first_imgToronto: Serena Williams won the rematch Friday, dominating Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 to ensure the Japanese star won’t leave Toronto with a title to go with her number one world ranking. Williams fired 12 aces and didn’t face a break point as she beat Osaka for the first time in three meetings — avenging her shock loss in last year’s controversial US Open final in which the American star was docked a point and a game after losing her temper when warned about coaching. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThere was no such drama in Toronto, where Williams broke Osaka for a 5-3 lead in the first and closed out the opening set with a service winner. She broke again for a 2-1 lead in the second and never looked like surrendering the advantage. Even a run-in with the net cord — as she raced forward trying to run down a drop shot — didn’t faze her. “It hurt, but it wasn’t the end of the world,” Williams said. The American’s lone wobble came in the final game. After a pair of aces gave her a triple match point, Williams offered up a double fault and two backhands into the net before she closed it out with an ace on her fourth match point. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”We haven’t played since New York, which was a really good match for her,” said Williams, adding that she feels her own game is coming on as she’d hoped in the buildup to this year’s US Open at Flushing Meadows. “I’m getting there,” said Williams, who hasn’t dropped a set this week as she pursues a fourth Toronto title to go with those she won in 2001, 2011 and 2013. “It’s definitely not where I want to be, but I’m getting there.” Osaka said she played too defensively — something she said was hard to avoid when Williams was hitting 31 winners. “But I think there were chances where she hit shorter balls, but I wasn’t expecting her to hit the shorter balls, so I didn’t move up on time,” she said. In the semi-finals Williams will face Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova, who advanced when Wimbledon champion Simona Halep retired with Achilles tendon trouble after dropping their first set 6-4. “I’ve always wanted to play Serena,” said Bouzkova, a 21-year-old ranked 91st in the world. “It’s always my dream to play against her.”last_img read more

first_imgInFocusIt’s a proposed $800-million dollar settlement for Indigenous children who were ripped from their homes and families during the 60s Scoop.But the Metis and non-status were left out of the agreement and many survivors are not happy with the proposed settlement.The former president of the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan is now taking matters into his own hands. Robert Doucette is suing the federal and Saskatchewan governments over the 60s Scoop.Doucette, his daughter Kyra Wilson and Duane Morrisseau-Beck of the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network share their experiences and concerns of the proposed compensation package as we put the Metis 60s Scoop InFocus.last_img

To carry out this new review, the UN will be retaining the services of an independent external consultancy company. The review is expected to be completed by the end of September, according to Mr. Annan’s spokesman in New York. The third Interim Report of the Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC), headed by former US Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, last week accused former procurement officer Alexander Yakovlev of soliciting kickbacks. It also concluded that the former Executive Director of the UN Office of the Iraq Programme, Benon Sevan, “corruptly benefited” from his role in the oil-for-food-programme.Voicing deep concern at the report’s findings, Mr. Annan waived the immunity of Mr. Yakovlev, and stressed that he would do the same for Mr. Sevan, as soon as he receives any properly supported request from an appropriate law enforcement authority. Mr. Annan also said the UN would act vigorously to ensure there are no more “bad apples” in its procurement department, and pledged that the corruption outlined “will not happen again.”As a temporary and exceptional measure, pending the completion of the external review Mr. Annan placed the procurement division under the direct authority of Warren Sach, the UN Controller.At the same time, the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) is continuing its investigations into Mr. Yakovlev, the former UN procurement officer who has been accused of criminal wrongdoing, in close cooperation with the United States Attorney’s Office, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric. Once the investigation is complete, OIOS will make separate recommendations for reforms to the UN procurement system with a particular focus on strengthened supervision and controls over individual procurement officers.“These reviews will complement a general assessment of UN procurement, completed in June by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, the results of which are being made public today,” Mr. Dujarric said. The Institute – an American-based not-for-profit organization – initiated the review at the UN’s request. It compared existing procurement rules and regulations with the best global practice of outside organizations and companies and contains a large number of recommendations for improvements to UN procurement systems and practices. read more

