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In the news today May 15

first_imgFive stories in the news for Wednesday, May 15———VETS WANT OTTAWA TO AUTHORIZE POT FOR PETSVeterinarians are lobbying MPs today to authorize the use of medical cannabis for animals. The vets are bringing five dogs to Parliament Hill to draw attention to what they see as glaring omissions in the legalized regimes for medical and recreational marijuana. The law does not allow veterinarians to prescribe pot for pets, even though preliminary research suggests it could be beneficial in treating pain, seizures and anxiety. Dr. Sarah Silcox, president of the Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine, says some people using products sold for human consumption or unregulated “black market” products marketed for animal use, but about which veterinarians have concerns about safety and purity.———CANADA IN ‘CLIMATE-CHANGE EMERGENCY’: LIBERALSBoth the Liberals and the federal New Democrats are pushing motions this week to declare climate change a national emergency. The Liberal motion, which is to be debated Thursday, asks MPs to recommit to the Paris climate-change accord by meeting the existing targets for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions and toughening them. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna was not hiding the strategy behind the Liberal motion — get the Conservatives to declare their support for the Paris agreement targets, or tip their hand on Andrew Scheer’s yet-unreleased climate-change plan by voting against them.———COURT TO RULE ON REFERRAL POLICY FOR DOCTORSOntario’s highest court is expected to rule today on whether doctors in the province are obligated to give referrals for medical services that clash with their moral or religious beliefs. A group of doctors has asked the Court of Appeal for Ontario to overturn a divisional court decision that upheld the referral requirement. The requirement is part of a policy issued by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario to address issues surrounding, among other things, assisted dying and abortion. Last year, the divisional court found that while the policy does infringe on doctors’ religious freedom, the benefits to the public outweigh the cost to physicians.———UPDATED FISHERIES LAW COULD STEM STOCK LOSSAn ocean conservation group says changes coming to the way fisheries are managed in Canada could give hope for the rebound of some species and the protection of others. Bill C-68 was introduced a month after the Liberal government was sworn in and had its second reading in the Senate in December. Josh Laughren of Oceana Canada says the proposed amendments to the Fisheries Act would prompt the government to rebuild stocks that fall below sustainable levels. An expert panel convened by the Royal Society of Canada in 2012 found Canada had seen more than half of its fish biomass disappear since 1970.———100TH ANNIVERSARY OF WINNIPEG GENERAL STRIKEToday is the 100th anniversary of the start of one of Canada’s most notorious strikes. The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 brought the city to a virtual standstill as some 30,000 workers walked off the job. Mounted police and special constables were brought in, strike leaders were arrested and one worker was shot and killed as police charged at a massive group of workers on Main Street. After six weeks, workers returned to their jobs in what was a defeat for the labour movement. But in the long run, the Winnipeg strike led to many changes. A royal commission that examined the strike warned that workers were suffering while the manufacturing class was prosperous.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is in Washington to meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and lawmakers on Capitol Hill to discuss U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, the new North American trade deal and relations with China.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in Paris today for Christchurch Call, a meeting with global leaders aimed at stopping social media being used to organize and promote terrorism.— Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Toronto Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy with a departure ceremony as part of the commemorative journey across Canada. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

GST probe arm finds P&G India profiteered by Rs 250 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: The GST profiteering investigation arm has found leading FMCG firm P&G India guilty of not passing on GST rate cut benefits to the tune of about Rs 250 crore by commensurate reduction in prices. Based on a complaint filed before the standing committee, the Directorate General of Anti profiteering (DGAP) investigated the books of accounts of P&G India pre and post November 15, 2017, and concluded that the consumer goods manufacturer has not lowered prices of certain of its products despite cut in GST rate to 18 per cent from 28 per cent. “The DGAP report has concluded profiteering worth Rs 250 crore by P&G. The National Anti Profiteering Authority will pass a final order on the quantum of profiteering after hearing the company’s views,” an official said. P&G’s India is the manufacturer of washing powder brands Ariel and Tide; shampoo brands Heads & Shoulders and Pantene; cosmetics brand Olay, and shaving and dental hygiene brands Gillette and Oral-B. It also manufactures products under the brand name Ambi Pur, Pampers, Vicks and sanitary napkin Whisper. When contacted, a P&G spokesperson said “as a responsible corporate, P&G has always been committed to passing the net benefit of GST rate reduction to the consumers. We have passed the net benefit and communicated the same via advertising in mass media to help increase awareness with the consumers, shoppers and retailers”. The Goods and Services Tax rates on about 178 products were cut by the GST Council with effect from November 15, 2017. The rate rate on washing powder, shampoo, cosmetics and dental hygiene were slashed to 18 per cent from the highest slab of 28 per cent. As per GST anti-profiteering rules, companies have to pass on the benefit of reduction of taxes to consumers by way of commensurate cut in product prices. However, there have been complaints from consumers that the firms have increased the base price of products and then charged the lower GST rate, thereby keeping the MRP of products the same in pre and post tax rate cut. P&G said it will continue to cooperate with the authorities and provide clarifications. “We hope that the concerned authorities will appreciate the procedure followed to pass on the GST benefit and will take a just view of the matter”. Once a profiteering complaint is received against a company, the DGAP has the powers to look into the books of accounts and see if the benefits of tax rate cuts have been passed on in other products manufactured by the company as well. After studying the documents, the DGAP gives its report to the National Anti-Profiteering Authority (NAA) for further action. If the NAA finds a firm guilty of profiteering then the amount profiteered has to be refunded to consumers by the company. In case where the consumers cannot be identified, the amount has to be deposited into the consumer welfare fund of the Centre and states. In December 2018, the NAA had found another FMCG firm HUL guilty of profiteering of Rs 535 crore by not passing on tax rate cut benefits to consumers on its range of products.last_img read more

