View comments JRU saw its winning run snapped at four by the Arellano Chiefs and JRU head coach Vergel Meneses praised his team for showing maturity in bouncing back from a loss.“It was important for us to bounce back after we lost to Arellano,” said Meneses in Filipino. “And this win showed the character of the players, that they can recover after a heartbreaking loss.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the second game, Christian Garcia dropped 20 of his 27 points in the first quarter alone and Sidney Onwuebere had 16 points and 15 rebounds as Emilio Aguinaldo College ripped Mapua University, 85-72, to keep its Final Four hopes afloat.Already playing minus big man Hamadou Laminou, who went down with a season-ending ACL injury, the Generals also lost bruiser Juju Bautista, who hurt his shoulder in a previous match. But it hardly mattered against an undermanned Cardinals squad, who dropped to 1-11 for the season. The Generals, meanwhile, improved to 5-6 to move to within half a game out of the playoff circle. —BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NET WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City JRU’s Teytey Teodoro (right) evades the defense of Letran’s JP Calvo. —AUGUST DELA CRUZJose Rizal University wasted no time in getting back to the win column by frustrating Letran, 77-68, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Heavy Bombers held on to the third seed with a 7-4 record while the Knights slipped to a 5-6 card to hang precariously out of the top four.ADVERTISEMENT So-Baadur match goes to tiebreaks MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president
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Karl-Heinz Riedle Riedle hails Leipzig’s Werner as most vital component for Germany in WC2018 Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 1 year ago 11:36 12/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Borussia Dortmund Germany World Cup UEFA Champions League Tournament favourites Germany will need to keep Timo Werner under special protection until June 2018 if Karl-Heinz Riedle has his ways with him. Germany will head into the 2018 FIFA World Cup as holders of the prestigious trophy and will undoubtedly be among the fancied teams to lift the trophy in Russia. Yet, no one in the modern era has been able to retain the World Cup, Brazil the last team to achieve that feat way back in 1962.The Die Mannschaft narrowly defeated Argentina 1-0 in the final of the 2014 edition, despite a 7-1 demolition of hosts Brazil in the semi-final stage. Four years on, Joachim Low’s side remains the ones to beat after another impressive qualifying campaign as well as winning the 2017 Confederations Cup despite sending what is effectively their second team to the latter tournament. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The four-times world champions have been drawn in Group F in next year’s tournament where they are placed together with Sweden, Mexico and South Korea. The last time Germany met South Korea in a World Cup was the 2002 tournament which saw the former crushed the hopes of the host nation in reaching the final.Former Borrusia Dortmund and Liverpool forward Karl-Heinz Riedle has represented Germany on many an occasion, even helping his team to the World Cup triumph in 1990 prior to the success in Brazil 2014.Now 52-years-old, Riedle is expectant of another big World Cup outing for the Germans although he’s cautious of what the likes of Sweden and South Korea could bring to the party.”It’s a hard group for sure. Sweden eliminated Germany this year. I don’t know too much about South Korea team. Even the Germany national team coach said you’ll never know what comes up. Everyone know Son (Heung-Min) at Tottenham is a very good player. If they qualified for the World Cup, they must be a strong team.””I had the experience of playing South Korea in the World Cup in 94. We didn’t know anything about the players but in the second half we knew everything because they were strong and battled us very good. We were lucky to win 3-2 in that game. So I’m sure they will also have a good team this time around. I’m looking forward to see them in the World Cup,” Riedle told Goal in an exclusive interview. Riedle is under no illusion as to what would constitute a failure for Germany – if they were sent packing in the group stage itself. Sweden may have stopped Italy in their qualifying tracks but Mexico and South Korea could not claim such strong recent records.Stacked with world class players in every department, while other coaches have a hard time picking a good squad to bring the World Cup, the selection problem with Low is who to exclude for the flight to Russia.As a forward in his playing days, Riedle can speak with authority on that position and that is where he sees the greatest problem to this Germany side. Acknowledging one RB Leipzig forward as the only viable in-form option at the moment, Riedle is worried should anything happen to that particular player prior to the tournament.”Germany are the favourites in the group and because we are the title holders and probably one of the favourites to win the World Cup in Russia. I don’t know. You see France and they have a really strong team this year. But you never know.””With the German team, you would expect them to at least reach the semi-final or the final. I hope we can surprise and be the first team to be able to retain the trophy. We have a good team but the problem for us is that we are lacking about strikers at the moment. We only have Timo Werner who is top class at the moment. So if he is injured or off form, we will struggle up front,” he added.Karl-Heinz Rield was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as part of Borussia Dortmund’s trophy tour where the DFB-Pokal Cup was paraded to local fans which also included a week-long football training camp for school children.
