Boushies family meets federal ministers after acquittal in murder trial

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA – Colten Boushie’s family is in Ottawa meeting federal ministers after a Saskatchewan farmer accused of fatally shooting him was acquitted late last week.Boushie’s cousin, Jade Tootoosis, said Monday the family has no specific goal beyond building relationships with people who have the power to change the way First Nations people are treated in the criminal justice system.“We’re not in a rush because we want things done right,” Tootoosis said shortly after meeting with Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett.“We have little to no faith in the justice system. We’re here to talk about that.”On Friday, a jury found Gerald Stanley, 56, not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2016 killing of Boushie, a 22-year-old member of the Red Pheasant First Nation.Boushie’s relatives are expected to sit down with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould on Tuesday.Boushie’s mother, Debbie Baptiste, said justice for Colten would mean a change to the justice system.Chris Murphy, a family friend and lawyer, said the family discussed the issue of jury selection with Bennett.The apparent all-white makeup of the jury has been widely criticized, along with so-called peremptory challenges, which allow lawyers to reject jury candidates without needing to provide a justification.Tootoosis said she would like to see the government do away with peremptory challenges.Wilson-Raybould, who is the country’s first Indigenous justice minister, tweeted Saturday in the wake of the Stanley verdict that Canada “can and must do better.”Aboriginal Sen. Murray Sinclair posted a poem online saying he grieves for First Nations youth “who now see no hope,” and says Indigenous people have been grieving for so long it has become part of their DNA.“I grieve for a family that has not yet seen justice from the moment a handgunned farmer (why does a farmer need such a gun?) pulled the trigger and killed their son,” Sinclair wrote.Kevin Seesequasis, a Cree Nation councillor in Saskatchewan, said both Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents are reeling from what he describes as a horrible failure of the criminal justice system.“Colten Boushie was not just the victim of a senseless murder,” Seesequasis said.“If we cannot find some way toward real change for Indigenous people in the criminal justice system, Colten Boushie will also be the victim of a criminal justice system that was stacked against him from the start and a government indifferent to that reality.”Indigenous faculty members and allies sent an open letter to heads of universities across Canada describing the Stanley verdict as “yet another iteration of the systemic violence that Indigenous peoples in this country have faced for over 150 years.”The letter, signed by more than 20 faculty members from schools as far afield as Australia and New Zealand, calls for universities to support anti-oppressive education and enhance institutional accountability towards First Nations communities.last_img read more

Booker other Democrats target biased tech tools

Congress is starting to show interest in prying open the “black box” of tech companies’ artificial intelligence with oversight that parallels how the federal government checks under car hoods and audits banks.One proposal introduced Wednesday and co-sponsored by a Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Cory Booker, would require big companies to test the “algorithmic accountability” of their AI systems that are helping make important criminal-justice decisions and affecting people’s access to housing, credit and jobs.Companies would have to look for and correct any discrimination in high-risk automated systems.The Democrats’ proposal is the first of its kind and may face an uphill battle in the Republican-led Senate.But it reflects growing and bipartisan scrutiny into tech company tools that have a major societal impact.Matt O’Brien, The Associated Press read more

HBC shareholders challenge executive pay packages companys real estate plans

TORONTO — Hudson’s Bay Company faced a fight from some of its most prominent investors Tuesday over its decision to award executives with multi-million-dollar pay packages despite two years of weak sales and sizable losses for the retailer.The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, British Columbia Investment Management Corp. and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) said they voted against the company’s remuneration practices that include a $54.8 million pay package for the retailer’s executive chairman Richard Baker.The “say on pay” vote — a non-binding motion that is growing in popularity at Canadian companies and aimed at collecting shareholder feedback — took place at the company’s annual general meeting in Toronto and ended in the executives’ favour.However, CalPERS spokesperson Mike Osborn said in an email “we don’t feel the company sufficiently linked pay with performance” and Teachers’ said in its proxy vote statement that “in this case, we do not feel that the awards have been sufficiently justified.”Baker’s compensation includes more than $37 million in share-based awards and more than $16.6 million in option-based awards. The company’s other executives are due to earn totals between $1.4 million and $9.4 million, according to HBC’s information circular.After the vote passed, one shareholder in the audience criticized Baker’s remuneration saying, “It is one thing to award a package. It is another to accept it and so I think accepting it reflects on (Baker)’s character, who not so long ago said the fair value was twice where these payouts are.”The shareholder called on Baker to address the issue, to which Baker replied “we appreciate your question. Thank you.”The majority of other stakeholders at the meeting focused on the value of the company’s real estate, which at least one activist investor has previously pushed the company to think strategically about, given the retailer’s rocky recent performance that included a $400-million loss in its first quarter compared with a loss of $221 million a year ago.In October, Jonathan Litt, who is chief investment officer and founder of activist investor Land & Buildings Investment Management, said the company is really a real estate company, not a retailer, that has failed to outline a plan to unlock the “substantial real estate value trapped in the company.”On Tuesday, one shareholder echoed Litt’s sentiments saying, “what are you people waiting for? Are you waiting for us to go into a recession before you sell some of your real estate?”He suggested the company take its Toronto HBC and Saks Fifth Avenue location at Yonge and Queen St. and build condos above it “while real estate is hot.”Helena Foulkes, the company’s chief executive officer, indicated that the company might be ready to heed some of their investor’s advice.She said the company was looking at selling certain properties, but was not in a hurry to sell everything quickly.Baker said the company was looking to “better utilize” its spaces to create revenue as it has through partnerships with Topshop, health clubs or shared office space business We Work.In Toronto, for example, he said the company had taken its Yonge and Queen St. real estate and emptied two floors, pushing merchandise to other floors “in a way where we will lose no sales.”That freed up 100,000 square feet of prime space that the company used for a lease with We Work, valued at more than $50 a square foot.He said the deal was generating foot traffic and new shoppers and is indicative of the company’s plans moving forward.“Our general focus around the world is to better utilize space, rather than selling off the particular pieces.” read more

