APTN National NewsWith the recent earthquake in Nepal which killed thousands of people APTN’s Tina House takes a look at how prepared British Columbia is.It’s a hotbed for earthquakes but is the province prepared if a big one hits?
28 September 2009The United Nations mission in Côte d’Ivoire has begun preparing for the delivery of electoral materials across the country ahead of the long-awaited presidential polls, which were to have been held as far back as 2005, and are now slated for 29 November. Today the mission, known as UNOCI, supervised and led the removal of voting equipment from the Abidjan seaport to the warehouses of the Independent Electoral Commission. This first batch of materials – which includes ballot boxes, polling booths and kits – will be distributed in the east and south of the country, with further deliveries for the central region and the capital Yamoussoukro expected on 1 October.UNOCI was established by the Security Council in 2004 to help ensure a ceasefire and pave the way for permanent peace and democratic elections after civil war split the country into a Government-ruled south and a rebel-controlled north.Headed by Young-Jin Choi, the mission has been providing technical and logistical support for preparations for the elections, including for voter identification and registration.The Security Council will be discussing the situation in Côte d’Ivoire tomorrow in a ministerial-level meeting attended by Mr. Choi.
Families resettled in Mullivaikal had reportedly told the UN delegation that they were not given enough housing materials to resume their day to day living. Earlier this week the UN official had also met the Jaffna Bishop where it was reported that he had expressed regret over the UN failures during the final stages of the war. A visiting UN delegation visited the final battle zone in Mullivaikal yesterday and had discussions with families resettled in the area.Senior Political Affairs Officer in the Department of Political affairs at the UN, Hitoki Den, who is in Sri Lanka, discussed the concerns of the people in the area. The visiting UN delegation had told the people that they will look into their concerns. (Colombo Gazette)
(Updated)One of the main routes used by party-goers headed into the downtown core for New Year’s Eve celebrations was shut down for more than an hour tonight. Ten units of the Hamilton Fire Department blocked King Street, as firefighters rushed to an east end apartment block, billowing smoke near Tim Hortons Field.The fire gave a dozen tenants a frigid start to 2015.It was not the New Year’s Eve light show that anyone wanted to see.Tanner Brimner arrived before the lights. He was just driving by when he saw the smoke pouring out of the third floor apartment: “I just went inside. I got a couple of things for the neighbours. I banged on some doors. I got people out of the place. There was a bunch of other people here who were helping but they left when the fire trucks and ambulances came.”Platoon Chief Ross Brydges: The one resident in there has gone to the hospital to be checked out for smoke inhalation.”Trevor Boucher was visiting a friend, in the apartment beneath the victim: “I seen him. He came down in a blanket. He seemed kind of out of it. Apparently, one of the police officers said he fell asleep with a cigarette while his wife was doing laundry down the street. She came back and she freaked out.”Not surprising really, considering the mass of equipment blocking King street, just west of Melrose Avenue. It turned out to be more than firefighters needed, but given the age and construction of the building, they weren’t taking any chances.Platoon Chief: “Well, we upgraded the alarm because of the smoke, it looked like it could have been a possible fire extension. That is just to prevent any further extent to the building.”The fire was quickly contained. Limited mostly to the one corner unit.Brimner: “Everybody got out safe, the kids were safe, the animals were safe and everybody was well so overall, it could have been a lot worse.”True. Damage was limited to roughly 80-thousand dollars, but it’s still an awful way to bring in the New Year.
Leading the UN delegation is Legal Counsel Hans Corell, while Senior Minister Sok An, who heads the Council of Ministers, leads the Cambodian side, which comes to New York after Prime Minister Hun Sen accepted Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s invitation last month to hold an exploratory meeting in New York.The invitation came just a day after the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution requesting the UN chief to resume negotiations with Cambodia on setting up Extraordinary Chambers within the country’s existing court structure.Earlier, Mr. Corell told UN Radio in an interview that the United Nations was ready to make the court a reality. “Let us hope now that when Member States have gotten engaged here, and we have a resolution by the General Assembly adopted by [the] votes of 150 Member States, that this is a clear signal to the Government,” he said.