Canada: Project ‘Roots’ to Help Moroccan Families in Difficulty

Taroudant – An organisation based in the predominantly French-speaking city of Montreal launched a project on April 8th to provide help and support for families of Moroccan origins who are facing difficulties in Quebec.According to the organizers, the project, called “Roots”, aims to support and empower families of Moroccan origin experiencing difficulties in their host society, “… given the various problems and the many challenges they face.”Mohammed Berhone, president of the organization, said “Roots” aims first to consolidate the family unit and help restore reconciliation and communication within the family . The same source added that the project serves also to support parents whose children are faced with certain difficulties regarding psychosocial issues by providing them the necessary means to address their concerns.Berhone said that the project helps in establishing a relationship of trust between parents in distress and their children, offering them access to health institutions and social services in Quebec.Habiba Zemmouri, Morocco’s General Consul to Montreal, whom attended the launching of the project, said the success of such projects requires a collective commitment and continuous mobilization to actualize the values put forth.  Chief among these values, for Moroccan families and the host society of Quebec are tolerance, the well-being of the families and living together in harmony.According to the Canadian government’s official website, an estimated 100,000 Canadians are of Moroccan origin, making them the largest North African community in the country. read more

Subway first step in easing Indonesia capital’s carmageddon

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Commuting in Indonesia’s gridlocked capital will for some involve less frustration, sweat and fumes when its first subway line opens later this month.The line is the latest in infrastructure improvements nationwide that officials hope will help this giant but laggard nation catch up with its neighbours.The 16-kilometre system running south from Jakarta’s downtown is phase one of a development that if fully realized will plant a cross-shaped network of stations on the teeming city of 30 million people. A $2.4 billion elevated rail network is also taking shape, linking Jakarta to its satellite cities, with the first stage expected to begin operating in April.Congestion in Jakarta has relentlessly worsened in the past decade as car ownership rose, squeezing more and more vehicles into an unchanging road network.The Associated Press read more

Hamilton police investigate a rash of thefts from local fitness gyms

Angela Morelli first saw surveillance footage after tracking her stolen credit cards to a big bear convenience store on Fennell.The woman is wearing her stolen sweater. Morelli had more than usual in her purse when she went to the Goodlife on Upper Wentworth last Thursday. She now feels the woman watched her go into the gym and then cut the lock on her locker when she was in fitness class.Her cards were used by someone minutes after Morelli arrived at Goodlife. Then she learned the same thing happened to someone else three days earlier.Mammen wasn’t carrying valuables but her car was stolen and her husband’s computer and wallet were in the car. The credit and debit cards were used to buy hundreds of dollars worth of cigarettes and lottery tickets.Mammen was told the thief was banned and wouldn’t be back Morelli was told she was using a stolen pass. Both women feel Goodlife could have done more to protect members especially after the first incident.Mammen’s car has since been found but Morelli and her husband had to pay the deductibles on their house and car insurance. Goodlife now has staff closely monitoring the front door and they’re telling every member that goes in, keep your valuables with you, a locker is not secure enough.Goodlife fitness says it’s assisting Hamilton police with their investigation and have posted additional signage at the location. The Hamilton police mountain detachment would like to hear from anyone with further information or surveillance footage. read more

UN halts mine clearance in southern Afghanistan after deadly attack

According to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), following the deadly attack, which killed two men from the Mine Detection Dog Centre (MDC), all mine clearance work has been called off along the Kandahar-Herat highway and on secondary connector roads in Helmand and Farah provinces. The blast in the southern Helmand province was the third attack on deminers in two weeks. Five of them have been killed. UNAMA says that mine clearance will only resume after the security situation has been assessed. “We condemn these targeted attacks against deminers and call on the Afghan authorities to bring to justice the perpetrators,” said Dan Kelly, of the UN Mine Action Centre for Afghanistan (UNMACA). “These brave men risk their lives in minefields every day to improve the situation for their fellow Afghans. They should not be attacked.” After nearly two decades of war, Afghanistan is strewn with landmines, which kill hundreds of people every year. The Mine Action Programme for the country (MAPA) is the largest programme of its kind in the world and has cleared over 100 million square metres of land contaminated by mines and unexploded ordnance in the past 12 months – more than four square metres for every Afghan citizen. read more

