SomaliCanadians left reeling after bombing in Mogadishu call for Canada to help

first_imgSomali-Canadians left reeling after a bomb blast killed hundreds in Mogadishu over the weekend are calling for Canada to offer help to those affected by the horrific attack.More than 300 people were killed and nearly 400 others were injured after a truck bomb targeted a crowded street in Somalia’s capital on Saturday. It was one of the world’s deadliest attacks in years. Somalia’s government blamed the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab, though the Islamic extremist group has not claimed responsibility.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his condolences to the Somali-Canadian community and the family and friends of those who lost their lives.“The attacks in Somalia are horrifying and Canada condemns them strongly,” he said on Twitter.Jibril Ibrahim, president of the Somali Canadian Cultural Society of Edmonton, said Somalia has been devastated by the blast and Canada’s government should be offering assistance.“Our prime minister has made a statement, and I think the statement is good, but not what we need at this moment,” Ibrahim said in an interview on Monday, adding that the federal government should be helping get the wounded out of Mogadishu and into places where they can get adequate medical treatment.Global Affairs Canada said it was closely monitoring the situation.“At this time, the government of Somalia has not made any specific request of Canada,” spokeswoman Brittany Venhola-Fletcher said in an email Monday afternoon. “We will consider any such requests if received and determine an appropriate response.”Hospitals in the region have been overwhelmed, and are struggling to assist injured victims, many burned beyond recognition.More than 70 critically injured people have been airlifted to Turkey for treatment, and Somalia’s information minister said countries including Kenya and Ethiopia have offered to send medical aid.Some in the Somali-Canadian community said Ottawa needs a more active reaction to what happened.“Yes, the prime minister tweeted about the issue, but it shouldn’t stop at tweeting, it should be helping in any way,” said Mohamed Adem, another Somali community organizer. “Even if they only send one airplane filled with medicine or they offer financial help to hospitals. The next few days are critical, really.”Medical supplies provided by foreign governments in the early days could mean the difference between life and death, said Adem, noting that the death toll from the attack had been rising.“The other 200-something died after that because there’s no medical equipment there,” he said. “There’s no blood. There’s so many different things that are missing.”Venhola-Fletcher said Canada has allocated $28.75 million to address drought- and conflict-related humanitarian needs in Somalia since December 2016.“This funding has been channelled through UN agencies, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, and non-governmental organizations to help provide food, water and sanitation, treatment for acute malnutrition and other medical support, shelter, and protection to those in need,” she said.Omar Warfa, executive director of Dixon Community Services in Toronto, said news of the attack has hit many Somali-Canadians hard.“It touches me because I’m a Somali. I grew up there,” said Warfa, who has been in Canada for more than three decades but still has friends and extended family in Somalia. None of them were killed or injured in the blast.“It is quite traumatizing for the community.”— with files from the Associated Press.last_img read more

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Public safety minister says floods teaching governments expensive lessons

first_imgREGINA — Canada’s public safety minister says flooding is teaching all levels of government some expensive lessons.Ralph Goodale says climate change means annual flooding that damages homes isn’t going away and it is only going to get worse.Goodale made the comments as several communities across New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario are struggling with rivers that have spilled their banks, and there is more heavy rain in the forecast.Goodale says in Quebec, 3,150 residences have been flooded, 1,111 people are out of their homes and 12 municipalities have declared emergencies.In New Brunswick, Goodale says 140 roads have been flooded, 290 people are out of their homes and downtown Fredericton is closed, while in Ontario, the City of Ottawa and several other municipalities have declared emergencies.Goodale says more than 1,000 soldiers are helping with the flood fight in Quebec, 310 are in New Brunswick and about 400 are being deployed in Ontario.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Outstanding issues remain for Iran despite progress – UN atomic watchdog chief

