Trump issues new executive order to combat terrorism

first_imgWashington: US President Donald Trump has issued a new executive order that would enhance the country’s ability to target terrorists and those who finance their activities, as well as identify, sanction and deter perpetrators of terrorism worldwide. Utilising the new order, issued on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary on Tuesday, the Treasury sanctioned over two dozen individuals and entities from 11 terrorist groups, including Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US It allows the US government to better target terror group leaders and provides new tools to pursue individuals who participate in terrorist training, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. The executive order also authorises secondary sanctions on foreign financial institutions that have knowingly conducted or facilitated significant transactions with sanctioned persons, Mnuchin said. He added that the order targets those actors for and behalf of specially-designated global terrorists. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “Specifically, we have leaders, operative and financiers from over 11 terrorist organisations, including Iran’s Quds Forces, Hamas, ISIS, Al Qaeda, and their affiliates,” Mnuchin told White House reporters at a joint news conference with the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “The government has taken more action than we ever have before,” the treasury secretary said, asserting that his department was enhancing efforts to deny terrorist access to the financial system. Pompeo, meanwhile, described the executive order as the “most-significant update” to counterterrorism sanctions authority since September 2001. According to Pompeo, the new order amends the previous one by adding clauses that allow the departments of state and treasury to directly target leaders of terrorist groups and their associated entities without having to tie terrorist leaders to specific acts. “Second, it is more effectively and efficiently targets individuals and entities who participate in terrorist training and provides new authorities to impose sanctions on foreign financial institutions that knowingly do business with terrorists,” the secretary of state said. “As these actions show, today’s executive order by President Trump adds further muscle to the US counterterrorism efforts,” Pompeo said. “It will help us to ensure that the deadly attacks of September 11 that occurred 18 years ago this week are never repeated on American soil. Never.”last_img read more

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NZ allows intrusive spy ops after mosque attack

first_imgWellington: New Zealand’s intelligence minister said Wednesday he was allowing spy agencies to carry out “intrusive” activities following the Christchurch mosque shootings that claimed 50 lives. The government this week ordered a judicial inquiry into whether the South Pacific nation’s intelligence services could have prevented the March 15 attack amid criticism the white supremacist gunman went unnoticed as they were too focused on Muslim extremists. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAndrew Little — the minister responsible for the GCSB and SIS intelligence services — said he had signed powerful surveillance warrants as information gathering continued in the wake of the attack. “I have given authority to the agencies to do intrusive activities under warrant, the number of those (warrants) I’m not at liberty to disclose,” he told Radio New Zealand. Little said intelligence services typically monitored 30-40 people but that number had now increased, although he was unwilling to reveal by how much. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHe said a warrant permitted anything from physical surveillance to the monitoring of telecommunications activity. “The whole gambit of what would otherwise be described as intrusive activity,” he told the New Zealand Herald. “The purpose of a warrant is to authorise and effectively make lawful what would otherwise be unlawful activity.” Little denied New Zealand had proved a “soft target” for the accused gunman, an Australian with apparent links to right-wing groups who reportedly moved to the country with the intention of carrying out an attack. Little said he maintained confidence in the intelligence services and until the inquiry into their actions was complete it was “premature” to say they had failed. “Until there’s a very microscopic look at what the agencies have been doing and whether they’ve missed anything, I can’t say for certain,” he told RNZ. “It’s important for me, the agencies, but ultimately for public confidence that we let that commission of inquiry do its job and reach its conclusions.” Meanwhile, police remained tight-lipped about two raids conducted by armed officers in Christchurch overnight. The raids took place at opposite ends of the city centre, the first at 8:00 pm (0700 GMT) Tuesday and the second around 1:00 am Wednesday.last_img read more

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Company says Vermont Yankee nuclear plant will close be decommissioned by end

