4 on trial over theft of huge Canadian gold coin from Berlin

first_imgBERLIN — Four young men have gone on trial over the brazen theft of a 100-kilogram Canadian gold coin from a Berlin museum.The “Big Maple Leaf” coin, worth several million dollars, was stolen from the Bode Museum in March 2017.Three men, identified only as Wissam R., Ahmed R. and Wayci R., are accused of stealing the coin during the night using a wheelbarrow to haul it away.The fourth suspect, Dennis W., worked as a guard at the museum for a private security firm and is accused of scouting out the scene.German news agency dpa reported the four men, aged between 20 and 24 years, went on trial Thursday in Berlin district court.Investigators believe that the suspects cut up the coin and sold the pieces.The Associated Presslast_img read more

FSIN gets into the Christmas spirit by giving harvested meat to families

first_imgLarissa BurnoufAPTN NewsIn the spirit of Christmas, the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) is giving back to people living in urban centres in Saskatchewan.More than 900 kilograms of traditional meat harvested in the province is being donated to several organizations and families.lburnouf@aptn.calast_img

Owaisi confident of 4th win from Hyderabad BJP Cong allege he indulges

first_imgHyderabad: Development work and a strong connect with people will help him retain the Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat for the fourth time, believes AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, even as the BJP and the Congress claim he will lose for his divisive politics and “goondaism”. The constituency, which is traditionally an All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) stronghold and won by Owaisi since 2004, has six assembly segments, and five of these were won by the party in the 2018 Telangana polls. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The BJP has again fielded J Bhagwant Rao, who had lost to Owaisi by over two lakh votes in the 2014 polls, from the seat, while Congress’s Feroz Khan, who unsuccessfully contested the 2018 assembly elections, is trying his luck from the constituency. The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has fielded Puste Srikanth.But, Chief Minister and TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao has kept it no secret that the party is backing Owaisi, whose support it is counting on in the remaining 16 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K In total, there are 15 candidates in the fray from the Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat. Meeting people at their homes, padyatras and organising interactions and meetings, especially with young voters and students, are the backbone of Owaisi’s campaign in the parliamentary constituency. The party is seeking votes on ‘hamare kaam ki buniyaad par’ (on the basis of their work) and is confident of a win from the seat, said Asaduddin, who is being accompanied by his brother and AIMIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi on his campaign trail. “Paidal dauras (campaigning on foot) has been the AIMIM’s way through which we communicate our performance as representatives, and learn from our constituents on what more can be done,” he said With my MPLAD expenditure, my focus has always been on investing in our children’s future, their health, education and well-being, Asaduddin said, adding, “I am contesting this election on my record, and a lot more needs to be done and Inshallah I’ll work towards it”. Both the Owaisi brothers are targeting the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over a number of issues, including the February 14 Pulwama terror attack and the ‘Main bhi Chowkidar’ (I, too, am watchman) campaign. The AIMIM, whose election symbol is ‘kite’, has maintained a firm grip on the minority voters-dominated constituency by winning the seat since 1984.The party’s former chief and Asaduddin’s father Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi got elected six times consecutively from Hyderabad. BJP candidate Bhagwant Rao, who secured over three lakh votes in 2014 general elections, alleged that the AIMIM is not a secular party and accused it of being a “destructive” force. People will support the BJP as they want to see Modi as prime minister again, he asserted. Last time there was booth capturing in minority-dominated areas, Bhagwant Rao said, adding that poll and police officials should be alert, and take necessary measures to ensure free and fair elections. “The Majlis (AIMIM) does not even have a manifesto. Their manifesto is only instigating people in the name of religion. The BJP will carry out comprehensive development of the Old City, if it wins. The Hyderabadi voters are keen to support the strong leadership of PM Modi”, he said. The Hyderbad Lok Sabha constituency lacks civic amenities and dispensaries, and hospitals in the parliamentary seat do not have proper facilities, Bhagwant Rao said. “AIMIM leaders divide people and instigate minorities and take their votes. They have acquired huge wealth,” he alleged. But, Asaduddin, who is supporting Chandrasekhar Rao’s idea of promoting a non-BJP and non-Congress front, said the public wants the TRS to win in the 16 Lok Sabha seats in the state and the AIMIM to be victorious on the Hyderabad seat. Congress’s Feroz Khan said the competition for the seat is between his party and the AIMIM as the BJP has fielded a “dummy” candidate. He claimed that the people want to bring about change and said the Congress is the alternative. “For 40 years the AIMIM spread only darkness and god willing’, the Congress will bring the sun to drive away this darkness,” he said, alleging that the AIMIM wins elections by indulging in “goondaism, rowdyism and through bogus votes”. “Our effort is to stop it and to take up an agenda of development among the people,” said Khan, who is hopeful that people will bless him with a win on the Hyderabad seat. Only the Congress can ensure BJP’s and Modi defeat, he said. However, a section of voters said Asaduddin’s victory is certain and it will be an one-sided election again in Hyderabad.last_img read more

