Sri Lanka resorts face uncertain future after suicide blasts

first_imgColombo: The cancellations started before the dust had settled on the hotels and churches hit by suicide bombers in Sri Lanka as tourists and operators pressed the panic button. Sanath Ukwatte, chairman of the colonial-era Mount Lavinia hotel in Colombo, said he lost about 30 percent of his bookings within days of the Easter Sunday attacks that killed 253 people. Many holidaymakers got the first plane out of Colombo after the blasts — at least 40 foreigners were among the dead — raising fears for a tourism industry that had managed to move on from the shadows of a decades-long civil war. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe United States, Britain, Australia, India and Israel have all warned their nationals against visiting, while the Netherlands is organising a special flight to evacuate hundreds of Dutch tourists. On Friday, European travel giant TUI announced it had stopped taking bookings for the South Asian country. And the crisis could get worse before it gets better for the island nation, whose palm-fringed beaches and mountain tea plantations were recently named the best place to visit in 2019 by the Lonely Planet guide. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsSri Lanka’s Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera had hoped tourism would earn a record 5.0 billion this year, up from 4.4 billion in 2018. He thinks the attacks could now see the country lose up to one third of that. Tourism accounts for about five percent of the economy, with Britain, India and China the main markets. Official figures show tourist arrivals in the first quarter of this year jumped 4.6 percent to 740,600 from 2018. But with armed guards now a fixture in some Colombo hotels and cancellations flooding in after the carnage unleashed by coordinated suicide attacks, Samaraweera must work out a rescue plan for establishments now facing ruin. “We expect a 30 percent drop in arrivals and that means a loss of about 1.5 billion in foreign exchange,” he said on Friday. Ruchir Desai, a senior investment analyst with Asia Frontier Capital in Hong Kong, said the next year will be a tough one for Sri Lanka. “Given the scale of the attack I still think you would see a negative impact on the industry,” Desai said. “It should recover,” he added, “obviously it depends on the steps the government takes to improve stability.” Ukwatte, who is also president of the Hotels Association of Sri Lanka, hopes Sri Lanka can “bounce back”. Sri Lanka’s tourism is heading into its low season, and Ukwatte believes if confidence can be restored by October or November, “then we will be able to revive the industry with European winter travellers.” Finance Minister Samaraweera highlighted how other countries hit by Islamic State-inspired attacks rebuilt their image and convinced tourists to come back. “Typically, countries that suffer isolated IS-style attacks see tourism recovering within one-to-two years, as long as root causes are addressed and security measures taken are well communicated,” the minister said. He pointed to tourist industries in Belgium, France, Spain and Tunisia as countries which had all managed to bounce back after suffering indiscriminate terror attacks. Much will depend on how the government gets its message across, observers said. Canadian adventure tourism promoter Wade Campbell criticised the government’s communications after the attacks, particularly a top defence ministry official — who has since resigned — who said Sri Lankan hotels should have arranged their own security to avoid being hit. Danger is “a perception thing,” said Campbell, who is now looking at redirecting bookings to rival destinations like Nepal. Italians Donatella Papi and her husband Maurizio Fantappie were on a 25-day holiday in eastern Sri Lanka when the bombers struck. “My husband wanted to leave after the bombings, he suggested going to Thailand. But I wasn’t too scared then, I thought it would settle down,” said Papi. “I think Sri Lanka tourism will fall — we are very sad about it. This year is the anniversary of the end of the war — it was supposed to be a celebration,” she said.last_img read more

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UN agency gives laptops to youth at technology conference

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is handing out the laptops at the opening of the Youth Forum, a branch of its ITU Telecom Asia 2008 conference, as part of its effort to increase access to cheap information and communications technology across the world. Some 100 XO laptops are being donated by One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), the non-profit organization which developed and manufactured the machines, continuing its long-standing partnership with the ITU in the “Connect the World” initiative. “ITU is committed to connecting the world,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré. “And to achieve this goal, affordable devices have to be made available for people everywhere to access the benefits of a knowledge-based information society,” Dr. Touré added. The low-cost and child-friendly XO computer, designed to inspire the cognitive development of children, has environmental safeguards as well as an innovative security system that protects children from cyber threats and the laptop from theft. At the launch of the prototype OLPC at the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan lauded the initiative as a “truly moving expression of global solidarity,” adding the laptop could unlock the “magic within each child, within each scientist, scholar or plain citizen-in-the-making.” 28 August 2008The United Nations technology agency announced today that it will give away free laptops to each of the young participants attending its Asia conference in Bangkok this weekend. read more

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Younger gens have fewer housing options as Toronto seniors stay in homes