zoom COSCO Shipping Company Limited (COSCOL) has marked the beginning of construction on its 90,000 DWT Semi-Submersible Vessel, m/v Guang Hua Kou, with a steel cutting ceremony held at Guangzhou Shipyard International at the end of March.This purpose-built heavy lift vessel will have a large open deck measuring 211.2 x 68 meters (692.9 x 223 feet) capable of transporting the largest offshore structures, semi-submersible rigs, and jack-up rigs.It will be able to compete neck and neck with the industry’s finest such as Dockwise Vanguard, which is the world’s most capable heavy lift ship at the moment.Some of its key features include superior internal strength, capable of stern or side loading, 16m deck submerging capabilities in order to load large floating structures of up to 20 tons/m2 overall- 125 tons/m on webframes, diesel-electric propulsion system capable of reaching a speed of 13.5 knots and Class 2 Dynamic Positioning System.The vessel’s ballasting will be controlled by 4 large capacity air compressors, which will enable operations to be completed in about 6 hours, COSCOL said.The heavy-lift vessel is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Nova Scotians will have a chance to explore, study and enjoy nature in a new protected wilderness area next to the province’s largest urban population. Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area will be within the boundary of Nova Scotia’s capital, Halifax Regional Municipality. The province will designate 1,350 hectares (3,350 acres) of Crown lands between Highway 103 and the Bicentennial Highway, adjacent to the Bayers Lake Business Park. “This unique wilderness area, located within city municipal boundaries, will ensure that people can more easily experience the rejuvenating powers of nature within their own community,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour, at a ceremony today, Oct. 30, in Hammonds Plains, Halifax Regional Municipality. The Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Actcommits the province to protecting 12 per cent of Nova Scotia’s land mass by 2015. Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area will help meet that provincial goal. The wilderness area designation will protect numerous interconnected, undeveloped lakes and wetlands; rugged woodlands with old red oak and red spruce stands; and a rare arctic-alpine plant called Mountain Sandwort. It will also help protect exceptional outdoor education and wilderness recreation opportunities such as hiking, swimming, cross-country skiing, canoeing and angling. “I would like to thank the Department of Natural Resources, led by my colleague David Morse, for helping to make this unique near-urban wilderness area a reality,” said Mr. Parent. Blue Mountain–Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area will complement Halifax Regional Municipality’s regional planning strategy, which includes creating a large park in that region. “I’m very pleased with the province’s collaborative approach and support for HRM’s regional plan,” said Mayor Peter Kelly. “This will help us move forward with HRM’s plans for a regional park in the area.” The environmental value of the lands was highlighted in an environmental assessment report into the proposed Highway 113. The independent report notes that the proposed highway routeis outside the area worthy of protection. The wilderness-area designation addresses the report’s recommendation that lands south of the proposed highway route be protected. For more information about Nova Scotia’s 34 protected wilderness areas, visit the Environment and Labour Department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/protectedareas .
Dave Phillips, Environment Canada’s senior climatologist, has been compiling Top 10 lists for 23 years and he says the weather is not as cut and dried as it used to be. Here are his top events for 2018:1. Smoky skies: Driven by hot, dry conditions, the number of fires was higher than last year and the area burned was double the 25-year averages. Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia and down the Pacific Coast to California darkened skies and soured air for more than 10 million Canadians.2. Canada and the global heat wave: It was hot from coast to coast. Canada Day in Ottawa was the second-warmest in more than 130 years. Three Saskatchewan cities broke all-time records with temperatures into the 40s C. In Quebec, 93 people died from heat-related causes.3. Spring and fall disappear: The coldest April on record slammed into the hottest-ever May. A few months later, the Prairie harvest ground to a halt when 30 centimetres of snow fell in some areas in September and October.4. Billion-dollar windstorm: Hundreds of thousands in Quebec and Ontario were left without power in May as 120-km/h winds snapped power poles, damaged homes and hurled tree branches into vehicles like armour-piercing spears. The clean-up tab is estimated at more than $1 billion.5. Ottawa tornadoes: A series of tornadoes tore up the boundary region between Ontario and Quebec on Sept. 21. One of them was the most powerful recorded anywhere in North America last summer. Insurance costs are expected to be about $307 million.6. British Columbia floods: A snowpack nearly twice the norm, a wet spring and high late-spring temperatures produced flooding in several river valleys in southern B.C. Almost 5,000 people were forced from their homes by river levels not seen in 50 years.7. Fast flooding in New Brunswick: Floods on the Saint John River are an old story, but even old-timers were surprised by the speed of the water in 2018. Deep snow, heavy rains and sudden heat created the largest, most damaging flood in modern New Brunswick history down river of Fredericton in April and May. The Reversing Falls stopped reversing.8. Toronto’s tiny, perfect storm: On Aug. 7, a compact storm dumped 58 millimetres of rain downtown and 72 millimetres on Toronto Island, while the suburbs and the airport got almost nothing. Two men nearly drowned in an underground parking elevator and Blue Jays baseball fans got rained on despite the closed roof at Rogers Centre.9. Cold start, long winter: Six months of it. Albertans faced wind-chill cold of -45 C on New Year’s Eve. In early January, Toronto was colder than Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. 10. The cruellest month: Nationally, it was the coldest April in 16 years and in 71 years if you lived through it in Ontario and Quebec. In those provinces the misery was compounded with up to 12 centimetres of freezing rain, snow and ice pellets. Windows on Parliament Hill were smashed. The CN Tower was closed after Rogers Centre was bombed by ice falling from the tower.The Canadian Press