“We have managed to clarify all the remaining outstanding issues, including the most important issue, which is the scope and nature of Iran’s enrichment programme,” Mohamed ElBaradei, the agency’s Director General, told reporters after circulating his latest report on Iran’s nuclear safeguards to the IAEA Board of Governors, which is scheduled to discuss it in Vienna on 3 March.But the agency has yet to get to the bottom of the country’s alleged past weaponization studies, he said.Although the IAEA has no indication that such studies pertained to nuclear material, Mr. ElBaradei noted that it is crucial to clarify the issue.He also stressed the importance of ensuring that “Iran’s current activities are also exclusively for peace purposes.”To this end, the IAEA has requested the country to conclude the Additional Protocol, which gives the agency additional authority to visit sites and access additional documents to ensure that there are no undeclared nuclear activities.“On that score, Iran in the last few months has provided us with visits to many places that enable us to have a clearer picture of Iran’s current programme,” the Director General said. “However, that is not, in my view, sufficient.”The country’s nuclear programme – which Iranian authorities have stated is for peaceful purposes, but some other countries contend is driven by military ambitions – has been a matter of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that Iran had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).In December 2006, the Security Council adopted a resolution banning trade with Iran in all items, materials, equipment, goods and technology which could contribute to the country’s enrichment-related, reprocessing or heavy water-related activities, or to the development of nuclear-weapon-delivery systems. It tightened the measures in March, banning arms sales and expanding the freeze on assets.However, a United States intelligence report released late last year concluded that there has been no ongoing nuclear weapons programme in Iran since the fall of 2003, which Mr. ElBaradei said tallies with the findings of the IAEA.Since Iran did not declare its nuclear programme for nearly two decades, he told the press today that there is a “confidence deficit” on the part of the international community towards the country regarding its future nuclear intentions.“I hope that Iran will continue to work closely with the Security Council, to create the conditions for Iran and the international community to engage in comprehensive negotiation that would lead to a durable solution,” the Director General, who visited the country last month, said. 22 February 2008The head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said today that it has made “quite good progress” in clarifying unresolved issues over Iran’s past nuclear programme, but several hurdles remain. read more

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WatchLoonie plunges as commodity prices slide North American markets mixed

TORONTO — North American markets were mixed while the Canadian dollar was sharply lower amid a slide in commodity prices.The loonie, which closed at 83.18 U.S. cents on Friday in advance of the Victoria Day holiday weekend, plunged 1.43 U.S. cents to 81.75 cents.The fall in the loonie came as the June contract for benchmark oil fell $2.17 to US$57.26 a barrel, continuing a slide that began a week ago after its most recent foray above US$60 a barrel. Meanwhile, June gold gave back $20.90 to US$$1,206.70 an ounce, while July copper was down seven cents at US$2.84 a pound.On equity markets, the Toronto Stock Exchange edged up 12.90 points at 15,121.02.New York markets were mixed with indexes moving in a narrow range amid optimism over the latest read on U.S. housing construction but disappointing earnings news from Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer.The Dow Jones industrial average moved further into record territory, rising a slight 13.51 points to 18,312.39 after a record high close of 18,298.88 on Monday. The S&P 500, which also set a record high of 2,129.20 on Monday, gave back 1.37 points to 2,127.83, while the Nasdaq fell 8.41 points to 5,070.03. read more

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Liberals should involve private sector in delivering services Duncan

