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Federal government commits cash for national strategy to fight human trafficking

first_imgREGINA — The federal government is putting up tens of millions of dollars to fight human trafficking.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has announced that Ottawa will commit $57 million over five years and $10 million a year after that as part of a national strategy.Speaking in Regina, Goodale called the crime one of the most heinous in society that causes extreme suffering for victims and survivors.The strategy is to focus on empowering and protecting victims as well as on prosecuting offenders.The government says the funding will support measures such as development of a national case management standard.Goodale says today’s announcement builds on other initiatives such as a human trafficking hotline.The federal government says it will be spending a total of $75 million on the national plan.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

BC OGC launches groundwater monitoring research project in Northeast BC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Oil and Gas Commission announced today that it will be teaming up with Geoscience BC, the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Calgary on a research project to install 30 new groundwater monitoring wells in the Peace Region.Starting this summer, a team led by UBC’s Energy and Environment Research Initiative, with collaboration from the OGC and Geoscience BC, will drill a total of 30 wells as part of the groundwater monitoring network in the Peace Region. The first eight monitoring wells will be drilled this summer, with more wells to be drilled in the spring and fall of 2019 before the project concludes in 2020.Samples will be taken at regular intervals to see if methane is present in Northeast B.C. groundwater, and if so, how much, what its origins are, and its prevalence in areas near oil and gas development. “Potential impacts to groundwater from energy resource development are controversial and scientifically-based answers to many questions related to this are needed,” said the project’s principal investigator Dr. Aaron Cahill, who is also co-director of UBC’s Energy and Environment Research Initiative. “In particular, more information is needed on groundwater conditions in areas of resource development in B.C., including levels of methane and other hydrocarbons close to oil and gas wells. This new research project will generate high quality scientific data to address concerns related to resource development in the Peace Region.”Oil and Gas Commissioner Paul Jeakins added that the data gathered from the project will give the Commission more information, and therefore strengthen its oversight of the oil and gas industry.last_img read more

Stakeholders meet to ensure kids safety at railway stations

first_imgNew Delhi: Stakeholders including the Delhi Police and the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) held a meeting in which the safety of the vulnerable children who are coming in contact with Railway Station on a daily basis was discussed. In the meeting issues like protection measures for Protecting such children from any kind of abuse or harassment, physical or mental, coordination with Other Stake Holders like Police (RP/ GRP), CWCs, JJBs, Railway Officers and passengers were also discussed. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDuring the meeting a panel discussion on Standard Operating Procedure, and, roles of all stakeholders in the Protection of Children was held. They also discussed ways for strengthening the processes and an alternative care plan. The report of the meeting accessed by Millennium Post revealed that a large number of vulnerable children comes in contact with the railway station on a daily basis. It includes children traveling alone in the trains, or vending, begging, rag picking and children living in the station premises. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Most of these children are run- away from their homes. These children generally include those who live in difficult circumstances, belong to dysfunctional families, poverty-stricken families, broken families, overcrowding, abusive conditions at their homes,” added the report. According to procedure related to the care of child found in train or railway premises revealed that any child found in train or railway premises by RPF, GRP, railway employee or the public shall bring him/her to station superintendent/master. “Station Master/superintendent shall record such child details in the register with him. And ensure, RPF who will, in turn, communicate to the local police station in which the parents/relatives/guardian lives,” was one of the points in the procedure. A member from DCPCR, Rita Singh said that focus was given on the protection of children in all railway stations in the city. “There is a need to invest in childhood today in terms of the effort, resources, and dedication to strengthening the future. If we develop a strategy to develop our children, we are automatically developing our nation,” said DCPCR member in the meeting.last_img read more

Court to hear on May 1 plea against Gautam Gambhir for allegedly having two voter IDs

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Friday said it will hear on May 1 a criminal complaint filed by AAP leader Atishi against former cricketer and BJP candidate Gautam Gambhir for allegedly enrolling as a voter in more than one constituency in violation of the Representation of the People Act (RPA). The complaint seeking directions to police to investigate the matter has been put up for consideration before Metropolitan Magistrate Viplav Dabas. The complaint has alleged that Gambhir, the East Delhi BJP candidate, has enrolled “deliberately” and “illegally” as voter in at least two separate constituencies here — Karol Bagh and Rajinder Nagar. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The plea, filed by advocate Mohd Irshad on Thursday, further alleged that Gambhir has provided false information in his nomination papers, accompanying affidavit and other documents preceding voter screening and registration in order to be seen as qualified to contest elections and potentially secure a membership of the Parliament. Complainant Atishi, who is the AAP candidate from the same constituency, has said in the complaint that the details of Gambhir’s registration in the constituencies were available online on the Election Commission’s National Voters’ Service Portal. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The complaint has sought directions to the Delhi police to investigate offences under sections 17 and 31 of the RPA, 1950, and section 125A (penalty for filing false affidavit) of RPA, 1951. Section 17 of the RPA, provides that no person is entitled to be enrolled as a voter in more than one constituency and its violation was a criminal offence punishable with maximum of one year imprisonment. Section 31 of the Act makes false declaration in the matter of inclusion or exclusion of voter rolls punishable with up to one year in prison. “It is clear that the Gambhir has made and continues to provide false information/statements/ declarations to the relevant authorities like the Election Commission of India in order to obtain and retain enrolments as a voter in two constituencies” the complaint alleged. Both Atishi and Gambhir filed earlier this week their nominations papers for the elections on May 12.last_img read more

