first_imgHALIFAX – The first frantic callers to reach the RCMP were clear: something had crashed in the waters off Shag Harbour, N.S.It was around 11 p.m. on the night of Oct. 4, 1967. Most witnesses thought it was a doomed aircraft.Among those who saw the string of flashing lights on that clear, moonless night were three RCMP officers, scores of fishermen and airline pilots flying along the province’s rugged southwest coast.But a series of searches turned up nothing. No wreckage. No bodies. No clues as to what really happened that night 50 years ago.A Halifax-area man later uncovered a trove of government and police records that would make the Shag Harbour incident Canada’s best-documented and most intriguing UFO sighting.Hundreds of UFO sightings are reported across Canada every year, but none has the paper trail of Shag Harbour.In a series of RCMP reports and correspondence sent by telex between military officials in Ottawa and Halifax, there are specific references to unidentified flying objects, and no attempts were made to explain away what people were reporting.Chris Styles, the UFO researcher who dug up those documents, remains baffled by the case.“To this day, I don’t know the absolute answer, but we’re still finding things,” says Styles, the author of two books about the Shag Harbour incident.Next week, on the eve of the 50th anniversary, Styles will be the keynote speaker at the start of the three-day Shag Harbour UFO Festival. After 20-plus years of dogged research, he says he has new evidence to share.It points to an explanation that hardly seems possible, unless you have a sense of what Styles has uncovered so far.To be sure, the most compelling evidence comes from eyewitnesses like Laurie Wickens, now a 67-year-old former fisherman.“There was four (lights) in a row, and they were going on and off,” says Wickens, at the time a 17-year-old driving home to Shag Harbour with a friend and three young women. “One would come on, then two, three and four — and they’d all be off for a second and come back on again.”Sure he was about to witness an airline disaster, Wickens found a phone booth and called the local RCMP detachment. Questions were asked about his sobriety. But he wasn’t drunk, and he was sure about what he saw.Several other people called the Mounties that night. They all told same story.Soon afterwards, Wickens was among a dozen or so people gathered at the water’s edge, watching in amazement as a glowing, orange sphere — about the size of a city bus — bobbed on the waves about 300 metres from shore.At 11:20 p.m., it slipped beneath the surface without a sound.Three of those at the wharf were Mounties. One of them called the Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax. A coast guard cutter was immediately dispatched to conduct a search.Before the ship arrived, volunteer searchers aboard two fishing boats soon spotted a long trail of bubbling, yellow foam on the calm waters — but no wreckage.A squad of Royal Canadian Navy divers later failed to turn up any clues after a three-day scan of the harbour floor, according to official military records.To this day, Wickens has no idea what he saw.“All I know is that we saw something, and something came down,” he says, adding that he believes the divers pulled something from the water.“I can’t prove it, but in my opinion they found something.”Wickens, now president of the Shag Harbour UFO Society, will take part in a panel discussion Saturday that is expected to include Ralph Loewinger, one of the pilots aboard Pan Am Flight 160, a Boeing 707 cargo aircraft that was at 33,000 feet that same night.They saw the same row of flashing lights over the Gulf of Maine as they approached to coast of Nova Scotia.Loewinger and the other crew members never reported their sighting. Their story came to light about six years ago when Styles tracked them down.“What sets this story apart is that the impact … was witnessed by several independent and very credible witnesses,” says Brock Zinck, a Nova Scotia seafood buyer and vice-president of the Shag Harbour UFO Society.“Nobody reported a UFO. Everybody reported a plane crash. That gives a boost of credibility to the story.”About 36 hours after the initial sightings, several Defence Department officials signed off on a memo that made it clear authorities had no idea what they were dealing with.“A preliminary investigation has been carried out by the Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax,” the memo says. “It has been determined that this UFO sighting was not caused by a flare, float, aircraft or in fact any known object.”It’s worth noting the search at Shag Harbour was conducted during a highly charged period in Canada’s history.The space race was on and so was the Cold War. Russian submarines were known to frequent the East Coast. And the Americans were testing all manner of devices to spy on their communist foes, including crude spy satellites that ejected film canisters at high altitudes.While the official records provide no explanation for what happened, there are vague clues pointing to another incident about 50 kilometres north, just off the coast of Shelburne.In his 2001 book, “Dark Object,” Styles says he eventually interviewed former military insiders and members of the navy’s Fleet Diving Unit, who told him the orange orb spotted in Shag Harbour had submerged under its own power and travelled to a spot on the seabed off Shelburne.At the time, the area was the location for a top-secret U.S. military base, disguised as an oceanographic institute. The facility used underwater microphones and magnetic detection devices to track enemy submarines, but its true purpose wasn’t revealed until the 1980s.“I interviewed anybody who was still alive,” Styles says. “I tracked them down. I was a bulldog with it back then.”In the book, Styles’ sources talk about a secret flotilla of American and Canadian ships dispatched to the area. There was speculation about Russian submarines and, yes, extraterrestrial visitors. But there is no hard evidence to back their claims.But the clues keep coming.During a recent search of an island off Shag Harbour, Styles says he spotted a military marker that indicated it was placed there by staff from the fake institute in Shelburne, which means the U.S. military snoops had been there at some point.“I’m not here to make believers,” he says. “Some people say I’m a believer, but that’s a bit of an exaggeration. I want the real answers.”Follow @NovaMac on Twitter—On the internet: Uslast_img read more

first_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Evan Rachel Wood, star of the Canadian film A WORTHY COMPANION, was the recipient of this year’s Best Performance in a Borsos Competition Film Award. The jury noted that “Evan gives a brave, raw nuance performance that explores the grey areas between predator and victim”.The Borsos Award for Best Screenplay went to Grayson Moore, writer and co-director of CARDINALS, which presents a fresh take on the psychological drama that unfolds with the unpredictability of a great novel.Best Cinematography in a Borsos Film, presented by I.A.T.S.E. Local 669, went to cinematographer Sara Mishara for A WORTHY COMPANION, with an honourable mention to Nicolas Bolduc for HOCHELAGA, LAND OF SOULS. The jury wanted to acknowledge the work of a director of photography that managed to create a rich and detailed visual universe through a very subtle crafting of the light. The honourable mention is for a stunning composition from Nicolas Bolduc and a major visual achievement that the jury felt compelled to acknowledge.WFF’s Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature jury was made up of a diverse group of Canadian storytellers, all of who have had films at the festival. This year’s jury included Montreal born producer Sylvain Corbeil, whose credits include the award-winning films of Denis Côté and Xavier Dolan such as IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD and MOMMY, which both received the 2016 and 2014 Grand Jury Prize at Festival de Cannes, as well as FÉLIX AND MEIRA which dominated the WFF Borsos Competition in 2014; B.C. based actress and WFF Star to Watch Alumni Camille Sullivan, who attended Whistler in 2015 as the lead in THE BIRDWATCHER, as well as in 2014 with ALLY WAS SCREAMING and won the UBCP/ACTRA Award for both performances. She most recently starred alongside Peter Coyote and Aden Young in the hit television show, The Disappearance; and lastly celebrated Canadian director Charles Officer whose early feature NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY premiered at Whistler in 2008 and garnered 10 Genie nominations. His latest documentary UNARMED VERSES premiered to major acclaim at Hot Docs 2017 where it won Best Canadian Feature Documentary award and most recently won the Best Canadian Documentary award at Vancouver International Film Festival.The 20 feature films eligible for the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature included:8 MINUTES AHEADA WORTHY COMPANIONALL YOU CAN EAT BUDDHABECOMING BURLESQUETHE CANNONCARDINALSTHE DEFINITESHOCHELAGA, LAND OF SOULSJUGGERNAUTMOBILE HOMESNEVER SAW IT COMINGNOBODY FAMOUSPORCUPINE LAKEPRODIGALSTHE PRODIGAL DADSANTA STOLE OUR DOG: A MERRY DOGGONE CHRISTMASSOMEONE ELSE’S WEDDINGTRENCH 11TULIPANI: LOVE, HONOUR AND A BICYCLEVENUSThe World Documentary Award is being presented to THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ directed by Kate Novack. The jury stated: “The winner of the world documentary award delivers a fascinating portrait of a larger-than-life personality, but admirably escapes the trappings of simple biography by revealing how a towering, influential figure still thrives in an imperfect world.”The jury also gave an honourable mention to Alan Zweig, director of THERE IS A HOUSE HERE, which is a film that explores the harsh realities of a fractured community and yet it discovers, in fact, that society can gather together and create a strong and supportive community for those in perpetual need.The World Documentary jury included Vic Sarin, one of Canada’s most celebrated filmmakers, earning recognition as one of Canada’s premier cinematographers. As a director, Sarin has won recognition for feature films such as PARTITION, A SHINE OF RAINBOWS and COLD COMFORT and documentaries SUCH AS; BOY FROM GEITA, HUE: A MATTER OF COLOUR, DESERT RIDERS and most recently KEEPERS OF THE MAGIC. Also on this year’s jury are two Americans Jill Friedberg, a Seattle-based documentary filmmaker who has produced and edited the award-winning documentaries, THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE, SWEET CRUDE and UN POQUITO DE TANTA VERDAD; and Michael Dougherty, Head of Acquisitions at Radiant Films International in Los Angeles, who is also any associate programmer at AFI Fest and Head Programmer for the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.The Best Mountain Culture Film Award presented by Whistler Blackcomb went to DEPTH PERCEPTION directed by Chip Taylor and Chris Murphy. The jury stated that “DEPTH PERCEPTION was a clever and awesome representation of mountain culture, pure entertainment. It was able to tie in the full ‘story’ with a simple well thought out concept. Beautifully shot with exceptional snowboarding. The writing had the perfect balance of edge, accessibility, and meaning. It was able to transport the judges to a place of imagination just outside of realism but staying grounded in themes of the sport, environmentalism, and spiritualism.”The Mountain Culture jury included BC-based filmmakers and athletes, Jeff Thomas, Director of Video Production at Origin Design & Communications and a producer of multiple award-winning outdoor and adventure films, beloved Whistler local, comedy, writer, director, editor, and actor Kyle Killeen who is a three time finalist for the 72 hour Filmmaker Showdown, and Katie Burrell, a stand-up comedian and filmmaker with one filter – satire.The ShortWork Jury included director and WFF Alumni Grayson Moore(winner of WFF’s 2014 Best Canadian ShortWork Award for RUNNING SEASON and co-director of CARDINALS, receiving its Western Canadian Premiere at WFF 2017), Founder and Executive Director of First Weekend Club Anita Adams, and Jeremy Torrie, Director/Writer/Producer and President of High Definition Pictures Inc.The $1,000 Canadian ShortWork Award went to WE FORGOT TO BREAK UP, directed by Chandler Levack. The jury stated that “this cinematically stunning short film delivers at every turn. It’s beautifully written with wonderfully naturalistic dialogue, it’s poetic, stylish and superbly performed, most notably by our lead. Captivating from start to finish, this first time director is extremely deserving of this recognition.”The jury mentioned that there were so many wonderful films to review and it took the jury a long time to come to our final decision. As such, it would be remiss of us not to mention another very accomplished film. The jury has given an honourable mention to CYPHER by Lawrence Le Lam.The International ShortWork Award went to FEAR US WOMEN directed by David Darg. The jury stated: “Compelling from the opening minute, this honest and raw documentary is an unflinching look at the fearless women on the battle front in Syria. It’s a gritty and honest story with an amazing message – one that needs to be told.”The $500 ShortWork Student Award went to FLOATING LIGHT, directed by Natalie Murao. The jury stated: “The future of BC filmmaking is in very good hands. This was a very impressive lineup of student shorts, so to standout amongst this group is a major accomplishment. For its impressive performances, dreamy aesthetic, and for the assuredness and subtly in its directorial vision, the jury is pleased to give this award to a stunningly accomplished and inventive film that uses a quiet voice to speak loudly. This is a filmmaker with an extremely bright future.”The MPPIA Short Film Award, presented by MPPIA and Creative BC, was awarded to Veronika Kurz for 20 Minutes to Life. The award consists of a $15,000 cash award plus up to $100,000 in services. The completed project will have its world premiere screening at the 2018 Whistler Film Festival.  The 2017 MPPIA jury included Writer and Director Eisha Marjara (attending with VENUS, WFF’s 2015 Power Pitch winning project which received it’s Western Canadian Premiere at WFF 2017; Jameson Parker, Director of Development at Brightlight Pictures (Producer, Actor in PRODIGALS, which received its World Premiere at WFF 2017); and Producer, Peter Harvey (attending with THE CANNON which received its World Premiere and MOBILE HOMES, which received its Western Canadian Premiere at WFF 2017.The Alliance of Women Film Journalists presented this year’s EDA Award for Best Female-directed Feature to Eisha Marjara’s VENUS, a film that tells the tale of a woman in transition. The jury stated: “VENUS is both a touching drama about the hardship of transition and how it affects family, friendships, and relationships but it’s also a really lovely and reaffirming story of love and the strength of friends and family. And we enthusiastically applaud the brilliant performance from Debargo Sanyal, who moved us to new understanding. Brava Majara and Sanyal.”The Alliance of Women Film Journalists presented the EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Short Film to Sharren Lee’s THE THINGS YOU THINK I’M THINKING. The jury stated: “At its center is a person you don’t often get to see on the screen: Sean, a burn survivor and amputee who re-enters the world of dating. In a bar, he meets with Caleb, an able-bodied and appealing man who appears to take a romantic interest in him.  And while, despite having no hands, Sean has managed to master getting around with great agility and some panache, his next roadblock is himself and being able to overcome his fears, insecurities, and trust issues — something that’s probably familiar to all of us. Ultimately, at the heart of the film are two people looking to make a human connection. And we found that we connect with them, too.”The Alliance of Women Film Journalists presented a Special Jury EDA Award to Kyra Sedgwick for her directorial debut STORY OF A GIRL. The jury stated: “A well balanced, timely and beautifully crafted film about a teenage girl dealing with the fallout of modern-day bullying. Anchored by a wonderful lead performance from Ryann Shane and memorable turns from Kevin Bacon and Sosie. We take special pleasure and pride in presenting the EDA Award to Kyra because as a young actress she actually played the granddaughter of the Eda for whom the awards are named, activist actress Eda Reiss Merin, the mother of AWFJ president, Jennifer Merin. We look forward to seeing more from Kyra!”Eligible female-directed films are being screened for the EDA Awards as part of the festival’s regular program, and are being nominated for EDA Awards consideration by Whistler Film Festival’s administration and programmers. The Narrative feature jury included: Marina Antunes – Row Three, Vancouver, Nikki Baughan – Screen International, London, Betsy Boszdech – Commonsense Media, San Francisco, Jennifer Merin (Chair) – Cinema Citizen, New York, Gill Pringle – The Independent, Los Angeles; Short Film Jury included: Katherine Brodsky (Chair) – Variety, Vancouver, Lexi Feinberg – Big Picture, Big Sound, Berkeley, Karen Martin – Arkansas Online, Little Rock, Diana Saenger – East County Gazette, San Diego, Susan Wloszczyna –, Washington, DC.Variety’s Vice President and Executive Editor Steven Gaydos acknowledged the Variety 10 Screenwriters to Watch, five of whom were present: Variety’s class of 2017 screenwriters and notable credits include: Liz Hannah (“The Post”), Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan (“Chappaquiddick”), Hallie Meyers-Shyer (“Home Again”), Maggie Betts (“Novitiate”), Tracy Oliver (co-wrote “Girls Trip”), Daniel Steipleman (“On the Basis of Sex” about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which starts filming in September with Mimi Leder directing), Gersh Dorothy Blyskal (Clint Eastwood’s “The 15:17 to Paris”), Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Sarah Ruhl (adapting Gloria Steinem’s memoir “My Life on the Road” with Julie Taymor confirmed to direct), Samuel V. Franco and Evan Kilgore who most recently sold their spec screenplay “Keeper of the Diary” to Fox Searchlight in a six figure bidding war, with Weimaraner Republic producing and Ansel Elgort attached to star), and John Whittington (“Lego/Batman”).The winner of the Audience Award presented will be announced in the festival’s wrap-up announcement. The award is a non-cash prize presented to the highest-rated film as voted by the WFF audience. The complete festival wrap-up will be announced on Tuesday, December 5.The Whistler Film Festival is funded by the