Moroccan Jews the focus of UN event marking legacy of Holocaust survivors

28 January 2010Morocco’s tolerance of Jews and its resistance to anti-Semitic policies during World War II were spotlighted today as part of a series of events being held at the United Nations to commemorate victims of the Holocaust. The North African nation resisted French colonial policies during World War II, refusing to exclude Jews from public functions and not making them wear the yellow Star of David, as had been decreed by the Vichy regime in German-occupied France.Efforts to whitewash the Holocaust are “a wound to the collective memory, which we know is engraved in one of the most painful chapters in the collective history of mankind,” King Mohammed VI said in a message to a briefing today at UN Headquarters in New York, delivered on his behalf by Peter Geffen, an educator.Morocco’s experience with Jews provides important lessons for the present, especially the conflict in the Middle East, the King stressed. Exclusion, he said, still exists even when steps are made to spur dialogue among the world’s civilizations, cultures and religions.Remembering the Holocaust “strongly imposes ethical, moral and political standards which will, tomorrow, be the true guarantors of this peace – based on equally-shared justice and dignity – and for which most Palestinians and Israelis yearn,” he underscored.Serge Berdugo, Ambassador at Large for Morocco, recounted a story at the event of his father, a leader of a Jewish community in the country during World War II, who received the solemn vow of the country’s monarch that no harm would come to Jews which did not “affect first my family and myself.”The king at the time did his utmost to slow down the record-taking demanded by French authorities of the assets held by Jews, and called for the destruction of all documents when the United States landed on Moroccan shores in November 1942.Also addressing today’s briefing – which was organized by the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) Relations Cluster in the UN’s Department of Public Information (DPI) – was Andre Azoulay, Counsellor to the King.Estimates vary but about 6 million Jews are thought to have been killed in the genocide perpetrated by the Nazis, as well as countless numbers of Roma, Slavs, homosexuals, disabled people, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Communists and political dissidents.The legacy of the Holocaust’s survivors “carry a crucial message for all of us,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday in a video message commemorating the International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.“A message about the triumph of the human spirit. A living testament that tyranny, though it may rise, will surely not prevail,” he said.The UN has observed the Day on 27 January since the General Assembly made the designation in 2005. Yesterday marked the 65th anniversary to the day of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest and most notorious of all of the camps.The UN has marked this year’s Day through exhibits, panel discussions and a film screening.Hundreds of people attended a memorial ceremony and concert at the General Assembly Hall in New York last night, with the Nürnberg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bayreuth Zamir Choir and the Jerusalem Oratorio Chamber Choir, under the baton of Maestro Isaak Tavior, performing a range of works, including pieces by Beethoven and Brahms. The event was sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Germany.Holocaust remembrance events are also being held this week by the UN at its offices in Geneva and Vienna and across its global network of information centres, including in Bucharest and Bogotá. For the first time, observances were held in Myanmar and Namibia. read more

Deadly plane crash in Stoney Creek

A man is dead after his amateur plane crashed in a soybean field next to Stoney Creek airport. Officials tell us the plane had just taken off for St. Thomas Ontario, when it crashed and was engulfed in flames.A surveillance camera from a neighbouring business caught an image of the plane going down and if look carefully behind the time stamp and you can see it descend rapidly, and explode.“It certainly was a devastating impact. The aircraft took off from the runway in a north direction and shortly after turned en route to its destination and was observed to impact the ground and catch fire.” Ken Webster, from the Transportation safety board.Investigators from the transportation safety board are examining what’s left, the engine, the wingtips and the tail. The plane appears to explode after impact, so the fire likely came from the fuel tanks located in the wings.“You’ll have fuel spraying out and when it hits hot engines and hot exhaust, then you have ignition, and that’s normally what causes the fire in these small airplanes.” said Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum President Dave Rohrer.Rohrer used to be the lead plane crash investigator in the region. He says the greatest danger of a flight is at take-off, and landing.“You’re at low altitude and you have less time to react to the abnormality.”This was an amateur aircraft.“Amateur built is different regulations, more lax. So more recreational users can fly and maintain the aircraft.” said Webster.“A lot of people get their start in aviation in this type of airport, with these type of aircraft. Those are primarily home builders, who build their own airplanes or buy kits and put them together, or fly ultralights.” said Rohrer.Less than 2 weeks ago a small plane crashed just outside of the Grimsby airport.  That pilot survived.The Hamilton chapter of the experimental aircraft association calls this airport home.  They put a message out on social media today that the pilot involved was not one of their members, but they did not identify him.  Neither police or the transportation safety board are saying who exactly died in this crash, but it was a man flying alone in the plane, headed for St. Thomas. read more

Ideals and values that inspired creation of International Criminal Court still hold

