Escrow.com, the pioneer of online escrow services, is pleased to announce that they will be selling an autographed bass guitar signed by all three members of the band Rush.All of the funds from the sale of the autographed guitar will benefit The Fender Music Foundation, a national music charity.The black Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass is listed for sale on Reverb.com through January 28, 2013, and will be on display at the Fender Music Foundation table within the private NAMM Show in Anaheim. Once the bass is sold, Escrow.com will waive all fees to the winner and the Foundation as the funds are paid through Escrow.com’s escrow system.Andrew K. Sokol, General Manager of Emerging Markets at Escrow.com, also sits on the Board of The Fender Music Foundation as the Chairman of the Grants Committee. “I’ve been involved with the Foundation for many years and obtaining support from corporate entities is paramount to our success in providing musical instruments to music education programs across the country,” said Sokol.Escrow.com’s services are available worldwide and eliminate risk for manufacturers, for non-payment, and retailers, for non-delivery or misrepresentation of goods. When using the service, both parties agree to the terms online and the retailer sends the agreed-upon funds to Escrow.com. The company then verifies the payment and instructs the manufacturer to ship the goods. Upon delivery, the retailer has a pre-determined amount of time to inspect and accept the goods. Once accepted, the funds are released by Escrow.com to the manufacturer. The cost of using Escrow.com is extremely reasonable in comparison to other payment options and can either be paid in full by one party or split evenly between the manufacturer and the retailer.“This is yet another organization we are passionate about” says Brandon Abbey, Escrow.com President and Managing Director. “We just recently co-sponsored a golf tournament and raised $120,000 for the Semper Fi Fund and Americas Funds. When Andrew approached me with the idea to sell this bass to benefit The Fender Music Foundation, it simply fit right into our model of wanting to help others.”The Fender Music Foundation is a public 501c3 charity that provides musical instruments to programs across the nation. They select grant recipients based on the sustainability and success of their music programs that give more people the opportunity to make music. The Fender Music Foundation offers operates from funds received through sales, including transactions on their online store where the public can purchase authentic celebrity music memorabilia.“Escrow.com has gone out of their way to support our efforts in music education,” said Moriah Scoble, Executive Director of The Fender Music Foundation. “Projects with generous companies like Escrow.com will certainly go a long way in helping us achieve our goal of donating 15,000 instruments this year.”Reverb.com is also stepping up their participation by agreeing to donate an additional 10% of the sales price to the Foundation. Reverb.com, created by the Chicago Music Exchange, leads the industry on the buying and selling of vintage and used instruments.“The Fender Music Foundation is an important organization and we are glad to support their efforts,” said David Kalt, CEO of the Chicago Music Exchange. “We look forward to doing similar sales like this in the very near future.”NAMM attendees can view the guitar at The Fender Music Foundation table within Fender’s NAMM booth, #300, at the Anaheim Convention Center. This annual, trade-only music product trade show supports the $17 billion global music products industry.To purchase or make an offer on the Rush autographed bass, click here.Source:PRWeb.com
Thirty-eight thousand nets. Sixty-eight thousand lives. These are the impressive stats put up by Stephen Curry, the NBA’s single-season three-point-record-holder, as he traveled to Tanzania with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign.Curry, of the Golden State Warriors, has been a Nothing But Nets Champion for many years. He traveled with the campaign to the Nyarugusu Refugee Camp situated in northwestern Tanzania to deliver life-saving anti-malaria bed nets to residents because malaria is so deadly there. Nothing But Nets supporters – many inspired by Curry – donated money to ensure everyone in the camp is protected by nets.“After working for several years to raise awareness to fight malaria, it was inspiring to meet people who are at risk for this easily-preventable disease and need our help,” said Curry. “I donated three nets for every three-pointer I made during the 2012-13 season, and now every time I hit a three I will think of the families I met in Tanzania. As a father, I do everything I can to keep my daughter safe. The parents I met in Nyarugusu do the same, but they need help to protect their children from malaria. That’s why I’m challenging all my fans to get involved and support Nothing But Nets.”Nyarugusu Refugee Camp, located in the Kigoma region, is managed by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Sixty-eight thousand refugees live there, most of whom fled the Democratic Republic of Congo, while a smaller number fled Burundi. The distribution of nets was made possible by a partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Tanzania Red Cross Society. Malaria is the most pressing health challenge in the camp – the disease kills the highest number of people and the highest number of children under five. Last year, 62,000 cases of malaria were recorded among the camp’s population of 68,000.Also joining the trip was Nothing But Nets co-founder and ESPN columnist Rick Reilly.“How do you sum up a life-changing trip?” asked Reilly. “We met people at Camp Nyarugusu who literally cried when we gave them their net. We met women who’d lost children to malaria, clutching their net like a new diamond necklace. We checked into a hotel an hour away and slept under our own nets and worried about the holes in them. We watched a young NBA superstar, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, get mobbed by kids. They had no idea who he was; they only knew he was going to keep them safe from malaria. We left happy.”Nothing But Nets Director, Chris Helfrich added, “I want to thank all of our partners who made this possible—from supporters who donated to this campaign, to the NBA, to UNHCR, IFRC, and TRCS. Your support will keep the people of Nyarugusu safe for years to come.”
