UNP refused access to HSZ

Demonstrations were held in Jaffna by land owners and politicians yesterday against the acquisition of the land by the government. A UNP delegation was refused access to a High Security Zone (HSZ) in Valikamam, Jaffna this evening.Reports from Jaffna said that the delegation including UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake and General Secretary Tissa Attanayake were prevented from entering the area. The UNP delegation currently on a visit to Jaffna with UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, had attempted to inspect the area which has been earmarked to be acquired by the government. Meanwhile the UNP delegation also visited the Uthayan office in Jaffna, which had come under an attack recently.UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe inspected the damage caused to the printing press of the office and then spoke to some of the staff and management of the Tamil newspaper. read more

UN agency welcomes Cambodias decision to accept refugees from Vietnam

At a meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s Interior Minister Sar Kheng assured UNHCR’s representative in the region, Jahanshah Assadi, that Cambodia would allow the Vietnamese arrivals temporary stay. “We welcome Cambodia’s commitment to the Refugee Convention,” said François Fouinat, UNHCR’s director for Asia and the Pacific. “We hope that the reassurance given to us today will be translated on the ground, in the remote hills where we cannot cover.” Since February, several hundred Vietnamese have arrived in Cambodia, including around 130 this week. UNHCR staff went to see the arrivals at the Cambodian border province of Mondolkiri and walked with them for 12 kilometres to safety from a remote jungle location. “The number of people coming out of Viet Nam is small but it is worrying, and we are looking at what is causing this,” Mr. Fouinat said, adding that the agency was seeking authorization from Hanoi for access to Viet Nam’s central highland, where the asylum seekers originate. UNHCR has also been looking into reports of expulsions of arrivals in Cambodia, and has brought to the attention of senior Cambodian officials several cases of alleged deportations. Mr. Fouinat said that UNHCR had assured the Government that it was fully aware of sensitivities involved, but stressed that individuals seeking refuge appeared to have compelling reasons for doing so. He said UNHCR had assured the Government of its willingness to provide resources to meet the needs of the new arrivals and to contribute to a solution to the problem in agreement with all the parties. read more

Surgeon Ian Paterson who carried out needless breast operations has jail sentence

first_imgPaterson was convicted by a jury of offences of wounding with intent and unlawful wounding against 10 patients.Sentencing him to a total of 15 years, Mr Justice Jeremy Baker told Paterson: “You deliberately played upon their worst fears, either by inventing or deliberately exaggerating the risk that they would develop cancer, and thereby gained their trust and confidence to consent to the surgical procedures which you carried out upon them.”His trial heard evidence from nine women and one man who were treated in the private sector at Little Aston and Parkway Hospitals in the West Midlands between 1997 and 2011.Victims told the court that Paterson’s crimes had left them in constant pain and struggling to trust medical professionals. Ian Paterson was told his sentence was ‘unduly lenient’Credit:BPM Media “This is a truly sickening crime and my thoughts are with the victims and their families. I hope the increased sentence will help bring some closure for them.”Woman describes how she was targeted by Ian Paterson Paterson, 59, from Altrincham, Greater Manchester, watched proceedings via video-link from prison.He was convicted by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court of offences of wounding with intent and unlawful wounding against 10 patients.The decision was announced by Lady Justice Hallett, who said: “Both the harm and culpability here were exceptionally high.”She said the court was satisfied that the sentence imposed was “unduly lenient”, and that a “just” term was one of a total of 20 years for “multiple” offences.After the ruling, Mr Buckland said: “Throughout our lives we are told and expected to trust doctors. Paterson woefully abused that trust – he deliberately preyed on people’s worst fears and then mutilated them on the operating table. A surgeon who carried out needless breast operations has had his 15-year jail sentence increased to 20 years by judges.Ian Paterson, who left victims scarred and disfigured, was ordered to serve extra time behind bars by the Court of Appeal on Thursday.Lady Justice Hallett, Mrs Justice Carr and Mr Justice Goss, sitting in London, declared that the original jail term imposed in May was “unduly lenient”.Their ruling came after the sentence was referred to the court for review by Solicitor General Robert Buckland.  Ian Paterson Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Canadian mining industry supports carbon price to address climate change