CALGARY – A new report says Calgary’s downtown offices got a bit emptier in the first three months of the year as vacancies rose 2.2 percentage points from last quarter.The Barclay Street Real Estate Ltd. report says vacancies rose to 19.5 per cent as about 938,000 more square feet were on the market. It said by 2018 the vacancy rate could be close to 24 per cent.The increased vacancies come as energy companies continue to announce layoffs and consolidate operations due to low oil prices.According to the Barclay Street report, MEG Energy is trying to sublease more than 300,000 square feet, Shell Canada is offering more than 183,000 square feet and Penn West Energy has 73,000 square feet available.It says vacancies are at historic highs, with eight million of the downtown area’s 41 million square feet of office space available and subleases making up close to half of what’s on offer.In the quarter, the price of oil hit US$26 a barrel, its lowest point since the downturn, but has since rebounded to above US$40. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 12, 2016 1:35 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 12, 2016 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Calgary commercial real estate vacancies hit 19.5% as layoffs continue read more

At least two Church of England cathedrals are advertising zero-hours contracts just days after Justin Welby called them “evil”. Job adverts posted by Gloucester Cathedral and Norwich Cathedral offer the roles under the contracts, which on Wednesday the Archbishop of Canterbury told the TUC conference were “the reincarnation of an ancient evil”. Meanwhile, it has also emerged that the Church of England has said it will keep shares in Amazon, despite Archbishop Welby saying the firm was “leeching off the taxpayer” for paying “almost nothing” in taxes.Gloucester’s advert, for a cathedral porter earning £8.75 an hour, notes that the work will “mostly be evenings and weekends”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The role is described as: “Working on a flexible basis in order to provide a high quality of support to clergy, hirers and other users and to support the Cathedral’s ministry of welcome to all.” Zero hours advert for a porter at Gloucester Cathedral On its investment in Amazon, a spokesman for the church said: “The Church Commissioners have previously been on the record that we consider aggressive tax avoidance or abusive tax arrangements to be both a business risk and an ethical issue. As with other issues, we take the view that it is most effective to be in the room with these companies seeking change as a shareholder.”We continue to work with other shareholders to tackle this issue via engagement with companies and their managers.”Following the archbishop’s speech, Amazon said it paid “all taxes required in the UK and every country where we operate”. Norwich’s job advert is for a “Refectory Assistant (Temporary and Casual)” for “an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual, with demonstrable catering experience and excellent organisational and barista skills to join the Refectory team as a Refectory Assistant.”This is a casual zero hours post where we hope to build up a team of reliable people who can be rostered accordingly.” A spokeswoman for the Archbishop said: “The Archbishop of Canterbury made clear his views on zero hours contracts.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Zero hours advert for a porter at Gloucester Cathedral A page on the Diocese of London’s website says that while zero-hours contracts have had “a lot of bad press recently”, “particularly where some employers have been using them unfairly”, “if used properly and fairly by ensuring that both parties have the ability to reject work and also allowing individuals to work elsewhere when they are not doing work for you, they can be a useful tool.”Individual cathedrals and dioceses organise their staffing independently of the Archbishop or the national church. The Dean of Norwich, the Very Revd Jane Hedges, said: “At Norwich Cathedral zero-hour contracts are given to those of our staff who choose them because it suits their lifestyle like, for example, students and people who are retired and want a flexible part-time job. “We take the welfare and wellbeing of our staff very seriously.”A spokesman for the Diocese of London said: “We agree with the Archbishop that zero-hours contracts can be abused to exploit workers. “Our guidance to parishes, which has been designed in line with Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development guidance, makes it clear that a zero hours contract may be appropriate when the work is ad-hoc or casual. “The guidance stipulates that both parties should have the ability to reject work and that individuals should be able to work elsewhere.” read more