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Liberals should involve private sector in delivering services: Duncan by Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 24, 2014 11:36 am MDT TORONTO – Ontario’s governing Liberals — or whichever party succeeds them — should work with the private sector to deliver public services at less cost, former Liberal finance minister Dwight Duncan said Thursday.The cash-strapped Liberals are running an $11.3-billion deficit and have doubled the debt to $272 billion since they took office in 2003.Duncan, who was treasurer from 2007 to 2013 when the province racked up record deficits, said all three parties will be compelled to look at more efficient ways to provide services.Ontario has a “staggering” debt, insufficient infrastructure, gridlock in the Toronto area and an aging population that will drive up health-care costs, he said.But this isn’t the “same old tired mantra of privatization,” said Duncan, who left politics last year for the private sector.“The idea is to save money while delivering the same services and being able to apply the savings to those priority areas, whatever priority areas the government of the day identifies,” he said.Many countries have saved money by working with private companies on prison management, health and administrative services, according to an Ontario Chamber of Commerce report that Duncan helped put together. But the province is lagging behind, it said.Teranet, a private company that has a licence to provide electronic land registration services, is a success story, Duncan said. The Ontario government got $1 billion and 50 years of royalty payments in the deal and still controls fee increases, the report said.But other deals were massive failures, such as Ontario’s Ornge air ambulance service, a not-for-profit entity that ended up under police investigation for financial irregularities. The auditor general rapped the Liberals on the knuckles for failing to oversee Ornge, despite giving it hundreds of millions of dollars.“I concur Ornge did not work out that well and there are bad deals done,” Duncan said.“There’ve been bad deals done in other areas on the whole privatization file. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t proceed.”Controversies like Ornge can be avoided by opening up all contracts to public scrutiny and requiring companies to report any information that’s not commercially sensitive, said Josh Hjartarson of the chamber of commerce.But the government must also ensure it has the right tools and skills to effectively manage the partnership, he said.“Part of the lesson here (with Ornge) is that you can’t just take a public service, cut and lift it and place it out there in the realm to do its own thing,” Hjartarson said.“What you actually need to do is what we call ‘re-engineer’ the retained organization.”Private sector involvement isn’t appropriate for all government services, Duncan said. But health-care billing, issuing drivers’ licences and outpatient medical procedures are some areas that could benefit.There are concerns that private entities will find ways to squeeze as much profit as they can from providing those services, such as paying workers less for the same work.The cost savings won’t come from wages, but from improving business processes with better technology, said Hjartarson.Contracts can also include a “windfall” provision, he said. If the private partner starts making too much money, the government can collect some of those gains.Duncan said he tried to encourage contracting out of some government services when he was finance minister, such as the family responsibility office which collects money from deadbeat parents and spouses.But he couldn’t always convince his colleagues to do it, he said. Some weren’t comfortable with the idea or didn’t think it was a good deal.With good reason, said veteran New Democrat Gilles Bisson. Ontario’s history is littered with privatization schemes gone wrong, from the electricity system to electronic health records.“Clearly what we don’t need to do is what he’s suggesting,” he said.“And he’s not one to be preaching to Ontarians about how to better spend taxpayers’ dollars, because it seems to me he didn’t do a good job.”The Liberals say they already operate a lean government, with the lowest spending program per capita among the provinces.Finance Minister Charles Sousa has also asked for advice on ways of getting more value out of key public assets such as the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One.Duncan also mused about squeezing more returns out of them when he held the job. It’s a question all governments will have to ask themselves, he said.“You’ve got literally billions of dollars tied up in the balance sheet of those organizations,” he said. “So you might be getting an eight per cent return from the LCBO but should you be getting a 10 per cent return?” read more

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Softball Ohio State continues Big Ten play against Michigan State

Ohio State sophomore outfielder Summer Constable (00) leads off of the base at Buckeye Field. Ohio State defeated Indiana 2-0 on March 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternComing off a 4-3 win against Ohio, the Ohio State softball team (26-14, 9-5 Big Ten) will head to East Lansing, Michigan, to face Michigan State (15-25, 3-9 Big Ten) in a three-game series to continue Big Ten action.  “In general, they are a very good hitting team,” Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said. “We will have to come up with a good plan to beat that.”The hitting strength of Spartans is led by the Echols sisters: senior outfielder Ebonee Echols and freshman third baseman Charla Echols. Charla Echols and Ebonee Echols lead the team with a .360 and .356 batting average, respectively. Sophomore outfielder Katie Quinlan has recorded a .321 batting average off 34 hits, while scoring 25 runs overall this season.“They are a good hitting team, so we are gonna try to put on more runs than them,” Ohio State senior shortstop Lilli Piper said. “Just try to play solid and defense as possible.”However, Michigan State’s pitchers have not provided the same level of support for the Spartans, owning a 5.02 team ERA in 2019. Michigan State’s sophomore pitcher Alli Walker has recorded a 4.54 ERA and 7-9 season record so far. Comparatively, Ohio State has maintained a 2.13 team ERA this season. Senior pitcher Morgan Ray has maintained a 2.13 ERA and 11-6 season record, striking out 120 batters in 131.2 innings of work. Sophomore Lauren Rice has recorded a 2.26 ERA and 14-4 season record. This past season, Ohio State swept the Spartans in three games. However, the Buckeyes lost two of the three games between the two teams in 2017. “Traditionally through the years, this had been a really competitive series,” Schoenly said.Heading into the series, Shoenly said Ohio State needs to continue its momentum from its past two games: pitching and hitting well. The opener of the three-game series between Ohio State and Michigan State will begin at 6 p.m. Friday.  The second game will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, and the final game will start at 1 p.m. Sunday. read more

