JO members attend UPFA Executive Committee meeting

He said that the request was approved and so his party will contest with the joint opposition at the elections in February. Joint Opposition (JO) members attended a United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Executive Committee meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena.Joint opposition member Dinesh Gunawardena, who attended the meeting, said that a request was made that UPFA member parties be allowed to contest the Local Government elections independently, if they wish. He also said that attempts to unite the joint opposition and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party failed as some members in the joint opposition had not supported attempts to unite both sides.Amaraweera said that while the SLFP and the SLFP  joint opposition members were having talks some SLFP joint opposition members made public statements which prevented the talks from moving forward. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera said that some joint opposition members have decided to contest the February elections with the UPFA. read more

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Ice cream recalled due to possible Listeria contamination

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the recall of Wholesome Farms’ 115 millilitre sundae cups has expanded to include more varieties.Central Smith Creamery previously issued a recall for the vanilla and strawberry sundae cups due to a possible Listeria contamination. The recall has since been updated to include the sugar-free light vanilla, butterscotch, orange sherbet, lime sherbet, and chocolate sundae cups.The additional varieties were added after a food safety investigation by the CFIA.The agency says the products were sold in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and possibly nationally.Consumers are being warned not to eat the recalled product. Food contaminated with Listeria may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness.The CFIA says no illnesses have been reported.For more information about this recall, click here. read more

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Afghanistans constitution talks must be free of threats UN and human rights

Nationwide meetings on the new constitution begin this week, paving the way for the constitutional Loya Jirga tribal council to adopt, in October, the new fundamental law of Afghanistan.”All participants in the process, men and women, regardless of their ethnic origin, religious belief or political affiliation, should be able to express themselves freely and openly on the major constitutional issues about which they are concerned and regarding the kind of constitution they want for Afghanistan,” UN spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva told the press in Kabul.”Only in this way, will the new Constitution of Afghanistan indeed reflect the needs and aspirations of the Afghan people,” he added in a statement which was jointly issued with the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission.The statement cited an increase in the number of threats, the level of intimidation, incidents of physical aggressions and arbitrary detentions carried out against citizens who have publicly expressed their political opinions or have criticized the representatives of the government, official institutions or individuals known to be affiliated with powerful political groups. In some cases, factions or armed groups have exercised pressure on individuals to support a particular political stance or agenda.The Human Rights Commission and the UN jointly called on the Afghan Transitional Authorities, particularly law enforcement and security agencies, to refrain from unlawful interference in the consultative process and to take “all necessary measures” to guarantee the enjoyment by all Afghans of their inalienable rights to freedom of expression and association.”The Police and other law enforcement entities should use their mandate and resources to counter any attempts aimed at disrupting the consultations and to bring those perpetrators to justice,” Mr. de Almeida e Silva stressed.Both the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission and the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) have a clear mandate to closely monitor the consultative process. The spokesman pledged that they would work closely together, denouncing and condemning any disruption of that process and recommending prosecution of anyone involved in hindering the smooth completion of the consultation.Mr. de Almeida e Silva voiced hope that the consultative process “will offer the possibility for Afghan men and women to express themselves freely and openly, thus setting a new benchmark on Afghanistan’s journey towards democracy and the rule of law.” read more

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UN intellectual rights protector places more developing country issues on agenda

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) says it is holding meetings this month and next to respond to a decision by its General Assembly last October that the body “incorporate the development dimension in WIPO’s various activities.”A review prepared for a two-day meeting of the WIPO Permanent Committee on Cooperation for Development Related to Intellectual Property (PCIPD), starting today, says the panel’s aim is to help developing countries reach their goal of building a knowledge-based economy.”Intellectual property becomes a tool for economic development when it is used in the context of well-articulated national, regional or enterprise-based strategies, to encourage and support innovation and creativity,” it says, adding, “A policy to support intellectual property that does not support funding for science is not likely to be successful in terms of economic gains.”The Permanent Committee also now helps developing countries find ways to support cultural, educational and research institutions in the public and private sectors.”WIPO will assist and support such specialized institutions in developing and implementing appropriate intellectual property policies, so that they can protect, mange and exploit their research results and other valuable, though intangible, assets,” the Committee says.WIPO has initiated projects to help developing countries effectively link research by specially identified publicly funded research institutions to business priorities, it says.”Moreover, incentives are suggested for scientists in public research institutions to commercialize their research and create synergies through networks between research institutions in both developing and developed countries,” it adds.In addition, WIPO will help developing countries which have been successful in using their intellectual property rights (IPRs) to share such experiences with others as “a valuable tool to enable countries and institutions to conduct their own intellectual property mapping exercises and to prepare blueprints.” read more

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Darfurs aid operations in jeopardy warns Annan in latest report on troubled

