CALGARY – A tank containing crude oil or asphalt exploded at a Wisconsin refinery owned by Calgary-based Husky Energy Inc. on Thursday, injuring several people and causing a blast that one worker described as sounding like a sonic boom.No fatalities have been reported, but at least five people have been taken to hospitals in Duluth, Minn., following the explosion at the oil refinery at about 10 a.m., Superior Fire Chief Steve Panger told The Associated Press.Panger didn’t have details about the extent of their injuries. Others were walking wounded.The 50,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Superior purchased by Husky last year has been shut down and there’s no word yet on when it might restart, said company spokesman Mel Duvall.“We have responders on site,” he said.“There have been some injuries and those folks are being treated in hospital but all personnel have been accounted for and at this time we are not aware of any fatalities.”He said he couldn’t confirm the cause or location of the incident which occurred about an hour before Husky’s annual general meeting began in Calgary.A contractor who was inside the building told WDIO television that the explosion sounded like “a sonic boom” and that it happened when crews were working on shutting the plant down for repairs.Panger said the fire was out by 11:20 a.m., although smoke could be seen rising from the plant. Panger said a small tank exploded containing either crude oil or asphalt.Superior police are advising people to stay away from the area and roads around the refinery have been blocked off. There have been no neighbourhood evacuations. Superior is a city of about 27,000 people that borders Minnesota to the north and the tip of Lake Superior.No damage estimate was available. The Superior Fire Department sent all three engine companies to the explosion, and nearby Duluth sent over a command vehicle.Husky announced the purchase of the refinery from Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners last year for $560 million in cash. It’s Wisconsin’s only refinery, and it produces gasoline, asphalt and other products.The refinery, which dates back to the early 1950s, has a processing capacity of around 50,000 barrels per day and a storage capacity of 3.6 million barrels of crude and products. It processes both heavy crude from the Alberta oilsands and lighter North Dakota Bakken crude.– With files from the Associated Press
OTTAWA – Almost 90 per cent of the ships that passed through the Gulf of St. Lawrence over the last five months complied with an emergency speed limit to help protect the whales that plied those same waterways — and the department will reimpose the limit immediately if the whales return this year.In August, Transport Canada imposed a limit of 10 knots on all ships longer than 20 metres after a dozen right whales were found dead in the Gulf, a 240,000-square kilometre area that ties the St. Lawrence River to the Atlantic Ocean via the Cabot Strait and the Straight of Belle Isle.In seven cases where the cause of death is known, five whales were killed by ships and two drowned after being caught up in fishing gear.Transport Canada says there were 4,711 ships affected by the speed limit in the Gulf between Aug. 11 and Jan. 11, when the speed limit was lifted. Of those, 542 were found by the Canadian Coast Guard to be moving faster than 10 knots.Further investigation resulted in 14 ships being fined — all of them the minimum $6,000. Evidence was insufficient to levy fines in 450 cases. There are 78 cases still pending.Sonia Simard, director of legislative and environmental affairs for the Shipping Federation of Canada, said factors like currents and waves can have an impact on a ship’s speed at any given moment and have to be factored into a decision to levy a fine.In total, 17 right whales died last summer off the east coasts of Canada and the United States, a significant loss for one of the most endangered species in the world. There are believed to be just 451 right whales left in the world.Their presence in the Gulf of St. Lawrence hasn’t been tracked well until recent years, but scientists believe the whales are spending a lot of time there, with more than 100 spotted in the Gulf last summer.In addition to the speed limit there were restrictions placed on some fisheries to try and keep whales from getting caught up in their lines.Delphine Denis, spokeswoman for Transport Minister Marc Garneau, said the department is working on plans to mitigate human impacts on the whales both for this year and the long term.“We will continue to monitor the situation and will not hesitate to impose the speed restriction again if the whales migrate back to the area,” Denis said.Simard said the shipping industry wants to do what it can to help, but said last year the limit was imposed in a huge area and it would be more effective to impose it only in the areas where the whales are congregating, rather than right across the Gulf.Simard said there was most certainly an economic impact on the shipping industry from the speed limit, adding between five and eight hours to the time most ships took to travel across the Gulf. That affects everything from cruise ship schedules to cargo port times, often forcing ships to go faster than usual in other areas to make up the time, burning more fuel in the process.Kristen Monsell, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity in the United States, said slowing down ships is a proven and effective way to protect whales. She said the size of the area for the speed limit should be based on science and what is needed to protect right whales, “not drawn to appease industry.”Monsell’s organization launched a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service in the United States this week arguing it failed to prevent whales from getting trapped in fishing lines. She said the organization is still considering its options in Canada.— Follow @mrabson on Twitter
