Dont leave me Winnipeg lawyer injured by letter bomb asked for comfort

October 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgWINNIPEG – Immediately after a letter bomb exploded inside the small family-law firm where Maria Mitousis worked, she slumped in her doorway, covered in blood and begged a colleague not to leave her side.“I heard a large bang and (there was) a scream, followed with a second scream,” Connie Petersen, managing partner at the Petersen King law firm in Winnipeg told a courtroom Wednesday.“Maria was walking out of her office … she slid down the side of her door frame.”Two co-workers called 911 and were told to evacuate the office, Petersen added.“Maria said, ‘Don’t leave me. Please comfort me.’ There was a lot of blood going down from her throat.”Mitousis would undergo surgery in the hours that followed the July 3, 2015, explosion. She lost her right hand in the blast and suffered severe injuries to her face, torso and legs.Police later charged Guido Amsel, the former husband of one of Mitousis’s clients in a divorce case. He is also on trial for sending other letter bombs that July to the workplace of his ex-wife, Iris, and to another law firm that had represented Amsel. Neither of those bombs detonated before police found them.Amsel, 51, is also accused in a 2013 explosion outside the home of his ex-wife that did not cause any injuries. In all, he faces five counts of attempted murder and several explosives-related charges. He has pleaded not guilty and is being tried by a judge alone.The trial has already heard from police officers who say the package that exploded in Mitousis’s office contained a voice recorder with an explosive compound designed to detonate when the play button was pressed. There was also a note instructing her to press play, they testified.The trial also heard Wednesday from Karlee Kaplan, a legal assistant who worked on the law firm’s reception desk. She said a package had come in the mail for Mitousis the day before the explosion while she was out of the office, so Kaplan placed it on the lawyer’s desk.Kaplan said Mitousis returned the next day, went into her office and a few minutes later there was a loud noise. Kaplan ran to the office and saw Mitousis on her hands and knees.“Her face was covered in blood. Her clothes were covered in blood,” she testified.Amsel’s lawyer, Saheel Zaman, has questioned how police officers handled evidence collected and whether they properly secured the scene to avoid it being contaminated by others.At one point Wednesday, he asked Petersen whether, as managing partner, she had even been told by Mitousis of any animosity or problems stemming from the Amsel divorce.“You’d agree with me that (Mitousis) didn’t bring up the Iris Amsel file as problematic?” Zaman asked.“No. Not that I can recall,” Petersen replied.last_img read more

Uruguay becomes first country to legalize consumption of marijuana

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgFez- Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize the use of marijuana. The Uruguayan Senate voted on Tuesday on bill that legalizes marijuana. In accordance with the newly approved law, adult are allowed to consume marijuana under the government’s control. The bill was passed by a vote of 16 to 13.It is “historic day,” Senator Alberto Couriel, a member of the ruling Broad Front left-wing coalition, was quoted as by RT TV as saying.The bill enjoyed the support of the country’s president, Jose Mujica, and an important segments of society. The argument put forth by the Uruguayan President to convince its detractors of the righteousness of his approach was that this law would help the country reduce the danger of drug trafficking. “We are asking the world to help us with this experience, which will allow the adoption of a social and political experiment to face a serious problem – drug trafficking,” he had said in an interview with a Brazilian newspaper.  “The effects of drug trafficking are worse than those of the drugs themselves,” he added.The bill also will allow license-holding users to plant marijuana at home.But the bill goes against international the United Nations’ 1961 Convention on Narcotic Drugs, ratified by Uruguay in 1975.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributed.last_img read more

UNbacked workshop on climate change adaptation fosters policy exchange

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

14 September 2007A three-day United Nations-sponsored workshop has concluded after participants exchanged information and policy recommendations on climate change adaptation measures. Some 150 experts from developed and developing nations, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) gathered in Rome from 10-12 September to share their experiences in adaptation planning in the fields of agriculture and food security, water resources, coastal zones and health.“The impacts of climate change – such as changes in temperature and rainfall, increasing sea level and more frequent extreme weather events, such as droughts and floods – already have the potential to affect most of the world’s countries and can lead to tremendous losses in human lives and economic productivity,” said Roberto Acosta, Coordinator of the Adaptation, Technology and Science Programme of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).The fourth report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) noted that negative climate change impacts will be on the rise in the future, making planning for adapting to these changes necessary.During the workshop, participants identified gaps and needs in current adaptation planning, and made suggestions to allow countries and communities to better strategize in the years ahead.The UNFCCC held a conference in Cairo in June, focusing on current and future climate-related risks and extreme events. Workshops are planned for next year concentrating on methods and tools, data and observations and climate modelling and socio-economic information.A high-level informal dialogue on climate change is scheduled for 24 September in New York to set the stage for the upcoming major December summit in Bali, Indonesia.That meeting seeks to determine future action on mitigation, adaptation, the global carbon market and financing responses to climate change for the period after the expiry of the Kyoto Protocol – the current global framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions – in 2012.In a related development, a top UN official stressed the need for least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and small island developing states (SIDS) to prepare for upcoming future climate change-related events so their views will be appropriately reflected in those meetings.Cheikh Sidi Diarra, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS noted that even though these countries – especially small island countries and African nations – are least responsible for global warming, they are hardest hit by climate change.Speaking at a special meeting, organized by his Office and the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO), on climate change issues pertaining to these countries, the High Representative said that the issue of sea-level rise is the most urgent one facing SIDS, and its impact is already being felt. He urged that effective adaptation measures be implemented. read more