“The vision and sense of connection that inspired the signatories has stood the test of time, and the Commonwealth continues to grow, adapting to address contemporary needs. “Today, many millions of people around the world are drawn together because of the collective values shared by the Commonwealth. “In April last year, I welcomed the leaders of our 53 nations to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and we all witnessed how the  Commonwealth vision offers hope, and inspires us to find ways of protecting our planet,  and our people.”We are able to look to the future with greater confidence and optimism as a result  of the links that we share, and thanks to the networks of cooperation and mutual support to which we contribute, and on which we draw. “With enduring commitment through times of great change, successive generations have demonstrated that whilst the goodwill for which the Commonwealth is renowned may be intangible, its impact is very real.”We experience this as people of all backgrounds continue to find new ways of expressing through action the value of belonging in a connected Commonwealth. “I hope and trust that many more will commit to doing so this Commonwealth Day.”The Commonwealth Day service will be broadcast live on BBC One and across the BBC World Service. “Commonwealth Day has a special significance this year as we mark the 70th anniversary of the London Declaration, when nations of the Commonwealth agreed to move forward together as free and equal members,” the Queen said.  The Duchess of Sussex will spend part of Commonwealth Day with young people at Canada HouseCredit:Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph  The Duchess of Sussex will spend part of Commonwealth Day with young people at Canada House The Queen has spoken of the “greater confidence and optimism” Britain can have thanks to its stable links with the Commonwealth, as she marks the 70th anniversary of the “family of nations”. In a message delivered ahead of Commonwealth Day on Monday, the Queen has given thanks for the ” networks of cooperation and mutual support to which we contribute, and on which we draw”. Saying the “enduring commitment” of the 53 countries is intangible, she added that nevertheless “its impact is very real”. In what is scheduled to be her last Commonwealth Day message before Brexit on March 29th, the Queen emphasised the element of “belonging” in a modern, connected organisation.On Monday, she will be joined by members of her family including the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for a Westminster Abbey service celebrating its 70th anniversary with music from Clean Bandit and tenor Alfie Boe, and a reflection by Lewis Pugh on ocean conservation.This year, the Queen’s message contains a plea to protect the planet, following her Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy tree project and a new focus on the ocean environment.  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who lived in Canada while filming her television show Suits, will spend part of the day with young people at Canada House making  maple taffy and watching dance performances. Later on Monday evening, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will be guests of the Commonwealth Secretary-General at a reception at Marlborough House. read more

first_imgGround Force has been building fuel & lube trucks for nearly 30 years with the first fuel & lube trucks designed for conventional chassis’ back in 1987. Rigid frame fuel & lube trucks followed in 1995, but the demand for yet another chassis option became prevalent in 1998. “Soft underfoot mining conditions, high maintenance and repairs on conventional units, desire for ‘more wheels on the ground’ for added safety, chassis availability and the desire for increase payload took us to the articulated chassis.”The first articulated fuel & lube truck was built in 2001 on a used Cat D400E. The first 700 series truck soon followed in 2001 designed for a new Cat 725. “These trucks were designed to carry diesel fuel and multiple oils and coolants.” Seeing the need for a longer frame to increase safety, Ground Force introduced the frame stretch in 2001. Soon after, Caterpillar started building a long wheel base chassis, offering the longer frame on new articulated trucks chassis.The concept for these trucks evolved after several years of providing both conventional and rigid frame trucks to the industry. “Utilising the articulated chassis as the prime mover, over the years Ground Force has refined the articulated fuel & lube body offering increased safety features such as baffled product tanks, optimal centre of gravity, and easy ground level operator access. Along with efficient product delivery, heated and enclosed body options, and full product filtration, we set the standard for fuel & lube delivery.“With the desire to offer multiple options to the customer, as well as an understanding of how each truck will perform for specific site conditions, Ground Force continues to strive for product improvement on our fuel & lube solutions as well as innovative new ways to provide service to your fleet. Ground Force offers fuel & lube delivery on conventional, articulated and rigid frame chassis, as well as in skid form with multiple configurations for both surface and underground mining.”Ground Force Worldwide offers full product support after the sale, including field service commissioning, installation and training, with part sales and product support. Parts and service are also available through the worldwide network of Cat dealers.last_img read more