Côte dIvoire UN partner agencies work to counter worrisome humanitarian situation

The United Nations and its partner relief agencies today reiterated concern for the “worrisome” humanitarian situation in Côte d’Ivoire, where they are working hard to help hundreds of thousands of people overcome insecurity, shortages of food and basic medicines, and other lingering effects of conflict and drought.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) joined non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) today in decrying the troubling humanitarian conditions throughout much of Côte d’Ivoire. OCHA said that public services were still not available in the northern part of the country and in the Government-controlled west, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without basic healthcare and threatening to deprive tens of thousands of children an education for the second consecutive year.Security also continues to be a major concern. OCHA cites Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s latest report to the UN Security Council, which identified a number of worrying trends, notably, the purchase of arms by the government and rebel forces. Other security concerns highlighted the activities of armed militias in Abidjan to undermine the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement, the French-brokered peace accord signed last January, which calls on the government, rebels and political opposition to share power in a transitional government until elections in 2005. With the agricultural sector also severely affected – by conflict as well as by erratic rainfall in much of the country — the UN World Food Programme has been operating a number of programmes across the country tailored to help the most vulnerable groups, including children, pregnant women, the mentally handicapped, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees. The agency is also using school feeding programmes to gain access to vulnerable children, to encourage regular school attendance and help demobilize child soldiers. read more

The LA Kings Rediscovered Their Offense Just in Time

During the 2013-14 regular season, the Los Angeles Kings were the NHL’s fifth-lowest scoring team, notching just 2.4 goals for every 60 minutes they were on the ice. On paper, no team headed into the postseason with as anemic an offense. Yet fast forward a month and a half and Los Angeles is on the verge of closing out the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals partly because the Kings’ offense is sizzling. They put together a five-goal barrage in Game 4 against Chicago, and Los Angeles’ 3.3 goals per 60 minute mark leads all teams in scoring during the postseason.How did the Kings’ offense suddenly become so potent? During the regular season, LA converted their shots into goals at a paltry 7.6 percent rate, which tied the Vancouver Canucks for the second-worst shooting percentage in the entire NHL. In the playoffs, though, they’ve upped their conversion rate to 11.3 percent (including 14.5 percent against the Blackhawks), which ranks second among playoff teams. Since they’re not shooting more often (to the contrary — they’re actually averaging 1.6 fewer shots per 60 minutes in the playoffs than during the regular season), the Kings’ goal-scoring increase can be traced to the huge uptick in shooting accuracy.The Kings’ increased shooting percentage hasn’t been driven by facing a particularly easy set of goaltenders. Weighted by the number of shots they had against each opponent, Los Angeles’ playoff foes have had a composite save percentage of .913 during the regular season, which is slightly higher than the overall league average of .911 — certainly nothing that would explain a 3.7-percentage-point leap in shooting percentage. Nor has it been fueled by more time on the power play, where shooting percentages are higher: during the postseason, LA spent about 28 fewer seconds per game with a man advantage than they did in the regular season.One other place to look is where the Kings’ goals have been coming from. For example, during the regular season, LA’s shooting percentage was well below the NHL average on shots from the high slot, the space between the two face-off circles and above the hash marks. And in their Game 1 loss to Chicago, the Kings attempted three shots from that area, missing all three. But ever since, they’ve scored three goals on eight shots (a shooting percentage of 37.5) from a zone of the ice where they usually turn only 6.7 percent of their shots into goals. Since goals are such rare events, even a shift like that on just one section of the ice can lead to a big overall increase in scoring.Likewise, the late-season addition of Marian Gaborik, who leads LA in shots during the playoffs, and whose lifetime shooting percentage of 12.9 percent is well above the league average over his career, explains part of the team’s scoring burst. But it bears mentioning that while shot quality — and converting those chances into goals — makes a big difference in retrospect, it’s hard to tell how much is luck and how much is skill.In other words, the biggest reason the Kings’ offense has caught fire in the postseason may simply be good fortune, with some regression to the mean thrown in for good measure. Los Angeles wasn’t ever as bad at shooting as their regular-season percentage suggested (they were in the middle of the pack the season before), nor are they as good as their postseason run would indicate. The truth lies somewhere in between, and as we’ve seen before with hockey stats, it’s a truth mixed in with a lot of noise. read more