Sudan’s war-torn region of Darfur has reached a critical stage, with humanitarian groups at risk of withdrawing or drastically reducing their operations unless security conditions improve rapidly, Secretary-General Kofi Annan warns in his latest report to the Security Council.Reviewing events during August, Mr. Annan says the months since the striking of the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) in May have been disastrous, with signatories and non-signatories breaching their obligations under that and other accords.“Instead of reconciliation and building of trust, we are witnessing intensified violence and deeper polarization,” he says. “The region is again on the brink of a catastrophic situation.”Calling on all parties to halt the violence, Mr. Annan voices particular concern that the Sudanese Government appear to be seeking a military solution to the conflict, deploying increasing numbers of troops to the region and using air support during its attacks.He also criticizes the Government’s obstruction of some United Nations personnel and the lack of respect for civilians by all sides in the conflict, which has raged since 2003 on Sudan’s remote western flank.UN officials have estimated that more than 400,000 people have been killed amid fighting between Government forces, allied militias and rebel groups. Nearly 2 million others have been forced to flee their homes, and over 3 million people depend on humanitarian aid for food, shelter or basic health care.In his report Mr. Annan says the Government and the international community must each work harder to broaden the support for the DPA and persuade those rebel groups which have not signed the accord to do so.He welcomes the decision to extend the operation of the African Union peacekeeping force, known as AMIS, through the end of this year, and to endorse a new concept of operations for the force.In August the Security Council voted to deploy a force of more than 17,000 blue helmets in Darfur, but the Sudanese Government has said repeatedly that it is opposed to a UN force entering the region.Mr. Annan again urges the Sudanese Government to change its stance and accept UN peacekeepers, adding that the Security Council and the wider international community must also send “a clear, strong and uniform message” about the consequences of the Government rejecting international help for Darfur’s suffering civilians.The Secretary-General’s report came as the Security Council held closed consultations on Darfur and the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) detailed fresh reports of attacks and displacement across the vast, impoverished region.About 10,000 people have set up a temporary camp close to an African Union (AU) camp in South Darfur following fighting in the area, according to UNMIS. In Kalma, also in South Darfur, armed men killed two people and injured another as they abducted three members of a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs).Government troops are also reported to have attacked the North Darfur village of Malagat, northeast of Kuttum, although there are no details of any casualties.Meanwhile the World Food Programme (WFP) has received 28 million euros ($35.5 million) in donations from the European Commission to help with its Darfur operations, which takes the total sent by the EC to almost 72 million euros, or 60 per cent more than last year.WFP fed some 2.6 million people across Darfur in August, but another 355,000 locals, mostly in North Darfur, remained out of reach because of ongoing fighting and acts of banditry against aid workers. read more

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Security Council condemns terrorist attack in Algeria

“They expressed their deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the victims of these heinous acts and their families and to the people and Governments of Algeria and those countries whose nationals have been affected,” said a statement issued to the press last night by Ambassador Masood Khan of Pakistan, which holds the rotating Council presidency for January. The siege at the facility began on 16 January when militants stormed the gas plant and took the foreign and Algerian workers there hostage. The crisis has reportedly ended, but not before several hostages and militants were killed. “The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urge all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Algerian authorities in this regard,” said the statement.Council members also reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed. read more

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Easter Eggs Galore at Stewarts Annual Hunt Photo Gallery

Stewart’s Marketplace was the place to be on Wednesday as youth eagerly searched for eggs and prizes hidden throughout the grocery store in Castle Dale.The annual event is organized each year by store manager Wayne Huntington and his staff. The day features two separate hunts. including one in the morning for younger children and one in the afternoon for older egg searchers.The Easter Bunny also made an appearance at the event to meet local youth while Huntington and his staff distributed prizes to participants.

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Metso grinding and flotation equipment for Gaisky in Russia

first_imgMetso Minerals will supply grinding and flotation equipment to Ural Mining and Metallurgical Co’s (UMMC) Gaisky copper mine. The value of the order is over €20 million and comprises two SAG mills of 5,000 kW each, two ball mills of 4,100 kW each and 17 RCS (Reactor Cell System) flotation cells, complemented by installation and commissioning support services. Metso’s solution is for the processing plant of the Gaiskoe, Osennee and Letnee deposits development project in the Orenburgsky region in the southern Ural mountains. The deposits’ estimated resources amount to some 300 Mt of sulphide ore. Once in operation, the estimated annual throughput of the process plant will be 8 Mt/y of ore per year. UMMC is one of the largest Russian mining and metallurgical companies, producing an estimated 40% of Russia’s copper.last_img read more

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Taoiseach expects decision on postbailout credit facility before December exit

