Nunavut aims to get food from the land

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut has another action plan ready to go to get people there eating healthy foods.It’s called the Nunavut Food Security Strategy.As Malaya Qaunirq Chapman reports, the plan is to get food from the land.last_img

West Moberly First Nations set for Trial over Site C dam

first_imgMOBERLY, B.C. – On Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 the discussions taking place between the B.C. government and the West Moberly First Nations regarding the Site C dam have ended. A 120-day trial has been scheduled to begin on March 2022. According to the First Nations, the Horgan Government is expected to defend the decision made by Christy Clark’s BC Liberal Government in 2014 to approve Site C, which the West Moberly says infringed Treaty 8. West Moberly First Nations Chief Willson said, “We can’t disclose anything confidential from the discussions with BC, but I can assure you that there are dark days ahead for Site C. Watch the numbers climb and the dates slip. Wait for the excuses and the distractions”. The Site C trial will determine whether constitutional rights under Treaty 8 to maintain a traditional way of life have been infringed. If the court sides against the BC Government, court orders could impose further delays or cancel the project in order to prevent the Peace River Valley from being flooded, shares the West Moberly First Nations. “Stopping this dam has always been the right thing to do. It would have taken some courage and some leadership, but it could have saved British Columbia billions of dollars and produced a clear example of reconciliation with First Nations. Instead, the Horgan Government hooked themselves up to Christy Clark’s boondoggle and are watching helplessly as it skids out of control,” said Chief Roland Willson.last_img read more

Amazon Pay enables instant money transfer on Android

first_imgBengaluru: Amazon Pay on Monday launched person-to-person (P2P) payments for Android users who can now make instant bank-to-bank transfers using the UPI platform on the Amazon app. Amazon customers can also pay bills, rent and various daily subscriptions, the company said in a statement. “With this launch, we have the largest selection of shopping and payment use cases on the Amazon Android app which provides added convenience and control to our customers,” said Vikas Bansal, Director-Amazon Pay. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraCustomers can send or receive P2P payments by simply selecting a contact from their phone contact book or entering UPI ID or bank account of the recipient. “Amazon auto-detects if the contact is a registered Amazon Pay UPI customer and enables instant bank to bank transfer. If the contact is not registered for Amazon Pay UPI, the customer has the option to pay using any another BHIM UPI ID or contact’s bank account,” the company said. As a launch offer, customers can get up to Rs 120 cashback on sending money through UPI. All payments are secured through multi-factor authentication involving the customer’s phone, SIM details and UPI PIN.last_img read more

Myanmar UN expert outlines steps for improving human rights

“Respect for international human rights standards is indispensable in paving the road to democracy,” Tomás Ojea Quintana, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, writes in a report released today.“Myanmar is going through a unique moment in its political history,” he says, noting that the country’s new Constitution was finalized in February and adopted through a referendum in May. “The next step in the road map for national reconciliation and democratic transition is the election in 2010.”He stresses that if those general elections are prepared and conducted in an atmosphere in which human rights are fully respected, “the process will be credible, resulting in progressive achievement of democratic values.”Mr. Quintana proposes four core human rights elements to be completed by the Government before the 2010 elections. The first is to review and amend those domestic laws which limit fundamental rights – such as freedom of expression, opinion, peaceful assembly and association – and contravene the new Constitution and international human rights standards.“The right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association, as well as the right to freedom of opinion and expression, are fundamental rights to be respected in the process towards the establishment of a solid and reliable democracy,” stated the Special Rapporteur. “However, full enjoyment of those rights remains outstanding in Myanmar, according to reliable reports on the extension of detentions and/or new arrests of political activists.”Mr. Quintana proposes the progressive release of prisoners of conscience, of which there are more than 2,000 detained in different facilities around the country. “Without the free participation of prisoners of conscience, the very credibility of the general elections of 2010 would be at stake,” he stressed, adding that prisoner release would also reduce tension and inspire political participation. Last month the Myanmar authorities freed several detainees as part of an amnesty procedure, including the country’s longest-serving political prisoner, U Win Tin, and six other senior members of the National League for Democracy (NLD), whose leader Aung San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest.Mr. Quintana had welcomed the move, saying he hoped it “would be the first in a series of releases of other prisoners of conscience.”The transition to multi-party democratic and civil government, as planned by the new Constitution, will require “an intensive process of incorporating democratic values,” the Special Rapporteur notes.Among the measures the Government should adopt are repealing discriminatory legislation, continuing efforts to respond to the aftermath of the deadly cyclone that struck the country in early May, and avoiding the recruitment of child soldiers. He also suggests a number of changes for the country’s judiciary, which currently “is not independent and is under the direct control of the Government and the military.” Proposed measures include guaranteeing due process, exercising full independence and impartiality and setting up mechanisms to investigate human rights abuses.Mr. Quintana, who took up his post in May 2007, serves in an independent and unpaid capacity and reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, as do all Special Rapporteurs. 8 October 2008Improving the situation of human rights in Myanmar is still a challenging task, according to the independent United Nations expert on the issue, who has outlined a series of measures for the South-East Asian as it proceeds with its “road map to democracy” announced earlier this year. read more