first_imgThe Mining Association of Canada (MAC) and its members, comprising some of Canada’s largest mining companies, have issued principles for climate change policy design to support an efficient pan-Canadian approach to addressing this important issue. “Today, one of Canada’s largest industries is coming out in support of a carbon price, identifying it as the most effective and efficient means of driving emissions reductions and making real progress in the global fight against climate change,” stated Pierre Gratton, President and CEO, MAC. “MAC’s support of a carbon price is guided by our principles for climate change policy design, and is based on 16 years of our members’ continuous efforts to reduce emissions through technology and innovation and become more energy efficient.” To inform the design of a carbon price regime, MAC’s Principles for Climate Change Policy Design document recommends the following: •          Establish a broad-based carbon price that is applicable to all sectors of the Canadian economy •          Be revenue neutral by investing revenues generated through carbon pricing into the development of lower emission technologies to manage the transition to a lower carbon future, including climate adaptation, and to ensure a level playing field for trade-exposed industries that are emission intensive. •          Address competitiveness and carbon leakage concerns across all sectors to prevent declines in investment, employment, tax revenues and trade •          Be predictable, flexible and sensitive to changing economic conditions and geographic circumstances, to enable consumers and industry to adapt and to treat regions fairly •          Be simple, complementary and effective to ensure that a national climate change regime works in tandem with existing provincial schemes, avoids duplication, and is simple to understand and administer.•          Support investments in the development and implementation of technologies that lower emissions through capital investments, which could include public-private partnerships •          Recognize early action, acknowledging that some companies have been proactive in reducing their climate footprints and that several provinces have already established climate change mitigation regimes.MAC and its members released its first climate change position statement in 2000. In the years that followed, the association and its member companies have worked to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through measures such as MAC’s mandatory Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative as well as individual company efforts. In 2009, MAC adopted the International Council on Mining and Metals’ (ICMM) climate change policy, which recognizes that comprehensive and sustained global action is required to reduce the scale of human-induced climate change and to adapt to its impact. According to the Canadian Industrial End Use Data Analysis Centre (CIEEDAC), total GHG emissions from Canada’s operating metal and non-metal mines (excluding coal and oil sands mining) accounted for 1.1% of the country’s direct and indirect GHG emissions in 2014 – of which 0.8% were direct emissions. The CIEEDAC does not have access to oil sands mining or coal mining energy and emissions data to augment the non-metal mining data set. Non‐ferrous metal smelting and refining (excluding aluminium) accounted for 0.5% of the country’s direct and indirect GHG emissions in the same year – of which 0.3% were direct. In the mining sector, GHG emissions are emitted primarily as a result of the use of fossil fuels for energy; as such, emissions are controlled by managing consumption. “The Canadian mining industry’s efforts over the past two decades in reducing emissions and protecting the environment have been significant, underscoring the industry’s commitment to being part of the solution. Fighting climate change and meeting emissions targets will require a concerted global effort, and MAC and its members are determined to be constructive partners,” stated Gratton. Picture – control room at Musselwhite mine, courtesy of Goldcorp.last_img read more

Human toll of proposed taxi policy