The aunt of an Alberta woman who has been released from custody in China says she believes it was a mistake by her niece’s employer that resulted in her arrest.Sarah McIver was detained earlier this month over a work-permit issue related to her teaching job, but her aunt Rhona McIver says Sarah is now on her way back to her hometown of Drumheller, Alta.Rhona McIver said she believes her niece arrived in China to learn that the school she’d planned to teach at no longer had a job for her, so officials gave her work at another school.“That’s where the mistake got made,” McIver said from Drumheller in an interview Saturday.“She probably didn’t even think about it.”McIver’s arrest followed those of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, two Canadians living and working in China, on allegations they were harming China’s national security.China arrested Kovrig and Spavor separately after Canadian authorities detained a Chinese technology executive in Vancouver. Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of electronics giant Huawei Technologies, is wanted in the United States on allegations she lied to American banks as part of an effort to get around sanctions on Iran.China and Canada both insisted McIver’s case was different from Kovrig’s and Spavor’s.Rhona McIver said Sarah’s mother and sister have driven to B.C. to pick her up. She explained that while in China, McIver adopted a puppy, and even though she was able to fly from China to Canada with the dog, there was a problem flying it to Calgary.“One morning she was going to school and somebody threw out some pups, so she rescued one,” McIver said, adding they could be back in Drumheller by Saturday evening.McIver said her niece like to travel and had been to China before, but only as a tourist.A spokeswoman for China’s Foreign Ministry said last week that a Canadian woman had received an administrative penalty for illegal employment but did not provide further details.A spokesman with Global Affairs Canada confirmed Friday that a Canadian citizen who was detained in China this month was released and has returned to Canada, but would not release further information due to provisions under the Privacy Act.
“Unless new contributions arrive now, we will have to cut rations across the board to everyone we assist or face a complete break in supplies in December,” UN World Food Programme (WFP) Burundi Country Director Gerard van Dijk said. Burundi, recovering from decades of devastating ethnic war, is one of the first nations referred to the new UN Peacebuilding Commission that seeks to prevent countries emerging from conflict from slipping back into bloodshed. “While security has improved significantly in Burundi, refugees say that with improved food security, there would be better prospects for return,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) country representative Bo Schack said, echoing WFP’s appeal. “The increased food package is an important step in our joint effort to help returnees reintegrate in their home communities. We are appealing for strong donor support for this initiative.” Without new funds, both the returnee rations and food aid for 815,000 other hungry Burundians are in jeopardy. WFP urgently needs $20 million to continue its work in the small Central African country, one of the poorest and least developed in the world. Since April, WFP has provided a four-month food ration to returnees from Tanzania. The agency and its partner Caritas, a non-governmental organization, will now provide a six-month ration, helping families through their first difficult months before their first harvest in their homeland. “We hope that this larger ration will speed up the pace of returns to Burundi this year,” Mr. van Dijk said. It is “particularly worrying that we are in a funding crunch at the same time as the Government of Tanzania is pushing for more refugees to return home,” he added. “We need to be able to tell families considering a return that they can count on food and other aid to help them.” Returning refugees receive a two-month ration as they start their journey in Tanzania, and can then use vouchers to collect the remaining four-month entitlement close to their homes. Forty-five permanent distribution centres and 72 mobile distribution facilities have been set up in the provinces. In a similar bid to boost repatriation, UNHCR introduced a cash grant in July. Each returnee receives the equivalent of almost $50 upon arrival to buy essential goods. Some 6,000 refugees have returned since the launch of the cash initiative, more than half of the over 10,000 returnees since the beginning of the year. Since 2002, more than 340,000 refugees have returned voluntarily. Overall, Tanzania hosts nearly half a million refugees, making it one of the largest asylum countries in Africa. In addition to the 149,000 Burundians, there are also 110,000 Congolese living in camps in northwestern Tanzania, where they receive UNHCR and WFP aid. According to Government estimates, another 200,000 Burundians live outside the camps. 14 August 2007United Nations agencies appealed to donors today for at least $20 million for increased food aid to help many of the 149,000 Burundian refugees in camps in Tanzania to return home, warning that without more funding the initiative may collapse.
