APTN National NewsThe Royal couple made their last stop on their tour of Canada at the First Nations University of Canada in Saskatchewan.APTN National News reporter Larissa Burnouf was there for the visit and has this report.
NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s charitable foundation has reached a deal to dissolve amid a legal battle with New York’s attorney general.Attorney General Barbara Underwood and the foundation filed a joint stipulation with the court Tuesday laying out a process for shutting down the charity and distributing its remaining assets to other non-profit groups.New York filed a lawsuit last spring accusing the foundation of operating like an extension of Trump’s businesses and political campaign. That suit will continue.Lawyers for the foundation say any infractions were minor. They say they have been trying to shut down the foundation voluntarily for months.A judge must still sign off on the agreement.Underwood is a Democrat and is seeking millions of dollars in penalties. She wants Trump and his eldest children barred from running other charities.
Escalating conflict between Government forces (FARDC) and a rebel group militia known as the National Congress in Defense of the People (CNDP) has uprooted an estimated 250,000 people since late August, mainly in North Kivu province, which borders Rwanda and Uganda. Other armed groups, including the Mayi Mayi, have also been involved in deadly clashes, some of which have been along ethnic lines. “The situation in the Congo highlights the dilemma, and limits, of peacekeepers caught in ongoing conflict,” Alan Le Roy, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, wrote in an Op-Ed in The Washington Times. The UN mission in the DRC, known by its French acronym MONUC, is the Organization’s largest, with 17,000 personnel. “However, compared to the enormity of the tasks it is assigned and the vast expanse of the DRC – roughly the size of the United States east of the Mississippi and virtually without infrastructure – this number is actually rather small,” Mr. Le Roy said. For example, in Kosovo, NATO deployed 40,000 highly-trained and well-equipped troops to an area 200 times smaller than the DRC, he added. “Civilians have suffered from intense and often chaotic fighting, driven from their homes, caught in the crossfire and subjected to direct attacks and reprisals by armed groups and undisciplined elements of the national army,” the official said. Over 90 per cent of the UN mission”s troops are deployed in the DRC’s eastern provinces, and 10,000 blue helmets are trying to protect the 10 million-strong population, at a ratio of one peacekeeper for every 1,000 civilians. “MONUC forces cannot serve as a substitute for the Congolese army to fight a war or impose peace,” Mr. Le Roy wrote, adding that UN peacekeepers are “not an expeditionary or counterinsurgency force.” But in the face of such challenges, he said that the Organization’s troops “continue to do their utmost, protecting thousands of civilians every day.” The Under-Secretary-General underscored that the fighting will only end when a political settlement supported by all States in the region has been reached. “With so much at stake, the international community simply cannot afford to let the Congo slide into the abyss,” he wrote. “The time to act is, and indeed must be, now.” The UN envoy tasked with helping to resolve the conflict that has engulfed the east of the DRC is scheduled to launch a dialogue tomorrow in Nairobi between the DRC’s Government and the CNDP. The talks will be facilitated by Olusegun Obasanjo, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on the Great Lakes Region and former Nigerian president, and Benjamin Mkapa, representing the African Union (AU) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes (ICGLR), who is also the former president of Tanzania. The agreement to launch the discussion comes after the their recent talks with regional heads of State, the Congolese Government, the CNDP and other armed groups in which they appealed for dialogue and respect for the ceasefire to allow for humanitarian assistance. 7 December 2008With a “humanitarian tragedy” unfolding in the war-torn eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), it is imperative that action be taken immediately to protect the population and bring an end to the fighting, the top United Nations peacekeeping official said today.
With Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon headed to Russia and Ukraine as part of his diplomatic efforts to de-escalate current tensions, the Security Council heard senior United Nations officials in New York urge adherence to fundamental principles of the UN Charter, including respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and ensuring respect for the human rights of all.“It is in the spirit of the UN Charter that [the Secretary-General] now embarks on his mission to Moscow and Kiev,” said Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, who, alongside UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, briefed the Council on the latest events in the crisis-torn region. Mr. Ban’s first stop will be the Russian capital, where he will meet on Thursday with President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and other senior officials, according to the Secretary-General’s spokesperson.On Friday, the UN chief will travel to Kiev, where he will hold talks with Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and other officials. While in the Ukrainian capital, he will also meet with members of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission and representatives of civil society.Mr. Eliasson said that since his own mission to Ukraine at the beginning of the month, “the crisis has continued to deepen [and] tensions in Crimea and in eastern Ukraine continue to rise…we are now faced with risks of a dangerous further escalation that could have ramifications for international peace and security and have serious significance for this Council and for the United Nations.”Laying out a succinct timeline of the “fast-moving and serious” events, he told the Council: Crimean authorities had announced that close to 97 per cent of those who voted in Sunday’s referendum did so in favour of secession from Ukraine; subsequently, Crimea declared its independence, which in turn was recognized by Russia; Monday the European Union and the United States moved to apply targeted sanctions against Russian and Crimean officials.Further: President Putin has signed a treaty to make Crimea part of the Russian Federation; the Government in Kiev meanwhile has committed to never accept Crimea’s independence or annexation, stating that Crimea is an integral part of Ukraine; and yesterday, Ukraine’s Prime Minister expressed concern that the conflict in the Crimean peninsula is ‘shifting from a political to a military stage.’ “This followed reports that a Ukrainian officer was killed in front of a Ukrainian military base on the outskirts of Simferopol,” Mr. Eliasson continued, noting that after this incident, the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister planned to travel to Crimea today. In turn, the Crimean leadership has allegedly stated that Ukraine’s officials would be turned back. “This underscores the dire need for the immediate opening of direct dialogue between Moscow and Kiev.”He said that reports are emerging today that two Ukrainian naval bases in Crimea have been taken over by pro-Russian forces or unidentified groups. While initial reports suggest that the seizures of bases have so far occurred without bloodshed, such developments obviously carry grave risks. “The Secretary-General has constantly underlined the importance of avoiding further provocative actions and of refraining from incitement,” said Mr. Eliasson. “These latest events have heightened tensions and added new layers of complexity to an already precarious situation.’ Mr. Eliasson noted that in a wider perspective, all should recall that Russia and Ukraine remain neighbours, with close, often complex, historic, cultural, economic and political ties. “It is our view that it is in the interest of all of us that these two nations have positive ties, with each other and with the broader region. But the first step in that direction has to be based on immediate de-escalation and restraint in the present crisis.” Echoing some of the Secretary-General’s key recent messages, Mr. Eliasson said: “It is clear that we are at a crossroads. If positions continue to harden and rhetoric continues to sharpen, there is great risk of a dangerous downward spiral. …The focus must be to engage in direct dialogue between Moscow and Kiev aimed at agreeing on specific measures that will pave the way towards a diplomatic solution.”“I only wish to add that our primary diplomatic tool is constructive dialogue on the basis of the chapter in the Charter on pacific settlement of disputes,” said the UN Deputy chief, adding that the Organization will continue to play its role of promoting dialogue for a peaceful and joint resolution of this crisis, “which now has become more serious than ever.”Months of political unrest in Ukraine led to the removal by Parliament of President Viktor Yanukovych in February, followed by increased tensions in the country’s autonomous region of Crimea, where additional Russian military were recently deployed and a secession referendum was held on Sunday. Throughout the crisis, the Secretary-General and senior UN officials have consistently called for a solution that is guided by the principles of the UN Charter and that respects Ukraine’s unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
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“Nobody employed by Irish Water has received a bonus. There is a pay freeze in Bord Gáis until 2016.”Rabbitte said that Bord Gáis managements and unions had agreed a deal that abolished increments, cut allowances and reduced pay by €34 million over four years.The deal also introduced a performance-related pay system.Rabbitte said that the pay of top staff in companies such as Bord Gais was the remit of ministers, paying particular tribute to the management of Bord Gáis.“Responsibility for the pay system for a commercial state company’s employees is a matter for the board and CEO of that company. In the case of BGE, the board and management have done a particularly good job in overhauling the old pay system and installing a progressive performance related system.”Read: ‘The bonus culture is back’: Taoiseach faces more questions over Irish Water bonuses THE MINISTER FOR Communications has hit back at suggestions there is a “bonus culture” at semi-state bodies.The charge was made yesterday by Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin, who said Enda Kenny was telling the Dáil that the ‘bonus culture was alive and well in Irish Water’.However in a statement today, Pat Rabbitte fired back, particularly in the case of Irish Water.There is no ‘bonus culture’ in Bord Gáis Éireann nor will there be in Irish Water.
