Matthew McConaughey named professor at University of Texas

first_imgLos Angeles: The University of Texas at Austin has appointed Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey as a professor of practice in the Department of Radio-Television-Film. The 49-year-old actor will continue to teach the “Advanced Producing: Script to Screen” class at the Moody College of Communication he helped develop three years ago. The official Twitter page of the Moody College of Communication shared the update on Wednesday. “In recognition of his professional pedigree and personal investment in student success, Matthew McConaughey has been appointed a #TEXASMoody professor of practice. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “@McConaughey will continue to teach the #UTScriptoScreen class in @UTRTF,” the tweet read. The account also shared the Oscar winner’s photograph with a class of students and faculty. In a statement acquired by Complex, McConaughey, said he wished he would have had a chance to attend such a class when he was in film school. “Working in the classroom with these students gives me a chance to prepare them. Making movies, turning words on paper into film, is both a science and art – no matter the time or generation. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “The elements of truth and genuine joy for the process are timeless. That will always be our classroom focus,” the actor said. The title will take effect starting from the late 2019 term. He was previously a visiting instructor at the school. McConaughey graduated from UT Austin with a film degree in 1993. It was the same year, when he broke out with “Dazed and Confused”. Navigating his way in Hollywood, most of his films in the 2000s were rom-coms like “The Wedding Planner”, “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”, and “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past”. Then came 2014, when he won his first Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Ron Woodroof, a cowboy diagnosed with AIDS, in “Dallas Buyers Club”.last_img read more

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French troops deployed amid protests on Reunion island

first_imgPARIS — France is deploying soldiers to calm violence on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion after protests over fuel tax hikes degenerated into looting and rioting.Schools are closed for a third day Thursday because protesters’ roadblocks prevent teachers, children and food supplies from reaching them, according to the regional administration.Gas price protests have simmered in France and its overseas territories since Saturday. On Reunion, the protests unleashed broader anger over poverty that is much more widespread than on the French mainland.French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday night defended government efforts to boost the economy on Reunion but also ordered troops to the area, calling the violence “unacceptable.”The prefecture said 123 people have been arrested since Saturday and some 30 police officers injured.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Five projects in Northeast BC get Rural Dividend grants

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The B.C. government announced today that five projects in Northeast B.C. will be getting $567,190 in funding from the Province’s Rural Dividend Program.The funding is part of nearly $8 million in 58 project grants being awarded to eligible local governments, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations through the Program.The Community Futures Peace Liard is receiving a grant of $112,200 to deliver a virtual entrepreneur training program, a Junior Dragons’ Den, and a mentorship program for students in grades 7 to 12, as well as those taking post-secondary and trades training classes. The District of Chetwynd is getting $20,000 in funding complete improvements to three local trails. Futurpreneur Canada is being awarded $311,100 to continue the ThriveNorth programs in 2019. The Fort Nelson First Nation is being awarded $50,000 to complete business and technical planning necessary to help secure a forest licence for birch stands, while the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality is being awarded $73,890 to guide future economic development for the municipality.“Government is following through on its commitment to help rural communities navigate changes that have impacted local economies, by supporting local business development and creating new partnerships to promote shared prosperity,” Donaldson said. “These rural dividend grants are bringing positive change to rural communities throughout B.C.”Earlier this month, nearly $5 million was granted to fund 30 projects in wildfire-impacted areas and two communities that were affected by the shutdown of local mills.last_img read more

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Taylor to turn Peace Island Park into licensed marijuana growop and dispensary

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. — The District of Taylor announced this morning that it will be closing the campgrounds at Peace Island Park effective immediately to turn the 109-hectare park into the Peace Region’s first licensed marijuana cultivation and dispensing facility.In its announcement the District said that it ahead of the planned legalization of recreational cannabis this summer, it had chosen to convert the park into the grow-op and dispensary to capitalize on both tourism and tax revenue. The announcement explained that the island was chosen because of its incredibly fertile soil in the floodplain of the Peace River. Having served as the host venue for music festivals in the past was also factored in to the decision.“Man, this is going to be soooooo dope,” said Mayor Rob Fraser in a release. “Like, we’re going to have the dankest strains of kush this side of B.C. If you thought they were good at this on the Coast, well man, you better wait and see this.” The District explained that the park’s campground facilities, especially those with electrical hookups, are perfect for setting up hydroponic equipment and ultraviolet lights. The plans are to renovate the current park caretaker’s house to become the grow-op’s retail facility, which will also include a demonstration room complete with incense, bead curtains in lieu of doors, along with a catalogue of LP vinyl records from such artists as Steely Dan, the Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Airplane.If all goes according to plan, the District says it anticipates having the new “Peace” Island Park open for business the same day that the federal government legalizes recreational cannabis.If you’ve read this far and still didn’t realize today is April 1, then start at the beginning of the article and try again. Happy April Fools.last_img read more