Government of Canada through Telefilm Canada and Western Economic Diversification, and by the Province of British Columbia and the Resort Municipality of Whistler, is supported by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by Variety, Creative BC, The Harold Greenberg Fund, the Canadian Media Producers Association, Cineplex, SW Event Technology, Remax Sea to Sky Real Estate, Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler, and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Whistler, B.C. (December 3, 2017): The votes are in! Winners of the 2017 Whistler Film Festival were announced at the Awards Celebration this morning on the final day of the 17th annual Festival. Ian Lagarde’s first feature ALL YOU CAN EAT BUDDHA, and Jason and Carlos Sanchez’s A WORTHY COMPANION tied for the $15,000 cash prize presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia and the $15,000 post-production prize sponsored by Encore Vancouver in the 14th edition of the coveted Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film. The jury states “each in their own way convey unique visions and creative storytelling the jury believes have made and will make powerful contributions to the world of cinema.”A WORTHY COMPANION takes a fresh and new perspective that explores the complexity and humanity within the predator, victim relationship. This film questions how we perpetuate manipulative power dynamics between adult and child through the inner struggle of our female protagonists. ALL YOU CAN EAT BUDDHA is a movie that pushes the boundaries of image and sound and proposes an unusual, and assured cinematic narrative that juxtaposes dream and reality in a lost paradise.In addition, the jury awarded Ian Lagarde with the Best Borsos Director Award presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia. Ian presents an innovative voice in filmmaking that writes its own rules through a free spirited vision forcing the viewer to rethink their expectations of narrator cinema.last_img read more

“Spiralling levels of sectarian, political and criminal violence, dwindling basic services, loss of livelihood, inflation and uncertainty about the future have all contributed to an exodus now estimated at 40,000 to 50,000 a month fleeing their homes inside Iraq,” UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond told a press briefing in Geneva today. “Since most of those who have fled have not gone to camps, the movement has not been so obvious, but it is enormous nonetheless and those who have fled are becoming increasingly desperate as they and their host communities run out of resources.” Numerous governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have confirmed their participation in the meeting, which will be held from 17 to 18 April and chaired by UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres in a bid to spotlight the plight of Iraqi refugees and displaced persons. “Although the world is aware of the military and political situation in Iraq, the immense and growing humanitarian needs are not well-known,” said Mr. Redmond. “The idea of next week’s conference is to alert the international community to the humanitarian dimensions of the displacement crisis in and around Iraq and to forge an ongoing international humanitarian partnership to alleviate suffering, to provide protection and to share the burden with those countries and communities that have so far borne the brunt of the crisis.” He stressed the need for the international community to focus collectively on the approximately 2 million Iraqis now in neighbouring countries and the estimated 1.9 million Iraqis who remain displaced inside their own country, “many of them in increasingly desperate conditions.” Since the beginning of last year nearly 730,000 Iraqis have become newly displaced by sectarian violence, according to UNHCR, and more are fleeing their homes daily. 10 April 2007The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today reported that preparations are gaining momentum towards holding a conference next week in Geneva on the humanitarian needs of the nearly 4 million Iraqis who have been forced to flee their homes in a mass exodus sparked by bloodshed, want and insecurity. read more

There are other views too. Harim Peiris, chairman of the Resettlement Authority, feels that a refugee boy, marrying a local Indian girl, struggles hard to acquire citizenship. Such cases can be handled initially. For providing Indian citizenship to refugee-local couples, Mr. Jayakumar points out that the Union government has to remove one of the stipulations in the Citizenship Act that either of the parents of the applicant should not be an illegal migrant at the time of his or her birth. This holds relevance as all refugees are now considered illegal migrants.While underscoring that the refugees should return to Sri Lanka on a permanent basis, M.A. Sumanthiran, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesperson, however, says the decision to come back should be left to them.K. Vigneswaran, chairman of the Akhila Ilankai Tamil Mahasabha, cites the declining number of Members of Parliament from Jaffna due to the demographic changes and argues that if the refugees return to the North, the number of Members of Parliament will go up. V. Niranjan, founder of the Jaffna Managers’ Forum, says dual citizenship would make it easier for the refugee community to pursue education in Tamil Nadu, an educational hub, or anywhere else in India.Besides, the Tamil diaspora, living in the West, could easily enter into matrimonial alliances with the refugee community. To buy land, they will no longer have to get the approval of the Reserve Bank of India. Some refugees, having been in Tamil Nadu for over 20 years, are resourceful enough to acquire immovable assets. The announcement by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa that her party would press the Centre to provide dual citizenship to Sri Lankan Tamils in the State has evoked mixed reactions from different quarters, The Hindu newspaper reported.Says Arulappu Rameshkumar, a refugee-returnee living in Keerimalai of Jaffna, “Many of the camp refugees were born and brought up there. They have also got married there. As they are not Indian citizens, they are finding it extremely difficult to get ahead in their career. Ms. Jayalalithaa’s promise, if implemented, will make a huge difference.” Ms. Rameshkumar chose to leave Tamil Nadu’s Mandapam camp for Sri Lankan Tamil refugees six months ago as she did not want to lead that kind of life any longer. She is running a small shop to eke out a living for herself and her two sons. S.C. Chandrahasan, founder, OfFER (Organisation for Eelam Refugees’ Rehabilitation), is keen that stateless refugees in Tamil Nadu should get Sri Lankan citizenship first. “Let the Tamil Nadu government revive, at the earliest, the practice of holding mobile camps to issue consular birth certificates to such persons. About 14,000 boys and girls are in need of the documents.” Calling Ms. Jayalalithaa’s statement “an election stunt,” S. Sandarasegaram, former professor of education, sees no reason for the Indian government to offer dual citizenship to Sri Lankan citizens or those whose roots are in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) V. Jayakumar, consultant to Catholic Relief Services (CRS), says if dual citizenship is provided, the refugees will no longer be monitored by the police. read more

“These irregularities are alleged to have contributed to the widespread violence that engulfed the territory in September 1999,” a statement issued late Wednesday in New York by a spokesman for the Secretary-General said. “These allegations are false.”The statement also endorsed the concerns voiced by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, over the proceedings at the Ad Hoc Human Rights Tribunal in Jakarta. In its first verdict, the court found the former Governor of East Timor, Abilio Soares, guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced him to three years.In his statement, Mr. Annan noted that responsibility for security throughout the popular consultation process rested at all times with the Indonesian authorities, not with the UN Mission in East Timor (UNAMET), as set out in the agreements of 5 May 1999 which led to the UN-backed ballot.The Secretary-General also pointed out that an independent electoral commission certified the results, after a close scrutiny of complaints, and that not one ballot box was unaccounted for.In addition, recruitment to work for UNAMET was open to all qualified East Timorese, regardless of their political beliefs, said the statement, which also noted that the announcement of the result on 4 September 1999 was in accordance with planned procedures, in consultation with the Indonesian Government.”Therefore it cannot be concluded that the large-scale, organized and coordinated violence of September and October 1999, following the announcement of the result of the popular consultation, was a consequence of any irregularities in the ballot, bias or abdication of security responsibilities on the part of UNAMET,” the statement said. “It should also be recalled that in the violence, United Nations local staff were killed because they worked for UNAMET and United Nations property was systematically looted and destroyed.”Mr. Annan reiterated the UN’s offer to make available to the Ad Hoc Tribunal, upon request of the Indonesian authorities, evidence in connection with these or other relevant issues. read more