GLAAD honored former President Bill Clinton, entertainment attorney Steve Warren, and the best in film and television on Sunday night at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.Actress Drew Barrymore hosted the event.The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD’s work to amplify stories of LGBT people and issues that build support for equality.At the ceremony, Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and Harvey Weinstein introduced former President Bill Clinton who received the inaugural Advocate for Change Award from his daughter Chelsea Clinton.In accepting the award, President Clinton called for the end of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” or DOMA: “I’m very honored to join with Edie Windsor […] and with so many others, including President Obama and Vice President Biden, the whole Obama administration, urging the Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act. I want to keep working on this until not only DOMA is no longer the law of the land but until all people no matter where they live can marry the people they love.”President Clinton continued, “I want to thank GLAAD for the award and congratulate the other honorees […] I think that the staff, the board of directors, and the most active supporters of GLAAD deserve the award I’m getting because they are the real agents of change. They had this idea, a long time ago, GLAAD did — there would be a lot of people lobbying Congress, but somebody ought to be personalizing and humanizing these issues for the LGBT community. They actually believed you could reach a human heart. They actually believed that people could think and feel differently.”Leonardo DiCaprio and Charlize Theron presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to entertainment attorney Steve Warren. During his acceptance speech, Warren called on the Supreme Court Justices to join the majority of Americans in supporting full equality for all couples: “Four weeks ago, Justice Anthony Kennedy remarked that the court is heading into uncharted waters. It can lead to a wonderful destination, he said, or to a cliff. I almost wept when I heard these words. They are so true. In fact, all of us in the LGBT community have been living our entire lives in uncharted waters. Each time one of us comes out, each time we commit our love, whether privately or publicly, each time we decide to create our own families with children and partners of our own, we plunge head first into those waters and it can be terrifying. But those waters have been calmed and made more welcoming over the past fifty years with greater and greater effectiveness by the work of organizations like GLAAD.”GLAAD also presented an award to GLAAD co-founder Dean Hansell, who spoke about the organization’s early efforts to change the way LGBT people are portrayed in the media.Ryan Murphy, the co-creator of The New Normal, accepted the award for Outstanding Comedy Series with cast members Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha, Georgia King, and Jayson Blair. Murphy also accepted the trophy for American Horror Story: Asylum which received the nod for Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series. Writer, director Stephen Chbosky accepted the award for Outstanding Film – Wide Release for his film The Perks of Being a Wallflower. He was joined by cast members Logan Lerman, Johnny Simmons, and Mae Whitman. Raising Hope received the award for Outstanding Individual Episode for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Me What to Do.” The award for Outstanding Daily Drama went to Days of Our Lives for the second consecutive year.The capacity crowd enjoyed performances by Kelly Rowland and Glee’s Darren Criss. Guests include: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Great Gatsby); Charlize Theron (Snow White and the Huntsman); Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games); Betty White (Hot in Cleveland); brothers Chris Evans (The Avengers) & Scott Evans (Behaving Badly); Tobey Maguire (The Great Gatsby); Alex Pettyfer (The Butler); Elle Fanning (Ginger & Rosa); Beth Ditto (Gossip); Kirsten Dunst (On the Road); Naya Rivera, Alex Newell (Glee); Matt Bomer (White Collar); Sara Ramirez, Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy); Cloris Leachman, Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope); Ted Danson (CSI) and Mary Steenburgen (30 Rock); Lana Parrilla (Once Upon a Time); Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart-Dane; Ioan Guffudd and Alice Evans; Ali Larter and Hayes MacArthur; Sara Gilbert (The Talk) and musician Linda Perry; Molly Shannon (Enlightened); Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries); Trevor Donovan (90210); Thomas Roberts (MSNBC); author and advocate Chaz Bono; Kori Boccumini, Cori McGinn (The Real L Word); Avan Jogia (Twisted); Maria Menounos (Extra); Jane Espenson, Brad Bell (Husbands); LGBT advocates Zach Wahls and Jennifer Tyrrell; GLAAD National Spokespersons, Wilson Cruz and Omar Sharif, Jr..This year, over 200 youth were able to attend the event at no cost through the Young Adults at the GLAAD Media Awards program. The Young Adults program was presented in Los Angeles by Fox. Students affiliated with Environmental Charter High, Compton High, Fairfax Senior High, Pepperdine University, and Arizona State University joined GLAAD for the event.