first_imgDes composés toxiques retrouvés dans le cerveau d’ours polairesDes chercheurs canadiens et danois ont trouvé des traces importantes de PFASs (substances perfluoroalkyles) dans les cerveaux d’ours polaires. Des données d’autant plus inquiétantes que les ours se situent au sommet de la chaîne alimentaire : les humains pourraient eux aussi être contaminés.Les perfluoroalkyles sont utilisés depuis des décennies pour de nombreuses applications industrielles ainsi que la fabrication de produits de consommation courante. On les trouve par exemple dans les mousses anti-incendie, les imperméabilisants, les revêtements des ustensiles de cuisine et les emballages alimentaires. Ce sont des composés très résistants à la dégradation mais ils sont aussi suspectés de toxicité pour l’organisme. Les recherches pointent des risques tels que des cancers, de la toxicité génétique, des dommages sur le système immunitaire ou encore des incidences sur la reproduction.Les produits passent la barrière du cerveauBien que le foie soit l’organe accumulant le plus les PFASs et leurs dérivés, des études ont montré qu’ils pouvaient se retrouver dans des cerveaux d’embryons de poules, ce qui signifie qu’ils peuvent traverser la barrière hémato-encéphalique. Cette barrière, qui régule le passage du sang dans le cerveau, permet de filtrer le flux sanguin afin de préserver le cerveau d’éventuels composés toxiques. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Dans une nouvelle étude, les chercheurs ont recherché la présence de PFASs dans les cerveaux d’ours polaires de la région de Scoresby Sound, au Groenland. Et ils en ont bel et bien trouvé la trace. Or, les ours se situent au sommet de la chaîne alimentaire : ils accumulent donc les substances de tout leur écosystème. Un facteur qui, ajouté aux résultats, inquiète le professeur Rune Dietz, de l’université d’Aarhus au Danemark : “Si ces composés peuvent atteindre le cerveau des ours, alors c’est aussi le cas pour les humains. Le cerveau est l’un des organes les plus essentiels, et les composés d’origine anthropique peuvent avoir de graves effets. Toutefois, on commence à observer un recul de la concentration de ces substances grâce aux efforts de réduction de certains pays”.Un début de baisse de leur concentration dans l’environnement En effet, les PFASs ne sont plus produits dans les pays occidentaux. Reste la Chine, qui demeure un important producteur de ces substances toxiques. Il est de plus assez difficile de trouver une traçabilité de ces produits. Mais les efforts ont tout de même permis de commencer à réduire la concentration de ces produits. Une bonne nouvelle selon le professeur Dietz : “c’est tout de même prometteur. Les autorités des différents pays devraient continuer dans cette voie”, encourage t-il.Le 25 juillet 2013 à 09:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img“New York law establishes … that a publisher is under no duty of care to its readers to ensure the accuracy of published information,” the motion reads, “unless it constitutes a breach of contract, obligation, or trust, or amounts to deceit, libel or slander.”“A publisher, even those who maintain a paid subscription service, such as Entrepreneur, owes its readers no duty to ensure the accuracy of its publications, and thus, cannot incur liability for an allegedly inaccurate statement.”The “Hot 100” list, Entrepreneur said, was “offered as informative material to an audience of general readers” and does not “draw any conclusions nor makes any recommendations to its readers, as to the financial suitability of an investment in any of the listed companies.” Entrepreneur has filed a motion to dismiss a $178 million lawsuit brought against it by a group of investors who allege the magazine misled them about a company featured on its “Hot 100” list.The founder of that company, Agape World, was later arrested and charged with a $370 million mail fraud—part of an alleged Ponzi scheme.Earlier this month, the group filed suit in a New York court, claiming Entrepreneur “deliberately, willfully and recklessly failed to exercise due diligence in publishing information” about Agape, which was featured in Entrepreneur’s May 2008 issue. The group said it decided to invest in Agape based on the information published by Entrepreneur.In documents filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York on Thursday, Entrepreneur, citing rulings in similar court cases, said it is “under no duty to provide information with care to its readers.” Click here for a PDF of the court documents. last_img read more

first_img.Customs intelligence officials detained  two people along with 10 gold bars, weighing one kilogram, from Benapole check-post area in Jessore on Wednesday, reports UNB.The detainees are Mohsin Khan, 36, son of Jahangir Hossain Khan of Shariatpur and Elius Ahmed, 40, son of Ibrahim Ahmed of Faridpur district.Tipped-off, a team of Benapole customs intelligence conducted a drive in the area and detained the duo around 11:30am, said Sadek Hossain, deputy director of Benapole Customs Intelligence.Later, they searched their bodies and recovered 10 gold bars.The detainees were handed over to the Benapole Port police station.last_img