TimorLeste takes over further security responsibilities from UN

At a ceremony in Dili, the capital, presided over by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Deputy Special Representative Takahisa Kawakami and Timorese Secretary of State for Security Francisco da Costa Guterres, the National Police (PNTL) resumed responsibility over the Police Intelligence Service, the seventh police entity that the UN Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) has handed back.“The Government of Timor-Leste and UNMIT are implementing the resumption process in a gradual manner, district by district, unit by unit,” the mission said in a news release. “Assessments of further districts and units are conducted by joint teams comprising representatives of the Government and UNMIT, including PNTL and the United Nations Police (UNPol), using mutually agreed criteria.”PNTL has already resumed responsibility in four districts – Lautem, Oecusse, Manatuto and Viqueque – as well as for the Police Training Centre and the Maritime Unit.UNMIT, set up in 2006 to replace several earlier missions in the small South-East Asian country that the UN shepherded to independence in 2002 after it voted to separate from Indonesia, currently has some 1,550 police and 30 military liaison officers on the ground. The impoverished country is also receiving assistance from several UN humanitarian agencies. Today, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced that it would be able to expand support to food security in Baucau district until 2011, thanks to €600,000 in funding from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).The Baucau project seeks to increase the variety, quality and quantity of food produced by the communities living around the Seiçal River, and to promote the progressive transition from subsistence farming to a more market-oriented approach to production.At present over 2,000 families are benefiting from the project, which focuses on integrating production of staple crops (cereals and tubers), legumes and vegetables and small livestock by supplying farming seeds, tools and animals along with training and new adapted technologies. 18 December 2009The United Nations handed over further policing responsibilities to Timor-Leste today as part of the gradual transfer of the security functions it assumed in 2006 after dozens of people were killed and 155,000 others – 15 per cent of the population – were driven from their homes in an eruption of violence in the newly independent country. read more

Liberals revive bill to cut auto insurance rates and curb towing costs

by Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 15, 2014 12:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ontario’s governing Liberals insist they can still reach their target of cutting auto insurance rates by an average of 15 per cent across the province, even though they’re only a third of the way there with just a year to go.Rates have dropped an average of 5.44 per cent since the government started to take measures aimed at combating insurance fraud last year, Finance Minister Charles Sousa said Tuesday.He acknowledged that recent filings showed the provincial regulator approved rate changes over the past three months that resulted in an overall 0.22 per increase, with one company receiving approval for a 4.19 per cent hike.“There are some companies that have already priced themselves below market and now they’re trying to figure out how to best compete,” Sousa said.About a dozen companies have reduced their rates by over 10 per cent since the government started addressing the issue, he said. More should follow once a bill aimed at tackling insurance fraud and inflated towing costs passes in the legislature, helping the government reach its goal by August 2015.“We’re taking every action necessary to try to meet that target and we recognize that in order to do so, we have to pass the legislation as soon as possible,” Sousa said.His advice for drivers who keep seeing their premiums go up? Shop around.“It’s up to consumers to choose the best possible rate that they can get,” he said.The Liberals introduced two bills in the spring dealing with auto insurance and towing rules, but they were scrapped when the June 12 election was called.Sousa’s merging them into a single bill that’s all but certain to pass since the Liberals now have a majority of seats in the legislature.Among other measures, it would move the dispute resolution system for injured drivers from Ontario’s insurance regulator to an existing tribunal run by the Ministry of the Attorney General, which he says will help resolve disputes more quickly.It also proposes more oversight of the billing practices of health clinics and allow only licensed service providers to be paid directly by insurers. Insurance agents or adjusters who abuse the system could also see their licences suspended immediately.There are measures to cut down on the amount of time vehicles can be stored after an accident, so owners and insurers won’t be squeezed for more money.The proposed law would also force tow truck operators to register their vehicles, get permission from a driver before charging for towing and storage services, post their prices and provide itemized invoices detailing all charges.Sousa may claim that fraud is at the root of high premiums, but insurers are still racking up record profits, said NDP critic Jagmeet Singh.The Liberals are “bending over backwards” to cut costs for insurance companies, rather than pressing ahead to reduce insurance rates for consumers, he said.“This is a gift to the insurance companies, this is a way of reducing their costs once again but there’s absolutely no guarantee that this will result in a reduction in rates for drivers,” he said.Sousa said rates would have gone down further if the opposition parties, who collectively had a majority of seats in the legislature, had allowed the legislation to pass before the election was called.The Progressive Conservatives say they’re cautiously supportive of the measures, but that Sousa is looking for a scapegoat.“Look, they have nobody to blame but themselves,” said Tory finance critic Vic Fedeli.“Quite frankly, these guys look for any excuse to pass blame on every single issue … it’s always somebody else’s fault.” Liberals revive bill to cut auto insurance rates and curb towing costs read more