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect for the BC Peace

first_imgFlooding seen in Beaverlodge near the Esso gas station on Wednesday afternoon. Photo submitted by Tabitha MoffattSee the full weather warning that has been issued for the B.C. Peace below.Issued at 2018-08-02 02:33 UTC by Environment Canada:Severe thunderstorm watch continued for:B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)Current details:Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms this evening. These storms may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Peace is under a severe thunderstorm watch.  Environment Canada says current weather conditions could create severe thunderstorms Wednesday evening.The storms could have strong winds, large hail and heavy rain.A thunderstorm watch continues in the Alberta Peace.  According to 2DayFM, Beaverlodge received over 45.5 mm of rain in two hours Wednesday causing flash flooding in the community.  Highway 43 was closed for several hours due to the flooding seen below.  The Highway is now open.last_img read more

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UKs Labour Party to remember Mullivaikal deaths in UK Parliament

Sen Kandiah, Chair of Tamils for Labour, said: “I am pleased so many Labour parliamentarians will be attending the Mullivaikal memorial event in Parliament this week. Labour has always stood alongside and spoken up for the Tamil people. Labour parliamentarians will express their solidarity with the Tamil people and their full support for Tamils’ fundamental rights and freedoms, including the right to self-determination. Importantly, the Party will also be providing details on the pressure Labour will bring to bear on the UK Government to ensure the Sri Lankan authorities abide by their commitments on truth, justice, accountability and reconciliation. 9 years on from the end of Sri Lanka’s armed conflict and the Sri Lankan Government has failed to live up to its promises on justice and reconciliation, as set out in the UN Human Rights Council resolutions. The international community must redouble its efforts to pressure the Sri Lankan authorities to get this agenda back on track.Labour – as a government in waiting and a proudly internationalist party – has a vital role to play in this regard. I believe that the Labour leadership and all Labour MPs can help to deliver tangible outcomes to the Tamil people before the 10th anniversary of Mullivaikal next year.” (Colombo Gazette) Leading figures from the UK’s Labour Party – including the Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell MP, the Shadow Health Secretary, Jonathan Ashworth MP, the Shadow International Trade Secretary, Barry Gardiner MP, the Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister, Fabian Hamilton MP, and a number other Labour MPs – will mark the 9th anniversary of Mullivaikal with a special commemoration event in the Houses of Parliament.The meeting, which will take place on Wednesday 16 May from 6.30pm to 9pm in the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, will provide an important opportunity to remember all those that died during the country’s civil war and to reaffirm Labour’s strong belief that only with a true reckoning with its past will Sri Lanka be set on the path to lasting peace. read more

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Security Council holds debate on extremely grave situation in Middle East

At the outset of the meeting, Ambassador Nasser Al-Kidwa, the Permanent Observer for Palestine, said Israel had recently reoccupied Ramallah and imposed a military curfew on Yasser Arafat’s headquarters. He noted that all along, the Israeli forces had maintained a tight siege against other Palestinian cities and had reoccupied some of them. Ambassador Al-Kidwa said that Israel had tried at a feverish pace to institutionalize the “heinous situation” emanating from the military assault against the Palestinian people, including by isolating Palestinian areas from each other. He added that the colonization of Palestinian land continued unabated, with more and more settlements being built.Ambassador Al-Kidwa stated that Israel had committed atrocities against the Palestinian people, including war crimes and State-sponsored acts of terrorism, and called on the international community and the Security Council to condemn all Israeli actions and take steps to stop them. Asserting that Israel had openly rejected the relevant Council resolutions, he questioned how the Council could allow the situation to continue and when its resolutions would be implemented. He called on the Council to condemn Israel’s practices and reject its destruction of the Oslo accords, to implement the resolutions, and to push towards comprehensive rapprochement. For his part, Ambassador Yehuda Lancry, the Permanent Representative of Israel, said his country had responded to recent Security Council resolutions by withdrawing troops from Palestinian cities, negotiating an end to the standoff at the Church of the Nativity, and redeploying its forces so that the Palestinian leadership could reassert its authority. “To this day, we still await any steps taken by the Palestinian leadership towards the fulfilment of their obligations,” he said. Palestinian terrorists continued to target Israeli civilians, while other regimes, including Syria, encouraged such acts, he said, urging the Council to demand that Damascus halt this support.While Israel could not “sit back and watch as recognized terrorists freely roam the streets, planning the murder of Israelis,” the country realized that “ultimately Israelis and Palestinians must find a way to live together in peace.” Israel had not responded to a recent suicide bombing so as to give diplomacy a chance. “We have welcomed the efforts of responsible parties, including the Quartet [United States, UN, European Union and Russian Federation], to help move Israel and the Palestinians back to a constructive path, but the success of these endeavours will primarily depend upon concerted action by the Palestinian side to fight terrorism,” he said. read more