Spandau Ballets new frontman was born 11 years after the band was

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The new lead singer of Spandau Ballet has admitted he is intimidated in taking up the role of front man in a band whose greatest hits were released before he was born.Ross William Wild, 30, a singer and actor, was unveiled as the replacement for Tony Hadley, who left the group a year ago.Asked if he found his new job intimidating, he replied: “Absolutely, they’ve got a legacy and it’s a responsibility of mine to pay homage to that legacy, but also [to] do it my own way.”Wild – who is just 30 – was born 11 years after the band was formed.Spandau Ballet had huge hits with singles including ‘Gold’ and “True” in the early 1980s.Brothers Martin and Gary Kemp remain in the band.  read more

MTU engines achieving high efficiency at 5500 m Jiama copper mine in

first_imgRolls-Royce is showcasing its full range of MTU power systems at bauma China, the construction machinery, material, vehicles and equipment show being held in Shanghai from 27 to 30 November. On display are cutting-edge engines under the MTU brand. These include MTU engines Series 1100 and 1300 and MTU Series 2000 and Series 4000, all designed to meet stringent global emission standards.The company also referred to the use of its “world-leading, high speed diesel engines under the MTU brand” at the Jiama mine in Tibet, China’s largest copper mine and the world’s highest altitude open pit mine (up to 5,500m above sea level). Trucks equipped with robust 16V 2000C66 MTU engines “provide almost round-the-clock productivity as they haul heavy payloads with best in class cycle times, running in extreme temperatures, harsh conditions and a low-oxygen environment.”Kraeft continued, “Trials have also shown that MTU engines continue to perform at mining altitudes reaching 5,500 m. As ordinary diesel engines deteriorate above 3,000m, this is an exciting showcase of the superiority of MTU engine technology.”In addition, the establishment of MTU Yuchai Power based in Yulin City in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (GZAR) focuses on building MTU’s highly successful Series 4000 engines, which are designed for use in the oil and gas and power generation industries. The company, which has a capacity to produce 1,500 engines per year, rolled out its first engine in April this year and is now already in serial production.Rolls-Royce Power Systems Greater China President Tobias Ostermaier said: “The growth in China has been nothing short of spectacular, and initiatives such as the Belt and Road strategy adopted by the Chinese government are bringing about a transformation in the economic, industrial and infrastructure development landscape. We are pleased to be able to play a contributing role by introducing our world-leading capabilities in building diesel and gas engines as the country continues to drive towards success. With our new China organization, our commitment to invest further in people and infrastructure in China and our strong intention to build local partnerships shows we are here to contribute to key development projects across the country.”last_img read more

A lot of money and a lot of travel The week in

first_imgIT WAS A week when former Central Remedial Clinic chiefs faced further questioning from the Public Accounts Committee.The government said they were reconsidering the use of withdrawal rooms in schools with Autism Spectrum Disorder units, and Irish Water’s finances came under the the microscope..All that, and more, it’s the week in quotes:last_img