Trump chooses former WWE exec McMahon for small business

by Susan Haigh And Julie Bykowicz, The Associated Press Posted Dec 7, 2016 7:05 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 8, 2016 at 8:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Trump chooses former WWE exec McMahon for small business FILE – In this Nov. 30, 2016 file photo, Linda McMahon talks with reporters after a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York. President-elect Donald Trump will nominate wrestling executive Linda McMahon to serve as administrator of the Small Business Administration, a Cabinet-level position. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump is adding former wrestling executive Linda McMahon to his Cabinet as leader of the Small Business Administration.McMahon and her husband, Vince, founded and built World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., now a publicly traded sports entertainment company. She stepped down as the company’s chief executive in 2009 and earlier this year launched a joint venture, Women’s Leadership LIVE, which promotes opportunities for women in business and public service.She also poured $100 million of her fortune into two unsuccessful bids for a U.S. Senate seat in Connecticut in 2010 and 2012 and has become an influential Republican donor — including to the Trump campaign.“Linda is going to be a phenomenal leader and champion for small businesses and unleash America’s entrepreneurial spirit all across the country,” Trump said in a statement Wednesday.Trump said McMahon shares his vision of decreasing “burdensome regulations that are hurting our middle-class workers and small businesses.”“As an entrepreneur myself, I have shared the experiences of our nation’s small business owners and will do my best to advocate on their behalf,” McMahon, 68, said in a statement. “My husband and I built our business from scratch, building it to a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 800 employees.”The SBA, best known for the small business loans it makes and the disaster aid it provides to companies and entrepreneurs, is also tasked with monitoring government officials’ compliances with contract laws. Its budget is generally under $1 billion.McMahon’s two Democratic Senate opponents had kind words for their former foe.Sen. Richard Blumenthal called her “a person of serious accomplishment and ability” who can help small businesses as long as “she is not hamstrung by the dangerous economic policies espoused by other Trump-nominated Cabinet officials.” Meanwhile, Sen. Chris Murphy called McMahon a “talented and experienced businessperson” who helped shepherd WWE from an idea into a successful business.“Of course, I know firsthand what a fierce fighter Linda McMahon is, and though we haven’t always seen eye to eye, I have confidence she’ll bring that fight to the SBA on behalf of Connecticut small businesses,” he said.Some national small business advocates said they had little experience with McMahon but hoped she would understand the needs of small companies. Connecticut members of the National Federation of Independent Business had supported McMahon when she ran for Senate, NFIB spokesman Jack Mozloom said.“Her views with small business aligned very well with our views. If that indicates what kind of SBA administrator she’ll be, that’ll be good,” Mozloom said.The Small Business Majority said it would have liked a nominee with more direct small business experience, but was optimistic McMahon would support companies and their owners.“We hope that she recognizes the unique role that the SBA plays in providing much-needed capital and support to America’s small businesses and that she is prepared to play a strong role advocating for small business needs throughout the government,” said John Arensmeyer, the group’s CEO.The contract laws that the SBA monitors compliance with are aimed at ensuring small businesses get at least 23 per cent of federal contracting money that is considered eligible for small businesses. The SBA also sponsors small business training and assistance at hundreds of centres across the country. And its Office of Advocacy’s responsibilities include challenging government regulations that pose a burden for small businesses.House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, called McMahon an excellent choice.“I look forward to working with her and the new administration to roll back burdensome regulations and increase access to capital for America’s 28 million small businesses,” he said.Trump wasn’t McMahon’s top choice for president. She first backed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. But McMahon has known Trump for three decades, and contributed $5 million to Trump’s family charity, almost all of it in 2007. He participated in WWE events, including a 2007 “Battle of the Billionaires,” during which he shaved Vince McMahon’s head.After Trump secured the Republican nomination, McMahon became one of his most generous benefactors. Fundraising records show she gave $6 million to an outside group that aired supportive commercials and attack ads against Democrat Hillary Clinton. She also gave more than $150,000 to the Trump campaign and his Republican Party partners at the end of September.McMahon told The Associated Press in September that she was confident Trump would be a good president and said the two were on good terms.“Once you’re his friend, he is loyal to the end,” she said. “He’s an incredibly loyal, loyal friend.”__Haigh reported from Hartford, Connecticut. AP Business Writer Joyce Rosenberg in New York contributed to this report. read more

Public lectures conference to explore complexity of war and pacifism

To coincide with the centenary of the end of the First World War, Canadian and international scholars will gather this week to explore ideas of desertion, pacifism and non-violence. A conference, Refusing to Fight: Reimagining War in Global Perspectives, as well as two public lectures, will be held at Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA) in downtown St. Catharines from Thursday, Oct. 11 to Saturday, Oct. 13.Representing fields including political science, classics, religious studies and history, scholars will discuss issues as diverse as the First World War in Canada, the Chinese Han dynasty, European crusaders and Mennonite sects of early modern Europe.The conference is organized by Colin Rose, Assistant Professor in the Department of History, and Elizabeth Vlossak, Associate Professor of History and MIWSFPA Director.“The idea for the conference came about during discussions of the centennial anniversary of the First World War and the valorization of Canadian soldiers during that period,” says Rose.“We wanted to complicate that historiography to emphasize that not only did soldiers experience war in many different ways, but also that many men and women throughout history have actively avoided fighting in wars for a variety of reasons.”Brock is an ideal location for this conference, as war and pacifism are both integral to Niagara’s local heritage.“The Niagara region is steeped in the mythos of military history dating back to the War of 1812 and further,” says Rose.“The region has seen has seen military deserters move through it beginning with the United Empire Loyalists of the American Revolutionary War.”As part of the conference, the Centre for Canadian Studies is supporting two public keynote lectures on Canadian topics.The first features Jonathan Vance, Distinguished University Professor of History at Western University, who will present To Fight or Not to Fight: Reflections on Objectors and Dissenters on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.Vance is a pre-eminent historian on Canada and the First World War, and is well known for his award-winning book Death So Noble: Memory, Meaning, and the First World War. His current research includes the First World War, Canadian culture and prisoners of war.The second lecture, War Resistance in Canadian History, will be delivered by Lara Campbell, Professor with the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University, on Friday, Oct. 12 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.Campbell’s current research is on the transnational and gendered politics of antiwar movements in North America. She is also co-chair of the Canadian Committee on Women’s History and has had her work recognized by the Canadian Historical Association and the Canadian Women’s Studies Association.Held at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines, both lectures are free and open to the public. read more