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY expects that there will be a decision on what, if any, precautionary credit facility Ireland will have next year prior to the country formally exiting the bailout on 15 December.Speaking to reporters after the conclusion of the European Council summit in Brussels today, Kenny declared himself satisfied with how talks had progressed but said there were no formal discussions on Ireland’s post-bailout status.The main issue with Ireland’s bailout exit centres on whether or not it will need to apply for a precautionary credit facility to help ease the transition from bailout funding to raising money on the normal international lending markets.Kenny said today: “We’ve been in a condition-bound situation for the last number of years. What we want to do is exit this with the very best options for our country.” He said it is clear that the government does not want the State in a situation whereby there are tighter controls on how it spends money than it has been subjected to for the past three years under the EU-IMF programme.Kenny added that he expects further meetings with the eurogroup and with individual European leaders prior to a decision being made but before the bailout exit.In a statement earlier this week the Department of Finance was keen to outline the discretion Ireland has in relation to any credit facility, saying: “Ultimately, the final decision on post-programme options is one for the Irish authorities.”Prior to this week’s summit Kenny wrote to the 27 EU leaders and the Council president Herman van Rompuy to underline the “imperative” of breaking the link between sovereign and bank debt, saying it is key to advancing Ireland’s post-bailout prospects.Ireland is pushing for retrospective recapitalisation of its banking sector through the eurozone’s permanent bailout fund, the ESM, but progress on this has been slow since a historic decision was made in June 2012 to break the “vicious circle” between bank and sovereign debt.In full: Taoiseach tells EU leaders it ‘remains imperative’ to split bank and sovereign debtTaoiseach on Merkel ‘bugging’ claims: ‘I always operate on the basis that my calls are listened to’last_img read more

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Geek deals 20 off 1TB USB hard drive

first_imgSolid state drives have been the single largest performance boost PCs have seen in years. While SSDs are not a new technology, the more recent price drops have brought them into the mainstream and out of the prohibitively-expensive category.The downside is that for certain users, the average 120GB or even 240GB SSD just doesn’t have enough storage. For those who upgrade their laptop on a budget and go with a smaller <100GB model, it is even more of an issue. Newer laptops have small “SSD-on-a-stick” mSATA drives that plug into the motherboard and are the size of a stick of RAM, allowing for a larger traditional hard drive to remain.For everyone else that needs more storage on their SSD-equipped laptop, or those that just need to keep their files backed up, a portable, external hard drive makes a lot of sense.Portable drives like this Buffalo MiniStation Stealth 1TB model use a 2.5-inch laptop hard drive in a small enclosure. The low-power, compact drive allows the unit to be powered by a USB cable alone and it is small enough to easily slip into a bag.Traditional hard drives still continue to advance, albeit much more slowly than solid state storage, and we now have 1 Terabyte drives available in the 2.5-inch form factor; and at reasonable prices to boot.In addition to the portable USB 2.0 drive, Buffalo also includes software to help automate and manage your data backups and the security of that data. This drive generally sells for $99.99 or higher at most retailers, but for a limited time you can get it for just $79.99 with free shipping.Click here to get the deal from Dell.com with $20 instant savings applied automatically.last_img read more

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Nord un enfant décède de la méningite C

first_imgNord : un enfant décède de la méningite CDans le Nord-Pas-de-Calais, les habitants de la ville de Beauvois-en-Cambrésis sont en émoi après l’annonce du décès d’un enfant de 4 ans de la méningite C. Son école fait aujourd’hui l’objet d’un dispositif sanitaire spécial pour éviter la propagation de la maladie.Dans la nuit de vendredi à samedi dernier, un petit garçon de 4 ans est décédé de la méningite C, cette infection des méninges ou membrane du cerveau. La maladie s’est révélée foudroyante pour l’enfant qui se portait bien la veille de sa disparition, explique l’Agence régionale de santé (ARS) qui prend aujourd’hui toutes les mesures nécessaires pour que la maladie ne se propage pas.À lire aussiPaternité : voilà comment influencer la santé de votre enfant avant sa naissanceAinsi, l’entourage familial proche de l’enfant a été déterminé, et cent individus de son établissement scolaire font aujourd’hui l’objet d’une vaccination avec traitement antibiotique en complément. A l’automne 2010, plusieurs cas de méningite C avaient également été diagnostiqués chez les étudiants de l’Université catholique de Lille entrainant alors la mise en place d’une importante campagne de vaccination. Une réunion a également été proposée cette semaine aux parents d’enfants scolarisés dans la même école que le petit garçon afin de répondre à toutes les questions qu’ils pourraient se poser.A noter que chez l’enfant, la maladie se manifeste par une forte fièvre, des vomissements, un teint pâle, des maux de tête et ecchymoses. Le 23 février 2011 à 15:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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20 Stars You May Have Missed on Doctor Who