Fighting on two fronts in eastern DR Congo uproots over 150000 –

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

Over 50,000 people have been forced to flee in the Ituri region due to intense fighting between the Congolese army and Uganda’s rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) which has caused heavy loss of life since last month.“The rebels have caused widespread destruction of houses and public buildings,” UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. “Local authorities in the area say that the bodies of some 100 civilians were reportedly dumped in a river, while 80 children are reported missing. Parents fear their offspring have been forcefully recruited by the LRA.”People have found shelter with relatives and friends, as well as in churches and public schools and a UNHCR team in the Dungu region reports that the internally displaced persons (IDPs) are in dire need of basic humanitarian assistance with the displacement placing a huge strain on host families.“In response to the unfolding crisis, we are gearing up to send additional emergency staff to beef up UNHCR’s presence in the Ituri region and to help meet the basic needs for shelter and water,” Mr. Redmond said. “Our teams will be also bringing in blankets, high energy biscuits and hygiene items.”Access to IDPs and aid distribution is hampered by insecurity and lack of roads. A partial assessment of the displacement has been conducted from helicopters provided by the UN peace-keeping mission in the DRC, known by its French acronym as MONUC, and by aid workers using trailbikes to reach IDPs in areas outside of the town of Dungu.Meanwhile, fresh fighting in the neighbouring province of North Kivu between Government forces and the rebel National Congress for People’s Defence (CNDP) led by Laurent Nkunda has displaced 100,000 people since hostilities erupted at the end of August, according to latest assessments.In recent weeks UN soldiers have intervened several times to prevent CNDP advances. Yesterday a MONUC operational base in the Tongo and Nyanzale region was caught in the crossfire between the two sides despite their agreement on a separation of forces. The Mission reported that the army had still not redeployed its forces around Tongo. UN troops also fired back yesterday when they came under fire from the CNDP while investigating the forced recruitment of children. They rescued 13 youngsters under the age of 18 and sent them back to their homes.UNHCR reported widespread fighting in the Rutshuru and Masisi areas, with civilians fleeing in all directions, but mostly heading towards IDP sites around the provincial capital, Goma. “Our teams report that thousands of displaced are trapped in the towns further inland, not daring to move for fear of the fighting,” Mr. Redmond said.Fighting throughout September has forced all humanitarian agencies to withdraw their staff from the field and has cut off the main supply route from Goma to Kitchanga and Masisi, leaving mainly the displaced at risk of a crisis.Pending security clearance UNHCR is planning to dispatch this week to Masisi three trucks loaded with plastic sheeting, more than 14,000 sleeping mats, 15,700 blankets and 8,500 jerry cans. Another truck is scheduled to leave for Kitchanga with 1,000 mosquito nets and 1,000 bars of soap.There are 16 UNHCR-assisted sites in North Kivu sheltering some 100,000 people. Tens of thousands of civilians have found shelter in more than 40 makeshift sites across the province.Fighting in North Kivu intensified at the end of 2006 and by January this year the number of IDPs there reached more than 800,000. The Government has signed a peace agreement with all parties to the conflict but the ceasefire has been violated several times since. Aid agencies estimate the total number of IDPs in the province at close to 1 million. 14 October 2008More than 150,000 people have been driven from their homes in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the past two months by fighting on two fronts, with dissident Congolese and Ugandan rebels, the United Nations refugee agency reported today, announcing efforts to boost relief aid. read more

Banff conference explores cult brands

October 4, 2019 0 Comments

UFC President Dana White will be the keynote speaker at an exclusive business summit in Banff Thursday.Five hundred delegates from around the globe have descended on the mountain town to talk ‘cult brands. ‘The conference, called The Gathering, brings together respected leaders of thought and senior executives who have dominated industries or won the devotion of customers from around the world.Nintendo’s Executive Vice President of Marketing Scott Moffit, and Tim Hortons Chief Managing Officer Peter Nowlan will also be speaking. Banff conference explores cult brands AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Feb 19, 2015 8:09 am MDT read more