“A reinforced partnership between the Haitian Government and the international community remains necessary for the success of actions that must be pursued in the future,” Ambassador Jorge Urbina of Costa Rica, leader of the delegation, told correspondents at a press conference in the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, on Saturday.“The country cannot permit new political crises and in that regard the collaboration of all branches of the State constitutes a very important contribution,” he added, emphasizing that the Council encourages all political actors to keep the calm and work in a constructive manner toward the next elections.He said that continued national and international action was particularly important to strengthen the police force, the justice system and the administration of borders, and Council members also encouraged international support for employment in the short term, without forgetting the need to set clear long-term goals.Haiti, already the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, was devastated by four successive storms in as many weeks last year, leaving 800 people dead and another one million either homeless or badly affected.The country was also hit hard by the spike in commodities prices last year as it attempted to recover from earlier natural disasters, as well as the high crime and political instability that come under the mandate of the UN mission in the country (MINUSTAH).Before leaving Haiti this weekend, the Council delegation took part in the reopening of the Port-au-Prince School of Magistrates, a major component in the reform of the Haitian judicial system – one of MINUSTAH’s key mandated priorities.Justice sector reform was also among the topics of discussion between the Security Council delegation and President René Préval and his prime minister, a UN spokesperson added.In addition, during its mission the Council delegation visited the city of Gonaïves, which was hard hit by last year’s storms and where it was briefed by MINUSTAH on its work in security and institution-building. It saw a rebuilt regional electric plant and also visited a watershed protection project being implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labour Office (ILO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), MINUSTAH said.During the Gonaïves tour, Hédi Annabi, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Haiti and head of MINUSTAH, expressed the hope that the Council would conduct more such visits to better understand the challenges faced by the Mission.“We hope that this visit of the Security Council on the ground will enable it to have a better perception of the reality and to realize the importance of the presence and the usefulness of the United Nations here,” he said.“We hope equally that this visit allows members of the delegation to communicate what they have seen to their respective Governments and to encourage them to augment their contributions for Haiti,” he added. 16 March 2009As the United Nations Security Council completed its four-day mission to Haiti this weekend, it stressed that national dialogue and international support were critical to meet coming challenges in security, stability, recovery and development.
Sources also said that party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has decided to give a more prominent place for second and third level leaders in the party. Wickremesinghe is of the view that second and third level leaders must be groomed to lead the UNP in the future by giving them more responsibilities. Sources said that several third level leaders of the party played a crucial role in organising a successful UNP rally in Colombo recently.Wickremesinghe is to analyse the performance of the second level leaders of the party who have been given Ministerial posts in the Government and based on their performance they will be given key leadership roles in the party. (Colombo Gazette) The United National Party (UNP) is to formulate a new party constitution after September, UNP sources said today.The UNP will celebrate its 70th anniversary in September following which a new constitution for the party will be introduced.
In remarks to the Women’s International Forum in New York, Mr. Ban presented his key themes for the coming months, stressing that the United Nations “must do more than fight today’s fires. We must also look to a wider time horizon and act now to take on the longer-term challenges.”The UN is currently in the 1,000 days of action to achieve the MDGs by the 2015 deadline, particularly in the areas that are lagging farthest behind, such as maternal mortality and sanitation. Some 19,000 children under the age of five die daily from preventable diseases, while 2.5 billion people live without access to sanitation, according to UN figures.In his remarks, Mr. Ban also highlighted the importance of shaping a “single and coherent universal agenda” with sustainable development at its core and accompanied by one concise set of goals. “Whatever final form it takes, whatever set of goals are agreed, success rests fundamentally on ridding the world of discrimination against women and girls, and ensuring the protections and opportunities that are their right,” Mr. Ban told the organization which seems to promote understanding and mutual appreciation among members of the diplomatic community. He noted a new milestone in the participation of women in the UN’s work for peace and security with, for the first time, one-third of the UN peacekeeping operations being headed by women.The current head of the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is Hilde Johnson, Karin Landgren heads UNMIL in Liberia, Lisa Buttenheim in Cyprus (UNFICYP), Aïchatou Mindaoudou in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI), and Sandra Honoré in Haiti (MINUSTAH). In addition, Mary Robinson is Mr. Ban’s special envoy for Africa’s Great Lakes region, the first UN woman to serve as lead mediator in a peace process.Also in his remarks, the UN chief noted his push for Member States to make good on their promise to reach a legally binding agreement on climate change.“Current pledges are not enough to avoid catastrophe,” he told the forum, adding that he plans to convene a climate summit next year in New York for representatives of governments, finance, industry and civil society. Climate change, as well as the MDGs and a post-2015 sustainable development feature on this month’s agenda for the General Assembly session, Mr. Ban said.High-level meetings are also scheduled to focus on topics of importance to people with disabilities and on migration, as well as corporate citizenship and sustainability initiative.Discussions will also focus on Syria, which Mr. Ban noted in his remarks, along with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mali, the Middle East, Myanmar and Yemen.This month also marks the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Conference on Human Rights, a landmark event that led to the establishment of the UN high commissioner for human rights.