TORONTO — A new study suggests seniors living in Toronto are more likely to stay longer in their family sized homes than they were a decade ago.The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has released a report tracking home ownership trends among Toronto residents 65 or older.It says seniors accounted for 25 per cent of home owners in 2016, up five percentage points from levels recorded in 2006.The corporation attributes the increase to the fact that seniors are working longer and enjoying better health, enabling them to hang on to homes longer before downsizing.But they say the trend also points to a potential shortage for younger generations.The report says defering downsizing plans limits the number of larger homes on the market available to prospective buyers, noting the trend is likely to continue as Toronto’s population continues to age.The Canadian Press read more

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Forensic experts begin examining mass graves in Sierra Leone UN reports

UNAMSIL is facilitating the work of the Argentinian Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF), a non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to applying forensic anthropology to the investigation of human rights violations. The team’s work is also being funded by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.As part of their work, experts will map the sites of mass graves, assess the amount of the forensic expertise needed for further investigations, and give advice on preserving evidence. The team will also advise the Government and the human rights community on the application of forensic anthropology to the Sierra Leone context. The three-member team, which arrived on 17 June, is expected to complete its work within four weeks, according to UNAMSIL. Its report will propose guidelines for carrying out future investigations in support of the activities of the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, both of which are charged with matters related to human rights.At a briefing held yesterday at UNAMSIL Headquarters in Freetown, the Chief of the Human Rights Section, Rodolfo Mattarollo, said the team would spend the first week holding consultations with government officials as well as representatives from the UN and NGOs. The following two weeks will be devoted to fieldwork, while a workshop will be organized during the team’s fourth and final week in Sierra Leone. read more

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UN envoy certifies Kosovo election results with call to heed Serb minority

“They have some very real concerns, they also expect better living conditions, better security, freedom of movement and return of the displaced,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Søren Jessen-Petersen said at the ceremony in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, whose population is mainly Albanian.”We, the international community, must redouble our efforts. We most work even harder with the legitimate representatives of all communities in order to build a better future for all citizens of Kosovo,” he added.Kosovo has been under UN administration since 1999 when NATO forced the withdrawal of Yugoslav troops following fighting between Albanians and Serbs. Under its mandate the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) is seeking to promote the establishment of substantial autonomy and self-government and to facilitate a political process to determine the province’s future status.Mr. Jessen-Petersen called for the prompt formation of a new government following the 23 October elections to the 120-member Assembly. Election turnout among Kosovo Serbs was low. read more

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CAE bets more airlines will follow with outsourcing pilot training

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 12, 2014 3:02 pm MDT MONTREAL – CAE anticipates that its recent joint venture with Japan Airlines pilots will help to convince other carriers to outsource their own simulator training.“It says a pretty strong statement to other airlines,” CEO Marc Parent said Wednesday during a conference call.The Montreal-based company formed a joint venture with the Asian carrier in October to provide flight crew training for the airline and other customers across northeast Asia starting in April using 12 simulators.Japan Airlines has been a CAE customer for 30 years and last year outsourced its pilot cadet trading to CAE.“I don’t see a sea change in behaviour of airlines so far but there’s definitely more interest and certainly in the next year or two I certainly see one or two of these a year coming up,” Parent told analysts.The company (TSX:CAE) said its net profit attributable to shareholders increased 12 per cent to $42.9 million in the second quarter of its fiscal year on improved results in all of its operating segments, which provide flight simulators and training services to military and commercial customers around the world.Revenues increased 11 per cent to $529.4 million from $478.2 million a year earlier.CAE said its continuing operations earned $41.6 million or 16 cents per share during for the period ended Sept. 30. That compared to $38.1 million or 15 cents per share a year earlier.It was expected to earn 16 cents per share on $508.9 million of revenues in the quarter, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.Parent said the results were in line with its expectations as the civil aerospace and healthcare sectors grew and defence was resilient thanks in part to contract extensions.The company continues to expect a stronger second half for its 2014-15 fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2015.“We remain highly encouraged by the civil aviation market and our opportunities for growth. Market fundamentals remain robust with commercial OEM aircraft backlogs and delivery rates at historical levels and global passenger traffic continuing to grow at a healthy pace,” he said.Parent added the business aviation market is showing signs of a broad recovery with the number of business jet flights increasing three per cent over the last year in the U.S., including a 5.7 per cent increase in September.Although CAE only sold two simulators during the quarter and 13 year-to-date, it continues to forecast about 40 sales during the fiscal year.In civil simulation and training, operating profits increased 16.4 per cent to $45.4 million as revenues grew to $296 million from $269.3 million a year earlier despite the seasonally slow second quarter. Its civil backlog was $2.4 billion, before the joint venture with Japan Airlines.The company also expects a stronger second half in defence, which earned $25.6 million, up two per cent from the prior year. Segment revenues grew nine per cent to $209.1 million.“We have a solid backlog and a robust bid pipeline which gives us the confidence to maintain our view that defence will remain resilient for the year overall,” he said.Healthcare revenues grew 37 per cent to $24.3 million compared with $17.8 million in the second quarter of last year, pushing operating income to $1.8 million compared to $400,000 in the year-ago period.CAE says it hopes to sell its mining segment, which employs about 200 workers including more than 50 in Montreal, by the end of the fiscal year after receiving some expressions of interest from potential buyers.Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets described the results as “decent” but slightly negative due to a weaker civil margin and lower than expected free cash flow.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, CAE’s shares closed up five cents to $14.53 in Wednesday trading.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter CAE bets more airlines will follow with outsourcing pilot training AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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In phone call with Egyptian foreign minister Ban urges launch of reconciliation