MP: Teacher who got student slapped 168 times arrested

first_imgJhabua: A government school teacher in Madhya Pradesh’s Jhabua district has been arrested and remanded in 14-day judicial custody by a court here for allegedly directing some students to slap their classmate 168 times for not completing her homework. Thandla tehsil’s Judicial Magistrate First Class Jai Patidar on Monday turned down the bail plea of Manoj Verma, 35, additional district prosecution officer Ravi Prakash Rai said.Verma allegedly directed students to slap the girl, then studying in Class 6 at Jawahar Navodaya School in Thandla town, in January last year, he said.According to the victim’s father Shiv Pratap Singh, his daughter did not go to school from January 1 to 10, 2018 as she was unwell.On January 11, when the girl went to school without completing her homework, Verma told her classmates to slap her as a form of punishment following which 14 girls slapped her two times every day for six days.Singh lodged a complaint with the school management which constituted a committee to probe the incident.The panel found the teacher guilty and suspended him, the prosecutor said.In the meantime, Singh also lodged a complaint with the police against the teacher under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.He told police that his daughter was distressed and fell ill following the incident and had to be admitted to a local hospital. She also refused to go to school.The teacher was arrested in connection with the offence on Monday and denied bail by the court the same day.last_img read more

UN warns of record high 60 million displaced amid expanding global conflicts

A young Rohingya from Rakhine state in Myanmar cleans and packages the day’s catch at a local ‘fish house’ in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. Rohingya children learn to work in the fishing industry at a young age to help support the family, often at the expense of an education. © UNHCR/S.H.Omi Syrian Kurdish refugees cross into Turkey from Syria, near the town of Kobani. The war that erupted in Syria in 2011 has propelled it into becoming the world’s single largest driver of displacement. © UNHCR/I.Prickett Somali refugee children learn English at a primary school in Kobe refugee camp near Dollo Ado, Ethiopia. Children below the age of 18 constituted 52 per cent of the refugee population in 2014, up from 41 per cent in 2009 and the highest figure in more than a decade. Somalia is the third largest source-country for refugees. © UNHCR/J.Ose According to data gathered by Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) over the course of 2014, the number of people forcibly displaced during the reporting year swelled to a staggering 59.5 million people compared to the 51.2 million from the previous year. The figures, collected by the UN agency for its latest Global Trends: World at War, suggest that one in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. If this were the population of a country, says UNHCR, it would be the world’s 24th largest. “We are witnessing a paradigm change, an unchecked slide into an era in which the scale of global forced displacement as well as the response required is now clearly dwarfing anything seen before,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres declared in a press release issued earlier today and marking the report’s release. “It is terrifying that on the one hand there is more and more impunity for those starting conflicts, and on the other there is seeming utter inability of the international community to work together to stop wars and build and preserve peace,” he added. In a detailed analysis exploring the range of conflicts that have given rise to the current mass diaspora of refugees, the UNHCR report notes that in the past five years, at least 15 conflicts have erupted or reignited. Source: UNHCR In Africa, the outbursts of hostilities, many of which are sectarian in nature, have consumed eight countries, including Côte d’Ivoire, the Central African Republic, Libya, Mali, northeastern Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and, more recently, Burundi. In the Middle East, Syria, Iraq and Yemen remain ablaze while, in Europe, Ukraine has spawned a displacement crisis subsuming more than more than 1.3 million people, mostly across the country’s eastern provinces of Dinetsk, Luhansk, and Kharkivska. In Asia, meanwhile, the unresolved tensions in Kyrgyzstan and in several areas of Myanmar and Pakistan, continue to force people across the countries’ borders. The plethora of crises and conflicts, observes the UN study, has also provoked a dangerous and worsening trend in irregular migration as millions of refugees around the world are pushed into an uncomfortable and deadly dynamic with human traffickers and smugglers as they seek passage to safety. Sea crossings from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe have surged with the most recent official figures showing that as of 8 June a total of 103,000 refugees and migrants had arrived in Europe: 54,000 in Italy, 48,000 in Greece, 91 on Malta and 920 in Spain. This includes record numbers of refugees landing daily in the Greek islands. Meanwhile, the overall forced displacement numbers in Europe for the 2014 reporting period totalled an overwhelming 6.7 million. Half way around the world, the refugee situation in Asia is equally tragic. In its report, UNHCR explains that Asia has long been one of the world’s major displacement producing regions and, in 2014, the numbers of internally displaced across the continent grew by 31 per cent to 9 million people. The ongoing plight of the Rohingya from Myanmar’s Rakhine state and in the Kachin and Northern Shan regions has similarly produced a maritime