first_imgHefajat-e-Islam, Bangladesh, an Islam-based group, will lay seige to the US embassy in Dhaka on 13 December protesting at US president Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.The demonstration will be staged at 11:00am on that date, Hefajat announced on Friday.The group will also take out a procession on Sunday as it condemned the US president’s decision that was made public on Wedneday.The Hefajat’s decisions to raise its voice against the US policy were announced at a procession brought out from the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Jumma prayers. Hefajat-e-Islam’s Dhaka metropolitan committee convener Nur Hossain Quasemi made the announcement.Another platform, Islami Andolon Bangladesh, also staged a demonstration at the same time in the city protesting at the Trump decision.Sheikh Fazlul Bari, president of its metropolitan north committee, alleged that US President Trump does not want peace to prevail in the country. He said if different entities cannot stop Trump, the world’s Muslims will teach him a lesson.Donald Trump on Wednesday said the US will recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and asked the US authorities to shift its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.Jerusalem is considered to be a holy place to the followers of mankind’s three great religions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam.On Thursday, Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina said the unilateral declaration of Trump will cause anarchy around the world.“Because there is an UN Resolution on the issue; so steps should be taken as per the UN Resolution. No one will accept such violation of the UN Resolution,” she said at a press conference.Sheikh Hasina urged the Muslim Ummah as well as all Muslim countries to be united over the issue so that the Palestinians could get their just rights.last_img read more

first_imgTehran’s mayor said more than 20 firefighters had been killed when the city’s oldest high-rise collapsed following a fire on Thursday.”So far, more than 20 of our colleagues in the fire brigade have lost their lives rescuing others,” mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf told Iranian state television.Fire brigade spokesman Jalal Maleki said he could not confirm the 20 deaths, and they were still being treated officially as missing since no bodies had yet been pulled from the rubble.Rescue workers, soldiers and sniffer dogs were desperately hunting for survivors in the debris of the 15-storey Plasco building, which contained a shopping centre and hundreds of clothing suppliers.Some 78 people — mostly firefighters — were injured as they rushed to evacuate the building, the head of Tehran’s emergency services told state television, and six were still in hospital by late evening.Dramatic images showed flames pouring out of the top floors of the building, which collapsed shortly before midday after a four-hour blaze.Around 200 firefighters had been tackling the blaze at the Plasco building, which dated from the 1960s.”I was inside and suddenly I felt the building is shaking and is about to collapse. As we gathered colleagues and got out, a minute later the building collapsed,” said Ali, a firefighter at the scene.Local media said the workshops were especially full of clothes in the build-up to Nowruz, the Iranian New Year which falls in March.President Hassan Rouhani demanded an immediate investigation, calling the incident “unfortunate and sorrowful”.”More than 30 times we warned the building’s owners that it was not safe, but unfortunately they did not pay attention,” said municipality spokesman Shahram Gilabadi.The fire brigade spokesman said the building was known to breach safety standards.”Even in the stairwells, a lot of clothing is stored and this is against safety standards. The managers didn’t pay attention to the warnings,” Maleki told state television, adding that the building lacked sufficient fire extinguishers.- ‘Thousands ruined’ -The tragedy brought condolences from around the world, with the London Fire Brigade tweeting: “Our thoughts are with the friends and families of the firefighters who have died following the fire and building collapse in Tehran.”Dozens of Tehranis queued to donate blood, with one young man telling state television: “This is the least we could do for those who take their lives into their hands to rescue others.”The steel skeleton of the building was left twisted and bent down to the ground as around 100 fire engines and dozens of ambulances surrounded the area, from which smoke was still rising hours later.”I’ve lost my entire stock. Thousands of families have been ruined,” said Ahmad, the owner of one of hundreds of shops and business units in the building.The head of Tehran’s tailors’ union said there were around 400 clothing suppliers inside and many lacked insurance.”They were preparing clothing for the New Year and that’s why all supply units were full of clothes.”Unfortunately the majority of these suppliers did not have fire insurance and have therefore suffered irreparable damage,” he said.The Plasco building was Tehran’s first shopping centre and Iran’s tallest building when it was finished in 1962, before being dwarfed by the construction boom of later years.It was built by Habibollah Elghanian, a prominent Iranian-Jewish businessman who was arrested for ties to Israel and sentenced to death and executed after the 1979 Islamic revolution.The fire is thought to have begun on the ninth floor and spread quickly to workshops above.last_img read more