VIDEO: Special Adviser Adama Dieng explains why withdrawing from the Rome Statute undermines international justice for everyone. Credit: UN NewsA candid dialogue will enhance mutual trust and cooperationNoting the need for a candid conversation between all stakeholders, in particular member States and the Court to identify and address legitimate concerns, he said: “Doing this will enhance mutual trust and cooperation and strengthen the capability of the Court to fulfil its mandate.”Unfortunately, States that want to pull out of the Rome Statute have made little, if any, effort to present their grievances through the established forumsBut, he added that the States that want to withdraw from the Rome Statute have made little, if any, effort to present their grievances through the established forums, such as the Assembly of States Parties – the management oversight and legislative body of the Court, composed of representatives of the States that have ratified and acceded to the Rome Statute. “To have done so would have presented an opportunity to have an open and frank dialogue, and discuss how to make the Court a better institution, one that is capable of responding effectively to the challenges it was established to address,” he emphasized, and “engaging and advocating for reforms should serve the interests of all stakeholders of the Court.” Reaffirm the commitment to ensure accountability for appalling crimesDrawing attention to the ongoing atrocities in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, South Sudan and in other parts of the world, he underlined that the time is not right to abandon the Court. “Rather, States and non-State members should reaffirm their commitment to strengthen the Rome Statute and ensure accountability for these horrendous crimes,” Mr. Dieng said, appealing urging for them to work collectively to ensure the Court can effectively administer international criminal justice without fear or favour, contribute to the fight against impunity, and promote respect for the rule of law and human rights. “As someone who witnessed first-hand the horrors in Rwanda, the Former Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone and elsewhere, and who has been closely involved in the delivery of international justice at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, I know too well the consequences when the international community undermines the efforts of international justice,” he said. “We owe it to the victims of these horrendous crimes to strengthen rather than undermine the International Criminal Court, and to reaffirm our commitment to the Rome Statute to ‘put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of these crimes and thus contribute to their prevention’.”AUDIO: The Special Adviser speaking on the need for dialogue between the court, countries, civil society and the victims of atrocities. “The establishment of the Court signified a global commitment to protect victims, when national judicial mechanisms lacked the capacity, willingness or jurisdiction to prosecute those responsible for the most serious crimes,” wrote Special Adviser Adama Dieng in an opinion piece published in The East African.Since the adoption of the Rome Statute in 1998, more than half of the world’s States have joined the Court, 34 among them are African nations – the biggest regional block to date . In July this year, the Court’s founding Statue will mark the 15th anniversary of its entry into force.Highlighting the significance of the Court, Mr. Dieng said that the fact that most of the cases in the continent were submitted by African States themselves, reaffirming their belief that it would strengthen the rule of law and respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms of the African people. However, he added that despite the ICC’s achievements, it is increasingly coming under threat, with recent announcements by Burundi, South Africa and the Gambia to withdraw from the Rome Statute. “Other States have threatened to do so, if certain conditions are not met,” he wrote, noting that key among the concerns raised by these countries included the “lack of fairness in the prosecution decisions of the Court, perceived by some to disproportionately target African leaders.” read more

Student wins PC nomination in Niagara WestGlanbrook

A 19-year-old Brock University student won the Progressive Conservatives nomination to become the party’s candidate in Niagara West-Glanbrook during a meeting Saturday night.Sam Oosterhoff, a first-year political science student, will be the candidate in a Nov. 17 byelection in the riding left vacant when former party leader Tim Hudak resigned last month.Oosterhoff was up against party president and former MP Rick Dykstra, as well as regional councillor Tony Quirk and NewsNow publisher Mike Williscraft in seeking the nomination.According to his website, Oosterhoff has worked within the conservative movement as an activist and on campaigns. He has also worked as a legislative assistant and policy analyst on Parliament Hill for the federal Conservatives, his website says. read more

Ohio State set for rematch with Michigan State in Big Ten Tournament

Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) eludes a Minnesota defender during a 2nd round game of the Big Ten Tournament on March 12 in Chicago. OSU won, 79-73. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorCHICAGO — After defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament, the Ohio State men’s basketball team is getting set for yet another rematch.The Buckeyes are set to meet the No. 3 seed Michigan State Spartans Friday night, a team that dispatched OSU, 59-56, on Valentine’s Day.The matchup has brought out the best in both schools as of late, as Michigan State holds a 5-4 edge over the Buckeyes in the past four years.Two of those games have come in the Big Ten Tournament, with the teams splitting the pair.“They have a great team, I feel like we have a great team as well. We have played each other so many times, regular season and (Big Ten) tournament it feels like every year,” OSU senior guard Shannon Scott said of Michigan State. “It always comes down to the wire with them. We just have to be ready for that.”Thad Matta, who became OSU’s winningest coach with the victory over Minnesota, agreed with Scott, joking that the the Buckeyes and Spartans shouldn’t even play the entire game.“The battles over the years that we’ve had, honestly tomorrow what we should do is just start with one minute on the clock and save ourselves,” Matta said. “They always seem to come down to the last minute of the game.”That was the case earlier this season when Spartan junior guard Denzel Valentine buried a fadeaway 3-pointer in the final seconds to give Michigan State the win over OSU.Scott, who scored a career-high 21 points in the win over the Golden Gophers, said the feeling around the OSU locker room is that the Buckeyes are now a different team than they were when they lost in East Lansing, Mich.“We are a hungry team. We know they beat us earlier. We know we could have won that game,” Scott said. “Every single guy on my team feels like we can win this game coming up.”While Scott led the Buckeyes in scoring in the Feb. 14 loss with 15 points, it was his backcourt counterpart who struggled against the Spartans.Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell scored just 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting that day while the OSU bench accounted for just three points.That was not the case for the Buckeyes on Thursday night against Minnesota as the they had three players in double figures scoring – Russell and Scott with more than 20 each – and senior forward Sam Thompson adding nine points and a team-high seven rebounds.Russell said if the Buckeyes can maintain their consistency throughout the team and the tournament, Michigan State will have a hard time disposing of them.“Good luck with it. We weren’t playing great basketball against them last time,” Russell said. “Them being physical, I couldn’t go where I wanted to go. We are a different basketball team now.”Whether the Buckeyes are a different team or not, Matta said he will look at the film from the last matchup between the two teams before taking the floor Friday night.“As crazy as it sounds, I actually look forward to tomorrow night because I know it’s gonna be a heck of a basketball game,” he said.The Buckeyes and Spartans are set to tip about 25 minutes after the Maryland vs. Indiana matchup, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. read more

