In the news today May 10

first_imgFive stories in the news for Thursday, May 10———VAN ATTACK ACCUSED DUE IN COURTThe man accused of killing 10 people and injuring 16 others in a van attack in Toronto last month is set to appear in court today, where it’s expected he’ll be charged with three new attempted murder charges. Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, Ont., allegedly drove a rental van down a busy sidewalk on April 23. He is already charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder.———G7 SECURITY BOLSTERED BY 3,000 OFFICERS, DOGSWhen G7 leaders gather in Quebec for their summit next month, they’ll be guarded by some 3,000 police officers and dozens of police dogs being flown in from across the country. The federal government plans to spend more than $2.2 million on the airlift. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his fellow G7 leaders will meet June 8-9 inside a high security zone in the town of La Malbaie.———MIXED RESULTS IN ROUND 2 OF ALERT TESTSMobile phones in Atlantic Canada buzzed and squealed as more tests were conducted on Canada’s new emergency alert system, but glitches appeared to continue in Western Canada, where some wireless subscribers got the test signals and others did not. The operators of the system said they were learning from the failed tests earlier this week in Ontario and Quebec, although they still could not say what caused problems in Ontario on Monday.———JAMES COMEY TO SPEAK IN TORONTOFormer U.S. FBI director James Comey visits Toronto today. Among other things, Comey will discuss his book, “A Higher Loyalty,” at an event called Leaders and Icons. Comey will be interviewed by Canadian business executive Heather Reisman at today’s event. U.S. President Trump fired Comey last May, an act now under investigation for possible obstruction of justice.———WINNIPEG JETS SET FOR GAME 7A nervous day lies ahead for fans of the Winnipeg Jets. The team is in Nashville to face the Predators tonight in the seventh and deciding game of their NHL Western semifinal. The loser goes home and the winner will move on to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Conference final. Winnipeg had a chance to clinch in Monday’s Game 6, but fell 4-0 on home ice to send the series back to Nashville.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Statistics Canada will release the new housing price index for March.— A Commons committee will hear witnesses on the breach of personal data involving Cambridge Analytica and Facebook.— Gov. Gen. Julie Payette will invest 45 recipients into the Order of Canada during a ceremony in Ottawa.— The National March for Life demonstration will be held in Ottawa.last_img read more

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BC heading to court in Alberta to stop fuel restriction law may

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia is preparing to file a lawsuit as early as next week to have Alberta’s new fuel restriction law declared unconstitutional.Attorney General David Eby says B.C. will file its lawsuit in the Court of Queen’s Bench in Alberta.He says B.C. will apply for an injunction and seek damages if Alberta uses the new law to restrict fuel flows to the West Coast.The Alberta government is expected to pass its Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act as early as today.Kathleen Ganley, Alberta’s justice minister and solicitor general, says in a letter to Eby that Bill 12 protects Alberta’s economic interests and those of all Canadians.The legal dispute between Alberta and B.C. is part of an ongoing and escalating national feud over the $7.4 billion Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion project from northern Alberta to Burnaby, B.C.last_img read more

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Bleaching hits worlds southernmost coral reef

first_imgSydney: The world’s southernmost coral reef has been hit by bleaching this summer, Australian scientists said Wednesday, as they warned rising sea temperatures from climate change were affecting even the most isolated ecosystems. The corals off Lord Howe Island — some 600 kilometres (370 miles) offshore from Sydney — were affected by elevated temperatures this summer, despite escaping severe bleaching that damaged the Great Barrier Reef in 2016 and 2017. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”It’s a canary in the coal mine that we are seeing bleaching at this very isolated southernmost reef, which is worrying,” Associate Professor Bill Leggat of the University of Newcastle said. “It’s just another indicator that climate change is affecting everywhere around the world. Here is a reef that is 600 kilometres from the mainland and we are seeing bleaching there in a lovely, beautiful ecosystem.” Leggat and other scientists from several Australian universities and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found severe bleaching of up to 90 percent at Lord Howe’s inshore, shallow lagoon reefs. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsDeeper-water corals in the marine park, which contains species not found anywhere else and like the Barrier Reef is a World Heritage site, were still “looking quite healthy” having mostly escaped the bleaching, Leggat said. Leggat said increasing baseline temperatures caused by climate change, and local factors such as elevated temperatures in the area this summer, caused the bleaching to occur. The scientists are set to return to Lord Howe in the next few months to find out if some corals have been so severely bleached they can’t recover. Bleaching occurs when abnormal environmental conditions, such as warmer sea temperatures, cause corals to expel tiny photosynthetic algae, draining them of their colour. Corals can recover if the water temperature drops and the algae are able to recolonise them. However, swathes of coral at the Barrier Reef — the world’s largest living structure — died or were damaged in the unprecedented successive events in 2016 and 2017.last_img read more