ICE Futures Canada quotes and cash prices

WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Thursday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close WedNov. 493.50 500.00 491.50 495.70 493.50Jan. ’18 499.40 506.80 497.60 502.50 499.50March 504.90 512.20 502.50 507.40 504.40May 506.00 513.80 504.90 509.80 506.90July 508.50 515.00 506.90 510.80 508.10Nov. 484.30 490.00 484.30 485.00 484.50Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 486.70 486.20March 0.00 0.00 0.00 489.40 488.90May 0.00 0.00 0.00 489.40 488.90July 0.00 0.00 0.00 489.40 488.90Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 489.40 488.90Barley (Western): Open High Low Close WedOct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 145.00 145.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 148.00 148.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Montreal CW: $240.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $505.70 (November 2017)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $520.70 (November 2017) read more

Annan UN bodies pay tribute to Arafat pledging support for a Palestinian

The flag at UN Headquarters in New York was lowered to half mast in mourning. It was also announced that the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Personal Representative to the Palestinian Authority, Terje Roed-Larsen, will represent him at President Arafat’s funeral in Cairo.”By signing the Oslo accords (with Israel) in 1993, he took a giant step towards the realization of this vision,” Mr. Annan told a memorial session of the 191-member General Assembly, which began with delegates standing to observe a minute’s silence.”It is tragic that he did not see to see it fulfilled,” Mr. Annan added, calling on both Israelis and Palestinians and their friends throughout the world to make even greater efforts to bring about the peaceful realization of the Palestinian right of self-determination.The Secretary-General pledged full support for the Road Map peace plan sponsored by the UN, European Union, Russia and United States, which calls for a series of parallel and reciprocal steps leading to two States living side-by-side in peace by 2005.”Though President Arafat did not live to see the attainment of these goals, the world will continue to strive towards them,” Mr. Annan declared, also promising a continuation of the 55-year-old UN humanitarian assistance programme “for as long as the Palestinian people need our help.”In an earlier statement issued by his spokesman, the Secretary-General conveyed his condolences to President Arafat’s wife Suha and his young daughter Zahwa, and to the Palestinian people. For nearly four decades, the statement said, Mr. Arafat “expressed and symbolized in his person the national aspirations of the Palestinian people.”Meeting this morning on the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the 15 members of the Security Council prefaced their remarks by recalling President Arafat. Members hoped that for the Palestinian people the future would bring peace and the fulfilment of their aspirations for an independent, democratic Palestine that is at peace with its neighbours.At the General Assembly’s afternoon memorial session, the chairmen of the various regional groups took the podium to pay homage.Ambassador Crispin Grey-Johnson of Gambia, speaking on behalf of the African States, said his delegation had been profoundly saddened by the death of Mr. Arafat, who had been the very personification of the Palestinian people’s struggle for self-determination. He had committed his entire life to the cause of peace and had taken the question of Palestine from being a mere footnote on the international agenda to an issue of international debate and world discourse. He had left his footprints on the sands of time, and the African Group hoped that his spirit and memory would radiate among Palestinians, as well as among all the people of the wider Middle East and beyond.Speaking on behalf of the Asian nations, Ambassador Rezlan Ishar Jenie of Indonesia said his delegation regretted that Mr. Arafat, the father of the Palestinian movement, had been unable to see the emergence of an independent Palestinian State during his lifetime. His permanent desire was justice and peace for a people only too familiar with the harshness of oppression. And when the ferocity of the campaign against the Palestinian people did not lessen over the years, Mr. Arafat matched it with the intensity of his spirit and undying optimism. For that, he was loved and admired by people all over the world.Belarusian Ambassador Andrei Dapkiunas, speaking on behalf of the Eastern European States, said it was his sad duty to comment on the death and extraordinary life of President Arafat, who would be remembered as a lifelong symbol of the struggle of the Palestinian people. As a person and as a statesman, he had left an undeniable imprint, not just on the Middle East but also on the world’s international political scene. His delegation conveyed its deepest sympathies to the Palestinian people.Eduardo Sevilla Somoza, Nicaragua’s Ambassador, spoke on behalf of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States. He said Mr. Arafat had been an historic figure who symbolized the feelings of his people until his very last breath. The Group expressed its most heartfelt condolences to the Palestinian people, and particularly his widow and young daughter. It would also urge the Palestinian people and their