Speaking with Egypt’s foreign minister today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need to end all violence and urged the country’s leaders to launch a genuine and credible reconciliation process.Mr. Ban stressed in his phone call with Nabil Fahmy that an inclusive and peaceful political process is the only viable way forward in Egypt.The country has been undergoing a democratic transition following the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak two years ago in the wake of mass protests similar to those seen in other parts of the Middle East and North Africa as part of the “Arab Spring.”Last month, widespread protests – in which dozens of people were killed and wounded – led to the Egyptian military deposing President Mohamed Morsy. The Constitution was then suspended and an interim government set up.During the phone call, Mr. Ban appealed for an end to all violence and urged the interim authorities to ensure the protection of the fundamental human rights of all Egyptians, including freedom of speech and assembly. He also reiterated his call for the release of Mr. Morsy and reminded Egypt’s leaders of their responsibility to determine the direction of their country’s future. read more

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Brock grad to cook up storm on MasterChef Canada

The Brock community may recognize a familiar face when tuning into the Season 5 premiere of MasterChef Canada next week.Alumnus Michael Griffiths (BSc ’16, BEd ’16) has used his culinary prowess to secure a spot as one of 21 finalists in the televised national cooking competition, which kicks off Tuesday, April 3 on CTV.While Griffiths’ focus was on Mathematics and Concurrent Education during his time at Brock, the 24-year-old Richmond Hill native has always had a passion for food.Brock alumnus Michael Griffiths was chosen to compete among 21 home cooks in the MasterChef Canada finals.As a child, he was frequently found in the kitchen helping his mother prepare the family’s meals, and later on in his university years, he often impressed his roommates with his culinary skills.It was during his time on campus that Griffiths learned to balance the many interests — math and food among them — that contended for his time.“I was always very engaged. I played rugby, worked as a senior supervisor at the recreation services desk and worked with a number of mathematics and outreach programs,” he said. “Brock was the kickstarter for a lot of my different adventures.”With a wide variety of interests still on his plate, Griffiths decided to pursue his dream of being on MasterChef, all while simultaneously working to earn his Master of Mathematics at the University of Guelph.At first glance, there may seem to be little overlap between mathematics and culinary arts, but Griffiths said that is not the case.He believes his math background gives him an edge in the kitchen.“I know how to think critically. I know how to think logistically,” he said. “If I’m having a party for 50 people, I know how to work out what I need to do in order to put forward an amazing dish that everyone can enjoy.”Griffiths knew the timing was right to attempt to claim the coveted MasterChef Canada title.“With the support of friends and family, I took the leap,” he said.He applied for the show online last summer, submitting a video of himself whipping up a dinner party for a group of close friends and talking about the role his family has played in his love affair with food.He then attended an open audition in Toronto, presenting a homemade sausage dish that impressed a judging panel made up of local chefs and sent him on to the next round.Sworn to secrecy until details of his MasterChef Canada journey are revealed on air, Griffiths was unable to say much about his on-screen experience, but did reflect on the surreal feeling of stepping onto set for the first time.MasterChef Canada judges, from left, Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung and Claudio April. (Photo: CTV)“As one of the final 21 home cooks, you walk into the MasterChef kitchen and that’s when you get to meet the judges for the first time,” Griffiths said of his encounter with renowned chefs Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung and Claudio Aprile.“That’s when I felt like a 12-year-old boy. I was in my element, in my dream. Then we were given a schedule to prepare our meals for the judges.”Griffiths urged the Brock community to “stay tuned” for what comes next.“I really hope you like what you see.”He is thankful for the encouragement he has received from the Brock community, which has “hit home in such an incredible way.”“This is another example of the outstanding support the Brock community has always provided for me.”Griffiths hopes to inspire his fellow Badgers to continue to work hard and follow their passions, even if it takes them down an unconventional path.“Follow your heart and realize that what you’re working hard on may not be your end goal passion, but I guarantee there’s a connection to your future there,” he said.MasterChef Canada premieres Tuesday, April 3 at 9 p.m. on CTV. read more

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Football Dwayne Haskins pays no attention to Heisman talk