Buckeyes look to stay the course against Illinois

October 2, 2019 0 Comments

With arguably the biggest game of the year on the horizon, the Ohio State football team has a rivalry game to play Saturday.Sort of.Junior wide receiver Corey Smith (84), redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas (3) and sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson (2) perform a warmup drill prior to a game against Penn State on Oct. 25 in State College, Pa. OSU won, 31-24, in double-overtime.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhile the Buckeyes and the Illinois Fighting Illini play for the Illibuck trophy, no one in the OSU program seems to care about the 89-year-old tradition as OSU coach Urban Meyer didn’t once mention the wooden turtle during the week.Instead, Meyer is much more worried about the product the Fighting Illini will put on the field Saturday night.“Illinois is much better (than last season),” Meyer said. “I know they lost their quarterback, but they’re playing much better. I just spent all morning watching their defense, and they’re much better than a year ago on defense.”The Fighting Illini have started senior quarterback Reilly O’Toole the last two games in place of injured starter, Oklahoma State transfer redshirt-sophomore Wes Lunt who is out because of an injury.O’Toole poses more of a running threat for the Fighting Illini, as he has rushed for 88 yards in his last two games, compared to Lunt’s -61 yards on the ground in five games.When Lunt was at the helm for Illinois, however, Illinois was a pass-dominant team as Lunt was averaging 313.8 passing yards per game before his injury.OSU cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs said Monday that the Buckeye defense must now be alert for a more balanced attack.“They’re running the ball more, obviously,” Coombs said. “This kid (O’Toole) is a dynamic runner, but you can’t not cover guys, and they still have the passing game and the same attack that they’ve had in the past, so they’re going to get guys down the field.”Junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington said Wednesday that the defensive line will have to first slow down O’Toole in order to shut down the Fighting Illini offense.“That quarterback (O’Toole) is a lot more of a runner than the starter was from what I have heard,” Washington said. “We just got to contain him. I heard that he can run and throw the ball a little bit so just got to try and contain him and keep him in the pocket.”Staying in the pocket might also be the key for the quarterback on the opposite sideline.OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett enters Saturday’s game with a sprained left MCL, Meyer confirmed this week.The injury is similar to the one sustained by then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller last season that caused Miller to miss two full games and the majority of a game against San Diego State.Despite the injury, Meyer said he expects Barrett to play and improve on the things Meyer told his young quarterback to work on during the week.“Proper reads and throwing with authority. He didn’t play great (against Penn State). He played with a lot of heart, but didn’t play with a lot of…smarts,” Meyer said Wednesday.Junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker added Wednesday that he believes Barrett will be ready to go come game time. “I think he has been fine. Obviously he is trying to be careful with his knee, you don’t want to tweak it anymore,” Decker said. “Hope to have him as healthy as possible coming back for the game, but he has looked fine to me.”Barrett, who tore his right ACL as a senior in high school, said he played through the pain against Penn State, but is confident the team could continue to operate without him at the helm.“I’ve actually really never played with an injury to this degree,” he said Wednesday. “But I knew that I could take a drop, I could run, so it was just one of those things like, ‘Hey man, if you play, you play.’ It’s not like going in there half stepping, because if so, the team could use a (redshirt-sophomore quarterback) Cardale Jones that could go full-go.”Protecting Barrett will likely be a main focus for the OSU offensive line, something Decker said won’t necessarily be an easy task. “Watching their film, I was very impressed with the athletes they have,” Decker said. “They got good players all over the place. It’s definitely going to be a good challenge for us.”Two of those athletes include junior linebacker Mason Monheim and senior defensive back Zane Petty who both rank in the top-eight in the Big Ten in tackles. Petty recorded a career-high 15 tackles last season against the Buckeyes in a 60-35 loss. Another Illinois defensive back earned attention from Meyer this week as the Buckeye coach singled out junior V’Angelo Bentley during his meeting with the media Wednesday. “This returner (Bentley) put it to us last year,” Meyer said. “The issue is not talent at Illinois. They have guys who can play and you can see that on videotape.”Bentley, a Cleveland, Ohio, native and Glenville High School graduate, took an OSU punt back 67 yards for a score against the Buckeyes in last season’s matchup. Illinois is scheduled to come into Ohio Stadium for the third night game of the year for the Buckeyes, led by a former Buckeye assistant. Tim Beckman, a Berea, Ohio, native, coached under former OSU coach Jim Tressel starting in 2005 as the cornerbacks coach before leaving for the defensive coordinator job at Oklahoma State. Prior to his stint in Columbus, Beckman spent two years as Meyer’s defensive coordinator when Meyer was the coach at Bowling Green. Saturday will mark the third time Beckman has led a team into Ohio Stadium as a head coach, the second as the head man of Illinois. Beckman nearly pulled off the upset in 2011 as the head coach of Toledo before falling just short, 27-22, to the Buckeyes. Despite having been on different sidelines for more than a decade, Meyer said he still has a good relationship with the Illinois head coach. “He’s a colleague and a good friend, so it’s more conversations about our families,” Meyer said. “Certainly we don’t talk football because we’re in the same league, but (I have) a lot of respect for Tim. You watch his team, they’re getting better. Now it’s just a matter of how much better can they get, because I think their players are well-coached.”Meyer and the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Beckman and the Fighting Illini Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