leaders to keep alive the search for a free, sovereign and economically viable State dedicated to peace, not only for Palestine, but for the region and the entire world.Ambassador Don Mackay of New Zealand, speaking on behalf of the Western European and Other States Group, said President Arafat had come to symbolize the Palestinian national movement and the aspirations of the Palestinian people. The Palestinians, and others, respected him as a leader who symbolized their long search for statehood and independence, and led the Palestinians to historic acceptance of the principle of peaceful coexistence between Israel and a future Palestinian State. Now, the Palestinian leadership would have to shoulder the responsibility of carrying the vision of two States living side by side in peace and security, and bringing it to fruition.Sudan’s Ambassador, Omar Bashir Mohamed Manis, said on behalf of the Arab States that the late President continued to work on behalf of the Palestinian people to have an independent State, and he sacrificed everything that was precious to him to achieve that ideal. Despite forced imprisonment, he had worked to mobilize efforts with the peace process and took brave decisions with insight to pursue the establishment of an independent state through difficult negotiations. President Arafat’s loss was a source of great sadness for all peace-loving nations and people, and for those who cared about the peace process in the Middle East.Speaking on behalf of the European Union and associated States, Ambassador Dirk Jan Van Den Berg of the Netherlands said that the Palestinian people had lost a historic leader and a democratically elected President. He commended the Palestinian leadership for their demonstration of dignity and responsibility to maintain the Palestinian institutions at this difficult time. The Palestinian people could count on the undiminished support of the European Union on the path toward a peaceful, durable and just settlement of the conflict.Ambassador Rastam Mohd Isa of Malaysia, speaking on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), said President Arafat would be forever remembered for his immense courage, enormous sacrifice and strong determination in championing and protecting the inalienable right to self-determination of the people of Palestine and their claim to their own sovereign homeland. He had devoted his life to that struggle against all odds for almost four decades, including suffering the indignity of being virtually imprisoned by the Israelis. President Arafat would indelibly remain the icon of the Palestinian struggle against injustices, brutal oppression and subjugation, as well as against the forces that sought to deny the Palestinian people of their dignity, freedom and independence.Egypt’s Deputy Permanent Representative, Aboul Atta, said the pages of history would forever recognize Mr. Arafat as they had recognized Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Ghandi and all those who had struggle to achieve the dream of freedom. Mr. Arafat had also been a dedicated political leader working towards a political settlement that would end bloodshed and halt a conflict that had been clouding the international horizon for decades. The conditions in the region were developing rapidly, and while many were negative, some also gave an indication that Arafat’s spirit would live on, that the peace process would be activated and that both sides would return to the negotiating table.Somaia Barghouti, the observer of Palestine, said Mr. Arafat had left the world and his spirit had returned to his Creator, but part of that spirit would remain with the Palestinian people. He had been a liberator and had struggled to ensure that the Palestinian people were freed from the shackles of oppression and occupation. In addition, Mr. Arafat had left a great universal and national legacy, which represented hope for the future for Palestinians and all people of the world. He lived hoping to make Palestine an independent state and the people would miss his great courage, adherence to principle, clear strategic vision and wise leadership. But they could take solace that Palestine die not stand by itself in the struggle for freedom.The Deputy Permanent Representative of Turkey, Altay Cengizer, speaking on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), said the Muslim world was aggrieved but in a most meaningful way. It joined its Palestinian brothers and sisters in their loss. President Arafat epitomized the rightful struggle of his people. The flame he lit with courage and self-determination, and which had remained unabated for half a century, would continue until Palestinian statehood was achieved. He paid tribute to President Arafat’s unforgettable memory and his struggle on the side of justice. He prayed for the late President’s soul, for his family and brethren around the world, and saluted his ideal, which would never fade away.Ambassador Paul Badji of Senegal, Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, said the Palestinian people had lost a leader who, for decades, had been a powerful symbol of their national aspiration, unity and steadfastness, and who devoted most of his life to the struggle against the occupation and for the realization of their inalienable rights. The Committee was hopeful that the Palestinian people would remain united and determined to continue along the road of peace charted by President Arafat. read more