TORONTO — Lights! Fog! Action!In what will make for an even pricier night out at the movies, Cineplex is launching a new tier of big-screen experience that includes films augmented by piped-in scents and environmental effects like wind, snow and bubbles.Those are just a few of the promises of so-called 4DX technology, which will hit a Toronto cinema this summer.‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ helps propel Cineplex to record Q4 resultsHow Montreal-based D-BOX Technologies’ seats are rumbling their way into more cinemasDesigned to make high-octane blockbusters even more appealing, special theatres will have traditional seats replaced with chairs that move in sync with the action. Environmental effects will be programmed to kick in at moments that complement the film.It’s the latest cutting-edge technology being adopted by Hollywood in hopes of keeping moviegoers buying tickets — but the experience comes at a richer price.While Cineplex hasn’t decided how much it will charge customers, it says 4DX will be the most expensive ticket on its menu, which means it will run upwards of $24.The company plans to open its first completely redesigned 4DX theatre at Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP in downtown Toronto.
“I am confident the prosecutor general will press terrorism charges against Adeeb,” he added. The NIC had gathered enough evidence to win the case against the former vice president, he said.A total of eight individuals are in police custody over the blast, the commission said. Some, including three arrested over the sniper plot, have been released. (Colombo Gazette) Naseer, who heads the national inquiry commission on the boat blast, linked the September blast with the May Day plot and said: “All these instructions came from the same person, on the instructions of Ahmed Adeeb.” Adeeb remains the main suspect in the blast on Yameen’s speedboat in September, Naseer said. The alleged assassination plot has plunged the country into fresh crisis, with a purge of the security forces and discovery of massive embezzlement from state coffers. Detained former Maldives Vice President Ahmed Adeeb had brought in a Sri Lankan sniper to assassinate Maldives President Abdulla Yameen in October, the Maldives Independent quoted Maldives Home Minister Umar Naseer as saying.Speaking to the press today, Naseer also said that an inquiry into a blast on President Abdulla Yameen’s speedboat had revealed that an explosive device was prepared for a May Day rally and that the case involved the former vice president. He also alleged that Adeeb had brought in a Sri Lankan sniper to assassinate Yameen in October when the president escaped unharmed from the boat blast. Only First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim and two aides suffered minor injuries.Naseer said that forensic analysis links the presidential speedboat bomb with a second bomb found near the statehouse and a third bomb found in a cache of weapons submerged on a reef in November. He also claimed that the presidential speedboat bomb had been at a luxury government flat Adeeb owned at the Rehendhi complex.
Uber-like car repair business sees growth despite economy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Kaitlin Lee Posted Mar 17, 2016 1:38 pm MDT An Alberta-based auto mechanic business that operates a lot like Uber is seeing its customer base grow despite tough economic times. The business, called instaMek, sends a mechanic to your door and repairs on your vehicle are done right in the driveway. The service launched last year in Edmonton and while it might seem like a bad time to have started a business, founder Uzair Ahmed told 660 NEWS things have been steady since cars will break down no matter what the price of oil is at.“Our repair prices are up to 30 per cent cheaper than dealerships, because of the low overhead model,” he said. “Mechanics can make more money by using us, and there are a lot of mechanics available.”However unlike Uber, not just anyone can sign up to be one of the company’s mechanics and Ahmed said the company favours quality over quantity. “Uber will take anybody,” he said. “We have to make sure we only take the top five per cent of the mechanics out there, we make them go through a rigorous training program, and they have to get trained by one of our main guys.”Right now people who need to use the service can call, text or use an online form to submit a request and instaMek will be launching a new app for iPhones on April 1st. The company currently operates in Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto, and will soon start servicing Vancouver residents as well.