Video of Secretary-General’s press conference “Nations working together can make a difference. Nations upholding the rule of law can advance the cause of a fairer world,” the Secretary-General said in his opening remarks. “We should not see this as an age of threats, but as one of many new opportunities.”Looking ahead, the Secretary-General noted that “we are within striking distance of reuniting Cyprus, ending the long civil war in Sudan, and pacifying the Democratic Republic of the Congo – the battleground of what some have called Africa’s world war.””I remain convinced that peace is possible – in Iraq, in Korea, and even between Israel and Palestine – if States work together on all these problems, with patience and firmness,” he said. “And I am convinced that terror can be defeated, too – if 191 Member States of the United Nations pull together to deny terrorists refuge and cut off their funding.”In his statement, the Secretary-General also highlighted the threat of famine in Africa and the crisis in Venezuela as two issues that need urgent worldwide attention. “At the heart of the problem [in Africa] is the crisis in Zimbabwe – a country which used to be the region’s breadbasket, but is now wracked by hunger and HIV/AIDS,” he said. “This tragic situation is caused partly by the forces of nature, and partly by mismanagement. The challenge now is for all Zimbabweans to work with each other, and with the international community, to find solutions before it’s too late.”As for Venezuela, the Secretary-General noted that for the past 20 years, Latin America has been embracing democracy and turning its back on autocratic forms of government. “I hope those who seek to bring about change in Venezuela will respect this achievement, and stick to democratic, constitutional means, in keeping with the principles of human rights and justice,” he said.The Secretary-General also noted that he planned to meet President Hugo Chavez when the Venezuelan leader is in New York on Thursday. “I hope to discuss with him the developments in Venezuela and how one can intensify the mediation efforts to calm the situation and bring it to normalcy,” Mr. Annan said in response to a reporter’s question. “I’ve spoken to him on the phone and he knows one should use constitutional and democratic means and that’s my message to resolve the crisis, also my message to the opposition.”Yesterday, the Secretary-General met with former Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez of Spain for talks on a broad range of issues, including Venezuela. According to a UN spokesman, Mr. Gonzalez shared his views on the current situation in that country, and expressed grave concern about it. “Both are aware of the efforts by the countries in the region to establish a Group of Friends of Venezuela, and feel this would be a positive development, which would contribute to the effort to find a solution,” the spokesman said in a readout of the meeting. “This issue will be further discussed in the coming days.” read more

Wheat board to build Manitoba grain facility in run-up to privatization by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 3, 2014 10:30 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WINNIPEG – The Canadian Wheat Board is building another grain-handling facility in Manitoba as it gears up for privatization.The wheat board says the new elevator to be built near St. Adolphe, south of Winnipeg, will be able to store 34,000 tonnes of grain when it begins operating in 2016.The Crown-owned organization says the facility will provide excellent rail access to its Thunder Bay terminal as well as to western ports, the U.S. and Mexico.The CWB has been busy buying and building to strengthen its network, which includes other grain facilities in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.The company also plans to add a grain facility in Alberta to its holdings.Under federal law, the CWB is to be privatized no later than July 31, 2017, but the board says it expects to beat that deadline and hopes to present its plan to Ottawa early next year.“CWB’s rapidly growing network of grain-handling facilities continues to attract considerable interest by farmers, potential investors and the public,” CEO Ian White said Friday in a release about the St. Adolphe project.The federal government passed a law in 2011 that stripped the Canadian Wheat Board of its monopoly on western wheat and barley sales. Farmers can still market their grain through the board, but now it is a voluntary decision.The cost of the new St. Adolphe facility was not released. read more

Oh, and don’t forgetThis game may have a lot of flags. 🙁 We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe NBA See more NFL predictions Things That Caught My EyeWill Philly get Gronked?The Philadelphia Eagles have a wonderful defense, but one Achilles’ heel could give them some trouble come Sunday. When opposing quarterbacks passed to wide recievers, on the whole their passer rating was 71.2 against the Philly defense. When they passed to tight ends or running backs, that passer rating jumped to 100.5, and the difference between the two — 29.3 — was the fourth highest in the league. Given the presence of a hulking superman named Gronk on the Patriots, this particular liability could be real trouble for the Eagles. [FiveThirtyEight]How to win with Nick FolesNick Foles of all people is now a Super Bowl caliber quarterback, and the real question is how the Eagles managed to retool an offense based on generational talent Carson Wentz to perform just as well under Foles. Turns out that the number of passes caught behind the line of scrimmage has jumped from 15.5 percent under Wentz to 28.6 in the Foles regime, while passes thrown 10 or more yards dropped from 40.2 percent of throws to 25.4 percent of throws. Plus, the Eagles are getting more of their passing yards after the catch, on average 6.7 yards under Foles compared to 4.8 yards under Wentz, to make up for the yards that they’re not racking up in the air, 5.5 under Foles to Wentz’ 7.7. on average. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Pistons roll the dice on GriffinThe Detroit Pistons are taking a huge gamble in acquiring Blake Griffin from the Clippers, with Griffin and Andre Drummond combining to cost the team more than $61 million in the 2019-20 season. That’s one of only five pairings currently slated to cost more than $60 million that year. [FiveThirtyEight]Pink could make a lot of money hereRight now, putting up a $150 wager on the Pink’s version of the National Anthem exceeding 2 minutes would get you $100 in profit, with 4 of the 5 most recent Super Bowl anthem renditions taking longer than 120 seconds. Pink could set herself up to make a pretty penny here, is all I’m saying, because a $100 wager gets you $110 in profit in Vegas if she sprints through the Anthem to get to the business at hand. [CBS Sports]Bucks reboundThe Milwaukee Bucks ranked 26th in the league in points allowed, giving up 111.3 points per every 100 possessions, and it’s probably the funky defense of recently sacked coach Jason Kidd that’s at fault here. Since switching to a conventional defense, they’re 4-0, albeit against mediocre opponents at best. [FiveThirtyEight]Big Number8.28 points allowedIt takes Bill Belichick 30 minutes to understand his enemies. In the first half of games this year, the Patriots defense allowed 5.85 yards per play and 10.06 points, placing them 30th and 11th place in the league, respectively. But after halftime, the Pats have their rivals cracked open like an egg: They allowed 5.43 yards per play and 8.28 points, making them 22nd and 2nd in the league. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack, Sunday Night: neil:Former top pick Mark Appel leaves baseball without throwing a big league pitchSheeshI believe he’d be the only the 3rd No. 1 overall pick to never play in MLBPredictions NFL All newsletters See more NBA predictions read more