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Dave Gram, The Associated Press Posted Aug 27, 2013 9:26 am MDT Company says Vermont Yankee nuclear plant will close, be decommissioned by end of 2014 MONTPELIER, Vt. – Vermont’s only nuclear power plant will shut down by the end of next year, ending a nasty legal battle over the future of the 4-decade-old plant, Entergy Corp. announced Tuesday.The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station is expected to cease power production after its current fuel cycle and will begin being decommissioned in the fourth quarter of 2014, the company said. The station will remain under the oversight of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission throughout the decommissioning process.The New Orleans-based company has been battling with the state since 2010, when the Vermont Senate voted against a measure that would have authorized granting Vermont Yankee a permit to operate for an additional 20 years. Lawmakers were concerned about the plant’s safety, age and misstatements by plant management about components at the reactor.“This was an agonizing decision and an extremely tough call for us,” Leo Denault, Entergy’s chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “Vermont Yankee has an immensely talented, dedicated and loyal workforce, and a solid base of support among many in the community. We recognize that closing the plant on this schedule was not the outcome they had hoped for, but we have reluctantly concluded that it is the appropriate action for us to take under the circumstances.”Denault said that when it closes, the plant will be placed in “safe-store,” in which federal regulations allow it to be mothballed for up to 60 years while its radioactive components cool down before removal.Reaction from state leaders was swift and nearly unanimous: The closure is overdue and welcomed.“This is the right decision for Vermont and it’s the right decision for Vermont’s clean energy future,” said Gov. Peter Shumlin, who has been critical of the plant.Others said the company’s plan to close the plant over several decades is unacceptable.Vermont’s U.S. senators, independent Bernie Sanders and Democrat Patrick Leahy, both said they would push the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to reject Entergy’s plan, speed up decommissioning and ensure that Entergy pays for the full cost.The NRC said in a statement it would “continue its rigorous oversight of the plant through the rest of its operations and into and through decommissioning. We have a decommissioning process that the details steps that would have to be taken by Entergy going forward.”The decision to close Vermont Yankee was based on a number of financial factors, including low wholesale energy prices, high costs and what the company called a flawed market design that artificially deflates energy prices.Nuclear plants have been under significant price competition due to the recent natural gas boom in the United States. Vermont Yankee, among the oldest and smallest plants in the country and located in a state with one of the nation’s strongest anti-nuclear movements, had long been considered among the most likely to be shuttered.State Rep. Tony Klein, chairman of the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee, said he wasn’t surprised Entergy decided to shutter the plant, given the economic issues at hand.“I commend Entergy for giving the state and the workers a year and a half notice … so there’s as minimal economic impact as possible,” he said.Rich Sedano, director of U.S. programs for the Regulatory Assistance Project, said the nuclear plant’s small slice of New England’s power supply — about 2 per cent — means the closure will have little effect on consumers. It will require more reliance on natural gas and may push the region toward more solar and wind production, especially as states try to meet mandated standards of energy from renewables.An industry group was not so positive.“This closure will be a great loss to the state of Vermont, the regional economy and consumers, and the environment,” said Marvin Fertel, president and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute.Vermont Yankee opened in 1972 in Vernon. In the past it has provided as much as a third of the state’s electrical supply but today nearly all of its power is shipped to electric companies in neighbouring states.After being granted the federal license it also needed for continued operation, Entergy sued the state and won a first round in federal court in Brattleboro.The state appealed but largely lost earlier this month although Attorney General Bill Sorrell said the court overruled a part of the lower-court decision saying the state had violated the U.S. Constitution by trying to demand cut-rate power from Vermont Yankee if it were allowed to continue operating.The company employs about 630 people, a staffing level that will gradually be reduced as the plant moves through the stages of decommissioning. read more

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US Mexico set to battle in World Cup qualifier

U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey celebrates a goal during a match against Germany June 2, at RFK Stadium. The U.S. won, 4-3.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe U.S. Men’s National Soccer team is looking to take another step toward qualifying for the 2014 World Cup this week in Columbus.In the team’s latest qualifying match, the U.S. saw its 12-game winning streak come to an end when it fell on the road to Costa Rica, 3-1. The loss dropped the U.S. to second place behind Costa Rica in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football  qualifier standing. The Ticos now lead the group with a total of 14 points, one point ahead of the U.S.The U.S. men’s chances of qualifying for the World Cup increased on Friday despite the loss, as Mexico was defeated at home by Honduras, 2-1, earlier the same night. Mexico is in fourth place in the group on eight points, the top three teams advance directly to the World Cup.This was the first qualifying match has Mexico lost at home since 2001, when it fell to Costa Rica 2-1.Mexico fired manager Jose Manuel de La Torre the day after the Friday loss to Honduras. Luis Fernando Tena, one of Torre’s top assistants, will take over in an interim position.The U.S. will be missing four players from the team in the match against Mexico. Midfielder Michael Bradley sprained his left ankle minutes before the game against Costa Rica and will sit out again against Mexico. Defenders Geoff Cameron and Matt Besler and forward Jozy Altidore will all sit out because of yellow card accumulation. Altidore had scored in five straight matches before failing to tally against Costa Rica.Many Ohio State students were interested in attending the game, especially after D-Tix at the Ohio Union announced an undisclosed amount of tickets would be offered to students with a valid BuckID for $25 each.The tickets went on sale through D-Tix Sept. 3, but because of more students wanting tickets than originally expected, D-Tix switched the method for students to buy tickets to a lottery.Former Columbus Crew right back Frankie Hejduk said he is excited for the game against Mexico as well as the growth of the soccer scene in Columbus.“It was very awesome to see how excited and passionate students are for soccer,” Hejduk said in an interview with The Lantern. “I see students getting into soccer more and more. I see Crew, U.S. and (Premier League) stuff all over the place.”The U.S. would qualify for the 2014 World Cup with a victory over Mexico and a win or tie by Honduras. A loss for Mexico and a Honduras win over Panama would almost completely end Mexico’s chances of moving out of fourth place in the group.The fourth place team will compete in a playoff with New Zealand to determine another spot in the Cup.The U.S. v. Mexico game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Crew Stadium. read more