Hannigan told the hearing: “I heard a banging on the back and front doors I went to the back door and there was a man standing there who wanted to see my son because he owed him some money – money he owed them for drugs.”I shut the door on them but they banged again – they just wanted to get at my son who was in the house with me and we were both very frightened.”They were very threatening, saying that we ‘could disappear’ or the house could burn down.”She said they demanded £1,000 for her 31-year-old son drug debts but they were satisfied with a down payment of £300.The Education Workforce Council hearing was told Mrs Hannigan was a “frequent collector” for the charity because her daughter had been treated for a serious heart problem.She told the panel: “I’m sorry this has happened I’m very remorseful.”I knew my son was in with a bad lot.”Hannigan admitted taking the money and using it to pay the dealers and had admitted unacceptable professional conduct.The disciplinary panel on Wednesday handed Hannigan a reprimand, allowing her to immediately return to the classroom.Panel chair Jacquie Turnbull said although Hannigan had acted dishonestly, her actions were not premeditated and she had since shown “genuine remorse.” “But later that night she did and acted deliberately. It was spontaneous and not something that had been planned.”It’s not the case this was part of a grander scheme to repay her son’s drug debt.”There can be no doubt that she was under extreme duress. It’s a highly unusual incident.” She told a disciplinary panel she handed two drug dealers £300 in cash – including the £287 raised by pupils at her school for the British Heart Foundation – when they arrived at her home.The Education Workforce Council heard Hannigan – who had worked in Glanhowy Primary School in Tredegar, Gwent for 23 years – was investigated over the theft in February 2015.She was interviewed by police and taken to court where she was handed a conditional discharge.Presenting Officer Cadi Dewi said: “This was a lengthy and sustained deception which was only admitted to her employers when she was confronted by colleagues.”She only notified her current school about proceedings a week before this hearing.”She’s confirmed she only notified the school because she realised it was inevitable they would find out anyway.”David Harris, representing Hannigan, said she had been put under “extreme duress” and denied she’d deliberately stolen the money to pay off the drug dealers.Mr Harris said: “There was no intention that when she went home that night she had an intention to dispose of the money dishonestly. They were very threatening, saying that we ‘could disappear’ or the house could burn down.Caroline Hannigan Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Miss Turnbull said: “We’re satisfied she intended to repay the money and gave credible evidence as to why she hadn’t already done so.”We’re satisfied there’s no significant risk of her repeating her actions.” A primary school teaching assistant who stole money intended for charity to pay off her son’s drug dealer will be able to continue her career.Experienced teaching assistant Caroline Hannigan, 56, admitted taking £287 raised for the British Heart Foundation and giving it to dealers.She could have been struck from the teaching register for the offence – but a disciplinary panel has decided that she will be allowed to to return to the classroom.Hannigan said she handed over the cash after dealers threatened to make her “disappear” over her son’s drug debts. I’m sorry this has happened I’m very remorseful. I knew my son was in with a bad lot.Caroline Hannigan
One day after private broadcast companies came out to criticise the Government over the proposed Broadcast Amendment Bill and asked for the deferral of the debate and passage of a recently-tabled bill, the Guyana Press Association (GPA) has come out in support of these companies.President of the GPA, Neil Marks“We stand in solidarity with local broadcasters on this issue and will be seeking further legal advice to convince the Government of the need to halt or reverse this process given the severe consequences these amendments pose to freedom of the press in Guyana and the commercial viability of private radio and television stations,” the GPA said in a strongly worded statement.The press body claimed that the amendments being sought will essentially introduce an unwarranted “programme manager” position by the State in the daily schedules of radio and television stations. It said, “The overall provision for the allocation of 60 minutes for public service programmes will disrupt and violate contractual obligations that stations will have with advertisers and programme sponsors.”While recognising that private broadcasters have an important role to play in cases of emergencies and disasters, including matters of public health, the GPA said it out-rightly opposed the actual allocation of times or the need to inform the authority about this or for the authority to dictate time slots if it does not agree with those allocated by the stations.“The GPA strongly objects to the Guyana Government seeking to redefine what constitutes “public service programmes” as this is in direct contradiction and a violation of the letter and spirit of the definition of public service broadcasting as laid down by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) of which Guyana is a member,” it explained.In referring to one of UNESCO’s factors in determining public service broadcasting is independent and free from State and political control, the Press Association asserted that public broadcasting is a forum where ideas should be expressed freely, where information, opinions and criticisms can circulate.This is, according to the body, possible only if the broadcaster is independent, thereby allowing the freedom of public broadcasting to be maintained against commercial or political influence.