Security Council strengthens efforts to end impunity for conflictrelated sexual violence

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Security Council meeting. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz In three previous resolutions – 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009) and 1960 (2010) – the Council affirmed that sexual violence, when committed systematically and used as a tool of war, is a fundamental threat to international peace and security, requiring an operational security and judicial response.During a debate on women and peace and security, the 15-member body today unanimously adopted resolution 2106, by which it emphasized more consistent and rigorous investigation and prosecution of sexual violence crimes as a central aspect of deterrence, and ultimately prevention. It emphasized that “effective steps to prevent and respond to such acts significantly contribute to the maintenance of international peace and security; and stresses women’s participation as essential to any prevention and protection response…”The Council recognized the need for “more timely, objective, accurate and reliable information” as a basis for prevention and response, and requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and relevant United Nations entities to speed up the establishment of monitoring, analysis and reporting arrangements on conflict-related sexual violence.“Sexual violence, whenever and wherever it occurs, is a vile crime. It must be exposed and met with the anger and action that it deserves,” Mr. Ban said at the outset of the meeting, stressing that those who hold power and influence have a special duty to step forward and be part of a global coalition of champions determined to break this “evil.”He recalled his recent visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he met women and girls who had been raped and maimed by armed groups on all sides of the conflict. While there are hospitals there to help these women, they cannot protect them, he said. “That is a job for the Congolese authorities and the international community, in particular this Council.” Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, addresses the Security Council meeting. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, speaks with other delegates on the margins of the meeting. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz Actress and Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie, addresses the Security Council meeting. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz William Hague, Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, whose delegation holds the presidency of the Security Council for the month of June, addresses the Council meeting. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz ‹ › The Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, noted that today, it is still largely “cost-free” to rape a woman, child or man in conflict. “But for the first time in history, we can reverse this reality. It will require leadership and political courage, and a relentless determination to match the cold, calculating brutality of those who would rape the innocent for military or political gain.” She lauded today’s resolution, saying it reinforces a compliance-based regime based on reliable and timely information and analysis, and on the actions that must be taken at the political, strategic and tactical levels on the basis of such information.“The resolve of this Council and the international community as a whole has set us firmly on the path of accountability and prevention,” she said. “We must stay the course, until we achieve the ‘critical mass’ of action that will turn the tide on history’s oldest and least condemned crime.”The meeting, which is expected to hear from over 60 speakers, including several senior Government ministers, is being chaired by William Hague, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency this month. Mr. Hague, speaking in his national capacity, warned that if the international community does not address the culture of impunity surrounding conflict-related sexual violence, millions more women, children and men could well be subjected to the same appalling treatment now and in the conflicts of the future. “The lead we set and the action we take, therefore, have the potential to save lives and change the course of events around the world, and nothing less than that should be our ambition… Together, it is time to say that rape and sexual violence used as a weapon of war is unacceptable, that we know that it can be prevented, and that we will act now to eradicate it…” Also addressing the debate was actress and activist Angelina Jolie, the Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), who emphasized that tackling war-zone sexual violence is the Council’s responsibility, as well as the duty of Governments in countries affected by it. And when Governments cannot act, the Council must step in and provide leadership and assistance. “I understand that there are many things that are difficult for the UN Security Council to agree on. But sexual violence in conflict should be not be one of them,” she said. “That it is a crime to rape young children is not something I imagine anyone in this room would not be able to agree on.” What was needed, she emphasized, was political will. Every country in the world is affected by sexual violence, and all countries have a responsibility to step forward. “But the starting point must be you, the UN Security Council – shouldering your responsibilities and showing leadership… If the Security Council sets rape and sexual violence in conflict as a priority, it will become one and progress will be made. If you do not, this horror will continue.” Speaking from her experience as a lawyer and activist working to bring justice to victims of sexual violence in conflict, Jane Adong Anywar of the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice said that leadership on accountability for conflict-related crimes, including sexual violence, must be provided at the national level, with priority given to resourcing; adequate legislation prohibiting acts of sexual violence; and capacity building for police, investigators, lawyers and judges regarding the adjudication of these crimes. read more

On International Day UN spotlights role of midwives in achieving development targets