first_imgMany Greek taxi owners believe they will face financial ruin and no superannuation if the government chooses to pass on the Fels Taxi Review. Professor Allan Fels’ Taxi Industry Review outlines a plan to sell taxi licences to owner-operators for just $20,000, when the current industry average is around $500,000. With the Greek community making up a large sum of taxi owners and drivers, many believe this measure will send them broke. Nick Andriannakis who owns three licences and has spent his life savings accumulating them finds it hard to believe that his investment will be nullified. “I’ve been doing it for 30 years. I could have invested that money in a super fund or in a property or other investments, but no, I pursued taxis and now I’ve got nothing to show for it,” he told Neos Kosmos. “At the time I bought it [the licence], it was do you buy a house or buy a business?” he said. In an attempt to boost competition, Professor Fels believes the licenses are a competitive way to increase cab numbers on the roads and provide a cheaper way for people to enter into the industry. “Yes, there will be howls of protest over the licensing reforms, but we cannot hold the public hostage to keeping up the value of licenses at half a million,” Professor Fels told the ABC. Victoria is the first state to formally dispute the review and the Victorian Taxi Association is leading the talks. The Association is arguing that de-regulating licences will only increase cab fares and hurt the customer’s pocket. “Where deregulation of taxi licences has occurred, taxi fares have increased and Service standards have not improved. In many places they have deteriorated,” the Association said. Similar laws enacted in New Zealand found cab fares increased and had no effect on standards. Greek taxi owner and driver, George Katsimalis, knows full well that this reform will destroy future income and retirement for many who have invested. Encountering Professor Fels in his cab, Mr Katsimalis was first to bring up the topic of licencing. When Mr Katsimalis posed the question if he could buy Fels’ Prahan house for $500,000, Professor Fels was shocked and said his house was worth much more than that. Katsimalis mentioned “So is my licence but you want it to be worth next to nothing”. Many protests and meetings have taken place in Victoria to try and get the message across to parliamentarians as they discuss reforms. At a meeting for Taxi Industry Stakeholders in Victoria, attended by over 1500 owners and drivers, there was an air of despair. One mother of three told the crowd that she had only just bought a $475,000 taxi licence six months ago. Now she stands to loose everything if licences are devalued. All agree that reform is necessary and a good thing for the taxi industry, but many owners don’t see licences as a place to start those reforms. Minister for Transport, Terry Mulder believes that reforms are desperately needed for an industry he thinks has been neglected. In his speech to parliament introducing the Taxi Services Reform and Other Matters Bill in 2011, he stressed public dissatisfaction. “The problems driving customer dissatisfaction are clear: the long queues for a taxi in the Melbourne CBD and other entertainment districts on a Friday or Saturday night, drivers who do not know where to go, taxis that do not turn up, drivers who will not accept a short fare, violent incidents and unsafe behaviour,” he said. Away from the local dissatisfaction, Minister Mulder rightly identified the bad impression visitors are met with at the airport. “Victorians are embarrassed when a dirty taxi or a poorly trained driver gives international visitors an unfavourable first impression of Melbourne,” he said in Parliament. Customer satisfaction must go up, and many believe that can only be accomplished with better drivers and cleaner cabs. Mr Andriannakis knows that many fear catching a cab late at night and dread being knocked back for a short fare. “We need safer cars on the road and better trained drivers. A better trained driver won’t knock back a fair. The new drivers seem to select their fairs,” he said. The $5 billion a year industry hasn’t seen big reform since the Kennett years. The industry processes 200 million trips a year. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Premier Appeal Stop Cloaking Crime

