Pro and anti immigration protesters face off in duelling rallies

first_imgMONTREAL – Pro- and anti- immigration protesters faced off in duelling rallies Saturday.Members of the right-wing group Storm Alliance announced a series of rallies outside border crossing points and government buildings to protest what they call the destructive policies of Justin Trudeau’s government.In turn, many pro-refugee organizations have announced their own gatherings to counter Storm Alliance’s message, which they say is hostile to immigrants and refugees.In Quebec, about 200 members of Storm Alliance traded insults across a police line with a group of pro-refugee protesters outside the St-Bernard-de-Lacolle border station.Authorities announced the border crossing, which has been a processing point for thousands of refugee claimants who have walked across the Canada-U.S. border in recent months, was temporarily closed on Saturday.Other gatherings were planned in Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick and British Columbia.In Ottawa there were some scuffles between protesters but no reports of arrests.last_img read more

Harper government forcing relocation of FN claims tribunal to smother it says

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsA tribunal created to deal with historic First Nation grievances is slowly being smothered by the Harper government, said a British Columbia grand chief in response to revelations the independent body is now being relocated and stripped of the ability to run its own affairs.The Harper government is forcing the Specific Claims Tribunal (SCT) to move from its current space to make room for a new super-agency that will handle the administration of several federal tribunals, including the SCT, according to notes obtained by APTN National News. The notes were taken by an individual who was present for a speech given Tuesday by SCT Chair Justice Harry Slade to the Assembly of First Nations’ special committee on claims.Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, the president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), was among about 20 people who were at the meeting held in a Vancouver board room.“They are trying to smother it,” said Phillip. “It was a very Machiavellian move, it’s unbelievable. That’s why I say, I’m biting my tongue here.”Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office issued an emailed statement Wednesday evening saying it was up to Justice Canada to respond. The minister refused to answer questions from reporters following an appearance before the Commons Aboriginal Affairs committee late Wednesday afternoon.APTN National News will be following up with Justice Canada Thursday.According to the notes, Slade told the meeting the tribunal was given no warning it was expected to move out of its current space, which includes a high-tech hearing room and smudging room, by March. Tribunal employees only found out this was happening because workers showed up at their office and started taking measurements.Slade also said, according to the notes, that the cost of the paint job for the SCT’s new planned space was taken out of the tribunal’s budget without its knowledge. Slade expressed concerns that the building slated to house the SCT carries a large “Government of Canada” sign which may undercut the image of the tribunal as an independent entity.The notes also state that Slade is concerned the independence of the tribunal is further comprise by the loss of control over its administration, which will now be handled by a super-agency overseen by Justice Canada. The department twice challenged the SCT’s rulings and is the party opposing First Nation claims during tribunal hearings.The tribunal, which had its own registry and dedicated administrative budget, will now have to request funds from a centralized agency run by bureaucrats who don’t understand the work of the SCT, Slade told the meeting, according to the notes.The centralized agency, called Administrative Tribunals Support Service Canada, was buried deep in the Harper government’s 2014 omnibus budget bill. It will pool the cost and administration of 11 quasi-judicial federal tribunals, from the Human Rights Tribunal to the Competition Tribunal to the SCT.Slade said, according to the notes, that the new structure threatens the SCT’s community hearings. The SCT held some of its hearings in the communities of First Nations seeking compensation for the historical loss of land or the mismanaging of its funds by Ottawa.News of the tribunal’s forced relocation surfaced mere weeks after Valcourt tabled a scheduled yearly report from Slade warning the SCT was on the brink of failure.Phillip said he interpreted the Harper government’s decision to move the tribunal as retribution for Slade’s report.“I think, without question, it is punitive,” said Phillip.In the report, Slade warned the tribunal was on the brink of failure unless the government appointed more judges to its roster. Slade is currently the tribunal’s only full-time judge. The tribunal also has two part-time judges.Slade said in his report that Ottawa ignored the tribunal’s requests for more judges.Slade told the meeting Tuesday, according to the notes, that the tribunal would “collapse under its own weight” unless the federal government appointed more judges. He said the issue was compounded by the slow pace in which Ottawa was filling vacancies in provincial superior courts, according to the notes.Slade told the AFN committee that there are 62 claims before the tribunal and it will take five years to deal with them if no new claims are filed, according to the notes. Slade said the tribunal is receiving a new claim every two or three weeks.First Nations can go to the tribunal once their negotiations hit a dead-end or are rejected by Aboriginal Affairs. The department’s rejection rate on specific claims has hit about 85 per cent.About 42 per cent of the claims before the tribunal come from B.C.The Oka standoff and the Ipperwash crisis both stemmed from unresolved, specific historical grievances over loss of land.Harper, along with former Aboriginal affairs minister Jim Prentice and former Assembly of First Nations national chief Phil Fontaine unveiled the SCT in 2007 during a press conference held on Parliament Hill. The trio stood beneath a giant portrait of John A. Macdonald and the “Fathers of Confederation.”On that day in June 12, 2007, the prime minister said the tribunal would “revolutionize the claims resolution process” and that it presented a “historic breakthrough.”The tribunal was announced partly to quell rising tensions in the lead up to a planned day of action later that month. It worked. Only Shawn Brant and the Mohawks of Tyendinaga launched blockades that day, shutting down Hwy 401, the busiest highway in Canada, for 11 hours.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