Their numbers are expected to grow. Some are still hiding in the nearby forest, naked and too ashamed to show themselves after ethnic Ngiti militiamen reportedly stripped fellow tribespeople trying to leave areas under their control. These internally displaced persons (IDPs) at Bukiringi, in the vast Orientale province, urgently need food and clothing. “The Ituri population is tired of militia rule, even if the self-proclaimed commanders come from their community,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative Eusèbe Hounsokou said, referring to the province to the north from the IDPs fled. They say they will not go back to their militia-controlled home areas, where they were virtual hostages. The latest flights are just one of the many problems facing the huge country as it prepares to hold elections at the end of next month to cement its transition from a six-year civil war that cost 4 million lives through fighting and attendant hunger and disease – the most lethal conflict in the world since World War II. The IDPs, mainly ethnic Ngiti, began arriving in Bukiringi in early June after receiving UN assurances about their safety. UN peace-keepers delivered a first shipment of aid to them by helicopter on 8 June. International concern for them had mounted in May when DRC government forces, backed by UN peace-keepers, launched a successful offensive to capture the militia stronghold of Tchei. Thousands fled the town and UNHCR decided to start a protection programme amid reports that militias were forcing 10,000 civilians to stay with them. Life on the run has become the norm for many communities in Ituri, where various militia groups have won a reputation for harassing and abusing civilians. The elderly and weak are often left behind as fighting forces another move in the harsh terrain. The difference between refugees – those who have crossed an international border to escape violence and persecution in their homeland – and IDPs blurs in this volatile corner of Africa. UNHCR’s humanitarian protection effort in Ituri is part of its expanded global role in caring for IDPs, who often face the same problems as refugees.
“Africa Week is to raise awareness and mobilize support. I am convinced that, together, we can meet the challenges,” Mr. Guterres said in his remarks to the high-level inaugural event at UN Headquarters in New York. The Secretary-General said the international community must change the way it looks at the African continent. “Africa is a land of resilience, and above all, it is a land of opportunity,” he emphasized, highlighting the continent’s recent progress in reducing poverty, diversifying its economies, building the middle class and nurturing growth in a variety of sectors. To further unleash such potential, he said, young people must play a central role as Africa has the fastest growing youth population in the world. “We can help make the most of this demographic dividend through greater investments in education, especially in science and technology and by ensuring to enable youth participation in economic development. People need skills that match the needs of today and tomorrow,” he said.Empowering Africa’s women and girls is also crucial, as gender inequality is costing sub-Saharan Africa tens of billions of dollars a year, like everywhere else in the world. Another key is to be innovative in leveraging resources and financing for development, including tax reform by African countries themselves and international efforts to fight tax evasion, money laundering and the illicit financial flows that have depleted Africa’s resource base, he added. Also addressing the inaugural event was UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák, who said that in the past, Africa was expected to listen, and accept the ideas and conditions of others. “That era is over […] When it comes to its own development, Africa now has the most powerful voice of all. We need to listen to it, and learn from it,” he said. Among other priorities, he stressed the importance of cooperation between the African Union (AU) and the UN, particularly in the area of sustainable development. The AU’s ‘Agenda 2063’ and the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development both outline a sustainable future for the planet and the people. “They must be implemented in complementarity,” he said, noting that better and more regular engagement between the two entities is necessary at all stages, including planning, implementation, financing and review. The events during Africa Week centre around the theme: ‘Supporting an Integrated, Prosperous, People-Centred and Peaceful Africa: Towards the Implementation of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.’ Secretary-General António Guterres speaks at a high-level inaugural event on “Supporting an Integrated, Prosperous, People-Centred and Peaceful Africa.” UN Photo/Cia Pak
Nearly 1,000 Brock University students are expected to take part in one of the more colourful events held each year at Brock University.The annual Grape Stomp takes place Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Brock’s Jubilee Court, where teams of students will compete in a big, messy grape-stomping party. Prizes will be handed out for best team spirit, best costumes and most donations to Brock’s food bank. Children from the on-campus Rosiland Blauer Centre for Child Care will also get the chance to take part in the Brock tradition.For more information visit: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/organization/studentlife/calendar/details/32572The annual Grape Stomp was recently ranked No. 2 out of nine traditions across Canadian universities by University Affairs Magazine.