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Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe seer told him he should make a small feast of frybread for the dead.Leave it in the bush with a shot of whisky because someone put a hex on you using graveyard dirt, the seer said.There also is a shipment coming soon across the river, said the seer, the courier will lose it in the ice.Richard “Acid” Adams wrote these prescriptions and predictions in black ink on a white piece of paper from a Hilton hotel. The note is still kept by Adams’ mother Jolene Adams along with his braided lock of black hair.She received the braided hair in a blue Ziploc bag handed to her by Richard Adams’ former girlfriend and mother of his two youngest children. Jolene Adams received it in July 2009, the same month U.S. authorities indicted Richard Adams for smuggling marijuana from Canada into the U.S., across the river, in a Drug Enforcement Authority operation called Cash Cow.The same month he vanished. He was 46.“As soon as I touched his hair I knew he was in big trouble,” said Jolene Adams, sitting at her kitchen table in her home in the Snye section of Akwesasne which sits in Québec but is only accessible by road through the U.S.She last saw her son on July 5, 2009, a day before he and two other men roared across the St. Lawrence River from Snye in his Baja speedboat to a house Richard Adams rented from a Marina owner in Summerstown, Ont.“When he came and he told me was going to be gone for a few days I really didn’t question it because he comes and goes all the time,” said Jolene Adams.Then the days turned to weeks turned to years.Richard “Acid” Adams vanished in 2009. Photo courtesy of familyLawsuit claims West Eng Gang member involvementThis past July, the family obtained an official declaration of death from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Then, this week, the family filed a statement of claim in a lawsuit against Akwesasne Mohawk Police Chief Jerry Swamp and one of his investigators Leroy Swamp for negligence and incompetence in their investigation to find Richard Adams.The lawsuit also names several people it alleges hold pieces to the story behind his disappearance including a wheelchair bound man named Shane Maloney, a reputed high-ranking member of the Irish Mob known as the West End Gang in Montréal. Maloney is currently in a Quebec jail awaiting a 2017 trial on charges of conspiring to import cocaine into Canada as a result of a major 2012 Sûreté du Québec drug operation known as Project Loquace.It’s no secret Akwesasne’s location, straddling the Quebec, Ontario and New York State borders, make it a tempting location to move contraband goods across the international boundary. One can take a boat from the northern shore east of Cornwall, Ont., cross the St. Lawrence River into the St. Regis Village or Snye sections of Akwesasne and then drive across the U.S. border without the need of passing through customs. Just take a left onto Hwy 37 and your next stop is Boston or New York City.Many of the current smuggling routes were carved in the 1980s and early 1990s when Big Tobacco used Akwesasne smugglers to move cigarettes into Canada.The tobacco companies would export their product to the U.S. and then smuggle them back to avoid the high taxes in Canada.The business proved lucrative to some in Akwesasne, a community of farmers, artists and iron workers. Richard Adams’ father Roy was an iron worker. For some, they had a choice, work on the iron towers and bridges of America which required weeks away from family, or stay close to home and make a living criss-crossing the waters of their own territory, moving product considered illegal by two countries they didn’t necessary recognize as having jurisdiction over Mohawk land.Jolene Adams, mother of Richard Adams, holding her son’s clip braided lock of hair.For over 20 years Richard Adams lived a life speeding between the shores of the river moving contraband for the underworld.He was good at it. He made cash. Lots of cash.Then, he was gone.Adams’ sister Della Adams received a message last year from an individual in Kahnawake, a Mohawk community that sits just south of Montreal.“Truth is Richard (Acid) Adams is with Jimmy Hoffa. The same day he went to (an) old Montreal underground parking lot for a meet,” said the message.This is all the family has ever had to go one. Cryptic messages, whispers and speculation.Richard Adams is in Manila. Richard Adams is in Brazil.He’s dead.But where was the body?The family asked seers.“We have seen many seers and every one of them have the same story, every one of them have said that he’s gone,” said Joelen Adams. “He has told through the seer, he has told us that he wants us to pursue this investigation because he wants us to know how he died.”One seer said they saw a cage and a river.Operation Cash CowOn the morning of October 20, 2008, a man named Jason Baldassare drove a rented Hyundai Sonata to a compound owned by Richard Adams in Snye. Adams had previously moved a load of marijuana across the river and he gave Baldassare two hockey bags holding 27 kilograms of Quebec-grown marijuana.Baldassare drove out of Adams’ compound into a net set by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).Two weeks earlier, DEA agents, with a Department of Homeland Security surveillance craft circling above and intercepting radio communications stopped a rented Toyota Sienna minivan on Ryan Rd near Chateaugay, NY, about 7 km south of the Canada-U.S. border, with about 104 kg of marijuana.Operation Cash Cow was in full swing. Armed with informants and the smuggling organization’s radio frequencies, the DEA took down the network, which moved Quebec-grown marijuana throughout New York State, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, one member at a time.Adams fled across the river a day before the indictment against the organization was unsealed in U.S. Federal Court to a house he rented from Winston McIntosh, the owner of Whimpy’s Marina near Summerstown, Ont.McIntosh was on his deck that Monday afternoon when he saw Adams in his Baja speedboat roaring to the dock at his rented house.