Jack Jill CEO I get no topup payments no bonus no pension

first_imgAdditional reporting by Christina Finn Read: Public Accounts Committee chair calls for CRC to “come clean” on top-ups>Read: Ross calls for immediate resignation of CRC Board over salary top-ups> Irwin said he wanted to remind the Jack and Jill supporters of the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the Jack & Jill home nursing care model, adding:The bottom line is that without the generosity of the General Public we would not exist.We also rely on the generosity of our network of volunteers who give their time free and our corporate partners.We work hard for every cent we raise, and we make every cent count, with every €16 raised funding one hour of home nursing care. As CEO, my salary is just under €90,000 today and I’ve been very open about that. For the first six years of running Jack & Jill I did not draw a salary for this busy role which is seven days a week.I can assure you that I get no top-up payments, no bonus, no pension. My salary is justified on the basis that since 1997 we have supported 1,700 children with home nursing care and raised €47 million privately while we’ve received only €4.5 million from the HSE.So my salary as a percentage of the fundraising I’ve done is less than 2 per cent.center_img THE CEO AND FOUNDER of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, Jonathan Irwin, has said today that publicity about charity staff having their salaries topped up with money from donations is “damaging”.In a letter issued through social media and on the charity’s website, Irwin said he wished to clarify where the money donated goes and to urge supporters to “stick with us”.FundingThe foundation receives €519,000 of the €2.7 million it needs each year from the HSE and the rest, which is more than 80 per cent of its funding, comes from the public.“The money you donate funds intensive home nursing care for children with life limiting conditions from birth to 4 years old, as well as end of life care for children sent home to die,” he said in the letter.Irwin explained that the HSE grant covers the cost of its fundraising division in terms of accounts, HR, IT and fundraising team, including his salary meaning that money donated by the public goes directly to fund home nursing for children.last_img read more

JetBlue Rewards Facebook Checkins with TrueBlue Points

first_imgWho doesn’t love deals on flights or, better yet, free flights? And who doesn’t use Facebook? Well, with JetBlue’s new Go Places Facebook application, TrueBlue members can earn TrueBlue points and special discounts toward free flights.Every time you check-in at an official JetBlue airport location via Facebook Places, you’ll receive 25 TrueBlue points. The first 100 customers to check in at Boston’s Logan International, Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International, Long Beach, New York’s John F. Kennedy International or Orlando International airport locations will receive 100 TrueBlue points.Starting today, you can start earning points and deals with Go Places until March 1, 2011. JetBlue said in the press release, “This is the first of many customer-driven promotions that JetBlue has planned for 2011 on Facebook Places.” So, be one the look out for may ways to get cheap/ free flights through Facebook. You can get started on the JetBlue Facebook page.last_img read more

Leaked MacBook Pro spec suggests Core i3 OS SSD 12 hour battery

first_imgThe unveiling of a new range of MacBook Pro laptops is expected to happen on Steve Jobs’ birthday this Thursday. There’s also been a suggestion that Apple will include Intel’s Light Peak high-speed connection under a new name.Further evidence that this event is actually going to happen has come from Intel, as the company has revealed its intention to hold a press event on Thursday too. If Apple is adding Light Peak to the MacBook Pro, you can bet Intel want to also tout the tech alongside them or at another event on the same day.French website MacGeneration also claims to have uncovered the specs for the new Pro line-up. Here’s what is being stated:Intel Core i3 processor16GB SSD mSATA drive for OS4GB RAM on 13″ & 15″ models, 8GB on 17″12 hour battery life on 13″, 10 hours on 15″1440 x 900 resolution display for 13″ model, 1680 x 1050 for 15″Third USB port on 13″ modelMatte screen option on high-end 13″ model13″ & 15″ models are 200 grams lighter17″ model 300 grams heavierAlthough not complete, some of these claims backup what we have already heard such as the dedicated OS SSD claim.Other rumors include the white MacBook being scrapped and the MacBook Air 11″ becoming the entry-level model. We also get an idea of the expected pricing for the new models:MacBook Pro 13″: 1,199-1,499 Euros / $1,634-$2,043MacBook Pro 15″: 1,799-2,199 Euros / $2,452-$2,997MacBook Pro 17″: 2,449 Euros / $3,406Those prices were provided in Euros only so may be very different when the official U.S. prices are revealed. The current MacBook Pro range has prices between $1,199 and $2,299 and we expect the new models to be in a similar range.The next few weeks are going to prove a very busy time for Apple if all this turns out to be true. If handling new MacBook Pro shipments after Thursday wasn’t enough, there’s a little iPad 2 event coming up on March 2 which is sure to get Apple fans around the world excitedly getting their credit cards out once again.Read more at MacGeneration (French) and On Techieslast_img read more