Cap on benefits for single parents with toddlers ruled unlawful in landmark

first_img“Many desperately want to work but can’t make up the required hours of work a week due to childcare issues or insecure work like zero-hours contracts.”But the Department for Work and Pensions immediately announced it intends to appeal against the ruling.A spokesman for the department said: “We are disappointed with the decision. Work is the best way to raise living standards, and many parents with young children are employed.”The benefit cap incentivises work, even if it’s part-time, as anyone eligible for working tax credits or the equivalent under Universal Credit, is exempt.”Even with the cap, lone parents can still receive benefits up to the equivalent salary of £25,000, or £29,000 in London [£20,000 and £23,000 after deductions], and we have made Discretionary Housing Payments available to people who need extra help.”The DWP added that since the introduction of the cap in April 2013, over 29,000 households who previously had their benefits capped have moved into work and are no longer capped. 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. A central plank of the Government’s benefit reform programme has suffered a major setback after a High Court judge ruled it was unlawful and was causing “real misery” to single parents and their children.Four single parents yesterday won their case against the use by Ministers of the controversial ‘benefit cap’ to limit the amount of benefit they receive.Campaigners had argued that the cap forced single parents with children under two into poverty and homelessness, leaving them to rely on food banks and handouts.The cap of £20,000, or £23,000 in London, is imposed on benefits received by those not working at least 16 hours a week.But the single parents who took the Work and Pensions Secretary to court, on behalf of as many as 17,000 families, claimed it discriminates against the most vulnerable in society, who frequently struggle to pay for child care or are in zero-hours contracts.Mr Justice Collins ruled in favour of their claim that they and their dependant babies and toddlers should have been exempted from the scheme.He said: “The evidence shows that the cap is capable of real damage to individuals such as the claimants. They are not workshy but find it, because of the care difficulties, impossible to comply with the work requirement.” The judge added: “Most lone parents with children under two are not the sort of households the cap was intended to cover and, since they will depend on DHP (Discretionary Housing Payments), they will remain benefit households. Real misery is being caused to no good purpose.”Following the ruling the Government said it would await the outcome of an appeal to a higher court before deciding whether to grant an exemption to the cap for lone parents with children under two, allowing them to receive potentially hundreds more in annual benefits.Mr Justice Collins’ ruling is being interpreted as a significant victory by the Government’s opponents, with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn saying the benefit cap represented another failing of the austerity programme.He said: “It is failing in its own terms, it’s failing our communities, and it’s failing the most vulnerable in our country – including the victims of domestic violence and those facing homelessness.”The Prime Minister should accept the High Court’s judgment and end this discrimination against parents and children.”Lawyers for the four one parent families said the judge had ruled that the application of the cap was unlawful because of its discriminatory impact on lone parents with children under two. Rebekah Carrier, of Hopkin Murray Beskine Solicitors, said: “The benefit cap has had a catastrophic impact upon vulnerable lone parent families and children across the country.”Single mothers like my clients have been forced into homelessness and reliance on food banks as a result of the benefit cap.”Thousands of children have been forced into poverty, which has severe long-term effects on the health and well-being.”She added: “We are pleased that today’s decision will relieve my clients – and other lone parent families around the country – from the unfair impacts of austerity measures which have prevented them from being able to provide basic necessities for their children.”Charities have also welcomed the ruling against what they said was a “nasty policy”.Alison Garnham, chief executive of the Child Poverty Action Group, said: “In exposing the absurdity and cruelty of the benefit cap, we hope this case is the beginning of the end for this nasty policy. It is a policy that punishes the vulnerable for being vulnerable and even fails on its own terms.”Anne Baxendale, director of communications, policy and campaigns at homelessness charity Shelter, which supported the challenge, said: “Many of the families that come to Shelter for advice say the benefit cap is pushing them into homelessness.last_img read more

Government called on to address housing shortage in Budget 2014

first_imgAll of these factors have led to an increase in demand for housing, but the supply is simply not there in high-demand urban areas. As a result, we have families in overcrowded apartments where their children have no room to study or play, and we have grown adults returning to live with their parents because they can’t get a home of their own.He said that Budget 2014 must deal with the housing shortage that has emerged in large urban areas, adding: “Unless we act now, we will condemn an entire generation to live in unsuitable housing.”In its pre-budget submission, Threshold is calling on the Government to introduce a stimulus for housing construction that is directly based on current housing needs.Senator Aideen Hayden, Chairperson of Threshold, said that the recovery of the housing market is essential to lifting Ireland out of recession.Threshold, St Vincent de Paul and Focus Ireland are among the groups that will appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee today to speak about poverty in Ireland.It its pre-budget submission yesterday, Focus Ireland said that the government needs to invest 4400 million to deliver 3,000 homes. It said that it could boost the economy by creating up to 3,200 jobs in construction and supply.Read: Number of new homeless people rises by at least 7 a day> THE HOUSING SHORTAGE in Ireland could become a “full-blown crisis” if nothing is done about it – and the government needs to address this in Budget 2014.That’s the view of the national housing charity Threshold, which presents its pre-budget submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform today.Bob Jordan, Chief Executive of Threshold, said that up to 30,000 new houses need to be constructed annually to meet the ongoing demand for new homes.But he noted that since the recession, “housing construction has virtually ceased, with only 8,500 new units built last year”.He added that despite high emigration rates, Ireland’s population is increasing, and families are outgrowing their existing homes.last_img read more