“It was coming awful fast…I knew they were in a hurry, I could sense it,” said McIntosh.McIntosh said there was a man waiting for Adams with an older model, green Chevy pickup truck. Adams and a second man jumped out of the Baja which then turned and roared away. Adams climbed into the green pickup truck and the third man drove off in Adams’ green Mercedes which was also parked at the rental house.Winston McIntosh, owner of Whimpy’s Marina, saw Richard Adams they day he fled Akwesasne.Trail gone coldHere is where fog begins to envelop the story.Adams may have stayed in nearby Lancaster, Ont., for a couple of days before he went to Montreal. What happened in Montreal remains a mystery, at least on the public record. It’s believe Adams at one point may have stayed at a home near Montreal owned by man named Adam Harris, who is described in the statement of claim filed by Adams’ family as someone “closely involved with the criminal operations.”Adams also met with his then-girlfriend Tanya Barilko while in Montreal. This is when he is said to have cut his braid and given it to Barilko who later gave it to his mother.Adams told some associates he was going to get a new identity and that his contacts were going to help him flee the continent.Dean Doxtator, from Oneida on the Thames First Nation, said he was one of the last to see Adams alive in Montreal. Doxtator, who is named in the lawsuit, said Adams expressed regret and remorse at the time.“He said he was sorry for what he did to the family getting into where he was in the situation,” said Doxtator. “He didn’t want to cause any burden. I think it was more like shame to his family. He knew what he was into, who he was dealing with.”Doxtator, who found out this week he was named in the lawsuit, said he is willing to say all he knows in an affidavit. He believes Adams is dead.The lawsuit also named Maloney who dealt directly with Adams. Maloney was convicted in December 2013 for ordering the beating of an off-duty Montreal cop in Mexico in January 2011 who was caught trying to take photographs of the gangsters partying with other Quebec police officers. Maloney is currently at the Rivieres-des-Prairies Detention Centre in Quebec awaiting trial on 13 drug, gang, conspiracy and firearms related charges stemming from Project Loquace.Kenny Cree, a smuggler from Akwesasne, is named in the lawsuit filed by Richard Adams’ family. FacebookAdams and Maloney are also both listed in U.S. court documents as associates of former drug king pin Jimmy Cournoyer, also known as Cosmo, who was the head of a $1 billion “drug empire” which smuggled marijuana from Canada into the U.S. and then used the proceeds to import cocaine back to Canada. Cournoyer was linked to the Italian Mafia, the Hells Angels and the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico.Couronyer pleaded guilty in 2013 and is now in U.S. prison.The DEA investigation into Cournoyer gathered speed after agents moved against an Akwesasne smuggling ring in 2009 headed by Kenny Cree, Randy Square and David Sunday two months before the indictment was filed against Adams.The DEA managed to flip Cree, according to a New York Times article, who was facing a lengthy prison sentence.The Adams family’s lawsuit names Cree and alleges he was “instrumental in the death of Richard Adams.”APTN attempted to contact Cree through one of his lawyers, but received no response.Akwesasne Mohawk Police failed to follow leadsJolene Adams blames the Akwesasne Mohawk Police for letting her son’s trail run so cold.“I don’t know how many phone calls I made to the police station and got no cooperation and nothing, nothing from them,” said AdamsThe Mohawk police did have leads.On Jan. 27, 2010, the RCMP in Montreal told Det.-Const. Norman King that Richard Adams was “not in this world anymore,” according to an Ontario Provincial Police report from an investigation into the Akwesasne police’s handling of the case.That same month, the OPP Drug Enforcement section first told King that Adams was vacationing out of the country in the fall of 2009 and then that he was “deceased and that the family was aware of this,” said the report.Shane Maloney, high-ranking member of West End Gang. Montreal Police photoThe report also said the Akwesasne police possessed two of Adams’ cell number but never obtained a production order to track the cell phone’s usage. Both phones were in service in the fall of 2009. One cell phone, which operated on a Telus plan, was “cancelled by the subscriber” on Dec. 3, 2009.An analysis of the Akwesasne police’s investigation done for the family by Ottawa lawyer James Foord, of Foord Davies, concluded “it seems clear that little has been done to meaningfully investigate (Adams’) whereabouts.”Adams disappeared a year after his brother was killed in a traffic accident in front of his parent’s home. Jolene and Roy Adams have only one surviving child, their daughter Della.“Unless somebody has gone through a death of a child, nobody understands the pain and the grief of losing one. The gravity of the pain is so great,” said Jolene Adams. “It’s more pain because we didn’t know whether (Richard Adams) was alive or dead.”The missing and murdered men of AkwesasneThere was a bigger issue at play behind Jolene and Roy Adams’ decision to file the lawsuit and that is the high number of missing and murdered men from Akwesasne.“There is more to this court action than Richard. We have young men that have been murdered that have gone missing where the police have not done a proper investigating if an investigation ever did exist,” said Adams. “This is about our community. I am not dismissing Richard’s role in the illegal stuff that has been going on in our community, I am not dismissing that…All this stuff that is happening, they are hurting the community, they are hurting our young people. There is a whole generation that is being hurt right now because of this illegal trafficking of drugs, aliens and I don’t know what else.”As for calling out violent underworld figures, the family said they’ve moved beyond fear.“A lot of people are saying it’s dangerous. But I am 75 years-old. I don’t need to see any more than what’s going on right now. I am not afraid that something is going to happen to me,” said Roy Adams.Adams was a father to six boys.His last girlfriend, Tanya Barilko, is also named in the lawsuit.Barilko could not be reached for comment.Roy Adams, Richard Adams’ father, on the St. Lawrence River.firstname.lastname@example.org@JorgeBarrera