A cross-party group of MPs and Peers will today publish a report calling on government to continue to work with the UK automotive industry to establish a long-term framework for growth and ensure companies can access the finance required to deliver growth opportunities.The report, Delivering opportunities: Automotive investment for growth, is based on the discussions of the All-Party Parliamentary Motor Group (APMG) with parliamentarians, ministers, officials, industry representatives and trade unions over the last year.The report welcomes investment in the industry over the last 18 months but stresses the need for a long-term growth plan. It looks at both the challenges and opportunities facing the UK automotive industry including the strength of the supply chain; low carbon technology and consumer choices; access to finance and investment; and collaboration between motorsport and other industries.The APMG makes four key recommendations to government:1. Government should establish structured dialogue between the financial and automotive industries in order to enable businesses across automotive and manufacturing sectors to access finance.2. Government should bring forward innovative support to allow smaller supply chain firms to take on apprentices and increase efforts to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in schools.3. Government should bolster its offer of support for low carbon R&D and incentives for charging infrastructure, and include opportunities for low carbon vehicle purchasing in its review of procurement.4. Government should support the motorsport industry to create a technology roadmap and collaborate with other industries including aerospace, automotive and defence.The report has been submitted to government ministers, shadow ministers and the chairmen of the Business, Science and Treasury Select Committees.Richard Burden MP, Chair of the APMG, said:“It has been a momentous 12 months for the UK automotive industry. Over £5.6 billion of investment has been committed by automotive companies across the country. Only yesterday, BMW announced a further £250 million investment in the MINI at its UK plants in Oxford, Swindon and Hams Hall.“On Sunday, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone was won in a Red Bull, one of the eight F1 teams based here in the UK. And whilst I don’t want to take anything away from Mark Webber’s Australian pedigree, he too lives here in Britain.‘The UK is also home to seven volume car manufacturers, six commercial vehicle manufacturers, 11 bus and coach manufacturers and more than 100 specialist vehicle manufacturers. The industry produces over one million cars every year and supports over 700,000 jobs.“Amidst the backdrop of a challenging economy and the search for an achievable plan for growth, the UK automotive industry has demonstrated that it is already delivering on opportunities to advance UK ambitions as a leading manufacturing force.“There have been many recent successes but industry and government cannot be complacent. More needs to be done to build on these foundations and set a long-term framework for growth.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Infographic on the rough sleeper count for November 2016 Source: Dublin Region Homeless ExecutiveMake housing availableHomeless charities called the figures “wrong and totally unacceptable”, as well as “deeply disappointing and very frustrating”.Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, said: “[Our] view is that the only effective way that we can begin to reduce and ultimately eliminate rough sleeping is to ensure we have enough appropriate housing options.To that end we need to see stronger and quicker interventions to make housing available.Focus Ireland director of advocacy, Mike Allen, commented: “While much good work is being done to prevent people from becoming homeless the constantly rocketing rents and a growing number of buy-to-let homes being either repossessed or sold is causing a constant rise in the numbers being forced into homelessness.”Both added that the Housing First service, which is jointly operated by Focus Ireland and Peter McVerry Trust has seen consistently high numbers of rough sleepers this year.Focus Ireland’s Mike Allen urged the government to outlaw the eviction of tenants when a house is repossessed, while Pat Doyle from Peter McVerry Trust called for a vacant property tax to be introduced to push houses back into the system.She said: “According to the CSO, there are just over 35,000 vacant private homes in Dublin. Even a 10% rate of return to use of these vacant units is equivalent to all the properties currently available to rent in Ireland, so you can see how tackling this issue now could have a massive impact.”The government has pledged to spend €5 billion over the next five years on its housing plan which it says will help alleviate the homeless crisis.Read: Number of adults and children in homeless families in Dublin trebles in two yearsRead: “The