The UNFPA Executive Director noted that while in the past 25 years, the world has almost halved maternal deaths, the vast majority of these largely preventable deaths take place in developing and crisis-affected countries. “If deployed in larger numbers, trained midwives could avert approximately two thirds of these deaths. Significant investments in midwifery are essential if the world is to achieve its ambitious goals of reducing maternal and newborn deaths,” Mr. Osotimehin said. For its part, UNFPA is helping to train and support thousands of midwives in more than 100 countries. The Executive Director highlighted a recent survey estimating that in 57 of these countries, the agency has trained 66,000 midwives over the past seven years. “These critical health-care providers can help more than 11 million women to give birth safely each year, but much more needs to be done,” the Executive Director said. “On this International Day of the Midwife, we at UNFPA renew our commitment to working with global partners and countries to strengthen midwifery skills and capacities. We call on countries to acclaim and reward midwives who are working in challenging and hard-to-reach areas, where their services are most needed. We also urge countries to invest in quality training, good working conditions, decent salaries, adequate workforce policies and possibilities for professional growth,” he added. A midwife in rural Nepal teaches a new mom some basics. Photo: World Bank/Aisha Faquir “Midwives are our heroes and the backbone of sexual and reproductive health. Let us support them and the women and newborns at the heart of their care,” said Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Saluting the contribution of midwives to saving the lives of women, adolescent girls and newborns, sometimes under very difficult circumstances, the Executive Director emphasized that midwives are essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “Well-trained and supported midwives working in communities are uniquely positioned to provide the compassionate, respectful and culturally sensitive care a woman needs during pregnancy and childbirth,” Mr. Osotimehin said. “Midwifery is equally important for newborns during the critical first month of life, and is a significant contribution to sexual and reproductive health in general,” he added. The International Day of the Midwife is observed around the world on 5 May. This year’s theme is Women and Newborns: The Heart of Midwifery. read more

July data more growth for vans and some for trucks too

July data: more growth for vans and some for trucks, too·         Registrations: 20,069 in July; down 4.4% to 236,629 for the rolling year.·         Trucks: 2,760 in July; down 25.8% to 32,115 for the rolling year.·         Vans: 17,309 for the month; up 0.1% to 204,514 for the rolling year.“The recovery in van registrations continues with truck figures also up,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “July was another surprisingly good month for vans, with useful growth. Truck registrations are up too, but against a very poor month last year. Whilst the forecast for 2011 is more positive, the prospects for the rest of the year are gloomy and we expect a near record low for trucks. Fragile consumer and business confidence make the outlook for the next 18 months challenging.” DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Football Ohio State receives extended look at Dwayne Haskins in win over

Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) prepares to throw a pass in the second quarter of the Ohio State- UNLV game on Sep. 23. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorMany Ohio State fans have been clamoring to see more of quarterback Dwayne Haskins since the Buckeyes’ 31-16 loss to Oklahoma in Week 2. On Saturday, those fans were given the opportunity to watch plenty of the redshirt freshman, as he was under center from the Buckeyes’ last drive in the first half until the team’s last drive in Ohio State’s 54-21 defeat of UNLV at Ohio Stadium.Overall, the numbers he put on display were solid. He completed 15-of-23 passes for 228 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, while establishing the deep ball by completing four passes for 20-plus yards.Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said while he was impressed with Haskins, he was far from perfect.“He’s got work to do, but you can see the talent,” Meyer said. “I think Dwayne played pretty good.”With 3:32 remaining in the first half and the Buckeyes leading the Rebels 37-7, Haskins made his second appearance to spell Barrett, who had already thrown for five touchdowns.Ohio State freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) prepares to throw a pass in the second quarter of the Ohio State- UNLV game on Sep. 23. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAfter three rushes from freshman running back J.K. Dobbins put Ohio State at UNLV’s 42-yard line, Haskins completed his first pass to wideout Terry McLaurin for nine yards. Then, after an incompletion and a 5-yard rush to the 28-yard line, Haskins found his target, walk-on wide receiver C.J. Saunders, for his first career touchdown pass on a bullet fired through traffic.“I didn’t know I threw a touchdown until after it happened,” Haskins said. “But once we scored and I got back to the sideline and go, ‘Oh wait, I just threw my first touchdown pass here.’ It was a pretty special moment.”Haskins demonstrated every part of his game the rest of the day. He showed that while his mobility was limited and that he lacks Barrett’s escapability, he is capable of running if the play breaks down. He rushed for 31 yards on six carries. More importantly, he showed his ability to fit throws into tight windows and put plenty of air underneath the football.“I would say that if there is a window, I feel like I can throw it in there. Even if it’s a little tight,” Haskins said. “But I definitely want to go through my reads first so I don’t want to force anything. But I learn from the mistakes and keep getting better.”And there were plenty of mistakes made by Haskins in the game.In the third quarter, Haskins sailed a pass over a pair of receivers in the end zone. He had several other moments where his passes would sail out of bounds or miss his target as the result of a poor read.The worst moment for Haskins came two minutes into the fourth quarter when he misread the coverage and threw a pass right into the hands of linebacker/defensive back Javin White, who took the ball 65 yards for a touchdown.“That’s inexcusable. Threw it right to the guy,” Meyer said. “Obviously, it’s a young player, a freshman. And they’ve got to go through that.”Haskins explained he believed the defense would go without a safety on the play, and instead played cover one. And when the young quarterback looked for the intended receiver down the middle, he said the wideout was covered by the safety. He was then forced to look outside, making a quick decision that resulted in the interception.Ohio State freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) catches a snap in the second quarter of the Ohio State- UNLV game on Sep. 23. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor“I couldn’t throw the five-step into the safety, so I threw out, but it wasn’t high, outside. It was kind of inside and got picked,” Haskins said. “It was a bad ball. It’s on me.”With the game out of reach when Haskins threw the interception, this was just a learning experience. The Buckeyes might have lost possession of the ball and given up a touchdown, but the interception brought the score to 54-21 with 13:00 remaining in the game.And for a young quarterback like Haskins who might be the eventual successor to Barrett when the redshirt senior leaves the Buckeyes after this season, having a leader like Barrett who has thrown interceptions at critical moments and is there to talk him through what went wrong and how to build on it could be crucial in Haskins’ growth and development.“So with that, trying to get those guys to feel comfortable and go ask the receiver, ‘Hey, on this look, what did you see? What was the coverage out there?’” Barrett said. “That’s a lot of the in-game adjustments that’s going to be needed. I think it’s good for [the backup quarterbacks] to have those conversations so when it’s their time to go out there and play, they’re comfortable because they’re done it before.”Despite the interception, Haskins felt confident overall in his performance. He said he was pleased with the way he played and that he enjoyed getting an opportunity to take the field alongside the second-string players he typically practices with and show off what the backups are capable of.But at the end of the day, he knows the starting job is not his to take just yet. In his eyes, Barrett is still the starter and his job is just to be ready whenever he gets a chance to play. “God forbid [Barrett] got hurt, but I feel like I have a great camaraderie with all my teammates. Whether that’s with the ones, twos or threes, seniors, junior, sophomores, freshmen, I feel we’re all very close,” Haskins said. “So even if something did happen to JT, God forbid, I feel like we’d be very comfortable.” read more

Road to Womens EHF EURO 2018 Austrian miracle Norway put Swiss team

Norway put domestic Swiss team on 12 goals in the Women’s EHF EURO 2018 qualification Round 2 -29:12. Their biggest rivals, on te other side, Russian girls suffered defeat in Austria 27:25. In total, 10 teams are still on 100% after the first week of qualfiication. The next one is at the end of March 2018.Group 1Switzerland – Norway 12:29Ukraine – Croatia 26:22STANDINGS:Norway 4Croatia 2Ukraine 2Switzerland 0Group 2Slovakia – Poland 20:29Italy – Montenegro 16:23STANDINGS:Poland 4Montenegro 4Slovakia 0Italy 0Group 3Macedonia – Serbia 26:33Faroe Islands – Sweden 15:33STANDINGS:Sweden 4Serbia 4Macedonia 0Faroe Islands 0Group 4:Austria – Russia 27:25Portugal – Romania 16:32STANDINGS:Romania 4Russia 2Austria 2Portugal 0Group 5:Iceland – Denmark 14:29Slovenia – Czech Republic28: 28STANDINGS:Denmark 4Czech Republic 3Slovenia 1Iceland 0Group 6:Turkey – Germany 16:30Lithuania – Spain 17:24STANDINGS:Spain 4Germany 3Lithuania 1Turkey 0Group 7:Belarus – Hungary 18:25Kos – Netherlands 12:40STANDINGS:Netherlands 4Hungary 4Belarus 0Kos 0 ← Previous Story Strong Barca in Plock – RK Vardar only on 100% with Veszprem Next Story → “Fairytale in Sudstadt”, Muller: It was a day when impossible things are possible! read more