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Paper packaging company Stora Enso to raise 25 million for UNICEF projects

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today that it has struck a five-year agreement with Stora Enso, a paper, packaging and forest products company, to help it in its bid to extend basic education to the 121 million children around the world who cannot go to school.Stora Enso, which becomes UNICEF’s first global corporate partner in basic education, will contribute $250,000 in cash every year and match this with an equal amount from staff fundraising activities and in-kind gifts. The total value of the partnership is $2.5 million over the five years.Thanking Stora Enso at a ceremony in London, UNICEF’s Executive Director Carol Bellamy said the money would educate millions of children, especially girls. “By working with us to help the world’s most disadvantaged children receive a basic education, Stora Enso is demonstrating the best kind of corporate responsibility,” she said.More than half of the 121 primary school-age children denied schooling are girls, according to UNICEF, which targets many of its education programmes towards helping them. Projects include the “25 by 2005” campaign, which aims to get as many girls as boys in school in 25 selected countries by next year. read more

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Greater cooperation stressed at UN conference on enhancing security at major events

In a message to a day-long conference on the issue held at UN Headquarters in New York and organized by the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), Mr. Annan welcomed the Institute’s creation of an International Permanent Observatory to help nations exchange ideas and learn about best practices on security.“UNICRI plays an invaluable role in identifying and disseminating best practices aimed at strengthening protection against terrorist attacks targeting large-scale events and gatherings,” Mr. Annan said in his message, delivered on his behalf by David Veness, the Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, who chaired the conference.The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) recently approved a resolution that encourages Member States to strengthen their cooperation when planning the security for major events and to take advantage of the Observatory and its resources.The Secretary-General added that the Observatory will soon be able to provide technical assistance and advisory services to those countries that request such help when staging major events, ranging from economic summits and world conferences to religious festivals and sporting gatherings such as the Olympic Games.Ma Zhen Chuan, Director-General of Beijing Public Security Bureau and responsible for security at the 2008 Summer Olympics, was one of the participants at today’s conference.In his message Mr. Annan noted that in classical times, when the Greeks held the Olympic Games, an “Olympic Peace” was observed during the event so that participants and spectators could attend without fear of violence.“The idea of such a truce has been revived in modern times, even if it has not had the desired impact. Still, we must act in that spirit, and do our utmost to ensure that major large-scale events, from sporting field to convention hall, can take place in peace.”In his remarks to the conference Mr. Veness stressed that “no major event is a one-nation event,” adding that it made sense for host countries to use and share the knowledge of other nations “with vigour and imagination.” read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 5, 2017 3:16 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 5, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,153.12, up 22.51 points):Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down two cents, or 0.66 per cent, to $2.99 on 7.2 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 49 cents, or 5.09 per cent, to $9.14 on 5.2 million shares.BetaPro Crude Oil. (TSX:HOU). Oil and gas. Down 28 cents, or 5.1 per cent, to $5.21 on 4.4 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down 28 cents, or 2.45 per cent, to $11.13 on 4.3 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Up 26 cents, or 2.32 per cent, to $11.46 on 4 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 36 cents, or 1.49 per cent, to $24.54 on 3.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. (TSX:CF). Financial services. Up eight cents, or 1.5 per cent, to $5.42 on 158,969 shares. The firm has signed a deal to buy Hargreave Hale Ltd., an investment and wealth management business in Britain. Under the agreement, Canaccord will play Hargreave shareholders $87.9 million plus an additional $46.5 million that is contingent on meeting certain performance targets. Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

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Greece tops list again

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek passengers have topped the list for arrivals in Melbourne airport of all the European passengers for the first quarter of the year with 17.1 per cent of passengers at Tullamarine holders of a Greek passport. Again, Greek topped the list for the month of September, with 33.4 per cent of passengers holders of a Greek passport, followed by Italy with 20.3 per cent, Russia with 19.9 per cent and Spain with 12.2 per cent. In July this year, passengers with Greek passports topped the list for European travellers with a high 14.2 per cent, followed by Ireland with 13.6 per cent, then Italy with 10.6 per cent. International and domestic passenger numbers at Melbourne airport increased by 6 per cent during the first quarter of 2012/13. The total passengers for this period was 7,451,583.last_img read more