US stocks tumble on USChina trade jitters oil price slide

first_imgU.S. stocks tumbled in early trading Thursday following a sell-off in overseas markets, knocking more than 450 points off the Dow Jones Industrials Average.The broad market decline came as the arrest of a senior Chinese technology executive overshadowed some positive comments on trade from Beijing, threatening to worsen trade tensions between the U.S. and China.Oil prices fell sharply as traders appeared to doubt that an expected production cut by OPEC will be enough to boost the price of crude.Traders continued to shovel money into bonds, a signal that they see weakness in the economy ahead. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.86 per cent from 2.92 per cent on Tuesday, a large move. U.S. stock and bond trading were closed Wednesday because of a national day of mourning for President George H.W. Bush.Technology companies and banks took some of the heaviest losses in the latest wave of selling. Oracle slid 4.3 per cent to $46.64. Citigroup fell 4.8 per cent to $59.25.The S&P 500 index slid 49 points, or 1.9 per cent, to 2,650 as of 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow dropped 476 points, or 1.9 per cent, to 24,550. The technology-heavy Nasdaq composite lost 121 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 7,037.The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks gave up 25 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 1,455.The latest losses put the S&P 500 and the Dow back into the red for the year. The Nasdaq was still slightly higher for 2018.Major indexes overseas also fell sharply. The DAX in Germany dropped 3 per cent, while France’s CAC 40 lost 2.9 per cent. The FTSE 100 in Britain declined 2.8 per cent.Canadian authorities arrested the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies on Wednesday for possible extradition to the U.S.Meng is a prominent member of Chinese society as deputy chairman of the board and the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei.The arrest came days after President Donald Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss the two nation’s escalating trade dispute. China has demanded Meng’s immediate release.“We are closely watching the developments in Asia after reports that Canada has arrested the Huawei CFO facing U.S. extradition for allegedly violating Iran sanctions. This headline is quite significant as the U.S. government is attempting to persuade allies to stop using Huawei equipment due to security fears, and this headline could weigh negatively on tech stocks,” said Stephen Innes, head of trading at Oanda in Singapore.The news weighed on markets in Asia.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index tumbled 2.5 per cent and Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 fell 1.9 per cent. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.2 per cent, while South Korea’s Kospi sank 1.6 per cent. Shares also fell in Taiwan and all other regional markets.OPEC countries gathered in Vienna Thursday to find a way to support the falling price of oil. Analysts predicted the cartel and some key allies, like Russia, would agree to cut production by at least 1 million barrels per day. OPEC heavyweight Saudi Arabia indicated it was in favour of such a cut.The expectation did not keep the price of oil from falling, however, as investors focused on the potential economic disruption from any escalation in the U.S.-China trade dispute.Benchmark U.S. crude slid 2.9 per cent to $51.38 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, dropped $1.48 to $60.08 per barrel.Alex Veiga, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Haiti advancing towards stability but much more needs to be done –

