infections, nearly 50 of them fatal, since the first human case was linked to widespread poultry outbreaks in Viet Nam and Thailand in January last year.WHO has repeatedly warned that H5N1 could mutate into a new human virus with pandemic potential. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1920, unrelated to the present virus, is estimated to have killed between 20 million and 40 million people worldwide.Nearly 140 million domestic birds have died or been culled over the past year in an effort to curb the spread of the disease. WHO is concerned that continuing transmission to humans might give avian and human influenza viruses an opportunity to exchange genes, facilitating a pandemic. read more

 

Myanmar Ban welcomes agreement in Kachin

This article has been amended as of 1 June 2013.Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the agreement reached between the Government of Myanmar and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), calling it a first step towards reconciliation in the country. “The Secretary-General notes the seven point agreement as a significant achievement that could lay the basis for a genuine process of national reconciliation in the country,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.Among the points in the agreement, the two parties agreed to establish a political dialogue and hold discussions on resettling more than 75,000 people who have been displaced since fighting began almost two years ago. “He commends the leaders of both delegations for their courage and perseverance. He also hopes this agreement will allow the two parties to address the concerns and needs of the people of Kachin State.” This is the first meeting between the Government and the KIO inside the country since conflict broke out in June 2011. Mr. Ban’s Special Adviser Vijay Nambiar was an observer at the talks on behalf of the UN, along with representatives from the Chinese Embassy and Myanmar’s ethnic nationality groups. In January, the Government announced a unilateral ceasefire following a three-week offensive against ethnic Kachin rebels. A month later, the parties held talks in China, where they agreed to work on an overall framework to de-escalate the conflict. “The Secretary-General underlines the continued support of the United Nations and his Special Adviser to the parties as they continue work towards de-escalating the conflict and toward a comprehensive political dialogue that could bring lasting peace to Myanmar,” the statement said. read more

 

Telegraph invites Sir Philip Green to drop the MeToo injunction

 investigations@telegraph.co.uk Lawyers for The Telegraph have written to lawyers for Sir Philip Green asking him to drop an injunction against this newspaper.It comes after the Topshop boss was named in Parliament by Lord Hain as the leading businessman who had gagging orders against members of his staff and this newspaper which prevent details of claims of sexual harassment, racial discrimination and bullying made against him from being made public.In a letter to Schillings, lawyers for The Telegraph invited them to “withdraw these proceedings and agree to the discharge” of the temporary injunction issued by the Court of Appeal on Tuesday.It comes after Sir Philip issued a statement refusing to discuss what had happened in court or in Parliament but denying any unlawful sexist or racist behaviour.The letter adds: “In the circumstances, including the very wide coverage given to this matter throughout the media, we do not see what continuing purpose there can be in maintaining the injunction any longer.“If your clients do not agree our clients will pursue this matter to trial as quickly as possible.”Earlier this week the appeal court overturned a previous High Court ruling which found that publication of the allegations would be overwhelmingly in the public interest and would significantly contribute to debate in a democratic society. The letter to Sir Philip Green It indicated that the confidentiality of contracts were more important than freedom of speech in this case and ordered a trial. As well as re-igniting the #MeToo debate, the gagging of The Telegraph has renewed controversy about the use of injunctions to limit British press freedom.Read the letter here:  The letter to Sir Philip Green Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

 

Chinese among those interested in financing Ironclads iron ore project

first_imgChinese investor interest in South Australia’s resources sector remains high with one of the State’s developers confirming potential China-based financiers were among its forward options for the Wilcherry Hill iron ore project on the Eyre Peninsula. Addressing the first day in Adelaide of the Paydirt 2009 South Australian Resources & Energy Investment Conference, Ironclad Mining’s General Manager, Andrew Bennett, said the company was currently considering financing options for development of its 80% owned Wilcherry Hill magnetite ore body. The remaining stake is held by Trafford Resources.“While we are having discussions with many potential financiers, the Chinese particularly head the groups with which we are engaging,” Bennett said. “It would be our preference that in any financing agreement, however, that we link it to some product offtake option as well. We are actively looking for a development and offtake partner as Wilcherry Hill has a premium magnetite product, low development cost and is very close to export infrastructure at Port Bonython.”Bennett said the style of the mineralisation meant the mine could use a mobile processing plant, negating the need for a ball mill and related higher energy costs. “This delivers a much lower capital cost profile for Wilcherry Hill, enhancing its appeal to our potential financiers. We are also considering eventual dry magnetic separation and that will keep production costs lower as we expand production.”Ironclad is proposing an initial 2 Mt/y throughput from a multiple open-pit operation at the resource, with some of the mineralisation presenting as Direct Ship Ore potential – “offering early cash flow” Bennett said.last_img read more