first_imgThe feeling among most members is that we are sitting ducks, and more attacks of this nature are bound to happen. I’m not suggesting that every guard should be armed, but it could be more appropriate to have one uniformed armed response unit for each district. This member would perform all the duties a regular uniformed officer, with the added responsibility for dealing with particularly violent or armed suspects.When contacted by, President of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) John Parker said the failure of the garda authorities to replace the Uzi submachine “has been a serious concern”.In the same review of firearms last year, a decision was made to cut back on training for firearms cards, which all gardaí carrying a gun must have. Garda authorities decided to downscale the number of cardholders particularly in rural areas and for detectives working mainly on white collar crime.Parker said this “is another worry and it has left members without adequate resources,” he said. “Members are being exposed to unnecessary risk.”In a statement the Department of Justice said that Minster Shatter has no direct function in this matter and that the decision to withdraw the Uzi last year was that of the Garda Commisioner.In that context the Commissioner determines the appropriate measures to be put in place, including the specific firearms to be deployed, without reference to either the Minister or his Department.The department said that garda authorities “have indicated that at present the armed capability of garda members is provided by district detective units supported by other units”.“In addition, they have made arrangements to co-ordinate armed response measures throughout the country, it added. “In view of the operational nature of the functions involved, it would not be appropriate to comment on how the relevant resources might be deployed.”Read: Garda injured following incident in Fermoy, Co Cork>Read: Garda sustained ‘serious facial injury’ in attack at Dublin house>Read: Gardaí to show leniency at checkpoints under new work-to-rule measures> GARDAÍ FEEL THAT their lives are being put at risk due to a decision by garda authorities to withdraw the Uzi submachine gun from detective units, can reveal.The decision to withdraw the Uzi was taken in March last year after a review by garda authorities. One of the reasons for the withdrawal of the gun was that it was deemed unsuitable for incidents that might occur in a confined room, like in a bank for example.At the same time revolvers carried by armed detectives were replaced by Sig Sauer semi-automatic handguns that all detective units now carry holstered to their belt.A spokesperson for the garda press office said that the Uzi was taken out of service “because it no longer fulfilled the requirements”.The press office said the Sig Sauer handgun was “identified to best meet the policing needs” of An Garda Síochana and that specialist units such as the Emergency Response Unit and Regional Support Unit have the MP7 submachine gun at their disposal.Sources said gardaí are not looking to have every person in the force armed with most “happy to do their duty” in the knowledge that they have armed backup if required. However in situations like armed escorts, many gardaí are worried about their lack of fire power.Detective Garda Adrian DonohoeA source who knew Garda Detective Adrian Donohoe said they were “bothered about the fact that he was not sufficiently armed” when he was shot dead by armed robbers at a credit union in Dundalk.“Had this attack on Adrian occurred a year earlier, he would have had the Uzi locked and loaded and resting in his lap as was common practice when escorting cash-in-transit vehicles,” they said.Previously an armed escort unit of two detectives would have a handgun each and a Uzi machine gun, which the passenger in the car would carry. Now gardaí are asking for these guns to be replaced as they worry about facing criminals with superior firearms.While the handgun is semi-automatic and has a high rate of firepower, it has a shorter range than the Uzi and sources said the image of an armed garda standing with a larger submachine gun in his hand while performing security duty or at arms checkpoints can work as a “visual deterrent”.Armed response unitsAs the garda press office pointed out, the emergency response and regional support units are armed with powerful MP7 submachines but it is understood that there are large area gaps and at times a lack of personnel which leaves gardaí feeling vulnerable.In a recent attack on a garda in Tallaght, in which he sustained ‘serious facial injuries’, it took nearly half an hour for the armed response unit to arrive as the two responding gardaí waited in the bathroom of the house where they had barricaded themselves.One garda told that colleagues feel they do not have enough armed support “to protect the community and indeed ourselves”.“I was never an advocate of arming the guards and I’m still proud of the tradition of not having an armed police force but it’s getting ridiculous now,” they said.last_img read more

first_imgJUST 84 APPLICATIONS for the graduate nursing scheme have been processed, Minister for Health James Reilly has revealed.In response to a parliamentary question on Tuesday, Reilly said that the initiative, which offers 1,000 positions at a reduced rate of pay, was introduced on the basis of a phased intake over several months.Industrial Relations Officer at the Irish Nurses and Midwives Association (INMO) Edward Matthews told today that it is confident that the low numbers applying for the jobs “are a testament to the effectiveness of the boycott”. Ireland is in recession. People are crying out for work, but to under-value oneself now is to undervalue oneself for ever more. Nurses have worked hard for their degrees. They have done their unpaid work placements and their internships. They are fully qualified, registered nurses, who have all the responsibilities of any other nurse. To take contracts at this inappropriate rate of pay, with all the responsibility, is to undervalue their time and commitment and the degree course to which they applied themselves.Reilly said the HSE will “continue to accept applications on an ongoing basis” and a second phase, which will cover mental health, intellectual disability, midwifery and paediatrics, will launch in the coming days. There will also be opportunities for those who graduate in 2013 to participate in due course.Related: HSE cancels deadline, opens nurse graduate scheme on a ‘rolling basis’>Read: INMO reaffirms “total opposition” to Croke Park pay cuts>last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Jimmy’s Fall Is All About Chuck on Better Call SaulWe Knew Things Would Come to This on Better Call Saul Better Call Saul is a show that knows how to take its time. It doesn’t need to start every season with a bang. It’s deliberate pace, its extended, tense silent shots are what makes it so good. It’s fitting then that the fourth season begins with an extended black-and-white sequence catching up with post-Saul Cinnabon manager Gene. When we last saw him more than a year ago, he’d had a heart attack at work. Like every season before it, the fourth season of Better Call Saul catches us up on where Gene is now. He’s taken to the hospital, undergoes some tests, and is told he has high blood pressure, but otherwise it’s a false alarm. That’s good news, but it presents another problem for him. Gene, as we all know, is not his real name. And a hospital needs to keep records. Bad news for a lawyer who helped orchestrate a southwestern meth empire. Especially when the system keeps rejecting his fake driver’s license. Man, right away this show is making us so nervous.One (presumably) fake social security number later though, and he’s on his way. Right into a taxi cab with the world’s creepiest driver. The guy just keeps staring at him, almost refusing to move at a green light. Jimmy/Saul/Gene insists he’ll walk the rest of the way, and the guy lets him out. The camera follows closely behind him like he’s being followed. It’s an effective, scary scene. We don’t know if he’s really being followed or if he’s just paranoid. When the camera cuts to a different shot, there’s no one behind him… but the cab is still there. As much as I want to see Jimmy become Saul, I’m almost more interested in what’s going to happen to Gene. I appreciated this longer-than-usual black and white intro. Hopefully, it’s not the last time we check in with him this season.Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler (Photo Credit: Nicole Wilder/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)It is for this episode though. Back in the past, we check in with Jimmy going about his non-lawyering day. Remember, Season Three didn’t exactly leave him in the most stable place. Forced to take a sabbatical from the law, he gets up early and starts circling job ads in the paper. It’s how people looked for work before internet job boards, kids. Kim isn’t doing so hot either. After her car accident last season, she’s living with a broken arm. This show is real good at keeping us on edge though. Right before all this relative peace, we saw a shot of burning ashes floating through the air. A reminder that Season Three ended with Chuck’s house catching on fire. Before long, the show confirms our worst fears: Chuck died in the fire.The news is devastating to Jimmy. Just five days ago, Chuck seemed fine. Something made him relapse, he says. And Jimmy’s pretty sure it’s his fault. We know going in this season will punch us in the gut. This, creator Vince Gilligan has promised, will be the season where he becomes Saul. We saw him dip his toe into Saul-ness in Season Three. For him to start living there, his life has to take him to a very dark place. We’re seeing the seeds being planted here. Chuck’s death isn’t the gut punch, but it’s the beginning of the wind-up. Admittedly, Chuck was a selfish jerk when it came to his brother. He’s at least partially responsible for how Jimmy turned out. But while I’m not heartbroken over his death, I will miss seeing Michael McKean. He’s such an amazing actor and it’s sad that he won’t be around this season.Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill, Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler (Photo via AMC)Jimmy’s an absolute wreck though. One of the things I admire most about this show, and what I loved about Breaking Bad, is how it’s not afraid of long stretches of silence. It’s most effective scenes have little to no dialog and no music. Completely silent except for the ambient noise of daily life. We get a real heartbreaking one here. After Howard Hamlin calls to run Chuck’s obituary by Jimmy, he puts down the phone and sits in silence. After Kim finishes the call for him, we have a long extended scene where both actors communicate great sorrow and loss without words. Kim tries to cheer him up with that expensive tequila. Jimmy just sits there. Eventually, he takes a shot. It doesn’t help. As Kim falls asleep, Jimmy sits up all night. It’s only when this show comes back after the long hiatus that I realize how much I missed it.So how long is it going to take for us to really see Saul? It turns out, not long at all. The cruel indifference of Saul rears its head right at the end of the episode. After Chuck’s funeral, Hamlin comes over with a confession. Hamlin thinks he’s responsible for Chuck’s death. The relapse happened right after he forced him out after all. He also mentions that it was because of the malpractice insurance hike Jimmy caused. Faced with real evidence that he’s indirectly responsible for his brother’s death, Jimmy’s just glad to pin it on someone else. “I guess that’s your cross to bear,” he says as he cheerfully pours a coffee. Kim’s face at that moment was an exact mirror of mine. We’ve seen shades of Saul creep in before. It’s been at times funny, disappointing and sad. This was the first time it’s really shocked me. In the past, it’s always been a slip-up or genuine mistake. An in-the-moment occurrence driven by emotion. This was different. This was a cold and conscious choice. This was Saul.Patrick Fabian as Howard Hamlin (Photo Credit: Nicole Wilder/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)Season 4 will also be the point where we start to run headlong into Breaking Bad. Last season got us started by bringing Gus Fring into things. Now, he’s just a regular character. The non-Jimmy scenes mostly served to remind us where the rest of the world was before the rest of the season moves forward. Mike Ehrmantraut is able to start hanging out with his granddaughter now that he has a well-paying job where he “makes his own hours.” He gets a large paycheck from Madrigal (hey, where have we seen that name before?) and can’t leave it alone. He decides if he’s getting paid as a security consultant, he’d better make it look like he’s doing the job. Mike is smart like that. It’s a fun scene and also a masterclass on how to break into a place in broad daylight. Swipe any ID (it doesn’t even have to look all that much like you, grab a clipboard and act like you belong there. Nobody questions Mike as he has the run of the place. It’s only when he yells at the manager about the security and safety vulnerabilities he’s uncovered that anyone realizes something was amiss.Nacho’s story was much more serious. It’s here that we get another moment of heart-pounding stress. It wouldn’t be a proper Better Call Saul without them. It doesn’t move his story along much. Nacho is trying to find an opportune time to subtly dispose of his placebo pills. He doesn’t get to until after a meeting with the Don, where were told Salamanca territory will remain as such. Nacho is charged with keeping it that way. Gus hints that a war may be coming, along with the DEA, which smells a lot like foreshadowing, but I guess we’ll see. Its best moment comes after. Nacho thinks he’s alone when he throws the placebos off a bridge. The silence is oppressive and scary. You just know someone is watching him. And you’re right. Gus’ henchman has been tracking Nacho, observing the disposal through a pair of binoculars.Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut (Photo Credit: Nicole Wilder/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)Better Call Saul doesn’t need to make a flashy entrance to begin each new season. It understands that its most powerful moments are often it’s most understated. Jimmy’s story was the only one that came out of this premier with any momentum, and that’s OK. It was enough to be reminded of where Mike and Nacho stand. Their storylines re-immersed us in the world, and reminded us that this show can do a lot with very little. Between the opening sequence with Gene and Nacho being followed at the end, these quiet moments are a big part of why this show is so fascinating. Better Call Saul is going to give me a heart attack someday, and I couldn’t be happier to have it back.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_img Hail, hail, the weather is here, and another round of ice and cold is always near! What an opening for today’s column. There were some crazy hail storms Wednesday, with some covering the ground 1 and 2 inches deep. Traffic came to a crawl on Interstate 5 near the 78th Street exit in Hazel Dell as hail covered the freeway.More hail showers were reported around the county, and even some claps of thunder. Did you see those beautiful towering cumulus clouds Wednesday? Wow, and even some sunshine, as well. Plenty of cold, unstable air aloft followed the cold front Tuesday night. It looked like an early March day to me.With clearing skies Wednesday night, the overnight lows this morning were expected to dip below freezing with some icy roads. We have a brief break today before another cold storm drops down the B.C. coast. Is there no end of this? Looking ahead, I think the Sunday-through-Tuesday period upcoming might be our last with the winter stuff as the air flow is forecast to turn more westerly. Will that come to pass?We will flirt with more lowland snow late Sunday into Tuesday if things work out, at least above 500 feet. Stay tuned for the latest on that. While we had cold rain and hail showers Wednesday, the Washington Coast enjoyed clear blue skies and temperatures were on the chilly side around 45 degrees.Our friend and fellow weather watcher Murphy Dennis, from the foothills on Dawson Road, made this statement yesterday. “I’ve had snow on the ground since the 4th of February. Just picked up another two inches Tuesday evening. My February total as of noon Wednesday is 25 inches. Very good moss-growing weather under all that snow. Right now, I have ice pellets falling and temperature is 38 degrees.”We got off to a lazy start to winter in December. Of course, nature has its own idea of where the weather goes and what it throws. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at read more

first_img Posted: March 13, 2018 March 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Goodwill San Diego selects new chief executive officer SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Board of Directors for Goodwill Industries of San Diego County announced Tuesday the successor to existing Chief Executive Officer, Michael S. Rowan.After an extensive nationwide search by an executive recruiting firm, Toni Giffin has been named President and Chief Executive Officer.She follows Mr. Rowan who is retiring March 15 and served San Diego Goodwill for 35 years.“Toni’s experience has prepared her well to lead our organization into the future,” said Jonathan Tibbitts, Chairman of the Board.  “We interviewed many excellent candidates but ultimately Ms. Giffin’s exceptional leadership skills and vision for the organization best fulfilled the requirements of the position.  We are extremely fortunate to have her as our next leader.” Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Goodwill San Diego FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgIt was nice to see a return of the sunshine Wednesday after five days of clouds, thunderstorms, rain, hail and drizzle. We had just about everything, didn’t we? Summer officially begins Saturday and we will greet the day with sunshine.If you like seasonal weather we’ve got it. After an increase in clouds tonight and Friday and only a slight chance of light showers we go to typical June weather. What is that? Morning clouds, afternoon sunshine and highs in the 70s.Next week looks pleasant although we switch from a north-northwest flow to a southwest flow and along with that higher humidity and a risk of thunderstorms should any migrate up from California.Despite the heavy downpours a few days ago, the official rain tally for Vancouver keeps us running behind the seasonal average by four-tenths of an inch. The average mean temperature for the first time in months is running behind the seasonal average, as well, by over one degree.What was in my column 10 years ago today? “It will most likely remain hot for the next few days with highs in the 80s and close to 90. Outside of a chance of measurable rainfall from thunderstorms, it looks dry for the next 10 days or so. There was a report of a small tornado Friday at 4:45 p.m. near the YMCA in Sherwood, southwest of Portland. As it touched down briefly it damaged seven trees. Lots of lightning hit Clark County around the same time but only a trace of rain fell in Vancouver at Pearson. And guess what? Yes, our monthly rainfall is below average once again.