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Portable LightCube Reinvents Home Lighting

first_imgStay on target You can still buy The Clapper sound-activated electrical switch online for about $26 (plus shipping).But why revert to a ’90s relic (often triggered by coughing, a dog barking, laughter, or the TV) when you can upgrade your home lighting instead?LightCube, as its name suggests, is a small battery-powered box capable of illuminating any room in the house. The original and extended models plug directly into the wall, while two portable versions also run on batteries for up to seven hours.via allocacoc“Unlike most bulbs, the LightCube comes with a plug so that it can be placed anywhere providing a unique level of flexibility. No lighting fixtures are needed,” design firm Allocacoc wrote in a blog post.“Moreover, it has gesture control,” it continued, describing this quieter take on The Clapper that requires only a simple wave of your hand over the device to turn it on or off.Press and hold the built-in sensor to set it in manual mode (so when you throw your hands in the air like you just don’t care, it won’t accidentally immerse you in darkness). Plus, try hovering a palm over the box to brighten or dim the light.“These features give us a new way to control the ambiance in our surroundings,” the Allocacoc announcement said. “Combined with our accessories, it can be used as a floor lamp, ceiling lamp, table lamp, wall lamp, spotlight, etc.”via allocacocLightCube has already surpassed its $12,000 Kickstarter goal. But there is still plenty of time to back the project. Pick from the original (super-early-bird price of $16), extended (five- or 10-foot cable for $22 or $25, respectively), and original portable (a Clapper-worthy $27).Also pick up some shady accessories like the “envelope,” desk, hanging, or standing cover sets.All products come with your choice of warm-white or cold-white light, and are expected for global delivery this August. Covert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your PocketRugged BlackBerry Clone With QWERTY Keyboard Hits Kickstarter last_img read more

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Microsoft Security Essentials misses AVTest Certified status

first_img 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. Citation: Microsoft Security Essentials misses AV-Test Certified status (2013, January 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-microsoft-essentials-av-test-certified-status.html Explore further © 2013 Phys.org More information: blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archi … st-test-results.aspxcenter_img AV-Test is an independent testing lab based in Germany. As a service provider in IT security and anti-virus research, they aim at detecting and analyzing malware, and informing customers of results. Their work is done at laboratories in Magdeburg and Leipzig.Microsoft’s site presents Microsoft Security Essentials as “built for individuals and small businesses, but “based on the same technology that Microsoft uses to protect giant businesses.”Microsoft missed certification by one point on the current test. In the previous failure the company missed certification by half a point. “During November and December 2012 we continuously evaluated 25 home user security products using their default settings,” said the AV-Test account of its recent testing. “We always used the most current publicly-available version of all products for the testing. They were allowed to update themselves at any time and query their in-the-cloud services. We focused on realistic test scenarios and challenged the products against real-world threats. Products had to demonstrate their capabilities using all components and protection layers.”Microsoft, meanwhile, issued a statement regarding the test results. “We continually evaluate and look at ways to improve our processes. We know from feedback from customers that industry testing is valuable, and their tests do help us improve,” said Joe Blackbird, program manager, Microsoft Malware Protection Center, in a response. “We’re committed to reducing our 0.0033 percent margin to zero.”On Microsoft’s side, he said, “We conduct a rigorous review of the results whenever test results warrant it. We take the protection of our customers very seriously, and the investments we make to do these reviews is an example of that commitment.”At the same time, he said, it was difficult for independent anti-malware testing organizations to devise “tests that are consistent with the real-world conditions that customers live in.” Blackbird reviewed a number of points, using figures to support his views. He offered “some key upfront data points to keep in mind.” Among the points listed in his response: “AV-Test’s test results indicate that our products detected 72 percent of all ‘0-day malware’ using a sample size of 100 pieces of malware. We know from telemetry from hundreds of millions of systems around the world that 99.997 percent of our customers hit with any 0-day did not encounter the malware samples tested in this test.” Microsoft anti-virus program evicts Chrome browser (Phys.org)—Microsoft Security Essentials failed another certification test by independent testing lab, AV-Test Institute. The group publishes test results every two months. Microsoft Security Essentials 4.1 was among three failures, in the testing that was done for the months of November and December 2012. The testing looked at over two dozen consumer antivirus security programs. The other two that failed certification were PC Tools Internet Security 2012 and AhnLab Internet Security 8.0.last_img read more