Australian interview with pregnant New Zealand prime minister condemned as sleazy and

first_img Source: 60 Minutes Australia/YouTubeAN AUSTRALIAN INTERVIEW with pregnant New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has drawn condemnation in her home nation.Veteran 60 Minutes reporter Charles Wooley recently spent two weeks with Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford prior to the interview.In it, he waxes lyrical about her abilities as a politician, but also drifts into murkier waters, describing the 37-year-old, who became her country’s youngest ever leader last October, as being “so attractive”.“I’ve met a lot of prime ministers in my time, but none so young, not too many so smart, and never one so attractive,” Wooley says while walking alongside Ardern through Parliament House in the Australian capital Canberra. Ardern and Gayford, pictured during the interview Source: Youtube/60 Minutes AustraliaDescribing himself as being “smitten” with Ardern, Wooley also chose to ask her and Gayford about her current pregnancy, saying that “it’s interesting how much people have been counting back to the conception” (his point appears to have been as to whether or not Ardern had conceived during the election campaign).“The one really important question is: ‘when is the baby due’,” he said. Source: Emily G/Twitter Having produced six children it doesn’t amaze me that people can have children, why not have a child conceived during an election campaign?The tone of the interview has come in for savage criticism in New Zealand, with some reaction on social media labelling it as ‘sexist’, ‘sleazy’, and ‘repugnant’. Read: ‘I’m grateful to be here’: Florida shooting survivor thanks people who saved her lifeRead: Kevin Smith says he had a ‘massive’ heart attack after a show last night Source: Ryan Sheales/Twitter By Cianan Brennan Commenting on @jacindaardern’s level of attractiveness, doesn’t seem to be at all relevant to her ability as a nation’s leader #60Mins— Emily George (@emily_a_george) February 25, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Hey NZ this is you. A perfect place to escape for 60 Minutes or longer where required.Yesterday, Mokohinau Islands.Bloody magic bro.— Clarke Gayford (@NZClarke) February 26, 2018 Australian interview with pregnant New Zealand prime minister condemned as ‘sleazy’ and ‘repugnant’ Reporter Charles Wooley has landed himself in hot water with New Zealand viewers for his interview technique. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 45 Comments The 60 Minutes Jacinda Adern puff piece is just ick. Charles Wooley has already called her the most attractive PM he’s ever met and asked about when she had sex to fall pregnant.— Ryan Sheales (@RyanSheales) February 25, 2018 Monday 26 Feb 2018, 7:28 PM 60 Minutes defended Wooley’s approach, saying its reporters “have always asked the tough questions which the public has been wanting to hear, while also showing the human side of these individuals that we rarely get to see” in a statement to New Zealand media.Wooley meanwhile described the backlash to his interview style as ‘Orwellian’.“I think you’ve got to be so careful with newspeak and thought crime and everything else, we suffer the same thing in Australia,” he told radio network NewsTalk ZB.Ardern herself however said today that she’s “not fazed” by the interview.“It’s fair to say that I couldn’t recall there being anything from the interview that particularly stood out to me,” she told reporters earlier today.Her partner Gayford appears to be slightly less impressed however: Feb 26th 2018, 7:28 PM Source: Clarke Gayford/Twitter 48,641 Views Short URL Share45 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

Le jailbreak diPhone devient légal aux EtatsUnis

first_imgLe jailbreak d’iPhone devient légal aux Etats-Unis États-Unis – La justice américaine a voté récemment le déblocage de l’iPhone. Désormais, le smartphone d’Apple pourra être vendu par l’ensemble des opérateurs, les utilisateurs pourront profiter de n’importe quel réseau et le jailbreaking sera possible.Les temps sont vraiment durs pour Apple. Après “l’Antennagate” de l’iPhone 4, la justice américaine a autorisé le déblocage de l’iPhone : l’exclusivité de l’opérateur AT&T en matière de distribution et de réseau s’arrête ici. De plus, le jailbreaking sera permis, c’est-à-dire que les applications pourront contourner le système de sécurité et le contrôle de la firme à la pomme afin de figurer sur le smartphone. “Cette décision risque de briser la confiance de nos clients”, rappelle Apple. Qu’importe, les groupes de défense des internautes saluent cette initiative de l’État américain : “L’objectif premier du blocage des téléphones portables est davantage de lier les consommateurs à leur réseau que de protéger les droits d’auteurs.”Le 27 juillet 2010 à 14:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness revealed at ComicCon 2019

first_img Tags The sequel is currently set for May 7, 2021, with Scott Derrickson returning to direct. The Doctor Strange film will arrive after the Eternals on Nov. 6 2020 and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on Feb. 12, 2021. Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is set to team up with Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) when the two return to the big screen in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Marvel Studios confirmed the sequel and its entire plan for Marvel Phase 4 during their Saturday Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019.With the film’s title, a version of the Marvel multiverse also seems to have been confirmed by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige. This has been teased at before in previous Marvel movies, including Spider-Man: Far From Home. “Just because Beck was lying about the multiverse doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist,” @Kevfeige (-_^) #MarvelSDCC— cait petrakovitz 🦹🏽‍♀️➡️#SDCC (@misscp) July 21, 2019 The events you see Wanda go through in the series will be directly tied to the multiverse, and lead into this movie, confirms @Kevfeige !! Seriously, talk about madness 😮 #MarvelSDCC— cait petrakovitz 🦹🏽‍♀️➡️#SDCC (@misscp) July 21, 2019 Tiny spoiler from Spider-Man: Far From Home here too for anyone that was wondering about that multiverse: TV and Moviescenter_img Comic-Con Share your voice Comments DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS ARRIVES MAY 7, 2021 #MarvelSDCC #SDCC2019— cait petrakovitz 🦹🏽‍♀️➡️#SDCC (@misscp) July 21, 2019 Marvellast_img read more