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Foster parents of Parsons Green bomber sue local council after he was

The smoking bomb on the tube carriage Jocelyn Cockburn, a specialist civil liberties solicitor from Hodge Jones & Allen, who represents Mr and Mrs Jones, said: “Surrey County Council owed Penny and Ron a duty to disclose key information about the danger Ahmed posed, and to ensure any information given was accurate, before asking them to invite him into their home.”Instead he was presented merely as a troubled young person. This is a clear failing by the council and gives rise to claims in negligence and under the Human Rights Act 1998.”Had the appropriate disclosure been made, Penny and Ron would not have agreed to foster Ahmed and accordingly not have suffered the distress and other difficulties they have endured.”A Surrey County Council spokesman said: “We are defending this claim, however we acknowledge this has been a very difficult time for Mr and Mrs Jones and their family.”We place a high value on openness with all our foster carers, share information about any risks with them from the outset and continue to keep them informed. This was our approach with Mr and Mrs Jones.”Mr and Mrs Jones are raising money for a legal fighting fund to help pay for their legal action on Mrs Jones added: “When Ahmed’s trial was going on, I was asked if I knew if he had said he was trained to kill by Isis and I said no, we would never have taken him if we’d known. Caring for kids was my life and now this has been taken away from us.” His trial heard how Hassan arrived in Britain illegally in 2015 and told officials he had trained with Islamic State (IS).Mr and Mrs Jones, who fostered 269 children in 47 years, say they have been “betrayed” and “hung out to dry” by Surrey County Council, as they have not been asked to foster any more children since Hassan’s arrest. The foster carers of the Parsons Green bomber are taking legal action against the council that placed him in their home because he was described as “merely as a troubled young person” when in fact he was “trained to kill by Isis”.Iraqi teenage asylum seeker Ahmed Hassan, who pretended to engage with the anti-terrorism Prevent scheme as he plotted mass murder in London, was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 34 years at the Old Bailey last year.Hassan’s foster parents Penny and Ron Jones, who were awarded an MBE in 2010, are suing Surrey County Council, claiming that the council did not disclose key information about the danger he posed.The teenager, who lived in Sunbury, Surrey, made a bomb with 400g of “Mother of Satan” explosives and 2.2kg of shrapnel while his unsuspecting foster carers were on holiday in Blackpool.The bomb injured 51 passengers on September 15 2017. 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. Ahmed Hassan, the 18-year-old man who planted a home-made bomb on a London tube in Parsons Green Mrs Jones, 72, said: “We want to make sure that no other foster carers are ever treated like we have been.”The couple are claiming that the council was negligent in not telling them the full story about Hassan’s past and that they breached their right to family life as protected under the Human Rights Act.Mrs Jones said: “They told me that he had tried to kill himself and would only be released if he was fostered into a stable home so we took him in.”On the surface he was a lovely boy. He wouldn’t let Ron mow the lawn and he would always carry the shopping in from the car. So when it came out he was building a bomb in our home it was a real shock.”We were told that the amount of explosives he had was enough to blow up this entire block of six houses. It’s terrifying.” Ahmed Hassan, the 18-year-old who planted a home-made bomb on a London tube in Parsons GreenCredit:PA Ahmed Hassan made a bomb with 400g of “Mother of Satan” explosives and 2.2kg of shrapnelCredit:Metropolitan Police read more