Toddler dies in suspected drowning at Essequibo Coast

September 25, 2019 0 Comments

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBody of 82-year-old man found in Vergenoegen trenchJuly 20, 2017In “Crime”Body of missing Essequibo man found in Better Hope rice fieldJanuary 26, 2019In “Crime”Dead woman fished out of Essequibo trenchApril 11, 2014In “Crime” The lifeless body of a two-year-old was pulled out of a trench at Reliance on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) on Thursday last after going missing for a few hours. Dead is Ricardo Jaigobin of Reliance Seawall, Essequibo Coast.According to the Police the toddler is suspected to have drowned sometime around 09:15h on Thursday after paying a visit to the home of his grandparents. Inews understands that the boy was living with his parents and siblings but was at the home of his grandmother, Basmattie Sooknarine and was discovered missing when his mother ShivaniRicardo JaigobinPersaud went to collect him.They immediately launched a search for Jaigobin when his lifeless body was discovered in the trench in front of Sooknarine’s home. He was immediately picked up and rushed to Suddie Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.It was outlined that there were no marks of violence seen on the boy’s body. read more

The 9 at 9 Easter Monday

September 21, 2019 0 Comments

first_img By Rónán Duffy Image: Shutterstock Monday 22 Apr 2019, 9:25 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 12,561 Views Share Tweet Email Short URL EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you wake up.1. #SRI LANKA: The death toll in the Easter attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka has risen to 290 people. 2. #DERRY: Two teenagers arrested in connection with the murder of Lyra McKee in Derry have been released without charge.3. #GANGLAND: Gardaí in Dublin have increased the number of armed units across large areas of north and west Dublin following a number of shooting incidents. 4. #SMOKING: Beaumont hospital’s no smoking policy continues to be flouted by patients and visitors, seven years after the hospital initiated it. 5. #PENNYS: A move by Primark into click-and-collect services could drive “incremental” benefits, amid rumours this was on the the horizon. 6. #PASSPORTS: The Department of Foreign Affairs has issued an invitation to tender worth €13 million for the provision of a new IT system to process passports.7. #KIEV: Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has scored a landslide victory in the country’s presidential election. (BBC News) 8. #CANADA: The bodies of three world-renowned professional mountaineers, two Austrians and an American, have been found dead after a Canadian avalanche.9. #FAYE MOONEY: A British aid worker and a Nigerian mane have been killed following a kidnapping in Nigeria. (The Guardian) 1 Comment Apr 22nd 2019, 9:25 AM The 9 at 9: Easter Monday Here’s all the news you need to know on this bank holiday. Image: Shutterstocklast_img read more

Les primates ont commencé à développer leur habilité manuelle avant leur bipédie

September 20, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgLes primates ont commencé à développer leur habilité manuelle avant leur bipédieUne étude pluridisciplinaire japonaise suggère que, contrairement à une idée largement répandue, la dextérité manuelle de l’Homme ne découlerait pas de sa bipédie, “libératrice des mains”. Elle aurait plutôt évolué parallèlement voir antérieurement à celle-ci. L’apparition de la bipédie est encore souvent considérée comme le facteur ayant permis aux homininés, une fois leurs mains ainsi ‘libérées’ de la tâche locomotrice, de développer leur habileté manuelle et de fabriquer des outils de plus en plus élaborés. Mais des travaux dirigés par le Dr Atsushi Iriki, neurobiologiste à l’institut RIKEN (Japon), et le Dr Gen Suwa, anthropologue à l’Université de Tokyo, suggèrent qu’il n’en est rien.Ces scientifiques ont combiné plusieurs approches. Ils ont utilisé l’imagerie fonctionnelle par résonance magnétique pour étudier le cerveau de l’homme et celui de singes, et également analysé des données fossiles. Ils se sont notamment penchés sur les os de la main et des pieds d’Ardipithecus ramidus, un hominidé fossile à la bipédie incertaine (car ses fossiles sont très fragmentaires) qui vivait en Afrique orientale il y a 4,4 millions d’années.Grâce à ces divers éléments, les chercheurs ont dressé une carte somatotopique – ‘cartographie’ des zones du cerveau permettant de ‘ressentir’ les différentes parties de son propre corps – pour les doigts et les orteils de différentes lignées de primates. Ils ont ainsi confirmé que, chez les humains comme chez les singes, les doigts des mains correspondent à des aires cérébrales distinctes de celles correspondant aux doigts de pied.Un gros orteil détecté de façon distincte À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais l’étude montre également que chez l’homme, contrairement à ce qu’on observe chez les singes, le gros orteil est connecté à une zone cérébrale distincte de celle où sont ‘regroupés’ les 4 autres orteils. “Le contrôle des doigts et l’utilisation de l’outil étaient possibles chez les hominidés anciens non bipèdes, tandis qu’une adaptation indépendante impliquant l’utilisation du gros orteil pour des fonctions comme l’équilibre et la marche est apparue, elle, avec la bipédie”, expliquent les auteurs dont l’étude est publiée dans la revue Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.Les résultats suggèrent, selon eux, que l’évolution parallèle de la locomotion bipède et de la dextérité manuelle au sein de la lignée humaine est la conséquence des pressions adaptatives subies par des ‘ancêtres’ non bipèdes. Objectif : contrôler leur équilibre grâce aux doigts de pied tout en conservant la capacité de se spécialiser vers une grande habileté des doigts des mains.(crédits photo : RIKEN) Le 8 octobre 2013 à 20:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Waiting for Martin Buser in Unalakleet Old friends and muktuk