“If the information provided by the public broadcaster was influenced by the Government, people are less likely to believe the content. Likewise, if the public broadcaster’s programming were designed for commercial ends, people would not understand why they are being asked to finance a service providing programming that is not substantially different from those provided by commercial broadcasters.”The GPA also thinks President David Granger and the rest of the Cabinet may have been ill-advised by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo of what constitutes “public service programmes.” Nagamootoo holds the portfolio of Broadcasting and Information Minister.Further legal advice from local and international experts is being sought by the GPA. The Association also plans on raising this matter with its affiliates such as the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) and the International Press Institute (IPI), and other global press freedom bodies.Several private media owners and operators have expressed several concerns about the Bill. Most of them have said that this Bill could negatively impact their operations, particularly as it relates to the licensing fee structure, the imposition on property and infringement to determine broadcast content. They also claimed that they were not consulted on the amendments.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo has said that the Bill in its current form is a direct attack on press freedom while urging broadcasters not to sit idly by and allow the Government, through its one-seat majority, to get its way with the passage of the Bill; but rather seek recourse through the courts.Part two of the Bill sets out that broadcast agencies will be mandated to broadcast public service programmes for a total of up to one hour daily. Broadcast agencies will be airing these public service programmes free of cost and as requested by the Government between 06:00h and 22:00h.It is also states that the GNBA reserves the right to direct a broadcasting agency to broadcast emergency notices or disaster warnings for any length of time, and regularly during peak or prime advertising time periods, depending on the nature of the emergency and having regard to public safety.Revoking the 2014 broadcasting regulations, the Act also puts those broadcasters who are already licensed at the mercy of the Authority. It mandates that any licensed entity carrying out broadcast services immediately before the act went into effect will have no choice but to reapply within 30 days for a licence in accordance with the amended law, in addition to a plethora of other restrictions. 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The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released the fourth in a series of ongoing reports detailing the effects of surface subsidence related to underground bituminous coal mining in Pennsylvania. The report, prepared by the University of Pittsburgh, addresses the effects of mining in Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Clearfield, Elk, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Somerset and Washington counties.“This report provides vital information about the significance of bituminous mining on Pennsylvania’s landscape,” DEP Deputy Secretary for Active and Abandoned Mine Operations John Stefanko said. “We will use this information to evaluate the effectiveness of our mining program and consider ways to enhance the program in the future.”The report, mandated by Act 54, details the amount of structures, water supplies and streams undermined during a five-year assessment period. It also provides an overview of the type of effects to surface structures and surface features, as well as information on how long it took to resolve those issues. Three previous Act 54 reports covered 1993 through 2008.According to the report, there were 46 underground coal mines active during the reporting period beneath 31,343 acres of land, an 18% decline in the amount of land undermined during the previous five-year assessment period. In total, there were approximately 1,250 different “effects,” or incidents reported to DEP during this most recent five-year period by its staff, coal companies or land owners.Other findings of the report include:• Since the last assessment, DEP has been able to identify more than double the amount of pre-mining wetland acreage due to improved techniques.• Continued study is warranted to assess wetland mitigation sites, if required, to make sure that the sites achieve proposed functionality.• Total biological scores, a measure of the insect life, show improvement over time at sites impacted by flow loss.• Gate cut mitigation, a method of leveling-out land that has experienced subsidence, has emerged as a successful tool to restore streams to their pre-mining condition.• A technical guidance document, titled Surface Water Protection – Underground Bituminous Coal Mining Operations, which was put in place in 2007,has improved the way DEP quantifies and interprets impacts to surface waters.• DEP has increased the amount and type of data required to make permit decisions related to mining activities• Data management and storage must be enhanced and standardised in order to efficiently enforce the requirements of Act 54 and its implementing regulations.The report was prepared by the University of Pittsburgh’s Departments of Biological Sciences, Geology and Planetary Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering. The University was selected to conduct the study because it employs faculty and research staff with the expertise to review all aspects of the effects of mining-related subsidence. Representatives from the university will present their findings to DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council during an upcoming meeting. The meeting is public, and a date will be posted to DEP’s online calendar in the near future.Act 54 was passed in 1994 and requires DEP to assess the impacts of underground bituminous coal mining on surface features. It expanded the list of structures for which mine operators were liable and held deep mine operators legally responsible for mining-related impacts to water supplies for the first time in Pennsylvania’s history. The report illustrates the subsidence potential for active mines. Abandoned mines also pose a danger, so it is important for those owning property above abandoned underground mines to insure themselves and their belongings against subsidence-related damage.DEP offers Mine Subsidence Insurance (MSI) to residents owning property above abandoned mines. “Mine subsidence insurance is as affordable as ever, costing about 26 cents a day to insure homes, businesses and other structures. Currently, there are 58,146 MSI policies that cover approximately $ 10.34 billion in property.”