hardest part is telling them there’s no bed for the night” – A day in the life of the homeless of Cork By Sean Murray THE OFFICIAL WINTER count for Dublin has confirmed that 142 people are sleeping rough on the streets of the capital.Homeless charities have slammed the figures, while Dublin City Council has pledged a further 230 emergency beds to combat the problem.The official count was conducted on the night of 22 November into the morning of 23 November. This represents a rise in rough sleepers of 40% since the last count found 105 in April, and a 56% rise since 91 rough sleepers were identified in the same period last year.Since 77 people were sleeping in the Homeless Night Café on Merchants Quay on the evening of 22 November, it meant that a minimum of 219 people were without a bed that night.Alongside these figures, the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) and Dublin City Council has confirmed that emergency accommodation is being expanded by 230 bed spaces, which will be delivered in full by 9 December.The DHRE said that this expansion of 230 beds was essential to ensure no person is forced to sleep rough due to “inadequate provision”.A spokesperson said: 7,410 Views Short URL 40 Comments Image: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie Share272 Tweet Email1 Image: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie Nov 30th 2016, 12:25 PM Given that in Dublin there are at least 142 persons sleeping rough tonight, the addition of 230 new bed spaces alongside the expansion of Dublin’s Housing First Service ensures we can, and will, provide for everyone engaging in rough sleeping while allowing for additional overall capacity.These bed spaces will be provided by organisations across four sites: Peter McVerry Trust on Ellis Quay, Depaul Trust on Little Britain Street, Dublin Simon and Salvation Army at Carman’s Hall, and the Civil Defence at Wolfe Tone Quay.DemographicsThe key findings were, of the 142 persons confirmed sleeping rough:110 were male, 20 were female, and 12 individuals were unknown;63 were Irish nationals, 21 were non-Irish, with 58 individuals nationality unknown;21 people were aged 18-30, 30 were aged 31-40, 21 were aged 41-50, 6 persons were 50+, and the age of 64 people was unknown. Wednesday 30 Nov 2016, 12:25 PM http://jrnl.ie/3110924 Number of rough sleepers on Dublin streets up 56% in last year The Dublin Region Homeless Executive has confirmed there were 142 rough sleepers on the streets of the capital. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Fonds marins : découvrez des photos exceptionnelles prises à 3.000 mètres de profondeurIndonésie – Dévoilées la semaine dernière, les images prises au large de l’île de Sulawesi par une expédition américano-indonésienne montrent lièvres de mer colorés, anémones, chimères et autres curiosités du monde des abysses. Une anémone de mer chevauchant un bernard-l’ermite, une étoile de mer à dix branches, une étonnante chimère… Voici quelques-unes des créatures photographiées en haute définition par un submersible télécommandé embarqué sur l’Okeanos Explorer, le navire d’une expédition organisée conjointement par le ministère indonésien des affaires maritimes et de la pêche, et l’administration américaine des affaires océaniques et atmosphériques (NOAA). Une quarantaine de ces espèces pourraient être inconnues de la science.À lire aussiLe spectaculaire effet de l’acide sulfurique sur des épongesL’engin télécommandé a effectué vingt-sept plongées entre 240 et 3.200 mètres de profondeur. Durant environ deux mois, la mission a collecté données et images pour mieux connaître l’écosystème marin de l’Indonésie et documenter notamment des recherches sur l’acidification de l’océan et la surpêche. Cette mission est la première d’une série prévue dans le cadre d’un partenariat de plusieurs années entre les deux pays. Découvrir les images : https://www.maxisciences.com/abysse/de-nouvelles-creatures-des-grands-fonds-immortalisees-en-indonesie_art9031.htmlLe 3 septembre 2010 à 13:02 • Emmanuel Perrin
MIAMI (WSVN) – Two paddle boarders who were feared missing in Biscayne National Park have been found.Fire rescue and the Coast Guard went on an intense search near Boca Chita Key.The two men were spotted on a small island north of the FLorida Keys.Both were picked up and returned safely.