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Lessons for Brexit from Norways hard border with Sweden

ORJE, Norway — While many border posts in Europe have vanished, Norway’s hard border with the European Union member Sweden is clearly visible, with cameras, license-plate recognition systems and barriers directing traffic to customs officers.Technological solutions being tested in Norway to digitalize customs procedures for cargo have been seized on by some in Britain as a way to overcome border-related problems that threaten to scuttle a divorce deal with the EU.But in the six months since an import trial began in the Norwegian border city of Orje, Customs section chief Hakon Krogh says some problems have brought the system to a standstill. Those include snow blocking the camera, Wi-Fi issues preventing the border barrier from lifting and truck drivers who don’t understand which lane to use.___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitDavid Keyton And Jill Lawless, The Associated Press read more

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Arjuna greeted with protests during launch of first train on MataraBeliatta railway

Supporters of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa staged a protest when Ranatunga arrived to launch the train saying the project was initiated by Rajapaksa. The project is to be completed in three phases and the Matara to Beliatta segment is the first phase of the project.The second phase of the project is the 48 kilometer segment from Beliatta to Hambantota and the in the third phase the track will be extended another 39 kilometers from Hambantota to Kataragama.Construction of the Matara to Beliatta section at a cost of US$ 278 million was carried out by a Chinese company with the funding from China Exim Bank. Supervision is being carried out under the guidance of the Central Engineering Bureau. An angry Ranatunga then launched the train by tooting the horn and left without travelling in the train as was initially planned. Transport Minister Arjuna Ranatunga was greeted with protests when he arrived in Matara today to launch the first train as part of a test run on the newly constructed Matara-Beliatta railway line. Journalists who were taken from Colombo to cover the launch were also not allowed to travel on the train.The 36 kilometer extension of the southern coastal rail line from Matara to Beliatta is the first stage of a 113-kilometer railway line from Matara to Kataragama. Main stations have been constructed at Kekunadura, Bambarenda, Wevurukannala and Beliatta. Two sub stations have been setup at Piladuwa and Veherahena. About 10 percent of the railway track has been built as flyovers. A flyover of one kilometer was built from Matara to Kekunadura. The flyover from Bambaranda to Vavurukannala is the tallest and the longest railway bridge in Sri Lanka.Picture by Lalith Perera read more

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UN envoy discusses Middle East situation with senior Lebanese officials in Beirut

Mr. Roed-Larsen met with Lebanon’s President, Emile Lahoud, Speaker Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and Foreign Minister Mahmoud Hammoud, according to a UN spokesperson.During these “tête-à-tête” meetings, Mr. Roed-Larsen “discussed issues related to the situation in the Middle East in general as well as the situation in Lebanon, including the water issue in south Lebanon,” spokesperson Hua Jiang told the press in New York.