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Royole Flexpai is the first foldable phone in the market. But it’s still a little rough. Sarah Tew/CNET When I finally got my hands on the Royole Flexpai, the world’s first flexible smartphone, I couldn’t stop obsessing about the rubber spine as I opened and closed it. I worried that I was going to break it, but the two halves snapped into place via magnets just fine. Watching the Android operating system flex and bend on the display kept me riveted.But then I tried using the phone. I tapped the screen, and nothing happened. When it finally did, another widget popped over the main menu. I folded out the display, and waited for the screen to reorient itself. And waited. Tap, tap, tap. Nothing, nothing, nothing. It was definitely not ready for prime time. Royole FlexPai But a new design could also mean new interface, and that could prove awkward and buggy. Some handset vendors talked about the challenge of making a bendable phone able to handle daily use, while others noted that the software and interface required by new design could be complicated. Google has said it would support foldable phones in its next version of Android, but that’s nearly a year away.While I’m genuinely excited about flexible phones, I’m also skeptical. If foldable devices represent a revolution in design, what we see in 2019 will be the catalyst. Just don’t expect a big spark. 5G BlackBerry Huawei LG Microsoft Samsung Verizon Alcatel OneTouch Samsung’s foldable phone is coming soon 10 Photos Tags 19 CES 2019: Hands-on with the foldable, bendable Royole FlexPai phone Samsung Galaxy X or Galaxy F?If anyone can create a polished product, it’s Samsung. The company has teased a foldable phone for years, and it’s finally ready to deliver in the first half. “2019 is the perfect blend of consumer interest in this technology and technology advancements,” said Suzanne de Silva, director of product marketing and strategy for Samsung Electronics, in an interview with CNET. The rumored Galaxy X or Galaxy F is expected to make an appearance at Samsung’s Unpacked event in February, even if the focus will be on the flagship Galaxy S10 smartphone. Unlike the Flexpai, whose screens fold on the outside, Samsung’s flexible screen will be on the inside, and the device will close up like a clamshell. (There’s also a smaller, more standard screen on the outside.)De Silva called it a feat of engineering, noting that the phone has an articulated spine that allows it to open and close smoothly like a book. When the FlexPai is folded, there’s still an annoying gap in the middle, as in the Microsoft Surface Book laptop.Samsung’s brief showing of its foldable phone revealed a large, flexible screen on the inside, plus a smaller screen on the outside. Samsung But just as important as the hardware is the software, and having an experience that best makes use of all that screen real estate. Samsung, however, has had a mixed history with its software and user experience. Part of me is worried about the challenges of a completely new design scheme. De Silva said Samsung is focusing on the software, including the ability to run three apps simultaneously and to do one-handed navigation even with the bigger display.Others are more cautious. “While it seems obvious that people would love a small phone that has a big display, until we see these phones, it won’t be clear whether consumers are willing to accept the trade-offs that new form factors inevitably bring,” said Avi Greengart, an analyst at Global Data.Revolution or gimmick? Whether it succeeds or fails, Samsung’s entry into the foldable phone world will make an impact. The Galaxy Note franchise made obscenely big displays a thing. The foldable Galaxy phone could similarly drag the rest of the industry into this area. Beyond Samsung and Huawei, handset makers at the show talked about the challenges of using flexible displays. China’s TCL, the company that makes BlackBerry and Alcatel smartphones, said it would create a flexible device by 2020, which could be a phone. It has the help of its own display maker, China Star Optoelectronics Technology, which makes displays for its phones and televisions.”Having this in house gives us an advantage,” said Stefan Streit, general manager of global marketing for TCL.LG, which also has a sister company that works on displays, has already toyed with this area. “You saw our rollable TVs,” said LG Chief Technology Officer I.P. Park. “You can assume we can do much more there.” 12:46 Vestberg declined to comment on whether Verizon would sell a foldable phone.I first saw Royole’s FlexPai this week at CES, where LG also showed off a 65-inch OLED television that rolls up into a box. And then there was the beautiful “LG waterfall” formed from dozens of curved displays at the entrance to its booth. Flexible displays have long been hyped up, but Samsung put some substance behind the hype last November when it showed off a prototype foldable Galaxy smartphone. In October, Huawei, the No. 2 smartphone maker in the world, confirmed that it was working on a similar device. At CES, a number of handset makers spoke to me about their experiences. Skeptics everywhereBut Park didn’t commit to any timing on a foldable phone. He also cast some doubt on such a device’s ability to withstand wear and tear. “I don’t think anybody has a 100 percent solution at this point,” Park said.Royole said that its phone was tested for 200,000 bends, and is already on back order. An executive from another handset maker that didn’t want to identified noted that bending a phone with the display on the outside (FlexPai method) is much easier than on the inside (Samsung method). That person’s company was still working on the durability issue of the inside-folding option. “There’s lots of work to be done before it becomes consumer-friendly,” the executive said. Royole FlexPai phoneSamsung’s foldable phone could look a lot like this. Sarah Tew/CNET Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights, expects five to 10 companies to announce a foldable device, and he said he was impressed by what he saw at CES. “I’m expecting much higher-quality devices in February” at the Mobile World Congress trade show, he said. MediaTek Chief Financial Officer David Ku, likewise, was skeptical about the prospects for foldable phones in China because of the potential cost. “I would say it’s a few years to go,” he said.With all the focus on 5G this year, flexible phones may end up as a side act until that new networking technology matures. “2019 is about 5G and full display designs,” said Wayne Lam, an analyst at IHS. “I would say the market won’t get really interesting until 2020.”CNET’s Shara Tibken and Lynn La contributed to this story.Published Jan. 11 at 5:42pm PT. Update: Jan. 12 at 5:57pm PT to correct the statement that TCL will release a foldable phone in 2020. It will release a foldable device, which could be a phone.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. Galaxy S10 launch date confirmed: Tune in Feb. 20 for Samsung’s Unpacked event. Now playing: Watch this: 7:56 CES 2019 30 Photos Samsung’s foldable phone is here, with brand-new One UI for Android Phones Mentioned Above Royole FlexPai Preview • Royole FlexPai: First foldable phone beats Samsung to the punch The top 10 products of CES 2019 21 Photos See it Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $1,318 Now playing: Watch this: Comments To be fair, the phone I tried out wasn’t a commercial-ready unit yet, and the Royole engineer who showed me the phone said updates were coming daily. But that first awkward experience underscores some of the growing pains that flexible smartphones are likely to endure as they make their debut this year. The idea of a device that you unfold to enlarge, or roll up to put in your pocket, is the stuff of sci-fi movies, the kind of thing I grew up fantasizing about. Only, it’s real now, and it opens the door to new types of designs beyond the boring slab of plastic or metal. “Remember when we went from the keyboard to the screen,” Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg said in an interview on Monday at CES 2019. “It was so huge. Innovation came with it.” Galaxy S10, 5G and foldable phones make news at CES 2019last_img read more

first_imgJanna Stewart is the Tsunami Marine Debris Coordinator for Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, one of the organizers of the event. She says it’s hard to determine how much of the debris is from that tsunami. However, they’ve seen things like fishing gear and dock fragments:“…Foam that’s used in a lock of construction, tanks, household items,” Stewart says. “As time has gone on, some of the heavier debris been coming in that’s been moving in the currents rather than bouncing up, driven by the wind,” says Stewart. “So, they’ve seen a change in the nature of the debris that’s come in. For example, they weren’t seeing dimensional lumber from Japan until a couple of years after the tsunami and now they’ve starting to see that.”Stewart says nonprofits and other groups have been collecting marine debris for years and many of those collection sites are remote, like Gore Point and Montague Island.“At a lot of those sites, the debris can’t be removed even by smaller vessels because the shorelines are rocky, they’re high-energy beaches with a lot of surges. So, the debris once it’s been collected and stored on the shoreline, for many of these locations, the only practical way and the safest way to get the debris of the shorelines is to get it airlifted onto the barge.”The Japanese government is largely funding the project with $900,000 from the $2.5 million it granted Alaska. Stewart says Japan donated a total of $5 million dollars to coastal states and says she’s met with other funding recipients at conferences. Not only did Alaska get hit harder than other states, she says, but it also faces unique challenges.