September 9, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgMartin Buser posing with a fan in Unalakleet. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media)Mushers who have been competing in the Iditarod a long time have relationships and traditions they re-visit each time they run the race. And for Martin Buser, when he gets to Unalakleet, that means a bag of muktuk.Listen now“I love eating the local food, and for about 15 years, a little girl would come and meet me, no matter what time of my arrival, her mom would drag her down,” Buser said. “And now, of course, the girl is grown up and out of Unalakleet.”But that tradition is being held up by someone new, who stood patiently by Buser’s dog team before handing him a ziplock bag of whale skin and blubber.“This little boy has come and brought me muktuk, local boy Wasook Jones, brings me muktuk every time I show up, inconveniencing himself and his family to make sure I have some of the most delicious muktuk around,” Buser said. “It’s just always heart-warming when he shows up and brings me that. I always gobble it down right away.”As Buser watered his dogs, he chatted with Clarence Towarak, who has come down to say hi to the musher each year since the ‘80s. Buser pointed up to some wind turbines on a hill and asked Towarak a question.“How come none of your windmills are turning?” “There’s no wind up there. It’s dead calm, pretty much.” “Up there? It was blowing where I came from. That perplexed me when I came around the corner.” “That’s finicky wind around here. That means there’s no wind in Shaktoolik, that’s what that means.” “Oooh! I better go!”As Buser attended to his dogs, Towarak explained that when mushers are at the front of the pack, they don’t have much time or energy for talking with folks.“At least he’s got a sense of humor at this point in time,” Towarak said. “Those guys in the top five to ten, they’re all business.”It’s not been a great race for Buser. His dogs have been persistently sick, which, at one point, made him doubt he’d be able to finish. That’s never occurred. In nearly four decades of mushing, Buser hasn’t scratched in an Iditarod. But the worst seems to be over, and he said the dogs finally looked ready to run.“All we need to do is get it done,” Buser said. ” Just get to Nome, get this over with, that’s all I need. Get another one under the books and re-group.”If he finishes, this will be Buser’s 34th full Iditarod.last_img read more