Blizzard decided the best way to protect Diablo III from piracy was to implement always-connected DRM through Battle.net. It has led to more than a few problems, thousands of angry gamers, and the threat of a few lawsuits.While all that has been playing out over the past few weeks, renowned Chinese hacking group Skidrow has been working away on a crack. The online DRM Diablo III uses, works by constantly checking to see if a user is connected while running the game. So Skidrow has developed a server emulator that makes the game think it is connected to Battle.net when in fact the gamer is playing offline.The crack is still a work in progress, but it does work in so far as allowing the game to load and run, and a beta version has been released as a torrent. It also looks like it includes a LAN play option suggesting you can still play with friends. However, because the game effectively runs online it is apparently devoid of much content at the moment. And in order for that content to be added, Skidrow would have to steal it from Blizzard’s servers and add it to their emulated server.As Diablo III isn’t available in China yet, you can imagine how popular the crack is going to be even if it doesn’t do that much yet. With the issues gamers have been having around the world, it’s likely to spread very quickly.So popular are Blizzard games in China, legitimate news website in the region are reporting the crack as a positive development. These include Tencent and the People’s Daily, who even ask users to be patient with the bugs they find in the crack.For Blizzard, it will mean alarm bells ringing. Not having the game available to buy in China means thousands of gamers will revert to attempting to crack it. Even if it leads to nothing, it opens the way for viruses to start spreading as part of torrents claiming to be the offline crack, and it will confuse more than a few gamers eager to play the game at any cost.All Blizzard can do is try and figure out how to stop the server emulation from working and updating clients with a patch. Other than that it should make sure it has bullet proof security protecting the Battle.net servers in case someone does try to steal the Diablo III gameplay content.More at Kotaku
Office Mac 2011 : la suite sera disponible en octobre 2010États-Unis – La suite bureautique Office pour Mac 2011 devrait être disponible en octobre 2010, en deux versions différentes.Jusqu’à aujourd’hui, peu d’individus avaient pu jeter un œil sur la version bêta, délivrée à quelques privilégiés depuis juillet. Mais la suite bureautique Office pour Mac 2011 sera disponible à tous, ou du moins à tous les propriétaires de Mac, dès octobre 2010, et cela en deux versions. À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?La première, Microsoft Office pour Mac Famille et Étudiant 2011, sera disponible pour 109 euros pour une seule licence, et 139 euros pour trois licences avec Messenger, Excel, Word et PowerPoint. La seconde version, Microsoft Office pour Mac Famille et Petite Entreprise 2011, sera disponible pour 249 euros pour une seule licence, et 379 euros pour deux. Cette formule offrira le même contenu que la première, avec en supplément la version professionnelle d’Outlook.Pour les possesseurs d’Office pour Mac 2008, Microsoft offrira une mise à jour vers Office pour Mac 2011 totalement gratuite. Le 3 août 2010 à 12:35 • Emmanuel Perrin
Woodland – Residents will be able to meet the final candidates for the new Woodland police chief at an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. March 8 in the Woodland Middle School commons, 755 Park St., Woodland.City officials reviewed the applications and selected the finalists based on their experience, leadership and potential fit with the city. During their visit, each of the finalists will be interviewed by panels made up of city councilors and staff and members of the community.The candidates will give a short introduction and be available for brief conversations.
A keynote speaker asked his Vancouver business audience to focus on the social value of the community’s housing stock instead of its economic worth at a Friday breakfast to benefit a local nonprofit housing resource center. But it’s difficult to separate the two, Marc Levy, president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, said at the breakfast. Residents value the ability to live within their means. Employers, in turn, appreciate having access to a large pool of potential employees, Levy said.“Housing is a key aspect of that,” Levy told the crowd of about 150 people at the 11th-annual Home is Where the Heart Is fundraising breakfast. The event at the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay was sponsored by Columbia Credit Union and other financial lenders. It was organized to benefit the Community Housing Resource Center, a nonprofit that offers counseling programs for homebuyers and homeowners.