SIMPEC is continuing to win business in the Western Australia mining sector, this time being awarded a contract to install a flocculant treatment plant for Iluka Resources’ new mineral sands project in Cataby.The A$1.7 million ($1.2 million) contract award will see SIMPEC, a subsidiary of WestStar Industrial, start work on the plant immediately. It is the company’s second award at Cataby, having successfully completed a key mechanical, electrical and communications contract in the construction of two separate accommodation facilities for use by Iluka and Tronox, respectively.The plant package is a fabrication and construction project consisting of four tanks including structural, mechanical and piping works. The project will be delivered over a three-month period and forms part of a “complex mineral and chemical processing facility”, according to SIMPEC.At Cataby, the heavy mineral concentrate produced at the site will be processed into final products at Iluka’s Narngulu mineral separation plant.The A$250-275 million Cataby project was approved in December 2017 with first production expected in the June quarter of 2019. It is expected to produce an average of 200,000 t/y of synthetic rutile, 50,000 t/y of zircon and 30,000 t/y of rutile over an 8.5-year mine life.SIMPEC said the Cataby award builds on its portfolio of tank work packages carried out at the Talison lithium mine in Greenbushes, Western Australia.With this award, SIMPEC has built an order book of A$9.5 million, with more than A$150 million of work tendered over the past year, it said.
Clashes broke out Saturday in central Athens between far-right extremists and a group of squatters, and elsewhere in the Greek capital, between left-wing anarchists and police.Violence erupted after some 300 members of the neo-Nazi group, Chryssi Avghi, or Golden Dawn, gathered in Omonia square saying they wanted to liberate Athens and Greece from what they described as “hordes of illegal immigrants”.The right wing thugs unrolled a huge Greek flag and banners calling for the “departure of foreigners from Greece” and claiming “foreigners equal crime”.They then headed on to Athens’ old Court of Appeal where 500 immigrants have been illegally squatting, risking expulsion by the government.Police allowed the protesters to rally past the building which they proceded to bombard with various projectiles and non-lethal stun grenades. “Out of Greece” and “Leave Greece for the Greeks,” they shouted, as they made Nazi salutes.Immigrants retaliated by throwing stones from the upper floors of the building and riot police were called to break up the clashes. Further fighting then broke out between the neo-Nazis and a group of anarchists while the police struggled to separate the two sides. Earlier Saturday some 150 young anarchists, protesting against the Omonia demonstration which they termed a “racist gathering”, threw Molotov cocktails at security forces in another area of the Greek capital.Tear gas fired by the police forced the youths to retreat to the sanctuary of their polytechnic school but not before three of them were arrested. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
L’Amérique latine victime d’une dévastatrice ruée vers l’orLa fièvre de l’or qui sévit en Amérique latine a des conséquences dramatiques sur l’environnement. Les forêts tropicales sont ravagées et les mines creusées çà et là rivalisent avec les projets d’investissements miniers internationaux.Que ce soit au Pérou, en Colombie ou en Bolivie, la ruée vers l’or est en plein essor en Amérique latine. Les mines artisanales côtoient les projets miniers d’envergure internationale. Selon la Société interaméricaine des mines, 300 milliards de dollars d’investissements sont ainsi prévus à travers le continent d’ici à 2020 tous métaux confondus. Ces activités ne sont pourtant pas toutes les bienvenues, loin s’en faut. En effet, 162 conflits miniers ont éclaté dans la région en raison de l’opposition croissante de communautés locales. Celles-ci considèrent que ces projets constituent une menace pour l’environnement, indique l’Observatoire des conflits miniers en Amérique latine.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais avec un prix de l’or en hausse constante (il est passé de 270 à environ 1.700 dollars l’once) et un prix du cuivre qui n’a jamais été aussi élevé (en raison de la demande chinoise), les mines continuent de se multiplier. Les populations locales sont exploitées, hommes, femmes et enfants étant envoyés au charbon dans des camps où ni centres de soin, ni écoles n’ont leur place. Des camps qui sont installés un peu partout et qui ravagent des milliers d’hectares de forêt amazonienne. Au Pérou, ce sont environ 130.000 personnes qui se consacrent à l’exploitation minière illégale. Dans ce pays, la production d’or, qui atteint 18 tonnes par an, entraîne la destruction de 20.000 hectares de forêts tropicales.En Colombie, des milliers de personnes ont recommencé à exploiter d’anciennes mines dans les départements d’Antioquia et du Choco. En Bolivie, 10.000 personnes vivent de l’exploitation informelle des mines d’or dans des conditions extrêmes. Toutefois, plusieurs chantiers ont été interrompus au Chili, au Pérou ou en Argentine. En effet, dans certaines régions, on a appliqué la Convention 169 de l’OIT qui requiert la consultation préalable des communautés locales avant toute exploration minière. Ainsi, un combat d’envergure est mené par la population de Cajamara (Pérou) contre le projet Conga, le plus gros investissement minier du pays (4,7 milliards de dollars). Le projet est en suspend depuis novembre.Dans la localité argentine de Famatina, la compagnie canadienne Osisko Mining Corp a dû interrompre son projet d’exploitation de mines d’or à ciel ouvert tandis qu’au Chili, le groupe minier canadien Goldcorp a dû mettre fin au fonctionnement de la mine d’El Morro malgré les prometteuses réserves d’or et de cuivre qu’elle possède. En effet, Goldcorp avait omis de consulter les populations autochtones… Le 14 mai 2012 à 17:50 • Maxime Lambert
Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis Stay on target As much as I’m still liking the metahuman-of-the-week format, it’s starting to get a little old. It’s a welcome shift from all the Savitar’s sadness last year, but after six weeks, it feels like nothing much has happened. Aside from last week’s bachelor party departure, it’s starting to feel like the same episode week after week. A metahuman shows up, The Flash has to deal with them, and some personal lessons are learned along the way. That’s what last night’s episode was. It’s a formula that’s running out of steam, and it never really was great about moving the story forward.The episode started off promising enough, with a rare early appearance from The Thinker. It doesn’t go anywhere. His assistant complains that his plan is taking too long and then we switch to Team Flash. Hey show, pointing out your own flaws this season doesn’t make them better. It just draws attention to the fact that yes, The Thinker’s plan is taking too long. We’d like him to hurry it up, please. I was hoping that the appearance of this scene so early in the episode meant we finally would see some forward movement on that front. But no, most of the episode is entirely unrelated.Tom Cavanaugh, Carlos Valdes (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Let’s start with the positive stuff. More than anything else, this was a comedy episode and it was pretty funny. Yes, the jokes were all super corny, but I’m a sucker for a dumb joke. It got some laughs out of me. Especially the Council of Wells. Harry from Earth 2 doesn’t have the charisma that H.R. did, but his narcissism is pretty great. Told to make some friends, he contacts a bunch of different versions of himself from across the parallel universes. I love it when The Flash plays with alternate dimensions like this. It’s made even better when Tom Cavanaugh gets to play so many different versions of the same character. The dude’s a great character actor, and it’s so much fun when The Flash gives him a chance to show off. There’s German nihilist Wells, laid back publishing tycoon Wells, and post-apocalyptic cyborg Wells. Briefly, there’s the wizard Wells the Grey, but they turn off his signal quick. So, is there a fantasy universe where Wells is a wizard? Or just one where he’s really into LARPing?The episode cuts back to the council of Wells periodically for some comic relief. One of the better revelations of these sequences is that Harry can’t stand working with them. For all his narcissism, he really doesn’t like himself much. The majority of the episode centers around The Flash teaching Elongated Man how to be a hero. The first scene we get from them is really funny. A guy tries to mug them outside the coffee shop, Barry takes too long to explain what they should do to Ralph, and the mugger shoots them. The bullets bounce off Ralph and go right back into the mugger. He’s alive, but wounded. Barry yells at Ralph to stop shooting him, Ralph argues that the mugger is shooting himself. Sorry Barry, I’m with Ralph on this one.Hartley Sawyer as Dibney and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW )That funny little scene sets up the big lesson that Ralph spends the whole episode learning. Being a superhero means taking care of people, not just catching the bad guy. To help drive that lesson home, there’s a new metahuman in town. It’s Black Bison. She has the power to bring inanimate objects to life. It’s admittedly a cool power, and leads to a cool showdown at the end, but it feels like no time was spent on her character. We get an exposition dump about how she’s a former professor turned Sioux activist, returning artifacts to the people and killing anyone who disrespects them. That’s as much character work as we get on her. It’s like the writers were trying so hard not to be insensitive in their portrayal of a Sioux villain that they didn’t give her any personality at all. She was there to put other people in trouble, and force The Flash and Elongated Man to choose between capturing her and saving people.And since you know how this show works, you know Ralph screws it up at first. He catches Black Bison, but lets a little girl get hit by a falling pole. She’s alive, but hurt. To the show’s credit, it seems to have figured out that we all hate those long scoldings and talking-to’s in the hallway. Barry tries to start one, but Ralph doesn’t need it. He knows he screwed up, and he’s motivated to get better. Even though the story is a little thin, it’s told pretty well in this moment. The Flash has figured out it doesn’t need to spell out every step of a character’s journey for you. Here, they just let Hartley Saywer’s acting do the job. Also, the episode featured an extended scene whose only purpose was to sell you a Microsoft Surface. It was painfully awkward and unnecessary. What was wrong with product placement? I really don’t like the idea of sponsored scenes in my TV show. Especially when it’s clearly the thing everyone involved in making the show cared about the least. It only served to give needless setup to a scene where Ralphy comforts the little girl by making balloon animals out of his hands. It’s a little cute. It’s also really creepy.Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Jesse Martin as Detective Joe West (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)At least the showdown at the museum is fun. You can’t bring a giant T-Rex skeleton to life and not make a fun scene. It was nice to see Ralph be the hero and choose to save someone instead of going after Black Bison. And I enjoyed his movie quotes. Yeah, reference humor is a little old at this point, but if I were fighting a living T-Rex skeleton, I’d be quoting every line from Jurassic Park too. Barry is the one to actually catch the bad guy, and the way he does it is a little lame. He tosses a Sioux bowl in the air to distract her, cuffs her, and catches the bowl. It’s dumb, it’s anticlimactic and I’m glad to be done with the episode.It’s not just that they’re telling the same story over and over again each week, it’s that the story’s getting thinner with each telling. We have a villain who’s so not a threat, the show has to create increasingly improbable dilemmas to stretch the story into a full-length episode. We have Ralph learning lesson’s Barry already learned, but much slower this time. And without the threat of a big bad guy beyond knowing his name, there’s nothing pushing the overall plot forward. At least that looks like it’ll change next week. At the end of this episode, the Council of Wells worked together to figure out which DeVoe is the villain. They narrow it down to one guy, but when Barry visits him, he appears as just a normal dude in a wheelchair. The Thinker is toying with Barry, and it looks like that will continue next week. Here’s hoping coming face-to-face with the villain, and not even being sure of it, makes for a better episode next Tuesday. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Stay on target If only Sandra Bullock were wearing a self-return spacesuit on the Explorer, Gravity may have turned out differently.The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. (Draper, for short) recently filed a patent for a so-called “system and method for assisted extravehicular activity self-return.”Or, in English: a “take me home” button that guides explorers back to safety in case of an emergency.“Without a fail-proof way to return to the spacecraft, an astronaut is at risk of the worst-case scenario: lost in space,” Kevin Duda, space systems engineer at Draper, said in a statement.No matter how much training you receive, being thrust into the zero-gravity environment of space can be confusing, disorienting, and, sometimes, nauseating. Now, imagine doing a spacewalk with bile creeping up your throat.Losing your bearings—especially in the void of outer space—can make operating a jetpack and returning to shelter a challenge.“There is no gravity and no easy way to determine which way is up and down,” Duda said. “Our technology improves mission success in space by keeping the crew safe.”Designing their assisted EVA self-return strategy wasn’t easy, though. Draper engineers had to create a system that can autonomously determine a precise location without GPS; account for time, oxygen consumption, safety, and clearance requirements; and guide a disoriented and possibly unconscious person to safety.As described in a recent patent filing, the button is triggered directly (by the astronaut) or remotely (by another crew member or mission control staff). Once activated, the spacesuit’s built-in thrusters autonomously guide the user back to safety.“The current spacesuit features no automatic navigation solution—it is purely manual—and that could present a challenge to our astronauts if they are in an emergency,” Draper’s director of space systems Séamus Tuohy said.Which is why the company added built-in guidance, providing step-by-step directions using visual, auditory, and sensory cues. The spacesuit’s sensors, meanwhile, can be configured to fit individual cosmonauts’ needs—or those of first responders, skydivers, firefighters, and scuba divers.Not just for space, this research could be applied to fields operating within the Earth’s atmosphere, and even be combined with other smart tech to boost safety measures for emergency response workers and extreme sports enthusiasts. NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Police were out in full force Tuesday morning, spreading love on Valentine’s Day in Homestead.Parents dropping off their kids at Avocado Elementary School received a red rose from police and some sound advice.“It’s really important for our children to wear their safety belts — not only the children, but their parents,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Robin Pinkard. “Today is Valentine’s Day, so we decided to hand out roses to the parents that are wearing their safety belts, along with their children, and if they’re not, we will still provide them with a rose and advise them on the importance of wearing their safety belts.”Officers wanted to remind parents and students to buckle up and not forget to spread love on this day.