first_imgUS president Donald Trump answers questions from the media during the `3rd Annual Made in America Product Showcase` on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, US, on 15 July, 2019. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump doubled down on his attacks against four minority US congresswomen on Monday and dismissed concerns that his comments were racist, prompting outrage from Democrats, who moved to condemn him in the House of Representatives.Speaking at the White House, Trump said people he described as critical of the United States should leave the country.Those remarks followed his Twitter messages on Sunday that said the four left-wing lawmakers, known in Congress as “the squad,” should go back to “the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”All four of the first-term House members are US citizens and all but one were born in the United States.”If you’re not happy in the US, if you’re complaining all the time, very simply: You can leave,” he said, drawing scattered applause from a crowd of businesspeople.Asked if he was concerned that some viewed his remarks as racist and that white supremacists found common cause with him, Trump said he was not. “It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me,” Trump said.The president’s remarks were widely derided and some, though not many, of his fellow Republicans spoke out against them.Trump did not identify the lawmakers by name in his Sunday tweets, but he appeared to refer to representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.All four have been critical of Trump, as well as of the current Democratic leaders of the House, straining party unity in that chamber.At a press conference on Capitol Hill, the four lawmakers said Trump was trying to sow division and distract attention from what they characterized as failed policies on immigration, healthcare and taxation.”Weak minds and leaders challenge loyalty to our country in order to avoid challenging and debating the policy,” Ocasio-Cortez said.Tlaib and Omar repeated their calls for Trump to be impeached.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has been criticised by members of “the squad,” said her party would introduce a resolution condemning Trump’s “xenophobic tweets.”A draft of the resolution, seen by Reuters late on Monday, said the House “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color …”Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, told reporters the resolution could be on the House floor for debate as soon as Tuesday.US Reps Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) hold a news conference after Democrats in the US Congress moved to formally condemn president Donald Trump`s attacks on the four minority congresswomen on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, on 15 July, 2019. Photo:Such a resolution could put Trump’s fellow Republicans in Congress in an awkward position, forcing them either to vote against their party’s leader, who has strong support among conservatives, or effectively to defend his statements.Trump’s attacks elevated the profiles of the four progressive Democrats, who have helped push the party’s agenda to the left, causing concern among Democratic moderates who are eager to hold onto their seats in the 2020 election.A FEW REPUBLICANS SPEAK OUTTrump has a history of what critics consider race-baiting. He led a movement that falsely claimed former President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, and he said after a deadly, white supremacist-led rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that “both sides” were to blame for violence there.”This is the agenda of white nationalists, whether it is happening in chat rooms, or it’s happening on national TV, and now it’s reached the White House garden,” Omar said.Although most Republicans stayed silent on Trump’s divisive rhetoric, several began expressing concern late on Monday.Texas Representative Will Hurd, the only African-American Republican in the House, called the attacks “racist” on CNN.Tim Scott, the Senate’s only black Republican, called them “racially offensive” on Twitter.Others did not go that far. Senator Mitt Romney, the party’s 2012 presidential nominee, and Senator Marco Rubio, who ran in 2016, both condemned the remarks but declined to characterize them as racist.House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said the four lawmakers belonged in the United States, but did not criticize Trump. “The president is not a racist,” he told reporters.Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell did not comment on the controversy.Trump regularly used racially charged language during his campaign and continued in his presidency. His latest remarks came as some of his efforts to deal with immigration – a major issue for his conservative base – have faltered.Trump promised as a candidate to build a wall along the US-Mexico border and that Mexico would pay for it. As president, very little has happened on wall construction and Mexico has resolutely refused to pay for a wall.’RACISM, DIVISION’In his Sunday tweets, Trump said of the four congresswomen, “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came … Then come back and show us how … it is done.”Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley and Tlaib were born in the United States while Omar, a Somali refugee, arrived in 1992.Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a sometime Trump golf partner and adviser, called the four congresswomen “communist” and “anti-Semitic” on Fox News on Monday, but he also called on Trump to stop making such personal attacks.”Aim higher … Take on their policies. The bottom line here is this is a diverse country,” he said, adding that he had spoken to Trump.last_img