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Baseball Noah West out for season with knee injury

Ohio State junior Noah West (8) runs towards third base as he scores the first run of the game against the Lipscomb Bison on March 15, 2019 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternOhio State junior shortstop Noah West will be sidelined with a season-ending knee injury, head coach Greg Beals announced Thursday. West had been a late scratch from Tuesday’s lineup against Northern Kentucky.“He is going to have surgery next week, and we’ve got to adjust our infield defense accordingly,” Beals said. The adjustment, according to Beals, will be to move freshman third baseman Zach Dezenzo over to shortstop, which is where he played Thursday. This will open up the door for freshman infielder Nick Erwin and freshman infielder Marcus Ernst to receive playing time at third base. West was hitting .284 on the season with 9 RBIs. read more

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Emma Bridgewater fears for future of her popular pottery business

first_img“Now we are thinking why didn’t we be stricter and say, ‘you train as an accountant, you train as a lawyer, you train as a designer’.”The company, which was founded in 1985, makes all of its earthenware – including its famous “tea and marmalade” side plates – at a factory in Stoke-on-Trent.During the talk, Bridgewater, who supports British manufacturing, admitted she believes the best products are often designed “following a row” and said she is not tempted to translate the words on her plates for overseas exports because the pieces are quintessentially English. Emma Bridgewater with one of her trainees at the factory in Stoke-on-Trent Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The brightly coloured earthenware is a favourite among the middle classes “They are all deep in their own careers, one of them is still at school and the other has just gone to university,” she said. “There are signs [but] in a very English way we said ‘darlings, do your own thing, no don’t worry about the business, it is all fine’. She also revealed she has “no idea” how many visitors the factory gets a year, estimating it to be more than 30,000 people.Joking that they had to be “very creative” with numbers to be allowed a brown tourist sign to the factory, she added: “The plain truth is we have no idea how many visitors we get. To get a brown sign you have to be very, very creative with the numbers because they ask you if you get 100,000 visitors and we looked at each other and go: ‘We soon will have’.“But actually we count till transactions. We’re not very good at counting… the number of visitors.” We do need to work out how to make the company stand up without usEmma Bridgewater Emma Bridgewater has revealed she fears for the future of her pottery business because her children are apparently uninterested in taking over and she is too “English” to push them.The designer, whose ceramics are favoured among the middle classes for their sponge-painted bright prints and quirky calligraphy, said the company, which she runs with her husband Matthew, will “diminish” in the next decade if they do not sort something out. Emma Bridgewater with one of her trainees at the factory in Stoke-on-TrentCredit: Martin Pope Speaking at Cheltenham Literature Festival, she said: “Of course we all think we are immortal but Matthew and I have acknowledged that if the company is still reliant on us in the way it is now for design in 10 years time there will be diminishing returns. “We do need to work out how make the company stand up without us.”The couple, who are both 54, have four children; Elizabeth, who is in her 20s and who used to help run a circus in Gloucestershire, Kitty, who is also in her 20s and previously spoke of hopes to go to art college, Margaret, who has just started university and Michael, who is still at school.Speaking about their relationship, Bridgewater admitted she is “desperately” trying to stop herself putting pressure on them. The brightly coloured earthenware is a favourite among the middle classesCredit: Clara Moldenlast_img read more

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The Dorian Gray effect how your name alters your face