There’s no doubt anymore that Dwayne Haskins is in the Heisman Trophy conversation.After being three yards shy of the school’s record for passing yards, tallying 455 yards and six touchdowns in Ohio State’s 49-26 win over Indiana on Saturday, the redshirt sophomore quarterback not only cemented his name in contention: he launched it to the top, with only Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa really standing in his way.In Wednesday’s interviews, Haskins said he tries not to make the award talk his top focus.“I don’t think I’m paying attention to it, I’m aware of it, more so, but it’s not like my main focus right now,” Haskins said. “It’s just a blessing to be considered with those guys, those are great quarterbacks and we’re all pretty cool with each other, so we’re competing every week.”Tagovailoa is one of those players Haskins is cool with.“We talk every week,” Haskins said. “We sent each other scriptures before the game on Saturday, just, you know, sent out blessings to each other, so he did a great job last week.”Both Haskins and Tagovailoa have their teams to 6-0 records, and both have stats that jump off the page.Haskins is completing 71.7 percent of his passes for 1,919 yards, with 26 touchdowns and four interceptions. Tagovailoa is throwing for a modest 1,495 yards, but on only 101 attempts, and is up to 20 total touchdowns without an interception.Though the two could be battling for the NCAA’s top prize, Haskins said it isn’t a competition between the two.“No competition, I was like ‘how did you go 10-for-13 for 300 yards?,” Haskins said. “He’s like ‘I don’t know,’ but I mean that’s pretty cool, I wish I could do that one of these games this year.”Wide receivers don’t like the new touchback ruleRedshirt senior wide receivers Parris Campbell and Johnnie Dixon interviewed together on Wednesday, and the main topic of conversation did not involve the offense.Instead, both Dixon and Campbell discussed their distaste for a new touchback rule, allowing returners to call for a fair catch anywhere inside the 25-yard line to be ruled as a touchback, placing the ball at the 25..Dixon said he did not want to change his game plan on returns.“Not mine, but the coaches, I want to return everything,” Dixon said.Before Dixon could finish, Campbell interjected, saying the new return rule “sucks.” And Dixon agreed.“Yeah, it sucks so bad,” Dixon said. “Right now it’s like if you back up a little bit, just fair catch it … that rule is crazy.”Moving to their role in the passing game, Dixon and Campbell were also asked about how much former Ohio State and current New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas has been an inspiration for them.Thomas broke the NFL record for most receptions through the first two games of a season with 28 catches, and is No. 2 in the league for receptions at 46 in his first five games.Dixon said he seems him as an idol, but that his inspiration comes elsewhere. “My inspiration comes from things bigger than just a person, mostly my family, my daughter who’s on the way,” Dixon said. “He inspired a lot of people because he came from here and he’s doing it at a high level right now, but inspiration goes deeper than that for me.”But Dixon said one of the receivers, junior Austin Mack, may not hold that same opinion.“Austin loves him,” Dixons said. “Austin’s probably his biggest fan.”Jonathon Cooper likely to be out against MinnesotaRedshirt junior defensive tackle Davon Hamilton gave an update on the status of junior defensive end Jonathon Cooper, who was seen leaving the game on a cart in the third quarter of Saturday’s game against the Hoosiers.When asked about Cooper, Hamilton said “he will not be out there this week” for practice leading up to the matchup against Minnesota.Cooper has eight tackles this season, three of which are for a loss, including a sack against then-No. 15 TCU.On Monday, head coach Urban Meyer said Cooper and junior linebacker Malik Harrison, who was also taken off the field on the same cart, were making strong progress.“Much better today,” Meyer said on the status of Cooper and Harrison. “Probably know more today or later tomorrow, but much better.”There have been no official updates on the type of injury sustained by either Cooper or Harrison. read more

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Column Ireland needs to reexamine the legal gender of intersex children