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Road accident illustration by Prothom AloAt least four people, including a student of Government Titumir College, were killed in separate road crashes in Dhaka, Manikganj and Chattogram on Saturday, reports UNB.In Dhaka, a day labourer died after falling from a running truck in Jatrabari around 6:30am.The deceased was Niranjan, 26, resident of Ranimahal area of Demra.Fellow workers rushed him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where the physicians pronounced him dead.Meanwhile, a transport worker was crushed under the wheels of a truck while crossing road near Gabtoli Bus Terminal around 5:30am.The deceased was Belal Hossain, 35, supervisor of Bosumoti Paribahan and resident of Bagbari area in Gabtoli.The physicians at DMCH pronounced him dead after he was taken there, DMCH police outpost in-charge Bachchu Mia said.In Manikganj, Farid Hossain, a third-year student of Titumir College, died after his motorcycle hit a roadside bridge at Kherupara of Harirampur upazila.Officer-in-charge of Harirampur police station Aminur Rahman said Farid and his friend Akash were severely injured in the accident.Farid succumbed to his injuries when he was taken to the hospital. Akash was admitted to Manikganj General Hospital.In Chattogram, a man was killed and another injured after a bus overturned at Banigram village of Banskhali upazila around 3:00pm.The identity of the deceased was not available immediately, said assistant sub-inspector Shilbrata Barua of Chittagong Medical College Hospital police outpost.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.An aerial view of the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, Aug. 31, 2017. Harvey formed in the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall in southeastern Texas, bringing record flooding and destruction to the region. Share 00:00 /08:34 X Listen Harvey displaced many people from their homes and even businesses due to flooding, so what effect has that had on employment in Greater Houston?To discuss the state of Houston’s job market post-Harvey, we talk with Patrick Jankowski, chief economist for the Greater Houston Partnership, and Mike Temple, executive director of Workforce Solutions.
Brian E. Frosh, Maryland Attorney General, recently announced that Maryland will join 19 other states and the District of Columbia, in suing the Trump Administration over their plan to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, (DACA). DACA is an executive order signed by former President Barack Obama in 2012.Brian E. Frosh, Maryland Attorney General. (Courtesy Photo/marylandattorneygeneral.gov)“The callous and cavalier action taken by the Trump Administration will destroy the lives of many immigrants who were brought here as infants and toddlers, who love the United States of America, who pay taxes and abide by the law,” said Frosh in a statement.The specific injuries and damages anticipated by the attorney general include possible abuse of sensitive information provided to Homeland Security in good faith, uncalculated possible injury to small businesses owned, operated or staffed by undocumented workers and insufficient notice to allow for public comment.DACA, was designed to protect what Obama referred to as “strivers” in a Sept. 5 Facebook post. Along with the Iran nuclear deal and Affordable Care Act, DACA stood to be a legacy component of the Obama Administration. The order is now the third piece of policy, along with the aforementioned act and deal, to face mounting retrenchments from the new administration.“Strivers,” in addition to other qualities, were defined as those that came into the United States before their 16th birthday, had a clean criminal record and had obtained a high school diploma, or GED, or had been honorably discharged from the US Armed Forces.One of the benefits of DACA would have allowed otherwise undocumented immigrants to obtain legitimate state documentation in the form of driver’s licenses and work permits. In exchange, requestors provided biometric and historical data to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.This is the information considered by the litigants to be ripe for abuse. Homeland Security may now have a uniquely complete list with which to target these immigrants for incarceration and ultimately, deportation.There are approximately 800,000 DACA recipients.Rescinding DACA was a “day one” priority as Trump stated during his campaign. The president has said his order will take effect in six months if Congress does not take action. He later tweeted that if Congress was unable to take action “you have nothing to worry about.” He did not explain what that meant.Trump’s campaign rhetoric cited illegal immigration as a chief source of crime in the United States. However, the growing weight of research and testimony from academics demonstrates that immigrants, legal and illegal, are conspicuously more law-abiding when compared to the native-born of the United States.Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and her new City Solicitor Andre Davis have also expressed support for DACA and its beneficiaries.“We’re gonna protect the individuals here, in the state of Maryland and in our country,” the mayor said in a September 5 press conference.Former mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake supported DACA and its extension the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), as programs in support of “Baltimore’s own goal of a better, safer, and stronger future for all communities,” she said in a statement.Frosh joins suit with a coalition of 19 other states and the District of Columbia.