9 September 2009Haiti has “a remarkable opportunity” to overcome decades of misrule and neglect, but major hurdles remain and the international community must step up its support to ensure the Caribbean country can consolidate its gains, the United Nations Special Envoy and former United States president Bill Clinton said today. Addressing an open debate of the Security Council, Mr. Clinton said the outlook for Haiti was positive, with a Government committed to building a modern State, large pledges of aid from donors, a diaspora willing to help and goodwill from the international community.“I am convinced that Haiti has a remarkable opportunity to escape its past,” he said, noting that throughout the region, “there is a deep, wide sense that we can and should support” the country, considered the poorest in the Western Hemisphere.“Haiti can succeed, but not without your help,” he stressed, urging those donors that have made aid pledges to now fund them. Only $21 million has so far been disbursed of the $700 million pledged.He added that any measures that could help expedite the distribution of aid would have a positive impact on the daily lives of Haitians.Mr. Clinton said he would soon undertake a trade mission to Haiti to try to attract investment and project a more positive image of the country, and noted that the country had especially “enormous untapped potential for wind and solar energy” programmes.Later, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Hédi Annabi told the Council debate that some advances have been made in extending State authority with aid of the UN mission in the country, known as MINUSTAH, and the international community in fields ranging from increased customs revenue, enhanced local management of resources and other capacity-building initiatives.“However, all of these initiatives combined represent a fraction of what is required to enable the State to deliver basic services to the population, as is critical for lasting stability,” he warned. “Real progress in this area will depend upon on the political will of the Haitian leadership, and on strong and coordinated support from bilateral partners.”Mr. Annabi cited the continuing efforts by President René Préval and Prime Minister Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis to foster constructive and inclusive discussions on the country’s future as well as improved collaboration between the executive and legislative branches. “At a time when Haiti faces difficult choices, but also enjoys a valuable opportunity to advance, these positive trends must be strengthened,” he said. “It is critical that all branches of Government enhance collaboration, avoid inflammatory language, and jointly assume responsibility for hard decisions.”Turning to security, he noted continued progress in addressing threats in rural and urban areas, and further development of Haiti’s own security capabilities with MINUSTAH’s help, including the enhancement and enlargement of Haiti’s own police force, now numbering nearly 10,000 officers. “However, at the same time, we must not lower our guard prematurely, before these advances have been consolidated,” he cautioned. “Haiti continues to face serious threats, including a potential for resumed activity by gangs, criminals and other armed groups; corruption and violence associated with illegal trafficking; and the risk of civil unrest.“All of these threats may be manipulated to achieve personal or political objectives, including in the context of forthcoming electoral processes. Potential spoilers are likely to exploit any indication of weakness or disengagement.”He also called for speeding up the recruitment of properly trained magistrates to strengthen the rule of law and protect human rights, areas in which he noted that continued Haitian leadership and sustained international support are indispensable.At the same time, it is vital that further efforts be made to lay the foundations for long-term socio-economic development based around the revival of private-sector activity. “Today, we see a window of opportunity. Haiti’s inherent advantages as an area for investment have been highlighted repeatedly over the past year,” Mr. Annabi concluded.“Over the past two years, events on the ground have highlighted that stability is built slowly and that setbacks are to be expected. But they have also shown that if we persevere and ‘stay the course,’ we can advance.”Ms. Pierre-Louis told the Council debate, which also heard from dozens of other speakers, that her country was undergoing a sea change with the help of MINUSTAH.She stressed that it was up to Haitians, backed by the international community, to work towards a path of equitable and sustainable development. read more

BP federal government agree to once again do business after Gulf oil

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2014 4:04 pm MDT WASHINGTON – The oil company behind the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history can once again perform work for the federal government.Under an agreement reached Thursday with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more than two dozen BP entities and its Houston-based oil production and exploration arm can secure new government contracts.The company had been suspended from performing any new government work since November 2012, after BP agreed to plead guilty and to pay a $4.5 billion fine for criminal charges involving the death of 11 workers and lying to Congress about how much oil was spilling into the Gulf of Mexico.The temporary ban barred the oil company for 16 months from leasing more offshore oil and gas properties and renewing fuel contracts with the U.S. military.For five years, BP will have to abide by a series of ethics, safety and other requirements. An independent auditor will also verify its compliance with the deal.The company also agreed Thursday to drop its lawsuit challenging the suspension.“Today’s agreement will allow America’s largest energy investor to compete again for federal contracts and leases,” said John Minge, chairman and president of BP America, Inc., in a statement.Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program, criticized the move for letting BP “off the hook.”The company “has failed to prove that it is a responsible contractor deserving of lucrative taxpayer deals,” he said.The April 2010 spill occurred after BP’s Macondo well blew out, causing the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig to explode, killing 11 workers. Millions of gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf, with crude soiling shoreline and beaches from Louisiana to Florida.___Follow Dina Cappiello on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/dinacappiello BP, federal government agree to once again do business after Gulf oil spill read more