May makes lastditch Brexit plea to rebel MPs

September 3, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgBritain`s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after attending a church service, near her Maidenhead constituency, west of London on 13 January. Photo: AFPBritish prime Minister Theresa May will on Monday repeat weekend warnings to MPs poised to reject her EU divorce deal that failing to deliver Brexit would be “catastrophic” for British democracy.On the eve of Tuesday’s monumental vote in parliament on her withdrawal agreement — forged from 18 months of gruelling negotiations with European leaders — May is set to address factory workers in Stoke, a Brexit-backing city in central England.The embattled leader, who is widely expected to lose the House of Commons vote by a wide margin, will make a final bid for support by arguing: “We all have a duty to implement the result of the referendum.”I ask MPs to consider the consequences of their actions on the faith of the British people in our democracy,” May is expected to say, according to excerpts of her speech released by her office.”What if we found ourselves in a situation where parliament tried to take the UK out of the EU in opposition to a remain vote?” she will ask.”People’s faith in the democratic process and their politicians would suffer catastrophic harm.”No confidence in the governmentBritain is set to leave the European Union on 29 March but, with less than 11 weeks left, has yet to finalise the terms of its departure.May’s deal agrees a 21-month transition period under current terms while the future relationship with the bloc is negotiated, but it has drawn steadfast opposition from both Brexiteers and Remainers.The prime minister has said rejecting it will throw Britain into “uncharted territory” and put the country at risk of crashing out without an agreement, or even no Brexit at all.The opposition Labour Party, which favours remaining in a permanent customs union with the EU, has suggested it will seek a no-confidence vote in the government if MPs throw out the plan.The Observer newspaper reported Sunday that its lawmakers have been told it could be tabled “within hours” of that on Tuesday, with the confidence vote to be held the following day.If the government lose a no-confidence motion, there will be a period of 14 days in which parties can seek to find an alternative working majority in parliament.If they fail to do so, a general election would be called.”We will table a motion of no confidence in the government at a time of our choosing, but it’s going to be soon, don’t worry about it,” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told the BBC on Sunday.Corbyn conceded if the party won power, parliament would likely need to delay Brexit beyond March 29 so it could renegotiate the withdrawal agreement.A very British coupThe prime minister already postponed a House of Commons vote on her plan in December to avoid defeat — and MPs look set to reject it again on Tuesday.Lawmakers who believe it either leaves Britain too close or too distant from the bloc, fired ominous warning shots this week, voting to force the prime minister to quickly set out an alternative plan for Brexit if she loses the vote.It was her second setback in 24 hours after MPs also voted to deny the government certain taxation powers in a no-deal scenario — in a bid to avoid such an outcome.The Sunday Times said a group of senior cross-party backbench rebels are now plotting to change House of Commons rules to enable them to override government business if the deal falls.Described as “a very British coup”, the plan would see May lose control of parliamentary business to MPs, threatening her ability to govern, the newspaper said.It said Downing Street was “extremely concerned” about the possibility, which could see lawmakers then delay Brexit through new legislation.Conservative MP Nick Boles, who favours a Norway-style relationship which would keep Britain in the EU’s single market, told the paper he was exploring tactics in the Commons to rule out a no-deal scenario.”We have a mechanism which will give parliament control of the Brexit negotiations and ensure we do not leave the EU without a deal on 29 March,” he said.”I am working on ways to achieve that outcome,” Boles said, indicating he would publish the plan on Tuesday.last_img

City gallery gives a spin to printmaking

August 31, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgWith several shows on printmaking doing the rounds this season, this highly technical process that needs great patience, skill and competence, surely seems to be in vogue. But when some of the most renowned printmakers experiment even within this complex medium by adding drawings on their limited edition prints, the show has to be special.The ongoing show at Art Perspective — Lasting Impressions — is a unique one, where  artists were asked to perform a new experiment with their prints. Director Suruchi Saraf says that she ‘wanted to add an exciting element’ to printmaking. ‘What better than blending this beautiful medium with drawings. While the basic print remains the same for each limited edition, it’s the different drawing that’s done on each of them which makes each print one single edition,’ she says. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’And the artists are no less elated at having stretched their imagination. Says Dattatraya Apte: ‘Adding a different drawing on each print created a different setting for the visual narrative. The garden of Garhi has become a part of my daily life and the crows, squirrels, leaves, flowers, stone pathways, earthen bowls with water, curtains, all played their role in building the narrative through these drawings,’ says the artist.Jayanti Rabadia’s work based on ‘sayings’ or Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflixkahavatein reiterates their strength through different forms of animals, birds along with human figures. ‘For this portfolio of 10 prints with drawings, I have chosen the Dashavatar from the Indian mythology. Each work speaks of their heroic achievements,’ she says. For KR Subbanna, the same motifs of human and animal form find place on his canvas but ‘drawing fantasized floral motifs on these prints has been a unique experience.’Artist RB Bhaskaran echoes the same sentiment when he says: ‘When it comes to traditional print making and their limited editions, the accepted code is to have a number of limited editions, and then the cancellation of the original plate but when Art Perspective thought of this experimental idea of printing an edition and then also drawing around each of the print, and that too not with identical drawings, it was a challenge for me. It took more time to do the drawing than the printing itself. I have enjoyed this experiment as it is all free hand drawing allowing your imagination to free flowly.’ Shail Choyal says: ‘An episode from Bhagvatpuran where Krishna plays the divine flute and the resonance mesmerises the cows to return home is the basis of my work. The imagery of the cow has been my most favourite motif for the last one decade and I have loved to paint, etch and sculpt the cow in its various moods — and aimed to project a dramatic tension through juxtaposition of the allegorical with the real. Use of landscape through pencil drawings around the flute player is neither religious nor historical but sensuous and other worldly. The drama in the episode here may look absurd and ironic but, I certainly aim to balance the ironic and the absurd with the nostalgia I confront in everyday life.’Siddharth portrays a folktale from Punjab of how practice makes man perfect. The story is that of a man who carries his cow on his shoulders when it was very young and light. Every day he does the same till he could carry the cow even she was older and heavy. The artist says: ‘I made the drawing and the gallery took the initiative to get the etching prints done from a professional printmaker. Later, I started building images around the print with different permutation and combinations. It was a great experience and very experimental exercise.’Go catch this show!last_img read more