SpaceX rocket on a mission to the ISS with ice cream included

first_imgA COMMERCIAL CARGO ship rocketed into orbit last night in pursuit of the International Space Station, the first of a dozen supply runs under a mega-contract with NASA.It was the second launch of a Dragon capsule to the orbiting lab by the California-based SpaceX company. The first was last spring.This time was no test flight, however, and the spacecraft carried 1,000 pounds of key science experiments and other precious gear. There was also a personal touch: chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream tucked in a freezer for the three station residents.The company’s unmanned Falcon rocket roared into the night sky right on time, putting SpaceX on track to reach the space station on Wednesday.Officials declared the launch a success. In more good news, a piece of space junk was no longer threatening the station, and NASA could focus entirely on the delivery mission.NASA is counting on private business to restock the space station, now that the shuttles have retired to museums. The space agency has a $1.6 billion contract with SpaceX for 12 resupply missions.ReturnEspecially exciting for NASA is the fact that the Dragon will return twice as much cargo as it took up, including a stockpile of astronauts’ blood and urine samples. The samples — nearly 500 of them — have been stashed in freezers since Atlantis made the last shuttle flight in July 2011.The Dragon will spend close to three weeks at the space station before being released and parachuting into the Pacific at the end of October. By then, the space station should be back up to a full crew of six.None of the Russian, European or Japanese cargo ships can bring anything back; they’re destroyed during re-entry. The Russian Soyuz crew capsules have limited room for anything besides people.Space Exploration Technologies Corp, or SpaceX — owned by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk — is working to convert its unmanned Dragon capsules into vessels that could carry astronauts to the space station in three years. Other US companies also are vying to carry crews. Americans must ride Russian rockets to orbit in the meantime, for a steep price.Musk called the capsules Dragon after the magical Puff to get back at critics who, a decade ago, considered his effort a fantasy. The name Falcon comes from the Millennium Falcon starship of “Star Wars” fame.Another company looking to haul space station cargo, Virginia’s Orbital Sciences Corp, hopes to launch a solo test flight in December and a demo mission to the station early next year.Read: Ireland’s space programme: what Irish tech developments are heading out of this world?last_img read more

Very tiny 45 computer CuBoxi runs Android and Linux

first_imgIn the tiny, cheap computing space, the Raspberry Pi is king thanks to the $25 and $35 price tags and marketable name. Once you get into the RasPi, though, you inevitably fall down a deep, dark rabbit hole of other tiny, cheap computers. Formidable opponents to the Pi throne come from SolidRun, and this time around, it’s a $45 cube computer that runs Android and Linux.The mini computers are encased in a 2x2x2-inch cube, smaller in the hand than the Raspberry Pi when plugged into one of its more notable cases, such as the Pibow. Just $10 more than the more powerful of the Raspberry Pi iterations, the Model B, SolidRun’s base model — the CuBox-i1 — sports a single-core 1GHz Freescale i.MX6 SoC, 512MB of 32-bit RAM, a microSD card slot on which to store the OS, 10/100 Ethernet, WiFi 802.11b/g/n and optional Bluetooth, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI 1.4, an IR receiver, and SPDIF out.If those specs aren’t to your liking, you can spend a little more cash and upgrade to more robust models, which include bumps in processing speed and cores, RAM, and gigabit Ethernet. These models can reach around $130 depending on the options you choose. The most expensive model does appear to have an appropriate price per the specs and size, as $130 will net you a quad-core SoC, 2GB of 64-bit RAM, gigabit Ethernet, and Bluetooth. These specs blow the RasPi out of the water and maintain the small form factor, but the price also blows the Model B’s $35 price tag out of the water as well.If you’re interested int he CuBox-i, SolidRun are now accepting pre-orders.Now read: PiCast: The open source, Raspberry Pi Chromecast alternativelast_img read more