Here are the top beaches in the world for 2017

first_img IT MAY ONLY be January, but plenty of us are dreaming of being on a beach somewhere. But which one?Luckily, National Geographic has named their top beaches for 2017.They include beaches for snorkeling, exploring and just lying on.Here are some of the highlights according to the magazine: 12 Comments Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland Source: Ivan PedrettiOn sunny days on Iceland’s south coast, Reynisfjara Beach’s ink black sand and basalt sea stacks are absolutely stunning.Noordwjk Beach, The Netherlands Source: ShutterstockPast the tulip fields in south Holland, between Amsterdam and The Hague, the seaside town of Noordwijk has a separate dog beach for wild gambols by the North Sea. There are walking routes for human-canine bonding, and pooch-friendly restaurants and lodgings, including Take2 Beach & Bungalows, near the entrance to the dog beach.Playa del Amor, Marietas Islands, Mexico Source: Miguel NaranjoA swim through an opening nearly invisible from the sea reveals what locals call the “hidden beach,” encircled by an impressive rock ring forming a natural oculus for the sun and sky.Shell Beach, Shark Bay, Western Australia Source: Nature Picture Library/Alamy Stock PhotoOn the edge of the continent, and part of the Shark Bay UNESCO World Heritage site, countless white cockleshells, up to 30 feet deep in some parts, spread for miles. Take nothing but pictures. Stop at Old Pearler Restaurant, built entirely of shells from this beach.Cas Abao Beach, Curaçao Source: Turtle & Ray Productions, CuracaoRinged by reefs, Curaçao hides a Caribbean underwater wonderland, and this beach is one of the few sandy ones on the arid island, with a bar and a shop to rent snorkel gear. Slip straight into the shallow crystalline bay alive with sea fans and coral, tropical fish, sponges, sea turtles, and more.Piscinas Beach, Arbus, Sardinia Source: Riky DeianaSculpted by the mistral wind and embellished with juniper bushes and olive trees, the Piscinas Dunes paint a mercurial backdrop on Sardinia’s southwestern Costa Verde (Green Coast). A former mining warehouse, Hotel Le Dune Piscinas sits at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea,with ample windows and lounge spots for admiring the ever changing canvas of sky, sand, and waves.Read: This massive cruise ship will soon call Dublin home 32,105 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Here are the top beaches in the world for 2017 Dreaming of being on a beach? These are pretty nice. Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 10:47 PMcenter_img Share85 Tweet Email2 Short URL By Paul Hosford Jan 19th 2017, 10:47 PM last_img read more

Pope rejects resignation of French cardinal convicted of sex abuse coverup

first_img 75 Comments Tuesday 19 Mar 2019, 4:14 PM Short URL By Daragh Brophy Updated Mar 19th 2019, 4:14 PM POPE FRANCIS HAS rejected the resignation of a French cardinal convicted of a sex abuse cover-up. Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, France’s highest-ranking Catholic official, received a six-month suspended jail sentence for failing to report sex abuse by a priest under his authority.Barbarin, 68, is the most senior French cleric caught up in the global paedophilia scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church. He has been a cardinal since 2003.He said after his 7 March conviction that he would travel to Rome to tender his resignation.That meeting took place yesterday and it had been expected it could take several weeks for the Pope to decide whether to accept the resignation.“Monday morning, I handed over my mission to the Holy Father. He spoke of the presumption of innocence and did not accept this resignation,” Barbarin, who has appealed his sentence, said in a statement.If accepted, Barbarin would have become “bishop emeritus” of the southeastern French city of Lyon but remained cardinal. Barbarin has said he would remain in Lyon pending his appeal. However, he added that he would step back from his job “for a little while”. This would allow, at the Pope’s “suggestion”, the local vicar general Yves Baumgarten to run day-to-day affairs. ‘Unheard of’The Pope’s decision has triggered sharp surprise from the chairman of the Bishops’ Conference of France, who called the situation “unheard of”. “I did not expect this scenario which falls between the two most expected,” Georges Pontier told AFP. He added that this “unheard of” situation resulted from the difficulty of “respecting the judicial process” along with the need to “look after the Lyon diocese”.On 7 March, a Lyon court ruled that Barbarin was guilty of failing to report allegations of abuse of boy scouts committed by a priest, Bernard Preynat, in the 1980s and 1990s.The Pope had previously defended the cardinal, saying in 2016 that his resignation before a trial would be “an error, imprudent”.Barbarin’s lawyer has announced plans to fight the guilty ruling, which was hailed by abuse victims as ushering in a new period of accountability in the French Church.This case comes as the Pope has been seeing to restore faith in the Catholic Church following a slew of abuse scandals across the world, including in Australia, Chile and the United States. – Includes reporting from Hayley Halpin and © AFP, 2019 Mar 19th 2019, 1:50 PM Cardinal Philippe Barbarin meets Pope Francis yesterday. Image: ABACAcenter_img 48,797 Views Cardinal Philippe Barbarin meets Pope Francis yesterday. Share1759 Tweet Email2 Image: ABACA Pope rejects resignation of French cardinal convicted of sex abuse cover-up France’s highest-ranking Catholic official failed to report sex abuse by a priest. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Legislature headed to special session Tuesday

first_imgAs expected, Gov. Chris Gregoire announced Friday that she is calling the 2011 Legislature into special session.But far from chastising legislators for failing to pass a budget on time, she praised them for working hard and remaining focused on the largest budget deficit in recent history.“This Legislature has come together in the toughest of times and done significant work in this session on behalf of Washington,” Gregoire said at a televised press conference. “But there is more work to be done. Starting Tuesday, the Legislature will continue to work together to chart a new course and to transform Washington’s government. And I pledge to help them finish the job.”Legislators left early for a three-day Easter weekend after sending a 2011-13 transportation budget to the governor. They’re ending the regular session without reaching deals on the operating budget or the construction budget. The regular session was scheduled to adjourn Sunday. Under state law, lawmakers can meet for up to 30 days in special session once they reconvene, though Gregoire said she hopes the session will be much shorter. With House and Senate leaders from both parties at her side, the governor said lawmakers have agreed to keep the special session focused on the budget and the many bills required to implement it. She also urged quick action on such cost-saving issues as workers compensation reform.last_img read more