first_img Tourism Minister says protect TCIs reputation from crime Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PremieronTCICrime, #StopCrimeTCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 13, 2017 – Providenciales – The cloaking of people – family or friends – who are breaking the law has to end says the country’s leader.  Premier Sharlene Robinson is a part of the chorus of leaders and residents who are calling on everyone to say something when they see something.The street knows, parents know said Premier Robinson in her words on crime.   “The street is clear aware of who is doing it.  Some parents are fully aware of who is doing it, and the truth is before you become a victim, before your family become a victim, say something.  If you don’t want to be named, we have the crime stoppers hotline that you can use, you need to be a part of the solution.”Amazingly, the Crime Stoppers hotline, which takes tips anonymously and is answered in Miami, Florida only received four calls on tips from the Turks and Caicos Islands for all of 2016.   Even hefty reward monies of $40,000 in the murder investigation of businessman, Robert Been Sr and the shooting of another businessman, Galmo Williams with the reward set at $30,000 did not to attract significant tips leading to arrests.#MagneticMediaNews #StopCrimeTCI #PremieronTCICrime Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Ryan Reynolds shares behindthescenes peek at Detective Pikachu

first_imgDetective Pikachu is a spinoff from the Pokemon gaming franchise, which includes the Detective Pikachu game. Pokemon fans will be able to see the movie when it hits theaters worldwide in May 2019. “Pika-dots,” Reynolds captioned the photo on his Twitter and Instagram.The left side of the image shows Pikachu, while the right side features Reynolds’ face covered in motion capture marker dots. These dots are used to track his facial expressions, which will then be used to make Pikachu’s reactions looks more realistic. In the upcoming Detective Pikachu movie, Pokemon creatures and humans live together side by side.  2019 movies to geek out over Post a comment Tags 77 Photos The Pokemon movie centers on the search for an ace detective named Harry Goodman who goes missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Helping Tim in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokemon partner, Detective Pikachu, described as “a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself.” Share your voice Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Knowing your visual effects lingo: From compositing to previz, understand the latest filmmaking terms with this handy glossary of visual effects jargon. 0 In the upcoming live-action Pokemon movie Detective Pikachu, Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds lends his voice to the beloved yellow main character.While Warner Bros. Pictures already gave fans their first glimpse at the movie with a trailer in November, Reynolds shared an even closer look at his character on Sunday. More movies Barack Obama lists 2018 favorites: Black Panther, Annihilation Jason Momoa’s Aquaman is the superhero we need right now Movies led by women dominate box office, study finds TV and Movies Pokemon Go Deadpoollast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Thursday Sept 15 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowWielechowski to file suit against Permanent Fund Corp. on FridayAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauSenator Bill Wielechowski plans to file a lawsuit Friday seeking to force the Permanent Fund Corporation to transfer the full amount for Permanent Fund dividends this year.Mudslide hits Railroad train near CantwellDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA mudslide hit an Alaska Railroad train yesterday near Cantwell.Girdwood leaders urge more speed in police contract talksEllen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageGirdwood officials fear police contract won’t come in time, as Alaska State Trooper outpost there closes October 1.Details slowly emerge surrounding Kodiak floatplane crashKayla Desroches, KMXT – KodiakDetails are slowly coming to light surrounding the crash last week of a floatplane flying for Island Air.Transboundary mine developer shutting downEd Scheonfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauThe company trying to reopen the controversial Tulsequah Chief Mine, upstream from Juneau, is being taken over by an investor that’s owed millions of dollars.Will paperwork kill a traditional tattoo revival?Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageMissionaries and colonization nearly extinguished the indigenous practice of tattooing among Alaska Natives and Inuit across the circumpolar north. Now, traditional tattoo advocates see the beginning of a revival.Arctic Sea ice at second lowest level on recordAnnie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageArctic Sea ice retreated to it’s second lowest level on record this summer. Scientists announced today the ice likely reached it’s lowest extent on September 10th. The Arctic Ocean ended the summer season with 1.6 million square miles of ice- tying 2007 for the second lowest amount.Alaska’s Bears: How the understanding of human-bear interactions has changedLori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAlaska’s bears haven’t changed in the last two decades, but scientific understanding of them has. Back country enthusiast and writer Bill Sherwonit has released an updated version of his book Alaska’s Bears.Save those cans, aluminum recycling returning to BethelAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelHold onto those aluminum cans. Recycling is returning to Bethel, and ONC’s Environmental Coordinator Mary Matthias is leading the way.last_img read more

One held for stealing gold from neighbour

first_imgMoosapet: The Kukatpally police on Wednesday arrested a thief who allegedly stole 29 tolas of gold jewellery worth Rs 10 lakh from a house here on July 23.Madhapur DCP Venkateswara Rao told the media that Mukund Rao, a native of Srikakulam district and living in Moosapet, committed theft of jewellery from the house of the parents of the complainant, Atla Pavani. She had lodged the complaint suspecting the hand of Rao, who was a neighbour of her parents. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us The DCP stated that Rao had not committed any offence earlier and stole the jewels when none was present in the house. He was aware that the house key would be kept in the bathroom. Rao had pledged four tolas jewels for meeting his personal expenditure, the officer said. The jewellery in Rao’s possession would be recovered along with the pledged items and he would produced in court, the official added.last_img read more

March Commemorates Freddie Gray

first_imgActor Danny Glover, center right, speaks to the crowd before Rev. Jamal Bryant led hundreds in a “Unity March” from Penn/North to The Freddie Gray Empowerment Center on Sunday, April 24, 2016, to mark the anniversary of Gray’s death in police custody and to calls for change in Baltimore. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun via AP)A march was held in Baltimore to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of Freddie Gray.April 24’s march was organized by the Rev. Jamal Bryant of The Empowerment Temple Church. It began at a mall where students and police officers clashed on April 27, 2015, setting into motion a night of looting, rioting and arson across much of the city. It ended at Pennsylvania and North avenues, the West Baltimore intersection where most of the rioting occurred.Celebrities such as Danny Glover and several Maryland based politicians were also present.last_img read more

Tablet Wars Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2

first_imgOctober 22, 2013 The tablet wars are getting even more interesting, as Nokia unveiled a new device today and Microsoft’s latest tablet hit store shelves. The Nokia Lumia 2520 and Microsoft Surface 2 (as well as the significantly more pricey Surface Pro 2) aim to carve out their own chunk of the tablet market, running the Windows RT operating system and taking direct aim at Apple’s iPad (for which, coincidentally, Apple also announced upgrades today).Here’s how they stack up.Nokia Lumia 2520The Lumia 2520 offers a somewhat more cheerful-looking tablet, with black, white, red, and blue color options available, in two different finishes. It features a bright 10.1 inch screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2, and Nokia demonstrated its impressive viewing capabilities in a video showing how easily one can read text on the screen even outdoors in sunny Abu Dhabi.A 2MP front-facing camera and an impressive 6.7MP f/1.9 camera on the back of the Lumia 2520 offer very good photographic capabilities, particularly from the back camera. The front-facing camera is perfectly adequate for video chat applications, but you’ll want to use the rear camera for any serious picture-taking.Related: Wearable Tech: 5 Obstacles to Going Mass MarketThe Nokia Power Keyboard attachment offers two extra USB ports, comfortable-to-use raised keys, a trackpad, additional battery power, and foldable segments which let it double as a stand. In a nice touch, it also wraps completely around the tablet, eliminating the need for a separate protective case.One of the biggest advantages of the Lumia 2520 over the Surface 2 is that the Lumia offers LTE connectivity, whereas the Surface 2 only allows you to connect over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Microsoft says it plans to offer LTE versions sometime in 2014, but for now, the limitation is a serious one.Microsoft Surface 2The Surface 2 is a complete redesign of the Surface tablet that proved to be quite a flop for Microsoft. The new Surface 2 features a sharper 10.81-inch screen, faster processor, lighter and thinner body, an improved webcam, and a sleek silver finish. (The Surface Pro 2 is still available in the original black finish, if you have an aversion to silver.)The Surface 2 features a two-stage kickstand that gives more viewing angle options, making it more comfortable to use in various situations. A 3.5-megapixel camera on the front and a 5MP camera on the back both have improved low-light optics, and function very well.Related: Delta to Replace Flight Bags With Surface 2 TabletsMicrosoft offers two different keyboard options for the Surface tablets: the Touch Cover 2 and the Type Cover 2. The Touch Cover 2 has flat backlit keys and retails for $120, and has some pretty cool features including the ability to perform some touch gestures on certain keys. If you make a typo, for example, you can swipe the spacebar to choose from spelling suggestions. The Type Cover 2 is a more traditional keyboard, complete with the satisfying clicky key sound, and retails for $130. The new version has a more rigid base and quieter keys than the original Type Cover, and both the Type Cover and the Touch cover feature a small trackpad that’s helpful for navigation.The verdictAll in all, the Lumia 2520 and the Surface 2 are pretty similar. The Lumia’s backside camera is a bit better, but the Surface 2’s front camera is a bit better. Both offer impressive screen resolution and visibility, making them easy to view from almost any angle.Both tablets also boast a battery life that provides 10 or more hours of video playback, though the Lumia 2520’s Nokia Power Keyboard contains an extra battery that gives you an extra 5 hours of use.The biggest difference is the availability of LTE connectivity (which exists on the Lumia but not the Surface), and the option of a 64GB version of the Surface (where the Lumia is only available in 32GB).It’s uncertain what will happen to these tablets when Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s device business occurs sometime in early 2014. The company has so far been mum on the question of how or whether the product lines will be combined.For now, though, the Nokia Lumia 2520 will be available sometime in the fourth quarter of 2013 for $499, plus $149 for the Nokia Power Keyboard accessory. The Surface 2 is available now; the 32GB Surface 2 costs $449, and the 64GB version sells for $549.Related: ‘Control-Alt-Delete’ Is Nothing Compared to These 3 Microsoft Disasters 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

Check This Out GPS Top Hat Gives Directions With Audio Cues

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story originally appeared on Engadget January 4, 2016 1 min read Never mind pulling out your phone to get directions to the pub … how about some fine headwear?A team of Cornell University students has developed a GPS-enabled top hat that relies solely on directional sound for navigation. It uses a mix of amplitude and phase shifting to make it seem like audio cues are coming from the direction you’re supposed to be going. The prototype may look ludicrous, but it’s both hands-free and language-free — you don’t need to wait for instructions before turning down a side street.You’re unlikely to ever buy a GPS-capable hat, but the technology involved isn’t just for show. Some variant of this could easily be useful in navigation apps, where it would save you from looking at a screen to check your progress. That’d be handy if you’re in a hurry, of course, but it’d be particularly vital for blind and poor-sighted people who need non-visual cues for GPS to work at all. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

My sketchy experience emailing this antiLGBTI author

first_imgSo I’ve written before about all the strange emails we get here at Gay Star News. I guess this is another installation of such a story.This time, we received an email by a guy named Lance Wells. Mr. Wells was emailing us to perhaps promote his book—which is vehemently anti-LGBTI. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The book is titled The Truth Comes Out: Laying Waste to the Lies of the “LGBT community.”The Amazon description of the book is as follows:‘Writer, musician, and odd-job guy Lance Wells exposes the numerous dangerous deceptions inherent in the “gay rights” movement. Approaching the subject from a Christian perspective, he refers to classic literature, children’s stories, movies, music, sports, and pop culture in this common-sense approach to one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century. Some of the questions addressed include:– Are some people born “gay?”– Is there a connection between sexual deviancy and criminality?– Is hate crime legislation being fairly applied?– What really leads to suicide?– Can a person be both homosexual and Christian?– Can religious freedom laws help establish a middle ground?– Is there a relationship between the “LGBT community” and the Antichrist?… and more.If you value the truth more than popular opinion, you’ll like this book!’For whatever reason, he seems to have a penchant for putting terms like ‘LGBT’ and ‘gay’ in quotes.Our email communicationThis email piqued my interest because… what the hell? Why is he emailing us this? We’re quite clearly pro-LGBTI.So I responded. And as he does, I used some quotation marks of my own.Yeah, I was snarky. But how can I not be? Who is this man, who according to his book’s Amazon page is a mere ‘Writer, musician, and odd-job guy,’ to judge us?He quickly replied:It’s kind of ironic he used the saying (is it even a saying?) ‘no one wants to bake my cake.’ Ya know, considering how many Christians literally do not want to bake cakes for gay people.He urged me to read the whole book (which is a whopping 404 pages) before jumping to any conclusions. He wanted me to have ‘an open mind.’ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Brave Nigerians take to the streets to protest LGBTI violenceNew gay dating app has ‘bank-level’ security for those afraid to be outedLet Hawaii Happen – A Surprise LGBT Wedding videoRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/my-sketchy-experience-emailing-this-anti-lgbti-author/ GAYSTARNEWS- I didn’t respond right away. I do have a life outside GSN emails. So he sent this follow-up that made my jaw drop:Wow, okay. First of all, I do not want to give this man money for his book. Even if it’s just a dollar. It should be noted that it’s common courtesy when asking a publication to review your work that you send them a free copy to peruse. I was not going to pay money for 404 pages of homophobic drivel.Secondly, even if I had downloaded the book, did he really expect me to read all 404 pages in a matter of three days? Again, I do have a life.Third, apparently by not reading his book as quickly as he wanted, I am ignorant, can’t keep commitments, and just all around dishonest.And fourth, according to this ‘expert,’ it’s okay to not use quotes for the word bisexual because it’s not a ‘made up word’ like gay, queer, or transgender. Aren’t all words made up? Isn’t that the epitome of language?Why do I have to have an ‘open mind’ for this guy when he clearly doesn’t grant any of us the same respect?But don’t worry! He ‘apologized.’Yes, it was only that email that ‘undermined your credibility.’ Not anything else at all…Past nonsenseThen I came across this 2013 article from The Advocate about Mr. Wells.According to the article, Wells has been peddling this book—both in physical and eBook form—for years. In fact, no bookstore in his own hometown in Idaho will even carry the book.‘Wells has a history of hate-filled actions against the LGBT community,’ Tracy E. Gilchrist writes. ‘In 2015 he launched a benefit concert for his “Add No Words” campaign that ran counter to the movement to “Add the Words” (sexual orientation and gender identity) to Idaho’s Human Rights Act. The concert starring none other than the Wells was billed by him as a one-man show featuring “three instruments, two hours, one man, zero words.”’‘Luckily, Wells has had little success with his crusades, considering his benefit concert sold few tickets, and that his book currently has 1.5 stars on Amazon and has sold zero copies, according to Patheos.’And I guess that’s that. Just another angry white Christian male upset that other groups are gaining the same rights and protections he’s always enjoyed.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

Update No taxis on the roads with some people walking to work

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Update: MEC for Transport bans local taxis for 6 months – buses have been supplied, but expect workers to be latePolice are currently out patrolling the affected areas.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! The latest news concerning the ban of taxis in Ladysmith is that roads have been blocked off with stones in the Burford and Driefontein areas.Many people living in Roosboom are walking into town as they make their way to work.At this stage, people are making use of buses, but it seems that more buses are needed to transport people.There is no sign of taxis on the roads.Also read: Breaking News: MEC for Transport takes on Ladysmith taxi warlords, banning taxis operating in Ladysmith for 6 monthslast_img read more

DA holds community meetings

first_imgThe Democratic Alliance (DA) held meetings with community members on Sunday afternoon (January 22) in Dianthus Road and Daffodil Crescent, Acaciavale.The purpose of the meetings was for the DA to discuss and give feedback about the by-elections in November, the hailstorm damage of 2012 and also their membership drive. A large number of community members from the area turned up to stay up-to-date with valuable information which was given out by the DA.Many residents have problems they are currently facing and spoke out about them to DA Ward 20 councillor Sizwe Sithebe, who will look into the matters and provide much-needed answers.Complaints from community members came in the form of poor service delivery they are receiving in their areas, saying that meter readings are not properly taken and their electrical bills are very high.Daffodil Crescent resident Keresh Ramsaroop speaking about the problems he is having to DA councillor Sizwe Sithebe and Sello Komako. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The DA say they have noticed a large number of houses in the area that have still not been fixed after the storm damage back in 2012, and they will go forward to find out when the houses will be repaired.The DA will be taking the matters discussed with the community to the municipality, and they will try their very best to provide answers to the community.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

HTC Intel Lenovo showcase their products at Day 2 of CES 2019

first_imgCES 2019 is kicking off in Las Vegas, Nevada today, January 8, Monday for 3 days. The conference unofficially kicked off on Sunday, January 6 and you may have a look at the announcements made on that day. Yesterday was the main press day when the majority of the announcements were made with a lot of companies showcasing their latest projects and announcing new products, software, and services. HTC HTC announced their partnership with Mozilla, bringing Firefox’s virtual reality web browser to the Vive headset. Mozilla first announced Firefox Reality as a dedicated VR web browser in April. In September, they announced that the browser is now available on Viveport, Oculus, and Daydream. Now, it is available for the HTC Vive headset. As part of the deal, HTC is also teaming up with Amazon to make use of Amazon Sumerian. HTC also announced the Vive Pro Eye virtual reality headset with native, built-in eye tracking. It uses “foveated rendering” to render sharp images for wherever the human eye is looking in a virtual scene and reduces the image quality of objects on the periphery. Intel Intel made a number of announcements at CES 2019. They showcased new processors and also released a press release with updates on Project Athena. With this project, they are getting PC makers ready for “a new class of advanced laptops.” These laptops will be Ultrabooks part two with 5G and artificial intelligence support. New Intel processors: New 9th Gen Core processors for a limited number of desktops and laptops. A 10nm Ice Lake processor for thin laptops. A 10nm Lakefield processor using 3D stacking technology for very small computers and tablets. A 10nm Cascade Lake Xeon processor for data processing. 3D Athlete Tracking tech which runs on the Cascade Lake chip and shows data about how fast and far athletes are traveling. Intel’s 10nm Snow Ridge SOC for 5G base stations. Lenovo Lenovo has made minor updates to their ThinkPad X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga laptops with new designs for 2019. They are mostly going to have a material change, and are also going to be thinner and lighter this year. Lenovo has also released two Lenovo is two large display monitor. The first is Lenovo’s ThinkVision P44W, which is aimed at business users, and the second is the Legion Y44w Gaming Monitor. They both have a 43.4-inch panel. Uber One of Uber’s partners in the air taxi domain, Bell, has revealed the design of its vertical takeoff and landing air taxi at CES 2019. Their flying taxi, dubbed the Bell Nexus, can accommodate up to 5 people and is a hybrid-electric powered vehicle. CES 2019 also saw the release of the game Marvel’s Avengers: Rocket’s Rescue Run. This is the first demo product from startup Holoride, which has Audi as one of its stakeholders. It’s the result of Audi and Disney’s new media format, which aims to bring virtual reality to passengers in cars, specifically to Uber. More announcements: Harley-Davidson gave a preview of their first all-electric motorcycle. It will launch in August 2019 and will cost $29,799 TCL announced its first soundbars and a 75-inch version of the excellent 6-Series 4K Roku TV Elgato announced a professional $199 light rig for Twitch streamers and YouTube creators Hisense announces its new 2019 4K TV lineup and the Sonic One TV Griffin introduces new wireless chargers for the iPhone and Apple Watch Amazon is planning to let people deliver packages inside your garage Kodak’s release a new instant camera and printer line GE announced a 27-inch smart display for the kitchen that streams Netflix. Google Assistant will soon be on a billion devices. Their next stop – feature phones Vizio announces the most advanced 4K TV ever and support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 Toyota shared details of it’s Guardian Driver-Assist System which will mimic a technique used in fighter jets to serve as a smart intermediary between driver and car. Read Next CES 2019: Top announcements made so far HTC Vive Focus 2.0 update promises long battery life, among other things for the VR headset Intel unveils the first 3D Logic Chip packaging technology, ‘Foveros’, powering its new 10nm chips, ‘Sunny Cove’last_img read more

MGIC Releases Operational Summary for September

first_imgMGIC Releases Operational Summary for September in Data, Origination Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Cures Defaults Delinquency Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. Mortgage Insurance Processing Service Providers 2012-10-08 Esther Cho Sharecenter_img In September, “”Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation””:http://mtg.mgic.com/ (MGIC) wrote $2.2 billion in primary mortgage insurance. MGIC, which is a principal subsidiary of MGIC Investment Corporation, also reported it began the month with 150,388 loans in delinquent inventory and ended with 148,885 loans due to 8,764 cures, 3,790 paid loans, and 257 rescissions and denials. The mortgage insurance giant also saw 11,308 new notices. In August, MGIC ended with 150,388 loans in delinquent inventory and wrote $2.5 billion in primary mortgage insurance. Headquartered in Milwaukee, MGIC is the largest private mortgage insurer as measured by $166.7 billion primary insurance in force covering one million mortgages as of the end of June, according to a release. October 8, 2012 426 Views last_img read more