THIS WEEK SAW the Garda Representative Association call for a dramatic expansion of the number of Armed Support Units throughout the country. Gardaí on the ground are becoming increasingly concerned about the growth of violent gun crime in the Republic. According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), ‘Weapons and Explosives’ offences rose by more than 10% in Ireland in just one year between 2017 and 2018 – to a total of 2,248 incidents. While there are major problems with the recording of our crime statistics, it is evident that we have a gun-murder rate six times worse than Britain. The statisticsSerious crime has been systematically under-reported in the Republic over the last decade. The CSO recorded a total of 77 homicides in Ireland for 2018 but worryingly it also said that the quality of the statistics given to them by the Department of Justice ‘do not meet the standard required of official statistics published by the CSO’. The CSO says that the number of homicides reported between 2003 and 2016 was underestimated by approximately 18% meaning that some 234 deaths were not recorded during that period.Despite these omissions, we can still see some startling trends in murder in Ireland. In the 10 years between 2005 and 2015, 201 Irish citizens were killed by firearms. During the same 10-year period, in Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) a total of 454 citizens were killed by a firearm. When you factor in that we have a population of 4.6 million people, while the population of Britain is 65 million, it is apparent that our gun-murder rate is six times greater than theirs. Indeed when you look at gun-murder rates across the EU Ireland has one of the highest rates out of all 27 member states. May 2nd 2019, 7:00 AM 20,215 Views Short URL Thursday 2 May 2019, 7:00 AM We have a major problem with gun violence on this island.Recent high-profile shootingsThis problem has been dramatically demonstrated in two high profile shooting incidents on this island in the last number of weeks. On 18 April, journalist Lyra Mc Kee was shot dead in Derry by a member of a dissident republican group styling itself the ‘IRA’ or ‘New IRA’. The perpetrator fired a 9mm automatic handgun, at point blank on rapid fire – at PSNI personnel. Lyra was tragically struck in the head and killed in this reckless act.Exactly one week later, on 25 April, in Drogheda, a gunman fired a 9mm automatic handgun – also at point blank and rapid fire – at an innocent workman and passers-by in the Hardmans Gardens estate. The modus operandi of both shootings was identical. In both cases, handguns similar to Glock Automatic Pistols, which are readily available to both dissident paramilitaries and organised crime gangs, were discharged in a rapid-fire frenzy with the intention to kill and without regard for the safety of ordinary members of the public. In the case of the Drogheda shooting, as is clearly visible from the video of the incident, the shooter narrowly misses a child walking past the house in question.Calls for back-upIt is within this context that the Garda Representative Association (GRA) has been calling for an increase in the number of Armed Support Units (ASUs) throughout the country. Their call also comes in the midst of a spate of high profile ATM thefts involving gangs both north and south of the border. These ATM thefts have become international news and bring the state of law and order on the whole island into international disrepute. Members of An Garda Síochána also believe that one of the gangs involved in the ATM thefts were also involved in the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donoghue in January 2016. That murder was also with a firearm. The GRA has asked for 24-hour ASU back-up for each of the 31 Garda Divisions. This highlights that at present ASUs are only dedicated on a regional basis in the six nationwide regions and the Dublin Metropolitan Region. Sources within the gardaí state that in some regions, the ASU is expected to cover areas that extend for hundreds of kilometres from Malin Head in Donegal to urban centres such as Sligo town. In other Garda Regions, there is no 24/7 cover by ASU due to rostering issues and personnel shortages. As a consequence, most policemen and women, responding to armed incidents involving firearms, are ordinary rank and file gardaí. They are unarmed and untrained in firearms and the tactical responses required in such situations. As a back-up, in many cases, local detective units, armed with handguns are expected to deal with organised crime gang members armed with high calibre automatic rifles and machine pistols. This is an unacceptable situation for gardaí, as well as for ordinary members of the public.Decades behind other forcesCompounding these issues of training and equipment are serious shortfalls in the fleet available to An Garda Síochána with most Garda Divisions experiencing chronic shortages in transport.In addition, most gardaí here lack the basic in-car and handheld IT equipment that are standard issue in other European Union police forces. Most readers will be familiar with TV staples such as Motorway Cops or Traffic Cop, where British police are routinely equipped with IT equipment that allows them to determine, at the side of the road, the complete history of a vehicle and its occupants, including criminal record and outstanding warrants for arrest. An Garda Síochána have no such infrastructure and are required to do 21st-century policing with wooden truncheons and often with their own mobile phones.It was with such a lack of proper IT back-up (including warnings on the potential danger from firearms) that Garda Tony Golden was murdered by a gunman while responding to a routine domestic violence incident in 2015. All of the Garda Representative organisations, the GRA and AGSI, as well as recent Garda Commissioners, have stated repeatedly that An Garda Siochána is ‘decades’ behind other police forces in terms of numbers, equipment, training and resources. In 2016, Garda Commissioner Noreen O’Sullivan admitted on the record that our police force was ’20 years’ behind in IT and other key skill sets. This week, members of the GRA used unprecedented language to describe the Minister for Justice as ‘negligent’ with regard to proper policing supports in Ireland. Other words, such as ‘despicable’ were used by front line gardaí to describe plans by newly appointed Commissioner Drew Harris to cut Garda recruitment – at a time of increasing gang violence and paramilitary activity on the island.