first_imgThe Law & Order of Great Britain, Doctor Who is peppered with famous faces. But often hidden behind impressive makeup or a gaudy costume, some celebs are easy to miss (don’t blink!).Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) and Peter Capaldi (Twelfth Doctor) now-infamously appeared in one episode of the show (“The Fires of Pompeii”) before snagging headlining roles.Check out our list of 20 A-list guest stars. Who knows, maybe one will become the next Doctor.Simon PeggVia Photographer: Gage SkidmoreWho he plays: The Editor in “The Long Game” (season 1, episode 7)Where you’ve seen him: 14 brilliant episodes of Spaced, Edgar Wright’s Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy, the latter three Mission: Impossible films, Scotty in the Star Trek reboot.Best quote: “For almost a hundred years, mankind has been shaped and guided, his knowledge and ambitions strictly controlled by its broadcast news, edited by my superior, your master, and humanity’s guiding light, the Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe.” [pause] “I call him Max.”Anthony Stewart HeadVia Photographer: Raven UnderwoodWho he plays: Mr. Finch in “School Reunion” (season 2, episode 3)Where you’ve seen him: Buffy Summers’ enchanting mentor/surrogate father Rupert Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Uther Pendragon in Merlin.Best quote: “Forget the shooty dog thing.”Andrew GarfieldVia Photographer: Gerald GeronimoWho he plays: Frank in “Daleks in Manhattan” (season 3, episode 4) & “Evolution of the Daleks” (season 3, episode 5)Where you’ve seen him: The Social Network, The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2, formerly on Emma Stone’s arm.Best quote: “We gotta stick together. It’s easy to get lost. It’s like a huge rabbit warren. You could hide an army down here.”Mark GatissBBCWho he plays: Professor Richard Lazarus in “The Lazarus Experiment” (season 3, episode 6) & Gantok (as Rondo Haxton) in “The Wedding of River Song” (season 6, episode 13)Where you’ve seen him: The League of Gentlemen, Starter for 10, Wolf Hall, Mycroft Holmes in Sherlock (which he co-created (with Who showrunner Steven Moffat), writes, and stars in).Fun fact: Gatiss not only wrote eight episodes of Doctor Who, but also provided the voice of Danny Boy in “Victory of the Daleks” (season 5, episode 3) and “A Good Man Goes to War” (season 6, episode 7). Plus, he wrote An Adventure in Space and Time, the 2013 TV movie dramatisation of the creation of Doctor Who.Best quote: “One lifetime’s been too short for me to do everything I’d like. How much more I’ll get done in two, or three, or four.”Harry LloydVia Photographer: Rich HardcastleWho he plays: Baines/Son of Mine in “Human Nature” (season 3, episode 8) & “The Family of Blood” (season 3, episode 9)Where you’ve seen him: Viserys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, The Iron Lady, The Theory of Everything, Wolf Hall.Best quote: “Have you enjoyed it, Doctor? Being human? Has it taught you wonderful things? Has it made you better? Richer? Wiser?”Carey MulliganBBC AmericaWho she plays: Sally Sparrow in “Blink” (season 3, episode 10)Where you’ve seen her: An Education, Never Let Me Go (with Andrew Garfield), The Great Gatsby, Inside Llewyn Davis, Far from the Madding Crowd.Best quote: “Don’t take your eyes off that.”Kylie MinogueVia Photographer: Renan KatayamaWho she plays: Astrid Peth in “Voyage of the Damned” (2007 Christmas special)Where you’ve seen her: Minogue was a pop star in the US, but Down Under she gained fame in Australian soap Neighbours, and has acted in Moulin Rouge, and other forgettable films and TV shows.Best quote: “You’re looking good for 903.”Colin MorganBBCWho he plays: Jethro in “Midnight” (season 4, episode 10)Where you’ve seen him: Merlin (with Anthony Head), The Fall, Humans.Best quote: “Maybe we’ve broken down. … In the middle of nowhere.”David MorrisseyVia Photographer: Gage SkidmoreWho he plays: Jackson Lake in “The Next Doctor” (2008 Christmas special)Where you’ve seen him: The Other Boleyn Girl, The Walking Dead, The Missing.Best quote: “There she is. My transport through time and space. The TARDIS! … T-A-R-D-I-S. It stands for Tethered Aerial Release Developed in Style!”Brian CoxBBCWho he plays: voice of Elder Ood in “The End of Time: Part 1” (2009 Christmas special)Where you’ve seen him: Everywhere: Rob Roy, Braveheart, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Rushmore, For Love of the Game, The Rookie, The Bourne Identity, The Ring, Adaptation, 25th Hour, The Reckoning, X-Men 2, Troy, Match Point, Red Eye, Deadwood, Running With Scissors, Zodiac, RED, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, RED 2, Pixels, The Carer (actually, you’ve probably not seen him in that last one, but you definitely should).Fun fact: Cox also starred as a BBC exec in An Adventure in Space and Time, the 2013 TV movie dramatisation of the creation of Doctor Who.Best quote: “Events that have happened are happening now.”Timothy DaltonNBCWho