Ban tasks UN malaria envoy with boosting funds for healthrelated development goals

Agreed to by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, the MDGs set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a ‘Global Partnership for Development.’In his expanded role, Mr Chambers will help increase funding from the public and private sectors to achieve the goals to reduce child and maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis and other diseases by 2015, the internationally agreed deadline for reaching the MDGs.“Since 2008, Ray Chambers has always been by our side in our battle against malaria as Special Envoy for Malaria,” said Margaret Chan, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), as she welcomed today’s announcement. “Now he will also direct his talents and business experience towards building political will and financial support for the health-related MDGs. At this crucial time, with 2015 fast approaching, Ray Chambers is well placed to help mobilize the resources we urgently need to accelerate progress,” she stated. During the five years that Mr. Chambers has served as the malaria envoy, visibility, awareness, and funding for malaria have increased exponentially, with over $4 billion raised, over 400 million mosquito nets distributed and millions of treatment courses administered, according to the announcement of his new appointment. Yet, malaria – a preventable, mosquito-borne disease – continues to kill an African child every 45 seconds. With a further push, deaths can be brought down to near-zero by the end of 2015. One of the key challenges is insufficient funding to meet health goals in many countries. Mr. Chambers, whose new title is Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria and for the Financing of the Health-related Millennium Development Goals, is a philanthropist and humanitarian. He is the Founding Chairman of the Points of Light Foundation and Co-Founder, with Colin Powell, of America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth. read more

Brock students on the Royal Botanical Garden stage

A troupe of Brock University students is putting their dramatic arts talents to work this summer.Tottering Biped Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” – on now at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton – features a number of familiar Brock faces.The production, held at the newly opened David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden, has been three years in the making. Director and Brock drama instructor Todd Copp says his goal is to offer local opportunities to recent theatre grads.“We’ve noticed the difficulty emerging artists have here in getting off the ground and we lose artistic talent to Toronto and further cities every year as a result,” he says on the production’s Facebook page. “In casting this piece, we searched this area’s post secondary theatre programs for the most talented senior students/recent graduates – and offered them paid theatre work. It’s unprecedented in our area.”The production links young actors with more experienced ones, teaching the next generation of actors that they don’t need to move away to pursue their passion.A number of recent and current Brock drama students are involved on the stage and behind the scenes including Sean McClelland, Sean Rintoul, Caitlin Popek, Nicole James and Dana Morin.Nicole James, who is pursuing her BA in dramatic arts with a concentration in production and design, is the production’s stage manager and embraces the challenge of managing a nine-person cast. She works with assistant stage manager and fellow Brock student, Dana Morin.James credits Carolyn Mackenzie’s stage management course for giving her the skills she needs for the job.“I have the privilege to work professionally in the theatre,” she says. “It’s so obvious that the instructors at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts Dramatic Arts department actually care and are invested in the education of every single student.”Copp was an instructor with Brock’s Dramatic Arts program in 2016 and is the artistic director of Burlington’s Tottering Biped Theatre. Founded in 2009, the company is inspired by social justice. They have toured regionally and internationally.“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” runs August 10-14 and 17-21 at RBG Rock Garden 1185 York Blvd, Hamilton. Performances start at 7 p.m.; tickets are available at http://tickets.rbg.ca/PEO/default.asp. read more

Acer Aspire S3 on sale for 899 this week is the first

first_imgThe Ultrabooks are coming, and we now know whose Windows-powered MacBook Air alternative is going to land on retail shelves first. While it initially looked like Asus might be first out of the gate, Acer has beaten them to the punch. The Aspire S3 Ultrabook goes on sale this week in the U.S. and Canada at just $899.You’re paying a premium for the thin, sexy looks, but the S3 still packs a good deal of performance into its .68-inch thin, three-pound frame. At launch, the Aspire S3-951 configuration will bring a second-gen Core i5 processor with two 1.6 GHz cores at 4GB of DDR3 RAM. It also packs two drives: a 20GB SSD (which helps with Acer’s Green Instant On tech) and a 320GB hard drive that provides plenty of room for additional storage.The S3 features a 13.3-inch LED backlit display at a resolution of 1366×768. It’s driven by Intel’s Graphics HD 3000 chip and offers the obligatory webcam on top to handle your video chat and selfpic needs. On the connectivity front, you’ll find 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. On the back of the S3 you’ll find a pair of USB ports and an HDMI output. The S3-951 will soon be joined by other options, including models  powered by Intel’s Core i3 and i7 processors.Acer’s decision to offer a fairly large HDD in the S3 could give it a leg up on the SSD-only models other manufacturers have shown off. Ultrabooks are brand new, after all, and they’re hitting the shelves at a time when $299 can buy a decently equipped 15.6-inch Windows laptop. Being able to trumpet 300-plus gigs of storage for under $900 will surely get the Aspire S3 some looks.If an aluminum shell isn’t your thing, hold out for the next round of Ultrabooks from Acer. They’re currently working with Mitac to develop a fiberglass skin — and it’s going to knock a few bucks off their price tags.More at Acerlast_img read more

Watch These Movies Before Toy Story 4

first_imgToy StoryToy Story 4 depends on the emotional attachment you’ve built up with these characters. So for maximum feels go back to where it all began and watch the original movie from 1995. The movie absolutely holds up. And let this be a history lesson on how much CGI animation has improved since the original Toy Story kicked off the trend nearly twenty five years ago.Child’s PlayIn a genius stroke of counter-programming, the Child’s Play remake hits theaters the same day as Toy Story 4. Instead of watching living toys protect and care for humans, watch a living toy slaughter them instead. The poster even has Chucky, now driven evil by A.I. rather than dark magic, massacring off-brand versions of Woody and crew.The Lego MovieThe Lego Movie is the true inheritor of Toy Story’s legacy, not the sequels. Yeah it’s based on a specific toy #brand and not playthings in general, but its meta messages of creativity and how kids approach imagination versus adults works extremely and especially well with Lego building blocks. Plus the Lego worlds are just gorgeous to look at.The Iron GiantThe Iron Giant has a lot of big Toy Story energy. The giant robot basically serves as an overgrown living toy for young Hogarth Hughes. The 1950s setting gives it a similar old-fashioned vibe as a movie with a cowboy and a spaceman as the two leads. And they’re both intelligent, heartwarming, and heartwrenching animated movies. No wonder Pixar scooped up Brad Bird to work on The Incredibles after this.The Brave Little ToasterThe Brave Little Toaster from 1987 is almost a proto-Toy Story. The way that household appliances pretend they can’t talk when humans are around is basically the same conceit. And watching them get lost and go on a journey to find their owner is basically the same plot. But what’s more telling is that many Pixar founders worked on this film first. They even wanted this to be their debut CGI feature, not Toy Story.The ToySuperman director Richard Donner remade this French comedy where Richard Pryor basically sells himself into slavery. I really just like reminding people that this movie even exists.Jack FrostWoody and Buzz Lightyear basically act as quasi-mystical dads to the child they belong to. But who needs metaphor when you can watch a movie about an actual dad protecting their kid in a fun new form. In Jack Frost Michael Keaton plays a dead dad whose spirit inhabits a snowman in his family’s yard. Conversely, you can watch that other Jack Frost movie where the snowman has the spirit of a dead serial killer instead. ‘Star Wars’ Grenade-Shaped Coke Bottles Banned From FlightsDisney Remasters Classic ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Lion King̵… Stay on targetcenter_img Toy Story 3 released at the perfect time to just devastate me emotionally. In the summer of 2010 I had just graduated from high school and was preparing to leave my old life and toys behind for exciting but scary new adventures in college. So to say I felt seen by a movie about characters going through the same thing, as a franchise that had been its own kind of toy for me was ending, is a bit of an understatement. But now nine years later Toy Story is back, and not just in Kingdom Hearts 3. Toy Story 4 promises to end the saga but for real this time. Now with Key and Peele and Keanu Reeves.Watch these movies before Toy Story 4.last_img read more

Pompano Beach clerk slams robbers fingers in register

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A clever clerk avoided a robbery at a Pompano Beach gas station.Surveillance video captured the subject at a BP gas station on June 15 near Atlantic Boulevard and Northeast Fifth Avenue in Pompano Beach.The man pretended to buy an item before he pulled out a gun and lunged for the cash.The clerk quickly shut the drawer and slammed the robber’s fingers inside.After failing to rob the gas station, he hopped into the passenger side of a dark gray Volkswagen Jetta.If you have any information on this attempted robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Service dogs receive free eye exams at Hollywood animal hospital

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Some South Florida service dogs received a little extra attention this weekend, thanks to some dedicated veterinarians.VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital and Animal Eye Guys teamed up to give free eye exams to service dogs, Sunday.The event kicked off a one-month-long free eye exams service project.“During the month of May, we do free service exams for any service animal,” said vet ophthalmologist Rob Swinger, “whether it’s those who are visually impaired, those who are emotional support [animals]. A lot of dogs who are coming in today do programs around the schools and libraries for children, so it’s a big mix.”This is the 12th year for the program, which debuted back in 2008.Over the years, nearly 16,000 service animals have been examined.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Dockless Bike Sharing Could Be Coming To Houston

first_imgView Fullscreen Listen – / 4Houston City Council is now considering a pilot program to allow dockless bike share companies to operate in the city. Under a dockless system, bikes are left at various spots and users can unlock them with a cellphone app.Caen Contee is one of the founders of LimeBike, a California company that wants to bring dockless bikes to Houston. He gave us a demonstration of the bright yellow and green bikes in the parking lot of Houston Public Media. Contee explained that when you’re finished with the ride, instead of bringing it back to a dock like you do now, you can leave it in any approved spot. And he said they’ll have street teams to make sure the bikes are where they’re supposed to be and not blocking driveways or bus stops.“Our vision with Houston is to create ridership,” added Contee. “We believe that the city is really ripe for an opportunity to bring more of a bike culture here.”Contee is now waiting for Houston City Council to pass an ordinance that sets up a one year pilot program that would allow companies like LimeBike to operate. That program would allow 500 dockless bikes in the first month, and up to 250 bikes in the following months. And there are also rules about where people can leave those bikes. Council members are expected to discuss the pilot program at their meeting on December 6th.Bikeshare in Houston is currently handled by B-Cycle, which maintains bikes at docking stations around the city.bike-pdf To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img X 00:00 /01:10 Sharelast_img read more

Chromium developers propose an alternative to webRequest API that could result in

first_imgChromium developers recently shared the updates they are planning to do in Manifest V3, and one of them was limiting the blocking version of the webRequest API. They are introducing an alternative to this API called the declrativeNetRequest API. After knowing about this update many ad blocker maintainers and developers felt that introduction of the declarativeNetRequest API can lead to the end of many already existing ad blockers. One of the users at the Chromium bug tracker said: “If this (quite limited) declarativeNetRequest API ends up being the only way content blockers can accomplish their duty, this essentially means that two content blockers I have maintained for years, uBlock Origin (“uBO”) and uMatrix, can no longer exist.” What is manifest version? Manifest version is basically a mechanism through which certain capabilities can be restricted to a certain class of extensions. These restrictions are specified in the form of either a minimum version or a maximum version. What Chromium states is their reason for doing this update? The webRequest API permit extensions to intercept requests to modify, redirect, or block them. The basic flow of handling a request using this API is, Chrome receives the request, asks the extension, and then gets the result. In Manifest V3, the use of this API will be limited in its blocking form. While the non-blocking form of the API, which permit extensions to observer network requests, but not modify, redirect, or block them will not be discouraged. They have not yet listed the limitations they are going to put in the webRequest API. Manifest V3 will treat the declarativeNetRequest API as the primary content-blocking API in extensions. What this API does is, it allows extensions to tell Chrome what to do with a given request, rather than have Chrome forward the request to the extension. This allows Chrome to handle a request synchronously. As per the doc shared by the team, this API is more performant and provides better privacy guarantees to users. What ad blocker developers and maintainers are saying? After knowing about this update many developers were concerned that this change will end up crippling all ad blockers. “Beside causing uBO and uMatrix to no longer be able to exist, it’s really concerning that the proposed declarativeNetRequest API will make it impossible to come up with new and novel filtering engine designs, as the declarativeNetRequest API is no more than the implementation of one specific filtering engine, and a rather limited one (the 30,000 limit is not sufficient to enforce the famous EasyList alone)”, commented an ad blocker developer. He also stated that with the declarativeNetRequest API developers will not be able to implement other features like blocking of media element that are larger than a set size, disabling of JavaScript execution through the injection of CSP directives, etc. Users also feel that this is similar to Safari content blocking APIs, which basically puts limit on the number of rules. One of the developers stated on Chromium issue tab, “Safari has introduced a similar API, which I guess inspires this. My personal experience is that extensions written in that API is usable, but far inferior to the full power of uBlock Origin. I don’t want to see this API to be the sole future.” You can check out the issue reported on Chromium bug tracker. Also, you can join the discussion or raise your concern on the Google group: Manifest V3: Web Request Changes. Read Next Chromium blacklists nouveau graphics device driver for Linux and Ubuntu users Chromium-based Brave browser shows 22% faster page load time than its Muon-based counterpart DragonFly BSD 5.4.1 released with new system compiler in GCC 8 and morelast_img read more

Tripcom part of the Online Travel Agency OTA C

first_imgTrip.com, part of the Online Travel Agency (OTA) Ctrip Group, celebrated its launch into Australia by hosting over 60 partners of the travel industry in Sydney this week.A one-stop travel shop for Australian travellers, Trip.com offers flights, hotels, trains, car hire, airport transfers, day tours and attractions tickets across desktop, mobile and app.Still a young OTA, Trip.com has experienced three-digit year-on-year growth and has been expanding rapidly, having entered 5 new markets and added 6 new languages in the past 12 months. The company also intends to increase product offerings within the year.Kirk Wong, Trip.com, Gabrielle Vicari and Mark Mulville from Malaysia Airlines, Ooi Chee Teng (CT) Trip.comIntroducing Trip.com at the event, Head of Marketing Joanne Heggie said “Trip.com is an app first online travel platform with no booking fees. We are offering competitive pricing for all your travel needs and supporting travellers before, during and after their travels with our 24/7 customer service.”“We are delighted to host an event where we can meet with our partners and media in the travel industry. We are looking forward to learning more about Australian travellers and how we can continue to innovate our product offerings to cater to their needs,” added Lynn Qu, Global Vice President of Product & Marketing.Joanne Lowe and Patrick McDonald from Skyscanner CtripOTATrip.comlast_img read more

Flights to Xi An

first_imgFlights to Xi An Flights to Guangzhou center_img NOTE: This appears to be an error fare deal – there is a very small chance that the price will not be honoured by the travel agent. In this case, you will be refunded back to your card.We have found extremely good prices to fly from London to Guangzhou or Xi An in China – return flights can be as cheap as £178! There are several dates available – most work on both routes:24 September – 8 October1 – 15 October15 – 22 October15 – 29 October26 October – 5 November15 October – 26 NovemberWe try to make every deal accurate and available to you, however all prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability. RelatedLAST MINUTE: London or Manchester to Cape Verde from £169 returnHaven’t planned your holidays yet? Pack your shorts and fly to Cape Verde next week!Pay less when you fly – by using the UK’s best-value airportsDon’t you just love the feeling of bagging yourself a bargain flight? And don’t you just hate the charges you have to pay at the airport in order to catch it?Which airlines offer the best value on short-haul flights?Just how cheap is a cheap flight? Often there’s more to consider than the basic ticket price. Baggage charges, seat reservations and on-board catering can all add to the total cost. So we’ve rated the 20 most popular airlines flying short-haul from the UK in four key categories – with…last_img read more