Winter Weather Advisory For A Mixture Of Snow And Freezing Rain

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service has issued Winter Weather Advisory for a Mixture of Snow and Freezing Rain for the Western Kenai Peninsula, including the cities of Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, and Cooper Landing in effect from 9pm to 6am, Sunday November 11th. * WHAT…Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations ofup to one inch and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of aninch are expected.* WHERE…Western Kenai Peninsula.* WHEN…From 9 PM this evening to 6 AM AKST Sunday.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The ice will result in difficult travelconditions. Expect reduced visibilities at times. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. For the latest road conditions call 5 1 1 or visit read more

IAF may turn down HAL proposal for making 4 additional squadrons of

first_img Why does the Indian Air Force need new fighter aircraft? IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:03Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:02?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading … He went on to say that IAF is facing a severe shortage of fighter aircraft given the attrition rate of Soviet era MiG 21s and French Jaguar,  as it takes a considerable amount of time to manufacture even a single aircraft. He added: “This is the fastest method to get more fighter jets. The attrition rate of the older MiG 21s and Jaguar jets is very high. Even if a contract is signed with a foreign manufacturer, it will take at least three years to get the first aircraft.” Close Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft of Indian AirforceCredit: ReutersThe Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has pitched for manufacturing four more squadrons of Russian origin Su-30 fighter aircraft to fill the immediate requirements of the Indian Airforce (IAF). But as reported by Economic Times IAF is interested in only buying replacements for Sukhois that have crashed. The proposal is to manufacture four additional squadrons of Su-30 over an order of 272 which was produced by HAL but the officials privy to the matter have confirmed that IAF is likely to turn down the proposal due to budgetary issues. Struggling to keep up with its production line, the HAL is expecting to get an order of at least 10 aircraft to keep its Nashik plant running.HAL Chairman R Madhvan said: “If we are looking at a strength of 42 squadrons for the air force, the fastest means of getting it is to go for more Light Combat Aircraft and the Su-30 MKI jets. We are currently making 12 of the fighters per year at the Nasik plant.” HAL has shared cost break up with IAF for one, two, three or four squadrons. IAF, howver, will take a final call on this. IAF is expected to place an order of 8 to 10 more of Su-30 to replace the crashed aircraft. Wikimedia CommonsIt is to be noted that HAL is facing a severe cash crunch to such an extent that the company had to take Rs.1,000 crore loan to pay salaries fot its 30,000 strong workforce in January this year. Moreover, if HAL fails to get the order to manufacture Su-30s this year, its manufacturing unit in Nashik will go idle which may further disrupt the base of Indian vendors that it created over the past decades. Madhvan further added, “If the order does not come this year, there will be a two-year gap before the line can be restarted as we have to order kits and other parts. The vendor base will be out of business and the ramp-up after the gap will be both costly and time-consuming.”last_img read more

AL rebels given 2 days to withdraw candidature

first_imgAwami league joint secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak. Photo: UNBRuling Awami League on Saturday gave its rebel candidates two days to withdraw their candidatures from the 11th national election, reports UNB.AL joint secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak warned that the rebel candidates who are still in the election race will have to face tougher consequences if they do not withdraw their candidatures within the given time.”According to the party decision, the president cordially requested the rebel candidates through a letter to withdraw their candidacies within two days,” he said while replying to a reporter’s query during a press briefing at its Dhanmondi office on Saturday.The Awami League and grand alliance-nominated candidates who are still in the race will have to withdraw their candidatures by 17 December, Nanak said.Although the number of the rebel candidates has decreased, some independent candidates are still there, said Nanak who is one of the key persons of Awami League election monitoring team.”You’ll have to arrange a press conference to inform people who are still working against the party,” said the former member of the parliament.He also said the rebel candidates will have to play an active role in the electioneering on behalf of the party-nominated candidates. “If it doesn’t happen properly, the party will take the final decision like expulsion from it forever.”Describing the next general election as very important for establishing sustainable democracy in the country, prime minister Sheikh Hasina also urged the rebel candidates to withdraw their candidacies in favour of the grand alliance, he said.A five-member team, led by joint general secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak, the most prominent among those denied nominations, was formed to work on the issue.The other four members are joint general secretary Abdur Rahman, organising secretaries Ahmad Hossain and BM Mozammel Haque and AFM Bahauddin Nasim who also failed to get the party nominations to contest the upcoming general election slated for 30 December.A total of 264 nomination papers were filed from Awami League out of 300 seats while 79 rebels filed their nominations disregarding the strict warnings of expulsion forever.last_img read more