Concerned by violence along India and Pakistan line of control Ban urges

“The Secretary-General calls upon the Governments of India and Pakistan to exercise maximum restraint and take all feasible steps to ensure the protection of civilians,” reads a statement issued by a UN spokesperson.The Secretary-General, adds the statement, urges both countries to continue to address their differences through dialogue.“In that regard, he welcomes the planned meeting between their respective National Security Advisors on 23-24 August, and expresses the hope that it will lead to positive outcomes.”The UN has long maintained an institutional presence in the contested area between the two countries. According to the Security Council mandate given in resolution 307 of 1971, the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the Line of Control and the working boundary between the South Asian neighbours in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as reports developments that could lead to ceasefire violations.UNMOGIP currently comprises 40 military observers and a number of civilian staff members. read more

EYEWITNESS Getting wood…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Back flip…January 23, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Forked tongue…December 7, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Bleeding…September 15, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …in sugarNow, some of you, dear readers, may be starting to think your normally equipped Eyewitness is going a bit overboard about the sugar situation; but, to be honest, he just can’t get his head wrapped around the idea of a “socialist” government throwing 10,000 workers to the wolves ‘cause the industry ain’t “profitable”!“Profitable”?? Why’s the Government using the fallacy of the excluded middle: “everything must be or not be”. Point of the matter is that the sugar business isn’t that black and white — make profits, continue; no profits, close. First of all, what are “profits” in the world of sugar, when every significant exporter subsidises the product?? The sugar market has little to do with supply and demand.Then, in the case of a government, don’t they have a social responsibility to workers? Are PPP supporters not men and brothers, too? Has the Govt accepted the “market fundamentalism” of the neo-liberals hook, line and sinker”??But the Government isn’t satisfied with throwing sugar workers out into the streets; they want to shift the blame to them. If the cane-cutters from Wales don’t go over to Uitvlugt, THEY’RE to blame if Uitvlugt gets shuttered. Boo!! Hiss!! Now let’s pick sense from nonsense and read between the lines:” The fate of Uitvlugt’s already sealed, and that fate is “CLOSURE”.The Ministry of Agriculture has to be headed by someone who’s really mentally challenged if he believes the nonsense he spouts when he says Uitvlugt’s being prepared to double its production to 40,000 tonnes annually. Even in its heyday, Uitvlugt never produced more than 25,000 tonnes of sugar. And that’s not just because it didn’t have more cane, and cane will now be supplied from Wales. That’s hogwash, or bagasse!The real limiting factor’s the equipment in the factory itself. The equipment can process only up to its optimum, and that still remains 25,000 max. Take the centrifuge, which separates the crystals of sugar from the molasses. Right now, the ones at Uitvlugt can’t even efficiently process the piddling amount of sugar it produces. The molasses that DDL’s so filled with sugar, it’s making a killing (pun intended).  It takes more than 15 tons of cane, rather than the usual 10, to produce 1 ton of sugar, as is the norm when things are running as they ought to. Where’s profitability??But rather than fixing the centrifuges and the other factory equipment, the Agriculture Ministry’s transferring the very visible gantry from Wales to show it’s doing something.And when Uitvlugt can’t produce sugar with the basket it’s being given, in the midst of crocodile tears being shed, we’ll hear it has to be closed.…from GPLDid you hear the nonsense being spouted by the Chairman of GPL?? The Opposition Leader says because of GPL’s tariffs being set by the PUC when oil was being purchased @ $100+/barrel, GPL’s sitting on over $20 billion of profit, since it’s been buying oil at $50/barrel for the longest while. Badal gets all huffy, as if his buckta’s in a knot, and claims Jagdeo doesn’t know what he’s talking about.Fair enough, Jagdeo isn’t God, and can err — even though THAT doesn’t happen much! So, pressed as to the status of GPL’s finances, Badal says, “There’s been “significant improvement” in GPL’s financial position!! Can you believe this level of tripe from someone in such a critical position? So what the heck’s the meaning of “significant”?? If it doesn’t translate to $20 billion, then what is it?The money came from the pockets of the taxpayers (except from Linden), and they have a right to the info. Does Badal REALLY want folks to ask Ramson to get on his case for the info??!!…from BondYour Eyewitness is a movie buff…and Roger Moore’s passing reminded him that the Bond franchise was one of his favourites, not least because of the various femmes fatale.One of his favourites was Grace Jones, who starred in “A View to a Kill”. read more

Microsoft is killing off the Sidewinder brand for good

first_imgGamers can become very attached with a certain brand of mouse, and no wonder: a mouse is the device through which years of deathmatch or Starcraft skills were honed. Even the slightest difference in weight or feel in the hand can throw off years of muscle memory. No wonder gamers stay loyal to a certain mouse, and when that mouse gets discontinued, to certain brands: Razer, SteelSeries, Logitech, etc.Starting today, though, die-hard mousers are going to have one less option to choose from. Microsoft is expected to announce today that they will be killing off the Sidewinder range of PC gaming peripherals once and for all.This is a big blow for Microsoft’s hardware division. Sidewinder branded gaming peripherals from mice, keyboard, trackballs and joysticks have been around almost as long as PC gaming: it was one of the first major brands in the PC gaming world. Some of its mice border on the legendary, such as the SideWinder X8, one of the first mice to be targeted at PC gamers.Why is Microsoft pulling out? They feel there’s too much competition out there from Razer and Logitech to make it worth their while. In fact, Sidewinder’s a relatively unknown brand compared to those two companies.It’s worth noting that while Microsoft is killing off the Sidewinder brand, they’ll still continue to make mice and keyboards for PC users. It’s also worth noting that Sidewinder, as a brand, has been killed off before, only to rise as Lazarus from the PC gaming peripheral grave. Could we see another such miraculous resurrection of the Sidewinder brand? It’s doubtful, but one thing’s for sure: it’s not going to happen unless the die-hards start speaking up. Tell Microsoft what you think of this decision in the comments below.Read more at VR-Zonelast_img read more