“The story I always tell is, when they were doing the presentation on the pickup of this dock that came in, I think it was in Oregon, they talked about they had to drive a quarter of a mile on a logging road to get to the beach. And I said ‘You have a road?’”It’s an issue that the Kodiak Archipelago can relate to.Tom Pogson is Director of Education, Outreach, and Marine Programs of Island Trails Network, a nonprofit that has been working to remove marine debris from Kodiak shorelines since 2013.Pogson says ITN has accumulated 180,000 pounds of marine debris in its storage yard and volunteers spent the weekend preparing it for transport. He says ITN started to make plans with other organizations for the debris removal in February and those plans fell into place over the last couple of weeks.“We’ve been talking about this for a couple of years, but the specifics of getting the contracts finalized and getting a plan and finding appropriate vessels and getting all the mechanics of this particular large-scale removal from this large stretch of coastline set-up has been very complicated,” says Pogson.And he says that’s the nature of the beast.“It’s a bit like riding your bike in the dark on a road without any lights. You basically know you’re on the road, you can sorta get a feel for where you’re going, and you know there’s lots of other people that are going there with you. And you kinda just close your eyes and go.”A kick-off event will take place Thursday in Kodiak to celebrate the barge launch and the month-long debris removal along the coast. The public is invited to hear speakers including DEC Commissioner, NOAA Marine Debris Program Regional Coordinator, and the Director of Alaska Keeper, a major nonprofit involved in organizing the event. The kick-off will be at 2pm at Koniag on Near Island. A massive barge is docked in Kodiak this week. The barge is more or less a huge floating trash can. It’s en route to the Lower 48 with hundreds of tons of marine debris on board – debris that will be recycled once the barge arrives in Seattle.Download AudioBarge in Kodiak, without bags. Photo by Candice BresslerA lot of the marine debris littering Alaska’s shorelines is from the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.last_img read more

first_imgLocal traders lay a seige to the shop of Sohel at Railway Bazar of Pahartali in Chattogram on Monday. Photo: Jewel SheelAn alleged extortionist was killed and his accomplice injured as a mob of local traders attacked them in Railway Bazar of Pahartali in Chattogram on Monday morning.The victims is named as Mahiuddin Sohel, who, local siources said, was a former general secretary of ruling Awami League-backed Bangladesh Chhatra League’s (BCL) Chittagong Government Commerce College unit.According to police and witnesses, the followers of Sohel captured a trader of Pahartali Bazar and confined him at a nearby house on Sunday night. The trader was released later upon payment of certain amount.The witnesses said Osman Khan, a member of traders’ association, went to the house of Sohel to protest against the incident. Sohel attacked Osman and broke his head. Seeing Osman bleeding, other traders laid a siege at the house, but they could not enter the house as the gate was locked.Some unidentified men then set fire to Sohel’s house. At that time, Sohel came out. The trader beat up him and his accomplice, the witnesses added.Members of Double Mooring police station rescued Sohel and his accomplice and sent them to Chattogram Medical College Hospital where physicians declared Sohel dead.Double Mooring police station officer-in-charge AKM Mahiuddin told Prothom Alo that Sohel was critically injured in mob beating and died after he was admitted to the hospital.Quoting the traders, he said the incident took place as repercussion to extortion.A murder case will be filed in connection with the incident, the OC added.Railway Bazar Traders’ Welfare Association joint secretary Nurun Nabi said some angry traders beat Sohel for extorting money from them from time to time.last_img read more

first_imgHBCU students, alumni and advocates across the state packed the Senate Office Building in Annapolis this week to testify on behalf of SB-712, a bill to guarantee supplemental funding to the state’s four public HBCUs.“I’ve been fighting this battle a long time,” Senator Joan Carter Conway said to members of the Senate’s Budget and Taxation Committee. Conway is the primary sponsor of SB-712, The Blount-Rawlings-Britt HBI Comparability Program.State Senator Joan Carter Conway is the primary sponsor of bill that equitably distribute funds to Maryland HBCUs. (Courtesy photo)Carter summarized the state’s history of discriminatory actions negatively impacting Maryland’s HBCUs and the legislation she has sponsored through the years to seek parity in funding between the state’s HBCUs and TWI’s (traditionally White institutions).Conway testified that the state’s HBCUs continue to experience limitations due to inequitable funding on a material level resulting in campuses that are under-resourced in comparison with the state’s TWIs.“It takes an HBCU project 7 to 10 years longer to get their capital projects built,” Conway offered as a tangible example of the continuing inequity between the state’s HBCUs and other state universities.Morgan State University President David Wilson, the only HBCU president present to testify on behalf of SB 712, echoed Conway’s analysis of the disparity between HBCUs in Maryland and better funded and resourced, state institutions.“Much more is needed for Morgan to reach a level of parity,” Wilson said.“We have the highest percentage of contract faculty of any institution in the state.  We have a $375 to $400 million-dollar capital backlog,” Wilson said.Contract faculty are not considered permanent employees of the university and are employed subject to funds available. A capital backlog occurs when projects have been approved for funding but money has not been allocated to implement the project.Students and alumni from Morgan and Bowie State University described the impact of the state’s lack of equitable funding for their colleges.“It really hurts me to know that we are here fighting just to get equal funding. Our HBCUs are very special,” said Ron Washington, Bowie State University Student Government Vice President.Ricardo Mitchell, National Director of Bowie State University’s Alumni association ended his testimony with a question for members of the Budget and Taxation Committee.“If we fail to act as a state and continue on the path of not properly funding these institutions, where will we be?”Supplemental funding bills for Maryland’s HBCUs sponsored in prior legislative sessions have failed to clear both the State Senate and House of Delegates. The current legislation would require the Governor to provide funding for the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) for distribution to the HBCUs. Currently, MHEC funding allocations to public four-year higher education institutions is discretionary.HBCU advocates will have another opportunity to support the Blount-Rawlings-Britt HBI Comparability Program at HBCU Night in Annapolis, on March 21st.last_img read more

first_imgFans of Motorola have been wondering what the company would look like under Lenovo’s leadership, and today we’re getting a better idea. Motorola has announced the new budget-friendly Moto G family, the first devices developed entirely by the post-acquisition Moto. Instead of one version of the Moto G as in past years, this time there are three: the Moto G4, Moto G4 Play, and Moto G4 Plus.The Moto G4 Play is the most modest of the three devices, and the most similar to the third-gen Moto G from last year. It has a sluggish Snapdragon 410 ARM chip, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a five-inch 720p LCD. However, the battery is a robust 2800mAh. That’s huge for a device with those specs, but the camera is only 8MP.The standard Moto G4 will be the middle-of-the-road model, and a slight upgrade over the 2015 phone. It has an octa-core Snapdragon 617, 2GB of RAM, and a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD. The battery is a little larger at 3000mAh with Qualcomm Quick Charging, and the camera is 13MP. It’ll come with either 16GB or 32GB of storage.Motorola’s top-tier variant is the Moto G4 Plus, a phone that includes many flagship features. There’s a Snapdragon 617, 2/4GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB of storage, and a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD. The battery is 3000mAh again with Qualcomm Quick Charging. The camera has also been boosted to 16MP. Below the screen is a front-facing fingerprint sensor, a first for modern Motorola devices.The G4 and G4 Plus will both have swappable back covers like last year’s phone. The design of all three phones is a bit rounder than previous Moto G phones, and they retain the Motorola dimple on the back that makes them so comfortable to hold. They also continue to have the clean build of Android (Marshmallow in this case) that made Moto’s Android phones so desirable in the past.The new Moto G family will be available globally this summer, but the Moto G4 and G4 Plus have launched in a few markets today. The G4 and G4 Plus are in Brazil  and the G4 Plus is on sale in India. US pricing for these phones isn’t out yet, but converting from the above currencies, we’re looking at around $200 to $250, depending on the variant. The Play will probably be even cheaper.last_img read more