A look at Steams Big Picture interface

first_imgFinally the Community link offers up access to your Friends and wider Steam player base. How much there is to do in this section depends on how social of a Steam gamer you are, but there is some overlap with the Friends link accessed from the main page and discussed below.The two other links on the main Big Picture page are Web and Friends. Accessing the Web section initially brings up a page of favorites which you can edit, but there’s also tabs for your browsing history and the current (last?) page you had open. Selecting any link instantly loads the browser and gives you zoom and selection options.As for the Friends section, Valve has made it super simple to see who is online and to chat with people you know (you can even make voice calls), although even with that intuitive on-screen keyboard you’ll be pining for the real thing for an extended, typed conversation.If you take into consideration this is a beta, it’s definitely a highly polished one. You can use Big Picture as your main access point into Steam without many issues. The one minor problem I did face is a lack of assets being downloaded, so I didn’t get images appearing for most of the games I own. It also took a while for the Store assets to download, too. However, I suspect this is just because Steam’s server are getting hammered and a lot of this stuff will be cached on your machine over time.My initial impression is Steam Big Picture has a lot of potential and will look fantastic on your big HD TV. It is definitely optimized for controller input and I got a bit stuck going up through the interface levels using a keyboard and mouse. But best of all, Big Picture is free to try and just as easy to stop using. If you have a Steam account go enable the beta client right now (instructions above) and give it a go. Yesterday, Valve previewed and launched into beta its new front end for Steam called Big Picture. The idea behind Big Picture is to get Steam running on that big screen TV in your living room, rather than just on your PC and a monitor.In order to achieve that Valve redesigned the Steam interface to be controller friendly, even going so far as to create a new on-screen keyboard. The result is an experience not unlike Xbox Live or PSN, but able to run on pretty much any PC and with access to all the content Steam has to offer. Mac users will get the same, just not quite yet.Now the beta has gone live, anyone with a Steam account can opt in and try Big Picture. All you need to do is open up the Settings window on the Steam menu, click the “Change” button, and opt-in to the beta Steam client. Steam will then restart and Big Picture mode will appear as an option.Videos of Big Picture being used are starting to appear and the one above is a great example of the experience. As you can see, after the initial Steam startup animation you are presented with Store, Library, and Community options in the center of the screen as well as Web and Friends access on the far left and right. This mirrors the typical Steam options, but presented with a much cleaner interface.The Store focuses on the latest games available to purchase as you’d expect, but presents sub categories for easy access to Genres, Top Sellers, Specials, Coming Soon, and New Releases. The interface relies on tile scrolling, and every game is quick to identify through the large image that accompanies it.Selecting a game brings up the details, but I have to say I’m not a fan of this layout. Alongside the auto play video there’s 3 boxes to view the game’s description, details, or related community pages. You can’t see the game description and details at the same time, and it looks a bit messy when you open one of the boxes to view it. You can also open further windows within each subcategory, which again, could be handled better.The Library is where your purchased games are stored and defaults to a screen showing your most recently played for quick access. A full list of your games is also presented in a tile format. It’s clear to see why this works better for a big TV and controller input, and will definitely show off that huge gaming collection you have really well.last_img read more

Hidef dinosaurs Capcom may reboot Dino Crisis for Xbox One

first_imgIf you enjoy a bit of survival horror from Capcom, then recently your choices has been limited to games carrying the Resident Evil name. However, that may be about to change as the Japanese developer is rumored to be considering a reboot of its Dino Crisis IP.Dino Crisis originally appeared on the PSOne back in 1999. It mixed survival horror gameplay with dinosaurs–clearly a winning combination. It got ported to the Dreamcast and Windows after that, and was followed up with two sequels, Dino Crisis 2 and Dino Crisis 3. The first two are available on the PlayStation Network for $6 each if you want to check them out.The rumor of a reboot comes via NeoGAF, with user Jawmuncher claiming The Official Xbox Magazine in the UK contains news of a new game in the next issue. The fact it is appearing in an Xbox mag also suggests Microsoft may have done a deal to get an exclusive.A new Dino Crisis game with HD graphics on the Xbox One is certainly nothing to complain about. And it could lead on to a series of new games Microsoft can rely on for sales for years to come. I’m sure Sony would fight hard to get them, too, though.Of course, a new Dino Crisis game could actually mean a new Dino Stalker. That’s the light gun game Capcom released on the PS2. I guess it would count as a game that requires Kinect, but I think we’d all much rather have a HD survival horror game that takes full advantage of the Xbox One’s performance.last_img read more