‘Mind-boggling’ was also a term used by delegates to describe the mismatch between the reality of a chronic, crisis point, lack of resources on the ground – and grandiose claims by the Minister and senior civil servants that the gardaí enjoy ‘unprecedented’ support.I do not believe that Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan is ‘negligent’ about gun crime in Ireland but I do believe that he and his cabinet have become complacent about crime and security on the island. A perfect stormNow in the context of Brexit, we are facing a perfect storm in relation to the ramping up of paramilitary and terrorist activity on the island along with the continued proliferation of the violence and activities associated with drug gangs. Many organised crime gangs are getting ‘Brexit Ready’ with ATM thefts and the extension of their lucrative drug trade into regional hubs – such as Drogheda and other urban centres nationwide. Collaboration between such gangs and paramilitaries is well established, particularly as it applies to the supply of firearms into this jurisdiction. In this manner, and in many others, including extortion, drug dealing and racketeering in illegal fuel and cigarettes – the shootings in Drogheda and Derry are connected. The inter-connectedness between so-called ‘organised crime gangs’ and terrorists on this island are not to be underestimated. Their activities will expand rapidly with the advent of Brexit – hard border or otherwise. Through their complacency, our government has sleepwalked into a situation where we have one of the worst rates of homicide by firearm in Western Europe. The Taoiseach and the Minister for Justice can begin to address this by investing in our hollowed out police service and in our Defence Forces, which is also in crisis. This is surely the most important way in which we can get Brexit-ready – it is literally a matter of life or death. Dr Tom Clonan is a security analyst and former captain in the Irish Defence Forces. 39 Comments Tom Clonan Share17 Tweet Email3 https://jrnl.ie/4615315 Tom Clonan: Compared with other EU countries, Ireland has a high rate of gun violence – so why is our government so complacent? Gardai responding to armed incidents are usually unarmed and untrained in firearms. By Tom Clonan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Smoke from a 20,000 acre wildfire looms over Ski Hill Road south of Soldotna. (Photo by Shaylon Cochran/KDLL)Now in its third day, the wildfire burning on the Kenai Peninsula has consumed 20,000 acres.Download AudioBy Wednesday afternoon, more than 200 firefighters had been sent in to control the blaze. Even though the size of the fire is now more than 30 square miles, it’s still contained within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and so very little property was being threatened.Crews are using water almost exclusively to fight the fire. Doug Newbould is the Fire Management Officer on the Refuge. He says water is preferred over chemical retardants.“Fish especially, those are the aquatic resources we’re trying to protect by not using retardant, however, we also understand and are fully supportive of the policy and the and the practices of protecting communities. If you have to use retardant, if that’s the best tool at your disposal or even a last resort sometimes, then yeah, use retardant.”Newbould says the Refuge signed off on very limited use of retardant Tuesday, just enough to keep the fire from damaging the historic Nurses Cabin.Extremely dry weather, high winds and low humidity proved the perfect mix for creating such a big wildfire. And Newbould says that if life and property aren’t threatened, a fire in the Refuge can have some positive benefits. But it really depends on the cause. He says they’re not sure yet exactly what started this fire, but it was likely man-made.“Fire is an ecosystem process. And when it’s natural, we like to support it and use it where we can to accomplish resource objectives, but our only objectives on this fire are protecting communities and keeping the fire within the Refuge boundaries.”The state division of Forestry says that recent efforts to clear beetle-kill spruce from the Refuge have removed fuel that could have made the fire spread farther and faster. Forestry spokesperson Andy Alexandrou says it’s not time to relax yet, though. Crews worked early Wednesday morning to keep the fire from jumping Funny River Road.“We’re trying to keep that road open. We do suggest that you use extra caution as you’re driving around in that area between miles 5 and 8 (of Funny River Road). There is a fair amount of equipment there, people walking and working, staging for apparatus, so use a little extra caution as you pass through there.”He says the incident management teams that arrived Wednesday morning will be completely set up and able to get more information out Thursday.As the fire continues to burn, air quality is becoming a big concern. The Department of Environmental Conservation still has an air quality advisory in effect. The strong northerly winds that had been sending the smoke to the southern peninsula have calmed down, and now most of that smoke has settled between Sterling and Kenai, forcing Central Peninsula Hospital to stop surgical operations Wednesday afternoon, as a precaution to make sure air handlers were working properly.As the fire speads, questions about possible evacuations from Funny River to Kasilof abound, and at Tuesday night’s Borough Assembly meeting, Borough Emergency Management Director Scott Walden explained how those decisions are made.“In a situation such as this, Department of Natural Resources, (Division of) Forestry would be the ones to order an evacuation, if necessary.Our job would be to develop plans to put in place with Forestry and the State Troopers,” Walden said.The Borough has a hotline set up to field evacuation questions and other general questions about the fire. That number is 714-2495.