first_imgTHIS MORNING IT was reported that the law on birth registration in Germany is to be amended to permit ‘Indeterminate’ to be recorded as the gender of a child born with an intersex condition. This is a very welcome development.Intersex is an umbrella term for a variety of conditions where a person is born with a body which combines biological traits of males and females or does not conform to expected biological norms for either gender. Given the number of conditions which can be considered intersex, it is difficult to determine precisely its frequency.That said, in 2000, Melanie Blackless and colleagues in Brown University crunched the numbers for incidence of the various intersex conditions and arrived at the conclusion that approximately 1.7 per cent of all live births do not conform to gender norms for male or female bodies.Due to the complexity of the conditions intersex can manifest at various stages throughout life: birth, puberty, in adulthood or on autopsy. Where intersex becomes apparent at birth or in childhood, it is not unusual for the child with the intersex condition to undergo medical treatment, either hormonal or surgical, to attempt to recreate a body that appears more male or female.The importance of legal recognitionIt is important to note that most intersex conditions are not life threatening. Whether or not the person undergoes treatment, it is not certain that the individual with an intersex condition will identify with the gender assigned at birth and consequently recorded on the birth certificate. This can cause difficulties when official documentation does not correspond with the individual’s gender identity. A good practical example of this is seen in a case, now (for the most part) overruled, which came before the Australian High Court in 1979.In the marriage of C and D (Falsely called C) concerned the validity of a marriage between a biologically born woman and her husband who was born with an intersex condition. Marriage was defined as the union of one man and one woman. The Australian Court held that as Mr C was neither man nor woman, he was incapable of marrying anyone. Thus the importance of legal recognition of one’s preferred gender identity is obvious.Where the law cannot recognise a person’s preferred gender that person may be excluded from the exercise of normal legal rights he might otherwise expect to enjoy.Being ‘locked in’ to a legal genderAgainst this backdrop, the development in Germany which ensures that babies born with ambiguous genitalia are not ‘locked in’ to a legal gender within weeks of birth is to be welcomed, particularly if it operates as intended to take pressure away from parents in deciding whether to intervene to treat their child’s body.However, as reported, the consequences of this ‘indeterminate’ gender designation are not yet clear. Will ‘indeterminate’ people be able to re-register themselves as either male or female once they have a firm gender identity? If they choose to remain ‘indeterminate’ will this, as in the case of Mr C in Australia, stop them accessing certain legal rights? For a third gender designation to be truly meaningful, there will need to be root and branch reworking of laws based on a binary understanding of gender so that ‘indeterminate’ people are not left outside the law’s privileges and protection.This German development comes at an interesting time in terms of Ireland’s consideration of the question of legal gender recognition. On Jul 17th this year, Minister Burton published the General Scheme of the Gender Recognition Bill 2013. This bill was introduced to address the gap identified in the law in the Foy case where it was held that the inability of Irish law to recognise the preferred gender identity of a transgender woman was in violation of her right to respect for her private life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.At the launch of the Bill Minister Burton stated that the Bill would facilitate applications from people with intersex conditions to change their gender of legal recognition. However, as the rights contained in the proposed Bill are confined to those aged 18 years or older, it is of no use for children with intersex conditions or their families.The rights of intersex and trans childrenLast week, the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection spent two days hearing evidence from community groups and experts on the question of legal gender recognition. One of the themes to emerge from these hearings was the need to consider the rights of intersex and trans children and young people when drafting any gender recognition legislation.Failure to include a mechanism which accounts for those under 18, may well be in contravention the newly inserted Article 42A of the Constitution on children’s rights. It might also breach Article 42 rights of families to make decisions, including the gender with which their child will be registered, on behalf of their children.The German gender innovation might be useful to our legislators when considering how to accommodate intersex and trans youth in Gender Recognition Legislation. Perhaps it could operate to enable such children to interact as either male or female, depending on their gender identity development, until they were in a position to elect to be recognised legally as of their preferred gender.Such a situation is not unfamiliar to the law. Writing in the 1600s Lord Coke stated that: ‘Every heire is either a male, or female, or an hermaphrodite … . And an hermaphrodite … shall be heire, as either male or female, according to that kind of sexe which doth prevaile.’In other words intersex people told the law what gender they wished to be legally recognised as, and the law complied with that decision. Resurrecting such a flexible approach to the question of the legal gender of intersex children would be sensible solution to a challenging conundrum.Dr Tanya Ní Mhuirthile is a Senior Lecturer at the Law faculty in Griffith College. She is also a legal advisor to Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) and IntersexUK.Read: Germany to allow new babies be neither male nor femaleRead: Trans community has “waited long enough” for gender recognitionlast_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today St Patricks Day

first_imgThe zebra crossing on Abbey Road, St John’s Wood, was turned green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in London, March 17, 2014. (Matt Crossick/PA Wire)IRELAND St Patrick’s festivities spread across Ireland and the world today, with thousands of people attending parades – as well as famous landmarks going green and famous figures getting dressed up to honour the island of Ireland.A woman aged in her 20s was arrested in connection with a fatal fire at a Co Cork apartment block.Several flights between France and Ireland will be cancelled tomorrow due to an air traffic controller strike.The EU and United States have imposed sanctions following a vote in favour of Crimea rejoining Russia.Convicted criminal John Gilligan left Ireland last night after being discharged from hospital.Gardaí issued a warning after a black Toyota Landcruiser containing veterinary drugs “not fit for human consumption” was stolen in Galway.Do you think you’ve seen a UFO over the past couple of days? It was probably just a lenticular cloud formation (… probably). A woman walks between armed men in riot gear who were performing identity and handbag checks on people walking near Crimea’s regional parliament in Simferopol today. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)WORLD#CRIMEA: Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree that recognises Crimea as a sovereign state. [RTÉ]#RIP: Fashion designer L’Wren Scott was found dead in her New York apartment.#NORTH KOREA: The UN has said human rights violations committed by the North Korean regime are on a par with Nazism, apartheid and the Khmer Rouge.INNOVATIONcenter_img Bill Gates says people don’t realise how many jobs will soon be lost to computers …TED will feed exclusive content from its 2014 summit in Vancouver into Paper, Facebook’s standalone news reader, from 17–21 March.PARTING SHOTScientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics revealed an exciting finding today: the first direct evidence about how rapidly the universe expanded in the microseconds after the Big Bang. After its birth, our universe grew ‘about 100 trillion trillion times in less than a blink of an eye’.Source: Nasa.govlast_img read more