Heres why foreign airlines are queuing to set up operations in Ireland

first_img Sunday 5 Feb 2017, 8:45 AM Take me to Fora 40 Comments 48,286 Views http://jrnl.ie/3221412 By Fora Staff Here’s why foreign airlines are queuing to set up operations in Ireland Sweden’s SAS airline is the latest carrier to apply for an Irish air operators licence. Feb 5th 2017, 8:45 AM Short URL Share Tweet Email7 Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: SWEDISH AIRLINE SAS announced this week that it has applied for an Irish air operator certificate, or AOC.That means it will set up a management team and register planes here.Those Irish-registered jets will be based in London and Spain for use on “a small number of departures to complement existing services” that SAS operates, according to a statement on the airline’s website.Of course, SAS won’t be the first foreign airline to apply for an AOC in Ireland –  its Scandi rival, Norwegian Air, was granted a certificate for its subsidiary in Dublin three years ago.SAS is following Norwegian’s flight path so it can “reduce the cost differential to newly established competitors” – a clear message that it wants to up its game against its ‘low-cost’ competitor.So, how exactly would having an Irish licence help the overseas carrier drive down costs? Let’s look at why foreign airlines are queuing to set up offices in Ireland. A SAS Boeing 737 Source: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/PA ImagesWhat is an AOC?A company that operates commercial flights is required by law to hold a valid AOC from any national aviation authority.In Ireland’s case, the IAA is responsible for registering civil aircraft and approving AOCs.In a nutshell, the certificate means that the airline operates under the regulations in the chosen jurisdiction. The company is granted the protection of that country’s aviation agreements.For SAS, having an Irish AOC means it plays by labour laws here, which are comparatively favourable to employers than the much stricter rules in Sweden.SAS has made no secret about this. It said it will hire staff locally. In a statement to several news outlets, spokesman Fredrik Hendriksson said that the cost advantage of an Irish AOC would come from having lower social security expenses and taxes.It’s interesting that one of the main objections to granting Norwegian’s Irish subsidiary access to the US market was over fears that Ireland was being used to skirt labour laws.Bilateral agreementsA key selling point of an Irish AOC is that it grants airlines access to the clatter of bilateral agreements Ireland has struck up with other regions around the globe.Many of the treaties Ireland signed with other countries date back to the days when Shannon Airport was a compulsory refueling stopover for airlines operating long-haul routes.A historical accident caused by our barrage of bilateral deals is that Ireland is more favourable to airlines in terms of tax law, accountancy rules and on a bureaucratic level.For example, Ireland offers a tax depreciation on aircraft of 12.5% per year over an eight-year period. That can be used to reduce the amount of taxable income reported by a business. A private jet refueling at Shannon Source: Shannon AirportOur national bilateral agreements became less important in recent years, especially after the EU-US open skies agreement was signed, which made it easier for carriers to fly between Europe and the US.They’re becoming an attractive asset again with Britain set to exit the EU. There’s a good chance you’ll hear more about Ireland’s AOC as airlines move UK-registered jets to maintain access to the EU travel zone.HistoryThe noble story of Ireland’s great aviators – like leasing legend Tony Ryan, who went on to co-found Ryanair, one of the country’s most successful companies – certainly helps Ireland live up to its reputation as a ‘centre of excellence’ in the air travel business.But the story alone isn’t exactly a deal breaker when it comes to making boardroom decisions. It’s more significant that our long history of flight means we know how to ‘talk aviation’. Tony Ryan Source: Rollingnews.ieRegulation agencies here are more familiar with how the industry works because it is so big: aviation contributes an estimated €4 billion to our economy, according to the IAA, and roughly half of the world’s aircraft are owned by Irish-based leasing companies.We have developed a culture of aviation and we understand the requirements of an business in the industry.Anywhere there’s a meeting of airline bigwigs putting together a business plan, there’s a good chance an Irish person is sitting somewhere at the boardroom table.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Vancouver police reopen nonemergency online crime reporting system

first_imgThe Vancouver Police Department has reopened its online crime reporting system, which will allow people to report some non-emergency crimes through the department’s website.Only crimes within the city limits can be reported, and the system is limited to the following reports:• Graffiti, tagging, vandalism or other malicious mischief — or the willful destruction of another person’s belonging — resulting in less than $750 in property damage.• Harassing phone calls.• Identity theft or fraud.• Lost property.• Theft of less than $750 worth of property.• Vehicle prowling or motor home break-ins.A report for another type of crime will be rejected, which could delay the reporting process, the agency stressed.The system is accessible through the department’s website, www.vanpolice.org. Reports made online go into the same record system used by Vancouver Police Department personnel, and they are reviewed by staff prior to final approval.For active crimes or emergencies — fires, crashes, injuries or other in-progress threats to someone’s safety or property — dial 911.Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said the agency had online reporting until several years ago, when it took it down after problems with mismatched crime reports skewing crime trends.The department is in the process of putting together its own records department, so it rolled the new online reporting system into its crime-logging system.The department had contracted record keeping to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, but will have its own records unit starting next year.Kapp said the department hopes the tool will better serve people trying to report crimes at odd hours, or those who’d rather not call the police dispatch center’s non-emergency line.last_img read more

Military Housing How One Installation Is Focused on Tenant Concerns

first_imgOfficials at Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., say major changes are on the way to address the local community’s military housing crisis, according to a WTOC11 report.The biggest change on the way, according to base officials, will be DOD’s new tenant’s bill of rights for service members and their families living in privatized military housing on an installation. These rights will give military families new leverage to hold privatized housing firms accountable.“It’ll be issued to everybody, so you get a chance to see it in black and white – these are my rights,” said Col. Jason Wolter, Fort Stewart garrison commander. “We have a common goal – to take care of our soldiers and families at the corporate level, but ultimately, that responsibility falls on the Army to make sure that that is happening.”“If I’m not satisfied with what I’m getting from our partner, the U.S. Army, we as leaders have a responsibility to make sure they’re getting everything they need,” Col. Wolter said.Other major privatized housing changes at Fort Stewart and other installations will involve increased installation oversight of firms that own and maintain on-base housing. Fort Stewart’s leadership says it remains their responsibility to hold companies accountable.“We have a common goal – to take care of our soldiers and families at the corporate level, but ultimately, that responsibility falls on the Army to make sure that that is happening,” Wolter said.Army photo by Chris Rich ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Mexico border as migrants holiday travellers wait to cross