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Rillers 28 pts helps lead Charleston past Charlotte 7264

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Grant Riller scored 28 points making 14-of-15 free throws, distributed nine assists and Charleston beat Charlotte 72-64 on Saturday.Charleston (7-2) extended its home-court win streak to 20 games. Charlotte (2-4) entered holding opponents to 64.6 points per game. Charleston now has score 70 or more in its last four games.Jaylen McManus’ 3-point play put the Cougars ahead 65-55 with 5:36 left to play before Charlotte went on a 9-3 run to close within four. Malik Martin made layups with 2:08 and 1:47 to go before Riller closed it out with four straight free throws. Jarrell Brantley scored 17 points for Charleston and Brevin Galloway scored 12. The Cougars shot 18 of 21 (85.7 per cent) from the foul line.Jon Davis paced Charlotte with 21 points, six assists and five rebounds. Martin scored 14 points with six rebounds and five assists and Dravon Mangum scored 12 with eight rebounds.The Associated Press read more

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CARICOM heads to consider dismantling marijuana prohibition

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOnce CariCom heads agree Guyana should decriminalise marijuana, says SMART memberJuly 4, 2018In “Business”Support for marijuana decriminalisation across the regionOctober 15, 2018In “Regional”More information needed before any decision on legalizing marijuana President RamotarJuly 10, 2014In “Politics” (Jamaica Gleaner) The dismantling of the prohibition of marijuana in its totality across member states is a key recommendation contained in the report of the CARICOM Regional Commission on Marijuana 2018, which will be reviewed by heads of government at the 39th conference of the regional body to be held in Montego Bay, St James, from July 4-6. In its report, the Commission, comprising professionals with expertise in the fields of law, ethics, sociology, psychiatry, medical, and social research, and criminology, argued that a strictly regulated framework for marijuana akin to that for alcohol and tobacco, should be introduced. Alcohol and tobacco are harmful substances that are not criminalised in CARICOM states.“The commission is unanimous in its view that the current classification for cannabis/ marijuana as a ‘dangerous drug’ with ‘no value’ or narcotic should be changed to a classification of legal cannabis as a ‘controlled substance’,” the report stated.There was also unanimity among members of the commission who argued that children and young persons must be protected from possible adverse effects of cannabis.Consequently, the commission said that prohibition for children and young persons within an appropriate age limit should be maintained, except for medical reasons. It further pointed out that young people who use marijuana should be directed to treatment and diversion programmes rather than being prosecuted or criminalised.On the question of using marijuana and driving, the commission agreed that drug-driving laws and mechanisms should be put in place to prevent persons from driving under the influence.At the same time, the report stated that the law must also ensure unhindered access to cannabis/ marijuana for scientific and medical research by approved institutions and researchers. The commission recommends that marijuana smoking and other uses should be banned in all public spaces.The commission used Jamaica as a point of reference, having amended the Dangerous Drugs Act in 2015, effectively decriminalising the use of two ounces, or less, of ganja. It also allows for a scheme of licences, permits, and other authorisations that enable the establishment of a lawful, regulated industry for ganja for medical, therapeutic and scientific purposes.The Regional Marijuana Commission was tasked to “conduct a rigorous enquiry into the social, economic, health and legal issues surrounding marijuana use in the Caribbean and to determine whether there should be a change in the current drug classification of marijuana, thereby making the drug more accessible for all types of usage (religious, recreational, medical and research).” read more

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Caterpillar to supply longwall systems to four CONSOL mines