DNS Angel enable family protection with a click

August 29, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgDNS Angel: enable family protection with a click by Martin Brinkmann on May 22, 2017 in Software – 5 commentsDNS Angel is a free portable program for Microsoft Windows devices that allows you to enable family protection with a click on the PC.As the name suggests it already, DNS Angel does so by setting various family friendly DNS services on the system.There are several options when it comes to making the Internet family friendly, using security software, firewalls or parental controls for instance, and also DNS.DNS is used to look up information on the Internet. This is handled by DNS servers that Windows machines make use of. These are often provided by the Internet Service Provider, but may be changed as well. Services that offer family protection block sites that are not family friendly.DNS AngelDNS Angel is a basic program. It offers two major advantages over changing the DNS servers manually:The program ships with several family friendly providers.You can set the providers with a click.DNS Angel ships with support for Norton ConnectSafe, Yandex Family, and OpenDNS Family. All have in common that they block adult content. The difference between Norton ConnectSafe 1 and 2 is that the first blocks sites hosting malware, phishing and scams next to adult content, and the second all of that plus other mature content such as alcohol, gambling or violence.You can switch to one of the available family friendly DNS services with a click on the button. DNS Angel highlights the change right away in the interface.Options to restore the DNS and to switch to the default DNS are provided as well. Default DNS resets the settings to the defaults; this means usually that no custom DNS servers are used which in turn means those provided by the ISP are used. Restoration worked without issues on multiple systems.One question that may come up is whether you should use DNS Angel, or set the DNS servers manually instead.If you know how to, it is usually better to set them manually. The only exception to the rule is if you need to switch between different DNS servers regularly. Software like DNS Angel is not really suitable for that, unless you only want to switch between the supported DNS services. Program like DNS Jumper and even DNS Benchmark are better suited for that as you can add custom servers to them.Here are the DNS Server IP addresses of the used services:Norton ConnectSafe Security only: and ConnectSafe Security and Adult content: and ConnectSafe Security, Adult and other: and Family Shield: and Safe: and Family: and Angel is compatible with all 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system from Windows XP all the way to Windows 10.Closing WordsWhile I prefer to set DNS servers manually, I can see the use for a program like DNS Angel. It enables you to turn on family protection quickly, useful when one of your kids wants to use the computer you are working on. Just run DNS Angel, and enable one of the services to add a layer of protection.It is always best obviously to stay around and assist on top of that. I’d like to see options to add custom DNS servers to the program.Now You: Do you use default or custom DNS servers?Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 5 votes Software Name DNS AngelOperating System WindowsSoftware Category SecurityLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

Costa Rican exports increase 13 percent from January to April

August 19, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgCosta Rica exported a total of $3.9 billion in goods the first four months of this year, representing an increase of 12.9 percent over the same period  in 2011, the Foreign Trade Promotion Office (Procomer) announced Monday.According to the report, the total of exports reached $443 million more than the same period last year. Free zones accounted for $2 billion in exports, 17 percent more than previous year.“Despite some clouds hanging over the international economy, especially in economic regions that are important destinations for our exports, the results show a positive trend,” said Foreign Trade Minister Anabel González.North America, primarily the U.S., is the leading destination for Costa Rican products (42 percent of total exports), followed by the European Union (19 percent) and Central America and Asia with 13 percent each.In Asia, Costa Rica has a free-trade agreement in place with China, which increased by 91 percent Costa Rican exports between January and April, according to Procomer figures. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Leaders meet under cloud after Navtex issued by Ankara