first_imgDr Zwebner added: “We propose that one’s given name may have a Dorian Gray effect on one’s face.“Our given name is our very first social tagging. Each name has associated characteristics, behaviours and a look. Over time these stereotypical facial expectations of how we should look may eventually manifest in our facial appearance. We develop the personality that other people expect us to exhibit.“The study implies that people live up to their given name. The possibility that our name can influence our look, even to small extent is intriguing.“We are subject to social structuring from the minute we are born, not only by our gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic status, but also by the simple choice that others make in giving us our name.” To find out if face shape was linked to name, researchers conducted eight studies to see it was possible for strangers to correctly identify the names of people simply by looking at their faces.In every experiment, the participants were significantly better (up to 40 percent accurate) at matching the name to the face than random chance (20 – 25 percent accurate) even when ethnicity, age and other socioeconomic variables were controlled for.It is the first study to show that social preconceptions and expectations in a name can alter the way we look, not just genes and hormone levels. Previous research that short-tempered people. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Likewise ‘Winstons’ are perceived as fairly glum, while ‘Marys’ are considered to be moral, both traits which may alter countenance, and over time, change face shape.And a woman named ‘Katherine’ is considered to be more serious and dependable than a girl named ‘Bonnie’. Such cultural expectations may encourage ‘Katherines’ to be more studious and academic, which could gradually influence the development of facial muscles, perhaps through increased concentration.”Prior research has shown there are cultural stereotypes attached to names, including how someone should look,” said lead author Dr Yonat Zwebner, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.“For instance, people are more likely to imagine a person named Bob to have a rounder face than a person named Tim. We believe these stereotypes can, over time, affect people’s facial appearance.” Researchers said a name had a similar impact on the face as Dorian Gray’s lifestyle had on his portrait  Researchers said a name had a similar impact on the face as Dorian Gray's lifestyle had on his portrait  The late Bob Hoskins and British astronaut Tim Peake  The late Bob Hoskins and British astronaut Tim Peake  Choosing a name for a child is often a headache for parents, but new research shows that picking well could be more crucial than previously thought.Academics have found that your first name actually changes the way you look, a phenomenon dubbed ‘The Dorian Gray’ effect, after Oscar Wilde’s eponymous hero.Just as Gray’s wicked deeds were etched onto the facial features of his portrait, so the cultural stereotypes linked to a name come to be written on the faces of their bearers.For example someone called ‘Bob’ is expected by society to have a rounder more jovial face than a man called ‘Tim’. That expectation eventually leads ‘Bobs’ to become more gregarious and jolly, while ‘Tims’ may appear more pinched and reserved.The connection may be linked to the ‘bouba-kiki’ effect which suggests that across languages, more bulbous smoother objects are labelled with rounded ‘bouba’ sounds, while thinner spikier objects have ‘kiki’ sounds.  The study also proved it was possible to create a computer algorithm which could guess names better than chance, simply by looking at facial characteristics.”Together, these findings suggest that facial appearance represents social expectations of how a person with a particular name should look. In this way, a social tag may influence one’s facial appearance,” said co-author Dr Ruth Mayo.”We are subject to social structuring from the minute we are born, not only by gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic status, but by the simple choice others make in giving us our name.”The research was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. We develop the personality that other people expect us to exhibit.Dr Yonat Zwebner, Hebrew University of Jerusalemlast_img read more

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One critical five injured in Vlissengen road accident

A pedal cyclist is now in a critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) along with five other injured persons following an accident with a minibus on Vlissengen road, Georgetown.The driver of the minibus, which ended up in the trench, reportedly fled the scene The injured pedal cyclist, Desmond Grandsaoult, 42, of Dedication Place, South Ruimveldt Park, Georgetown was hit by the minibus at around 08:45hrs on Monday while in the vicinity of KFC.According to reports received, Grandsaoult and minibus BTT 8476 driven by Jamal John, 30, of Long Dam, Vergenoegen, West Coast Demerara (WCD) were both said to be proceeding south along Vlissengen road.John was reportedly driving at a fast pace when Grandsaoult attempted to cross the road in front of the minibus but failed and was struck.As a result of the impact, the man fell onto the road and was then reportedly ran over by the minibus. The minibus in a bid to stop ended up on in a nearby trench on its side.Grandsaoult was picked up in an unconscious state and rushed to GPHC where he is said to be in a critical condition.The five passengers of the minibus were also injured and were taken to the hospital where they are also being treated.The minibus driver however reportedly fled the scene of the accident and is being sought by Police.An investigation is ongoing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUpdate: Cyclist succumbs to injuries after accidentDecember 19, 2017In “Crime”Minibus driver further remanded on causing death chargeJune 7, 2018In “Court”Bus driver slapped with two counts of causing death by dangerous drivingJuly 24, 2019In “Court” read more

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Vukasin Rajkovic and Wisla split by mutual agreement

Serbian right back, Vukasin Rajkovic (28) and the Polish champion, Wisla Plock are split by mutual agreement after one and a half year of cooperation. Former player of Metaloplastika, FA Goppingen and Copenhagen had three years contract, but also a lot of problems with injuries, which didn’t allow him to play his best handball in Poland. ← Previous Story Danish “black days” – Michael Knudsen is out from the EURO 2012 squad! Next Story → Serbs ambitious, Rastko Stojkovic: “We want all – Poland always dangerous” read more

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The Czechs strike against Poland

← Previous Story Norway takes first step to defend the title Next Story → Skjern Handbold and BM Ademar Leon to fight for TOP 16 Czech Republic overcomes a troublesome first half and obtains a well worked victory for 25-29 against powerful Poland. At the beginning of day 3 in this World Championship, they are leaders in group B with 4 points.It started off well for the team coached by Leszek Krowicki. The Polish had once again began with the right foot and dominated the match with a fluent attack and a solid defense. But the Czech did not back down and after a 4 goal deficit, they reduced the gap to one (9-8 at 21’). However, by the time the teams went to the locker room, Poland was leading 15-12.The second half was as exciting as this sport can get. After 10 minutes, the Polish extended the lead to 4, but then the Czech reaction started. In a 4-0 raid, the conducted by Jan Basny tied the match and forced Krowicki to as for their second team timeout. The Polish took the lead again, but they looked more anxious than their oponents, who worked patiently every defense.Iveta Luzumova and Marketa Jerabkova scored to put Czech Republic 20-21 on the scoreboard and from then on after 18 minutes of the second half, and from then on, they held tight to that advantage. The Polish team rushed to get back, and they put pressure on the Czech captain Luzumova on the attacks, but they were unable to stop the now vivid attack from  their oponents. Two goals with the empty goal sentenced the match moments before the final whistle.“I cannot believe it, I’m really happy. Out team worked really hard for this win and I have no words”, stated Iveta Luzumova after the victory, and continued: “before the match we said that we had to be patient, because yesterday they played a really tough game against Sweden, and we said that we should run in the second half because they would be tired, so that was our key. Before the championship we said that we should beat Argentina and try to beat Poland, we reached both goals and now we can look forward to the other matches”.With this result, Czech Republic adds two points and sits at the top of the table in group B. Later today, Hungary will meet Sweden and Argentina will face Norway. Czech RepublicGermany 2017Iveta Luzumovakarolina kudlaczPolandSimplyWunderbar read more