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How much money did people donate to see this hole being dug

first_img EVERY WEEK, offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.85,731: The number of patients admitted to hospitals on trolleys so far this year, a slight decrease on this time last year.13.9%: The percentage rise in the year to September of estimated rental values on Grafton Street.86: The age of Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs whose death was announced this week.€1.1 million: The amount of money’s worth of drugs seized by gardaí as part of a continued operation into serious criminal activity in the ~Dublin region.€10 million: The amount of money Virgin Media paid for UTV Ireland, in a deal that was completed this week.20%: The percentage of Irish people who can’t afford to meet friends or family for a drink or meal at least once a month.€1.6 million: The amount of money’s worth of gold in a bucket stolen by a thief in broad daylight in New York.€973: The cost of rent for the average home across Ireland, according to latest figures.4,377: The number of homeless adults living in emergency accommodation in Ireland in October. Check out our homelessness series ran this week on the website.€200 million: The amount of money Irish Water plans to spend to upgrade the Vartry Water treatment plant in Wicklow.$100,000: The amount of money people donated to watch a giant hole being dug.142: The number of people found sleeping rough on the streets of Dublin during the official winter count.  89%: The percentage of undocumented migrants in Ireland in full employment, according to research by Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI).Read: Like our weekly numerical breakdown? Check out more > Dec 3rd 2016, 6:30 PM Image: Youtube/Cards Against Humanity Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Youtube/Cards Against Humanity 17,059 Views Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 6:30 PM By Cormac Fitzgerald 5 Comments How much money did people donate to see this hole being dug? It’s the week in numbers Plus: How many patients have been admitted to hospitals on trolleys so far this year? Share Tweet Email1 Short URLlast_img read more

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Licences 4G le recours de Free rejeté par le Conseil dEtat

first_imgLicences 4G : le recours de Free rejeté par le Conseil d’Etat A la fin du mois d’août, le futur quatrième opérateur mobile, Free, a déposé un recours devant le Conseil d’Etat, contestant les modalités de paiement pour l’obtention des licences 4G. La filiale d’Iliad réclamait la suspension des textes concernant un dispositif qu’il estimait favorable à ses concurrents. Une demande qui a été rejetée.Le mois dernier, Free a saisi le Conseil d’Etat en référé pour contester les modalités de paiement encadrant l’attribution des licences 4G. L’opérateur s’estimait désavantagé par rapport à ses plus gros concurrents, qui auront bien plus de facilités à réaliser le paiement immédiat prévu (voir notre article). Le futur quatrième opérateur mobile réclamait alors la suspension de ces modalités. Mais cette demande a été rejeté par le Conseil d’Etat, qui dans une ordonnance publiée sur son site Internet (lien non disponible) le 7 septembre, explique avoir pris cette décision en raison d’un “défaut d’urgence”, celle-ci étant un critère nécessaire “pour que le juge des référés fasse droit à une demande de suspension”.À lire aussiInternet mobile : 38% des français sont connectésLe Conseil d’Etat a jugé “que la société Free ne justifiait ni d’une atteinte suffisamment grave et immédiate à ses intérêts, ni de conséquences susceptibles d’affecter durablement la structure concurrentielle du marché qui seraient de nature à constituer une situation d’urgence”. Toutefois, cette décision n’a pas été prononcée sur “les moyens critiquant la légalité des décisions contestées”, souligne le juge des référés. Ainsi, si Free le souhaite, il pourra saisir à nouveau le Conseil d’Etat, qui sera en mesure de statuer “dans les prochains mois”.A la fin du mois d’août, le ministre de l’Economie Numérique Eric Besson avait rejeté la demande de Free. Interrogé à ce sujet sur France 2, il expliquait ne pas pouvoir accepter cette requête “parce que la loi ne le permet pas. La loi de Finances dit très clairement que pour la quatrième génération (…) ces fréquences doivent être payées cette année”. Les licences 4G devraient rapporter quelque 2,5 milliards d’euros à l’Etat. Un montant qui est “en ligne avec ce qu’ont fait tous les grands pays européens” soulignait-t-il.Le 8 septembre 2011 à 18:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Dogfish Head Unveils Beer That Can Develop Kodak Super 8 Film