Boulder the size of a van dislodged over Seward highway

first_imgAlaska road crews have dislodged a massive boulder that was poised to come crashing down on a highway busy with summer travelers.Download AudioThursday morning’s work followed a rock slide that pushed a van-sized rock to a precipice over the Seward Highway near Potter Marsh, south of Anchorage. The Seward Highway is the only road leading south out of the city.State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jill Reese says crews dislodged the rock with a high-pressure water hose.She says the boulder came to rest on the cliff-side lane, but it was too large to move, even for two front-loaders at the scene.Reese says crews are breaking up the rock and hoping to have it removed later Thursday.last_img read more

Quader says BNP out to push country towards civil war

first_imgBangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoRuling Bangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday alleged that the leaders of Jatiya Oikya Front and the BNP are trying to push the country towards a civil war with their aggressive comments, reports UNB.”Jatiya Oikya Front and the BNP leaders are pushing the country towards a civil war with their aggressive comments at different places. They’re saying their 300-400 leaders and activists will stay at every polling station. Whether a civil war won’t take place if Awami League asks its leaders and activists to do the same,” he said.Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, made the comments while talking to newsmen after attending a seminar at a hotel in the capital.He said Oikya Front is mainly being controlled by the BNP and its leader Tarique Rahman from London.The BNP is only using Dr Kamal Hossain and other Oikya Front leaders for its own gain, he alleged.last_img read more

Youth shot dead in Chattogram

first_imgA young man was shot to death by miscreants at Dakkhin Saral village in Banshkhali upazila of Chattogram early Monday.The deceased is Abul Kalam, 37, of the village.Family sources said Kalam was injured in a gun attack earlier on 2 November last. He filed a case against some miscreants in this regard.Since the filing of the case, the criminals had been threatening him to withdraw the case, said victim’s brother Abul Hashem.He said a group of hoodlums opened fire on Kalam around 3am when he went to bring oral rehydration saline from the medicine shop owned by Hashem near their house, leaving him dead on the spot.Police recovered the body and sent it to hospital morgue for autopsy, said officer-in-charge of Banshkhali police station M Kamal Hossain.He said Kalam might have been murdered following previous enmity. “We’ve launched a drive to arrest the killers.”last_img read more

Amazon Warehouse Workers Hospitalized in Bear Repellent Incident

first_img Things you never expect to say after a day at work in an Amazon warehouse: “Sorry I’m late. I was accidentally poisoned by bear repellent.”Dozens of workers complained of breathing problems Wednesday morning, after a 9 oz. can of bear repellant was punctured inside the 1.3 million-square-foot facility in Robbinsville Township, N.J.Someone called 911 around 8:50 a.m. ET, reporting the diffusion on the third floor of the warehouse’s south wing.AdChoices广告The aerosol can, containing what is essentially bear pepper spray, was hit by an “automated machine,” Robbinsville spokesman John Nalbone told The Washington Post (which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos). No further details have been released.“Today at our Robbinsville fulfillment center, a damaged aerosol can dispensed strong fumes in a contained area of the facility,” Amazon spokeswoman Rachael Lighty said in a statement to Geek.“The safety of our employees is our top priority, and as such, all employees in that area have been relocated to a safe place and employees experiencing symptoms are being treated on-site,” she continued. “As a precaution, some employees have been transported to local hospitals for evaluation and treatment.”Twenty-four workers were moved to nearby hospitals; one person was listed in critical condition.Bear pepper spray—like the lachrymatory agent many humans carry for self-defense—is a non-toxic, non-lethal deterrent that causes the animal’s mucous membranes to swell. The result: A confused bear with near total, yet only temporary, loss of sight and severely restricted breathing.The perfect moment to RUN.According to an explainer released by Yellowstone National Park, symptoms usually subside within 45 minutes. Folks who’ve been exposed, however, should be closely monitored.Amazon did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.Editor’s note: This article was updated at 12:15 p.m. ET with comment from Amazon.More on Out Yetis Are Really Just BearsAmazon Wants to Bring Its Cashierless Tech to Bigger StoresAmazon Accidentally Aired ‘Doctor Who’ Episode Early Amazon’s ‘Marvelous’ Gas Station Discount Causes Chaos in CaliforniaAmazon to Donate Unsold Products Instead of Trashing Them Stay on targetlast_img read more