first_imgCONSOL Energy, the largest producer of coal from underground mines in North America, has placed orders for Cat® longwall equipment including more than 1,100 roof supports and totaling nearly $300 million. In addition to roof supports, the four northern Appalachia mines—Bailey, Bailey Mine Extension (BMX), Robinson Run and Shoemaker—will get two armored face conveyors, a shearer and three shield haulers. CONSOL also is equipping all four longwall systems with the Cat PMC-R electro-hydraulic control system for advanced automation and Cat Detect Personnel, a personnel proximity detection system designed to enhance the safety of miners working around longwall systems. Delivery of equipment started in the fall of 2012 and will be completed in summer 2013.In addition to the four mines receiving complete roof support systems from the Caterpillar facilities inLünen,Germany, CONSOL’s McElroy mine will receive 60 roof supports to be used in extending the longwall face. Also, Enlow Fork mine as well as Shoemaker will upgrade to Cat PMC-R electro-hydraulic control systems. After retrofit of the old systems, CONSOL will operate a total of nine faces with PMC-R control systems. Of these, CONSOL will equip seven longwalls with Cat Detect Personnel. CONSOL plans to make the use of PMC-R controls standard in all its mines.All of the CONSOL mines getting new equipment are mining the Pittsburgh 8 coal seam in southwestPennsylvaniaand northernWest Virginia. The Bailey and BMX mines inPennsylvaniawill take delivery of 25.4-t roof supports with 380-mm diameter props. The roof supports will operate on 1,750-mm centers and have an operating range of 1.295 to 2.743 m. The Shoemaker and Robinson Run mines inWest Virginia will operate 22.9-t roof supports with 345-mm diameter props, with an operating range of 1.245 to 2.743 m. All four mines will have identical face end supports weighing 29.8-t and having an operating range of 1.295 to3.048 m.The PMC-R electro-hydraulic control system operating each longwall has sufficient computing power and data transfer speed to allow adding remote and semi-autonomous face operation.  All roof supports will be readied for the retrofit installation of the Cat MotionMonitor system. MotionMonitor employs the use of several strategically placed inclinometers that supply angularity data to the PMC-R system.  With this data the system can calculate the geometric attitude (pitch, roll and yaw) of each roof support. That information is needed to steer the face when operating in a semi-autonomous or autonomous mode.By monitoring the angular rate-of-change during times when the roof support has not been given a command to move, the system also can be used to detect unexpected movement of roof supports as well as roof convergence. The detection of unexpected movements helps in preventing equipment collisions and enhances prediction of impending geologic activity such as rockbursts. All roof supports will be equipped with Cat Detect Personnel, part of the Detect capability set of Cat MineStar™ System. The system has the ability to accurately and reliably identify the presence of personnel and to transmit this information in real time to the local roof support control system to allow appropriate action to be taken to prevent injury.The BMX mine will be supplied with two complete 470-m-long PF6 armored face conveyor (AFC) systems equipped with P-65 Controlled Start Transmissions (CSTs) and KP-65 CST AFC drive with installed power of 3 x 1,200 kW. These PF6 AFCs have a width of 1.142 m and can convey a maximum of 3,500 t/h of coal.The PF6 design separates wear parts from structural parts. The combination of welded and cast pans achieves an anticipated three-fold increase in the life of structural plates. The replaceable top race is made of extremely hard, wear-resistant materials while the supporting structural parts are made of high-strength steels. Robot welders attach the top race with standard welds that can be removed automatically for trough replacement. The innovative design combined with precision engineering and smooth rolled steel surfaces results in a substantial reduction of friction and wear, making the PF6 ideal for ultra-long panels.last_img read more

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Outernet project aims to provide global WiFi coverage via satellite

first_imgCONNECTING THE ENTIRE world to the web for free is always going to be an ambitious task, but one New York-based company plans to make it a reality by using miniature satellites.The Outernet project aims to create a network of miniature satellites in low Earth orbit that will beam WiFi to everyone around the world.Each satellite receives data from a network of ground stations and will transmit that data in a continuous loop until new content is received.Describing the project as the “modern version of shortwave radio or BitTorrent from space,” it will offer users a one-way web connection that allows WiFi-enabled devices to access a basic version of the web. The main draw of the project is that it would allow those who wouldn’t usually have a web connection a way to access itTwo-way internet-access would be made available to a small group of users. It will be made available to those who are unable to access traditional communication networks either because of natural disasters or man-made restrictions.The team behind the project hope to begin developing prototype satellites in June and start testing them at the beginning of 2015. If everything goes to plan, then deployment of Outernet could begin as early as June 2015.The project is being funded by the Media Development Investment Fund, a New-York based organisation that provides financing and business assistance to independent news outlets in countries that have a history of media oppression. The team behind Outernet are also accepting donations through PayPal and Amazon as well as through Bitcoin and Dogecoin.Outernet isn’t the first project that wants to connect the world to the web. Internet.org, a project headed by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, aims to do something similar through partnership with companies like Nokia and Samsung, while Project Loon is Google plan to connect people to the web via high-altitude balloons.Read: Internet domain names are going to end a little differently from now on >Read: You could soon be checking into hotels with just a QR code >last_img read more