Six Greek Australians in Financial Reviews 2018 Rich List

first_imgWhile most salaries in Australia have remained stagnant for the last few years, billionaires keep profiting at an unprecedented level. The Australian Financial Review, undertook its hardest ever task calculating the net worth of its Rich Listers for 2018.The Financial Review Rich List includes Australia’s 200 richest people; the publication has had to add another 16 from billionaires since last year’s edition alone. In total, this year’s list features a record 76 billionaires.Kerry HarmanisAccording to Rich List editor John Stensholt the wealth of the already rich in Australia is skyrocketing at a whopping 21 per cent, with tycoons collectively amassing $283 billion.For the second consecutive year Anthony Pratt tops the list with a net worth reaching $12.9 billion. The paper manufacturing and recycling tycoon’s fortune is surging mainly due to Pratt Industries’ rapid growth in the United States.Theo KaredisClosely following Pratt are:Harry Triguboff – $12.77bGina Rinehart – $12.68bHui Wing Mau – $9.09bFrank Lowy – $8.42bIvan Glasenberg – $8.32bJohn Gandel – $6.45bAndrew Forrest – $6.1bVivek Sehgal – $5.88bJames Packer – $5.25b Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Nick PolitisAmong Australia’s 200 Richest for 2018 one can find six business moguls of Greek heritage who have racked up millions from their ventures. For the first time The Financial Review lists two Greek Australian billionaires.The wealthiest Greek on the Rich List is Sydneysider car dealer and chairman of rugby league club Sydney Roosters Nick Politis with a difference. Sitting on the 55th place, he has doubled his fortune within only one year, taking his worth up to $1.35 billion from $773 million in 2017.Spiros AlysandratosNext is developer and property manager Con Makris from Adelaide with a $1.26 billion fortune that has not changed since last year.Melbourne also features on the list, represented by wholesale travel guru Spiros Alysandratos who’s net worth has gone up from $582 million last year to $800 million.Sydney’s developer and liquor king Theo Karedis is next with $737 million, followed by property developer Harry Stamoulis and his $660 million.Last but not least, is mining pioneer, Kerry Harmanis, from Perth whose wealth is estimated at $654 million.Harry Stamoulislast_img read more

Tempête Xynthia découvrez des images aériennes prises au lendemain de la catastrophe

first_imgTempête Xynthia : découvrez des images aériennes prises au lendemain de la catastropheFrance – Alors que le bilan actuel de la tempête Xynthia fait état de 53 victimes et de 7 blessés graves, d’impressionnants clichés aériens des communes de la Faute-sur-Mer et de l’Aiguillon-sur-Mer donnent un aperçu de la puissance de cette catastrophe naturelle. Des photographies qui rendent plus compréhensible le lourd tribut payé aujourd’hui à la nature par les habitants de la région.  Les communes littorales de l’Aiguillon-sur-Mer et de la Faute-sur-Mer ont particulièrement souffert de la tempête Xynthia, qui s’est abattue sur l’Hexagone le week-end dernier. Rafales de vent d’une extrême violence, pluies diluviennes et mer déchaînée ont en effet provoqué de dévastatrices inondations. Ces quelques photographies prises dimanche dernier en survolant la zone offrent un aperçu qui se passe de commentaires, illustrant le résultat des assauts des éléments sur les constructions humaines de bord de mer. Pour découvrir les images : https://www.maxisciences.com/temp%eate-xynthia/tempete-xynthia-les-photos-aeriennes-des-degats_art6161.htmlLe 4 mars 2010 à 13:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

HTC profite du succès dAndroid

first_imgHTC profite du succès d’AndroidTaïwan – HTC a réalisé de gros bénéfices ces derniers mois. Le fabricant asiatique doit ses résultats en grande partie au succès d’Android, l’OS de Google.La multiplication des ventes d’appareils sous Android fait des heureux. En premier lieu HTC, qui écoule de nombreux smartphones équipés de l’OS. Le fabricant taïwanais a en effet enregistré un chiffre d’affaire de 1,9 milliards de dollars cette année, soit une augmentation de 58% par rapport à l’année dernière, et un bénéfice net de 268 millions d’euros (+33%). HTC doit ces chiffres en partie à Android dont le succès permet aux fabricants de mobiles de vendre davantage d’appareils. Selon les spécialistes, HTC devrait encore écouler 20 millions de téléphones mobiles à travers le monde, soit 8 millions de plus que l’année dernière.Le 7 juillet 2010 à 15:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La Norvège chasse ses trois premières baleines de la saison

first_imgLa Norvège chasse ses trois premières baleines de la saisonMercredi, l’organisation norvégienne de distribution des produits de la pêche, Norges Raafisklag, a annoncé que le pays avait entamé sa saison de chasse à la baleine il y a de cela un mois et que les pêcheurs venaient de harponner leurs trois premières baleines.Près de deux mois après que le Japon a achevé sa campagne annuelle de chasse à la baleine, c’est au tour d’un autre pays de partir pêcher le cétacé. Le 1er avril, la Norvège a en effet entamé sa saison de chasse à la baleine qui doit durer jusqu’au 31 août. Si les premières semaines n’ont pas été très fructueuses en raison d’une météo peu clémente, il semblerait que la saison soit cette fois-ci bel et bien ouverte. Mercredi, l’organisation norvégienne de distribution des produits de la pêche, Norges Raafisklag a annoncé la prise de trois premiers cétacés.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Trois baleines ont été prises dimanche au large de l’île aux Ours” dans l’océan Arctique, a ainsi déclaré un porte-parole de l’organisation pour l’archipel du Lofoten, Per Rolandsen cité par l’AFP. Pour cette année, la Norvège a décidé de reconduire les quotas de chasse établis pour 2011. Ainsi, ce sont 1.286 petits rorquals ou baleines de Minke qui pourraient être chassés. Néanmoins, les pêcheurs norvégiens ont de plus en plus de mal à atteindre ces quotas. En 2011, 19 navires sont partis à la chasse alors qu’ils étaient 33 dix ans plus tôt et ceux-ci n’ont tué “que” 533 baleines au total. Une baisse qui selon M. Rolandsen, ne serait pas due à des quotas trop élevés mais aux difficultés actuelles pour vendre la viande de baleine. “Nous espérons que la vente sera meilleure cette année et que les Norvégiens consommeront plus de viande de baleine”, a-t-il expliqué. Celui-ci a reconnu que 18 des 20 bateaux inscrits pour la chasse à la baleine cette saison allaient vraisemblablement y prendre part. La Norvège est avec l’Islande, le seul pays à pratiquer encore la chasse commerciale au petit rorqual. Une activité qu’ils poursuivent malgré le moratoire international entré en vigueur en 1986. Les deux pays ne s’estiment en effet pas liés à ce texte pour lequel ils ont émis de nombreuses réserves officielles. Le Japon quant à lui pratique aussi la chasse mais est parvenu à contourner le moratoire en plaidant un objectif scientifique décrié par de nombreuses associations.Le 3 mai 2012 à 11:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