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WILMINGTON, MA — Janet E. Manuel, age 79, of Wilmington formerly of Woburn, passed away peacefully on August 7, 2019. Janet was the devoted mother of Pamela (McGondel) Streletsky & husband Paul of Haverhill, Sandra (McGondel) Pelleriti of Billerica, Janet (McGondel) LeBlanc & husband Michael of Dracut and Lawrence R. McGondel Jr. of Portsmouth, NH. Loving “Nanna” of Samantha, Sara, Jenna, Michelle, Michael and Brian. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Janet is predeceased by her parents James and Lorraine (Fraser) Manuel, her siblings Barbara Clifford, Lorraine Manuel, James Manuel and her former husband Lawrence McGondel Sr.Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Sunday, August 11th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Janet’s Funeral Service will take place on Monday, August 12th at 10:00 a.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.In lieu of flowers, donations in Janet’s memory may be made to the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington, MA 01887 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.Janet E. Manuel(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Pauline F. (Lascelles) Capps, 86In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Janet (Colucci) O’Connor, 86In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Linda J. Gallagher, 71In “Obituaries”
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-Two Myanmar photographers covering the Rohingya crisis for a German magazine have been arrested in Bangladesh on suspicion of espionage, officials said Friday.Minzayar Oo and Hkun Lat were detained more than a week ago in the border town of Cox’s Bazar, where around 389,000 Rohingya Muslims have sought refuge from violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state since 25 August.The pair’s lawyer said they were charged with “false impersonation” and providing “false information” after police accused them of using the cover of tourist visas to enter the country, instead of journalist visas.Cox’s Bazar police chief Ranjit Kumar Barua told AFP the pair were also “primarily accused of espionage”.”They were collecting information on the Rohingya for Myanmar,” he said.An award-winning photographer from Bangladesh also arrested with the pair was later freed.Scores of foreign journalists have poured into Bangladesh to cover the Rohingya exodus.The UN has accused Buddhist-dominated Myanmar of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against the stateless group, who say the military has launched a brutal crackdown in Rakhine.Minzayar Oo and Hkun Lat arrived in Cox’s Bazar in early September on assignment for Hamburg-based magazine Geo to cover the refugee crisis, which has strained relations between Muslim-majority Bangladesh and Myanmar.Their arrest was only announced on Wednesday and a court on Thursday rejected a bail plea, their Bangladeshi lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua told AFP.He described Minzayar Oo as “an award winning photographer whose work was published in reputed dailies and magazines including the New York Times, Guardian and National Geographic”.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:11 Listen Share Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media An EF-1 tornado damaged an awning at the Azalea Place Apartments near Bellaire.It was an EF-1 tornado that damaged part of an apartment complex in southwest Houston, just off Bissonnet. Now forecasters are confirming there was more tornado activity as part of that storm system. An EF-1 tornado tossed around cars Wednesday afternoon in Pasadena. Another EF-1 knocked over shipping containers in La Porte. There was also an EF-0 tornado near Dutton Lake in Chambers County. Meteorologist Josh Lichter says in the case of those smaller tornadoes, they had to investigate the debris field to see what actually happened. “If we have some kind of swirling going on, where they’re facing in all different directions and it matches up with radar signatures, that helps us determining it was probably a tornado,” explains Lichter. Despite Wednesday’s severe weather Lichter says we aren’t seeing heavier than usual tornado activity. But when contrasting air masses collide in the early spring it makes conditions a lot more favorable. “And you have situations where the storm systems organize in the right location and the right timing, that’s when you’re going to have these severe weather outbreaks,” adds Lichter. “You have large hail, damaging winds, and multiple tornadoes.” Lichter says the region actually sees the most tornadoes in October and November. X