Airport workers prepare the body of a New Zealand mosque attack victim to be handed over to relatives at Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport in Dhaka on 26 March 2019. Photo: AFPThe bodies of two Bangladeshis killed in the Christchurch mosques shooting earlier this month have been returned home to their grieving families, relatives said late Tuesday.The bodies of Zakaria Bhuiyan, a welder, and Omar Faruk, a builder, arrived at Dhaka airport on a Singapore Airlines flight from New Zealand.Bhuiyan and Faruk were praying at the Al Noor Mosque when an Australian white supremacist opened fire on worshippers, killing 43.Another seven were murdered at a separate mosque when the shooter turned his weapon on Muslims there, in the worst violence of its kind ever seen in New Zealand.Five Bangladeshis were killed in the massacre and many others were injured.The grieving relatives, who came from outside the capital to receive the bodies, rented mortuary vans to take the bodies home.Bhuiyan’s uncle Qari Ullah said the family would arrange funeral prayers for his nephew at his village in central Narsingdi district.”His family is quite poor. He died when they were only starting to dream of financial solvency. Only Allah knows what will happen now,” Ullah told AFP in tears.Faruk’s body was also taken by his relatives to his home in Narayanganj district where he will be laid to rest.An AFP photographer at the scene saw the relatives tearfully receiving the coffins from the airline and leaving for their homes.The body of Mozammel Haque, another Bangladeshi killed in the heinous attack, is expected to arrive in Bangladesh on Wednesday, a Bangladeshi official told reporters.
“All of us at Nerdist and Geek & Sundry are so thankful to you for being a part of this amazing community,” the Alpha team said in the subscriber notice. “We’ve laughed. We’ve cried. We’ve GIFed. And we’ve cherished the friendships we’ve made.”News of the service’s closure was first reported by TechCrunch. The move comes after AT&T’s Otter Media earlier this year shut down Machinima, a forerunner in the fandom space, although some of Machinima’s titles have been resurrected at Rooster Teeth (also part of Otter).Shows on Alpha include “Because Science” hosted by Nerdist’s Kyle Hill, Dungeons & Dragons gameplay series “Critical Role,” tabletop games series “How to Play” and “Game the Game” with Geek & Sundry’s Becca Scott, “Talkin’ Toons” with voice actor Rob Paulson, role-playing adventure series “We’re Alive: Frontier,” “Alpha Book Club,” fandom-history show “Lore Masters,” talk show “Fangirling,” “Nerdist News: WTFriday,” “Ask Your Black Geek Friend” and comedy-shorts series “Nerdist Presents.”The service also experimented with interactive features including chat and polling, as well as live programming including “Orbital Redux,” a sci-fi series starring Yuri Lowenthal performed and streamed live last fall. Other scripted series have included Ashley Clements’ “Sona” eight-part space drama.The company had not disclosed how many subscribers Alpha had signed up. Legendary claimed that since Alpha’s launch, users have cumulatively watched over 640 million minutes of content; that averages out to around 400,000 hours per month.Legendary said that if Alpha members have remaining months on an annual-subscription plan after March 31, 2019, it will refund any prepaid amounts on a prorated basis. Streaming service Alpha is shutting down, a little over two years after Legendary Digital Networks launched the subscription bundle aimed at sci-fi, gaming and fantasy fans that featured original programming from the company’s Nerdist and Geek & Sundry teams.In a message to subscribers Friday, Legendary said Alpha will be shuttered effective March 31, 2019, and that it discontinued new signups on March 1. Launched in November 2016, Alpha was priced at $4.99 per month or $49.99 annually.With the shutdown, Legendary said the library of Alpha content will be available on Amazon-owned Twitch “effective immediately.” Some shows are already streaming on Geek & Sundry’s Twitch channel, and Legendary said episodes that have been live-streamed will remain available on-demand to subscribers. Popular on Variety ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Explore further The DataTraveler 310 is a standard flash drive but it can store data equivalent to up to 54 DVDs, 365 CDs or 51,000 pictures, according to Kingston’s USB business manager Andrew Ewing. He said feedback from customers and the company’s own research had found there was a need for an easy storage solution for large amounts of data, and the device would be useful for people such as engineers, architects, and designers, who need to transport and store huge data files.The DataTraveler 310 is compatible with Windows (XP, Vista and 7), Linux (v2.6 or later), and Mac (v10.3 or higher). Data transfer rates for the new flash drive are 25 MB per second (read), and 12 MB per second (write). Up to about 90% of the flash drive’s capacity can be password protected without the need for administrator rights. The dimensions of the device are only 73.7 x 22.2 x 16.1 millimeters. It comes with a protective cap that can be fitted to the back of the flash drive.The recommended retail price for the DataTraveler 310 is $1,108, and it is protected by a five-year warranty. It is the first USB flash drive of its capacity to be offered for sale in the US. Kingston DataTraveler 310 (PhysOrg.com) — Kingston has released a new 256 GB USB flash drive for sale in the US. The drive is called the DataTraveler 310 and is basically the same as the model DataTraveler 300, also with a massive 256 GB capacity, which went on sale in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia/Pacific region in mid 2009. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: 256 GB USB flash drive shipping in the US (2010, February 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-gb-usb-shipping.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Kingston Unveils the World’s First 256GB USB Flash Drive