he plays: The Narrator in “The End of Time: Part 1” (2009 Christmas special) & Lord President in “The End of Time: Part 2” (2010 New Year’s special)Where you’ve seen (and heard) him: James Bond in The Living Daylights and License to Kill, Hot Fuzz (with Simon Pegg), Toy Story 3, Chuck, Penny Dreadful.Best quote: “And so it came to pass, on Christmas Day, that the human race did cease to exist. … For this was far more than humanity’s end. This day was the day upon which the whole of creation would change forever. This was the day the Time Lords returned. For Gallifrey.”Bill NighyVia Photographer: flickr.com/alotofmillionWho he plays: Dr. Black in “Vincent and the Doctor” (season 5, episode 10)Where you’ve seen him: Still rocking in Love Actually, Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy (with Simon Pegg), the first two Pirates of the Caribbean films, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (with Michael Gambon), About Time, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.Best quote: “To my mind, that strange, wild man who roamed the fields of Provence was not only the world’s greatest artist, but also one of the greatest men who ever lived.”James CordenCBSWho he plays: Craig in “The Lodger” (season 5, episode 11) & “Closing Time” (season 6, episode 12)Where you’ve seen him: Before he was singing carpool karaoke on late night, Corden starred in The History Boys, Gavin & Stacey, Gulliver’s Travels, Into the Woods, The Wrong Mans, and won a Tony for the Broadway play One Man, Two Guvnors.Best quote: “You’ve noticed something. You’ve got your noticing face on. I have nightmares about that face.”Michael GambonBBCWho he plays: Kazran Sardick/Elliot Sardick in “A Christmas Carol” (2010 Christmas special)Where you’ve seen (and heard) him: Toys, The Insider, Sleepy Hollow, Gosford Park, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The King’s Speech, Hail, Caesar!, Albus Dumbledore (replacing the late Richard Harris) in the latter six Harry Potter films.Fun fact: Gambon also voiced the Ghost of Christmas Present in the 2001 animated film “Christmas Carol: The Movie.”Best quote: “On every world, wherever people are, in the deepest part of the winter, at the exact midpoint, everybody stops, and turns, and hugs, as if to say ‘Well done. Well done, everyone! We’re halfway out of the dark.’ Back on Earth, we called this Christmas, or the Winter Solstice. On this world, the first settlers called it the Crystal Feast. You know what I call it? I call it expecting something for nothing.”Mark SheppardThe CWWho he plays: Canton Delaware in “The Impossible Astronaut” (season 6, episode 1) & “Day of the Moon” (season 6, episode 2)Where you’ve seen him: Firefly, 24, Romo Lampkin in Battlestar Galactica, Dollhouse, Chuck, White Collar, Crowley in Supernatural.Best quote: “That’s OK. You were my second choice for president, Mr. Nixon.”Hugh BonnevilleBBCWho he plays: Henry Avery in “The Curse of the Black Spot” (season 6, episode 3)Where you’ve seen him: Notting Hill, Mansfield Park, Paddington, W1A, Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham in Downton Abbey.Best quote: “To the rigging, you dogs! Let go the sails! Avast ye! Put the bunt into the slack of the clews!”Michael SheenVia Photographer: Gage SkidmoreWho he plays: Voice of House in “The Doctor’s Wife” (season 6, episode 4)Where you’ve seen him: The Queen, Frost/Nixon, three films in that series which shall not be named (The Twilight Saga), 30 Rock, Midnight in Paris, Far From the Madding Crowd (with Carey Mulligan), Dr. William Masters in Masters of Sex, Passengers.Best quote: “Fear me. I’ve killed hundreds of Time Lords.”David BradleyVia Photographer: Gage SkidmoreWho he plays: Solomon in “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship” (season 7, episode 2)Where you’ve seen him: Argus Filch in every Harry Potter film, Broadchurch (with the 10th Doctor, David Tennant), Game of Thrones.Fun fact: Bradley also portrayed first Doctor William Hartnell in An Adventure in Space and Time, the 2013 TV movie dramatisation of the creation of Doctor Who (with Brian Cox, written by Mark Gatiss).Best quote: “Do you hear that? Did you hear what he called him? Doctor. After all this time. Bring them to me.”Ian McKellenVia Photographer: Steve PunterWho he plays: Voice of Great Intelligence in “The Snowmen” (2012 Christmas special)Where you’ve seen him: David Copperfield (TV series), Richard III, Eric Lensherr/Magneto in X-Men 1-3 & spin-off movies, Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings 1-3 & The Hobbit 1-3.Best quote: “Now the dream outlives the dreamer and can never die.”Nick FrostVia Photographer: Gage SkidmoreWho he plays: Santa Claus in “Last Christmas” (2014 Christmas special)Where you’ve seen him: See Simon PeggBest quote: “Oh, sorry about this, girl. We… We are just three passing, perfectly ordinary roof people, doing some emergency roof things.” Stream Doctor Who here for free with your Amazon Prime account.last_img read more