 

Lucky Peter nabs an iPad

first_imgEleven year old Peter Giasoumi was one of the many eager consumers to have bought an iPad on Friday at Chadstone Shopping Centre’s Apple store. “I will use the iPad to take to Greece and I will be looking at photos with it as well as play games” young Peter said to Neos Kosmos. He was keen to point out, “I have two Apple computers and two iPhones” When pressed about why he had two iPhones by Neos Kosmos, Peter came clean, “Well they are actually mum’s and dad’s but I play with them.” Friday saw the Australian release of the iPad. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

 

Anime food art brings fandom to your belly

first_imgToo cute to eat? We don’t think so!Our bellies shall not be satisfied by taste alone. Nay. Our fervor for all things fandom brings us anime nerds to devour that which we love in the form of anime food art!Come and behold the most adorable, intricate, and awesome anime-inspired food we’ve gathered from around the web. Designed to feed your penchant for husbandos and waifus, as well as actual hunger, you’re sure to leave this list hungry for more! Vash the Stampede still loves donuts.1/12For all you Trigun fans, check out this amazing Vash bento, complete with Kuroneko the black kitty and a donut-munching Vash. Bento Anarchy is responsible for this adorable boxed lunch.<><> Got more anime food art you’d like to show off? Let us know in the comments!last_img

 

BitLounger wants to save your SNES game boxes with a cartridge organizer

first_imgThe organizer solves the “keeping your box mint” problem by removing your boxes from the equation completely. Instead, your SNES cartridges sit securely in a high quality acrylic tray, with ten carts fitting in each one. The 16BITSN trays are not cheap, though, costing $29 each, $50 for two, or $100 for five. If you’re an avid collector then that $100 deal is definitely the best option.There has definitely been a resurgence in the popularity of original cartridge use for old systems including the NES, SNES, Game Boy, and Mega Drive. The main driving force behind that is the existence of the Retron 5, which supports carts from nine different systems while offering crisp graphics on HD screens. So having your cartridges easily accessible from a tray while your boxes can be stored safely elsewhere is going to be appealing to many retro gamers. I’m also increasingly seeing auctions for “cart-only,” as boxes get lost or damaged beyond repair. <> If you grew up in the era of 16-bit gaming then you’ll be well aware of how difficult it is to keep a game in mint condition. Nintendo games in particular are a pain because the packaging is mostly cardboard. Every time you open the box you’re flexing that cardboard, creating new or deeper creases, and risking a tear. BitLounger wants to solve that problem with a cartridge organizer.As is typically the case now, if you want to fund a new product you turn to Kickstarter. And that’s what BitLounger has done (and succeeded in doing) for the 16BITSN SNES Cartridge Organizer.center_img BitLounger has already met it’s rather low $500 Kickstarter funding goal, so the 16BITSN is happening. And if you aren’t a SNES gamer, then keep an eye on the BitLounger website as they are promising cartridge organizers for other systems. I’d like them for Euro/Japanese SNES cartridges, too.last_img read more

 