Why mustard oil is healthy for your heart

first_imgMustard oil, with its ideal ratio of essential fatty acids and natural antioxidants, may be one of the healthiest edible oils, with huge benefits for the heart, experts suggest.Mustard oil, which has a pungent taste, contains about 60 per cent monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), 21 per cent polyunsaturated fats (PUFA) and about 12 per cent saturated fats.”High levels of MUFA and PUFA – also called good fats – maintain heart health and lower bad cholesterol, while improving good cholesterol,” said Reeti Kapoor, Venkateshwar Hospital, Dwarka. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFurther, it also consists of six per cent of the omega-3 fatty acids (N-3) and 15 per cent of the omega-6 (n-6) – the two essential fatty acids – in the ideal ratio of 1:2, which is a huge benefit for the heart, as it balances cholesterol levels.This, in turn, reduces triglycerides or blood fat levels, and helps in keeping the heart healthy, experts said.”Heart-friendly oil should be cholesterol – and trans-fat free, low in saturated fat and high in monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat, and should have an ideal N6 to N3 acids ratio as well as a high smoking point. Mustard oil meets all these criteria,” said Parmeet Kaur, Nutritionist, Columbia Asia Hospital Gurgaon. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAccording to a study published recently in the Journal of Preventive Cardiology, use of mustard oil as a cooking medium reduced the chances of heart disease such as coronary artery disease (CAD) – the most common type of heart disease – by nearly 70 per cent.It also helps to regulate blood flow and protects the body from hypertension.Furthermore, mustard oil may also be more beneficial than olive oil, which is typical to Mediterranean cooking, as well as other refined oils such as vegetable oils, the experts said. “Olive oil, which is much-hyped and five times costlier, does not have an ideal ratio of omega-6 (N6) and Omega-3 (N3) fatty acids useful in reducing heart complications,” said Umesh Verma, DGM (Corporate Communications), Puri Oil Mills Limited, the company that manufactures and markets the P Mark Mustard Oil brand.Whereas, mustard oil has a ratio of 1.2 which is closest to the one recommended by World Health Organisation (WHO), that is, 1.25.Additionally, “olive oil is not a good choice for deep-frying as it has a low smoke point (the temperature at which the oil starts to burn)”, Verma said.Refined oil, on the other hand, is a product obtained after treating natural oils with various chemicals which can cause various diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart and kidney ailments, among others.The mechanical and chemical processes also use solvents such as hexane and are heated at very high temperature, which affects the quality and nutrition value of refined edible oil.However, “mustard oil extracted through ‘kachi ghani’ process is unrefined oil. Its unique fatty acid profile is backed by a chemical-free method of manufacturing and is by far the healthiest and affordable cooking oil”, Verma observed.Mustard oil has various non-edible uses as well, such as in massaging the body and hair of new-born babies as well as adults. It is used as a remedy for stomach and skin diseases (fungal infections).The oil, which also has high levels of Vitamin E, helps the skin to fight free radical damage to the body by ultra violet rays and pollution.During oil production, beta carotene gets converted to vitamin A, which is excellent for hair growth. Apart from this, it also contains iron, fatty acids, calcium and magnesium, all of which promote hair growth.last_img read more

Google publishes Password Checkup extension for Chrome

first_imgGoogle publishes Password Checkup extension for Chrome by Martin Brinkmann on February 05, 2019 in Google Chrome – Last Update: February 05, 2019 – 9 commentsPassword Checkup is a new browser extension for the Google Chrome web browser by Google that informs users about unsafe usernames or passwords.Internet users have some options when it comes to testing the strength of passwords and finding out if any of their accounts were included in leaks.The Have I Been Pwned database is probably the biggest public database of leaked password; it consists of more than 6.4 billion accounts, and you may check any account email address or passwords against the database.Some password managers support password checks; my favorite tool, KeePass, supports this so that you can check all passwords against the database locally to reveal accounts that need password changes as you should consider any leaked password as compromised.Password Checkup by GoogleGoogle’s Password Checkup solution is available as a Chrome extension. It works only with the integrated password manager of the Chrome browser and not if you use third-party password managers such as LastPass or 1Password.Password Checkup uses a different system when it comes to informing users about unsafe credentials.It checks the password that is used to sign in to accounts on the Internet when sign-ins happen against a database of more than 4 billion passwords.Google maintains a list of leaked usernames and passwords in hashed and encrypted format, and adds new credentials to it whenever it becomes aware of them.The company notes that the extension and system was designed with privacy in mind because of the sensitive nature of the data. The extension was designed to “never reveal [..] personal information to Google” and “prevent an attacker from abusing Password Checkup to reveal unsafe usernames and passwords”.Password Checkup sends an hashed and encrypted copy of the username to Google when users sign in to sites. Google using blinding and private information retrieval to search the database of unsafe credentials; the final check that determines whether the username or password was exposed in a data breach happens locally according to Google.The browser extension display actionable information if the username or password was found to have leaked online. Users are asked to change the password right then and there but it is also possible to ignore the findings for specific sites.Google plans to refine the extension in the coming months. You can check out the post on the Google Security blog for additional information.Closing WordsPassword Checkup uses a different approach to the majority of password leak checkers out there. Username and password are only checked if the user signs in to sites. While that takes some of the stress involved in having to change passwords on dozens or even hundreds of sites, it could mean that a user never becomes aware of credential issues or only after a prolonged period.Additionally, since Google uses its own set of data, it is possible that a leaked password or username is not found in Google’s database but in Have I Been Pwnds or others on the Internet (and vice versa).  A quick test showed that Google did not detect breaches for some accounts while Have I Been Pwned did.Google could solve some of the issues of the extension by adding an option to it to check all stored usernames and passwords against its database of leaked credentials.Now You: What is your impression of Password Checkup so far?Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 3 votes Software Name Password CheckupSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