Bike company finds printing a TV on their boxes minimizes shipping damage

first_imgIt doesn’t matter how well-made a product is, if it gets damaged during shipping the customer will not be happy. And shipping is a game of chance. You’re relying on every single person who handles each box to treat it with the utmost care. That rarely ever happens, and there’s only so much protection you can include. However, bike manufacturer VanMoof has come up with a surprising solution to minimizing damage during shipping.The Dutch company discovered that the amount of damage sustained when shipping one of its premium bikes was reduced considerably if the box looked like it contained a TV. How do you make a box look like it contains a TV? You simply print an image of a TV on the box!VanMoof has been shipping its bikes for eight years, and yet despite trying all of the shipping partners available to them, none offer the “same obsessive love and care” that goes into making the bikes. That’s inevitable, I guess. Having to pay for damaged bikes to be shipped back, or even sending out replacement parts is expensive, so a solution had to be found.genius idea alert: @vanmoof bikes had problem with shipping damage. So it put flat TVs on its boxes. Problem solved.— Jason Gay (@jasongay) September 4, 2016That solution came via VanMoof co-founder Ties. He realized a VanMoof bike box was roughly the same size and shape as a massive TV so he had them print a flatscreen TV on the box. The result was damage during shipping dropped by 80%.Clearly those individuals who work in shipping have a lot of respect for expensive TVs and handle them with due care and attention. Little do they know, there’s a bike inside those boxes. Let’s hope they never find out otherwise VanMoof will have to come up with another clever way of keeping shipping damage to an absolute minimum.last_img read more

WWDC Provided Some Interesting Updates on Our Favorite Products

first_img Apple Brings Contactless Student IDs to More UniversitiesCelebrate World Emoji Day With Diverse New Characters Stay on target With some polite ribbing over the name of the newest macOS release, High Sierra, today Apple announced some updates to current line-ups, features in the forthcoming iOS 11 and more. That’s hardly all that happened. Apple peppered the presser with minor announcements like a new fitness coach in WatchOS and a streamlined control panel. You can check out everything over at our sister publication, PCMag. For your geeky self, though, we’ve condensed the most important stuff right here, just for you.The tech giant ran through a ton of new features that will be coming with the release of iOS 11. Of note, there are major updates to Siri as well as some new productivity features. Siri, for example. Will be getting a new voice. She (or he, if you prefer) will now have better pronunciation, more frequently use context to discern meaning, and speaking with a more natural inflection. Siri will “learn” by leveraging data across apps. Part of that will help people more easily shoot more complex, informative messages on the go. Namely, when you’re driving, and someone asks what you’re up to.To go along with those features, maps will be getting some new upgrades as well, including lane assist to help you know where you need to be ahead of time. We’ve all been driving down that unfamiliar road and had to switch lanes at the last minute to make an exit, yeah? Well, that may be a thing of the past. Plus, Maps will be getting a special Do Not Disturb feature as well. Apple hopes that these additions will help you avoid using your phone behind the wheel — at least until we can offload that entire sector of our economy onto AI. Major cities will also have indoor maps to help you navigate popular malls and destinations in places like Washington DC and Tokyo — for when you’re in meat space.Beyond that, the Cupertino-based giant announced several new hardware lines. The MacBook family got an update. Laptops will now be equipped with Intel’s recent Kaby Lake processors. And that’s about it, actually. There are some other minor hardware updates, but for the most part, this is one of those “in-between” updates.The real big-hitter for hardware this time is the updated iMac Pro. These are designed for professional (who knew?) spaces and can come with serious computing hardware. You can get up to an 18-core Xeon processor (so not the new mega-powerful i9, but probably not too far off, either). You’ll also get a ton of SSD-based storage, insane amounts of memory and a decent amount of I/O ports given the manufacturer. While creative professionals the world over are most certainly salivating, let’s not forget that Apple tax. The new iMacs start at a cool $1099 and the Pro starts at a whopping five grand. Oh! And it won’t ship for another six months. C’est la vie.Rounding out the major announcements today, we have ARKit, a new software package to help developers with augmented reality apps and games. Pokemon Go will be one of the first to use the new functionality. With luck, it should ease the computing requirements and save on battery for AR-enabled apps, but we’ll have to wait a bit to know for sure.Eager for a piece of the personal assistant/smart speaker pie, Apple will be releasing their HomePod system, a Siri-enabled smart speaker that does all the usual things you’ve come to expect. It’ll be available for $349 and will start shipping in December. iPad Pro users also have something to look forward to — a 10.5-inch version coming next week. It starts at $649.All told, this was about what we’ve come to expect — incremental changes and upgrades. Nothing terribly earth-shattering, but we also haven’t seen nearly as much of the company’s trademark out-of-touch, breathlessness surrounding basic features and rudimentary ideas that everyone else has been enjoying for years. And that’s… well, it’s definitely something.last_img read more