This TextBased Lie Detector Can Spot False Police Reports

first_imgStay on target If I’ve learned anything from watching too many true-crime shows, it’s that verbal and physical tics can betray a lie.But what about textual trembles?Scientists from Cardiff University and Charles III University of Madrid developed a computer tool that can spot a fake police statement based entirely on words contained in the document.Using automatic text analysis and advanced machine learning, the VeriPol system can recognize patterns common with bogus robbery claims: types of items reported stolen, finer details of incidents, descriptions of a perpetrator, etc.The tool has been rolled out across Spain, where it aims to save police officers time and effort by complementing traditional investigative techniques. Ideally, VeriPol (which boasts a success rate of more than 80 percent) will deter people from filing false statements—which, in some places, is considered a serious crime with serious consequences.Trained on archival police statements recognized as fakes, the system is “extremely effective in discriminating between false and true reports,” according to Cardiff University.In an initial study of more than 1,000 accounts from the Spanish National Police, VeriPol identified a number of common themes, like shorter statements focused more on stolen property than the incident, a lack of precise details, limited information about the attacker, and a lack of witnesses or other hard evidence.“As an example, our model began to identify false statements where it was reported that incidents happened from behind or where the aggressors were wearing helmets,” study co-author Jose Camacho-Collados, a research associate at Cardiff University, said in a statement.Descriptions that include brand names (Apple or Samsung) were more often associated with false claims—probably someone trying to scam a high-end handset—than those referencing bicycles or necklaces.During a one-week pilot study in Spain last summer, VeriPol detected and helped close 25 cases of false robbery in Murcia and another 39 in Malaga.Comparatively, over the course of eight years (from 2008 to 2016), the average number of fake reports detected and cases closed by human police officers in the month of June was 3.33 for Murcia and 12.14 for Malaga.“Our study has given us a fascinating insight into how people lie to the police,” Camacho-Collados said, adding that, “Ultimately we hope that by showing that automatic detection is possible it will deter people from lying to the police in the first instance.”Results of this study were published in the journal Knowledge-Based Systems.More artificial intelligence coverage on Geek.com:Robots to Build Robots at Shanghai FactoryMove Over, Chanel No. 5: AI is Creating Perfumes NowThis Is What ‘Solo’ Would Have Looked Like Starring Young Harrison Ford McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS last_img read more

 

Vancouver woman dies in Skamania County crash

first_imgA Vancouver woman died Sunday afternoon in a crash that’s being investigated as a possible vehicular homicide, according to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office.The crash happened around 1 p.m. Sunday. Shauna Medlin, 42, was a passenger in a 2007 Dodge pickup driven by James Benton, 66, of Washougal. According to the sheriff’s office, the pickup left Washougal River Road and rolled over just east of North Fork Road in western Skamania County, a rural area near a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fish hatchery.Emergency responders pronounced Medlin dead at the scene. Benton was arrested and booked into the Skamania County Jail on suspicion of vehicular homicide. “This collision is under further investigation,” Skamania Undersheriff Dave Cox said. “Preliminary investigation shows that speed was a contributing factor. Our condolences go out to the Medlin family for this tragic event.”The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol are investigating.last_img read more

 

Japans Hayabusa2 spacecraft grabs epic closeup just 30 feet above asteroid

first_img Comment Share your voice It took a 180-million-mile trip to deliver this image. Inside the red circle is the shadow of the tiny target marker Hayabusa2 will use to scoop up a sample of the asteroid. JAXA The Japanese space agency, JAXA, has been circling the asteroid Ryugu with its spacecraft Hayabusa2 for almost a year now and the agency has even shot a cannonball at the space rock. That shot kicked up debris that Hayabusa2 collected in February but the agency wanted to go again — and collect debris from further inside Ryugu. On May 30, Jaxa performed a daring maneuver that brought its spacecraft within 9 meters (approximately 30 feet) of Ryugu to drop a target marker on its surface. The success of the mission was documented by the spacecraft’s official Twitter account (because it’s 2019), but on June 5, the agency released a photo that is absolutely wild. The image was captured by CAM-H, one of Hayabusa2’s suite of instruments that has previously captured touchdown on Ryugu. The small monitor camera was built and installed on the spacecraft thanks to public donations. We’ve seen some fantastic images from the surface of Ryugu during Hayabusa2’s mission. Two tiny rovers were deployed on the asteroid’s surface in 2018, providing some incredible close-ups. Hayabusa2 will move to sample the asteroid for a second time later this year, before returning to Earth with samples in December 2020.  Tags 3:29 1 Explore asteroid Ryugu with Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft Target Now playing: Watch this: Japan’s Hayabusa2 space probe fires bullet into asteroid The target marker separation on May 30 during PPTD-TM1A was caught at the last moment by the small monitor camera, CAM-H! The image time was May 30, 11:18 JST (on-board time) at an altitude of about 9m. CAM-H was built with donations from all of you & is a big success! Thank you! pic.twitter.com/pHSwqPaywh— HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) June 5, 2019 Let’s pause for a second and consider this: The above image comes from a 600-kilogram, refrigerator-sized robot traveling at about 15 miles per second, around 170 million miles from Earth. It shows the shadow of the Hayabusa2 spacecraft and just below that shadow a tiny, spherical shadow. That tiny shadow is the target marker being released onto the asteroid. Crazy, huh? 12 Photos Sci-Techlast_img read more