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Portland home robbed of salvage items after fire

first_imgPORTLAND (AP) — As if a fire wasn’t bad enough, the owner of a southeast Portland home says someone broke in and stole nearly everything that had been salvaged.Richard Hayzlett told KGW that he tried to secure the house after Tuesday’s fire, but he found out Friday that someone had broken in and stolen TVs and other items.last_img

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All clear given at FLL after suspicious package deemed safe

first_imgAll clear given at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. @browardsheriff says package is safe. Roads will be reopening. Expect flights delays as passengers and airline crews have been kept away for hours.— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) November 12, 20187News cameras captured heavy traffic flow outside of Terminal 4 at around 11 p.m., as travelers were dropped off and checked in luggage.It was gridlock outside FLL, as a traffic jam showed no signs of diminishing.Despite the road closures, officials said, no flights were impacted. Those scheduled to land or take off from Terminal 4 were redirected to other terminals.However, FLL officials advised travelers to expect heavy delays and check flight information with their airlines.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities have given the all clear at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after a suspicious package that led to the closure of all roadways in and out of the airport was deemed safe.Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies and the bomb squad responded to reports of a suspicious package spotted just outside of Terminal 4, Sunday night.FLL officials took to Twitter to confirm all roadways were shut down. Bomb threat at Fort Lauderdale airport. Cops aren’t letting anyone go in or out of the airport. @OfficialJoelF pic.twitter.com/BKBlywmE40— Jorge Rosado (@Yeoshe_) November 12, 2018Vehicles trying to get into FLL pulled over to the side of U.S. 595. Other roadways resembled a full parking lot, as drivers waited for the all clear.The roadways were finally reopened to just before 9:45 p.m. last_img read more

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That OcasioCortez dance video Its gone viral in a good way

first_imgEric Baker, who shot the video along with classmate Julian Jensen when they were students at Boston University, explained on Friday that they were student ambassadors at the Howard Thurman Center with Ocasio-Cortez and others when they decided to make their own version of the dance, according to BU Today’s report. Baker reportedly said Ocasio-Cortez was a friend and “sort of the face of the Thurman Center” because she was good at rallying people to want to join the center. Ocasio-Cortez, who told 60 Minutes that she’s happy to be called a “radical” politician, has been the target of attacks from right-wing media since her surprise primary victory over incumbent Joseph Crowley, The Washington Post noted.She also had the dubious honor of being the only Democrat booed by Republicans when she voted for Nancy Pelosi as speaker on Thursday.  76 That’s it, Alexandria you’re in the club! ❤️❤️ @allysheedy1 #AlexandriaOcasioCortez #DemsTakeTheHouse— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) January 4, 2019 A Twitter user tried to humiliate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with a 2010 video of her dancing, but it didn’t work out as they planned. Julian Jensen/Howard Thurman Center/Screenshot by CNET A day before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was sworn in as the youngest-ever US congresswoman, a Twitter user tried to embarrass her with footage of her dancing in college.The video shows Ocasio-Cortez and fellow Boston University students dancing to a segment of Lisztomania by Phoenix. “Here is America’s favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is,” read the tweet from @AnonymousQ1776, who incorrectly said it was from her high school days. The account and the post have both since been deleted. Tags “Over 200 members voted for Nancy Pelosi today, yet the GOP only booed one: me,” she tweeted in response. “Don’t hate me cause you ain’t me, fellas.”The clip also inspired a Twitter account called AOC Dances to Every Song, which embellishes the video with music ranging from David Bowie’s Rebel Rebel to the theme tune of anime classic Neon Genesis Evangelion.CNET’s Marrian Zhou contributed to this report. First published at 8:46 a.m. PT.Update, 9:36 a.m. PT: Adds Ocasio-Cortez response and GOP booing.Update, 1:53 p.m. PT: Adds more background information on the making of the dance video. Dance dispute: The ‘Floss’ kid jumps on Fortnite lawsuit wagon over dance moves.Swing out, sister: Science says these are the best dance moves. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a video response on Friday, revealing that she’s still dancing to the tune of Edwin Star’s 1970 song War.”I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous. Wait till they find out Congresswomen dance too! Have a great weekend everyone,” she wrote with the video. “She’ll never recover from the world seeing her… (watches video) …dancing adorably and having fun with her friends in high school?” wrote comedian Patton Oswalt.Oscar winner Russell Crowe said “she’s fantastic,” while Star Trek’s George Takei tweeted that he wants dance lessons from her.It even won support from some Breakfast Club cast members, with Sheedy tweeting  “I LOVE THIS,” and Molly Ringwald telling Ocasio-Cortez that she’s “in the club.” It was a clip pulled from a longer video posted to YouTube in 2010 and inspired by the library dance scene from the 1985 movie The Breakfast Club. Ocasio-Cortez’s moves mirror those of Ally Sheedy.If the tweet was an attempt to humiliate Ocasio-Cortez, it failed. Many people, including an array of celebrities, tweeted their support.center_img Over 200 members voted for Nancy Pelosi today, yet the GOP only booed one: me.Don’t hate me cause you ain’t me, fellas 💁🏽‍♀️ https://t.co/kLor9A0TWa— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 4, 2019 Comments I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous.Wait till they find out Congresswomen dance too! 💃🏽Have a great weekend everyone 🙂 pic.twitter.com/9y6ALOw4F6— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 4, 2019 Share your voice Twitter Well, @AOC is officially done. She’ll never recover from the world seeing her… (watches video) …dancing adorably and having fun with her friends in high school? https://t.co/0zENCzBinA— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 3, 2019 Politics Internet Serviceslast_img read more