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Germany warns citizens to leave Libya after deaths of 38 in clashes

first_imgGERMANY HAS BECOME the latest country to warn its citizens to get away from Libya and its escalating violence.At least 38 people, mostly soldiers, were killed in 24 hours of fierce fighting between the Libyan army and Islamists in Benghazi, officials said today.A military source said the clashes broke out yesterday when Islamist groups launched an assault on the headquarters of a special forces unit near the city centre, causing casualties among forces defending their barracks.Benghazi’s main hospital said the bodies of 28 soldiers had been taken there in the past 24 hours, along with 50 injured, while Al-Marj hospital, 100 kilometres to the east, spoke of two soldiers dead and ten injured.A spokesman for the self-proclaimed Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries, an alliance of Islamic and jihadist militia who have claimed a number of attacks on military bases in the area, announced that eight of its fighters had died.An AFP correspondent reported that several families could be seen leaving the area of the clashes, as loud explosions were heard in the city this morning. Near daily clashes take place in Benghazi and the latest came a day after the US evacuated its embassy in Tripoli due to fears for the safety of staff and as Britain joined the Americans in advising its citizens against travel to strife-torn Libya.Germany has now joined these countries and many others that have warned citizens about the dangers they face in the country.Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs had already advised against travel to Libya and warned Irish citizens to leave immediately.- © AFP 2014 with additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.Read: US shuts its embassy in Libya and evacuates staff amid violent clashes>Read: Special forces have captured the suspected ringleader behind the Benghazi attack>last_img read more

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10 Ideas for Your Doctor Who Season 10 Premiere Party

first_imgAin’t no party like a Doctor Who premiere party.After a year-long hiatus, Peter Capaldi returns on April 15 for his final series as the Twelfth Doctor.Joined next Saturday by companions Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas), the Time Lord will face familiar foes and make plenty of new enemies.Season 10 kicks off with “The Pilot,” set to air on BBC America at 9 p.m. ET (followed directly by spin-off Class at 10:10 p.m.).Your friends have RSVP’d. Your DVR is set to record. Your cosplay outfit is hanging in wait. Now there’s only one thing left to do.Check out our roundup of Doctor Who-themed party treats and trimmings to make and buy in preparation for this weekend’s big event.FOOD/DRINKTO MAKE:Fish fingers and custardNew mouth, new rules. Shortly after regenerating and landing in Amelia Pond’s garden, the Eleventh Doctor finds his sweet spot: fish custard. As adults, Amy, Rory, and the Doctor enjoy a meal of fish sticks dipped in creamy pudding during the Year of the Slow Invasion. But you can serve up a substitute using sugar cookies or vanilla basil cake disguised as frozen food.TikkidoAdipose popsAdipose—those cuddly cherubs that convert hair, bones, and other bodily material into blubber—look good enough to eat. And now you can. The hand-sized, marshmallow-shaped vermin lend themselves to snacking. But remember: This time, the fat won’t just walk away. (In fact, the sugar-based confections will probably go right to your hips.)Doctor Who CocktailsTARDIS-tini, The Rose Tyler, The Master, and other aperitifsBanana daiquiris and Sonic Screwdrivers may be the Doctor’s drinks of choice. But there is a whole universe of cocktails to woo your guests and liven up the night. The Doctor Who Cocktails blog hasn’t been updated since June 2014, but the archives provide a treasure trove of ideas, including the Ginger Mimosa (Donna Noble), The Grandfather (First Doctor), and The Spoiler (River Song).TO BUY:Jelly BabiesWould you like a Jelly Baby? The patently British snack was first consumed by the Second Doctor, but became most associated with Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor, who had a predilection for offering them to strangers in an effort to defuse tense situations. The Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors have done the same.Jammie DodgersSelf-destruct button or delicious British biscuit? The Jammie Dodger—made from shortbread, with a raspberry or strawberry jam filling—is a favorite of the Eleventh Doctor, who once tried to outsmart the Daleks with the tasty treat. You can make your own version of the sandwich cookie, or just order a box online.BananasAlways take a banana to a party.DECORATIONSTO MAKE:TikkidoBow tie napkinsBow ties are cool. And so are these bow tie-shaped napkins—which are super easy to make (you’ll need square paper napkins and matching satin ribbon, scissors, and tape), and even double as an Eleventh Doctor costume in a pinch.F-APopcorn buckets & cupcake wrappersEven if your guests don’t dress up, your food can. These printables turn popcorn or chips into a dapper Doctor (Tenth and Eleventh) or diabolical Dalek or Cyberman. And, cover your cupcakes with Dalek or TARDIS patterns for a wibbly-wobbly good time.TO BUY:FunkyFlagsBuntingBunting & bannerTake your Doctor Who decor to the next level with these original wall hangings. Nearly 10 feet of bunting features 12 double-sided flags sewn into a TARDIS-blue binding; loops at each end make for easy hanging. Combine those funky fabrics with the classic look of the Dalek/bow tie/TARDIS/Cyberman banner.OneStopDigitalPhoto booth propsGrab your Polaroid camera (OK, fine—your smartphone) and start snapping with these printable photo booth props. “Dress up” as all 12 Doctors (hair and hats included), or pretend you’re defeating the Daleks with a sonic screwdriver. The pack comes with 30 printable PDF pages, available for instant download.View as: One Page Slides1. Doctor Who Large Party Plates, Set of 8BUY ME!2. Time Traveler Photo Booth Props KitBUY ME!3. Doctor Who Tardis String LightsBUY ME!4. Silicone Ice Cube Tray Tardis & DaleksBUY ME!5. 12th Doctor – Card Face MaskBUY ME!last_img read more