Sporting a mohawk and a serious amount of gold chains, bracelets, and other accessories, Mr. T. has made an image for himself that makes him instantly recognizable. This former professional wrestler, celebrity bodyguard and actor has been present on both television and the silver screen since the 1980s. He has built a reputation of a tough guy with a kind heart.Tureaud (Mr. T) as a senior in high school, 1970.Earning recognition from his roles of B.A. Baracus in the popular TV show The A-Team and Clubber Lang in Rocky III, Mr. T. has become an iconic public figure and a household name. His one-liner (“I pity the fool”) has turned into one of the most used quotes in the history of television.Starting his career as a professional bodyguard, Mr. T. built up his reputation from the gutter to the stars. Among his first employees were 16 prostitutes, nine welfare recipients, five preachers, eight bankers, 10 school teachers, and four store owners.Mr. T. portrays Santa Claus at the White House with First Lady Nancy Reagan in 1983.During his time he developed credibility as a reliable and dedicated bodyguard, quickly rising through the ranks and gaining access to more VIP clients, like clothes designers, models, judges, politicians, athletes and millionaires.From that point on, he was recognized by other high-profile celebrities including Muhammad Ali, Steve McQueen, Michael Jackson, Leon Spinks, Joe Frazier, and Diana Ross.He also had a shot in World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) in 1989, and has performed together with Hulk Hogan. Although he would change his line of work on several occasions, his trademark look persisted and changed very little since his most famous television appearance in The A-Team. While people usually think that his look is a product of stylists and costume designers, his fashion choices were all devised by Mr T., and hold a specific purpose.Hulk HoganFirst off, Laurence Tureaud — aka Mr. T. — adopted his stage name as a statement against racism. He addressed the issue by adding “Mr.” to the initial of his last name, in order to fight the patronizing slur word “boy”, often used when referring to African-Americans:“I think about my father being called ‘boy’, my uncle being called ‘boy’, my brother, coming back from Vietnam and being called ‘boy’. So I questioned myself: “What does a black man have to do before he’s given the respect as a man?” So when I was 18 years old… I said I was old enough to be called a man. I self-ordained myself Mr. T so the first word out of everybody’s mouth is ‘Mr.’ That’s a sign of respect that my father didn’t get, that my brother didn’t get, that my mother didn’t get.”Mr. T.This was only the beginning of his transformation. Inspired by the Mandinka warriors of West Africa, Mr. T. fashioned a Mohawk-style haircut, which furthermore identified him with his African roots. According to Tureaud, the idea came to him after reading a photo article in National Geographic, featuring the Mandinka tribe.Determined to make his entire appearance a tribute to his ancestry, Mr. T. started wearing a large number of gold chains in the 1980s ― a trait which also quickly blended with his original image.The gold, which had become an integral part of his public image, also had a role in promoting the struggles of African-Americans. First off, he explained the gold as a manifestation of his self-made success:“I bought the gold because I could afford it. I tell inner-city kids and their parents, ‘It’s stupid for you to go out and buy gold if your rent’s not paid when the kids need shoes.’ So the first reason is that I can afford it.”Although the empowering factor played a significant role in his appearance, it was the relationships between gold chains and slavery that were the prime reason behind this unusual fashion statement:“The second is symbolic of my African heritage. When my ancestors were brought from Africa, they were shackled by their neck, their wrists, and their ankles by steel chains. And they were sold on the slave block for chump change. So I turned the steel chains to gold to symbolize that I’m still a slave, only my price tag is higher.”Mr. T. Cosplay at Wizard World Chicago 2011. Photo by GabboT – 22 CC BY-SA 2.0And now for the numerical value of his earrings. He wore 7 earrings. Three in his right and four in his left. The number three has many symbolic meanings for Mr. T. First it is symbolic of the Christina Trinity, the three wise men, the three parts of the day, the three days Jesus was in the tomb, and the three graces (Faith, Hope, and Love). The 3 also stands for three Civil Rights workers, Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner, who