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The 8 smells of Irish primary school

first_imgTHE IRISH PRIMARY school experience has several very distinct aromas.They weren’t particularly nice smells – children are not the most fragrant of creatures – but the memories they hold are much more important than, y’know, a pleasant scent.Sit back and recall these smells particular to your younger years.MarlaThe warm plastic scent of marla is probably the ultimate Irish primary school smell – the visual representation of which is the brown shade you get when all the colours mixed together. Source: ShutterstockSour milkThe source of this stink would often be traced back to one of those small cartons of school milk, gone off and leaking in the depths of some poor sod’s bag. A more thorough investigation could also reveal some spoiled sandwiches. Unpleasant. Source: Press AssociationWee/vomitSome of the children were nervous about being in a room full of strangers, far away from their parents. And when those children got nervous, they let it all out. All of it. Source: ShutterstockA fresh new pencil caseSeptember: you’re starting first class, and your mum’s bought you a shiny new pencil case to ease your transition into the numbered classes. The smell of the new plastic every time you lovingly unzipped it to sharpen a pencil made it all worthwhile. Source: Flickr/morebylessOld booksAs you moved up in the ranks, you may have been permitted some quiet reading time after big lunch. You were sent to the class “library” to choose a book, usually one so ancient that the pages practically crumbled to dust in your hands, emitting that sweet, mildewy smell. Source: Fickr/nist6ssPVA glueAnd its close cousin the Pritt Stick. Their gentle, rubbery aroma (and the sheer joy of peeling the dried glue from your fingers) were an added bonus your youthful artistic endeavours. Source: Flickr/ronijjPoster paintSpeaking of art, was there anything better than the chemical stink of the non-toxic poster paint as you squirted it onto your tray? Source: ShutterstockChalk dust Source: Flickr/LicklefluffycloudsThere was no escaping the heady smell of chalk dust if you were sent to clean the glantóir – it hit your nose and got right up there. Sneezing was imminent. Source: PhotoBucket100-year-old American teacher Agnes has no plans on giving up the day job>Teacher creates adorable Twitter account for her class>last_img read more

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Des inondations font au moins 3 morts en Italie

first_imgDes inondations font au moins 3 morts en ItalieItalie – Des pluies diluviennes se sont abattues sur le centre et le nord de l’Italie, engendrant inondations et glissements de terrain. Au moins trois personnes ont été tuées.Les victimes sont trois femmes d’origine chinoise qui ont perdu la vie mardi alors qu’elles se trouvaient dans leur voiture, dans un passage souterrain inondé de Prato. Dans cette ville proche de Florence, des milliers d’entreprises textiles chinoises se sont développées, et la population chinoise est estimée à plusieurs dizaines de milliers de personnes.Près de Varazze, dans le nord-est du pays, les pluies torrentielles accompagnées de vents forts ont provoqué un glissement de terrain, engendrant une brèche dans un immeuble où vivaient sept familles qui ont dû être évacuées en urgence, comme des dizaines de maisons situées près de certains cours d’eau comme le Lerone, l’Arresta et l’Arzocco. De nombreuses routes ont dû être fermées en raison des inondations, et les écoles resteront fermées pendant au moins deux jours ont annoncé les autorités.Le 6 octobre 2010 à 14:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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This Sealed Box of 1st Edition Pokémon Card Boosters Just Sold For