Last fall, Hearst tapped E Ink to develop and produce the flexible electronic “paper” cover for Esquire’s October 75th anniversary issue. Earlier this year, Hearst was said to be developing a wireless e-reader device—similar to the Kindle—featuring a large-format screen that’s conducive to reading magazines.”Hearst has invested in a separate company that is creating an entire e-reading ecosystem for consumers, featuring a broad range of content from multiple publishers,” the spokesperson said.According to industry analyst Vinita Jakhanwal, the market for e-readers is expected to grow from 1.1 million units in 2008 to 20 million units by 2012. Hearst Interactive Media has agreed to sell its stake in E Ink—the electronic paper display firm that developed the technology for Amazon’s Kindle and the Sony Reader—to Taiwan-based e-paper display module supplier Prime View International. Prime View said it agreed to buy out all of E Ink’s investors for approximately $215 million.Hearst acquired a stake in Cambridge, Massachusetts-based E Ink in 1998. “With the rapid increase in e-Reader acceptance, the value of E Ink grew and the investors decided it was a good time to sell,” a Hearst spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “There are various approvals and shareholder votes needed before this closes.”Other E Ink investors include Motorola Corp., FA Technology Ventures and Intel Capital. The Hearst spokesperson declined to say how much of a stake the publisher had in E Ink.
Share The Latest on the Supreme Court consideration of a legislative redistricting case (all times local):11:40 a.m.Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker remains confident that GOP-drawn legislative district maps will survive a Supreme Court review.The nation’s highest court on Monday said it will hear arguments in the case. Justices also put on hold an earlier ruling requiring that new maps be drawn by November.Walker spokesman Tom Evenson says the Republican governor “is confident Wisconsin’s redistricting process is constitutional and is pleased to see the Supreme Court take the case.”Democratic state legislative leaders say they have faith that the Supreme Court will uphold lower court rulings that found the maps unconstitutionally favored Republicans.Democratic state Assembly leader Peter Barca says “Voters should be able to choose their representatives, not the other way around.”___11:25 a.m.Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel (SHIH’-mehl) says he is “thrilled” the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a lawsuit brought by Democrats challenging redistricting maps drawn by Republicans.A panel of three federal judges previously ruled that the maps unconstitutionally harmed Democrats because districts were drawn in a way that unfairly benefited Republicans.Schimel is a Republican who is defending the maps. He said on Monday that Wisconsin’s “redistricting process was entirely lawful and constitutional, and the district court should be reversed.”Sachin Chheda (SAH’-chihn CHAY’-dah) is director of the Fair Elections Project, which organized and launched the lawsuit. He says Democrats proved in court that their rights were violated and “now this story will be told on a national stage.___11:15 a.m.The Supreme Court is putting the redrawing of Wisconsin legislative districts on hold while the justices consider the issue of partisan gerrymandering.The justices issued their order Monday about 90 minutes after they agreed to hear the Wisconsin case in the fall, the first case on partisan politics and redistricting in more than a decade.The court’s five conservative justices voted to stop the redistricting process. The four liberals would have let it proceed.A three-judge court struck down the districts as an illegal partisan gerrymander and ordered new ones to be put in place for the 2018 elections.The Supreme Court is unlikely to decide the Wisconsin case before early next year.___9:30 a.m.The Supreme Court is wading into the thicket of partisan redistricting in a case from Wisconsin.The justices say Monday they will decide whether Republican lawmakers drew electoral districts so out of whack with the state’s political breakdown that they violated the constitutional rights of Democratic voters.It’s the high court’s first case on what’s known as partisan gerrymandering in more than a decade, and the outcome could affect elections across the country.The case will be argued in the fall.A three-judge court struck down Wisconsin’s legislative districts in November and ordered new maps drawn in time for the 2018 elections. That work is proceeding.___3:15 a.m.The Supreme Court could soon decide whether the drawing of electoral districts can be too political.A dispute over Wisconsin’s Republican-drawn boundaries for the state legislature offers Democrats some hope of cutting into GOP electoral majorities across the United States. Election law experts say the case is the best chance yet for the high court to put limits on what lawmakers may do to gain a partisan advantage in creating political district maps.The justices could say as early as Monday whether they will intervene. The Constitution requires states to redo their political maps to reflect population changes identified in the once-a-decade census.The issue of gerrymandering — creating districts that often are oddly shaped, with the aim of benefiting one party — is central to the debate.