Washington: India is concerned about the “threats” it faces in space, the Pentagon has said, defending the country for acquiring anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test capabilities.On March 27, India achieved a historic feat by shooting down its own low-orbit satellite with a ground-to-space missile, making the country a space power. The test made India the fourth country in the world after the US, Russia and China to have the ASAT capabilities. “The first lesson from the Indian ASAT is just the simple question of why did they do that. And the answer should be, I think to all the committee looking at it, is that they did that because they are concerned about threats to their nation from space,” US Strategic Command Commander General John E Hyten told members of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. “And therefore, they feel they have to have a capability to defend themselves in space,” Hyten told Senate Armed Services Committee while responding to a question from Senators on the need for India to do anti-satellite missile test, and the debris it generated in the space. After India’s test, NASA termed as a “terrible thing” the country’s shooting down of one of its satellites, saying it created about 400 pieces of orbital debris, endangering the the International Space Station (ISS). NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine had said about 60 pieces were tracked and out of which 24 are going above the apogee of the ISS. Hyten advocated for the development of some kind of international norms of behaviour in space. “And where those norms of behaviour should begin, from my opinion, is with debris, because as the combatant commander responsible for space today, I don’t want more debris,” said the top Pentagon commander. Raising the issue, Senator Tim Kaine said India announced last month that it had successfully conducted a test of an anti-satellite weapon. “So, they had something in low earth orbit. They used an anti-satellite weapon to down, and it resulted in – the estimate’s right now 400 pieces of debris, 24 which are large enough to potentially pose a threat to the International Space Station,” he said. “There have been other instances like this. There was a Chinese – a similar effort in 2007 that led to the catalogued 100,000 pieces of debris, many of which are still observing in debris fields that pose danger to other assets in space,” he said. There was a collision in ’09 between a working US satellite and a sort of defunct Soviet era satellite that -kind of a fender bender that produced debris. Then this debris causes challenges, he added. “If we think that space is going to be more of a traffic jam, more satellites for all kinds of purposes up there, what should we be thinking about as a Senate in this committee or in Foreign Relations about sort of the rules?” he asked. “What should the rules environment be, and what should we be doing to try to promote rules? India is an ally. We’re not talking about an adversary doing something. We’re talking about them testing some capacity, but then that creates challenges for all kinds of uses of space. How should we be solving problems like that?” Kaine asked.
2 February 2007Despite the recent alarming surge in the number of violent attacks against relief workers in the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur, United Nations humanitarian officials pledged today to continue their work across the area, even if they have to modify operations. Acting Emergency Relief Coordinator Margareta Wahlström said Darfur is becoming one of the most dangerous areas in the world for aid workers, with many places and roads now either deemed “no go” or extremely insecure, making it difficult to reach those in need, especially in North and West Darfur.“Every day there are more people who need our help, yet our colleagues are being threatened by all sides,” she said in a statement. “We need all parties to stop the fighting and attacks. We finally need an effective ceasefire, after almost four years of relentless violence.”About 4 million people across Darfur, an impoverished region roughly the size of France, depend on 13,000 relief workers from UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for basic aid and services, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).The situation continues to deteriorate: more than 2 million people are internally displaced, with another 25,000 added to that total last month alone. Fighting continues between Government forces, allied militias and rebel groups seeking greater autonomy, and officials have warned that the conflict threatens to spill over into neighbouring Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR).Ms. Wahlström said she was particularly concerned that the attacks were rising, despite repeated and clear appeals from the UN and NGOs that they should be spared. The attacks include hijackings of humanitarian convoys.Yesterday a civilian police officer with the AU peace monitoring mission in Darfur (known as AMIS) was killed at a camp in North Darfur for internally displaced persons (IDPs), and in mid-December armed groups launched a major attack against NGO compounds in the South Darfur town of Gereida.OCHA said it was also appalled by last month’s incident in which Government police and local security officials arrested and assaulted 20 UN staff members and NGO workers taking part in a social gathering in the town of Nyala.“We have been promised a full investigation into this terrible incident,” Ms. Wahlström said. “The Government has to ensure that the perpetrators will be held accountable, and send a strong message that it will not tolerate attacks against relief workers by its own officials or anyone else.”
“All their religious rituals and celebrations recall those core values of religious teachings. These religious ceremonies, that are being held to dispel the darkness of ignorance and conceit with the light of knowledge, love and peace help tremendously for the human beings to live with sustenance of human dignity in the contemporary world of new technology,” he said. The Prime Minister said that as a much revered occasion that highlights the values of spiritual enlightenment and culture, the Maha Shivaratri Day is deeply symbolic of co-existence and harmony among all and is also an ideal time for reflection. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his message to mark Maha Shivaratri said that Hindu devotees world over including Sri Lankan Hindus celebrate Maha Shivaratri with the objective of enhancing their spiritual discipline.“I wish all Hindu devotees who celebrate Maha Shivaratri expressing their gratitude to Lord Shiva by fasting and keeping a night-long vigil at temples,may achieve their aspirations. The Hindus believe that Maha Shivaratri is the favoured night of the Lord Shiva; it is spent in the company of friends and family amidst great fellowship. The celebrations associated with this special day are centred on art forms and cultural pursuits since Maha Siva Rathri is also linked to the dance of the Lord Shiva. Throughout this sacred night, the Hindus spend time engaged in meditation and charity in pursuit of spiritual liberty,” he said. The President said that religions provide great relief to the people in today’s competitive world and the religious way of life, which is more towards the spiritual awakening, can be considered as an essential ingredient for building a better society. The Government today noted the importance of ethnic harmony as Hindus in Sri Lanka celebrate Maha Shivaratri,President Maithripala Sirisena, in his Maha Shivaratri message, noted that the prime expectation and the noble vision of all religions is to promote spiritual and moral well-being of humankind.
The Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) has been granted approval by court to question a worker of a factory in Wellampitiya.Karupayya Rajendran Abdulla is currently in remand over the Easter Sunday attacks. The TID had sought court approval to record a statement from Rajendran Abdulla and approval was granted.Karupayya Rajendran Abdulla was among ten suspects arrested over the bombings but nine were later released on bail.
LONDON — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):9:05 a.m.The European Union says it is still waiting for useful proposals to come from Britain to unblock stalled negotiations on Britain’s departure terms from the bloc.EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said Thursday that he is “still ready to work on any new legal and operational proposal” from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but indicated insufficient progress had been achieved in the past few weeks.Barnier said “we are still waiting,” underscoring the view that four papers over the past days fell far short to get real negotiations going again.The EU already had a deal with the UK on departure terms but it was rejected in the British parliament. Johnson now wants to drastically renegotiate the agreement or leave without a deal on Oct. 31.___9 a.m.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a backlash over his use of confrontational language in Parliament the day after suffering a broad defeat in the Supreme Court.Johnson characterized an opposition bill mandating a Brexit extension as a “surrender bill,” and brushed off concerns that his language might endanger legislators as “humbug.”Some in Parliament warned that his language was inflammatory and should be more cautious given the 2016 killing of legislator Jo Cox.Cabinet minister Nicky Morgan tweeted that “we all need to remind ourselves of the effect of everything we say on those watching us.”Johnson was criticized by members of several parties and by Cox’s widower.Tempers have been inflamed in Parliament as the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline gets closer. Sessions will resume Thursday.The Associated Press
Updated at 11.30pmNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…[Image: Photocall Ireland]IRELANDThe CEO of the Central Remedial Clinic resigned from his jobThere was a safe conclusion after a man climbed onto a roof following a stabbingThe HSE withdrew a letter saying supports for narcolepsy sufferers would be removedAthlone Town Centre was placed into receivershipIn Wicklow, a horse was euthanised after reports it was beaten Almost a quarter of a million euro worth of cannabis was seized in WaterfordKathleen Lynch said she had ‘no comment‘ on reports that she had threatened to resignA man was arrested after a shooting in TullamoreThere was also a gun attack on a man in DublinIt was announced 290 full-time jobs would be created in LimerickA further 68 new jobs were announced in Dublin and CorkDetails of the Department of Education uniform questionnaire were revealedWORLDPresident Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One to travel to South Africa [Evan Vucci/AP/Press Association Images]#SOUTH AFRICA: Preparations have been taking place for tomorrow’s massive memorial service for Nelson Mandela#PERU: The sentencing of Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid was postponed#LONDON: The man accused of killing soldier Lee Rigby said he considered Al-Qaeda to be his “brothers”#THAILAND: Thailand’s Prime Minister called snap elections, following large-scale protestsINNOVATIONVodafone has begun rolling out its Irish 4G service for smartphonesMajor tech firms have asked the US to reform its surveillance lawsAnd while we’re on the subject — there are reports that the NSA has been spying on ‘World of Warcraft‘ [Huffington Post]PARTING SHOTAlmost three decades after they launched their famous protest at Dunnes Stores, refusing to handle goods from South Africa, several of the former strikers at the supermarket have arrived in Pretoria ahead of tomorrow’s Mandela memorial service.Pictured alongside President and Sabina Higgins at the Irish Ambassador’s Residence are Mary Manning, Elizabeth Deasy and Karen Gearon…You can read more about their three-year strike here >Originally posted at 10.03pm
Stay on target Finally, KFC Makes A Colonel Sanders Dating GameKFC Tests Plant-Based Beyond Fried Chicken in Atlanta Clark Griswold’s boss received his more than his fair share of fruit cake in Christmas Vacation, but you can bet none of them had any historical significance. Not like the one recently discovered at Cape Adare in Eastern Antarctica.What’s so special about this particular fruit cake? For starters, it’s 106 years old. It was also among the provisions taken to Antarctica by members of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s historic Terra Nova expedition in 1910.The cake was still sealed in the tin (what’s left of it, anyway) Huntley & Palmers placed it in when the company baked it more than a century ago. Its paper wrapper was slightly torn, but the cake itself was in nearly pristine condition. According to the Antarctic Heritage Trust, the cake “looked and smelled (almost) edible.” To be fair, the same could be said of most of the store-bought fruitcakes I’ve encountered during the holidays over the years.The conservators note that fruit cake is “an ideal high-energy food for Antarctic conditions,” adding that it’s “still a favorite item on modern trips to the Ice.”Its packaging has been de-acidified and what’s left of the tin container has been given a protective coating. Crews are actually refinishing the building site where the fruit cake and numerous other artifacts were recovered. Once they’ve finished their work on the huts (which were built in the late 19th century by Norweigian explorers) the fruitcake will be returned to its rightful home in Cape Adare.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. There will be plenty of raindrops falling on your head today as the first ‘good’ autumn storm makes its way inland. The heaviest rain will be along the coast and to our north. About 1-2 inches should fall there, and a decent amount in the Olympics and Cascades, as well. It’ll be breezy along the coast.The rain slowly tapers off later Friday and we should be lucky enough to get a mild and dry Saturday. It’ll be short lived, however, as yet another system rolls in on Sunday, lasting through Monday. It may be dry Tuesday, but you get the picture: The fall rainy season has begun.I’m sure most of you who enjoy heading out into the farmlands to choose that perfect pumpkin have already accomplished that great feat over the last two weekends when the weather was as nice as it gets in October. If not, maybe venture to the local store and grab one. It is going to get muddy out there.Halloween makes its appearance next week. After that, most pumpkins will go into the pie pan rather than under the carving knife.It’s still too early to forecast the weather for trick-or-treaters, but it appears we will be on a progressive pattern, so if things dry out next Tuesday, odds favor rain on Halloween. Stay tuned. It’s always good to have a plan B, yet most kids will take plan A and ignore the rain. Treats!So, what about snow in the Cascades? November is almost here and folks that play in the snow get antsy. I think the weather systems next week will bring lower snow levels, with perhaps 6-8 inches above Timberline. Of course, the farther northward you go in the Cascades, the lower the snow levels will be.