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Geek Pick Corsair Ironclaw Is a Beefy RGB Wireless Mouse

first_imgStay on target We have no idea if gamers on average have bigger or smaller hands. We come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. However, gamers are probably more likely to care about whether or not a mouse fits their hand size. And the Corsair Ironclaw RGB Wireless, as the name implies, is meant for meaty paws. It’s five inches long and weighs 4.6 ounces. The tall design lets your whole hand wrap around the surface without touching the table.Along with its size and weight, the physical engineering of the mouse itself also stands up to more powerful palms. It features nice (if slim) thumb support, rubber grips, a matte plastic top shell, and 10 buttons featuring Omron switches that last for 50 million presses. You can of course configure those buttons along with the scroll wheel in different ways. Add various button macros and adjust the DPI depending on the level of precision you’re looking for.Considering the other customization options, it’s a little weird the colorful lights are so randomly placed. And the mouse’s wireless capabilities, which include Bluetooth or a 2.4GHz adapter, don’t extend to wireless charging. But the big boy Corsair Ironclaw RGB Wireless is still worth checking out.For more on the Corsair Ironclaw RGB Wireless check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. For more on gaming mice check out the Razer Basilisk and Razer Lancehead.More on Geek.com: An easy way to make your mouse more comfortable, especially for extended gaming sessions, is to go wireless. It’s a lot easier to focus on whatever your furiously clicking on (probably some generic MOBA character) if you aren’t worried about a cord getting in the way. But wires aren’t the only things that make mice uncomfortable. The Corsair Ironclaw RGB Wireless ($80) also works wonders for those of us with big presidential hands. Geek Pick: SteelSeries Arctis 9X Is An Excellent Xbox HeadsetGeek Pick: JBL PartyBox 300 Is a Huge Karaoke SpeakerGeek Pick: Apple AirPods 2 Let You Take Your Beats On The Go Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more

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Three vying to fill BG school board vacancy

first_imgThe Battle Ground school board on Wednesday voted to interview all three applicants for the seat vacated by longtime member Sam Kim, who resigned April 30.The trio will be interviewed for 30 minutes each during a public board meeting that starts at 6:30 p.m. today at the CASEE-A district office board room, 11104 N.E. 149th St.The board will then go into closed session to discuss the applicants’ qualifications.It will meet again in public session at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Battle Ground High School library, 300 W. Main St. The first order of business will be a roll-call vote to select Kim’s replacement, with swearing-in to follow immediately.The three applicants, in order of their Friday interviews:o Eric Silvey, social studies teacher and data facilitator at Skyview High School in Vancouver, who also has middle school experience. He served on the Battle Ground City Council from 1997-2001, but resigned when he moved beyond city limits.o Dominic Webber, a senior civil engineer with Kramer Gehlen and Associates in Vancouver. He previously worked for KPFF as a consulting engineer. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Portland State University, and is now a coach with Battle Ground Youth Soccer and Battle Ground Little League.last_img read more