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Firefighters set to remain at retirement complex into weekend as blaze continues

first_imgCrewe retirement complex fire – in pictures Driver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailFirefighters are set to continue to tackle a blaze at a South Cheshire retirement complex into the weekend. More than 70 firefighters, from Cheshire, Staffordshire, Merseyside and Shropshire have been working to get the blaze, at the Beechmere Residential Home on Rolls Avenue in Crewe, under control since 4.30pm yesterday (Thursday August 8). Part of the building has collapsed and all 150 residents have been evacuated – along with a smaller number of people living on two streets nearby who were asked to leave their homes as a precaution. A number of road closures remain in place – with Cheshire Police saying this morning that these are likely to remain in place throughout the day. Six fire engines from Staffordshire are among those to have attended the scene. Neil Griffiths, who is the fire commander in charge of the incident, said: “This is a substantial fire in a very large and complex building. More than 70 firefighters have been at the scene overnight tackling the blaze – the response effort has been immense and I want to thank each and every one of them. “Our efforts have been hampered by the weather, the layout of the site and the access to it but I want to reassure everyone that we are doing all that we can to bring the fire under control as quickly as possible. The response from the local community has been amazing and we are very appreciative of their support.” Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window View gallery Read More48 hours of weather warnings in force for Staffordshire and Cheshire   Residents were evacuated following the incident and initially taken to nearby rest centres – with arrangements for alternative accommodation being made for them. A small number of people were  also taken to hospital to be checked over. Cheshire Police have praised local residents for their offers of support, donations and offers of transport. Superintendent Pete Crowcroft, who oversees policing in the area, said:  “This is a very large fire in a building that is at the heart of the community. Naturally, this will have a significant impact on those living close by and they will clearly be concerned for all those affected. “But the response shown last night within minutes of the incident being reported was nothing short of remarkable and I want to thank every single person who has helped or offered help in some way. “Your kind hearted gesture will have been very much appreciated by everyone involved and I’m sure will have brought some comfort to the residents affected by the fire.” Road closures in place due to retirement complex fireCheshire Fire and Rescue Service say the following road closures remain in place: Minshull New Road at the junction with Rolls Avenue. Badger Avenue at the junction with Minshull New Road. Frank Bott Avenue at the junction with Badger Avenue. Underwood Lane at the junction with Windsor Avenue. center_img Punter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing woman Read More’We were very much in love’ – Girlfriend’s heartfelt tribute to man, 38, who took his own life 45 minutes after grabbing her by the throat   As well as the emergency services, other agencies present at the scene include Cheshire East Council, Public Health England and the Environment Agency – with police saying everything possible was being done to support residents. The British Red Cross and the Salvation Army have also been providing support to residents and firefighters throughout the morning. Mark Palethorpe, acting executive director people, Cheshire East Council, said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Crewe community for rallying around to support those affected by the terrible fire at Beechmere. The community spirit shown has been overwhelming. “We have seen very many people offering help, donations and other support both at the rest centre at Crewe Lifestyle Centre and, earlier in the evening, at the site itself. “We are also aware of the following collection points that have been set up for donations of clothes, towels, bedding and toiletries – Eight Farmers, Crewe, Albert’s Corner, Four Eagles, Mecca Bingo, Rainbow Day Nursery, Haslington, Crewe Town FC (5pm – 6.30pm on Friday 9 August), Cumberland Arena, VWJ Earthmoving Ltd (from 7am on Friday 9 August). “I’d also like to thank our staff who worked so hard through the night, with our partners, to support the residents into alternative accommodation.” Residents living nearby are still being advised to keep their windows and doors closed. Anyone living in the local area who has any concerns is urged to call 101. Any relatives with any concerns can call 101 quoting IML 480541. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .last_img read more

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That evening the Hydro will once again resound wi