refugee crisis. In Syria, two generations of Homs residents attempt to rebuild their lives among the ruins. Worldwide displacement from wars, conflict and persecution is at the highest levels ever recorded by UNHCR and accelerating fast. © UNHCR/B.Diab Maritza, 49, is internally displaced in Buenaventura, Colombia. As one of 120 core volunteers working with the Nansen Award-winning ‘Butterflies with New Wings’ network, she works to empower women throughout the region. Colombia continues to have one of the world’s largest internally displaced populations, totaling six million people, with 137,000 Colombians being newly displaced during 2014. © UNHCR/J. Arredondo Zeinab*, 22, from Borno State in Nigeria, fled when insurgents attacked her home area in January 2014. Both her parents were shot when they attempted to escape, but she and her siblings managed to scramble in different directions. They are still separated. *Name changed for protection reasons © UNHCR/H.Caux Dominique*, who was raped by insurgents, sits in the small room where she is sheltering with a local host family in Kanteba village, Katanga Province, DRC. Often-overlooked, Africa’s numerous conflicts together produced immense forced displacement totals in 2014, on a scale only marginally lower than in the Middle East. In all, sub-Saharan Africa had 3.7 million refugees and 11.4 million internally displaced people, 4.5 million of whom were newly displaced in 2014. *Name changed for protection reasons © UNHCR/B.Sokol Mohammed, 22, was injured in March 2013 when his family home in Syria was destroyed by government shelling. His uncle was killed and many of his family were injured in the same incident. He now lives as a refugee with his wife and young child in Tripoli, Lebanon. Initially, he only lost one arm, but due to bad care in the beginning his second arm became infected and had to be amputated. He hopes to receive asylum in Denmark so that he can have prosthetic arms fitted. During 2014, one in every five displaced persons worldwide was Syrian. © UNHCR/I.Prickett An extended family of Afghan asylum-seekers, newly arrived on Greece’s Lesvos Island, wait on the beach for police to register them. From here, they will continue onto Athens. Decades-old instability and conflict in places like Afghanistan means that millions of people remain either on the move or – and increasingly common – stranded for years on the edge of society facing the crippling uncertainty of being long-term internally displaced or refugees. The second largest source country for refugees is Afghanistan. © UNHCR/G.Moutafis Hundreds of internally displaced people gather at Bangui’s M’poko International Airport in the Central African Republic. In the past five years, at least 15 conflicts have erupted or reignited around the world, eight of them in Africa – Côte d’Ivoire, Central African Republic, Libya, Mali, northeastern Nigeria, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo and, most recently, Burundi. © UNHCR/A.Greco Angolan refugees, some of whom had been living in exile in the Democratic Republic of Congo for up to 40 years, journey back to their homeland by train from Kinshasa. Over the course of 2014, 126,800 refugees returned to their country of origin. This figure was the lowest level of refugee returns since 1983. © UNHCR/B.Sokol Gowre, from Sinjar, lives on the seventh floor of an unfinished apartment block in ‘Daben City’, Dohuk, a housing estate with five buildings filled with more than 7,000 internally displaced Yazidis. During winter, many people living in open-sided concrete shells have only plastic sheeting, foam mattresses and blankets to protect them from the freezing rain and bitter temperatures. © UNHCR/D.Nahr Yurvi and Tatiana stand in the ruins of their home in Nikishino, eastern Ukraine. The couple’s home was hit during fighting in the village and was completely destroyed. Outbreak of conflict in eastern Ukraine had a major impact on 2014 displacement figures, in view of the fact that 271,200 or close to 99 per cent of claims in the Russian Federation were lodged by Ukrainians. © UNHCR/A.McConnell Nyakong, 22, has been hiding in a village with her family and their cows near Nasir in war-torn South Sudan for months. The village is unsafe, but the floodwaters are too high to bring her three young children to Leitchuor refugee camp in Ethiopia. ‘We’ve survived by just drinking cow’s milk,’ she says. In the past five years, eight conflicts have erupted or reignited in Africa alone. © UNHCR/C.Tijerina A mother nurses her sick son at Mahad camp for the internally displaced in Juba, South Sudan. Mahad camp is home to around 2,500 internally displaced, mostly made up of Murle people from Jonglei who arrived in February and March 2014. The conflict in South Sudan, which erupted in December 2013, has displaced more than 1.5 million individuals within the country. © UNHCR/A.McConnell ‹ › Last year, the number of people leaving Myanmar and Bangladesh by boat is estimated to have climbed to around 53,000. Some 920 migrants are known to have perished in the Bay of Bengal between September 2014 and March this year. Against that backdrop, the alarming figures detailing the global refugee situation and released today by UNHCR is ultimately compounded by the agency’s grim confirmation that over half of the world’s total refugees are children. “With huge shortages of funding and wide gaps in the global regime for protecting victims of war, people in need of compassion, aid and refuge are being abandoned,” Mr. Guterres continued. “For an age of unprecedented mass displacement, we need an unprecedented humanitarian response and a renewed global commitment to tolerance and protection for people fleeing conflict and persecution.” read more