first_imgThere’s no denying the complete success that was the original Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure. Activision released a unique title that allowed the game characters to be stored on the figurines that are purchased separately. Skylanders combines a collectibles game and a simple RPG-style leveling system into a franchise that proves popular enough that most stores couldn’t keep the shelves stocked. Now, Skylands is in jeopardy once again, and a new game has been created to continue to the franchise, Skylanders Giants.Refreshed gameplayGiants picks up very shortly after the original ends, with the big bad heading back to Skylands. For reasons that never really get explained, you have discovered one of the ancient Skylanders, known as a Giant. These characters are slower, but significantly stronger than the regular characters. As you play the game, you learn when the best points to use each character type are, but are never really forced to use any individual model.The gameplay is very much like the original, complete with campy dialogue and a seemingly endless supply of small pick-up quests. Giants includes a difficulty meter in the beginning, allowing the game to appeal to multiple skill levels. As you complete quests and smash the baddies, the Skylander you are using grows in experience and earns cash that can be spent on leveling the skills of that character. Everything points the player to a series of boss fights, very much like the original Skylanders.Giants is a sequel that has grown up with its audience. Young audiences can keep playing the same simple and slightly repetitive game, but there’s plenty of new places to grow. The main resting area for the game offers achievement rich challenges and mini games that enhance the individual models. The traveling ship that acts as the main resting area can now also be customized and improved by the players, made from accessories that are collected throughout the game.The game does a great job of keeping the original audience engaged and making sure the players who completed every aspect of the original title have no shortage of things to do. The graphics are all identical across the different consoles, though noticeably laggy on the Wii Console. The Wii U graphics are identical to the Xbox 360 quality, with optimizations for the Gamepad that allow the entire game to be played on either the console or the pad.New collectiblesOne of the key parts to the success of Skylanders was the wealth of collectible miniatures. The original series included accessories and bolt-on levels that could be played at any stage of the actual gameplay. The Skylander characters also come with codes to be use in the Cloud Patrol game for iOS and Android, as well as the web-based mini games on the Skylanders website.Skylanders Giants includes five new kinds of collectible figures. Each element of the Skylanders game has one Giant figurine and one Light Core figurine, as well as a unique new Skylander. Filling in the blanks are new Series 2 figurines. These models are a refresh of the original figurines, but posed differently. When used in the game, the series two figurines have an extra level of skills that can only be earned and used in the new game.There are expansion pack accessories that include battle arenas for multiplayer, as well as new equipment that can be used in-game with all forms of Skylanders. If you have a favorite character that you have completely leveled up from series one, you can use them in any way you like in Skylanders Giants. The new models released in Giants are not backwards compatible with the original game, but any skills or cash earned by series one characters in Giants transfers over without a problem.Final thoughtsSkylanders Giants is a worthy successor to the original, poised to create the same shelf clearing fervor that the original inspired. This franchise is in an oddly unique position as a title that attracts the Saturday morning cartoon crowd almost exclusively. As entertainment centers fill up with the Skylanders figurines, it is easy to look back and wonder what would happen if other games were to have adopted the same collection model in years past. The Skylanders model of collect and play isn’t new, but it is difficult to imagine the exact same kind of experience from a title like Pokemon.Skylanders Giants starter packs are on shelves and available online now, with expansion packs and store exclusives ready to roll out through the holidays.last_img read more

first_img Thursday, November 8, 2018 Share U.S. issues emergency directive following Boeing jet crash in Indonesia Tags: boeing, Lion Air By: The Associated Press JAKARTA — The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency airworthiness directive on how to handle erroneous data from a sensor that investigators believe malfunctioned on a new Boeing jet that plunged into the sea in Indonesia, killing all 189 people onboard.The directive gives regulatory weight to Boeing’s safety bulletin that it sent to operators of Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 planes based on findings from the ongoing Indonesian investigation into the Oct. 29 crash of a Lion Air jet. FAA directives are usually followed by other airline regulators internationally.The FAA said erroneous data from the “angle of attack” sensor, which helps prevent the plane from stalling and diving, could cause flight crew to have difficulty controlling the airplane and lead to “excessive nose-down attitude, significant altitude loss, and possible impact with the terrain.”The