NEW YORK — In the first major soiree of Hollywood

first_img NEW YORK — In the first major soiree of Hollywood’s awards season, Chloe Zhao’s elegiac, lyrical Western “The Rider” took best feature film at the 28th annual Gotham Awards.It was a surprising, but far from baffling conclusion to the Gothams, the New York-based gala for independent film, held Monday night at Cipriani’s Wall Street in downtown Manhattan. The awards were generally spread around, including a pair of prizes for Bo Burnham’s coming-of-age directing debut “Eighth Grade” and Paul Schrader’s impassioned Catholic drama “First Reformed.”But the night’s final honour went to “The Rider,” the second feature by the Chinese-born Zhao, despite no previous awards on the night and only one other nomination: an audience award nod alongside 14 other films. Some may have forgotten it was eligible. Having first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2017, “The Rider” was nominated by the Gotham’s West Coast corollary, the Independent Film Spirit Awards, in February as one of last year’s best.Zhao, too, wasn’t in attendance (she is prepping her next film). And few looked more surprised than the producers — Bert Hamelinck and Mollye Asher — who accepted the award. “This is going to be the worst acceptance speech,” stuttered Hamelinck.Yet “The Rider,” filmed with Lakota cowboys on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation, persevered over a few Oscar favourites, including Yorgos Lanthimos’ period romp “The Favourite” and Barry Jenkins’ James Baldwin adaptation “If Beale Street Could Talk.”“The Favourite” still went home with two honorary awards: an award for its acting ensemble, led by Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz; and a tribute to Weisz. Jenkins applauded the choice of “The Rider” with a standing ovation and a retweet of his earlier praise of the film, in which he called it “ravishing, sublime imagery paired with deeply earnest storytelling.”Unpredictability pervaded the ceremony, especially for the winners, themselves. When the Fred Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbour” won the Gothams’ audience award (not typically a category for documentaries but “Won’t You Be My Neighbour” proved a modest summer blockbuster), its director Morgan Neville was stunned, partially since he had already lost best documentary to RaMell Ross’ “Hale County This Morning, This Evening.”“To say this was a surprise would be an extreme understatement,” Neville said. “Since I didn’t know we were nominated.”As an Oscar bellwether, the Gothams, presented by the not-for-profit Independent Film Project , are of little value. Their nominees are chosen by small juries of filmmakers and film critics before some of the fall’s films have been seen.But in the early going, any momentum helps an underdog Oscar campaign, and that seemed especially true of “First Reformed” and “Eighth Grade” — both releases from A24, the indie distributor of “Moonlight” and “Lady Bird.”“First Reformed” star Ethan Hawke took best actor and its 72-year-old writer-director Schrader (“Taxi Driver,” ”Raging Bull”) won best screenplay.“Fourteen years. Best attendance. Sunday school,” said Schrader, who chose filmmaking over the seminary but remained gripped by his Calvinist upbringing. “I earned this award.”Burnham’s “Eighth Grade,” starring 15-year-old Elsie Fisher, won for both breakthrough director and breakthrough actor.“I’m pretty sure this was a glitch in the system or something,” began Fisher, who said she had been considering giving up on acting before Burnham cast her. “Me from two years ago would be really proud of me right now.”Tributes were also paid to “At Eternity’s Gate” star Willem Dafoe, “22 July” director Paul Greengrass and RadicalMedia founder Jon Kamen. But one of the night’s abiding themes was who wasn’t there. Toni Collette, star of the horror film “Hereditary,” wasn’t on hand to collect her best actress award. And Weisz was the only star of “The Favourite” there for the film’s ensemble award.Weisz held up cardboard paddles of Colman and Stone’s faces and read statements from each claiming that they were the real standout in Lanthimos’ triangular tale of a power struggle in Queen Anne’s 18th century court.“Considering that I’m the only one to turn up,” Weisz concluded, “I think I might be the favourite.”___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: Coyle, The Associated Press by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Nov 26, 2018 9:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img ‘The Rider’ tops Gotham Awards, kicking off awards seasonlast_img read more