Probe launched into fishing tragedy

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSeaman feared dead after sliding off fishing vesselDecember 15, 2018In “Crime”Boat sinks off the coast, crew members rescuedOctober 22, 2014In “Crime”GDF rescues 10 fishermen attacked by Pirates at seaSeptember 23, 2013In “Crime” CCTV footage obtained from the fishing vessel itself, when replayed, showed Sharma sliding off the vesselThe Social Protection Ministry’s Labour Department has launched an investigation into the drowning of a seaman attached to the Pritipaul Singh Investments Company after a mishap some 100 miles out at sea.The man had been identified as Navishwar Karamdatt, called “Sharma”, of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD).According to reports surfacing, on Wednesday, operatives of the Labour Department took a team to the MV Snook which is docked at the company’s wharf in Georgetown. The team was attempting to ascertain what led to Karamdatt’s death by investigating the level of safety conditions under which workers are operating.The entire ordeal which was captured on surveillance footage showed two workmen trying to stabalise a section of a caged instrument in the midst of ravaging waves on the open waters.As the waves became more intense, both men were thrown about the ship’s deck, with Karamdatt being thrown into in the sea. From the footage, it was seen that the vessel’s rails had wide spaces below and underneath.This publication understands that the investigators interviewed several workers as the probe into the seaman’s suspected death gets underway.It was said that the vessel’s crew was a five-member team. The MV Snook departed on December 3, 2018 and made its way back to shore last week Saturday following Wednesday’s mishap.It is believed that Karamdatt hit his head when he was thrown off the vessel by the ferocious waves. He was seen waving and from the footage, it was not clear if a lifebuoy was on hand to be thrown into the water in an effort to save the man’s life.Marine safety is slated to become a topic of much discourse since Karamdatt’s suspected drowning was followed by the suspected next-day demise of a boat caption from Moruca, Region One (Barima-Waini) after he fell overboard, into the Pomeroon River, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) on Thursday last.Reports were that Linden Williams accidentally fell into the river and despite efforts to locate him, this was to no avail. Persons in the area had disclosed that the cargo boat usually travels from Moruca to Charity to transport goods for Williams’ employer. read more

Hillary Clinton and Wikileaks Is it legitimate to release personal emails in

first_img 96 Views WIKILEAKS STRUCK AGAIN recently by posting online the hacked emails of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.But Ecuador then retaliated against Julian Assange, who directs Wikileaks, by cutting off his internet access in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been confined for over four years. (Ecuador has since restored “partially” Assange’s internet access).Reports indicate that US government officials, who hate Assange and Wikileaks for having exposed important national security secrets in the past on Afghanistan and Iraq, may have pressured Ecuador to cut his online access. Hillary Clinton and Wikileaks: Is it legitimate to release personal emails in full? Should Wikileaks ensure that only details of public interest are released? The answers are not black and white, writes Julien Mercille. Saturday 22 Oct 2016, 8:00 AM Short URL Oct 22nd 2016, 8:00 AM Share17 Tweet Email center_img Julien Mercille Associate professor, UCD Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Julien Mercille 71 Comments Related: Ecuador has cut internet access for WikiLeaks founder over US election >However, Ecuador maintains that the decision was their own because they oppose interference in other countries’ elections.In any case, the latest Wikileaks actions, like previous ones, raise a number of issues about ethics in journalism, the right to privacy, and the right to know what those in power are plotting.Is it legitimate to release personal emails in full? Or should Wikileaks ensure that only details of public interest are released?For example, there is a difference between posting online an email demonstrating Hillary’s cosy links with Goldman Sachs and the financial sector in general, versus an email in which campaign officials talk about their family problems. Source: Andrew HarnikThis conversation between journalists Glenn Greenwald and Naomi Klein is informative in this respect. The answers are not black and white but worth pondering over.For example, although one may say that a news organisation should sift through the emails to remove personal issues, one may counter that this leaves us all at the mercy of news organisations, which may be biased in their coverage.Also, should privacy rights extend equally to ordinary people as to very powerful people like someone who will likely become US President? Surely the latter’s actions should be subject to higher scrutiny?Also, although Julian Assange seems to have become more vindictive than previously, how would we react if we had been virtually imprisoned in a small embassy for over four years?Whatever the case may be, the latest disclosures are important, although not as significant as previous ones. There is a summary here of the main revelations in the Podesta emails, including issues around the Clinton Foundation, ties to Wall Street, the Clinton campaign machine, and political gossip and infighting. Source: Markus SchreiberThe intercepted communications add to our knowledge of Hillary’s campaign. For example, one headline remarked: “Hillary Clinton made more in 12 speeches to big banks than most of us earn in a lifetime”.One of my favorite juicy bits, among others, is the following one. In 2014, Hillary gave a speech to Deutsche Bank executives for which she was paid $260,000.But one of Hillary’s aides inserted a passage in that speech to make her sound mildly critical of banks, calling for less inequality in society. For example, as revealed in an email posted online by Wikileaks, she said: “so many hardworking American families… feel like they’re falling further and further behind, while they see, in their view, the playing field becoming more unlevel, and feeling as though it doesn’t matter how hard they work because the game is rigged against them… So even if it may not be 100 percent true, if the perception is that somehow the game is rigged, that should be a problem for all of us, and we have to be willing to make that absolutely clear”.But why was that passage inserted?Because if Hillary faced criticism of her links to Wall Street, her campaign could take that passage and show it to journalists. This would give the impression that Hillary is indeed critical of bankers even in paid speeches to them. The aide who wrote the passage said it himself: “I wrote her a long riff about economic fairness and how the financial industry has lost its way, precisely for the purpose of having something we could show people if ever asked what she was saying behind closed doors for two years to all those fat cats… Perhaps at some point there will be value in sharing this with a reporter and getting a story written. Upside would be that when people say she’s too close to Wall Street and has taken too much money from bankers, we can point to evidence that she wasn’t afraid to speak truth to power”.So next time you hear a politician anywhere criticise fat cat bankers and call for equality, keep in mind that a lot of what they say is for propaganda purposes—and they know it.Was that worth hacking emails? You decide!Julien Mercille is a lecturer at University College Dublin. 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American Horror Story Roanoke Gives Us Its Most Fed up Episode Yet