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Two Charter Amendments on Muni Ballot

first_imgTwo charter amendments will be on the April 1 municipal ballot.Right now only sworn police officers are allowed to issue parking tickets. The situation stems from something called the parking fairy wars. Yes, you heard that right – the parking fairy wars.Download AudioImage from Google Street View.Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew says more than a dozen years ago the Anchorage Parking Authority subcontracted parking to a private security company.“They subcontracted to a private security company to actually write the parking citations and those folks were very aggressive – extremely aggressive – and the public revolted, actually,” Mew said. “And the fairies were two sisters. They dressed in pink tutus and they would come downtown and they would plug the meters for people to make a statement and thwart the efforts of the parking authority.”The public was so fed up that they changed the charter, which is like the Constitution of Anchorage, in order to stop a private company from every being able to ticket again. They passed a ballot measure in 1997 requiring that only sworn police officers could issue parking tickets. Then, recently, the Alaska Police Standards Council changed the definition of sworn police officers saying community service officers could not be included.Mew says it is impractical for sworn officers to be responsible for issuing parking tickets and the Aunicipality just wants to keep the systems they’ve been using.“It asks the voters to allow CSO’s to continue writing tickets even thought they are not sworn officers from the standpoint of the Alaska Police Standards Council,” Mew said.If the amendment is not approved the Municipality will be required to pay sworn police officers to write parking tickets, something Mew says he does not have enough officers to do and will cost the Municipality significantly more.The other charter amendment on the April 1 Municipal ballot brings the charter into the 21st century by making language gender neutral; for example replacing the title Assemblyman with Assembly member.Patrick Flynn who represents Downtown Anchorage helped write that amendment.last_img read more

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Did Mahesh Bhatt throw chappal at Kangana Ranaut Soni Razdan reacts to

first_imgAlia Bhatt’s mother Soni Razdan reacts to allegations made by Kangana Ranaut’s sisterVarinder ChawlaAfter Alia Bhatt’s mother Soni Razdan criticised Kangana Ranaut for attacking the actress, Rangoli Chandel accused Mahesh Bhatt of throwing ‘chappal’ at the Queen actress during her initial days in the industry. Soni has now responded to the allegation.While Kangana has been making derogatory comments on Alia, Soni had taken to Twitter questioning the Manikarnika actress’ agenda behind attacking the family.”Mahesh Bhatt is the man who has given her a break … she goes on to attack his wife and daughter. Daughter over and over again. What is left to be said then about abusing and hatred I wonder. Apart from character of course. Agenda ? What’s hers … ?,” Soni had tweeted that was later deleted.In response to this, Kangana’s sister Rangoli had replied to Soni saying that Mahesh Bhatt never gave her a break, and accused him of throwing “chappal” at her during the preview of Woh Lamhe.When Soni was asked to comment on this, the veteran actress dodged the question saying, “I do not wish to be drawn into this madness”, according to Pinkvilla. Alia Bhatt, Soni RazdanInstagram”Dear Soni ji, Mahesh Bhatt never gave her a break, Anurag Basu did, Mahesh Bhatt ji works as a creative director in his brothers production house. Please note that he doesn’t own that production house, after Woh Lamhe when Kangana refused to do a film written by him called ‘Dhokha where he wanted her to play a suicide bomber he got so upset that he not only shouted at her in his office. But later when she went for Woh Lamhe preview to a theatre he threw chappal on her, he didn’t allow her to see her own film, she cried whole night, and she was just 19 years old,” Rangoli had said in a series of tweets.It all began after Kangana targeted Alia and a few other stars for not talking about national issues. She went on to call the Raazi actress Karan Johar’s “puppet”, and even belittled her performance in Gully Boy. However, Alia has been responding to her unpleasant remarks with a lot of respect and calmness.last_img read more