One of the features of the Xbox One Microsoft talked about a lot in the run up to launch was the new controller. The company spent over $100 million on research and development for it, suggesting they should have got it right first time. But clearly they didn’t, as a revised controller is being launched next month.Existing Xbox One owners shouldn’t worry too much, though. While this does count as a new model of controller for the console, it only seems to have one difference. On the bottom of the controller you will now find a separate 3.5mm headphone jack sitting next to the expansion port.In the diagram below it is no. 16 where as no. 9 is the expansion port:On the Microsoft support page where it is listed, the description simply says, “Used to connect compatible 3.5-mm audio devices. Only available on controllers released after June 2015.”Adding a headphone jack is good news for gamers. Achieving the same thing with the existing controller requires purchasing a $24.99 adapter, and apparently it isn’t a great experience. However, it will mean spending $50 on a new controller if you already own an Xbox One. Anyone about to purchase the console would do well to wait until these revised controllers are confirmed as shipping in the box.Although the headphone jack is the only listed change on the new controller, Microsoft may have updated the internal design if some issues had been highlighted. Either way, it’s going to be the preferred version of the controller going forward.
(Phys.org) —Cosmologist Christof Wetterich of the University of Heidelberg has uploaded a paper to the arXiv server in which he claims it’s possible that the theory of expansion of the universe might be incorrect. He suggests instead that the redshift observed by researchers here on Earth might be caused by an increase in the mass in the universe. Journal information: arXiv Researchers detect B-mode polarization in cosmic microwave background Explore further Citation: Cosmologist suggests universe might not be expanding after all (2013, August 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-cosmologist-universe.html Image credit: Hubble/NASA More information: A Universe without expansion, arXiv:1303.6878 [astro-ph.CO] arxiv.org/abs/1303.6878/AbstractWe discuss a cosmological model where the universe shrinks rather than expands during the radiation and matter dominated periods. Instead, the Planck mass and all particle masses grow exponentially, with the size of atoms shrinking correspondingly. Only dimensionless ratios as the distance between galaxies divided by the atom radius are observable. Then the cosmological increase of this ratio can also be attributed to shrinking atoms. We present a simple model where the masses of particles arise from a scalar “cosmon” field, similar to the Higgs scalar. The potential of the cosmon is responsible for inflation and the present dark energy. Our model is compatible with all present observations. While the value of the cosmon field increases, the curvature scalar is almost constant during all cosmological epochs. Cosmology has no big bang singularity. There exist other, equivalent choices of field variables for which the universe shows the usual expansion or is static during the radiation or matter dominated epochs. For those “field coordinates“ the big bang is singular. Thus the big bang singularity turns out to be related to a singular choice of field coordinates.via Nature © 2013 Phys.org For nearly a century, the consensus among astrophysicists has been that the universe started with a Big Bang and has been expanding ever since. This hypothesis formed because researchers found that in analyzing the light emitted from stars, a redshift occurred—where its frequency changes as an object that emits light moves away from us. But Wetterich says the redshift might me due to something else—an increase in the total mass in the universe.Wetterich’s idea is that light emitted from an atom is governed by the mass of its particles—if that atom were to become larger in mass, the light that it emits would change in frequency as its electrons became more energetic. More energy would appear as light moving toward the blue spectrum, while less energy (an atom losing mass), would move toward the red spectrum. Thus, Wetterich reasons, if the mass of observable objects were once less, we would now see them with a redshift as they expand. If his line of reasoning is true, Wetterich says it’s possible that the universe is actually contracting.Wetterich’s paper hasn’t been peer reviewed yet, but thus far, comments by others in the field suggest openness to this new line of thinking. That might be because one exciting prospect of this new theory is that it would do away with the idea of a singularity existing just before the Big Bang—a point at which conventional physics breaks down. Instead it might suggest that the universe is simply in a constant state of flux with no real beginning and no real end.Unfortunately, Wetterich’s theory can’t be tested because of the relative nature of mass. Everything we are able to see has a mass that is relative in size to everything else. Thus if it’s all growing, we wouldn’t have anything to measure it against to see that it’s happening. 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.