first_imgThat evening, the Hydro will once again resound with the likes of Al Capone, Dutch Schultz and Bugsy Siegel when the hotel hosts a Gangster Casino Night in support of Katoomba Hospital. Guests can play all the traditional games at casino-quality tables with professionally trained casino standard croupiers.There will be an array of prizes, and money raised at the 18 years plus-restricted event will go towards refurbishing the waiting room in the local Katoomba Hospital emergency department. Cost: $55 per person. *These are not cast members from Peaky Blinders, Downton Abbey or Poirot but REAL people enjoying themselves at the Hydro’s annual Roaring 20s Festival! If you’re a fan of Peaky Blinders* A decadent regional food and wine showcase of shared plates follows, featuring the culinary skills of Hydro Majestic head chef Mate Herceg and his team, as well as other exceptional local producers. A fashion parade of exquisite 1920s clothing will add an extra course to the long lunch menu. Cost: $95pp.Sumptuous high tea will be available in the Wintergarden Restaurant, overlooking the Megalong Valle,y throughout the day, along with history tours of the world-famous hotel. or Poirot*center_img or Downton Abbey* … head to the iconic Hydro Majestic hotel in the NSW Blue Mountains and step back in time to those halcyon days over an art deco-inspired, Roaring 20s festival of vintage revelry.On Saturday, February 24 2018, revellers can kick off in style with a community Charleston for Charity dance in front of the Majestic Pavilion at 11am, with prizes for best dressed lady, man, couples and hats, all for the price of a gold coin donation to Blue Mountains Rural Fire Service. Blue MountainsHydro Majestic HotelNSWlast_img read more

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by The Associated Press Posted May 12 2019 10

first_img by The Associated Press Posted May 12, 2019 10:44 am PDT Anger over author’s critical post of worker eating on train AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img WASHINGTON — A Jordanian American writer is facing a backlash after she posted a picture on Twitter of a public transit worker eating on a train and reported details about the woman to her bosses.Natasha Tynes apologized a day later on Twitter and deleted her post before making her account private, but the publishing house distributing her debut novel dropped her and her publisher delayed the planned release of the book.The response to Friday’s post was almost immediate, with people upset that someone who called herself a “minority writer” in a recent column at Writer’s Digest would shame another minority woman and possibly cause her to lose her job.Tynes’ post showed the woman in her work uniform eating on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority train. The authority doesn’t allow drinking or eating on its trains and buses, although officials on Wednesday had advised police officers to stop issuing tickets for those violations.“When you’re on your morning commute & see @wmata employee in UNIFORM eating on the train I thought we were not allowed to eat on the train. This is unacceptable. Hope @wmata responds,” Tynes wrote.When the authority’s Twitter account reached out for more information, Tynes replied with the time, the train and the direction it was travelling, The Washington Post reported.Tynes “did something truly horrible today in tweeting a picture of a metro worker eating her breakfast on the train this morning and drawing attention to her employer. Black women face a constant barrage of this kind of inappropriate behaviour directed toward them and a constant policing of their bodies,” Tynes’ publishing house, Rare Birds Books, said in a statement.Tynes’ publisher, California Coldblood, also issued a statement, saying “we do not condone her actions and hope Natasha learns from this experience that black women feel the effects of systematic racism the most and that we have to be allies, not oppressors.”The publisher said it was postponing the release of Tynes’ novel “while we further discuss appropriate next steps to officially cancel.” The novel, “They Called Me Wyatt,” is about a murdered Jordanian student whose consciousness ends up in the body of a baby boy who as an adult tries to figure out what happened with her death.When The Associated Press called Tynes on Sunday, she said “no thank you, I’m not going to comment.”Metro officials didn’t respond to questions about whether the employee faced any discipline.An official with the union for Metro workers said the woman was taking a meal break while going from one job to another.Metro operators have “an average of 20 minutes to consume a meal and get to their next access point to ensure all buses and trains are on time, safe, and ready to serve the riding public,” said Barry Hobson, the chief of staff for the Metro workers union, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689.Hobson’s statement referenced a Wednesday email from the Metro Transit police chief telling officers to stop writing tickets for fare evasion, eating, drinking, spitting and playing music without headphones until further notice.“Understanding this email, our operator clearly was doing no wrong,” Hobson’s statement said.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Guterres says Good Offices mission ready when sides agree to resume dialogue

first_imgThe United Nations’ Good Offices mission for a Cyprus settlement will resume as soon as the parties have an agreement for those good offices to be put in place, Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said.During a news conference on the occasion of the opening of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Guterres was asked by the Cyprus News Agency to clarify the prerequisites in order to continue with his good offices mission for Cyprus.“It’s very simple,” he replied.“I plan to use my good offices as soon as the parties are in agreement for those good offices to be put in place.”Asked about the release date of his good offices report on Cyprus, Gutteres said, moreover, that “we are still working on it”.“The report, […] we are still working on it,” the UN chief said.“I hope we will be presenting it probably end of this month, beginning of next month, after the high‑level session, which, as you can imagine, we are all completely overwhelmed. But it is to come soon.”You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Cooperative Bank explores more radical solutions to reduce NPLs CEO says