lost their lives in 1963, the situation that the film Mississippi Burning was based on.The four earrings in his left ear symbolize the four seasons, the four directions, and the four gospel writers.The 7 total earrings he has also has symbolic value. It was seven times that Joshua marched around the walls of Jericho, Samson had seven locks of hair, there’s seven notes in a musical bar, there’s seven colors in the rainbow, God made heaven and earth in six days and rested on the seventh. As Mr. T said: “I am the seventh son.”However, the actor/wrestler/bodyguard disowned all of his golden jewelry (but not the symbolism behind it), as a response to the Huricanne Katrina disaster which hit Florida and Louisiana in 2005. For the occasion he gave a statement for the USA Today:“Because, as a Christian, I felt it would be a sin against god to wear my gold when the people lost everything. I remember the bodies floating in the water, and I felt it would be disrespectful and insensitive to people who died, so I said I’d never wear my gold again. Only gold I have is the gold in my heart.”Read another story from us: How FDR Used a Hot Dog to Put the King of England at EaseIn addition to this, he is often heard promoting motivational ideas. Mr. T. tries hard to inspire people around him, using his celebrity status as a vehicle for spreading the good word. Although his celebrity high time was in the late 1980s and 1990s, he continues to be an irreplaceable part of American popular culture — and still pities a lot of fools who think otherwise.
Several Nicaraguan media on Monday published the results of a study that concluded that the construction of a road along the Río San Juan by Costa Rica affected more than 600 animal species.“The effect on biodiversity includes direct damage to a corridor for 44 terrestrial and aquatic species, as well as damage of habitat for 600 species, including 150 that are irreplaceable,” the Nicaraguan daily El Nuevo Diario reported.The study was conducted by the National Autonomous University’s Investigative Center for Aquatic Resources, the Humboldt Center and El Río Foundation.Route 1856 is a 160-kilometer road parallel to the San Juan River, a natural border between the two countries.Nicaragua claims that “sediment from Costa Rica pollutes the river, threatens biodiversity, endangers the lives of the nearby towns, violating international environmental protection laws.”The study also notes that “changes caused [by the road] are significant and threaten the biological connectivity of the isthmus.”Costa Rican Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo told Radio Reloj that Nicaragua’s claim “is yet another point in the campaign to discredit our country” and expressed doubts on the scientific value of the study.Castillo recalled that the study was made public just as Nicaragua asked the International Court of Justice in The Hague to unify records on cases filed by Costa Rica for the Isla Calero invasion and the construction of the border road.According to the diplomat, “this is just an attempt to delay the processing of Costa Rica’s complaints.” Facebook Comments No related posts.
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in Data, Government “”Beauty,”” Lew Wallace, the author of ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£Ben Hur,├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø once wrote, “”is altogether in the eye of the beholder.”” So, it seems, is “”disappointment””– at least when it comes to describing or characterizing the “”employment report””:https://themreport.com/articles/payrolls-up-162k-in-july-unemployment-rate-dips-to-74-2013-08-02 for July, which showed 162,000 new payroll jobs and a drop in the unemployment to 7.4 percent.The disappointment came not from the unemployment rate–the lowest since September 2008–but from the creation of “”only”” 162,000 jobs. [IMAGE]To be sure, the people who are “”disappointed”” are those forecasters who predicted more jobs would be created. The 162,000 people who did not have jobs before July, though, probably were not disappointed.What is often amazing in both the political and financial world is how “”analysts”” without hands-on experience can create the standards by which those who _do_ get their hands dirty are measured. The game is played most frequently on Wall Street, where analysts, using their own Ouija boards, determine a company that has issued its own earnings forecast of, say, $3 per share, has disappointed if it doesn’t meet the analysts├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ó expectation of $3.50 a share–even if the company in fact beats its own forecast.The bottom line analysis is that the company’s earnings report was “”disappointing,”” not that the analysts were wrong. So it goes with economic forecasting.Thomson Reuters, a financial information service, produces a preview of the employment report each month a couple of days before it is released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The preview of the August BLS release included the payroll jobs forecasts from 90 leading economists, with job creation predictions ranging from 150,000 to 210,000. The median forecast–half above and half below–was 184,000 new jobs. Five analysts said they thought the economy produced fewer than 162,000 jobs in July; they certainly weren’t “”disappointed”” when the actual report was released. (Four others, who predicted 165,000 or 166,000 new jobs, probably weren’t “”disappointed”” either.)