Not so enticingJessica Colón, a Houston-based Republican strategist, disagrees with Campos’ assumption that Latino voters in Harris County are for the most part supporters of the Democratic Party.Colón says in general it’s “difficult to predict” whether there will be a surge of Latino voters in this primary and notes that “it appears historically that voters with Hispanic surnames tend to look at candidates to whom they most identify, as opposed to voting strictly on party identification.”Rice University political science professor Robert Stein thinks that with the exception of Green’s replacement there is not much about these primaries that would particularly appeal to Latino voters in Harris County.Stein doesn’t anticipate issues tied to national politics –such as the uncertainty about the future of young undocumented immigrants and the program that currently protects them from deportation, DACA— will be a relevant factor at the county level.“I don’t see any evidence that the Democratic Party, and that’s the party that would mobilize around that, has –how can I put this?— embraced the protection of DACA beneficiaries,” notes Stein who, nonetheless, adds it could become a motivating component when the mid-term election takes place in November.“I think the group that might be mobilized might be women… because of the current outrage over a variety of sexual harassment and gender-based issues, particularly Mr. (president Donald ) Trump has been center of that,” Stein says.University of Houston political science professor Jerónimo Cortina, agrees.With the exception of the race for Congressional District 29 and maybe the one for Precinct 2 of Harris County’s Commissioners Court, where Adrián García –former Harris County Sheriff— is one of the contenders, Cortina sees no special factors for Harris’ Latinos to be particularly motivated over these primaries.NuanceAnd even if those races motivated more Latino voters to participate in the primary election, that could result in an increase in the geographical areas impacted by the races, but not in the entire county, Cortina says: “There are numerous factors that could potentially increase turnout. However, there is no single factor that could increase turnout overall in the county.”Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/27172710/Jeronimo-Cortina-Audiogram.mp400:0000:0000:13Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Early voting data for the primary election is getting a high turnout in Texas –especially for the Democratic Party— but experts aren’t sure that will translate into a surge of the Latino electorate in Harris County, even after a toughening of immigration enforcement operations and with hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants finding themselves in a legal limbo.Some political analysts say Latino voters tend to support the Democratic Party for the most part and the high turnout could mean a surge. As of February 25th, Democrats’ combined in-person votes and mail ballots received totaled 34,555, an increase of nearly 200 percent over the 2014 congressional midterm election, according to Harris County figures. By comparison, Republican participation was up just 11 percent compared to the last mid-term primary.Houston-based political consultant Marc Campos , who usually works with the Democratic Party, thinks “there’s a potential for enthusiasm among Democrats” and that this may also mean a surge of Latino voters in the 2018 Texas primary election in counties like Harris because, according to him, the Latino electorate tends to vote for the Democrats.Campos considers the Trump administration’s policies on immigration a potential driver for an increase in the Latino vote in these mid-term primaries: “You gotta think that, you know, that’s motivating people to vote.” Topics that are part of the national political debate –such as the reactions to the mass shooting at the Stoneman Douglas High School that demand more strict gun control laws in the United States and also the uncertainty surrounding what will happen to the Obama-era program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which is currently being debated in court— can also motivate a higher number of Harris County Latino voters to participate in the primary election, Campos believes.“If I was to bet on which younger group ethnically was gonna turn out in bigger numbers, I would say Latinos right now,” Campos stresses.Finally, certain primary races –particularly the replacement of veteran U.S. Congressman Gene Green (D-TX Congressional District 29)– can motivate the Latino Democratic voters, the consultant highlights. Out of the seven Democratic contenders for the seat, six are Hispanic, including State Senator Sylvia Garcia. The office of Harris County’s Clerk Stan Stanart, also the county’s Chief Election Officer, notes that there are 12 percent more registered voters with a Spanish surname for these primaries than for the 2016 primaries, when presidential candidates for both parties were voted. A total of 491,912 voters with a Spanish last name were registered to vote in the March 6th primaries, compared to 430,203 in 2016.Stanart’s office doesn’t break down voter data by race or ethnicity, but having a Spanish surname –a piece of information the county does compile—can indicate the voter is Latino.However, when it comes to putting the vote in the ballot, political experts agree that there is typically more participation in primary elections held in years when there is a presidential election, 2016, than in mid-term election years, like this year. To that point, a total of 13,721 Harris County Spanish-surnamed voters participated in the 2014 primary election, according to data provided by Stanart’s office. And that was a decrease from the 19,607 who voted in 2010.However, other consultants note the priority of Latinos in primary elections is not so much party identification but, rather, how much they identify with the candidates or how much they like them. But when it comes to Houston, the most recent data by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) shows that its local office received practically the same amount of citizenship applications between January and September of last year, a total of 24,946, than between January and September of 2016, a total of 25,060. Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneAs Texas primaries go underway, experts are divided on whether the Harris County Latino vote will increase this time. Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund warns that even in the current adverse political circumstances for immigrants, whether or not there will be a surge of Harris County Latino voters in this election is a question with no clear answer.But, Vargas notes, there has been a nationwide increase in applications for U.S. citizenship lately, based on his organization’s recent experience in dealing with applicants, although he doesn’t provide figures. That increase, Vargas says, is directly related to permanent residents wanting to naturalize to be able to vote.“We know that individuals are seeking to apply to become U.S. citizens”, he says, as “a response to the national conversation about the role of immigrants and the future of immigration policy.”Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/27172740/Arturo-Vargas-Audiogram.mp400:0000:0000:17Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 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Nvidia GeForce driver 390.65 WHQL security update by Martin Brinkmann on January 08, 2018 in Hardware – Last Update: January 08, 2018 – 9 commentsNvidia released the Nvidia GeForce Game Reader 390.65 WHQL driver for GeForce graphics cards on January 8th, 2018.The update improves support for specific games, includes fixes, and patches The Spectre variant 2 security issue.The CVE ID of the issue is CVE-2017-5753; Nvidia’s issue number is 1975134.Computer systems with microprocessors utilizing speculative execution and branch prediction may allow unauthorized disclosure of information to an attacker with local user access via a side-channel analysis.It is recommended to install the driver update asap to patch the security issue. The latest Nvidia graphics drivers are available on the company’s driver downloads website already. The driver update is also available in GeForce Experience if the software is installed on the computer system.As always, it is recommended to uninstall the driver completely before installing the new one and to install only the driver for Nvidia graphics cards that you require.Nvidia GeForce driver 390.65 WHQLNvidia GeForce driver 390.65 WHQL is the first driver version that supports Nvidia Freestyle. The technology lets you apply post-processing filters to games.Nvidia Freestyle is part of GeForce Experience. In other words: you need to install the GeForce Experience component to use Freestyle on the system.Not all games are supported by Freestyle. Nvidia published a list of games that support the feature; the list includes games such as Call of Duty: WWII, Cuphead, Dota 2 and PUBG among others.You need to enable “Enable Experimental Features” in the GeForce Experience client after driver installation to enable the feature. Note that you need the latest version of the GeForce Experience app as well (version 3.12) which Nvidia plans to release tomorrow.The feature can be used to apply filters to games. Most of the filters change the aesthetic of the game, but there is a filter for colorblind players as well which may make it more than just a gimmick.Another new feature is support for eGPU. The driver informs users with pop-ups if an eGPU has been connected or disconnected. An eGPU is an external graphics processing unit.The new GeForce driver comes with game improvements. It adds Game Ready support for Fortnite and updates SLI profiles for Dirt4, Total War: Warhammer II and X-Morph: Defense.The GeForce driver 390.65 WHQL fixes three issues and has six open Windows 10 issues:Fixed incorrect surface rendering in Batman Arkham Knight on GeForce GTX 970 systems.Fixed artifacts appearing in Gamestream on GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, Titan X and Titan XP devices.Fixed error message when enabling stereoscopic 3D on notebooks with Fermi GPUs.An issue in Dirt4 that causes corruption and flickering in the game when SLI is enabled.Issue: G-Sync displays may go blank when you switch between different overclocked memory clocks multiple times.Issue: No display output when connecting Geforce GTX 780 Ti to the DisplayPort and two DVI monitors.Issue: OS fails after installing the Geforce Titan graphics card on a Threadripper-enabled motherboard.Issue: Gears of War 5 may crash with a blue-screen on Pascal GPU systems.Issue: Star Wars Battlefront II may hang during game launch in DirectX 12 API mode on Kepler GPU systems.Read the full release notes for the 390.65 release (PDF) with a click on this link.You may find the following guides useful:Disable NVIDIA Streamer Service and other NVIDIA processesDisable Nvidia Telemetry tracking on WindowsSoftware to disable Nvidia TelemetrySummaryArticle NameNvidia GeForce driver GeForce 390.65 WHQL is a security updateDescriptionNvidia released the Nvidia GeForce Game Reader 390.65 WHQL driver for GeForce graphics cards on January 8th, 2018. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement