Man accused of killing Abbotsford BC school girl is unfit for trial

first_imgNEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – A defence lawyer says his client’s ongoing psychosis makes him unfit to stand trial for the murder of a high school girl in Abbotsford, B.C.Martin Peters says Gabriel Klein can’t meaningfully participate in a trial because he has reported hearing voices, has difficulty communicating because of his disordered thinking, and the stress of a trial could cause his mental state to deteriorate further.Klein is accused of the second-degree murder of 13-year-old Letisha Reimer and the aggravated assault of a second Grade 9 student who were attacked in the lobby of Abbotsford Senior Secondary in November 2016.Peters says Klein should be remanded back to the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam, where he has been treated four times since he was arrested.A psychiatrist who has been treating Klein told the court yesterday that the man has schizophrenia and is psychotic.Klein’s trial is set to begin May 7, but a judge first has to decide if he’s mentally fit.last_img read more

Alarmed at rise in killings UN rights chief urges Iran to halt

The majority of executions were reportedly carried out in relation to drug offences, but at least three political prisoners were among those hanged, states a news release issued by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).“We have urged Iran, time and again, to halt executions,” said High Commissioner Navi Pillay. “I am very dismayed that instead of heeding our calls, the Iranian authorities appear to have stepped up the use of the death penalty.”There are at least three known cases in which political activists were executed. Jafar Kazemi, Mohammad Ali Haj Aqaei and another man whose name was not disclosed were affiliated with banned political parties. Mr. Kazemi and Mr. Aqaei were arrested in September 2009 during protests.  All three individuals were convicted of mohareb or “enmity against God,” and hanged last month.“Dissent is not a crime,” Ms. Pillay stressed, recalling that Iran is party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which guarantees the right to free expression and to free association.  “It is absolutely unacceptable for individuals to be imprisoned for association with opposition groups, let alone be executed for their political views or affiliations.”She also condemned the two instances in which public executions were held, despite a circular issued in January 2008 by the head of the judiciary that banned public executions. In addition, she voiced deep concern that a large number of people reportedly remain on death row, including more political prisoners, drug offenders and even juvenile offenders. “As Iran is no doubt aware, the international community as a whole is moving towards abolition of the death penalty in law or in practice.  I call upon Iran to establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty,” stated the High Commissioner. “At a minimum, I call upon them to respect international standards guaranteeing due process and the protection of the rights of those facing the death penalty, to progressively restrict its use and reduce the number of offences for which it may be imposed.”Two independent UN human rights experts have also joined the High Commissioner’s call for an immediate moratorium on executions, given the “gravity of the situation and the regular disregard of due process.”Christof Heyns, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, noted in a news release that, under international law, the death penalty is regarded as an extreme form of punishment which, if used at all, should only be imposed for the most serious crimes, after a fair trial. “Any death sentence undertaken in contravention of a Government’s international obligations is tantamount to an arbitrary execution,” he stressed.For her part, Gabriela Knaul, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, deplored that “in many cases, people sentenced to death do not have access to legal representation and their families and lawyers are not even informed of the execution.”The Special Rapporteurs reiterated the appeals made to the Iranian authorities by several UN experts to allow them to visit the country, and encouraged the Government to respond positively to their request. 2 February 2011Voicing alarm at reports that at least 66 people have been executed in Iran in January alone, including several political activists, the United Nations human rights chief today once again called on the Government to halt the use of the death penalty. read more

UN study shows murder rates highest in parts of Americas and Africa

6 October 2011Young men in Central and South America and Southern and Central Africa are most at risk of being killed in cases of homicide, while women face an increased likelihood of being murdered in domestic violence, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a report unveiled today. Young men in Central and South America and Southern and Central Africa are most at risk of being killed in cases of homicide, while women face an increased likelihood of being murdered in domestic violence, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a report unveiled today.Evidence points to rising homicide rates in Central America and the Caribbean, which are “near crisis point,” according to UNODC’s Global Study on Homicide, which blames firearms for the rising murder rates in those two regions, where almost three quarters of all homicides are committed with guns, compared to 21 per cent in Europe.Men face a much higher risk of violent death (11.9 per 100,000) than women (2.6 per 100,000), although there are variations between countries and regions.“The results of the report show the importance of the UN firearm protocol and the importance for countries to ratify and adopt the protocol to try to control the use of firearms, and their use in fuelling street crime.“It also highlights the importance of preventive measures and in the case of women, of measures to protect them from domestic crime.”In countries with high murder rates, especially involving firearms, such as in Central America, one in 50 males aged 20 will be killed before they reach the age of 31 – several hundred times higher than in some parts of Asia.Worldwide, 468,000 homicides occurred last year. Some 36 per cent of all homicides take place in Africa, 31 per cent in the Americas, 27 per cent in Asia, 5 per cent in Europe, and 1 per cent in Oceania.Countries with wide income disparities are four times more likely to be afflicted by violent crime than more equitable societies. Conversely, economic growth seems to stem that tide, as the past 15 years in South America have shown.Chronic crime is both a major cause and result of poverty, insecurity and under-development, the study points out. Crime drives away business, erodes human capital and destabilizes society.“To achieve the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs], crime prevention policies should be combined with economic and social development and democratic governance based on the rule of law,” said Yury Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director.Sudden dips in the economy can drive up homicide rates. In selected countries, more murders occurred during the financial crisis of 2008-09, coinciding with declining gross domestic product (GDP), higher consumer price index and more unemployment.Last year, 42 per cent of homicides were committed with firearms – 74 per cent of them in the Americas and 21 per cent in Europe. Gun crime is driving violent crime in Central America and the Caribbean – the only region where the evidence points to rising homicide rates.“It is crucial that measures to prevent crime should include policies towards the ratification and implementation of the Firearms Protocol,” said Mr. Fedotov. He stressed that although 89 States are parties to the Protocol, which supplements the UN Convention on Transnational Organized Crime, many more countries could accede to that legal instrument.Organized crime – especially drug trafficking – accounted for a quarter of deaths caused by firearms in the Americas, compared to only 5 per cent of homicides in Asia and Europe. That does not mean, however, that organized crime groups are not active in those two regions, but rather that they may be operating in ways that do not employ lethal violence to the same extent.Crime and violence are also strongly associated with large youthful populations, especially in developing countries. While 6.9 persons per 100,000 are killed each year globally, the rate for young male victims is three times higher (21.1 per 100,000). Young men are more likely to own weapons and engage in street crime, take part in gang warfare and commit drug-related offences, according to the study.Globally, some 80 per cent of homicide victims and perpetrators are men. But, whereas men are more likely to be killed in a public places, women are mainly murdered at home, as in Europe where half of all female victims were killed by a family member. In Europe, women comprised almost 80 per cent of all people killed by a current or former partner in 2008.“The results of the report show the importance of the UN firearm protocol and the importance for countries to ratify and adopt the protocol to try to control the use of firearms, and their use in fuelling street crime,” said Angela Me, chief of the statistics and surveys section at UNODC.“It also highlights the importance of preventive measures and in the case of women, legal measures to protect them from domestic crime,” she told UN Radio. read more

Penn State looks to shut down Braxton Miller and the Ohio State

Penn State junior wide receiver Allen Robinson (8) makes a catch during a game against Kent State at Beaver Stadium Sept. 21, 2013. Penn State won, 34-0.Credit: Courtesy of MCTWhile the undefeated Ohio State football team is hoping to make it to the BCS National Championship Game this season after being banned from postseason play last year, Penn State will be forced to watch from home again.Penn State (4-2, 1-1) is in its second year of a four-year postseason ban administered by the NCAA stemming from the child sexual assault case involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.Despite the bowl ban, the team remains motivated for its opportunity to end the nation’s longest winning streak (19 games) when it plays the Buckeyes Saturday in Ohio Stadium.“I talk to our guys about playing 12 one-game seasons,” Penn State coach Bill O’Brien said during the Big Ten Teleconference Tuesday. “Ohio State, 100,000 people in the stands, in the Horseshoe, I don’t know of many bowl games that are better than that, other than the national championship game.”OSU is ranked No. 4 in the BCS standings, released Sunday for the first time this season.Playing the Buckeyes for the 21st consecutive year, Penn State is trying to be the first squad to beat the Buckeyes since Urban Meyer took over the reins. Last season, OSU beat the Nittany Lions 35-23 in State College, Pa.If the Nittany Lions are going to score the upset win on the road, though, junior wide receiver Allen Robinson said they need “everybody to play their best level of football.”“Games like this (are) why you came to Penn State,” Robinson said. “I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily about the win streak, even if they had a loss or a couple losses, this is definitely still a game that you want to get. It’s Penn State-Ohio State, it don’t really get much better than that.”Part of the challenge for Penn State will be stopping junior quarterback Braxton Miller and the OSU offense, who rank seventh in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season with an average of 45 points scored per game. In last year’s matchup against the Nittany Lions, the Buckeyes put up 377 total yards. Miller accounted for all but 100 of those yards, passing for 143 yards and one touchdown while running for 134 yards and two touchdowns.Although Miller missed two games this season with a knee injury, O’Brien said Miller has been an integral part of the Buckeyes’ success this season.“You don’t get to 7-0, No. 4 in the country without (having) an excellent quarterback,” O’Brien said. “That’s what he is.”Miller is a “very explosive player” with his abilities to both pass and run the ball, Penn State redshirt-senior linebacker/safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong said.“He can make the play at any time, regardless of if you feel like you got him like one-on-one,” Obeng-Agyapong said. “He has the ability to make you miss, so we have to corral the ball when he has it.”Another explosive threat on the OSU offense Penn State is preparing for is senior running back Carlos Hyde, who’s run for 317 yards and five scores in the past two games.“(Hyde) gets a lot of attention from us, I can tell you that,” O’Brien said. “He’s a downhill runner, you better wrap him up … he’s obviously one of the better backs in the country.”Obeng-Agyapong said the OSU offensive line could give the Nittany Lion’s a hard time too.”Their offensive line are monsters up front … they like to be physical at the point of attack,” Obeng-Agyapong said.The Penn State defense ranks 17th nationally, allowing an average of 23.7 points per game.“I think (Penn State’s defensive success) is a trademark of their tradition there,” OSU co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said. “They’ve always had good line play and good linebacker play … Their defensive schemes are sound.”When the Penn State offense is on the field, the matchup to watch could take place on the perimeter, where Robinson is expected to square off against OSU redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby.Both players were first-team all-Big Ten selections in 2012, while Robinson was named the Big Ten’s Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year last season and Roby was a second-team AP All-American.While Meyer described Robinson on Tuesday as a “very fast, talented guy that goes up and high-points the ball,” Robinson said Roby is one of the best cornerbacks in college football.“He’s real instinctive,” Robinson said. “If he reads (a play), he’s going with his read and he’s very aggressive with what he wants to do with it and how he plays out there.“It’s definitely going to be a challenge,” Robinson added. “Something that, as a receiver, you kind of get excited to play for. But I just take it each game at a time, and just treat it like it’s any other game. You can’t do too much looking at the certain particular matchup.”Robinson caught five passes for 68 yards in last year’s loss to OSU, when he was matched up against Roby the majority of the game.The quarterback leading Penn State offense and throwing the ball to Robinson this season has been freshman Christian Hackenberg, who has thrown for 1,672 yards and 11 touchdowns and has thrown six interceptions in six games.OSU junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said Hackenberg looks “pretty poised in the pocket” as a passer, but said the Buckeyes will try to take advantage of his inexperience by bringing pressure.“Like any freshman, (we are) just going to have to try to get to him, and try to get him rattled,” Shazier said.Going up against an offense that ranks 26th nationally with an average of 283.7 passing yards per game, Meyer said he is counting on Roby and the OSU pass defense to be a strength of the team Saturday.“(Roby’s) got to play well, the whole back end’s got to play well and we haven’t had our best game yet (in the secondary),” Meyer said. “It’s about time.”Seeking its first win against OSU under second-year head coach O’Brien, Penn State could become the first team to beat the Buckeyes since Florida defeated OSU, 24-17, in the Gator Bowl Jan. 2, 2012.How the Nittany Lions could perform their best, redshirt-senior guard John Urschel said, would be to “manage the game” and “try to make good plays.”“Ohio State is a very, very good team, they’re very talented,” Urschel said. “You don’t win that (many) games in a row without having a great football team, a great coaching staff, and if we want to play the type of game we know we’re capable of, we just have to all perform our best.”Kickoff for Saturday’s game is scheduled for 8 p.m. read more

Tommy John Surgeries Are Down And Nobody Quite Knows Why

By Rob Arthur and Ben Lindbergh Embed Code Passan dismissed that thought process as “reductive.” As he pointed out, “no studies have proven decreased usage in major league pitchers does anything to stem blown-out elbows.” But he granted that there might be better health-related reasons to shorten the leash for minor leaguers. “There is a profound difference between an 18-year-old’s elbow and that of a 25-year-old,” Passan said.Teams seem to be taking that mindset seriously. At a seasonal level, per-player pitch counts have declined by about 10 percent across the board in Double A and Triple A from 2013 to present (after increasing in 2011 and 2012). And prospects who’ve appeared in Baseball America’s top 100 rankings have seen their counts sink even more, by about 15 percent. According to Boddy, “the reduction in workloads is definitely a concentrated effort by teams to impact injury rates.”One team in particular has treated its minor league starters like delicate flowers: the Los Angeles Dodgers under the Andrew Friedman regime. Although player development director Gabe Kapler (who was hired in November 2014) didn’t divulge any details about the team’s plan for young pitchers when we asked him for comment, Dodger starters in Double and Triple A last season threw about five fewer pitches per outing than the league average, and their staffs’ ratio of relief appearances to starts was 20 percent higher than that of the typical team — indicating that the Dodgers’ upper-level affiliates are signaling for new arms early and often. Last week, Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reported that Angels ace Garrett Richards would miss the rest of this season — and at least part of next year — after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The loss of a talented pitcher who was off to a promising start provided the usual alarming reminder that any arm could be days away from a season-ending diagnosis. But we can serve some chicken soup for the baseball fan’s soul:1No, not that kind. Compared with totals through the same date in recent seasons, 2016’s Tommy John toll has been mercifully light. (Knock on the nearest ulnar collateral ligament.)Historically, March and April have been the peak periods for Tommy John-inducing injuries. Not only does ramping up from a winter’s inactivity put pitchers at increased risk, but spring is also when pitchers who felt a twinge at the end of the previous season can no longer pretend rest will restore them. From 2005-14, 44 percent of injuries that led to elbow ligament replacements occurred in March or April. The last two springs were particularly costly, yielding record Tommy John totals and depriving fans of full seasons from such prominent pitchers as Yu Darvish, Zack Wheeler and Brandon McCarthy in 2015, and Matt Moore, Patrick Corbin and Jarrod Parker in 2014.In 2016, however, the parade of early-season elbow injuries has slowed, as evidenced by Hardball Times analyst Jon Roegele’s list of Tommy John patients. The poster boy for pitch-count control is 19-year-old Dodgers starter Julio Urias, the minor leagues’ top left-handed pitching prospect and the youngest pitcher in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League by almost three years. Urias, who’s made 60 minor league starts, has never thrown more than six innings in any single outing as a pro; earlier this month, he no-hit the New Orleans Zephyrs for six innings and was still pulled after 77 pitches. According to game-by-game minor league data from Baseball Prospectus,5Which goes back to 2005. only one pitcher who made the majors in that span — Rafael Dolis, who pitched primarily out of the bullpen and never started a big-league game — made more than 60 minor league starts before his MLB debut without ever recording more than 18 outs in any of them. If Urias makes six more starts without seeing the seventh inning before his Dodgers debut, he’ll pass Dolis on the light-workload leaderboard. If he doesn’t do it, it will probably be because the Dodgers decided to promote him to the big-league bullpen, a move they’re currently contemplating.“Most doctors believe limiting usage the way the Dodgers have with Julio Urias gives his UCL the best chance to survive the stress and strain that comes with his sort of velocity,” Passan said. The catch, of course, is that Urias will eventually have to go deeper in games—unless Los Angeles implements an even more innovative approach to limiting workloads at the major league level, perhaps building on the tandem-starter schemes other teams have tried. If the Dodgers don’t handle Urias’s transition to the majors with care, they could inadvertently expose him to even greater risk. “Pitchers are most at risk later in the games when they are fatigued, so limiting workloads in the minors only to expose them to the traditional 180-220 IP and 100+ pitch count metrics in the big leagues doesn’t make a lot of sense,” Boddy says.With all the brainpower in LA’s rapidly inflating R&D department devoted to injury research and prevention, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them ahead of the arm-injury curve. But in the bigger picture, this year’s Tommy John reversal might prove as illusory as the global warming “pause.” Pitch-count protocols in pro ball probably won’t undo the damage done at earlier ages, and a lasting solution would require more sweeping changes than teams have had time to institute.But even if what we’ve witnessed this spring is just a trough between Tommy John waves, we should still savor the lack of ugly MRI results as long as it lasts. The fewer pitchers paying visits to the dreaded Dr. James Andrews, the better off baseball will be. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Listen to our sports podcast, Hot Takedown, discuss the drop in Tommy John surgeries. This year’s tally of 22 Tommy John surgeries through May 10 — across all professional levels — is the lowest since 2002.2We filtered out surgeries listed as occurring on Jan. 1 of a given year, since these were procedures for which Roegele didn’t know the exact date. We also ignored the surgeries of players who were drafted in the same year the surgery occurred, as their cases often weren’t added to Roegele’s list until after the draft. And finally, we added one surgery to the 2016 total: that of Richards, who was not yet included in Roegele’s data. And that count includes very few prominent pitchers: Aside from Richards, the highest-profile big leaguer lost to the procedure in 2016 thus far3Excluding Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, who went under the knife in November. is Carter Capps, the Miami Marlins reliever whose borderline-illegal delivery made him an attraction mostly in a circus-freak sense. This year’s big-league Tommy John casualties were projected by Dan Szymborski’s preseason ZiPS algorithm to produce only 7.0 wins above replacement in 2016,4According to data Szymborski provided us. compared with the 13.3 and 23.8 WAR projected for Tommy John victims by May 10 of the 2015 and 2014 seasons, respectively.It would be pretty to think this means that teams have solved the UCL scourge. Unfortunately, though, there’s no real reason to believe they’ve addressed all of the underlying problems that contribute to ligament tears. Pitchers continue to throw harder than they have in the past, and higher pitch speeds are associated with higher risks of injury. And as Passan reported in his recent elbow-injury opus, “The Arm,” the odometers on amateur arms are still creeping up quickly, thanks to year-round competition and the pressure to appear — and throw as hard as possible — in scout-packed showcase events.In other words, this year’s reduced injury toll may come down to timing and plain old good fortune. As Kyle Boddy, founder of the pitching performance and research facility Driveline Baseball, told us: “The easiest and most likely explanation is that Tommy John surgeries were abnormally high last year and are somewhat low this year.”Not that MLB clubs aren’t altering pitcher usage in an attempt to preserve arms. Between 2008 and 2015, the average number of pitches per major league start fell from about 97 to 93. Some of this decrease owes to swelling bullpens and an increased recognition that putting in fresh pitchers is often to teams’ benefit, but it also stems in part from an impulse Passan described to us in an email: “If throwing hurts pitchers, throwing less will hurt pitchers less.” read more

Curiosity pas de découverte de vie sur Mars avant longtemps

first_imgCuriosity : pas de découverte de vie sur Mars “avant longtemps” ?Après l’annonce de la mystérieuse découverte de la NASA, les spéculations vont bon train sur ce qu’auraient montré les résultats fournis par le rover Curiosity actuellement sur Mars. Selon le planétologue Gilles Dawidowicz, une découverte de matière organique ne serait pas improbable même si on ne trouvera pas de vie sur la planète “avant longtemps”. Info ou intox ? C’est la question qui taraude depuis mardi dernier tout ceux qui suivent l’aventure du rover Curiosity sur Mars. La semaine dernière, une radio américaine a en effet annoncé que la NASA aurait fait une découverte qualifiée de “stupéfiante” sur la planète rouge. Celle-ci serait issue de résultats obtenus par l’instrument SAM qui a analysé un échantillon de sol mais aucune autre information n’aurait filtré quant à la nature de la découverte. C’est en fait John Grotzinger, principal responsable de la mission Curiosity qui a montré un grand enthousiasme face aux résultats nouvellement arrivés. À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Néanmoins, depuis, la NASA a tenté de calmer le jeu en indiquant notamment que c’était toute la mission de Curiosity et non pas seulement cette découverte, qui était capable “d’entrer dans les livres d’histoire”. Alors trouvaille extraordinaire ou pas ? Le débat est animé depuis une semaine et plusieurs spécialistes ont émis des hypothèses sur ce qu’auraient montré les fameux résultats. Interrogé par RTL, Gilles Dawidowicz, président de la Commission de planétologie de la Société Astronomique de France a ainsi estimé : “C’est plus de l’intox que de l’info, selon moi. On n’a pas trouvé la vie sur Mars et on ne trouvera pas la vie sur Mars avant longtemps encore.” Un avis partagé par de nombreux spécialistes.Néanmoins, le planétologue ne nie pas totalement le caractère “stupéfiant” de la découverte. “Ce qui pourrait être stupéfiant c’est qu’on découvre de la matière organique. Il s’agit de grosses molécules qui contiennent du carbone, de l’oxygène, de l’hydrogène et pleins d’autres éléments. Le robot Curiosity a probablement trouvé quelque chose de ce type”, a t-il expliqué sur la radio. Ces éléments pourraient alors suggérer que la planète Mars serait capable d’abriter de la vie. Toutefois, cette hypothèse reste largement à confirmer. “Pour qu’il y ait de la vie, il faut de la matière organique mais l’inverse ne fonctionne pas toujours”, a ainsi précisé Gilles Dawidowicz. Une découverte qui ouvrira la voie à d’autres Parmi les autres hypothèses figurent également la découverte d’acides aminés. Mais là encore, ces éléments ne sont pas “nécessairement […] des briques élémentaires pour construire de la vie”, a ajouté le spécialiste. Si la découverte ne sera donc peut-être pas si “stupéfiante” que cela, elle pourrait tout de même être d’une importance cruciale et ouvrir la voie à d’autres trouvailles. D’autant plus que cela fait à peine quatre mois que Curiosity est arrivé sur Mars pour une mission qui devrait normalement durer deux ans. Le rover aura donc encore bien le temps de fournir d’autres résultats.  Le 26 novembre 2012 à 10:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Giant Evangelion Statue Sets a Guinness World Record

first_imgA number of years ago, a scale model of the Gundam RX-78-2 was built in Japan. It was an impressive statue that many from Japan and around the world flocked to see. Not to be outdone, the Chinese created their own life-sized statue of another famous anime mech: Evangelion’s EVA Unit-01. The statue is so large that it has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records.This statue was actually built last summer and revealed at the ChinaJoy gaming expo but was torn down and reassembled elsewhere on Tuesday. The original construction (created by Chinese mobile game developer, Heitao) had the mech’s weapon, the Spear of Longinus, on the ground next to it. The reconstructed version has Unit-01 holding the spear upright.こういうことだそうですhttps://t.co/2s8IEZ5udF pic.twitter.com/kDMUWLv3rw— 中国住み (@livein_china) January 4, 2017The spear is what helps this statue set a world record. With no spear, the statue is roughly 13 meters tall. With the spear in hand, it shoots up to 24.8 meters in height. If you think that is cheating, consider that antenna and other extensions are taken into account for tallest buildings in the world competitions.The Unit-01 statue got the award in the category of world’s tallest Evangelion statue. Considering it is currently the only Evangelion statue on Earth, this seems unfair, but it’s probably a safe bet to assume others may try to outdo the size of this statue in the future. The actual award (which you can see below) lists Studio Khara as the statue’s owner, with cooperation from the China Shanghai Character License Administrative Corporation.This statue is certainly an impressive feat. You can tell that a lot of love went into its creation since it looks like it jumped straight out of the anime. Hopefully, this will set off a sort of arms race between folks who want to build more of these giant mech statues. Personally, I want to see someone recreate Gurren Laggann — though it’ll have to be the mech in its first form… not the one that is 10 million light years tall.View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.last_img read more

Hodgson lends support to Zaha over Twitter abuse

first_imgCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson condemned those racists who targeted Wilfried Zaha on TwitterThe Ivory Coast international revealed on Monday that he had received racists abuse and threats after winning Palace a penalty in last Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal.While Zaha was a no-show in Palace’s 1-0 Carabao Cup fourth round loss to Middlesbrough on Wednesday, he has the full support of the entire club.“It’s fairly obvious that at my stage of life, I don’t have any sympathy for people who use these platforms to abuse other people. I can’t say anything other than that,” said Hodgson, according to Sky Sports.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“As far as Wilf is concerned, the club will do everything they can to support him in this way.“I don’t think there are many people out there except perhaps the odd Twitter troll who knows no better who believes that racially abusing people or threatening people is the right way to go.“Of course all our sympathy is with our player and the club will do everything we can to show him that support and help him get through the situation.”Palace will next face a daunting trip to fellow London side Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday in the Premier League.last_img read more

More restaurants to be taxed in TCI

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 16, 2016 – More restaurants will be taxed as a result of the amendment to the Hotel & Restaurant Tax being passed in the House of Assembly.  While finer points were discussed in a committee meeting of Parliament on Wednesday; there was still no threshold revealed for the change to the law.It was explained that the TCI Cabinet will determine what earnings per year will set the bar on which restaurants must now apply an extra 12% tax to services; the monies are passed onto Government.Traditionally, this tax was leveled primarily at restaurants serving visitors to the country, now with the change to the law, smaller restaurant owners could become subject to the tax and it means the cost of meals to residents at so called down home eateries will be more expensive.  The Hotel & Restaurant Tax earned $52.8 million last budget year for TCIG; the second highest revenue earner for Government. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Adopt Orlando Ohpelia and Oswald from the San Diego Humane Society

first_img December 15, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Adopt Orlando, Ohpelia, and Oswald from the San Diego Humane Society KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 15, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Three little kittens are looking for a forever home this morning.The San Diego Humane Society joined us Saturday morning with how you can adopt Orlando, Ophelia and Oswald.Visit www.sdhumane.org or more information. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Oxford American Accepts Loan Swaps Publishers

first_img“The embezzlement was a tremendous blow,” Wittenberg says. “I think Warwick has stepped up and I completely understand the change.”In addition to Sabin’s appointment as publisher, the agreement states that the $140,000 loan must be repaid within six months, and is interest free. The magazine will use the funds to pay off several debts, including printer fees and old contributor invoices, Sabin says. The magazine also owes $28,000 in state and federal payroll taxes that went unpaid in association with the embezzlement case.“The magazine has suffered several financial setbacks over the course of its life, but the issue has never been one of quality or the loyalty of readers and subscriber base,” Sabin tells FOLIO:. “It’s always been an issue of finances and business management.”The Oxford American literary magazine was founded in 1992 in Oxford, Mississippi. It folded in 2002, but was relaunched soon after in Little Rock, Arkansas. The magazine folded again a year later but was re-established more than three years ago as a non-profit on the university campus. The magazine has a 20,000 paid circulation, Wittenberg says, with an additional 10,000 newsstand.In February, Renae Maxwell, the magazine’s former operations manager, was arrested for allegedlyembezzling at least $30,000 from the magazine. At the time, Oxford American founder and editor Marc Smirnoff told FOLIO: hat Maxwell had issued several company checks to herself by forging the name of a former employee. Maxwell could have taken up to $75,000, Smirnoff said.Police are still investigating the case and a pre-trial hearing is set for May. If convicted, Maxwell reportedly could face up to 30 years in prison. Nearly two months after its former operations manager was arrested for allegedlyembezzling at least $30,000 from Arkansas-based non-profit Oxford American magazine, its board of directors has accepted a $140,000 loan from the University of Central Arkansas, where the magazine’s offices are located.As part of the loan agreement, publisher Ray Wittenberg took a 50-percent salary cut and was moved to advertising development director. Warwick Sabin, the university’s associate vice president of communications, was named publisher—effectively giving the university direct control of the magazine’s business operations.last_img read more

CM YS Jagan wishes all on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan

first_imgAmaravati: AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has conveyed his wishes to Telugu people on the occasion of the Raksha Bandhan festival. In a Twitter message, he tweeted that Greetings to all on the auspicious occasion of #RakshaBandhan, which signifies the bond of love, protection and respect of siblings for each other. Wishing you all a joyous and a fun-filled Rakhi. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us Greetings to all on the auspicious occasion of #RakshaBandhan, which signifies the bond of love, protection and respect of siblings for each other. Wishing you all a joyous and a fun-filled Rakhi.— YS Jagan Mohan Reddy (@ysjagan) August 15, 2019last_img

170 migrants missing in two Mediterranean incidents

first_imgA group of 47 migrants is helped by a Sea Watch 3 crew member (L) during their transfer from a rescued unflatable boat onto a Sea Watch 3 RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) during a rescue operation by the Dutch-flagged vessel Sea Watch 3 off Libya`s coasts on 19 January 2019. Photo: AFPAn estimated 170 migrants have been lost in the Mediterranean in two incidents involving dinghies that left from Libya and Morocco, migrants organisations said on Saturday.One dinghy was spotted sinking in rough waters on Friday by an Italian military plane on patrol. The plane dropped two safety rafts into the water but had to leave due to a lack of fuel, Rear Admiral Fabio Agostini told TV channel RaiNews24.A naval helicopter was dispatched and rescued three people who were suffering from severe hypothermia and taken to hospital on the island of Lampedusa.”During this operation at least three bodies were seen in the water who appeared to be dead,” Agostini said.The three survivors said they had left Gasr Garabulli in Libya on Thursday night as part of a group of 120 people, mainly from west Africa, according to Flavio Di Giacomo, spokesman for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).”After 10 to 11 hours at sea … (the boat) started sinking and people started drowning,” Di Giacomo said, adding the passengers included 10 women and two children, one of whom was just two months old.Migrants wrapped in survival blankets are pictured aboard the Dutch-flagged vessel Sea Watch 3 after being rescued from an inflatable boat, during a rescue operation off Libya`s coasts on 19 January 2019. Photo: AFPThe Italian navy said it had alerted Libyan authorities who ordered a merchant ship to go to the site but the rescue effort was called off after the search proved fruitless. From Morocco In another incident, 53 migrants who left Morocco on a dinghy were missing after what one survivor said was a collision in the Alboran Sea, in the western Mediterranean, according to Spanish non-governmental organisation Caminando Fronteras.The United Nations’ Refugee Agency said in a statement it was deeply saddened by reports of an estimated 170 people dead or missing. It said it had been unable to independently verify the death toll.Separately, the charity Sea-Watch said on Saturday it had rescued 47 people at sea, including eight unaccompanied minors, from a rubber boat in distress north of the Libyan city of Zuwara.A Sea Watch 3 crew member marks with spray paint a rubber boat that the NGO destroyed after rescuing 47 migrants that were onboard, during a rescue operation by the Dutch-flagged vessel (Rear) off Libya`s coasts on 19 January 2019. Photo: AFPMatteo Salvini, Italy’s interior minister, who has closed off Italian ports to humanitarian boats since a populist government came to power in mid-2018, said the ports would remain closed to deter to human traffickers.”The latest shipwreck is proof that if you reopen the ports more people will die,” Salvini said in a video on Facebook on Saturday.He said 100 people had reached Italy so far this year compared with 2,000 in the same period of 2018.Migrant arrivals to Europe in the first 16 days of 2019 totalled 4,449, almost all by sea, compared with 2,964 in the same period of 2018, IOM data showed.It said last year, some 2,297 migrants died or went missing in the Mediterranean while 116,959 people reached Europe by sea.last_img

Sony denies PSN ran on outdated servers plans to offer bounty for

first_imgSony responded to recent accusations that it was their own lax security and poor maintenance that caused the PSN breach, putting out a statement that the old network “used servers that were patched and updated frequently,” and also noted that they “had multiple security measures in place, including firewalls.”This runs contrary to the testimony by Dr. Gene Spafford at a congressional hearing – the same one that Sony decided not to attend – where Spafford pointed out that reports by independent security experts that Sony hired to monitor the security of their systems pointed out the unpatched servers and lack of firewall months ago. Spafford’s report said that three months prior to the April 17th hack, those security contractors told Sony they needed to do something about their network security.Sony mentioned over the weekend that their plans to bring PSN and SOE back to service are taking longer than expected, and that they were planning to offer free games as another apology when they do come back online. The fact that they’ve been working hard to restore service and lock down the network is no secret, but the continuing downtime isn’t doing the company any favors in the eyes of customers.To prove how serious the company takes the issue, or perhaps to redirect attention, the company has also teased the idea of offering a reward for information leading to the identification or capture of the people responsible for the attacks. The bounty hasn’t been confirmed yet, and Sony executives in Japan haven’t agreed to it. If Sony does go that route, the reward will like be announced by law enforcement officials first, and the reward will be paid by Sony if someone tries to redeem it.The current plan is to bring all of Sony’s online gaming systems back online by May 31st, including PSN and SOE. It’s a far cry from the previous estimate of late last week, but Sony noted they needed additional time to make sure the new networks they’re building are secure and ready for users. Sony didn’t comment whether or not a third hack attempt that supposedly took place this weekend had anything to do with the additional delay.Read more at CNETlast_img read more

Will Etsys New Policies Turn it Into eBay

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » October 1, 2013 “Is Etsy selling out?”That was the question posed by Kimm Alfonso of Etsy’s Seller Education during today’s Town Hall event where the ecommerce site announced major changes to the way its handmade community operates.The question came as a response to Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson announcement of three big policy changes that effect sellers. The new polices allow sellers to:1. Hire staff. Etsy sellers are now allowed to hire help in creating the items that they sell and those employees can live anywhere. Previously sellers could have their shops shut down if they had help from people in other parts of the county or world.2. Use shipping services. Sellers will be able to use outside shipping and fulfillment services. They will no longer be required to personally ship all of their items.3. Use manufacturers. Etsy sellers will be allowed to use outside manufacturers to produce the designs they create. They must submit an application to the Etsy team to make sure the manufacturer meets Etsy’s ethical guidelines. Related: The ‘Etsy Economy’ and Changing the Way We Shop Dickerson said the changes are in part a response to sellers who say that the site’s restrictions have made growing their businesses — or in some cases, even meeting current demand — impossible. When the policy changes go into effect in January 2014, all sellers will be required to disclose their employees and share whether they are using manufacturing services on their listing pages. Etsy will also be redesigning seller pages.Transparency, Dickerson and the panel of Etsy staff reiterated, is at the heart of keeping the community spirit alive on Etsy. Dickerson outlined principals that describe Etsy’s new definition of “handmade”:1. Authorship. Items sold in the handmade marketplace must have been designed by the shop owner (even if a team of people helps create them).2. Responsibility. The shop’s owner has to know how the items are being produced during every step of the processes.3. Transparency. Sellers must disclose who is involved in making the items they sell and where they are located.Etsy reiterated that sellers in its handmade marketplace cannot “re-sell” a product, meaning they can’t take a new, finished product they had no role in creating and sell it to someone else unchanged.The announcement of the changes raised a lot of concerns among sellers at the event and online, with over a thousand questions pouring in following the announcements. The primary concerns were that sellers with outside help would have a competitive advantage over smaller sellers unable to afford such help and that the distinction between the two wouldn’t be prominently displayed for buyers to distinguish the difference.Concerns over the use of overseas manufactures, and the authenticity of the Etsy mission have been ongoing as the site expands.So is Etsy selling out? Some handmade purists may fear that is the direction these changes may take the site, which has over 1 million active sellers, but Dickerson asserts that Etsy is staying true to its quirky maker roots. “I don’t want to be the CEO who turns Etsy into eBay. Etsy is fundamentally a creative community, and eBay is not.”  last_img read more

How to change the PIM of a VeraCrypt volume

first_imgHow to change the PIM of a VeraCrypt volume by Martin Brinkmann on November 26, 2018 in Tutorials – 3 commentsThe developers of VeraCrypt introduced Personal Iterations Multiplier (PIM) functionality in the encryption program in version 1.12.PIM stands for “Personal Iterations Multiplier”. It is a parameter that was introduced in VeraCrypt 1.12 and whose value controls the number of iterations used by the header key derivation function.PIM is used by volumes even if the creator of the volume did not specify a value. It is an optional component that improves security: it adds another step to the authentication process similarly to two-factor authentication. The main difference is that the PIM value is fixed and not generated on the fly when requested. An attacker needs to know the master password and the PIM, if not set to default, to breach the encryption successfully and access the content of the drive or partition.A couple of good reasons exist to change the PIM value:It was leaked or stolen.The default value is used and that is not as secure as using a custom PIM.You want to change the PIM to speed up or slow down the boot process.Thankfully though, it is relatively easy to change the PIM of any VeraCrypt volume. The function is linked to the password; if you change the password of a volume, you may change the PIM as well.Some notes:Mounting or booting will be slowed down if you select a PIM that is higher than the default.The minimum PIM value for encrypted volumes with passwords less than 20 characters in length is 98 if SHA-512 or Whirlpool are not use, and 485 for all other cases.The minimum PIM value for encrypted volumes with passwords greater than or equal to 20 characters is 1.You can re-use the password if you just want to change the PIM of the selected volume.Here is how that is done in detail:System DriveOpen the VeraCrypt software on your device.Select System > Change Password.Type the current password.Type the new password and confirm it.Check the Use PIM box.Type a PIM. The maximum value isSelect OK to complete the process.It is still possible to use an old VeraCrypt Rescue Disk, if it exists, to restore the system partition or drive using the old password. It is recommended to delete the old Rescue Disk and create a new one.While you are at it, select Tools > Backup Volume Header as well. The process is identical to how that was done under TrueCrypt.Non-System VolumeNon-system volumes need to be in unmounted state. If the volume is mounted right-click on it and select the dismount option.Use Select Device or Select File to select the volume that you want to change the PIM for.Select Volumes > Change Volume Password.Type the current password.Type the new password and confirm it.Check the Use PIM box under New.Type the new PIM that you want to use.Click OK to finalize the process.Both processes require elevation. You are asked to move the mouse to generate a random pool. Select continue once you are satisfied; VeraCrypt highlights the progress and you should not end it before the bar turns green.The encryption software displays a success (or failure) message afterward.That’s all there is to the process. You may want to test the boot or mount speed after the operation. If it takes too long you may want to consider reducing the PIM value to speed it up.You need to check the “use pim” box when you mount a volume to specify it, or type it during the boot process.Now You: do you use drive encryption software?SummaryArticle NameHow to change the PIM of a VeraCrypt volumeDescriptionThe tutorial walks you through the steps of adding a custom PIM value to the system or regular volume encrypted with VeraCrypt.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Man who landed gyrocopter at US Capitol pleads not guilty

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility WASHINGTON (AP) — A Florida man who landed a gyrocopter at the U.S. Capitol said Thursday that he will never pull a similar stunt again — and doesn’t recommend anyone else try it either.Douglas Hughes made the comments after appearing in federal court in Washington where his lawyer entered a not-guilty plea to the six charges Hughes now faces.Speaking outside of court, Hughes said he wouldn’t change anything about his April 15 flight in the bare-bones aircraft, but that he wouldn’t be repeating it. “Let me be clear. I’ll never do anything like this again,” said Hughes, who has said his flight was intended to call attention to the influence of big money in politics.He said he believes that if his flight exposed any security flaws, they have been fixed.“Nobody else could do what I did and get away without at best being forced down, at worst being shot down, and I highly recommend nobody try it,” he said.Hughes, 61, began his flight in Pennsylvania and flew through some of the nation’s most restricted airspace before landing on the Capitol’s West Lawn, where he was arrested.On Wednesday, a grand jury indicted him on charges that carry up to 9 Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How do cataracts affect your vision? Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, before a House Administration Committee hearing to discuss safety concerns after a gyrocopter illegally landed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol grounds, securing officers handguns, and other issues. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Comments   Share   last_img read more

AAA says no to SA bed tax

first_imgSpeaking on behalf of the industry, the Accommodation Association of Australia (AAA) said the introduction of new fees on hotels and other accommodation businesses in the state is “disturbing”, particularly given that it is likely “to hurt tourism, not benefit it”. The latest ABS statistics found SA’s hospitality industry is already experiencing a decline in business, with occupancy dropping three percent compared to last year. He said the Association will oppose the bed tax, and has called parties in the next state election “abandon any thoughts of pursuing a bed tax”. Tourism businesses oppose a bedtax on hospitality industry. “Operators of accommodation businesses have in the past and will continue to voluntarily contribute funds towards cooperative marketing efforts, but the industry does not support mandatory payments in the form of a bed tax,” he added. A bed tax will make things tougher in an already struggling industry, according to tourism leaders in South Australia. “A bed tax would make things even tougher for accommodation businesses and with our industry being a major employer in SA, it would result in significant job losses,” AAA chief executive Richard Munro explained.last_img read more

Jamaica to promote gastronomy tourism to lure travellers

first_imgIn a bid to lure more travellers, Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism for Jamaica confirmed that the ministry is taking steps to ensure that Jamaica capitalises on its potential to benefit from gastronomy tourism. He informed that the gastronomy network, which is looking after the process, “has been working assiduously to craft innovative plans”.“Their main strategies include creating a gastronomy mapping platform with easily accessible information on the island’s best food offerings; collaborating with tourism partners to boost the number of quality food festivals, providing capacity-building support for established gastronomy/food tour operators, and working with tour operators to develop enticing food tours across the length and breadth of the island,” he quipped.Bartlett also indicated that these steps help Jamaica position as the leading gastronomy destination and will provide visitors with a variety of authentic Jamaican culinary experiences. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), over a third of tourist spending is devoted to food.“The cuisine of a destination is an aspect of utmost importance in the quality of the holiday experience. Food-related tourism provides an opportunity to stimulate and diversify the tourism sector as it promotes economic development at the local level and involves a variety of sectors,” he contended.last_img read more