Acer C720 Chromebook is the cheapest Haswell laptop you can buy

first_imgAcer’s C7, currently the 7th best selling laptop on Amazon.com, has been a hit. Starting at $200, the laptop brought serious value to the entry level segment and was one of better budget buys available, so long as you were fine with the limitations of Google’s Chrome OS and the tradeoffs inherent in a $200 computer.The C7 (technically the C710) was introduced in late 2012 but was revised in June 2013, moving from a 320GB hard drive to a 16GB SSD. After a successful year — though not as successful as that of Samsung’s $250 ARM-powered Chromebook — the C7 is being replaced with Acer’s Haswell-powered C720.The $250 C720-2800 Chromebook specs haven’t changed much, with the main update being a move to a 1.4GHz Intel Celeron 2955U processor. This should bump the battery life up to an impressive 8.5 hours without having to resort to the ARM chip found in the Samsung Series 3 or HP’s new Chromebook. The 11.6-inch (1366×768) anti-glare display is back for the C720, as is the 16GB SSD. The laptop runs 4GB of low-power RAM (DDR3L), uses Intel’s HD graphics, dual-band 802.11n WiFi, an SD reader, and Bluetooth 4.0. Ports include one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, and HDMI. Also included is 100GB of Google Drive storage for two years.We’ve known for a few weeks now that new Chromebooks were on the way (from Acer, HP, Toshiba, and Asus) and that some would be powered by Intel chips. In a prior statement Intel noted that while the CPU in the C720 is based on Haswell architecture, it’s not branded as Haswell because it’s Celeron, not a full-on Core model. This is a distinction that only the smallest amount of buyers in the sub-$300 laptop market will care about, but the main difference is that premium Core features — Hyper-Threading, Turbo Boost, AVX, and AES-NI — have been deactivated in Celeron. Even so, the C720 will be the first Chromebook with a Haswell chip in it.The C720 measures in at 11.34 x 8.03 x 0.75 inches and is 0.75 inches thick, marking a 30% reduction compared to the prior model.No release date has been announced, but the pre-order page has been posted on Amazon where the C720 is $240.Now reads: Chrome OS will work inside of Windows 8last_img read more

Vlahos bags Black Caviars brother

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The bidding at Sydney’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sale opened at $2 million, and ended just three minutes later with a winning offer of $5 million. Never before in Australia has a thoroughbred yearling sold for such a price.The colt, a half-brother to the world-beating Black Caviar, sired by champion stallion Redoute’s Choice had made history, but only after BC3 Thoroughbreds’ Bill Vlahos stepped in to pip competitor Swettenham Stud to the post with the 15th and final bid.Last year Vlahos bought a $2.6 million filly later registered as Belle Couture, who is also out of Black Caviar’s mother Helsinge.This week, just as he headed off to Singapore on business, he told Neos Kosmos that part of his motivation for his record-breaking bid was to keep the purest Australian thoroughbred blood lines in Australia.“It’s a landmark for us, we need to nurture our industry,” said the former CEO of BC3, who recently handed over the reins of the company to ex Richmond Football Club chief Craig Cameron. Vlahos, who remains on the board, says that whilst buying a racehorse is always “a bit of a punt”, from a pedigree perspective his new acquisition couldn’t be bettered.“We’d done quite a bit of homework on the horse, the sister that we bought last year is showing us a lot on the track, and she’ll be getting to the races soon.” Vlahos confirmed that before this week’s sale BC3 had pre-sold 75 per cent of the colt already.“Straight after we were inundated with enquiries. The horse is totally sold out now.”Asked what’s the chances of its new owners returning a profit on their $5m investment, Bill says racing prize money could be the least of it.“When you look at a horse that’s bred by the best stallion in Australia, if it wins a Group One race it’s probably worth 50 or 60 million dollars as a stallion prospect”.“When you buy a horse you’re always looking for that horse to tick a number of boxes. Hopefully it goes into a good system to get the best out of it.”Vlahos is yet to choose a trainer. Black Caviar’s Peter Moody or John Hawkes who trains star colt All Too Hard are reportedly in the frame.The previous record for a yearling in Australia stood at $3 million, an amount paid twice previously. On both occasions the horses failed to deliver on the track.The world’s most expensive yearling, The Green Monkey sold for $US 16 million in Kentucky in 2006. The colt retired winless two years later after only three starts.Described as one of the fanciest players in Australian racehorse industry, BC3 appeared on the Australian racing scene five years ago, after Vlahos met the company’s Utah-based founder John Brocklebank at a horse sale. last_img read more