first_imgStay on target Fiber-Based Six-Pack Can Rings Offer Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticEven More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft Beer Dogfish Head Brewing is known for its quirky beer assortment and the Delaware-based company recently collaborated with Kodak on the ultimate beverage: A SuperEIGHT gose that can be used to develop film.The sour German-style wheat beer, which features eight “heroic” ingredients, can be used to process Kodak’s Super 8 film, said a Dogfish Head blog post. This cool beer will be available at local beer retailers next month, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported.At 5.3 percent alcohol, the SuperEIGHT gose is an offbeat beer made with these key ingredients: boysenberry, blackberry, elderberry, mango, prickly pear, kiwi juices, a small amount of quinoa, and some Hawaiian sea salt. It has a vibrant red hue and has a “slightly tart taste and refreshing finish,” according to Dogfish Head.“We’re comin’ at ya with so much juicy flavor with the latest release of our new Gose, SuperEIGHT,” Dogfish Head founder and CEO Sam Calagione said in the blog post. “With the meteoric success of SeaQuench Ale growing to be the best selling sour beer in America, we learned from consumers that approachable, refreshing, super-flavorful beers are what they’re seeking when making choices about beverages. We’re listening, we heard you, and we think you’re going to love our wildly delicious SuperEIGHT.”Last year, Calagione appeared on an episode of Kodak’s podcast “The Kodakery” to talk about “analog processes in the digital age.” Calagione discovered that the heightened levels of acidity and vitamin C in certain types of beer could also be used as a processing agent for some films. The company said the SuperEIGHT beer was created to specifically process Kodak Super 8 film.“Early batches of the beer were sent to Kodak to begin development,” said the Dogfish Head blog post. “After a series of tests were done, they successfully proved that SuperEIGHT can in fact act as a film developer.”To celebrate the beer’s debut, Calagione is planning a port-to-port boat trip up the East Coast this summer and will document his adventures on Kodak Super 8 film. The footage will be developed in SuperEIGHT beer and turned into a short movie. More details on the epic trip will be disclosed in April.More on Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Inspired a BeerFinally, Someone Made a Beer That Tastes Like Lucky CharmsA Brewery Is Making Beer From Rejected Corn Flakeslast_img read more

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Tavernier admits that the expectations on Gerrard are high

first_imgSteven Gerrard has become the new Rangers coach and it is clear that many people will be watching and judging every one of this steps – and James Tavernier knows that the pressure is higher than ever before…The Rangers captain admitted that a lot of fans will be expecting their boys to win at least one trophy and the expectations will be high in every single competition that they will be in.Tavernier spoke about the upcoming season as he said, according to Sports Mole:“We’re playing for Rangers and the expectation is to bring trophies back to the club.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“The fans expect it, we expect it, we have winning mentalities. Our aim is to be in competition in all the trophies we are in.”“[Success] would be challenging for the title. We are Rangers, so we always have to be challenging for the title. You can’t expect anything less.”“We want to do well in the cup competitions and we really want to do well in the Europa League after what happened last season.”last_img read more

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40 Arlington HS fans ejected for unruly behavior from soccer game against

first_img March 6, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Arlington High School, sports, Torrey Pines High School FacebookTwitter Posted: March 6, 2018 Updated: 8:42 PM KUSI Sports, center_img KUSI Sports 40 Arlington HS fans ejected for ‘unruly behavior’ from soccer game against Torrey Pines Roughly 40 Arlington fans were ejected Tuesday night from a Southern California Regional soccer game between Torrey Pines High School and Arlington High School from Riverside.The fans were asked to leave with just seven minutes left in the game for “unruly behavior.”Others attending the game reported that the coach for Arlington High School apologized to Torrey Pines for the fans’ behavior.last_img

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San Diego search and rescue team return from mission in Paradise

first_imgSan Diego search and rescue team return from mission in Paradise November 27, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 6:36 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Members of a San Diego search and rescue team are back home tonight after coming through the rubble of the Camp Fire in Northern California.Sasha Foo is live from Task Force Eight’s headquarters near downtown San Diego. center_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: November 27, 2018 Categories: California News, KUSI, Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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EA Access gaming service adds PlayStation support