 

The Weirdest GI Joes Of All Time

first_img Toy Tuesday: Yo! It’s The Best ‘G.I. Joe’ ToysScarlett’s Strike Force Cancelled: Now What? If you’re not reading IDW’s excellent licensed comics, you’re missing out. They’ve managed to take a bunch of toys and cartoons from our childhoods and weave them together into what can only be called the Hasbro Non-Cinematic Universe. Their Transformers book has low-key been one of the best reads on the stands for years, and now with friend of Geek Aubrey Sitterson signed on to write the main G.I. Joe comic and a massive crossover in Revolution, it’s the perfect time to hop on board.That said, we don’t expect every single Joe from the toy line’s history to make an appearance. Hasbro had to knock out a disturbing number of figures every year to keep the money flowing, and once you get away from the iconic guy’s things get a little weedy.In this list, we’ll spotlight eleven Joes that should probably sit this next fight out. Knowing Aubrey, though, it’s more than likely you’ll see a few of them just to spite us.Captain Grid IronTo truly discuss the weirdness of Captain Grid Iron, we need to talk about another Joe: William “The Refrigerator” Perry, the first-round draft pick who rode to fame with the Bears and the Eagles before becoming one of the few people with Joes modeled and named after them. So the team already had a football player, right? Why, four years later, would they add another one? Captain Grid Iron was the QB of his squad at West Point but never played in the NFL, instead opting to join the infantry. He was a “hand to hand combat specialist,” which was a little odd because he carried an enormous shotgun and a bunch of football-sized grenades, which one thinks would slow a soldier down.AltitudeOne of the biggest issues with G.I. Joe is that eventually they just ran out of ways to differentiate the characters from each other. Altitude (real name thankfully not Al Titude) is a perfect example. The dude’s ostensibly a paratrooper, but pretty much every warm body in the Joe force knows how to jump out of a plane because they explode all the time. So they had to give John Jones, the aerial recon scout codenamed Altitude, a little something different. The geniuses at Hasbro decided on “he’s good at drawing” – apparently when he’s floating up there Altitude whips out a pen and pencil and uses his photographic memory to make sketches of enemy encampments. Dude, even the cheapest cell phone has a camera in it now. You can relax.BullhornYou know what totally works well in dealing with international terrorists named after snakes? Negotiation. Psyche, we’re just kidding, those guys never give up or make deals. That’s why Bullhorn is such an inexplicable addition to the Joe roster. His file card says that he’s the type of guy to “negotiate with wackos and fanatics who have an axe to grind with society.” Presumably, he uses the giant novelty voice changer he got a Party City to talk in a robot alien voice because of hostage takers like that.MuskratGetting a code name from a wild animal is classic military stuff, but what happens when all of the good ones are taken? Then you get Muskrat, the Joe from down in the bayou with a heart of gold and the hat of a hobo. We’ll give him this: if you spend a lot of time in the swamp, you get very familiar with snakes. After joining the Army Rangers, the Joe squad was the next step. We have plenty of questions about Muskrat’s whole deal (and what he smells like, besides “bad”), but the top one is the accessory that comes with the figure: a “Swamp Skimmer,” which is basically a boogie board. Do people really boogie board in the Everglades and if so what is wrong with them?Sci-FiThe general concept behind Sci-Fi isn’t so crazy: he’s a “laser trooper,” armed with a high-tech futuristic rifle that shoots beams of energy instead of bullets. Hey, wait a minute – don’t all G.I. Joe weapons shoot beams of energy instead of bullets? Yes, they do, and herein lies the tragedy. The one thing