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Five great games like Temple Run

first_img 1 2 Gaming on smartphones has grown explosively over the past few years. These pocket sized-computers are capable of delivering intense graphics, more than enough to keep you busy when waiting in line at the supermarket. The kind of game that best suits time-killing scenarios are the ones that offer simple gameplay that can be turned off and then put away quickly.One of the best examples for this king of pick-up-and-play gaming is Temple Run. You navigate through a maze by rapidly swiping your finger across the screen. Each time you play the game is fun and exciting, and allows you to put the phone away without hesitation if you need to. As great a Temple Run is, there are other games like it that are worth playing.We’ve put together five games like Temple Run that will keep you busy and entertained.Temple Run: BraveThis one is fairly obvious, so we’ll get it out of the way first. Disney and Imangi made a custom version of Temple Run to celebrate the release of the movie Brave. Instead of playing the tomb raider who is running around being chased by monkeys, you play Merida being chased by the massive bear from the movie Brave. Instead of just replacing the graphics and keeping everything the same, however, Imangi made a whole new game with entirely different mechanics.One of the big points of the Merida character in Brave is her love of archery, and this is demonstrated in the game with sprints where you must shoot targets as well as navigate the maze. It’s not a requirement that you hit the targets, but there are huge multiplier benefits for being able to hit all of the targets in a single run. I found the added challenge in Temple Run: Brave along with the overall theming from the movie to really give the game a whole new feel.It’s free for iOS and Android, so there’s no reason not to pick it up.Mirror’s EdgeAs impressive as it would be to have a mobile device offer the mind-blowing and intense experience that Mirror’s Edge offered on the PS3, that’s not what I am about to tell you. The iOS exclusive Mirror’s Edge features the same main character and the same concept of crazy acrobatics feats and skillful non-violent takedowns, but in an intuitive 2D sidescroller. Much of the game is sment is constant motion, just like the original game, and your swipe on your screen to cause slides, jumps, and fantastic disarm and knock out maneuvers.Mirror’s Edge is broken out into small levels that make it easy for you to put the phone or tablet away when you need to, but the continuous story of the game makes sure you keep coming back to it.You can get the game for the iPhone or the iPad for $9.99, making it a little pricey but still a great add-on for any existing fans of the original game.Falling FredIt’s a little easier to hide the fact that you are playing a game when you are swiping back and forth on a screen, but sometimes it is just plain entertaining to use the accelerometer in your phone to control something. Falling Fred is a physics game where you guide your character through a series of gruesome obstacles in a shaft that leads straight by tilting your phone. The longer Fred or one of his friends are alive, the faster the game gets. Eventually your character dies, and you can record the manner in which you met your end and share it online with your friends.Falling Fred, like Running Fred before it, are hardly what I would call child safe. there’s a fair bit of badly animated blood and gore that is just enough for a little shock value added into what is already a really engaging game. Each fall is pretty short, making it the perfect time killer.Falling Fred is free for both iOS and Android, and each version offers unique content that is not available on the other platform.Read on for more great games like Temple Run…last_img read more

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Eir only became aware of potential security breach after reading about it

first_img Share216 Tweet Email8 Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 9:51 AM File Photo By Sean Murray Eir only became aware of potential security breach after reading about it online The company will contact 130,000 customers after at least 2,000 modems were breached. http://jrnl.ie/3122232 38 Comments 21,782 Views center_img File Photo Image: Yui Mok PA Archive/PA Images BROADBAND SUPPLIER EIR has confirmed that it has taken every measure to protect customers’ data, but did not rule out the possibility that some customers’ data may have been accessed after a “vulnerability” was found in its modems.The company will contact 130,000 customers to advise them to reset their modems, and have said that at least 2,000 devices were breached.As of yet, Eir has no idea who was responsible for the hack and has informed the government and the Data Protection Commissioner on the case.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Eir’s director of communications Paul Bradley said that the company became aware of a potential security vulnerability after details surrounding the risks were posted on the internet.“It came to light because there was a post online,” he said.Eir raised the issue with their supplier, who confirmed the security risk on 22 November.“We immediately took steps to protect the customer,” he said. He added that once the suspected malware was found on a number of devices, action was taken to reset the modems and secure the devices and customer data.What this means is that we have an indication that a third party tried to get unauthorised access. At this time, there’s no indication that any customer data has been accessed.When pushed on if it was possible customer data may have been accessed that Eir was not yet aware of, Bradley said that could be the case.Last weekend, it emerged that thousands of Eir customers’ data may be at risk of being stolen because of a fault with a piece of internet hardware, or modem, supplied by the company.In a statement to TheJournal.ie, Eir confirmed that “approximately 30%” of its modems may have this “security vulnerability”.“Eir has been made aware of the potential security vulnerability concerning two of our broadband modems, the Zyxel D1000 and Zyxel P-660HN-T1A devices,” they said.The company is advising all of its customers to reset their modems as a precaution. The 12-step guide to resetting the modem can be found here.Along with the steps already taken by Eir, resetting the modem “should secure the device and solve the problem,” according to Bradley.As for who was behind the attack, Bradley said that “we don’t know who was responsible”. He added that Eir has informed the Data Protection Commissioner, the Department of Communications and the government’s cyber security body about the breach.Read:  30% of Eir broadband customers exposed to cyber attackRead: New rules will allow you to use Netflix or Spotify unrestricted across the EU Dec 6th 2016, 9:51 AM Image: Yui Mok PA Archive/PA Images Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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WWE releases three talents from NXT developmental on Thursday including recent Tough