first_imgStay on target Absolutely no one is safe anymore on ‘American Horror Story: Roanoke.’ Not even the crew. The episode creeps us out right off the bat with a still shot of a deer eating grass with a figure who looks like The Butcher standing in the background. The lights flicker and she is gone. Inside the production trailer, Sidney is watching the footage from the end of last week’s episode when he hears a scream outside.Sidney and the cameraman run outside and find his assistant lying on the ground, blood spurting from her neck. He and his cameraman are then killed by a woman with a cleaver. American Horror Story? You give us Cheyenne Jackson for one episode and take him away just like that? Not cool. The attacker picks up the camera, and we see her face. It appears Agnes has once again fallen too deep into her role and thinks she’s the butcher.In the house, the group investigates the scene of Rory’s death, but write it off as a special effect. Audrey thinks he’s gone off to do a movie with Brad Pitt and Sidney made it appear as though he’d been murdered for the show. Audrey is broken up about Rory’s apparent betrayal, and Dominic tries to sleep with Shelby again. After she rejects him, he goes into the confessional and reveals he intends to play the reality show villain.Audrey (Sarah Paulson) shrugs off a pool of blood on the floor with surprising ease. (Photo: Screenshot via FX)We see Agnes has taken the camera she picked up into a cave and begins speaking to it. She’s having another nervous breakdown and goes in and out of her Butcher character. It soon becomes clear she’s not the only one in the cave, though. Her lights flicker off, and when they come back on, she’s surrounded by those Blair Witch-looking stick figures we saw all the way back in the first episode.Later, when Shelby has gone to her bedroom to be alone, Agnes attacks her with the cleaver. Just as she’s about to kill Shelby, Dominic tackles her. He saves Shelby’s life, but Agnes gets away. The others tend to Shelby’s wounds, but she needs a hospital. Audrey, Monet, and Lee leave the house via the underground tunnels to look for Sidney’s trailer. While underground, they find the ghost of Edward Mott. Lee shoots the ghost twice, but it being incorporeal and all, the bullets do nothing. On the bright side, Audrey and Monet are now convinced that it’s all real.They reach the trailer and find Sidney and his cameraman dead and disemboweled on the ground. Agnes runs at the women with her cleaver, but Lee shoots her. This one stays down. For now. We later see Agnes in her cave, ripping the bullet out of her shoulder with a pair of pliers. Once the bullet is out, she appears to go full Thomasyn White.Rory (Evan Peters) didn’t make it back to L.A. (Photo: Screenshot via FX)If that wasn’t bad enough, it’s now nighttime and the torch-carrying cultists are roaming the woods. Audrey, Lee, and Monet hide behind a tree, but they’re not safe yet. Monet notices a drop of blood on Audrey’s face. They look up to find a disemboweled Rory strung up between two trees. Before they can get away, the Polk’s appear and capture them. The next time we see Lee, she’s tied to a chair in the Polk’s barn. The mother comes in and seasons her leg before jamming a fork into it. The family then walks into the next room where Audrey and Monet are tied up. They present a bowl of meat and force the two women to eat.Back in the house, Matt wakes up in the middle of the night and walks downstairs. Dominic follows him into the basement where he meets the forest spirit portrayed by Lady Gaga in the first half of the season. “I’ve been waiting for you,” he says. Dominic wakes up Shelby and tells her she has to see what’s happening in the basement. She finds Matt and the spirit having sex again and hits the spirit with a crowbar, chasing her away. Then, Matt reveals he’s fallen in love with the spirit. The reason he came back, he says was for her. Shelby flies into a rage and bashes Matt’s head in with the crowbar.Dominic tries to calm Shelby down and get the crowbar away from her when they hear a noise outside. They go to the window to investigate and find Agnes standing outside. To Agnes’s surprise, though, she’s joined by a group of torch-wielding colonists. She thinks they’re following her until the real Butcher steps forward. Agnes falls to her knees, pleading with The Butcher, saying she just wanted to be on TV. The Butcher doesn’t care and puts her cleaver through Agnes’s skull.Agnes meets the real Butcher (Photo: Screenshot via FX)This episode employed the classic horror trope of turning the victims themselves into monsters. Finally driven insane by where her life has gone, Shelby is now a murderer. One shocking thing about last night was how many characters died over the course of 40 minutes. It’s like the writers realized they only had four episodes to kill off all but one character and figured they’d better get a head start.And man, that cannibalism scene. Seeing the Polk’s real faces and the way they were forcing Audrey and Monet to eat Lee’s leg meat made it even more disturbing than the last time we saw them. In what was already an especially scary season, this might have been its most disturbing episode. We’ll have to wait and see how they plan to top this. Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekAmerican Horror Story Takes Us Back to the Days of Witches and Warlocks last_img read more