first_imgMichael Joel Miranda, an eight-year-old migrant boy from Honduras, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, holds a US flag in front of Mexican riot police at the El Chaparral port of entry border crossing between Mexico and the United States, in Tijuana, Mexico on 22 November. Photo: ReutersHundreds of Central American migrants in Mexico massed on Thursday around a tense US border crossing, where security measures held up long lines of Mexicans headed to Thanksgiving gatherings on the other side of the frontier.With few belongings, and many of them with children in tow, the migrants set out for the crossing from the baseball field in the Mexican border city of Tijuana where they have been camped out. Around 6,000 migrants who have trekked across Mexico in a caravan in recent weeks are now crammed into the field.They arrived at the Chaparral border crossing, opposite San Diego, California, and said they would wait there until they could request asylum, in spite of growing US measures to tighten the border.”We are already desperate, last night it rained and we all got wet. There is no room left. We are all sick. My children have a cold … and nobody has come to give us help,” said David, a Honduran who only provided his first name.Earlier on Thursday, US president Donald Trump said he had authorized the use of lethal force on the border and warned that the United States could close the whole frontier.The San Ysidro vehicular crossing into San Diego, one of the busiest in the world, was briefly shuttered in the afternoon by US officials as they performed a security exercise.Tens of thousands of Mexicans enter the United States daily to work or study, and many were trying to get to Thanksgiving celebrations. Mariana del Campo, a retired professor, had hoped to make it across before the closing, but was stuck in the line.”What’s happening on the border is maddening,” she said as she waited in her car. “I don’t know how long we can put up with this. Someone is going to get tired or explode.”Also stuck in her car waiting to cross for Thanksgiving was 54-year-old Aurora Diaz, who said her US-based daughter was reluctant to visit Mexico in case Trump closed the border.Us or BustTensions were palpable at the pedestrian crossing where the Central Americans had gathered. Mexican police and soldiers stood guard while a helicopter buzzed over the US side.Edgar Corzo, an official from Mexico’s human rights commission, spoke into a megaphone to the crowd, telling them they could request assistance in Mexico.But migrants arrived with blankets and prepared to bed down for the night outside the border station. Some of the children cried and complained of the cold.Authorities in Tijuana said the migrants are facing up to a six-month wait to be able to get an appointment to plead their case for asylum with US authorities.Earlier this week, US officials briefly closed the main border crossing in Tijuana, putting up concrete barricades and razor wire after reports that migrants could try to rush the crossing.”I want president Trump to know that we’re peaceful people, we don’t have weapons, we haven’t come to do evil,” said a man who declined to give his name, holding a white flag on a wooden stick that read “Peace, God is with us.” “We want to work, we want them to help us for the love of God,” he added.last_img read more

Brazile Lands Teaching Gig at Howard

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.comWhen Donna Brazile began her work as a lecturer at Howard University on Sept. 4, everyone was expecting her to lecture on the virtues of working in politics and tell a few war stories from her years as a campaign manager, activist and staffer on Capitol Hill.Instead Brazile turned the tables on the Howard students at the inaugural class at the university’s Blackburn Center Lounge.Donna Brazile, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will now teach at Howard University in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Photo)“This is how we shape the future and you will be the ones shaping that future,” Brazile said. “During this lecture series, I will be listening and interacting with you. The 21st century is about you and America is increasingly beginning to look like us.”Brazile is the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the campaign manager for the Gore-Lieberman presidential campaign in 2000, the former chief of staff for D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) and has worked extensively for the Rev. Jesse Jackson campaigns in 1984 and 1988 as well as for causes such as the successful effort to have Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday made a federal holiday. In August, it was announced that she will be the recipient of the Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy at the university.At Howard, Brazile will develop and host a five-part lectures series for the entire Howard community on subjects such as politics, voting, criminal justice reform and civility.“Ms. Brazile has spent decades at the table of the political discourse in our nation,” Dr. Wayne I. Frederick said about the former chair of the DNC. “She can now draw on all of her experience and wisdom to bring a bipartisan discussion to these critical issues.”The Kings praised Brazile for accepting the offer to hold their chair for the 2018-2019 academic year, saying she “will bring unparalleled breadth and depth of experience and knowledge to Howard students across several academic disciplines in a statement.”Brazile is no stranger to Howard, serving as a lecturer and guest speaker.“I am so happy to be at an HBCU,” Brazile said to the 100 students. “My parents are graduates of HBCUs in Louisiana and I know the value of them.”Brazile is known as a keen organizer and that is what she did. She asked students to identify themselves by class and what interest or concern did they have in politics.Next, she asked students to put their name down on lists to help her organize the lectures and speakers. Brazile also made it a point to touch base with Howard University Student Association President Amos Jackson III on how they could work together to make the student body more politically active.Brazile told the AFRO that former GOP chairman Michael Steele will be a speaker during the week of Sept. 10-15 and she plans to bring in former Trump administration Omarosa Manigault-Newman and former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who is weighing a bid for president in 2020.“I’m here and excited to be here,” Brazile said. “We as a people have to have a seat at the table. Remember, if you are not at the table, you are on the menu.”last_img read more