that was supposed to be Sci-Fi’s niche in the Joe squad was taken away from him unceremoniously. He went from “Sci-Fi” to “Just Some Guy” in the blink of an eye, and the only thing he had left was his oddly Power Rangers-esque outfit.MaceThe thing with G.I. Joes is that they were victim to the constantly-escalating arms race of 80s toys. Each year’s models had to be more intense and extreme than the ones before, which is how by the time the 1993 Battle Corps line was released we wound up with a soldier billed as an “undercover operative” who wears a bright yellow helmet with a freaking missile launcher bolted onto the side of it. Where exactly Mace is going undercover in this insane outfit is anybody’s guess. Maybe Burning Man? He was in the second to last grouping of figures to be released before Hasbro shut the line down in 1994.Dee JayPeople come to the elite fighting force that is G.I. Joe from many different branches of the military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines. But a few are enlisted from civilian life for their special talents. Like Dee Jay – he’s in the group because he can wrestle sick beats from his radio. The “Comm-Tech Trooper” carries a communications device, that (and this is straight from the back of his toy card) he can “make it work, fix it and coax strange sounds out of it with an infectious beat.” Yes, I’m sure that when you’re trying to stop a bunch of goofy snake men, identical twins, dudes with metal faces and assorted creeps and cretins from conquering the world you really want to take a second to bust a move or two.Ice Cream SoldierIf you’re a wrestling fan, you might be familiar with Pennsylvania-based indie promotion Chikara. That company has a pair of masked luchadors named El Hijo del Ice Cream and Ice Cream Jr that work a frozen dessert gimmick. So one would think that the G.I. Joe codenamed “Ice Cream Soldier” might be similar? Wrongo, buddy. In fact, he’s a heavily-armored dude who carries a flamethrower around, because everybody loves the flaming ice cream you get at strip mall Japanese restaurants. Unfortunately, you can’t show charred corpses on afternoon cartoons, so Ice never got to do his job.ChucklesWhen kids are playing with G.I. Joes, there’s always a battle between who gets the flashier figures like Snake Eyes and Duke and who has to settle for the dregs. In the entire history of pretend wars held in backyards and bedrooms all across America, we can confidently say that nobody has ever called dibs on Chuckles. The team’s undercover intelligence officer is just some jamoke in a cheap Hawaiian shirt who used to be an insurance investigator. Apparently, he’s really good at blending in with Cobra dudes, which is a little shocking because they all wear full face masks. How hard can that be?HardballGoddammit, another sports guy? Hardball epitomizes the real tragedy of G.I. Joe: no uniform dress code means they could wear whatever idiotic outfit they wanted into battle. For dudes like Quick Kick, that meant going barefoot and shirtless. For Hardball, that means wearing his minor league baseball uniform into combat like a damn lunatic. Dude, we get it: you left your angels in the outfield and are taking out your roid-fueled frustrations on Cobra. But we can’t all be Kenny Powers. It’s time to let your dreams die and move on with your life.Colonel CourageThere are a lot of moving parts in keeping a fighting force active, but let’s be real here: kids don’t want to fantasize about being mess cooks, drill sergeants or desk jockeys. Colonel Courage (real name Cliff V. Mewett) was the latter, a designated “Administrative Strategist” who for some reason came armed with more guns than he could carry. Do you think they gave him that bad-ass code name as a sort of passive-aggressive jab on his duties? “Thanks so much for signing and filing my equipment requisition forms, Colonel Courage.” It’s like Office Space, but instead of a stapler, it’s a live grenade. Stay on targetlast_img read more

 

Microsoft warns of Xbox Live phishing attempts via Modern Warfare 2

first_imgFirst it was Sony’s troubles with PSN, now Microsoft has its own issues to worry about. The company today issued a service alert warning for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 players to be on the lookout for phishing attempts against them while playing the game. Microsoft warned that the attempts could come via “title-specific messaging,” which is remarkably vague, but clearly the issue was significant enough for a public warning.The service alert tells users a phishing attempt may appear via messaging in the game. Microsoft claims they’re looking into the issue more closely and hope to resolve it. At the same time however, the only reasonable language this translates into is that Modern Warfare 2 players should be cautious and wary of any messages they receive while playing the game, especially if the messages they receive ask them to divulge any information about their Xbox Live account.It’s worth pointing out that while Modern Warfare 2 has been out since late 2009, the game is still one of the most popular games on Xbox Live. Even among players who own the sequel, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Modern Warfare 2 is still a hot commodity, and the second most-often played Xbox Live title. There are still plenty of players out there who happily play Modern Warfare 2, and they’re apparently an attractive target for people looking to swipe personal information.Admittedly, the issue pales in comparison to Sony’s massive breach of security on PSN, but it’s still a serious issue. Considering game-hungry PlayStation owners may be firing their Xbox 360s up to play a little Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer, it’s a good time to remember not to divulge personal information like your Xbox Live account information to anyone who asks for it, especially online.Read more at Xbox Supportlast_img read more

Calcutta Medical College and Hospital gets nod for heart transplants

first_imgKolkata: In a major development of the health sector in the state, the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) has received clearance from the state Health department to carry out heart transplant.This is for the first time any government run medical college hospital in the state has received permission from Swasthya Bhavan to perform the surgeries.This comes at a time when a private hospital in the city successfully carried out a heart transplant on a patient who came from Jharkahnd for treatment. The state Health department had acted promptly in giving clearance to the private establishment so that the surgery can be performed successfully. The city police also contributed greatly by setting up green corridor between the Calcutta airport and the hospital so that the heart which was flown in from Bangalore can be dispatched to the hospital in the minimum possible time. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsNow it’s the turn for the Asia’s oldest medical college to carry out such operations. In a recent notification issued by the state Health department, it was stated that the certificate of registration is valid for five years. The permission was given to CMCH after a team from the state Health department inspected the infrastructure issues. According to the government notification, the permission is given keeping in mind the current facilities and the staff strength of the hospital which was shown in the application form. Any reduction in the staff strength and facilities need to be brought to the notice of the concerned officials, says the notification. The certificate of registration has been granted to the hospital for performing heart transplantations under the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned here that the SSKM Hospital in the city is also one of the strong contenders to get the clearance for heart transplantation as the hospital authorities are taking all possible measures to put in place adequate infrastructure in the hospital. The SSKM Hospital authorities would submit a detailed project report to Swasthya Bhawan in this regard. It may be mentioned that kidney transplants are being performed in the hospital for sometime. A heart failure clinic will open up at the Cardiology department of the hospital.The doctors at the cardiology department of the hospital will examine and treat the heart failure patients at the clinic. The doctors would try to cure heart related problems of the patients through medicines. Those who would require heart transplantations would be referred to the heart transplantation unit which would come up at the cardiothoracic vascular surgery (CTVS) department of the hospital.last_img read more

Thailand remains blacklisted by US for human trafficking

first_img Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Secretary of State John Kerry arrives for a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Monday, July 27, 2015, where he released the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report. The State Department has taken Malaysia and Cuba off its blacklist of countries failing to combat modern-day slavery, leaving the U.S. open to criticism that politics is swaying the often-contentious rankings in its annual human trafficking report. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)n Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said Tuesday that Thailand was working on solving the issues and that the assessment was made when his administration, which took over after a military coup last year, was beginning to address the problems.“We just have to keep working and not to worry. It’s an issue of international rules, so we’ll have to follow,” he told reporters. “Don’t worry too much. Their assessment was up to them as they were the ones assessing, not us. We just do our job. What they said in the assessment, we fixed every part of it, but some issues are quicker to fix and some are slow.”The State Department said Monday that Thai, Burmese, Cambodian, and Indonesian men are still subjected to forced labor on Thai fishing boats.“Some men remain at sea for several years, are paid very little or irregularly, work as much as 18 to 20 hours per day for seven days a week, or are threatened and physically beaten,” the report said.The Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, D.C. denounced the assessment, saying Thailand has made substantial efforts with concrete results to stop human trafficking.“Significant progress has been made across the board,” the Embassy said in a statement, stressing the State Department report “does not accurately reflect the reality and fails to take into account significant efforts undertaken by the Thai Government.” New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities are upset about being blacklisted by the U.S. for the second year in a row for failing to do enough to combat modern-day slavery.The State Department said Monday that labor abuses in the Southeast Asian country’s seafood sector are persistent, abusive and largely ignored by the government. Those abuses have been widely documented in a series of stories this year by The Associated Press which tracked the supply chains of major U.S. retailers to Thai processors selling slave-caught seafood. Those reports have prompted rescues and repatriations of more than 800 men this year. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Malaysia is one of 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the key economic plank of Obama’s Asia policy, but could be banned from participating if blacklisted. And the U.S. has recently patched relations with Cuba.Republican Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey said the report, in its 15th year, “has careened off into a new direction where the facts regarding each government’s actions in the fight against human trafficking are given almost no weight when put up against the president’s political agenda.”__Mendoza in Santa Cruz, California, and Associated Press writer Matthew Pennington in Washington contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Those efforts include amending laws and rules, ensuring better law enforcement, streaming legal processes, prosecuting offenders and protecting victims, the Embassy said.A coalition of 25 human rights and labor organizations, including Human Rights Watch and the AFL-CIO labor federation, said blacklisting Thailand, along with criticism from the European Union and high-profile news exposes, have put needed pressure on the country.“This decision comes at a vital time for leveraging change from the Thai government in its anti-trafficking efforts,” the coalition said in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry.Thailand, along with Iran, Syria and Zimbabwe, were among 23 countries receiving the lowest ranking in the annual U.S. assessment of how 188 governments around the world are fighting the flesh trade and other forms of exploitative labor. The report is the State Department’s key weapon for combatting human trafficking, and comes in a politically charged annual ranking in “tiers”– Tier 1 is best, 2 means more could be done, and 3 is a blacklist that can spark sanctions.The State Department moved Malaysia and Cuba off the blacklist and up to Tier 2 this year, drawing criticism that politics — not human rights — were a factor. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

CHICAGO — Cashstrapped RB singer R Kelly wants

first_img CHICAGO — Cash-strapped R&B singer R. Kelly wants a judge to let him travel to the Middle East to perform several concerts, saying he has struggled to get work in the U.S. since his February arrest on sex-abuse charges.A defence filing Wednesday in Chicago says Kelly would do three to five concerts in Dubai. It doesn’t specify which venues he’d play or how much he’d earn.It says Kelly has struggled to pay child support, legal fees and other bills. It blames the cancellation of Illinois concerts and a record-company contract, and streaming services removing his songs.As a bond condition in his sexual abuse case, Kelly must stay in Illinois unless a judge approves out-of-state travel.The filing asserts that Kelly isn’t a flight risk, saying the United Arab Emirates would never jeopardize its U.S. relationship by harbouring a fugitive Kelly.His next court date is Friday.Michael Tarm, The Associated Press by Michael Tarm, The Associated Press Posted Mar 20, 2019 1:31 pm PDT FILE – In this June 30, 2013 file photo, R. Kelly performs at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. Kelly has asked the Chicago judge to let him travel overseas for concerts in Dubai, saying he’s been unable to get work anywhere in the U.S. since his arrest on charges he sexually abused three minor girls and an adult woman. The request in a Wednesday filing says the R&B star will perform at up to five concerts in the oil-rich nation in the Middle East. A judge ordered Kelly to surrender his passport after his arrest last month on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP, File) R. Kelly asks judge to let him travel to Dubai to perform AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

 

November 29 2010For this years Thanksgiving our

first_imgNovember 29, 2010For this years Thanksgiving, our new Guest Services Coordinator Joseph Rivera-Ramos, coordinated this beautiful set-up of the dining room. Note in the middle, one of a number of gorgeous flower arrangements.Like in years past dinner was potluck, and again there was an grand collection of delicious dishes …… and mellow conviviality and lots of toasts.In the background we see part of alumma Paula Wittners painting, donated back to Arcosanti by alumnus Russel Adams. We will report more on this painting in the coming weeks.last_img