ESA Space Orbiter Detects Hairy Blue Spider on Mars

first_img Watch out: A European Space Agency (ESA) space orbiter recently spotted a “hairy blue spider” on Mars, and its massive, “eight-legged frame” appears to be sprawled across the Red Planet.The strange sight, which was taken by the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter’s Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS), shows the Terra Sabaea region of Mars, according to an ESA press release.Today is @ESA_TGO’s three year anniversary since launch, and we’re celebrating with this super image gallery of recent postcards from #Mars, including immersive #3D stereo views & a sighting of @NASAInSight! #ExoMars— @ESA_ExoMars (@ESA_ExoMars) March 14, 2019But, this isn’t a real arthropod: It’s an eerie pattern that lies on the crest of one of Mars’ ridges, and might be a result of some dust devil activity, which involves the convergence of hundreds (or possibly thousands) of tiny martian tornadoes.I launched into #space #OTD three years ago! To celebrate, as well as @NASAInSight‘s photo, I’d like to show you some of my favourite images I’ve taken of #Mars in the last months. This one is particularly crazy! Can you guess what it shows?— ExoMars orbiter (@ESA_TGO) March 14, 2019To bring the space orbiter’s observations to life, the ESA showed a color-composite representation, where features that are bluer compared to Mars’ typical hue are depicted in bright blue colors. According to ESA, in actual color, these random streaks would appear as a reddish tone. On Mars, dust devils swirl the Red Planet’s surface material and expose fresher material below.It’s unknown why the streaks are very concentrated on Mars’ ridges, however, it might be due to a relationship to orographic lift, where carbon dioxide air masses flow uphill and intersect with other air masses.More on Aboard Soyuz Rocket Successfully Reach the Space StationNASA Boss Says First Person on Mars Will ‘Likely Be a Woman’ Astronomers Discover 83 Supermassive Black Holes in the Early Universe Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on targetlast_img read more

San Diego students launch school shooting safety PSA

first_img Posted: June 4, 2018 June 4, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez, Updated: 8:45 AM San Diego students launch school shooting safety PSAcenter_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 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 SettingsMonday, San Diego Unified students, in partnership with San Diego Unified School Police and Crime Stoppers San Diego, launched their “If You See Something, Say Something” Public Service Announcement Video Campaign. Elizabeth Alvarez live to get the details.The PSA titled, “If You See Something, Say Something,” produced by students from San Diego High School and Point Loma High School, was created as a call to action in response to the tragic school shootings that have taken place in the recent months.“Given the recent school shootings, both in Florida and Texas, we want to remind students and our community that their voice matters. We want to provide ways to report crime, in person or anonymously. Providing support for our school communities and creating safe learning environments is our top priority as a school police department. We are proud to partner with our students on this campaign and know this will add another layer of safety and security to our campuses,” said School Police Chief Mike Marquez.The campaign will target the entire San Diego County community with two 30-second PSAs produced in English and Spanish on television and online. Cox Communications has partnered with the students and San Diego Unified and will aireach PSA 200 times throughout June. Elizabeth Alvarez last_img read more