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Zimbabwe army stops crowd marching on Mugabes official home

first_imgThe demonstrators, participating in nationwide protests calling for the 93-year-old veteran leader to step aside after the army took power earlier this week, staged a sit-down protest in the road after being halted by the troops.The crowd got within 200 metres (220 yards) of the gates to the complex that has been the nerve centre of Mugabe’s authoritarian rule, as large protests swept through the capital.“This is not fair. Why are the soldiers preventing us to march to State House?” Rutendo Maisiri, an unemployed 26-year-old woman said. “It is wrong. We will stay put.” Zimbabwean soldiers patrol outside of the police headquarters during a demonstration marching towards the State House while demanding the resignation of Zimbabwe’s president on Saturday in Harare. Photo: AFPZimbabwe soldiers blocked thousands of protesters as they tried to march on embattled President Robert Mugabe’s official residence in Harare on Saturday, an AFP correspondent on the scene said.last_img read more

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British Telco BT Adding Amazon Prime to its TV Service

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety BT TV customers in the U.K. will soon be able to binge “The Walking Dead,” “Game of Thrones,” and “The Man in the High Castle.” The telco will incorporate access to Amazon Prime Video into its TV service. It already offers access to Netflix, and will also add Sky’s streaming service Now TV from 2019.The telco, which is shedding thousands of jobs in the U.K., has made a major move into TV, shelling out billions for Premiere League and Champions League soccer rights, but the service has struggled to gain real traction in a competitive market. Its subs base stands at about 1.8 million and growth has stalled.The Amazon move means that BT customers paying for all of the services via BT TV will be able to watch premium sports, film, and TV programming from BT, Sky, Netflix, and Amazon via one one settop box. Sky integrated Netflix last year, and Virgin Media in the U.K. had already done so. BT said it wants to offer unrivaled choice through a “super aggregator TV strategy.”center_img “BT will be the first major UK TV platform to offer Prime Video through its set-top boxes, allowing Prime Members to access thousands of TV episodes and movies, including award-winning Prime Originals and exclusive series like ‘The Grand Tour,’ ‘The Man in the High Castle,’ ‘Lucifer,’ and ‘Vikings,’” BT said.It unveiled the Amazon deal as part of a broader new consumer strategy. “BT will be the first UK telco to offer Amazon Prime video to its customers,” said Paolo Pescatore, an analyst at CCS Insight. “We believe that this will turn around its fortunes given that BT TV has recorded losses for the last two quarters and subscriber growth over the last couple of years has been lackluster.”last_img read more

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First American Executive Awarded as Valuation Visionary

first_imgFirst American Executive Awarded as ‘Valuation Visionary’ in Headlines, News, Origination Collateral Risk Network Company News First American MCrowd 2017-03-24 Mirasha Brown Alan HummelFirst American Mortgage Solutions, LLC, a subsidiary of First American Financial Corporation and provider of lender and servicer solutions covering the entire residential loan spectrum, announced that the Collateral Risk Network (CRN) has named Alan Hummel, Chief Appraiser and VP of valuations for First American Mortgage Solutions, the recipient of the 2017 Valuation Visionary award. According to CRN, the Valuation Visionary award recognizes a standout collateral valuation professional every year who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, innovation and professionalism. Winners are nominated by their peers within the network.He is a past national President of the Appraisal Institute, past officer of the Appraisal Foundation, and an Appraisal Qualifications Board-certified instructor of Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. For more than 30 years, he has developed and implemented innovative appraiser training programs, efficiency tools and quality control initiatives, earning the title of “industry innovator” among his peers. One of his many accomplishments include testifying before Congress on mortgage fraud and appraisal issues.Hummel expressed his gratitude by stating, “I’m humbled to have my name placed alongside the industry-changing leaders who received the Valuation Visionary award before me,” he said. “I’m proud to receive this award from the CRN, where we challenge the status quo, while simultaneously defending the foundations of our profession. Being a ‘visionary’ is not only about looking to the future; it’s about looking inward to identify where we can do better for ourselves and for the communities we serve.”The CRN is a group of valuation experts focused on resolving the many challenges facing the collateral valuation industry. With a broad membership representing lending institutions, Wall Street, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Veterans Affairs, the Federal Housing Administration, appraisal management companies, appraisal firms, and appraisers, CRN brings influencers together to act as counsel to one another, share experiences and assist one another in solving mutual problems.center_img March 24, 2017 611 Views Sharelast_img read more

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