first_imgThe Cooperative Cyprus Bank (CCB) is exploring “more radical solutions” in a bid to achieve a swifter reduction of the non-performing loans (NPLs) weighing on its balance sheet, the CCB’s Chief Executive Officer Nicolas Hadjiyiannis said in an interview with the Cyprus News Agency (CNA).Hadjiyiannis acknowledged that the tool of loan restructurings alone, given the time necessary for a restructured NPL to return to the performing loan book as well as the CCB’s mainly retail loan portfolio, is not enough and so the bank is considering other solutions.“Given the process to declassify a non- performing loan, the tool of loan restructurings alone is not enough. We need to manage these loans that are in deep arrears and to find more radical solutions,” he said.The CCB’s NPLs by end-June 2017 amounted to €7.17 billion, accounting for 59 per cent of its total loan book.“We are moving towards implementing all available tools, utilising the provisions of the banks, as Cypriot banks have accumulated significant provisions to deal with the essence of the problem,” he added.Hadjiyiannis said the Cypriot banks have submitted their NPL reduction strategies to the European Central Bank, adding these plans include “a radical reduction in absolute numbers.”“Therefore… the coming short to medium term period will have a catalytic importance for the solution of the problem,” he said.Hadjiyiannis said the Cooperative Sector lost time in reducing its massive non-performing loan book, due to the merger of the 93 separate credit institutions in to a single entity. The merger was part of the preconditions for the injection of €1.67 billion of bailout money to plug its capital shortfall paid by the government in 2014.Commenting on the decline of loan restructurings in the first half of 2017, Hadjiyiannis said the bank was faced with increased work load due to the legal merger that has been concluded in early 2017.However, he added that the bar has been set high for the whole of the year both concerning loan restructurings and NPL reduction.“We aim at achieving some hundreds of millions in NPL reduction, using all the weapons at our disposal, write offs, debt to asset swaps, full repayments, write downs, (the reduction of a loan’s book value without exonerating the borrower from the debt),” he added.Asked why the CCB has failed to engage in debt to asset swaps (DBAs) so far, Hadjiyiannis said the bank was building the necessary infrastructure and a specialised unit to deal with such assets.But he said the bank “is careful not to transfer the problem from one part of the balance sheet to the other.”By assuming real estate, you reduce the NPLs ratio but you also assume risks related with the real estate market and on how you will dispose of these assets, he said.He also noted DBAs are more complex and more lengthy due to the banks loan book which mostly concerns retail loans.According to a report, the CCB has produced an ambitious strategy for the next five years, including reducing NPLs by 2.7 billion, writing off 2 billion of loans and raising coverage ratio to 67% from 47% in end-June 2017.“These targets are absolutely compatible with what needs to be done. It is not acceptable nor financially sound the banks to carry these weights on their balance sheet in the next five years,” Hadjiyiannis said and added: Therefore, we need to find solutions so that the (NPL) rate declines to a certain point, or to vanish all together, we say we should to reduce it to a level acceptable by European standards.”The CCB CEO said the deal reached with Spanish asset management firm, Altamira, will help to achieve these targets. The agreement concerns the management of the CCB’s total non- performing loan book as well as real estate amounting €500 million.“We believe that Altamira has the experience, the expertise and will provide the strategic management of this large part of our balance sheet and will be able to utilise all solutions necessary to bring about this reduction (in NPLs),” he said.On the planned capital raise, Hadjiyiannis said this will allow the state-owned bank to return to the private sector, noting that the capital raise is envisaged in the agenda 2022.“Our targets will be rendered more doable with the capital raise in 2018 and will strengthen our balance sheet,” he said.Asked whether the Cypriot banks will be called on to raise capital in 2018 given the increased regulatory requirements concerning risk management, Hadjiyiannis said raising capital is up to the banks policies and also market conditions.But he pointed out that maintaining high levels of NPLs requires increased capital buffers.“Surely as long as we have the problem of high NPLs we will see these buffers, be they capital or accumulated provisions, to rise constantly,” he concluded.You May LikeKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Supreme Court reserves judgment in Eleni Loizidou emails case