Despina and Sayome screening in Sydney

first_imgAs part of the July-December program of the Greek Film Society of Sydney, the movies Despina (Δέσποινα, 1990, 55΄) and Sayome (Σαγιόμι, 2011, 56΄) will be screened on Thursday 16 October.Directed by Sotiris Goritsas and Nikos Dayandas, the two award-winning films are about women. The first is a fictional story about a young woman in a rural Greek town who sees her chance to escape to the city when she meets a young army conscript. The second, a documentary about a Japanese woman who also left her small rural village to share her life with a Cretan seaman. After years of assimilating into Greek society, she revisits her difficult family past in Japan.When: Thursday 16 October at 7.00 pm Where: The Cyprus Community Club of NSW, 58 – 76 Stanmore Road, Stanmore For more information and detailed program, check the Greek Film Society Sydney’s blog http://greekfilmsocietysydney.com, or contact 0402 564 722 and 0450 155 194. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

LAllemagne soppose à la reconnaissance faciale de Facebook

first_imgL’Allemagne s’oppose à la reconnaissance faciale de FacebookLe système de reconnaissance des visages intégré par Facebook s’oppose à la loi en vigueur en Allemagne concernant la protection des données. Les autorités ont donc décidé de lancer à la société américaine un ultimatum pour solutionner la question.Proposée par Facebook aux utilisateurs européens en juillet 2011, la fonctionnalité de reconnaissance faciale leur permet de scanner leurs photos pour ensuite les identifier automatiquement à la publication. Mais depuis cet été, l’Allemagne voit cet ajout d’un très mauvais œil et a critiqué à plusieurs reprises cette fonctionnalité. En août dernier, Johannes Caspar, commissaire à la protection des données du land de Hambourg, expliquait ainsi que cette technologie collectait des données sans l’accord des utilisateurs concernés, une capacité totalement contraire à la législation locale, rapporte Clubic.com.À lire aussiAllemagne : trois fossiles retrouvés imbriqués l’un dans l’autreToutefois, cet avertissement n’a eu aucun effet sur le réseau de Mark Zuckerberg qui n’a pas modifié d’un pixel sa solution. Facebook a admis prendre note de ces observations mais “rejette fermement toute affirmation selon laquelle nous ne respecterions pas nos obligations d’après les lois européennes sur la protection des données”.  Une réponse qui a agacé Johannes Caspar qui a cette fois décidé de se montrer plus ferme dans ses déclarations. Le commissaire explique : “Nous leur avons donné jusqu’au 7 novembre pour faire en sorte que cette fonctionnalité respecte les lois de la vie privée.Si nos demandes ne sont pas respectées nous serons obligés de porter l’affaire devant la justice.”Ce n’est pas la première fois que Facebook se trouve accusé par les autorités allemandes. Le pays avait interdit, il y a quelques mois le bouton “J’aime”, considérant que le site à l’aide de ce lien pouvait tracer chaque clic sur Internet, les intérêts et la navigation complète de ses utilisateurs.Le 25 octobre 2011 à 17:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mourinho confirms the return of World Cup stars for Man Utd

first_imgJose Mourinho has confirmed that the likes of that four more of his first-team players will be returning to Manchester United shortly following their exploits at the World CupRomelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof will return to United’s Aon Training Complex with the rest of the squad, once they arrive back from America after finishing their pre-season tour on a high by defeating European champions Real Madrid 2-1.The return of the foursome will be welcomed by Mourinho, who has had to contend with youth prospects for United’s US tour this summer and was left even questioning whether there had been any point of making the trip across the pond to begin with.But now Mourinho has confirmed the news that the likes of Lukaku and Rashford have cut their holidays short to return to United and could line-up in their final pre-season fixture against Bayern Munich on Sunday.“My players were amazing in their effort but we have more effort in front of us because in a few days we go to Munich and in 10 days we start the Premier League,” Mourinho told the club website.“We will have [Victor] Lindelof who started training two days ago, plus Marcus Rashford, Jones and Lukaku because they gave to the group and to the team three days of their holidays so they are coming back three days early to try to be available for the team.“We have the fantastic spirit we have in the majority of the players – I repeat in the majority of the players, we have a fantastic spirit. We go with everything we have to the Premier League.”??➡️?? Thanks for having us, America – now we head for home! #MUTOUR pic.twitter.com/WWmLppCJ26harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 1, 2018 With United’s Premier League opener against Leicester City just nine days away now, the return of their first-team players could not be more welcome.“As I was saying to the players, some of my players will be in an amazing condition,” said Mourinho.“Imagine Alexis Sanchez fresh, the way the man is running after playing four matches [of] 90 minutes.“I think he’s in a fantastic condition, so let’s look at it from the positive point of view and wait for Lindelof, Lukaku, Rashford and Jones who are going to be important players for us.“[They are] not prepared, but they will be back and when we are in trouble, they will help us and that’s the spirit we need because I think our first three weeks in the Premier League – Leicester, Brighton, Tottenham – will be really hard for us because we didn’t prepare for that, but that’s what it is.”As for Anthony Martial, who has been absent from United ever since leaving United’s US tour early to attend the birth of his child, Mourinho said: “I don’t know.”last_img read more