San Diego DA clears police in custody death of Earl McNeil

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, San Diego DA clears police in custody death of Earl McNeil 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – National City police and sheriff’s deputies will not face criminal charges in connection with the death of a drug-impaired mentally ill man following his combative arrest in the South Bay city last spring, District Attorney Summer Stephan announced Friday.Earl McNeil, 40, was high on methamphetamine and had been fighting with officers when he stopped breathing and suffered heart failure, Stephan told reporters. McNeil died in a hospital 16 days later due to brain damage from lack of oxygen, she said.According to the medical examiner’s office, a high level of methamphetamine in McNeil’s system could have been enough to cause his death. McNeil was agitated for two hours starting when he first came into contact with National City police officers in front of their headquarters, and that could have led to heart and respiratory failure, Stephan said.Stephan played a 55-minute compilation video of the events following McNeil’s arrest, including paramedics trying to revive him as they prepared to take him in for medical and psychological evaluation.Before playing the video for reporters, Stephan informed McNeil’s family that officers and deputies would not be facing criminal charges in connection with his death. She said they were respectful of her decision, calling them “extremely wonderful people.”McNeil’s death prompted a series of protests and arrests at city council meetings in National City in recent months.The events that led to the one-time gang member’s death began shortly before 5:30 a.m. May 26, when McNeil called the National City Police Department’s emergency-communications center from a telephone near the entrance to NCPD headquarters.“During his conversation with the dispatcher, McNeil requested to speak with an officer and made paranoid, threatening and irrational statements,” according to a statement from the agency. “When officers arrived to speak with McNeil, he was very agitated (and) paranoid and said he was in possession of a controlled substance.”In order to “de-escalate the situation,” officers handcuffed McNeil, the memo states. At that point, he allegedly began resisting and spitting at the personnel, prompting them to put him in maximum restraints and take him to San Diego Central Jail.“During the intake process with county jail staff, McNeil exhibited signs of medical distress, and NCPD officers called for paramedics,” according to police. “Paramedics responded and treated McNeil at the jail. McNeil was transported by paramedics to UCSD Medical Center for additional treatment.”McNeil died in the hospital on June 11.Stephan said McNeil was an informant for the District Attorney’s Office in the 2003 murders of two women and the wounding of a 7-year-old boy in the Dr. J’s liquor store shooting. McNeil — who had a substantial criminal record — was a witness in the case and the only benefit he received was relocation money for his family to move out of San Diego due to safety concerns, the county’s top prosecutor said.Warning: The video contains content and strong language that viewers may find disturbing. September 21, 2018center_img Posted: September 21, 2018 Updated: 5:12 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Animal shelter reopens after Irma shuts off power

first_imgNORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The Humane Society of Greater Miami reopened its doors in North Miami Beach after it experienced a blackout after Hurricane Irma.Crews have been working to get everything back up and running after a power pole exploded on Sept. 25 while electricity was being restored to the area after the storm.About 75 animals had to be relocated when the blast knocked out power to the entire facility.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Photos of the Week

first_imgKit Doyle Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Tagshomepage featured photos photos of the week Top Story,You may also like Catholicism Share This! Future of decades-old CBS religion documentary program in doubt By: Kit Doyle As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Kit Doyle,Load Comments,Comments about ‘whiteness’ prompt controversy at Sparrow Women conference Share This! By: Kit Doyle Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes several Muslim commemorations, Pope Francis visiting Morocco, and more.A Kashmiri Muslim woman with her face covered prays as the head cleric displays a relic at the Hazratbal shrine on the occasion of Mehraj-u-Alam, believed to mark the ascension of Prophet Muhammad to heaven, in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, on April 4, 2019. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims gathered at the Hazratbal shrine, which houses a relic believed to contain hair from the beard of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)Visitors look at a columbarium at the Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery during the Qingming festival in Beijing, on April 5, 2019. Qingming festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, is a day when Chinese around the world remember their dearly departed and take time off to clean up the tombs and place flowers and offerings. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)Religious students listen to a speech by Pope Francis and King Mohammed VI, at the Mohammed VI Institute, a school for imams, in Rabat, Morocco, on March 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Mosa’ab Elshamy)Shiite pilgrims beat themselves as a sign of grief outside the golden-domed shrine of Imam Moussa al-Kadhim, who died at the end of the 8th century, during the annual commemoration of his death, in Baghdad, Iraq, on April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)A pile of necklaces and crucifixes belonging to some of those slaughtered during the 1994 genocide at the Catholic church in Nyamata, Rwanda, as they sought refuge inside the church. The necklaces were piled on the altar as a memorial to the thousands who were killed on April 4, 2019. On Sunday, April 7, 2019, Rwanda will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the country’s descent into an orgy of violence in which some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were massacred by the majority Hutu population over a 100-day period, the worst genocide in recent history. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)A girl waits to perform a dance with other children for Pope Francis at the diocesan Caritas center in Rabat, Morocco, on March 30, 2019. Francis’s weekend trip to Morocco aimed to highlight the North African nation’s tradition of Christian-Muslim ties, while also letting Francis show solidarity with migrants at Europe’s door and tend to a tiny Catholic flock on the peripheries. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)Baryshevsky Victor, Bishop of the Kiev Monastery of the Caves, holds his ballot at a polling station, during the presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, on March. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)Pakistani civil society activists call for protection of Hindu girls at a protest in Hyderabad, Pakistan, on April 5, 2019. A court in Islamabad has ordered protection for two teenage sisters from the minority Hindu community as investigators widen a probe to determine whether the girls were abducted and forced to convert and marry two Muslims. (AP Photo/Pervez Masih)Portraits of Holocaust survivors are displayed at New York City’s Museum of Jewish Heritage as a vintage German train car, like those used to transport people to Auschwitz and other death camps, is uncovered on tracks outside the museum, on March 31, 2019. The train car joins hundreds of artifacts from Auschwitz at the museum for an exhibit entitled “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away,” that opens to the public on May 8. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)Shiite worshippers carry a symbolic coffin at the golden-domed shrine of Imam Moussa al-Kadhim, who died at the end of the 8th century, during the annual commemoration of the his death, in Baghdad, Iraq, on April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban) Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 By: Kit Doyle News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Share This! News • Photos of the Weeklast_img read more