As a matter of fact, rumors are circulating that the Wii 2 is expected to be announced as soon as the next E3. The rumors, which are based on sources close to the company, according to those who are spreading them, would bring the Wii 2 to a level similar to that of an Xbox 360 or a PS3. Though, some bloggers have speculated that this would be a contradiction to the accessible to all image that the original Wii has created. That would leave the Wii 2 fighting with the Xbox 360 and PS3 for a share of hardcore gamers market.Specific rumors swirl around the idea of the console having a Blu-ray drive, because those disks can hold the amount of data that Nintendo would need to launch their HD titles on a larger scale.This comes only days after the rumor that Wii is ready to go in for a price drop, to $149.99, on May 15. If the Wii 2 is to be announcement by Nintendo during E3 this year, then the price drop would make a lot of sense. No real information about possible release dates or the cost of the device is available at this time, but If the rumors pan out the new Nintendo Wii would be launched in 2012. That type of lead time will give developers time to create games to come with the console. Nintendo recently released a new version of their hand held DSi console, called the 3DS that features 3D graphics. Nintendo’s ‘Revolution’ becomes ‘Wii’ Explore further Citation: Wii 2 goes HD? (2011, April 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-wii-hd.html (PhysOrg.com) — Is Nintendo working on a high-definition console called the Wii 2? That is the big question flying around the world of gaming today. Wii © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
The fashion show is a part of an initiative taken by National Woman Excellence Awardees of Yog Confederation of India in association with Tihar jail and Sri creations. The initiative is aimed at developing the entrepreneurial skills of the female jail inmates to become self employed or employable.The Fashion show is to be organized on 9 March at the Constitution Club, Rafi Marg, New Delhi from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Designs and goods made at Tihar will also be exhibited as the cynosure. An one year certificate course in Fashion Designing program was launched by Vimla Mehra, IPS, DG, Tihar prisons on 7 December 2012 for the female inmates to enhance their chances of employment. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Efforts also will be made to arrange regular buyers of the Tihar products and to arrange sewing machines for the relieved inmates who had completed the program,’ said Laxmi Thakur Singhal, the Chairperson of National Woman Excellence Awardees.‘Companies who can employ the trained inmates will also be coordinated to make this program a successful one,’ she added.National Women Excellence Award Programme, is a venture initiated by Yog Confederation of India in association with the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region along with other national and international organisations.
Facebook Gameroom launches for Windows by Martin Brinkmann on November 02, 2016 in Companies, Facebook – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 1 commentFacebook launched Gameroom for Windows, a desktop gaming platform similar to Steam, Origin, uPlay or Gog today.Gameroom provides users with access to a collection of native web games, ported mobile games, and native Gameroom games.You need to sign in using a Facebook account, or create one, before you can start browsing the selection of games.While Gameroom has strong ties with Unity, you may notice that Adobe Flash Player gets installed alongside the gaming platform on your device as games may require it. Facebook promises however that it will keep Gameroom and Adobe Flash Player updated automatically.Facebook GameroomIf you check out Gameroom right now, you may notice that the selection of games is closer to Facebook’s own offering or online gaming sites such as Armorgames or Kongregate, and not nearly as close to Steam or other PC gaming focused gaming clients.While that may change over time, you should not expect the latest blockbuster games or even the majority of PC games on the platform any time soon.Another difference to existing gaming platforms for PCs is that gaming is still linked to a Facebook account. Game developers may request information about your Facebook profile, and you will have to agree to those before you can start playing the game.You may block some of the requested information from being made available to the gaming company but usually not all of them.Games are downloaded then within the client and you can start playing them relatively quickly as most have a relatively low size.Gaming works pretty much as you’d expect it to work. This resembles Flash gaming sites as well, as many games play in a fixed container in the Gameroom program.One new option that Facebook built into Gamesroom is the chat functionality. You can click on chat to enter live chat for the particular game you are playing. You see other Facebook user’s post there, and may post yourself to the chat.Gameroom ships with a built-in payment system that is taken directly from Facebook. If you want to buy gold bars in a game like Candy Crush for instance, you pay using credit card, debit card or other payment information linked to the account. If none exist, you are asked to add a payment method before you can proceed.Most games right now are free and clearly focusing on the free to play model (grind, wait or pay). Think mobile games for Android or iOS that