Solskjaer named Premier League Manager of the Month

first_imgManchester United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been named the Premier League Manager of the Month for January.Solskjaer equally became the first United manager to receive the award since Sir Alex Ferguson in October 2012 – when they last won the Premier League.Another W for Ole Gunnar SolskjaerYour @BarclaysFooty Manager of the Month for January#PLAwards pic.twitter.com/8Joh22m6tI— Premier League (@premierleague) February 8, 2019United made a clean sweep of victories in January against Newcastle, Tottenham, and Brighton apart from the Burnley draw, the only stalemate since the Norwegian took over as caretaker boss.Solskjaer, who masterminded the three successive wins in December, has taken United to within two points of fourth-placed Chelsea, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Fulham.Asked at his Friday news conference about his impressive start at United, Solskjaer disclosed to Sky Sports: “It’s been a great achievement.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“The team deserves every single bit of credit – they’ve done it.“But I don’t look back at being proud of this and proud of that, I’ve never been that way, I’ve always looked forward and not sat down before a chapter is finished.“I reflect, but I’ve never [pat myself on the back] and said, ‘Well done’, maybe I should do more often. But that’s just me.”The former United striker is heavily tipped to take over as the manager on a permanent basis and that could be sealed earlier if guides United to the Champions League.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been named the Premier League manager of the month for January.He becomes the first United manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired to win it.Ole’s at the wheel! 🇾🇪👏🏼 #mufc pic.twitter.com/SuEsYa89EX— United Xtra (@utdxtra) February 8, 2019last_img read more

VIDEO Crestline rubble sifted for clues

first_imgNot much is left among the charred remnants of Crestline Elementary School. A hollowed-out gymnasium, seared school books and memories — while seemingly scrapped in the cold, damp ash — are fuel for the fire’s investigation.The Vancouver Fire Department is working with the Vancouver Police Arson Task Force and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to pool evidence and test theories on how the Cascade Park school was destroyed in the early morning of Feb. 3.Colene Domenech, resident agent in charge of the Portland ATF office, says investigations for large-scale fires are detailed and time-consuming. People wanting immediate answers — who watch this sort of thing on TV — often don’t understand the depth of work involved in solving a fire.“This is not like ‘CSI.’ You don’t get answers in an hour,” she said.Each agency does its part by sharing information to further the investigation, leading to a hypothesis about what happened and, ultimately, testing to see if it rings true.It’s science, Domenech says.Officers with the Arson Task Force interview neighbors about what they saw from their homes surrounding the school. Questions like, “What direction were the flames going?” and “Where did the fire appear to originate?” The 38 responding firefighters talk about what they saw and did during the blaze. If they noticed any open doors or windows, or opened one while fighting the blaze, that could help determine how the fire started and moved through the building.last_img read more

Progun rally at Wash Capitol draws around 200

first_imgOLYMPIA (AP) — About 200 people have attended a pro-gun rally at the Washington state Capitol.Event organizer “2nd Enforcers” had said it was expecting more than 2,000 at the Saturday event.Most of those present were armed with long guns slung over shoulders or holstered handguns. Many carried signs critical of President Obama and defending gun ownership. One held aloft an upside-down American flag.Rally attendees cheered speeches telling of a “progressive conspiracy,” warning against allowing children to become “slaves of the government” and citing Nazi Germany and contemporary Australia as cautionary tales of a disarmed citizenry.Multiple speakers encouraged those assembled to keep posting pro-gun sentiments on Facebook even if people unfriend them.The rally anticipates a looming House vote on requiring background checks on all gun purchases in the state.last_img read more

Political Roundup Cruzs ReElection Bid And Trumps DACA Tweets

first_imgListen X 00:00 /12:56 It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories — with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.Today, our experts discuss Sen. Ted Cruz launching his re-election bid, the Democratic runoff for Houston’s 7th Congressional District, China levying retaliatory tariffs, and Pres. Trump’s tweets about DACA.This week’s experts are: Jay Aiyer from Texas Southern University and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast, and Houston Chronicle columnist Erica Grieder. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Facebook Agrees to New FTC Privacy Oversight Will Pay 5 Billion Fine