by Jake Coyle The Associated Press Posted Dec

first_img by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Dec 23, 2018 11:07 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Aquaman’ outswims ‘Poppins,’ ‘Bumblebee’ with $67.4M debutcenter_img NEW YORK — In a flood of new releases, “Aquaman” easily swam past “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Bumblebee” to lead the busy pre-Christmas weekend with an estimated $67.4 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.Without a “Star Wars” film on the December schedule for the first time in four years, a crowded slate of films sought to capitalize on the lucrative holiday period in theatres.The DC Comics superhero film “Aquaman,” which cost Warner Bros. $200 million to make, arrived already a juggernaut overseas, where it has grossed more than $400 million in three weeks of release. Including advance previews, the Jason Momoa-led “Aquaman” reeled in $72.1 million in U.S. and Canada theatres, bringing its global total to $482.8 million.“Aquaman,” directed by James Wan, has proven to be a stabilizing “Justice League” spinoff for Warner Bros. following bumpier DC releases outside of “Wonder Woman.” The film garnered an A-minus Cinemascore from audiences.For the studios, the weekend was as much about setting themselves up for Christmas to New Year’s, when theatres are routinely packed through the week. With Christmas falling on a Tuesday, studio executives said the weekend was an unpredictable and distraction-filled one, competing with some of the busiest shopping days of the year.“We really kick off starting Tuesday,” said Warner Bros. distribution chief Jeff Goldstein, who said the “Aquaman” performance came in just above the studio’s $65 million forecast. “With kids not really returning to school until January 7, this aligns the stars for us in a really positive way.”Returns were more modest for Disney’s “Mary Poppins” sequel and Paramount’s “Transformers” spinoff, though each had reason to expect strong business through the holidays.“Mary Poppins Returns,” starring Emily Blunt and directed by Rob Marshall, debuted with $22.2 million over the weekend and $31 million since opening Wednesday. That was on the low side of expectations for the musical, which cost $130 million to make.“May Poppins Returns,” which co-stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, will depend heavily on legs through the holiday season. On its side are good if not spectacular reviews (77 per cent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), an A-minus CinemaScore from moviegoers and four Golden Globe nominations.“It’s a great weekend to start yourself off on a launch pad into the holiday period,” said Cathleen Taff, head of distribution for Disney. “We’re looking forward to great word of mouth building over the next few weeks. And we’re looking forward to a long run.”“Poppins” still narrowly edged “Bumblebee,” which opened with $21 million. That, too, is a soft beginning for a film that cost about $135 million to make after tax credits. It’s also far off the pace of the “Transformers” films, the last of which (“Transformers: The Last Knight”) debuted with $44.7 million in summer 2017.But “Bumblebee,” a “Transformers” prequel directed by Travis Knight and starring Hailee Steinfeld, has something the Michael Bay films never had: good reviews. “Bumblebee” was the weekend’s most acclaimed new wide release with a 94 per cent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences also gave it an A-minus CinemaScore.“The pre-Christmas preoccupation for moviegoers affected everyone. All movies were impacted slightly by that,” said Kyle Davies, head of distribution for Paramount. “It doesn’t concern me. We played really well with great reactions. The game plan has always been that we’re now starting that play period where people go multiple times over the next few weeks, and that’s the whole point.”“To me, this weekend was a dress rehearsal for the big push that starts Christmas Day,” added Davies.Also in the mix is Sony’s well-reviewed “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which slid to fourth in its second week with $16.7 million in ticket sales. The film also made one of the best debuts for an animated release in China where it was no. 1, grossing $26.1 million over the weekend.Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule” added $9.3 million in its sophomore frame, bringing its two-week total to $35 million. Bradley Cooper, who co-stars in “The Mule,” could also celebrate his “A Star Is Born” crossing $200 million domestically.Largely overlooked in the onslaught at theatres was STXfilms’ “Second Act,” starring Jennifer Lopez. The romantic comedy debuted with an estimated $6.5 million in 2,607 locations, drawing an audience that was 70 per cent female.But the weekend’s real flop was “Welcome to Marwen,” the Robert Zemeckis-directed fantastical drama starring Steve Carell as an imaginative man whose scale model town helps him rehabilitate after a trauma. The film, which cost at least $40 million to make, earned just $2.3 million in 1,900 theatres. It’s the second straight flop for Universal (which teamed with DreamWorks for “Marwen”) following “Mortal Engines.” That $100 million film debuted last weekend with $7.5 million film in ticket sales.Yet the weekend managed to nearly equal the box office of the same weekend last year when “The Last Jedi” was in its second week of release and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” opened. Ticket sales for the “Star Wars”-less weekend were down a mere 2.1 per cent, according to Comscore.Year to date, the domestic box office is up 7.5 per cent and was expected to just eke past 2016’s record $11.38 billion sometime late Sunday or early Monday, said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore.“The collective and cumulative strength of these newcomers, particularly ‘Aquaman,’ and a huge slate of holdovers gave us a stronger weekend than anyone imagined,” Dergarabedian said. “A superhero movie in December can make up for not having a ‘Star Wars’ movie in December.”Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Comscore:1. “Aquaman,” $67.4 million.2. “Mary Poppins Returns,” $22.2 million.3. “Bumblebee,” $21 million.4. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” $16.7 million.5. “The Mule,” $9.3 million.6. “The Grinch,” $8.2 million.7. “Second Act,” $6.5 million.8. “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” $4.6 million.9. “Welcome to Marwen,” $2.4 million.10. “Mary Queen of Scots,” $2.2 million.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPJake Coyle, The Associated Presslast_img read more