American actress Amber Heard looks on after meetin

first_img American actress Amber Heard looks on after meeting with Syrian refugees and medical volunteers in Amman, Jordan, Thursday, April 5, 2018. Heard, 31, said the experience has left an “indelible mark” on her. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh) Amber Heard says meeting Syria refugees left indelible mark AMMAN, Jordan – Actress Amber Heard said Thursday that encounters with Syrian refugees and foreign medical volunteers helping the displaced have left an “an indelible mark” on her soul.Heard, 31, spent a week in Jordan as part of a delegation of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), visiting the kingdom’s largest camp for Syrian refugees and rehabilitation centres for those wounded in Syria’s seven-year-old civil war.In an interview, Heard said she knew little about the conflict before the trip, but that she had become friendly with a family of Syrian immigrants to the United States. During a recent holiday dinner, she said she raised a glass and toasted “my big, extended Syrian family for adopting the American, and that’s how I feel.”Heard said SAMS, a global medical relief organization, approached her to join a 53-member medical mission to Jordan, home to about 660,000 of some 5.5 million Syrian refugees. Most of the displaced Syrians have settled in overburdened regional host countries, struggling to survive on menial jobs, food vouchers and small cash stipends from aid groups.Over the past week, the medical mission visited Zaatari, Jordan’s largest camp for Syrian refugees, as well as rehabilitation centres for the wounded.“My biggest takeaway from this trip is the indelible mark left on my soul after spending a week on the ground here,” Heard told The Associated Press in the Jordanian capital of Amman.Heard said she was moved by “the resilience and the spirit of everyone involved” and being reminded of the “beautiful side of human nature.”Medical volunteers treated more than 4,300 patients in three locations in Jordan during the mission and also trained visiting Syrian doctors, SAMS said.Heard appears in the upcoming superhero film “Aquaman,” playing a warrior in the undersea nation of Atlantis.The actress said that Hollywood still “has a long way to go” when it comes to gender pay equality and representation of women and minorities.“Hollywood needs to catch up and catch up fast,” she said, noting that women still have far fewer speaking roles than men and earn far less, on average.Heard, who went through a contentious divorce from actor Johnny Depp in 2016, also weighed in on the #MeToo movement, saying it’s up against a “longstanding status quo of powerful men silencing women.”center_img by Omar Akour, The Associated Press Posted Apr 5, 2018 1:13 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 5, 2018 at 10:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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Engr Nnaji added that new roads have been asphalted across the state stressing that health centres have also been built while places that lacked electricity are now enjoying the facility “We are all witnessing the conducive environment being provided by the current administration Many investors are now coming because Enugu is a place you can sleep with your two eyes closed” he said Also inaugurated at the event were renovated dormitories and a host of other projects “It’s been a long road” he saidCarrie Berg 39 of Fargo was sentenced Monday in Cass County District Court on two counts of Class A felony gross sexual imposition against victims who were younger than 15 years oldIt was a case Cass County prosecutor Ryan Younggren thought he might not be able to prosecuteNot that the case wasn’t serious enough to warrant prosecutionOriginally charged with a Class AA felony Carrie Berg could have faced life in prison upon convictionBut in this case not only was the evidence nearly two decades 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wife were prepared to accept a deal struck by prosecutors and Carrie Berg’s defense attorney It called for 18 months in prison with 10 years of supervised probation Including the time she’s already served Carrie Berg would have gotten out of jail in two months and 10 days under the plea agreementThe case was complicated for prosecutors because of potential problems with the statute of limitation in old sexual assault cases and because Carrie Berg left no physical evidence of her assault on the younger victim unlike in Jeffrey Berg’s case“There have been times when I’ve woken up with a jolt and thought ‘I’m not sure I’m doing the right thing here’ ” said Younggren in making his sentencing recommendation “But as I stand here today I think I am”At her sentencing Carrie Berg’s attorney pointed out her strong work history her almost total lack of criminal history and her supportive family members who were in the first row of the galleryKenneth Forster Carrie Berg’s father and his family members said they were shocked when Judge Wickham Corwin sentenced her to more than what was agreed to in the plea dealForster said his daughter was as much a victim of the psychological damage wrought by sexual abuse as were the two male victims in the case“I do believe there’s been some vengeance” for the accusations she made against Jeffrey Berg Forster saidYounggren said the Berg case highlights similar stories in the criminal justice systemHe said he often hears from defense attorneys who say their clients have been victimized themselves often by molesters who have gone unpunished“This just happens to be one of those cases where we were able to track down that other person” he saidBesides sentencing Carrie Berg to almost four years in prison Corwin sentenced her to serve 10 years of supervised probation once she’s released from prisonShe’s also prohibited from having contact with children including her younger victim who is now in sex offender treatment Sean GallupGetty Images A 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