Meet the man behind Bollywood cars Naseer Khan

first_imgNaseer KhanPR HandoutIn the past, only Yashraj banner dared to invest on location for movies and good cars. But today, Bollywood is getting richer in terms of film suits and cars in movies as many good producers are bringing the industry forward with their investments.We see lots of exotic locations in Bollywood movies and super-cars in recent times. Now the film locations are fine, but have you ever imagined where do the cars come from? Cars like Aventador, ferrari488, ferrari812, Aventador S, Huracan, G63AMG, Rolls Royce, Bentley are seen being used in Bollywood movies.Young lad from Hyderabad, Naseer Khan, who is known for unique car collections, has a garage full of luxury cars that anyone can have. Naseer is a young entrepreneur from Hyderabad who is fond of super-cars.He is the man behind Bollywood super-cars. Naseer feels Indian audience deserve something classy in films. It is time to showcase what India has and we too can make films like fast and furious, he believes. He wants to see Hindi films and songs with such cars. He has already given his super beasts in many films and song videos in recent times.Naseer is also planning to give his cars in Hollywood soon if any producer or director wants for his film or song albums.last_img read more

Mugabes party asks him to quit

first_imgZimbabwe`s president Robert Mugabe delivers a speech during a graduation ceremony at the Zimbabwe Open University in Harare, where he presides as the Chancellor on 17 November 2017. AFPZimbabwe was set for more political turmoil Saturday with protests planned as veterans of the independence war, activists and ruling party leaders called publicly for president Robert Mugabe to be forced from office.The marches will cap an unprecedented week in which generals seized power and put Mugabe under house arrest in a stunning turnaround for the president who has ruled since 1980.The 93-year-old autocrat did not resign in talks with the army chief on Thursday and sources suggested the veteran leader was “buying time” to negotiate an end to his 37 year reign.Mugabe appeared publicly for the first time at a pre-planned graduation ceremony in Harare on Friday, further stoking questions over the status of his discussions with General Constantino Chiwenga, who led the military power grab.Later in the day, eight of Mugabe’s ruling party’s 10 regional branches took to state television to call for him to go.Cornelius Mupereri, a spokesman for ZANU-PF’s Midlands region, was one of several party barons to appear on ZBC’s nightly news to read almost identical statements calling on Mugabe to quit.‘It’s done, it’s finished’Chris Mutsvangwa, chairman of the independence war veterans’ association, said “the game is up” for Mugabe and announced street protests against the president.“It’s done, it’s finished… The generals have done a fantastic job,” he said at a press conference in Harare.“We want to restore our pride and (Saturday) is the day… we can finish the job which the army started.”The veterans’ association supports ousted vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa-whose sacking sparked the army intervention on Tuesday.They are organising a gathering at a large sports field in a working class suburb on the outskirts of Harare.It was the location of Mugabe’s first speech after returning from exile in Mozambique in 1979.Demonstrators had begun to arrive in the area by midnight local time.The US embassy in Harare warned its citizens to avoid another protest-thought to be a pro-Mugabe counter-demonstration-expected to take place in Robert Mugabe Square in the centre of the capital.Other demonstrations are expected elsewhere in the country on Saturday.‘The same regime’Pastor Evan Mawarire, an outspoken Mugabe critic who rose to prominence last year with his #ThisFlag protest movement challenging the president over the economic crisis, called on Zimbabweans of all backgrounds to march with the war veterans.“The citizens are joining hands across political divides… across ideological divides,” he said in a live broadcast on Facebook.“We have joined hands with war veterans, with the church and young people. We will stand together for a new Zimbabwe… We are marching in order for us to thank our military.”Some Zimbabweans remain wary of the army’s intentions however.“Once things stabilise, once Mugabe is out of the way, we also want them out as well-they are from the same regime,” said Matthew Chakanetsa, a 35-year-old taxi driver.Despite appeals for Zimbabweans to turn out in force, it remained unclear whether demonstrators would heed the calls in a country where public protest has previously been violently suppressed.But a video emerged late on Friday of activists in the second city Bulawayo apparently offering free transport to Harare for residents eager to join Saturday’s march.‘We are not waiting’Zimbabwe’s military chiefs said in statement Friday they had detained some “criminals” in Mugabe’s government after their lightning power grab which appeared to be the climax of a dispute over who would succeed the veteran leader. They did not give any indication about whether Mugabe would remain head of state.Before being pushed out, vice president Mnangagwa had clashed repeatedly with Mugabe’s wife Grace, 52.Grace Mugabe and Mnangagwa were seen as the leading contenders to replace Mugabe but Mnangagwa had the tacit support of the armed forces, which viewed Grace-a political novice-with derision.The United States has called for the Zimbabwe army to quickly relinquish power.“We all should work together for a quick return to a civilian rule,” said US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ahead of talks with African foreign ministers.Mugabe critic Mawarire, whose strike action in July 2016 was violently put down by security forces, added “we have to fight for ourselves”.“This time around, we are not waiting.”last_img

A380 glitch causes 23hour delay for Qantas passengers

first_imgA Qantas plane carrying 450 passengers finally departed Melbourne this morning after a 23-hour delay.The airline’s brand new A380 was scheduled to operate a Melbourne-to-Los Angeles service at noon yesterday when a technical glitch occurred with its fuel indication light.While engineers tried to fix the problem, passengers were forced to remain onboard for four hours.Qantas told passengers that it would take too much time if they disembarked as they would have to be re-screened a second time due to the heightened security procedures for flights going to the US.However, by the time the A380 was fixed, crew had exceeded their allowable working hours, forcing the flight to be rescheduled until this morning. “We have apologised to our customers and we have provided them with accommodation overnight for those that require it” Qantas spokeswoman Olivia Wirth told ABC.”A day’s delay unfortunately has been the result of a number of defects with the aircraft” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