first_img July 28, 2016 at 9:07 pm Twitter Now Playing Up Next Cameron Huff Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Comments are closed. WhatsApp goddessroleplay Videos Articles Isn’t ZZ the “Social Jobbers” guy? Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Google+ babersmash Now Playing Up Next Bye bye ZZ. You will…not be missed. All joking aside TNA has a chance to sign ZZ just like they did with Gabi and Chelsea. Pinterest Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems 5 COMMENTS July 29, 2016 at 1:38 am Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter July 28, 2016 at 9:39 pm NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action And Tough Enough’s irrelevance continues. WWE has released Zamariah “ZZ” Loupe, Josh Woods and Thomas Kingdon from the NXT developmental system in Orlando according to The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online.ZZ was best known for his time on the most recent season of “Tough Enough” on the USA Network. His latest stint in WWE developmental was chronicled on the “WWE Breaking Ground” series on the WWE Network, frustrating trainers with his work ethic.Josh Woods and Thomas Kingdon were trainees at the WWE Performance Center. Woods was used at local NXT events in Florida and was featured on NXT TV. Kingdon was a former competitive bodybuilder. Neither played a huge role as part of the NXT brand.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Facebook TheCyberZon 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Velvet Sky …I got the impression zz was SUPER sucky. Now Playing Up Next July 29, 2016 at 5:24 am Vince Now Playing Up Next Signing was for PR only anyway. July 29, 2016 at 5:46 amlast_img read more

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Councilman Sherman wants to ensure San Diego gets fair market value on

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Councilman Scott Sherman was in studio discussing the future negotiations with San Diego State University, and City of San Diego officials over the Mission Valley property.The City of San Diego controls the property and Sherman wants to make sure taxpayers get a fair deal. In summary, Councilman Sherman is working to make sure the city gets fair market value for the land, not just hand it over to SDSU. Posted: November 13, 2018 November 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Decision 2018, Scott Sherman, SDSU West, Stadium Site FacebookTwitter Councilman Sherman wants to ensure San Diego gets fair market value on stadium site KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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Security to be reviewed before future tours of cricket team PM

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said Bangladesh will send its cricket team to any touring country in the future after examining and reviewing security measures there, reports news agency UNB.”In the future, whenever we send our cricket team, we’ll do that after examining and reviewing the security measures there,” she said.The prime minister said this while inaugurating the four-lane second Kanchpur Bridge on the Shitalakkhya river, four-lane flyover in Bhulta and a railway overpass in Latifpur on Dhaka-Sylhet Highway through videoconferencing from her official residence Ganabhaban in the capital.Hasina also said Bangladesh always ensures high security whenever any foreign cricket team come here. “We ensure their appropriate security and we’ll always do that,” she added.Several members of Bangladesh national cricket team narrowly escaped terror attacks on mosques in Christchurch of New Zealand that left 49 mosque-goers dead on Friday.Condemning the terrorist attacks in New Zealand, Hasina said there is nothing more heinous than killing people while they are performing their prayers.”I hope the world community will not only condemn this incident, but also take steps to eliminate militancy and terrorism forever.”The prime minister said she always believes that militants and terrorists have no religion, country or nation. “They’re just terrorists, and actions have to be taken against them considering them as terrorists.”Hasina mentioned that Bangladesh, with its hectic efforts, managed to protect the country from militancy and terrorism although many people raise many questions.”Militancy and terrorism can never bring any good to anyone, except bad things,” she said.Talking about religious liberty in Bangladesh, the prime minister said this is the right of all people as the country has properly established this religious right. “The people of all religions can perform their respective rituals here freely.”last_img read more