The Steph Curry-less Warriors fought back from a 14-point deficit in the 4th quarter to force overtime against the Clippers, but Draymond Green botched an opportunity to win the game on the final possession of regulation which led to a shouting match with Kevin Durant and the two being separated.Durant was unhappy that Draymond stole the rebound from him and didn’t allow him to take the final shot which led to a heated exchange of words in the huddle until notorious peacemaker Boogie Cousins stepped in to settle Green down.The Dubs ended up losing the game, 121-116 to in the extra frame but still sit at 11-3 on the season. If you needed evidence of how important Curry is to their success and in close games, watch this.Kevin Durant & Draymond Green get into a heated exchange after Draymond failed to get a shot off at the end of regulation during the Warriors loss to the Clippers. pic.twitter.com/uYROz4bld1— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) November 13, 2018 Advertisement
After releasing Fedora 29 beta last month, the Fedora community announced the stable release of Fedora 29. This is the first release to include Fedora Modularity across all Fedora variants, that is, Workstation, Server, and AtomicHost. Other updates include upgrading to GNOME 3.30, ZRAM for ARM images, and a Vagrant image for Fedora Scientific. Additionally, Node.js is now updated to Node.js 10.x as its default Node.js interpreter, Python 3.6 is updated to Python 3.7, and Ruby on Rails is updated to 5.2. Fedora Modularity Modularity gives you the option to install additional versions of software on independent life cycles. You no longer have to make your whole OS upgrade decisions based on individual package versions. It will allow you to keep your OS up-to-date while keeping the right version of an application, even when the default version in the distribution changes. These are the advantages it comes with: Moving fast and slow Different users have different needs, for instance, while developers want the latest versions possible, system administrators prefer stability for a longer period of time. With Fedora Modularity, as per your use case, you can make some parts to move slowly, and other parts to move faster by choosing between latest release or stability. Automatically rebuild containers Many containers are built manually and are not actively maintained. Also, very often they are not patched with security fixes but are still used by many people. To allow maintaining and building multiple versions, Modularity comes with an environment for packagers. These containers get automatically rebuilt every time the packages get updated. Automating packager workflow Often, Fedora contributors have to maintain their packages in multiple branches. As a result, they have to perform a series of manual steps during the build process. Modularity allows packagers to maintain a single source for multiple outputs and brings an additional automation to the package build process. Fedora Silverblue This release introduces the newly named Fedora Silverblue, formerly known as Fedora Atomic Workstation. It provides atomic upgrades, easy rollbacks, and workflows that are familiar from OSTree-based servers. Additionally, it delivers desktop applications as Flatpaks. This gives better isolations and solves longstanding issues with using yum/dnf for desktop applications. GNOME 3.30 The default desktop environment of Fedora 29 is based on GNOME 3.30. This version of GNOME comes with improved desktop performance and screen sharing. It supports automatic updates for Flatpak, a next-generation technology for building and distributing applications on Linux. Read the full announcement of Fedora 29 release on its official website. Read Next Swift is now available on Fedora 28 Fedora 29 beta brings Modularity, GNOME 3.30 support and other changes GNOME 3.30 released with improved Desktop performance, Screen Sharing, and more
Sydney Airport launches on Apple MapsSydney Airport launches on Apple MapsSydney Airport customers can now navigate their way through T1 International, T2/T3 Domestic terminals and carparks using Apple Maps.Using the wayfinding application, customers can now more easily find facilities and services inside the terminal, including restrooms, parent’s rooms, elevators and shops, and see their current location with indoor positioning.Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert said the addition of Apple Maps to the Sydney Airport suite of digital wayfinding options further enhanced the airport experience for visitors.“We’re focused on finding innovative ways to improve the Sydney Airport experience for our passengers and empowering them to control their own journey. Using the latest technology, customers can find the facilities they need in the palm of their hand,” he said.“Partnering with pioneering tech industry leaders plays a key role in our digital strategy and we’re excited to bring in-terminal Apple Maps to our customers.“We want to assist passengers through the digital channels that they are most familiar with and already frequently use. This is an exciting addition to our digital wayfinding offering that already includes Chinese navigation app Baidu Maps, as well as Google Maps.”The launch of Apple Maps is part of Sydney Airport’s open data strategy and growing the airport’s customised technology offering. This also includes the recently launched self-service check-ins at T1 International, the introduction of a real-time queue measurement system and the soon to commence biometrics trial which will make the journey through the airport even more seamless.Global airline alliance, SkyTeam, will be using Apple Maps to provide their customers with wayfinding inside Sydney Airport through their app and website.Sydney Airport continues to work on a range of innovative technology initiatives to strengthen the experience our customers have throughout the airport, including working with government partners to trial next-generation technology for inbound immigration.About Sydney AirportSydney Airport is Australia’s gateway airport, serving more than 43.3 million passengers a year and connecting Sydney to a network of over 100 international, domestic and regional destinations.Located just eight kilometres from the city centre, Sydney Airport contributes $38 billion in economic activity a year, equivalent to 6.8 per cent of the NSW economy. Sydney Airport is a major employer in NSW, generating more than 338,500 direct and indirect jobs, equivalent to 10.1 per cent of NSW employment. 30,900 of these jobs are at the airport itself across 800 different businesses.Source = Sydney Airport