directive instructs airlines to make specific changes to flight manual procedures for responding to the problem. Boeing’s bulletin said it was directing flight crews to existing guidelines.Indonesian investigators on Wednesday said the sensor was replaced on the Lion Air plane the day before its fatal flight and may have compounded other problems with the aircraft.The 2-month-old Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed into the Java Sea 13 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta. Both that flight and its Oct. 28 flight from Bali to Jakarta had erratic speed and altitude shortly after takeoff.On Wednesday night, Lion Air aborted a flight when one of its planes damaged a wing tip when it struck a lamp pole before takeoff from Bengkulu. The airline faulted the airport’s aircraft movement control personnel who directed the plane from the apron to the taxiway.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthIndonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee earlier this week had said the plane that crashed had a malfunctioning airspeed indicator on its last four flights, based on analysis of the flight data recorder. Chairman Soerjanto Tjahjono said the airspeed indicator and sensor problems are related.Lion Air’s first two attempts to address the airspeed problem didn’t work, and for the jet’s second-to-last flight the “angle of attack” sensors were replaced, Tjahjono said.On that Oct. 28 flight, from Bali to Jakarta, the pilot’s and copilot’s sensors disagreed by about 20 degrees. The plane went into a sudden dive minutes after takeoff, from which the pilots were able to recover. They decided to fly on to Jakarta at a lower-than-normal altitude.On the fatal flight, the plane hit the water at very high speed after the flight crew had been cleared to return to the airport several minutes after takeoff.“The point is that after the AOA (sensor) is replaced, the problem is not solved but the problem might even increase. Is this fatal? NTSC wants to explore this,” Tjahjono said.Airline safety experts said pilots are trained to handle a plane safely if those crucial sensors fail and backup systems are generally in place as well.There are audio signals and physical warnings that can alert the pilot to malfunctioning equipment or other dangers, said Todd Curtis, director of the Airsafe.com Foundation.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programs“They should have been completely engaged in what was going on inside that cockpit, and any kind of warning that came up, they would have been wise to pay attention to it,” Curtis said.Investigators are likely focused on how a single sensor’s failure resulted in a faulty command that didn’t take into account information from a second sensor, said John Cox, CEO of Safety Operating Systems.“We don’t know what the crew knew and didn’t know yet,” Cox said. “We will.”Indonesia’s search and rescue agency has extended the search until Sunday. Body parts are still being recovered and searchers continue to hunt for the cockpit voice recorder.Indonesia’s transportation safety committee said it had agreed with Boeing on procedures that the airplane manufacturer should distribute globally on how flight crews can deal with the sensor problems.The flight procedure recommendations to Boeing were based on how the flight crew responded to problems on the Bali-to-Jakarta flight, said investigator Nurcahyo Utomo.In an Operations Manual Bulletin, Boeing said it is providing support and technical assistance to the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee and other government authorities responsible for the investigation.The company is director operators to existing flight crew procedures to address circumstances where there is erroneous input from an Angle of Attack (AOA) sensor.With file from The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced its strategic plan for the fiscal years 2015 through 2019, reflecting its priorities as a regulator and conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as well as regulator of the 12 Federal Home Loan (FHL) Banks.FHFA put together the report, entitled FHFA Strategic Plan: Fiscal Years 2015-2019, based on input on the draft agency strategic plan the agency received on request from members of Congress, the public, and stakeholders in accordance with the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010.The strategic plan outlines three goals for FHFA for the forthcoming fiscal years: ensure safe and sound regulated entities; ensure liquidity, stability, and access in housing finance; and manage the enterprises’ ongoing conservatorship.The strategic plan reflects priorities outlined for the GSEs in the 2014 Strategic Plan for the Conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, released by FHFA in May 2014.Last week, FHFA issued its Performance and Accountability Report, which gave a detailed report of the agencies activities as conservator of the GSEs and regulator for the FHL Banks during fiscal year 2014. The agency received an unmodified, or “clean” audit opinion from the U.S. Government Accountability Office for its financial activities during fiscal year 2014. FHFA Releases Strategic Plan for Years Ahead Fannie Mae Federal Home Loan Banks FHFA Freddie Mac Mel Watt 2014-11-24 Seth Welborncenter_img November 24, 2014 593 Views Sharelast_img read more

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