[COLUMN_BREAK]One company, which forecast 195,000 new payroll jobs for July, merely said the 162,000 jobs were below expectations but fell back to note the monthly average increase in payrolls this year has been 192,000–“”more than enough to keep lowering the unemployment rate,”” which itself is forecast to be 7.0 percent by year end. Never mind that the unemployment rate fell because 240,000 people left the labor force in July. (Without those departures from the labor force, the unemployment rate would have been 7.53 percent, not much different than July’s 7.56 percent.)There were two perhaps more important stories emerging from the employment report: the drop in the average workweek from 34.5 hours to 34.4 and the drop in average hourly earnings.Indeed, the arithmetic suggests the drop in average hours was the equivalent of 232,000 fewer jobs at June’s 34.5 hour work week.Simply put, the story line from the employment is: more people working for fewer hours and earning less.The combination of a shorter workweek at a lower rate of pay computes to aggregate earnings in July about 0.25 percent lower than in June–not the recipe for a recovery.That equation has consequences: It will mean less aggregate purchasing power for consumers, which can torpedo our consumer-driven economy and stifle new job creation, especially for those businesses that look to the appropriate metric of revenue or profit per employee before making hiring decisions.We can look at the employment report backwards and forwards: What caused the job creation (or job losses), or what does the job creation in July mean for the months ahead?The look forward is more optimistic. Even though about 46 percent of the 526,000 new jobs in the last three months came in the lowest paying job categories–leisure-and-hospitality and retail–the new jobs suggest a positive outlook for future spending.Coincidentally, the employment report was released the same day as the latest report on personal income and spending, which showed a faster increase in spending than income. That spending, predominantly for non-durable goods, supports the hiring the employment release reported.The economy still has hurdles to overcome–not the least of which are the cutbacks in government spending known as “”sequestration””–but 162,000 new jobs is not “”disappointing,”” just a down payment on future growth.To paraphrase Shakespeare: Nothing is disappointing, but thinking makes it so._Hear Mark Lieberman on Friday on P.O.T.U.S. Radio (Sirius-XM 124) at 6:20 a.m. Eastern._*_Want to write an opinion piece for publication on our site? 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Go back to the enewsletterCoral Expeditions will offer an annual 14-night expedition cruise circumnavigating the Tasmanian coastline departing Hobart on 1 January 2020 aboard Coral Discoverer.This special 14-night circumnavigation itinerary joins Coral Expeditions’ newly announced 35th Anniversary circumnavigation of Australia and Sulawesi Circle aboard the new Coral Adventurer, also due to set sail in 2020.Coming on the back of a successful third season basing Coral Discoverer in Hobart during the Tasmanian summer, the 14-night Tasmania expedition will focus on the same key themes of wildlife and nature, maritime and convict history, local characters and communities and the culinary tastes of the island state.Skirting the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere, Coral Discoverer will explore the rugged Tasmanian coastline, with abundant and majestic sea life including mega-pods of dolphins, magnificent fur seal colonies and rare birdlife. Many of the areas visited are hard to access by road.Highlights of the expedition itinerary include:The rarely seen Bass Strait Islands including King Island, with visits to beef and dairy farmlands, a kelp factory, Martha Lavinia Beach and the historic Cape Wickham lighthouseHikes through breathtaking Strezlecki National Park on Flinders IslandHistoric maritime sites including the lighthouses and wrecks of the Tasmanian CoastExplore and learn at the historic anchorage of Adventure Bay, including the history of Captain Cook, Captain William Bligh and French Admiral Bruni D’EntrecasteauxSail down the Tamar River, Australia’s longest navigable tidal estuaryWinemakers’ dinner event in the renowned Josef Chromy Wines vineyard in the Tamar Valley region, winner of an Australian Good Food Guide Chef Hat in 2017Catering to an active and adventurous traveller, the itinerary will also offer guests the opportunity to explore Tasmania’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed wilderness, enjoying treks off the tourist trail including the Fluted Cape and Mt Beattie tracks, and navigating the ‘narrows’ at Bathurst Harbour on the Xplorer tender.Many of the new itinerary features of the Tasmanian Circumnavigation including food events with local producers will be carried over into the regular 2020 expedition season in Tasmania. The seven-night departures start on 27 January and run back-to-back until mid-March.Circumnavigation prices start at $10,990 per person twin share and are inclusive of shore excursions, meals and beverages.See www.coralexpeditions.comGo back to the enewsletter
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