The AFRO Opened its House to the Community

first_imgIt’s nice to be reminded of a hidden treasure. That was the mission of the Evening in the Archives, March 24, at the AFRO‘s Baltimore office on Charles Street, when supporters, subscribers, community leaders and friends and former employees dropped by for warm conversation and a stroll through history.The first stop was the historic Clean Block Room.No one born in Baltimore before 1970 can forget the white marble steps that demanded weekly scrubbing, daily during the summer and sometimes twice a day. No one can forget the painted tires that screamed, “We’re an AFRO Clean Block,.” So oohhs and aahhs were heard at the sight of historic articles and photos from those days.Those who waited their turn for tours renewed acquaintances from schools and neighborhoods. Some had served on boards together or belonged to the same clubs or sororities. They were glad to see each other. And they were glad to visit the Archives together.The Archives is a treasure, though not really that hidden because scholars and researchers turn often to the aged pages of Black history collected one week at a time over the past 121 years. Academic institutions and keepers of history rely heavily on what the original writers and photographers must have thought to be stories for the day – the simple reporting of an event, the explanation of a new policy or law, the addition of a back story.Nationally-recognized filmmakers, television producers and authors have called upon the AFRO Archives for images and materials they can’t find anywhere else.Informative tours that began with art along the hallways were conducted by Murphy family descendents CEO and publisher, Jake Oliver and Benjamin Phillips, AFRO president, telling their own personal stories about how it was to literally “grow up with the AFRO.” Guests were amazed at the shelves of unwieldy tomes that hold golden moments as well as painful details of the struggle of Black people in this country. The archivist, Ja-Zette Marshburn made sure to educate her guests not only on the important history the AFRO captured but also the AFRO’s own story.The powerful and important photography, articles and ads of a bygone era lined the walls; the original technology used by AFRO staff was on display. The offices of famed sportswriter Sam Lacy and cartoonist Thomas Stockett were some of the highlights of the tour. One onlooker said, “You guys need a museum to showcase all of these treasures.” Another guest remarked, “I could just live here!” The tour ended with a look at some of the unique archival materials including signed photos and correspondence from Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois and the original manuscript of The Big Sea by the renowned Langston Hughes.last_img read more

DC Celebrates Nikki Giovanni as She Celebrates the Greatness of Black People

first_imgBy Brianna McAdoo, Staff Writer, bmcadoo@afro.comDubbed “The Poet of the Black Revolution”, the legendary activist, poet and educator Nikki Giovanni received a warm welcome from the D.C. community as she shared excerpts from her new book, A Good Cry on October 26 at Busboys and Poets located on 450 K St N.W.“A Good Cry: What We Learn From Tears and Laughter”, is Giovanni’s newest book- which is an introspective exploration of her life and the people who have had significant impact and influence along her journey.Celebrated poet Nikki Giovanni spoke at Busboys and Poet 450 K St N.W. about her new book “A Good Cry: What We Learn From Tears and Laughter.”Giovanni is a proud native of Knoxville, Tennessee and is an alumna of Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn. where she received her B.A. in History. As both a revolutionary and literate, she initially gained notoriety in the 1960s during the Black Arts Movement where she began establishing herself as a premiere poet and author. Giovanni’s expansive body of work ranges from poetry to children’s books. In 1967, she established the first Black Arts Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. Giovanni is the recipient of 7 NAACP Image Awards, has authored 3 New York and Los Angeles Times Best Sellers and is one of Oprah Winfrey’s 25 “Living Legends.”  She currently serves as a “distinguished professor” at Virginia Tech University.The wise yet fiery spirit of Giovanni kept the audience captivated for the evening as she shared excerpts from her new book, social commentary on the current state of affairs in the world as well as invaluable, yet funny, takeaways from her own life experiences. In the not so typical style of a bookstore event, Giovanni started off the evening with the hymn, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” using the opportunity not only as a teaching moment, but to build the feeling of community in the space. “So many of our young Black people…and maybe other people you know too…they don’t know the spirituals, they don’t know the hymns,” Giovanni said.The celebrated poet shared her critiques on Donald Trump and when speaking on the racialized hate Black people have experienced in America, she talked about the beauty of Black people finding love and happiness in the midst of adversity. The audience laughed and cheered as she said, “I think they’re jealous because all that we went through somehow we found a way to laugh, somehow we found a way to dance, somehow we found a way to sing.” She took the time to positively affirm all the Black people in the room, reminding them that “We are a great people from a great people.”Throughout the night she shared intimate moments about her life, family and the backstory behind her new book and its title. She revealed that she has had a hard time with processing emotions through moments of hardship and trauma. “I never learned how to cry,”Giovanni shared. “The problem is I have held in things and I need to learn to cry.”During the Question and Answer portion of the night, Giovanni shared what distinguishes her as a poet.“What makes me a really good poet is that I have written some excellent poems, I have written some good poems, I have written some bad poems, what makes me truly almost brilliant is I know the difference.”She continued to share advice for young writers,“Somebody’s gonna ask you, ‘What’s your favorite poem?’ You must never answer that because what you are doing is fighting against yourself.”At the end of the evening, founder of Busboys and Poets Andy Shallal came to the stage to thank Giovanni and shared that Busboy’s would be celebrating the poet by officially naming their reading room the Nikki Giovanni Reading Room at their 450 K st NW location.last_img read more