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Pope takes Vatican trappings to a new plain

first_imgVATICAN CITY — Instead of the bus, a chauffeur. No longer a tiny apartment, but a penthouse suite. Not just a new name, but his own personal coat of arms.Such are the perks and trappings of office being thrust upon Pope Francis as he assumes leadership of the Roman Catholic Church and its 1.2 billion followers. There’s just one catch: He may not want them.Like a man who has won the lottery against his will, the new pontiff has already begun refusing some of the privileges that come with his new job, in keeping with the austere, almost ascetic ways he has pursued up to now as a Jesuit priest.For his unveiling as pope Wednesday to the throng in St. Peter’s Square, he shunned a fur-trimmed red half-cloak and golden cross in favor of plain white vestments and his usual iron cross. To go pray at a church in central Rome on Thursday, he hopped into a regular Vatican sedan, not the papal limousine. He prefers a simple miter to more elaborate, richly decorated headgear.Such actions seem typical of a man celebrated for his humility back in his native Argentina, where, as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, he served most of his clerical life. But they are new to the Vatican and to a church often decked in pomp and pageantry, and the new pope may soon be tested in how far he can take them.last_img read more

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Walker To Begin Reviewing Candidates For National Guard Post

first_imgSince the election, new Gov. Bill Walker has been piecing together his cabinet. But a few positions still remain in question. Key among these is the job of National Guard adjutant general, who also serves as commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.Download AudioWalker’s Republican predecessor Sean Parnell was in the process of finding a new adjutant general at the time of the election. Parnell had asked then-adjutant general Thomas Katkus to resign in September, because of a devastating federal report on sexual assault and favoritism in the Guard. Second-in-command Mike Bridges was promoted to the position in an acting role. Bridges remains in the position today, but Walker says he will be reviewing candidates for the job next week and that a decision should be made shortly after.“It’s in the works,” says Walker. “We expect that probably in the next 30 days.”Walker says he plans to meet with the investigating team from the National Guard Bureau on Monday. He says they will start by looking at the applicant pool collected by Parnell before he considers soliciting additional names.“Well, we want to see first what the group was that was brought to us,” says Walker. “We haven’t gone through that yet, and also the process that was used. We want to make sure that it was broad enough to include Alaskans as well.”Walker has also kept Parnell’s education commissioner, Mike Hanley, and his environmental conservation commissioner, Larry Hartig, in acting roles. At a press availability on Tuesday, Walker said he was “seriously considering keeping both of them” in permanent roles.last_img read more

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First train carrying 25 million litres of water arrives in parched Chennai

first_imgPeople of Chennai heaved a sigh of relief after a 50-wagon train carrying 2.5 million litres of water arrived at the parched city on Friday afternoon from Jolarpet railway station. A second train will also carry more water to the crisis-hit city. The Chennai Metro Water has decided to ferry at least 10 million litres a day.The train took 5 hours to reach Chennai from Jolarpet. Each wagon of the train carried up to 50,000 litres of water.Tamil Nadu Ministers including D Jayakumar and SP Velumani were present at Chennai’s Villivakkam railway yard to welcome the train. To celebrate the arrival of the train, an event was planned at the station with the party members in attendance.The Chennai Metro Water will be charged Rs 7.5 lakh for reach trip with the state government allotting Rs 65 crore for the project.Chennai is receiving 525 million litres of water per day from the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewage Board when it is supposed to receive 830 million litres a day. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami had announced that Chennai will receive 10 million litres of water daily from Jolarpet.Chennai had initially depended on four reservoirs on the outskirts for its water supply. There are — Cholavaram reservoir (1081 mcft at full capacity), Redhills reservoir (3,300 mcft at full capacity), Chembarabakkam Lake (3,645 mcft at full capacity) and the Poondi reservoir (3231 mcft at full capacity). Poondi reservoir still has 16 mcft while the other three have run completely dry, IANS reports.The government think tank, NITI Aayog has predicted that Chennai will run completely out of water by 2021. NITI Aayog had also predicted 21 other cities to run out of water in two years time.last_img read more