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Monday said that it would reserve its ruling to the appeal filed by daily Politis against an injunction forbidding it from publishing contents from the email account of state attorney Eleni Loizidou whose work emails were hacked in 2017 and published online.The case concerns published emails that showed Loizidou’s excessive zeal in pursuing extradition requests against Russian nationals, some allegedly politically motivated by the prosecutor-general of the Russian Federation. Her correspondence was published by a Russian website and reproduced by daily Politis in November 2017.Loizidou is suing Politis seeking damages of between €500,000 and €2m, claiming that the newspaper violated her right to privacy and the law on the protection of personal data.The Nicosia district court also granted, in January 2018, an injunction request by Loizidou, prohibiting Politis from publishing contents from her email account until the hearing of the lawsuit or until another court order was issued.Politis’ lawyer, Polys Polyviou, told the court on Monday that this was an extremely important case concerning the right to freedom of speech and information.  Finding a balance between this and the right to privacy was imperative, he said.Consideration of such issues always starts with the right to freedom of speech and information, especially if the subject is a matter of the highest public interest, Polyviou said. He argued that the subject of the published emails was a matter of the highest public interest. “It is not gossip or details of personal life or information that does not contribute to public debate,” he said.Loizidou, he said, is a public figure with very important duties and the issue is not only about her but also the legal service and the Republic of Cyprus itself.Politis’ articles concerning the matter, he said, were not related to Loizidou’s personal life, but her professional communication on issues of the highest public interest concerning extraditions and whether the legal service was doing Russia’s bidding.He said that Politis exercised “courageous journalism” which exerts great criticism and raises questions.The issue, he said, has already been reported by Cypriot, Greek and international media, such as Washington Post and CNN, and concerns Cyprus, Russia and the European Union.The European Court of Human Rights has allowed in the past the disclosure of important information even though they have been stolen by third parties because the freedom of speech and the right of citizens to information on matters of public interest prevail, Polyviou said. He also said the newspaper was not accused of stealing the material which was available on a Russian website.Loizidou’s email account in question was basically used for business purposes. Politis did not publish Loizidou’s personal information, he said.Polyviou argued that the injunction decision did not take into consideration the huge international significance of the matter while the primary importance of freedom of speech was ignored as was public interest.Restrictions on freedom of speech are only allowed when they are absolutely necessary, he said, calling on the court to annul the decree.Loizidou’s lawyer, Constantinos Kallis, argued that Polyviou has basically asked them to break the law. “This is the first time I hear a suggestion for the cancellation of a decree so that someone can carry on breaking the law,” he said.The law, he said, forbids publication of stolen emails and provides up to five years imprisonment. Any annulment of the decree, he said, would mean violating this legislation which bans the publication of private communications for reasons of public interest.“Public interest requires private communications not to be published, not the contrary,” he said. He said that the staff of the legal service are not public figures.Having heard both sides, the Supreme Court said it would reserve its decision for a later stage.The cabinet had appointed an investigating officer to investigate the possibility of disciplinary offenses by Loizidou who was suspended until the probe was completed. Subsequently, the Attorney-General appointed a private lawyer who, after studying all the evidence and the reports of the investigating officer, concluded that three disciplinary charges could be brought against Loizidou. These concerned the alleged dumping by Loizidou of the laptop she was using for business abroad after breaking down without saving information on it and for using her personal e-mail account for business purposes instead that of her work.The AG had made clear that the alleged dumping of the laptop abroad, had nothing to do with the theft of Loizidou’s emails.A closed hearing of the disciplinary charges against the prosecutor is under way before the Public Service Commission, which is to make a decision. The decisions of the commission are not made public.  You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. 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was my chance I was working on a story about the US-imposed sanctions and their impact on Iran fans travelling to the World Cup Bummer As it turned out they were Iranians living in Germany Like many supporters who are in Russia for the tournament their financial worries were banal in nature But there was still hope One of them was from Tehran As it turned out it was more likely to get a joke out of them When I asked “How have the sanctions affected you” The man in question replied “They have affected me a lot It cost me a lot to come here… in my private jet” He later added “The price of caviar has gone up” At least it was a good laugh and my work did get done eventually Some of it completed on the sleeper trains which are carrying fans and journalists for free during the World Cup from one venue to another I undertook a seventeen-hour return journey to Saint Petersburg after the opening game in Moscow joined only by those who had dedicated their time to the tournament On my way back to the capital I shared a coupe with three Russian men one of them a journalist and spent the night wondering what they were saying as their conversations lasted a few hours Unintelligibility though is not necessarily a problem as I discovered a few days later Following Mexico’s win over Germany my friend (another Indian journalist working at the World Cup) and I decided to look for the Vietnamese restaurant which had met our approval a few days ago I was hoping to finish some work while having dinner there but those plans went awry when we were joined by an excitable Mexico supporter and an inebriated Russian man They wanted to discuss football and they would not stop talking The trouble was that the Russian man barely spoke a word of English so I had to pull my phone out and translate everything while he plodded on in Russian At least I know that he thinks Brazil will win the whole thing The previous morning however I did get more out of a conversation when about 90 minutes were spent 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