Google Shuts Down Play Movies App for Daydream VR

first_img Popular on Variety Google isn’t the first company to reconsider movie rentals for VR. Facebook shut down the Rift VOD store in late 2018, and has yet to offer paid video rentals for its new Quest headset. However, Oculus VR CTO John Carmack hinted at plans to bring paid video rentals to the headset in a tweet Thursday morning.Google’s decision to shut down Play Movies on Daydream also comes as the company has been shifting resources from VR to AR across the board. In March, Google shut down its Spotlight Stories VR studio, and in May, it shuttered its Jump VR camera and cloud stitching program. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Google has quietly removed the Google Play Movies & TV app from its Daydream VR platform. The app allowed users to rent, buy and watch movies and TV show episodes from the Play Store in a virtual living room.A Google spokesperson confirmed the removal of the app when contacted by Variety, noting that users can also access their rented and bought movies and TV shows via the YouTube VR app on Daydream. He added that there were no plans to remove other Google apps from Daydream.YouTube and Google Play Movies long have shared access to the same library of commercial VOD titles, allowing users to watch movies rented with one of the apps in the other one as well. However, YouTube VR arguably has much less of a focus on paid titles. There is no dedicated VOD section in the app, and users can’t actually pay for a video from within the VR app.last_img read more

Nintendo May Release an SNES Classic Edition This Year

first_img One of the most sought-after gaming items from last year was Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition. Despite the mini console’s popularity, many wondered if Nintendo would eventually release a SNES Classic Edition. Though the NES is a beloved system in its own right, the SNES is arguably the most popular (and best) Nintendo system of all time. If a new report turns out to be accurate, we may indeed get a SNES mini this holiday.Sources within Nintendo have confirmed to EuroGamer that the company is set to release the SNES Classic Edition in late 2017. According to these sources, the system is already in development. Interestingly enough, Nintendo’s plans for the SNES mini are the main reason why the NES mini was discontinued in the first place.Nintendo always intended the NES mini to be a limited run system. The console became more popular than the company anticipated, with shortages being reported all throughout its brief lifespan. Unfortunately, Nintendo couldn’t extend the run of the NES mini since it already had plans to release the SNES mini.Like the NES mini, the SNES mini will be a plug and play device that comes pre-installed with a number of games. The NES mini came with 30 titles. Hopefully, the SNES mini will contain a great deal more. If Nintendo does release this system, we’ll hopefully see titles like Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, Super Metroid, Final Fantasy III, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and many more.None of this has been made official, so take it all with the proverbial grain of salt. If Nintendo does plan to release a SNES Classic Edition, it would be wise for it to produce enough units to meet the demand. Also, let’s hope this console has a longer life than the NES mini, which was officially canceled just last week. Stay on target How ‘Final Fantasy VI’ Made Role-Playing a Hot Property in A…25 Years Later, How ‘Super Metroid’ Defined a Genre last_img read more

72 iron ore mines in Goa can resume operations Centre

first_imgThe state was getting almost a quarter of its revenue from the mining industry before it shut down in 2012.After deciding to revoke the suspension a few days ago, the ministry issued a formal order on Saturday, but made it clear that violation of mining lease conditions would lead to immediate suspension of ECs again.The licenses of these 72 mining leases have already been renewed by the state. The environmental clearances were suspended by the then Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan in September 2012 following allegations of rampant illegal mining and environmental degradation in Goa. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashThe order says the ministry has decided to “lift the abeyance of the 72 leases and they would not require any fresh EC”. It has been signed by U Sridharan, scientist, MoEF.The state’s request to lift the abeyance was examined by the ministry, taking into account recommendations of expert appraisal committee and Supreme Court’s directions, it adds. However, suspension of ECs of 18 mines located in the one-kilometre buffer zone around wildlife sanctuaries has not been revoked. Further, there are 22 mining leases — named in a list attached to the order — on the forest land, and their ECs too would remain in abeyance until they get “forest clearances”.The ministry has directed the state to develop and implement a credible mechanism to ensure that “capping of 20 million tonnes per annum of ore extraction is implemented, as suggested by the apex court”. Mining in the forest areas and export of existing ore dumps would not be allowed, it adds.last_img read more

CM wants use of ballot papers in civic elections

first_imgKolkata: Raising questions over the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the recently-concluded general elections, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday that her party will approach the state Election Commission and appeal for the use of ballots during the Panchayat and Municipal elections in the state.”We want ballots for voting and not machines to save democracy. We will be vocal with this demand from now on and our theme for July 21 Martyrs’ Day programme will be return to ballots,” Banerjee said while addressing a meeting with her councillors and senior party leaders at Nazrul Manch. The municipal polls in the state are scheduled to be held in 2020. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe also asserted that EVM machines in 30 percent areas in the state malfunctioned and were replaced with new ones during the elections. “Mock polls were not conducted with voters who stood in queues to cast their votes. On earlier instances, there were mock polls in 100 percent machines. But this time, it was done only in two percent of the EVMs. So who can guarantee that the rest of the machines were not programmed before being pressed for votes,” she questioned. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA fortnight back, Banerjee in a meeting with her MPs and MLAs at the state Secretariat Nabanna had said that TMC will start a movement pressing for the return of ballots and it will be initiated from Bengal. She also urged all the 23 political parties in the Opposition to come together in support of ballot papers. Pointing out that the US has banned EVMs, she had also called for constituting a fact-finding committee to probe the issue of EVM malfunctioning and added that the BJP had spent lakhs of rupees to programme the EVMs and swing votes in their favour. The TMC chief further reiterated that the recently concluded election was based on falsehood which will be unearthed with the passage of time. She expressed her hope that soon all the Opposition parties will join TMC’s movement of shunning EVMs and using ballots for elections. It may be mentioned that the July 21 rally originated from TMC’s movement focusing on ‘no identity card, no vote’ in 2001. “This year, our theme for July 21 will be ‘no ballot no vote’. We will soon write to the state Election Commission on behalf of our municipal party and also on behalf of the government,” state Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim said. Banerjee urged all her party leaders to keep a track on the preparation of the voters’ list across the state. “A lot of government employees who were affiliated with the CPI(M) continue to work at the government level even now as we have not terminated anybody from service on humanitarian grounds. I have information that a lot of genuine voters’ names have been struck off the electoral rolls. So I will urge the party machinery to keep an eye on this,” she added.last_img read more