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Jan 28, 2019 2:37 pm PDT ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ gives Jillian Bell the spotlight PARK CITY, Utah — When Jillian Bell is offered roles that have to do with body issues, they usually fall into two buckets: They’re either making fun of the character’s weight, or, they’re not presenting it in a way that she finds compelling or authentic.It’s why when she read the script for “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” which premiered Monday at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival , she kind of couldn’t believe it. The film, from writer-director Paul Downs Colaizzo, was about a woman in her 20s living a fun, but not necessarily healthy, life who turns things around when she decides to start running. It’s a charming and inspirational film from the first-time director that co-stars Lil Rel Howery and Michaela Watkins. The filmmakers are currently looking for distribution.“I have wasted so much time in my life thinking negatively or consuming my day with body image,” Bell said. “I’m lucky I’ve had great movies come my way that had nothing to do with it. But I have had a lot of other offers that do have a lot to do with body image and what people think — and it’s a weird thing to talk about — but what they think a person like me is worth. I joke about this but, like, if you have a body that looks like mine, you’re not worthy of love.”But she found that she related to Brittany. She felt real to her. Because she kind of was. The character was inspired by one of Colaizzo’s college friends and former roommates.“She was in her 20s working in theatre and living her best life in maybe the wrong sense of the word. And there was a shift around the time when I moved in where she started to realize she wants something else,” Colaizzo said. “She started running and by the time she was out of the apt, she had lost 80 pounds, had a new job and was working her way out of debt.”Now the real Brittany is married and works in genocide prevention, which, he laughed is, “Too good. If you put it in a movie you wouldn’t believe it.”Bell, in one of her first dramatic performances and leading film roles, experienced her own sort of transformation during production. She realized that she did enjoy more dramatic material, as taxing as all the crying was. And she lost 40 pounds — the last 11 pounds during filming.“I trained beforehand because I did almost zero per cent exercise before this film came along,” Bell said. “I actually looked up something on Pinterest that was like how to train from couch to 5K. It was intense, but I wanted to go through the whole experience of what she went through.”___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahrLindsey Bahr, The Associated Press
by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 2, 2019 10:02 am PDT Barbara Kopple says doc comes at a time when U.S. is ‘turning its back’ on refugees AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A scene from the Barbara Kopple-directed documentary “New Homeland,” which follows refugee boys at Camp Pathfinder in Algonquin Park is shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Cabin Creek Films MANDATORY CREDIT TORONTO — Oscar-winning director Barbara Kopple’s latest documentary, “New Homeland,” captures quintessentially Canadian childhood pleasures as teen boys swim in a lake, play dodgeball and portage with canoes at Camp Pathfinder in Algonquin Park.But behind some of those smiling faces are harrowing stories.Making its Canadian debut Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto, “New Homeland” — from Cabin Creek Films in partnership with NowThis — begins with footage of decimated buildings and bombings in war-torn regions of Syria and Iraq from which some of the boys and their families fled.It then follows the families’ journeys as refugees in Canada in 2017, with sponsors who help them build new lives over a year-long period and send the children to the summer camp of boys and young men that has opened its arms to asylum seekers.“This film comes at a time when the United States has been turning its back on its historic role as a welcomer of refugees in the world, and a time when the Canadians have historically really stepped in to fill those shoes,” Kopple, who grew up in Scarsdale, N.Y., and lives south of the border, said in a recent phone interview.“I just think that maybe the Canadians can serve to remind the Americans of what they’ve always stood for.”The director, who won an Oscar for her 1976 doc “Harlan County, U.S.A.” and another for 1991’s “American Dream,” learned about Camp Pathfinder through producer Eric Forman. He grew up in Rochester, N.Y., spent summers at the camp and heard it had started to accept Syrian and Iraqi refugee children as part of a sponsorship program about two years ago.Featured in the film are the Zin family from Amuda, Syria; the Majeed family from Baghdad, Iraq; and the Darewish family from Aleppo, Syria. All three live in Toronto and are supported in the film by individuals through private sponsorship groups.Cameras capture the families as they recall their difficult pasts and state their hopes for themselves and their children. The sponsors speak to why they wanted to help the families.It’s the first time the boys have been to camp and they learn a host of things they’d never done before, from counsellors who are patient and supportive, in a serene wilderness some of them have never known before.“I think it gave them a real sense of confidence,” said Kopple. “The biggest thing is, they made new friends and they overcame their fears.”For teen Omer Majeed, however, it’s not an easy transition and he gets sent home early.“He saw a lot of bad things,” said Kopple. “Before they came to Canada he went to Turkey and I guess in Turkey he was afraid for his life.“And his brother, when he was in Baghdad, saw a club blow up and saw people who had died. And also their father was taken from them. They think he was probably murdered, the father, who was a policeman in Baghdad.”Kopple said the families and sponsors from the film will attend some of the screenings in Toronto, as will some representatives from Camp Pathfinder. She’ll also participate in a post-screening Q-and-A at all three showings.“I wanted to really show who they are as people and what you can do. For me, a refugee is someone who leaves their home but not by choice; it’s for their wellbeing,” said Kopple.The film serves as a reminder “to help each other and to ask ourselves how to deal in the role of helping refugees,” she added.“If anything, the takeaway for me in this project is: If our governments won’t act, what can each of us do to fill this vacuum?”Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press
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