first_img Share your voice Culture Tech Industry Gaming Post a comment 0 Tags EA Access launched in 2014, nearly a year after Andrew Wilson was named the company’s new CEO. Josh Miller/CNET Electronic Arts is hoping to level up with PlayStation gamers. The gaming giant, known for games like the Madden NFL and FIFA sports titles, as well as the adventure epic Anthem, said Tuesday it plans to expand its $4.99 per month EA Access program to PlayStation users in July. The move, which it telegraphed in February, has been long coming. The subscription service, which offers more than 50 games such as the latest entries for each of its NHL, NBA, NFL and FIFA sports titles, first launched in 2014 for the Xbox, and then in 2016 for the PC. It didn’t launch for the PlayStation, however, in part because the company didn’t believe it brought “the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect.”  “As we continue to invest in digital and subscription services, bringing our games to even more people across both consoles is an exciting opportunity,” Matt Bilbey, EA’s head of strategic growth, said in a statement. “Our goal is to give players more choice to try and play our games wherever and however they choose.” EA isn’t the only company offering gaming subscription services. Both Microsoft and Sony have their own programs as well. Microsoft’s $9.99 per month Xbox Game Pass offers access to more than 100 games, including the world building title Minecraft and the epic action series Gears of War. Sony, meanwhile, offers PlayStation Plus, a $59.99 per year service (which works out to $5 per month) that gives access to a rotating list of games each month. To make its service more enticing, EA’s expanded its service last year with a more expensive “premiere” version, offering access to the company’s latest games and a wider backlog of titles for $15 per month. It also offered gamers a chance to play its much-hyped Anthem adventure epic a week before its full release. The company declined to say how many people have subscribed to its service. Electronic Arts (EA) Microsoft Sonylast_img read more

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Missouri Report Blacks 85 Percent More Likely to Be Stopped

first_imgThe Associated PressNearly four years after protests in Ferguson raised concerns about racial profiling of blacks in Missouri, a report from the state attorney general shows that African-American drivers are 85 percent more likely to be pulled over than Whites — the highest level in the 18 years the state has compiled data.(Stock Photo)Attorney General Josh Hawley on June 1 released his office’s annual Vehicle Stops Report. The “disparity index” comparing traffic stops among races showed a 10 percentage point jump from last year, when Blacks were 75 percent more likely than Whites to be stopped.John Gaskin of the St. Louis County chapter of the NAACP says the numbers are further evidence of why many Blacks are hesitant to travel and do business in Missouri.last_img

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Microsoft refines the Xbox 360 Slim with a hardware update

first_imgThe rumor that Microsoft was to launch a new console at E3 turned out to be just that: a rumor. The gaming conference seemed to be most focused on Kinect titles and the Halo 4 announcement. Now we have more evidence that Microsoft’s focus continues to be the Xbox 360 as another hardware update is planned.Unlike the introduction of the Xbox 360 Slim, which saw the console get a brand new look, this new update is under the hood and wont impact the overall look of the machine. It also marks the first time Microsoft has moved the Xbox 360 architecture to a system-on-chip (SoC) solution.Until now the Xbox 360 has had a separate CPU and GPU on its motherboard. To begin with this was necessary due to the amount of heat being generated by those cutting-edge designs. In fact it ran too hot, or Microsoft didn’t cool it well enough, and lots of them died displaying a Red Ring of Death (RRoD). The console is several years old now, though, and technology has moved on making the chips quite dated in terms of performance. The move to the Slim model showed that it is now possible to produce the 360 internals without the heat and power requirements of the original machine. With this latest update that Slim redesign has now been refined.The SoC solution puts the CPU, GPU, memory, and logic all on one piece of silicon and cooled by one heatsink. This design, based on a 45nm process means, the Xbox consumes less power and produces less heat. It also means there is less that can go wrong making it more reliable.While developing the SoC design is thought to have taken five years and considerable investment, it will be cheaper to manufacture than the old multi-chip system, meaning Microsoft will make more profit on each console sold.The good news for gamers is this new Xbox 360 should run cooler and quieter. Less components also mean the console will be lighter, and it has allowed Microsoft to reduce the size of the power supply brick once again.The only thing that remains to be found out is when exactly this updated machines hits stores and how you can go about ensuring you get one.Read more at IBTlast_img read more