Privacy Enhanced Mode for all embedded YouTube Videos

first_imgPrivacy Enhanced Mode for all embedded YouTube Videos by Martin Brinkmann on September 05, 2018 in Firefox – 23 commentsPrivacy Enhanced Mode for Embedded YouTube is a browser extension for the Mozilla Firefox web browser that enables the privacy enhancing mode for all embedded YouTube videos that you encounter on the Internet.I talked about YouTube’s Privacy Enhanced Mode here on Ghacks this year as I enabled it for all embedded YouTube videos here on this site to comply with the GDRP, the General Data Protection Regulation.Webmasters and users who embed YouTube videos on third-party websites have several options when it comes to that. One of the options is to enable the service’s privacy enhanced mode.Basically, what this does is limit exposure and tracking when you open webpages in Firefox with embedded YouTube videos.Embedded YouTube videos collect data about as soon as you open a webpage with an embedded video even if you don’t interact with the video at all. The only time that is different is when you use a content blocker that blocks connections to YouTube or execution of the script.Webmasters need to enable privacy enhanced mode for videos when they copy the embed code on YouTube. The only difference in the code is that YouTube uses a different domain to serve the videos to users; means, it is relatively simple to apply the change to all embedded videos or write a browser extension that manipulates this on the user side.Privacy Enhanced Mode for Embedded YouTubePrivacy Enhanced Mode for Embedded YouTube is that extension. It is only available for Firefox at this point in time and works automatically once installed in the browser.Since it needs to run on all sites to work its magic for any YouTube video that you encounter on third-party sites, it requires the “access your data for all websites” permission.A quick check of the source code confirms that it replaces the default embed address that YouTube uses with the “nocookie” address that YouTube uses for privacy enhanced embeds. The extension comes with a counter that counts the number of times embed codes were changed since installation of the extension but that is it. The extension offers no options or modifications at this point in time; it is as passive as it gets at this point in time.Closing Words and verdictIf you are particularly worried about Google tracking you through the use of embedded YouTube videos and if you don’t use other means to block that tracking from happening, you might want to give the extension a try.It is only available for Firefox at this point in time which is a bit unfortunate as the bulk of users uses Chrome.Now You: how do you deal with YouTube embeds?Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 5 votes Software Name Privacy Enhanced Mode for Embedded YouTubeSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/youtube-nocookie/ Advertisementlast_img read more

Economy Faces Weak Q1 but Expected to Improve

first_img Share Economy Faces Weak Q1 but Expected to Improve Economic and Mortgage Finance Commentary Economic Growth Mortgage Bankers Association 2015-05-25 Staff Writer May 25, 2015 446 Views center_img According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Economic and Mortgage Finance commentary for May 2015 written by Joel Kan, associate VP, industry survey and forecasts at MBA, economic growth struggled its way through the first quarter.Kan believes that Q1 was mostly impacted by the stronger US dollar, lower exports, as well as trade and inventory disruptions on the West Coast. On the other hand, low retail sales signified that consumers were not spending much in Q1, and a decline in industrial production could be a sign that businesses are not motivated to increase production and invest.“We still believe that some of these are temporary factors and that domestic growth will pick up in the second quarter, given that the job market remains strong and there has been upward pressure on wage growth,” Kan said. “Because rates have been low for most of 2015 until recently, we revised our refinance originations estimate upward for both the first and second quarters due to higher than expected MBS issuance data and strong refinance applications in the months of February, March, and April.”In his commentary, Kan mentions that refinances are expected to be $551 billion in 2015, compared to a previously estimated $510 billion. MBA now estimates a total of $1.28 trillion in mortgage originations for 2015, compared to $1.12 trillion in 2014. Purchase originations are expected to increase to $730 billion in 2015 from $638 billion in 2014.“The BEA’s advance estimate of first quarter growth was a paltry 0.2 percent, the slowest quarter of growth since the first quarter of 2014,” Kan said. “We and others are becoming increasingly skeptical that the government’s seasonal adjustment process is fully capturing typical first quarter weakness.  This is another reason we are less worried by slower reported growth in Q1.”Although interest rates have been low mostly placing concern on economic growth, the MBA expects rates to increase through the course of the 2015 and the Fed will raise rates in September as the economy and job market grow stronger.“A strong job market leading to sustained wage growth is a factor that drives household formation and that is expected to pick up this year, providing a lift for housing,” Kan said. “We now look to the purchase market to drive the overall housing outlook. Rental vacancies remain low and rents continue to increase, and with home prices still increasing, it is likely that more buyers and sellers will return to the market in the short term.”“However, a differentiated purchase market remains, as higher loan size tiers are growing more rapidly than the lower loan tiers, a sign that entry level and first time buyers still face hurdles,” Kan said. “Even though lower rates have brought additional refinance borrowers into the market and caused us to raise our originations estimates for 2015, refinance activity has been extremely low in recent weeks, as mortgage rates hovered around the 4 percent level.” in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more