August 9, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAFTER a two-month pause, negotiations proper for a Cyprus settlement resumed on Thursday with the leaders of the two communities discussing governance, the economy and EU matters amid the news that Turkey had issued a notice it would sending a survey vessel to the island’s exclusive economic zone.It was the second face-to-face this month between Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci, the previous one having dealt with procedural matters regarding the continuation of the talks.It was also the first time the leaders were meeting after the constitutional referendum in Turkey.It was hard to gauge whether any progress was made during the meeting. On returning to the presidential palace, a somewhat sullen-looking Anastasiades gave reporters a brief statement before retiring for the night.“There was a good climate. Tonight we were briefed by our [respective] negotiators on their work to date, and their deliberations will continue tomorrow.“Of course, the climate is not enough, what is most important is to get results. Differences do remain, and so I would not like to create an impression imparting either optimism or pessimism.”Asked about recent Turkish moves in the region – holding live-ammo war drills and the announcement of new seismic surveys by Turkey within Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone – Anastasiades said he raised the matter with Akinci.“We cannot on the one hand talk about confidence-building measures and on the other hand have these Turkish provocations.”Asked what was Akinci’s response, if any, the president declined comment.During Thursday’s meeting the leaders were flanked by their respective top negotiators and lead advisors on Cyprus.The three issues on the table – governance, the economy and EU affairs – had been discussed at length previously.One item relating to economic aspect of reunification is the question of an asset quality control of banks in the north, as cited in a report by the International Monetary Fund. The Turkish Cypriot side had earlier refused to grant permission for such checks.The talks are being held against a backdrop of reportedly chilled relations between the two leaders, following the debacle where the parliament in the south voted to introduce the commemoration in public schools of the 1950 ‘Enosis’ [union with Greece] referendum.In the meantime, Turkey this week issued a Navtex, or notice to mariners, reserving parts of the island’s exclusive economic zone in order to conduct seismic surveys from April 30 to June 30. The reserved area also includes part of Cyprus’ offshore natural gas blocks.The foreign ministry denounced the action, saying Cyprus reserves its right to react as it sees fit if the Turkish vessels do in fact conduct seismic surveys in the Republic’s EEZ.Ankara’s move is seen as a response to new offshore gas exploration by Cyprus scheduled for June. Turkey disputes the Republic’s right to search for natural gas in certain areas and also says that Turkish Cypriots should also have a say in the affair.Alluding to this, Akinci has previously said that July is the “natural end date” for the talks, irrespective of whether the Greek Cypriots are averse to timetables.Akinci has repeatedly stated that negotiations cannot drag on.Thursday’s meeting was initially scheduled for 6.30, but was delayed an hour due to a personal family matter for Akinci. It was reported that Akinci’s wife Meral had dislocated her shoulder after taking a tumble.Hours before meeting with Anastasiades, Akinci said Greek Cypriots needed to change their mentality towards Turkish Cypriots if the talks were to succeed.“The Greek Cypriot community must regard the Turkish Cypriot community as equal and as partners, not as a minority,” Akinci was quoted as saying in the north.“Either we clinch an agreement and the ‘TRNC’ becomes part of a federal partnership state or, if we cannot, the ‘TRNC’ will continue on its own path.“Our desire is for the former,” he added. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Work set to start on Ayia Napa monastery upgrade

August 9, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgWork will start this month to upgrade the Ayia Napa monastery, with the project set to take until May 2020 to be completed, it was announced on Tuesday.During this time there will be no services. However, visits to the church can take place, but for security reasons it will not be possible to visit any other part of the monastery, an announcement by the Holy Metropolis of Constantia, Famagusta said.The contract for the works was signed on February 27 by the Ayia Napa municipality and contractor Stavros Stavrou in the presence of Metropolitan Vassilios of Constantia, the owner of the monastery.According to the Metropolitan, the upgrade will benefit not only Ayia Napa but Cyprus in general, as the monastery is in many respects a unique monument.In a second phase, tenders will be announced for the area around the medieval monastery, a project worth €6.5 million.It is estimated that in 2020 and 2021 €8.5 million will be spent on construction projects around the monastery.The plans include building an archaeological museum with important exhibits such as personal items belonging to Archbishop Makarios III, rare icons, a research centre, a library, conference rooms, and an institute for postgraduate studies on Cyprus hagiology and Middle Eastern cultures.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Around 44000 eligible to vote in Sundays ballot for new Kition bishop

August 9, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThe first stage of elections, the first in 46 years, for a new Bishop of Kition begin on Sunday after the resignation of Bishop Chrysostomos in June.Around 44,000 people are eligible to vote in the elections, CNA reported on Sunday.The Church’s Holy Synod declared the seat of the Kition metropolitan vacant in June after the resignation of Chrysostomos. Chrysostomos had resigned because he felt he was “weakening” and he wanted to give someone younger the chance to do a more effective job.According to Ioannis Charilaou the election overseer, the process will take place between 10am and 5pm, with a one-hour break between 1pm and 2pmCharilaou told CNA a total of 58 special polling stations have been set up in 35 churches and parishes and three in Larnaca town at the bishopric.All Orthodox Christians, over 18 years of age and resident in the Kition diocese for at least a year, are eligible to vote. There are 44,000 registered voters in the diocese.Following the closure of the ballots, a vote count will be held in the polling stations and the results will be sent to the Archbishop as the ‘Monitor of the Metropolitan Throne’.The second phase of the process provides for the election of the bishop by the Holy Synod on July 30 from the three top candidates who received the most votes, through a secret ballot for the 17 members of the Synod.In the case of a tie, a new secret vote will be held to decide between the two.The Synod also plans to honour the former bishop with the gold medal of Saint Varnavas, the highest award of the Church of Cyprus.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake coverage that comes with optionsCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Man arrested with 36 bags of cocaine in his stomachUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoFire near Kolossi and Ypsonas put out (Update)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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January 13, 2019 0 Comments

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January 13, 2019 0 Comments

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