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first_img Who is Tommy Wiseau?It’s a question that has long befuddled and endlessly amused fans of “The Room,” the infamously bad 2003 movie Wiseau directed, self-financed and starred in. Where did this billboard-self-promoting, Terminator-sunglasses-wearing Frozen Caveman Lawyer knockoff come from? (He has claimed New Orleans but investigation — and his accent — suggest Poland.) How old is he? (No one knows but older than he has said.) And where did he get his apparent wealth? (The movie cost $6 million to make, partly because Wiseau insisted on shooting on both 35mm film and digital.)It’s also a question that James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist,” a comedy about Wiseau and the making of “The Room,” has no interest in answering. That’s because “The Disaster Artist” isn’t really about Tommy Wiseau. It’s about James Franco.A quick recap for the uninitiated. “The Room” ran for two weeks in Los Angeles (Wiseau wanted it to qualify for the Oscars) and was roundly panned as a singularly terrible movie. But it found a “Rocky Horror Picture Show”-sized cult, with sold-out midnight screenings that continue to run. Devotees thrilled to the movie’s cheesy filmmaking, its strange, woeful imitation of Tennessee Williams dialogue (“You’re tearing me apart, Lisa!”), its bizarre narrative incongruities (one character announces having cancer only for it never to be talked of again) and its proliferation of spoons throughout (which fans bring to throw at screenings).Wiseau’s friend and co-star Greg Sestero later wrote the 2013 book, with author Tom Bissell, titled “The Disaster Artist” about the inept making of the movie — framing the film as a nuttier version of classic Hollywood tales like “Sunset Boulevard.” Franco, himself, reviewed the book, concluding that Wiseau wasn’t just a punchline but was an outlandish version of every fumbling aspirant to Hollywood. “In so many ways, Tommy c’est moi,” wrote Franco.To be sure, “The Disaster Artist,” which is based on Sestero and Bissell’s book, will appeal most to fans of “The Room.” Much of it plays like a prequel. Our first, immediately recognizable shot of Tommy (Franco with a long, jet-black mane) is in silhouette, as if John Wayne is making his entrance. He and Sestero meet at acting class, start reading lines together and are soon headed to Los Angeles to make it big.I can’t say I ever found “The Room” nearly so funny as others. Wiseau is far from an outlier in having misbegotten, even demented delusions of fame. He’s kind of a tragic figure, an immigrant trying to hide his past while making what he hopes will be an “all-American” movie.And large swaths of “The Disaster Artist” play off the joke of a hapless goon trying to cast himself as James Dean. As a movie about Wiseau, “The Disaster Artist” isn’t very good. He remains a mystery throughout. Aside from a spot-on, “SNL”-ready impression of Wiseau, there’s just not much here besides a loose jumble of recreations and allusions to “The Room.” (For a testament to the art of failure, see Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood.”)Yet as a movie about James Franco, “The Disaster Artist” is a smash hit. Franco populates the film with friends and comedians, from Jason Mantzoukas to Seth Rogen (also a producer). Franco’s brother, Dave, stars alongside him as Sestero, making the homoerotic bromance between the characters an outright lark. It’s not a coincidence that the big-name producer Tommy awkwardly approaches at a restaurant (and performs “Hamlet” to) is played by Judd Apatow, who gave Franco his first break on “Freaks and Geeks” nearly two decades ago.The 39-year-old Franco, who has now directed some 18 movies, has long been drawn to all things meta, and, on that score, “The Disaster Artist” is his piece de resistance. There’s something joyful about the Franco brothers playing a fun-house mirror version of their own Hollywood arrival, and the film’s best scenes are with Rogen’s production manager, aghast at Tommy’s incompetence.When Tommy introduces “The Room” at its premiere, Franco might as well be speaking for himself. “This my move and this my life,” he says. “OK. Be cool.”“The Disaster Artist,” an A24 release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for “language throughout and some sexuality/nudity.” Running time: 105 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.___MPAA definition of R: Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: story has been corrected to show that “The Room” was released in 2003. Review: In ‘Disaster Artist,’ Franco finds his masterpiece by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Nov 29, 2017 1:23 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 1, 2017 at 7:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img This image released by A24 shows Dave Franco, left, and James Franco in a scene from “The Disaster Artist.” (Justina Mintz/A24 via AP) last_img read more

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