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House Investigations Committee To Open Investigation Into Allegations Against House Speaker Dennis

first_img Share Emree Weaver/The Texas TribuneSpeaker Dennis Bonnen in the House Chamber on March 27, 2019, the day the House will take up HB1, the 2020-21 budget plan.The vice chair of the Texas House General Investigating Committee has called on the chair to open “an immediate full investigation” into allegations that Speaker Dennis Bonnen offered a hardline conservative organization media credentials if it politically targeted members of his own party.“The committee must investigate whether or not there has been a violation of any policy or rules that the committee is charged with overseeing,” state Rep. Nicole Collier, D-Fort Worth, wrote in a letter dated Wednesday to state Rep. Morgan Meyer, R-Dallas.It was not immediately clear whether Meyer planned to accept Collier’s request to open an investigation. Collier’s request though could put Meyer, who is set to face a tough reelection bid in 2020, in a challenging spot, since he is considered one of Bonnen’s top allies.Collier specifically asked for an investigation into “the allegations relating to media credentials, as well as the circumstances and events surrounding a June 12, 2019 meeting, including any and all correspondence, statements and/or recordings related therto.”For the past two weeks, the House has been embroiled over the meeting between Bonnen, an Angleton Republican, and Michael Quinn Sullivan, who serves as CEO of Empower Texans. Sullivan alleged that Bonnen and state Rep. Dustin Burrows, who chairs the House GOP Caucus, said Empower Texans would receive long-denied media credentials in the lower chamber if its well-funded political action committee targeted 10 Republicans in the 2020 primaries. Sullivan later revealed he had secretly recorded the meeting.Bonnen, who was first elected speaker in January, has forcefully disputed Sullivan’s account of the meeting. And on Monday, he emailed members an apology for saying “terrible things that are embarrassing to the members, to the House, and to me personally” — but did not explicitly mention Sullivan’s alleged quid pro quo offered by the speaker.The General Investigating Committee, comprised of five House members, has sweeping jurisdiction and holds subpoena powers. A person who disobeys a subpoena by the committee may be cited or prosecuted for contempt, according to House rules, which were adopted at the beginning of the 86th legislative session in January. The committee can also meet at any time or place and has the jurisdiction to enter into a closed-door meeting if deemed necessary.Since Sullivan revealed he had recorded the meeting, Bonnen, along with a number of Republicans and Democrats, have called for the audio to be released. Sullivan hasn’t yet indicated when — or if — he will.State Rep. Chris Turner, a Grand Prairie Democrat who chairs his party’s caucus, said in a statement Wednesday that Collier “is right to make this call and has my full support in this effort.” He added that the committee should take up the allegations because “there are simply too many rumors about what was said or not said in this meeting for anyone who has not heard the recording to have confidence they have the truth.”Earlier Wednesday, a member of the committee, state Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, said on Facebook that, since there was a chance the allegations could come before the panel, it wouldn’t be appropriate to comment. He did, though, offer general thoughts on how he thinks the process should play out.“We should not rush to judgment but we should not drag our feet either,” Krause said. “We should not condemn anyone arbitrarily but also must not be scared to move forward if we find evidence of wrongdoing.”This piece was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.last_img read more

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday January 26

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uNational and local politics with commentator and media consultant Catalina Byrd and Towson University Political Science professor John Bullock. Plus, we’ll open the phone lines and allow our listeners to vent about the record-setting Snow Storm Jonas.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday April 28

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3u In wake of the results of Maryland’s controversial U.S. Senate race, we want to have a discussion about Black political power within Maryland’s Democratic Party. Was Donna Edwards treated fairly and is the Black vote taken for granted by the Dems? We’ll ask our experts and you our listeners….410.319.8888. It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

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