first_imgStay on target Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks Collecting Pokémon cards in the late ’90s and early 2000s was serious business. If you copped a booster pack, cracked it open, and happened upon that coveted 1st Edition holographic Charizard, you were suddenly a part of the cool crowd. Imagine tearing into a pristine, unopened box of cards with tons of booster packs inside in the year 2018. How much would you pay for the privilege?How about $56,000? Does that sound like a fair price? That’s what an entire box of booster packs sold for last week during a Huggins & Scott Auctions event, with bidding beginning at $20,000. Mere pocket change, sure, if you’re rich. Given the possibilities that there could be some extremely pricey cards inside, it’s actually not so shocking to think that it could have gone out for such a massive amount of money.In fact, single cards routinely sell for thousands of dollars all the time – much like Magic: The Gathering’s Black Lotus card, they’re rare and difficult to get your hands on, not unlike back in the day when we juggled them along with our Yu-Gi-Oh! and Digimon cards. If you spent a lot of time and money to collect all your favorites back in the day, it’s probably worth taking inventory of what you still have.You might be surprised what’s worth some seriously big bucks, especially if you were a freak about collecting cards and keeping them in great shape. Many of us were, and we had that amazing Pokédex binder to keep them all in, so it might be a good idea to go see what you’ve squirreled away over the years if you’re in need of some quick cash. If you happen to find a few pricey holographic cards, make sure you remember your good friends at Geek for making the suggestion!Need more Pokemon in your life? If you back on the Pokemon Go train like us, check out all the latest news and tips here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Anchor Point Assault Strangulation Suspect Arrested In Anchorage

first_imgAn investigation showed Delumeau had forced entry into the house, threw the female to the ground, strangled and punched her. Delumeau fled the residence in a vehicle prior to Trooper arrival. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Anchorage Police have arrested a man after he reportedly assaulted and strangled a woman in Anchor Point on April 19. The female was transported to the South Peninsula Hospital for treatment. A warrant was requested and granted for Delumeau’s arrest. Delumeau was arrested on April 23 by Anchorage Police and remanded into the Anchorage Jail.center_img According to an online Trooper Dispatch, Troopers responded to a report of an assault at a residence on Stovall Ave in Anchor Point. A female reported Patrick Delumeau, 26 of Anchorage, had kicked in the door to the house and assaulted her.last_img read more

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No Cap Yet On Newsstand Well

first_imgConsumer magazine advertising sales modestly increased in the first half of this year. However, the newsstand situation continues to baffle. The industry can’t seem to cap the sales leaks that have been bedeviling it the last two years.  In the first half of this year sales of audited consumer magazines again disappoint—unit sales declined to 320 million—a drop 7.6 percent. Revenue declined to $1.28 billion—a fall of 6.7 percent.  Industry Sales Down Nearly 25 Percent Last Two YearsThe sales difficulties began in the second half of 2008 when the lid blew off the newsstand well. In the ensuing two year period sales have precipitously fallen—unit sales down 22.3 percent and revenue off 19.9 percent. The industry is now selling nearly 25 percent less copies than it did just a few years ago. This is a decline of serious proportions and, not surprisingly, it’s changing how magazines are distributed and sold. Many of the reasons for the newsstands sale slide are well known—a recessionary economy, the influence of the Internet and less store visits. The sales difficulties have also been exacerbated by the record number of discontinued titles and a dramatic slowing in the number of new title launches. The number of audited consumer magazines sold on the newsstand dropped from a high of about 600 titles in the year 2000 to roughly 430 in the first half of this year. Wholesaler AdjustmentsA less well-known reason for the sales decline involves changes made by the industry’s major wholesalers.A little background may help in understanding what’s going on here. The newsstand has always been a hit-driven business with strong selling titles (top 25 publications) providing most of the profit for wholesalers. The lesser titles (thousands of them) were economically enabled, to some extent, by the better selling publications. For wholesalers the need to carry a full range of titles was a competitive necessity, but it also promulgated many of the inefficiencies that the business has become known for.  Until a year ago wholesalers were trapped in a very difficult situation that involved heavy competitive bidding for major chain retail accounts. However, a little over a year ago Anderson News, one of four major wholesalers at the time, departed the business. Their departure eased some of the competitive pressure and freed the three remaining major wholesalers to rethink their distribution plans as well as the number of titles they carry and the number of small retailers they service. The results of these changes are altering sales and product preferences.   Wholesaler Changes Favor Checkout Over Mainline TitlesIt’s important to note that the three major wholesaler groups distribute approximately 80 percent of the publications sold on the newsstand. But they are no longer omni present suppliers for every retailer in their territories. In recent years they have become specialists in distributing to major retail chains and transportation terminals.  The significance of this is that wholesalers have become even more oriented toward checkout titles (the titles favored by chain retailers) and less concerned with mainline publications.  This change in focus is showing up in product preference. The results are most apparent in the revised sales patterns of checkout and mainline titles.  Relatively speaking it reveals that checkout title sales are rising and mainline publication sales are sinking. 1. Checkout (68 titles) Vs Mainline—Checkout unit sales down 5.3 percent and revenue off 4.4 percent. By comparison mainline sales—units down 15.6 percent and revenue off 12.5 percent.  The sales decline was three times steeper for mainline titles.2. Checkout Sales Dominate—They accounted for 79.8 percent of unit sales and 72.9 percent of revenue in the 1st half of 2010.3. Checkout/Mainline Sales Last Two Years—Checkout—unit sales down 18.9 percent and revenue down 14.8 percent. Mainline units sales down 33.7 percent and revenue off 30.9 percent. Mainline sales are declining at twice the rate of checkout sales. Mainline titles are rapidly losing their newsstand influence.Influence of the Top Ten TitlesThe newsstand, however, remains a hit driven market—witness the sales of  the top ten titles, ranked by 1st half revenue (1st half unit sales changes in parenthesis)—People (-2.3), US (-7.7), In Touch (3.4), Woman’s World (6.9), Star (-11.6), National Enquirer (-8.2), Cosmopolitan (1.6), OK! (-9.5), Life & Style (-10.1) and Globe (-10.8). Overall their unit sales were down 3.3 percent and revenue declined 3.2 percent.  By way of contrast the sales of all other audited publications (besides the top 10) fell at a very steep rate – unit sales down 11.8 percent and revenue off 9.4 percent.  For first time the top ten titles accounted for more than 50 percent (51.3) of unit sales for all audited consumer magazines.The pervasive impact of the top ten titles should help publishers, especially those with mainline titles; understand why wholesaler attention is focused squarely on their best selling publications.   Final ThoughtsA cap for the sales leak, which has reduced sales by nearly 25 percent, is probably nearly in place—we hope it holds.  But the sales slide has left permanent product preference changes in its wake.  If you’re a publisher of checkout titles this is good news, but for mainline publishers the newsstand world has gotten a lot less friendly.  Mainline title publishers would be wise to be searching for more distribution alternatives because major wholesalers are more likely to be focused on their hit driven checkout titles.last_img read more

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LDP wants army deployment JP against demarcation of constituencies

first_imgElection CommissionLiberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Thursday proposed that the Election Commission deploy army during the next general election, reports UNB.The party also proposed that the parliamentary constituencies are not demarcated before the election.An LDP delegation, led by its president Oli Ahmad, took part in a meeting held with chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the chair.”It’s essential to deploy army 15 days before the national election to recover illegal arms for the sake of holding a fair election. It’s also important to bring every polling station under the supervision of army, and they should be given power like that of law enforcement agencies,” Oli told newsmen after the meeting.Noting that they placed a 12-point proposal before the Commission, he said Parliament must be dissolved with the announcement of the election schedule.”We don’t have objection over the introduction of electronic voting machines (EVMs). But the existing method of EVMs is not acceptable to us. Voter verifiable paper audit trial method will have to be ensured in EVMs and there should be consensus first to introduce the machines in the election,” the LDP chief said.Oli said they suggested the commission send ballot papers to the polling stations in the morning of the polls day to prevent the ballot-stuffing at the night.About the format of election-time government, he said they did not place any proposal over the interim government before the EC. “There’s no scope of raising any proposal over the type of election-time government here. The EC has no jurisdiction over it. We’ll place the proposal before the government.”LDP’s other proposals are introduction of vote-casting through taking fingerprints, making a provision to carry NID cards mandatory by voters to exercise their voting rights and arresting identified criminals 30 days before the polls.Joining the EC’s separate dialogue on the same day, Jatiya Party (JP) proposed that the commission conduct the election with the existing delimitation of constituencies and do not use EVMs without earning political consensus and public confidence in the machines.A JP delegation, led by its chairman environment and forests minister Anwar Hossain Manju, took part in the talks with the CEC in the chair.”Our party’s stance is that it should go beyond the constitution… our position is in favour of election. The election should be held in a fair manner,” Manju told newsmen after the meeting.About the army deployment, he said, “We’re neither in favour of nor against the army deployment.” JP secretary general Sheikh Shahidul Islam said, “We want a meaningful inclusive election and all parties will join it. But it doesn’t mean that the election can’t be meaningful without the participation of one or two parties.”With this dialogue with the JP and LDP, the EC completed its talks with all the 40 registered political parties taking their opinions over the commission’s preparation for arrangement of the 11th parliamentary election likely to be held in December 2018.last_img read more

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The hidden gems of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update