The Secrets of the Worlds Most Successful Mobile Apps

first_imgDecember 12, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min readcenter_img There’s hard work. And then there’s luck. But there’s also that something else that makes all the difference. And it’s that edge that differentiates the most successful apps from the rest of them.Of course, there’s one thing that you cannot ignore, and that is building a product that customers want. Considering that you’ve built a fantastic product, not just in your own eyes but validated through customer feedback, read on for what made these apps a roaring success.Instagram: Invite influential people to your beta launch.Founder Kevin Systrom let some influential technology bloggers and contacts — like Jack Dorsey of Twitter — try a test version of the app before its official release. Soon, Dorsey was using it to send photos to his Twitter followers. Word eventually spread. Of course, two articles in TechCrunch (one before launch and one on the day of the launch) helped along with word of mouth.From 25,000 users in the first 24 hours, Instagram grew to 300,000 by its third week, and then into the tens of millions.What also made a difference in the initial traction was that Instagram launched right after the release of the iPhone 4, which included a much-improved screen and camera. The company also went against the grain by making it easy to push photos from the app into social networks like Facebook and Twitter, rather than locking the photos in the app. Then, a trick to upload photos super-fast made all the difference to users who wanted the experience in that very moment. Instagram managed to ‘hide the slowness’ by beginning the upload process as soon as photos are taken and by using a relatively small photo size.Snapchat: Get your target customers buzzing.The founders first spread the word about Snapchat to college friends at Stanford University, but the app’s popularity didn’t really start to take-off until it made its way into the high school ranks to become a popular means of communication for teenagers.One user best highlights its secret sauce to viral growth: its group messaging functionality. When a user sends a snap to multiple friends, the recipients receive a snap indistinguishable from an individualized message. In effect, mass snaps feel personalized. This is the holy grail of messaging platforms: evoking strong emotion with minimal friction.Of course, since snaps disappear seconds after they are opened, users feel comfortable sending spontaneous and personal messages that they would not want ingrained into digital histories.Evernote: Get press attention.In an interview to doeswhat, Phil Libin mentioned what helped Evernote grow exponentially from Day One to more than a million users was the initial press coverage and a closed beta.TechCrunch wrote about Evernote’s closed beta which ignited the spark for its growth. Within days of the coverage, Evernote received a couple thousand signups for its beta. And the first set of users who loved the product helped spread the word around.What Evernote also did as a strategy in the first couple of years from launch was to obsess about being in all the app store launches on Day One. With every new device or platform launch, the company had the app ready to be submitted. This helped Evernote become one of the showcase apps for all the devices as they launched.Clear: Be unique. Be simple.It all started with building an app that was a major leap forward in app design. With no buttons at all, this app’s uniqueness was the simplicity of use in a highly cluttered and complex set of to-do list apps. The kicker for the app was in its design or usability with a no-nonsense interface, dominated by natural interaction instincts, stripping it bare of all complex features (often tagged with to-do apps), but one — maintaining a list, quickly and in a fun way.The founders of the Clear app were “clear” in their marketing strategy. They went all out to get tech blog coverage based on demos, previews and teaser videos even before it went to market and sold 350,000 copies within nine days of its launch. They invited select members of the media to beta-test the app and to see if the app caught their fancy.A video demo uploaded to Vimeo during the MacWorld conference in January 2012 — where Clear was being shown off for the first time — has been watched more than 814,000 times so far, also built buzz for the app’s launch in February 2012.Camera+: Be aggressive on social.The founders of Camera+ chose to go big on the launch of their app and went with the most popular social services that were most relevant to their app spread via word of mouth. They chose Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and email for Camera+ and making the sharing feature better than any other similar feature out on the app store.The launch promotion included a contest for $10,000+ worth of camera equipment and got the word out to their existing mailing list of about 70,000 subscribers.One of the other insights they had was not to solely depend on domestic sales. The founders realized that apart from the US, many other countries do not have games dominate the top charts. They drew large crowds from international markets, many places becoming Apple’s App of the Week.Their co-founder posted a video on their blog that demonstrated the main feature that was going into version 1.2. No one had this feature available and this post created a lot of buzz for them and helped sustain the enthusiasm through the months.last_img read more