Labour shortage a major concern for tourism

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P A recent survey has found there has been a significant increase in concern from tourism operators about the shortage of skilled labour in the tourism industry.The TTF MasterCard Tourism Industry Sentiment Survey conducted by the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) revealed that the shortage of skilled workers is the second biggest concern among tourism operators.The survey found behind the strong Aussie dollar 25 percent of respondents rated the lack of skilled workers among the top three business hindrances.TTF chief executive John Lee said that sourcing and maintaining good staff can be very challenging.“Tourism cannot compete with the wages being offered by the mining sector, and there are thousands of unfilled tourism jobs around the country as a result,” Mr Lee said.Mr Lee said as of the 1 July 2012, tourism operators would be able to employ seasonal labour from Pacific countries and East Timor, which should help the situation.The survey also reveals that 90 percent of tourism operators predict that Asian business will become increasingly important to their business.“Tourism businesses must continue to develop products and service standards to meet the demands of Asian visitors, who account for 41 percent of all international visitors and 49 percent of spending in Australia,” Mr lee said.“It is also vital that we deliver a great experience for first time visitors from Asia, as they are the repeat visitors of the future, and repeat visitors account for almost two-thirds of international visitation to Australia.”last_img read more

FHFA Gains Support for Single Security Proposal

first_imgFHFA Gains Support for Single Security Proposal Following the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA’s) recent request for input on its proposal for a single security for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Urban Institute expressed support for the idea but concern that FHFA may be unnecessarily slow in implementing such a plan.”FHFA’s single security proposal is well-thought out and worthy of serious consideration and support by all key stakeholders,” stated the Urban Institute on its Metro Trends Blog.However, the institute is “concerned that FHFA may be contemplating a slower pace in the project than it warrants.”The securities “would combine the best features of each of the current securities,” such that “the security would have the superior pooling features of the current Fannie Mae securities and the superior disclosure features of the Freddie Mac securities,” according to the Urban Institute.Under FHFA’s proposal, Freddie Mac securities could be placed into Fannie Mae securitizations, and vice versa.The Urban Institute supports the idea of single security for three main reasons, the first of which is that it has the potential to save the Treasury between $400 million and $600 million per year. These savings would take place as Freddie Mac would no longer have to subsidize its guarantee fees to originators to remain competitive and maintain its market share.Second, the Urban Institute suggests a single security would lead to more competition in the mortgage market. A single security would remove some of Fannie Mae’s advantage, leading it to rescind some of its market dominance. Ultimately, the institute suggests this could lead to greater access to credit in the mortgage market.Lastly, a single security “could help pave the way for GSE reform,” according to the Urban Institute. Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Mortgage-Backed Securities 2014-09-07 Krista Franks Brock September 7, 2014 458 Views center_img Share in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Marketlast_img read more

Government generates €4821m surplus in 11 months

first_imgThe government generated a fiscal surplus of €482.1m in the first eleven months of the year or 2.5 per cent of economic output, the statistical service said on Friday.The surplus compares to €88.5m or 0.5 per cent of economic output for the same period in 2016.The improved fiscal results were mainly on a 9.5 per cent annual increase in revenue to €6.5bn in January to November which outstripped a 3 per cent increase in spending to €6.1bn, Cystat said in a statement on its website.Revenue from taxes on production and imports rose 13 per cent in January to November to €2.7bn compared to a year before, which included €1.6bn in value added tax (VAT) revenue which rose 15 per cent, Cystat said. Revenue from income and wealth tax went up 3.6 per cent to below €1.5bn and social contributions rose 11 per cent to over €1.5bn. Revenue from the sale of services rose 11 per cent to €474m and capital transfers almost doubled to €71.8m.Current transfers and income from interest and dividends dropped an annual 8.1 per cent and 5.6 per cent to €172.8m and €108.7m respectively in the first eleven months of the year, Cystat added.On the other hand, intermediary consumption and the government’s staff costs rose 11 per cent and 4.2 per cent to €576m and €2bn in the first eleven months of the year compared to the same period last year, Cystat said. Welfare expenditure and current transfers increased 1.3 per cent to €2.3bn and 9.6 per cent to €400.8m respectively.The cost of servicing public debt rose an annual 5.2 per cent in January to November to €459.3m, while capital expenditure dropped 1 per cent to €285.4m, Cystat said. Subsidies and capital transfers fell to €33.1m from €68.1m and to €49.3m from €63.6m respectively.The 2017 budget submitted by the government provided for a total of less than €7bn in revenue and expenditure slightly exceeding €7bn. Last year, the government generated a fiscal surplus of 0.5 per cent of the economy or €82.4m.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy CC Debt Are In For Big SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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