first_imgThe hidden gems of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update by Martin Brinkmann on April 30, 2018 in Windows – 13 commentsIf things go as planned, Microsoft will start the distribution of the April 2018 Update for the Windows 10 operating system on April 30, 2018.The company postponed the release of the first feature update of 2018 for Windows 10 earlier this month because of stability issues of the selected RTM build.I wrote an article in March that listed the major features and changes of the then-called Spring Creators Update. It included information about the new Timeline feature, the ability to view and delete diagnostic data, or Windows Defender Application Guard in Windows 10 Pro.The following list focuses on hidden gems of the update that are not known at all or relatively unknown.Elevation in Run BoxYou can launch the Run Box on Windows with the shortcut Windows-R and use it to run programs by typing program names or shortcuts. It was not possible up until now to elevate programs when using the Run Box.The Windows 10 April 2018 Update changes that by adding the shortcut Ctrl+Shift to the Run Box. You may know the elevation shortcut from the Start Menu already as you may use it there to run any program with elevated rights when you hold down the two keys.Less offline time during upgradesMicrosoft worked on reducing the time systems are offline during upgrades to a new version of the Windows 10 operating system.Offline time describes the time in which users cannot interact with the system as the upgrade is processed.Microsoft managed to reduce the offline phase to about 30 minutes. A noticeable improvement over the 51 minutes offline phase of the Fall Creators Update and 82 minutes of the Creators Update (both released in 2017).Privacy ImprovementsMicrosoft is still under heavy fire when it comes to the collection of data on Windows 10. The company added several new features in this version of Windows that improves user control over certain privacy related features.Camera hardware settings affect Win32 programs now as well.Diagnostics & feedback lets you view the collected data and delete it.New Activity History page under Settings > Privacy to control “Let Windows collect my activities” feature.Users can now block system-wide access to Account Info, Calendar, Call History, Contacts, Documents, Email, Messaging, Pictures, Tasks and Videos to block permission requests outright.Windows Update bandwidth limits in SettingsIf you wanted to limit the update bandwidth for downloading updates in the foreground you had to use the Group Policy or other means for that.Microsoft added a new option to the Windows 10 Settings application which integrates that option right into the Update preferences.Use Windows-I to open the Settings application.Go to Update & Security.Click on Advanced Options.Select Delivery Optimization on the next screen.Select Advanced Options.Check “limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the foreground” and use the slider to select a percentage value.You may set the limit for background bandwidth limits and uploads as well on the screen.Other useful changesThe following changes may be useful to some Windows 10 users as well:Default operating system language and keyboard can be set individually under Settings > Time & Language > Region & Language.Language resource files are distributed via Windows Store which makes it easier to distribute updates.Limit background data for Windows and apps under Settings > Network & Internet > Data Usage > Background data.You may set data limits for Ethernet or WiFi network connections under Settings > Network & Internet > Ethernet > Select Connection > Set a data limit to help control data usage on the network (replace Ethernet with WiFi if you want to control bandwidth for wireless connections)Now You: What’s your take on the Windows 10 April 2018 Update?Related articlesFix PCs no longer recognized in network after Windows 10 version 1803 upgradeHow to delay the Windows 10 April 2018 UpdateMicrosoft broke “disable web search” in Windows 10 version 1803My Top 5 Feature wishes for Windows 10Windows Defender System Guard in Windows 10 Spring Creators UpdateSummaryArticle NameThe hidden gems of the Windows 10 April UpdateDescriptionMicrosoft’s Windows 10 April 2018 Update includes a number of hidden gems that are not known at all or relatively unknown. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Selfie butlers exist because this is the world we live in now

first_img Friday, March 2, 2018 Tags: LOL, Theme Parks & Attractions SYDNEY — Beyoncé, who’s been known to make her husband Jay-Z snap pics of her while on vacation, may be interested to know that Madame Tussauds in Sydney, Australia has introduced the ‘Selfie Butler’ to capture selfies while on site.At last, the hip hop mogul can breathe a sigh of relief and hand over selfie duties to someone else.Available from now until March 18, the exclusive service includes one full hour with a personal photographer (dressed to the nines, no less, in a vest and white gloves!), who’ll curate your photos for Insta-worthy pics on your device. The service costs $55 and includes the price of admission plus a one-hour session for a maximum of five people. All additional guests must have a valid entry ticket.According to Mark Connolly, General Manager of Madame Tussauds Sydney, the service will give guests a much-needed break from taking selfies so that they can truly focus on the exhibits. Want to touch fingertips with E.T. himself? Or pose as part of Taylor Swift’s squad? Don’t worry, your selfie butler will capture every moment for you. Share Selfie butlers exist because this is the world we live in nowcenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Travelweek Group last_img read more

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Qantas adds capacity in reply to Cyclone Yasi

first_imgThe threat posed by Cyclone Yasi has compelled Qantas to provide additional flights and capacity out of north Queensland this evening, the carrier have announced. Two additional Boeing 737 flights will operate from Cairns to Brisbane and QF977 from Townsville to Brisbane has been upgraded from a Boeing 737 to a Boeing 767, providing an extra 85 seats. Qantas is monitoring the weather closely and will make further decisions about services to Cairns and Townsville as the situation develops. Fare waiver options are available for Qantas customers holding bookings for flights to and from Townsville, Cairns, Mackay, Hamilton Island and Moranbah who do not wish to travel. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

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Intrepid Travel returning to Egypt

first_imgIntrepid Travel returning to Egypt Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Intrepid Travel has just announced that it will be returning to Egypt on 12 March. “After considering careful advice from our staff on the ground and all relevant Government advice, we have decided to recommence tour operations in Egypt and Jordan from 12 March” a spokesperson for Intrepid Travel told e-Travel Blackboard. The news comes on the back of the announcement this week that the country’s authorities had reopened its Pyramids. “Forward bookings until the end of May are still strong, as a lot of clients did not want to cancel their tours until they saw how the situation in the country evolved,” the spokesperson said.     February has been a busy month for the company with the appointment of a new managing director and the establishment of PEAK Adventure Travel Group.last_img read more

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