first_img Related In addition to the violations of the FTC’s 2012 order, the commission alleges that Facebook violated the agency’s ban on deceptive practices when it told users it would collect their phone numbers to enable a security feature but failed to disclose that it also used those numbers for advertising purposes.The FTC’s agreement with Facebook, in addition to establishing an independent privacy committee composed of Facebook board members, also requires the company to designate compliance officers who will be responsible for Facebook’s privacy program (and will be overseen by the board, not Zuckerberg or other employees).Zuckerberg and designated compliance officers must independently submit to the FTC quarterly certifications that the company is in compliance with the privacy program mandated under the order, as well as an annual certification that the company is in overall compliance with the order. “Any false certification will subject them to individual civil and criminal penalties,” the FTC said.The order also mandates an FTC-approved independent assessor to review Facebook’s privacy program twice yearly who will be required to report directly to the new privacy board committee on a quarterly basis.Under the new FTC-imposed framework, Facebook also is on the hook to remediate “old products that don’t work the way they should” and to build new products to a higher standard, Facebook VP of product partnerships Ime Archibong wrote in a blog. In reviewing the dozen partners continue to access Facebook data, only two — Microsoft and Sony — were still accessing “limited types of friends data,” according to Archibong. “Based on our previous commitments, we are ending these partners’ access to friend data immediately. This was our mistake, and we are correcting it.”The FTC commissioners voted 3-2 to approve the Facebook settlement — breaking along party lines, with the three Republicans giving it a thumbs up and the two Democrats dissenting, saying it didn’t have enough teeth. ×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 Former Oculus Head of Mobile VR Max Cohen Leaves Facebook Popular on Variety Facebook, under a 20-year settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over privacy violations, will pay a record-breaking $5 billion fine and submit to new oversight by the commission.The settlement promises to strengthen the obligations Facebook has to provide transparency to the FTC about its business practices — with requirements that are over and above what is required by U.S. law, according to the company. However, the FTC deal does not put anything in place that will fundamentally change how Facebook does business, including how it sells advertising or collects data on users.The FTC deal with Facebook, announced Wednesday after months of negotiations, will impose what the commission claimed are “unprecedented new restrictions” on the social-media giant’s business practices related to user privacy. That includes requiring Facebook’s board to establish an independent privacy committee that will remove “unfettered control by Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg over decisions affecting user privacy,” according to the FTC. Zuckerberg is barred from firing directors appointed to the privacy committee, who can only be removed by a supermajority of the Facebook board of directors. Facebook Reportedly Working on New Snapchat-Like Messaging App for Instagram The settlement “does little to change the business model or practices that led to the recidivism,” FTC commissioner Rohit Chopra, a Democrat, wrote in part in a dissenting statement. “The settlement imposes no meaningful changes to the company’s structure or financial incentives, which led to these violations. Nor does it include any restrictions on the company’s mass surveillance or advertising tactics. Instead, the orderallows Facebook to decide for itself how much information it can harvest from users and what it can do with that information, as long as it creates a paper trail.”Separately, Facebook will pay a $100 million fine to the Securities and Exchange Commission related to its failure to disclose to investors data abuse like the improper sharing of info on millions of Facebook users with Cambridge Analytica. “We share the SEC’s interest in ensuring that we are transparent with our investors about the material risks we face, and we have already updated our disclosures and controls in this area,” Facebook said. Zuckerberg, in a Facebook post, spun the massive FTC fine and new restrictions as an example of the company’s commitment to doing a better job of handling users’ data and suggested Facebook is an industry leader in this area. “We have a responsibility to protect people’s privacy. We already work hard to live up to this responsibility, but now we’re going to set a completely new standard for our industry,” he wrote.It’s the biggest fine ever levied by the FTC — and nearly 20 times more than the previous highest privacy-related penalty by a regulator anywhere in the world, according to the agency. The agreement settles FTC charges that the company violated a 2012 order by “deceiving users about their ability to control the privacy of their personal information.”“Despite repeated promises to its billions of users worldwide that they could control how their personal information is shared, Facebook undermined consumers’ choices,” FTC Chairman Joe Simons said in a statement.The $5 billion fine, which Facebook already told investors it was prepared to pay, is less than the company’s net profit ($5.43 billion) for the first quarter of 2019 alone. Shares of Facebook were down about 1% after the FTC settlement was announced. Facebook is scheduled to report Q2 earnings after market close Wednesday.Word of the FTC’s approval of the $5 billion fine leaked out earlier this month. The large fine is designed “not only to punish future violations but, more importantly, to change Facebook’s entire privacy culture to decrease the likelihood of continued violations,” according to Simons.The official announcement comes as tech giants face a growing political backlash over their economic power. On Tuesday, the Justice Department announced a broad antitrust review of large internet platforms.last_img read more

Raising good cholesterol may not prevent heart disease

first_imgRaising high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or ‘good cholesterol’ levels may not be as effective as lowering ‘bad cholesterol,’ in reducing the risk of developing heart disease, researchers have found. The findings showed that both extremes of “good cholesterol” levels are associated with a higher risk of dying from heart disease, cancer, besides others.“The link between good cholesterol and heart disease is complex,” said Associate Professor Dennis T Ko of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto, Canada. However, “It seems certain there is a connection between people with low levels of HDL and other risk factors for heart disease – poor diet, exercise habits and other medical conditions,” Ko said.  Thus, the study casts doubt on HDL being used as an independent risk factor.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTreating heart disease using HDL levels in itself as intervention to reduce the risk of dying may not be enough, researchers said.“Focusing on raising HDL is not likely to help these patients, but these findings show that one of the best interventions would be lifestyle changes,” Ko added. The lowest levels of HDL were seen among people from poor socio-economic background with less healthy lifestyle, more cardiac risk factors and medical co-morbidities.last_img read more