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I Make Things Blow Up — Meet The Pyrotechnician For The Astros

first_imgListen 00:00 /02:11 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share We meet Richard Welch, the pyrotechnician who operates the fireworks at Minute Maid Park during Houston Astros games.During each game, he sits in a perch near the left field foul pole and waits for the Astros to hit a home run. Then he flips a switch and pulls a trigger. That fires a single concussion from the railroad tracks above the Crawford Boxes. And he repeats the process at the ends of games the Astros win.He says when he first started the job he didn’t even like baseball, but now he loves it and calls it a “magical game.” Xlast_img

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Full Show DUI Prevention And Defining Patriotism July 2 2019

first_imgListen 00:00 /50:44 On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Drunken driving arrests are up nearly 75 percent in the first six months of the 2019 compared to the same period last year, according to the Houston Police Department. But that doesn’t necessarily mean more drunk drivers are on the road. Chief Art Acevedo says there’s been a concerted effort to step up enforcement.That’s one part of the equation, but what other steps can be taken to reduce the number of people driving while intoxicated in Greater Houston?Also this hour: We learn why journalism professors are increasingly encouraging their students not to go into journalism.Plus: We get answers to your gardening questions. And Houstonians define patriotism.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share Xcenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

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The Glass is Half Empty

first_imgSpecial to the AFRO by Renee FooseThere are more than one million miles of drinking water pipes in the U.S. and most are more than 100 years old. Many pipes laid in the early to mid-20th century are failing to deliver clean, uncontaminated water to homes across the country as a result of the aging infrastructure.There are an estimated 250,000 water main breaks every year around the country. This public health crisis is most evident in low-income communities and communities of color, said Rosemary Enobakhare, Director for the Clean Water For All Coalition (CWFAC).  In a report recently released by the CWFAC, failing infrastructure systems include drinking water, wastewater and storm water.  Drinking water infrastructure collects water from a source, cleans it, and delivers it to users for drinking and other daily uses.  Because of aging pipes, and inadequate methods to clean the water, lead and other contaminants leach into the drinking water that is carried to homes and businesses.“With infrastructure prominent in the national conversation, it’s time to speak out against inadequate and harmful water supplies and to fight for policies that will further our shared goal of clean and affordable water for everyone.  “What happened in Flint is happening across the country and there needs to be more awareness and action” Enobakhare told the AFRO. “In 2014 the city of Flint, Michigan experienced wide spread drinking water contamination when the city failed to treat the water with corrosion inhibitors to prevent lead from leaching into the water supply.In 2001, following a Washington Post investigation, Washington, D.C. was found to have high concentrations of lead in the drinking water resulting in city-wide concern.  The Post uncovered misrepresentation of lead levels in drinking water which resulted in sweeping regulatory changes and corrections.“Environmental issues are low on the list of priorities for low-income communities of color and because there are so many other concerns to focus on.   Environmental harms are present and we need to speak out and hold elected officials accountable to ensure they are protecting our health” Enobakhare said.According to the American Water Works Association, the cost to correct the existing water infrastructure and to meet expected demand over the next two decades will exceed $1 trillion.  Because federal spending on water infrastructure is decreasing, state and local governments are challenged to meet the funding needs to update existing water infrastructure.Access the full CWFA report here.last_img read more

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Google relents—adds system password prompt before displaying web passwords

first_img Explore further Citation: Google relents—adds system password prompt before displaying web passwords (2013, November 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-google-relentsadds-password-prompt-web.html Now it appears that Google has had a change of heart, at least as it applies to Mac users—Chromium developer François Beaufort has announced on his Google+ page that Google has implemented a “fix” for the problem for users of the Chromium Build for Mac. Now, if a sneaky person gains physical access to someone else’s computer and tries to get the browser to show all of the saved passwords, they will be prompted to first type in the Mac OS password. Of course, that still won’t stop them from visiting and logging in automatically (because the passwords have still been saved after all) to whatever web sites they find in the list of favorites, their history, etc.It’s not clear why Google had a change of heart, or if the change will be made to Google Chrome (Windows) or if it will, how long that might take. Last summer, company reps said making such a change to Chrome would give users a false sense of security. They suggested that users lock their computer when away from the keyboard to give themselves a true security system.It’s clear that forcing users to type in a system password will prevent miscreants from quickly printing out a list of logins/passwords—whether it will also lull them into a false of security remains to be seen—at least for Mac users. Software developer questions why Google Chrome allows for display of saved passwords in plain text © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org) —This past summer it was widely reported that Google Chrome had a web security flaw—all of the passwords that were saved for various web sites could be displayed by anyone gaining physical access to a computer, by typing in a simple command. That prompted a lot of people to criticize Google for its lackadaisical approach to web security for its user community. Google defended itself by noting that if someone gained physical access to someone else’s computer and were able to use their Chrome browser, they would be able to access all of the web sites that the original owner had saved anyway (because the login and passwords would be filled in automatically), regardless of whether they could see the passwords, which were stored on the local hard drive in plain text. 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.last_img read more

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