are free to play, and you know what kind of games you can expect on Gameroom.This may change in the future as Facebook seems to have big plans for Gameroom. For now though, it is offering little that is not offered by “Flash” games sites or mobile gaming.Facebook coincidentally is not the only company that is entering the gaming market. Amazon too is pushing into the market with Amazon Game Studios and Twitch, the popular streaming company that is part of the vast Amazon empire.It remains to be seen if Facebook or Amazon can convince enough developers to publish their games on their platforms. Both companies have the financial means and reach to push into the market, but I cannot see gamers leaving Steam or other platforms in the near future. Some may install Gameroom or Amazon’s offering as a second, third or fourth client, but that is the best that the companies can hope for right now.Now You: What’s your favorite gaming platform and why?SummaryArticle NameFacebook Gameroom launches for WindowsDescriptionFacebook launched Gameroom for Windows, a desktop gaming platform similar to Steam, Origin, uPlay or Gog today.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Google plans to end drive-by-downloads threat by Martin Brinkmann on January 25, 2019 in Google Chrome – 22 commentsGoogle plans to integrate a new security feature in the company’s Chrome browser soon that it hopes will protect Chrome users from drive-by-downloads.The main characteristic of drive-by-downloads is that they happen without user interaction, and Google plans to block downloads that met the companies definition of unintended downloads. Google plans to implement the functionality for Chrome on all supported operating systems except for Apple’s iOS operating system.Drive-by-downloads are used in numerous attacks, e.g. malvertising campaigns or pushing malicious payloads to a user’s system.Tip: You may want to set downloads to manual in Chrome and other browsers to avoid any issues. Chrome downloads files automatically (without asking for location), and that led to a situation on Windows systems in 2017 where .scf files were downloaded to machines (and processed by Windows when the user opened the download directory).Downloads are initiated through a number of different methods; most, e.g. clicking on download links or right-clicking on download links and selecting save options, require user interaction.According to the design document “Preventing Drive-By-Downloads in Sandboxed Iframes” — access it here — downloads will fail in Chrome automatically if they meet the following conditions:The download is initiated without user interaction. Google notes that there are only two types of downloads that fall into the category.This happens in a sandboxed iframe.The frame does not have a transient user gesture at the moment of the click or navigationGoogle notes that about 0.002% of page loads are affected by the change. The company acknowledges that there are legitimate use cases for using the functionality and notes that the “percentage of breakage is small” and that legitimate publishers have an option to bypass the blocking.Google’s implementation targets malvertising, advertising campaigns used to spread malicious downloads, first and foremost.Interested users can check out the official bug on the Chromium website to follow development. It is interesting to note that the bug was published in 2015. It is unclear when the feature will become available but it seems likely that it will be introduced this year.Now You: What is your take on the feature? (via Fossbytes)SummaryArticle NameGoogle plans to end drive-by-downloads threatDescriptionGoogle plans to integrate a new security feature in the company’s Chrome browser soon that it hopes will protect Chrome users from drive-by-downloads.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
The Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) dismissed Thursday afternoon the possibility of an increase in the rates of mandatory vehicle inspections requested by the Spanish-Costa Rican company Riteve.MOPT Vice Minister Rodrigo Rivera said the Public Services Regulatory Authority does not have a method for calculating rates that allows them to address Riteve’s request.He also said that MOPT’s experts are conducting technical studies to determine the relevance of the current methodology of calculation. “To set a definitive calculation formula the method also has to be submitted to public consultation, in order to obtain feedback from users,” Rivera added.Riteve had requested a review of the rates, which they say have not been updated for the past eight years.If the request had prospered, the cost of vehicle inspections would have gone up by 157 percent in 2013. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Fans of the Netherlands national team wave flags by the side of the highway in Escazú, west of San José. More than 100 people showed up at Jazz Café on Saturday to watch the Netherlands-Costa Rica match, and dozens of fans wore jerseys that mixed both teams’ patterns. The club was sultry with body heat and unbearably tense. Said one Dutch fan as he left the men’s room at halftime: “It’s the best game yet of the World Cup. Just incredible.” It was definitely a nail-biter: the Netherlands beat La Sele 4-3 in the final penalty shootout. Facebook Comments Related posts:PHOTOS: Costa Rica’s traditional celebration at Fuente de la Hispanidad Snapshots from the Web of Costa Rica’s historic World Cup win Dutch expats prepare for showdown with Costa Rica VIDEO: World Cup 2014 Retrospective!