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Recently Discovered Paintings on Display at Maritime MuseumRecently Discovered Paintings on Display at Maritime Museum

first_imgOn Tuesday, Feb. 19, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will unveil two recently discovered paintings by Nova Scotian marine artist John O’Brien (1831-1891). The paintings are more than just beautiful pieces of art, they also illustrate the highs and lows of a man who is generally regarded as the most significant ship portrait artist in Canada during the 19th century. “These two paintings are powerful examples between the two extremes of the artist’s career,” says Dan Conlin, the museum’s curator of marine history. “One is a bright, sunny portrait of a rich merchant’s brig, and the other is a dark and violent storm scene painted on scrap tin.” To compliment the display opening, Mr. Conlin will give a free talk later that evening entitled Ominous Sky: The Stormy Career of Marine Artist John O’Brien. The talk will take place at the Maritime Museum on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m., and will address Mr. O’Brien’s professional triumphs and personal battles. Believed to have been born at sea, Mr. O’Brien emerged in the 1850s as a self-taught artist of great talent in Halifax. By 1857, Mr. O’Brien had established himself as a true artist and it was during this time that he painted one of the donated pieces, a portrait of the brig Florence, sailing through calm waters on a beautiful day. Sadly, an eye disease permanently impaired Mr. O’Brien’s vision and left him unable to paint for his prestigious clients. By 1860, as he struggled with poverty and alcoholism, his once sunny portraits grew darker. In 1881, he painted the second donated piece, a scrap of tin featuring an unknown vessel fighting through a storm. The donors who gave the pieces to the museum were not initially aware that their paintings were original O’Briens. Through careful examination and research, museum staff were able to determine each paintings true significance. “Our discovery of these unknown works by O’Brien is extremely exciting,” said Mr. Conlin. “It’s an important reminder of all the undiscovered treasure of Nova Scotia’s heritage that’s still out there.” The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is located at 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax.last_img read more

Community Groups Invited to Take the StageCommunity Groups Invited to Take the Stage

first_imgCalling all communities — this is your chance to put your group, youth organization or school on centre stage. The Halifax 2011 Canada Games Host Society opened a call for submissions today, Nov. 8, encouraging community groups to present cultural programming for the Celebration Square stage every weekday lunch-hour during the Games. “Our vision for the Games hinges on touching as many communities as possible through programs like this one,” said Mervyn Broome, community relations chair. “We really hope that groups and organizations that value youth and culture as much as we do will take advantage of this opportunity.” The program, called Celebration Square at Noon, will feature presentations lasting 20 minutes to an hour that showcase youth and the cultural diversity of Nova Scotia through a range of artistic disciplines. The Host Society is looking for entertaining performances featuring music, dance, theatre or other arts and culture disciplines that appeal to youth audiences. Submissions must be received by Friday, Nov. 26, and will be evaluated by a panel of Games staff, volunteers and stakeholders. Preference will be given to organizations that support youth and cultural diversity. Up to 27 groups could be selected, depending on performance lengths. For more information on Celebration Square at Noon and to access the application form visit www.canadagames2011.ca/artists . Celebration Square, located in Grand Parade, will also offer free entertainment to the public every night during the Games. The 2011 Canada Winter Games will be the largest multi-sport event held in Nova Scotia and Halifax’s first Canada Winter Games. From Feb. 11 to 27, more than 2,700 athletes will compete in more than 20 sports, attracting thousands of visitors, VIPs, officials and media.last_img read more

Sudan must stop relocating internally displaced people in Darfur – AnnanSudan must stop relocating internally displaced people in Darfur – Annan

In a pre-dawn operation, Khartoum reportedly moved hundreds of IDPs from El Geer village near Nyala in South Darfur. A spokesman for Mr. Annan issued a statement calling the action a violation of international humanitarian law and saying it directly contravenes commitments made by the Government. Mr. Annan strongly urged the Government to immediately halt all relocation operations and to facilitate the return of the affected people from the “inappropriate sites” to which they have been taken. “This should be done in accordance with the principles noted above and in consultation with the international agencies present on the ground in Darfur,” he said.The Secretary-General voiced concern about the overall deterioration of the situation in Darfur, where 18 people were recently kidnapped by the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) while and thousands of Arab militias mobilized in areas of West and South Darfur.“The SLA and the militias risk sparking a new round of violence that could claim the lives of thousands of civilians,” he warned.Mr. Annan urged the parties to the conflict to fully respect the N’Djamena ceasefire, the SLA to release the hostages, and the militias to stand down.He also reminded the Government of Sudan that under international humanitarian law it must prevent any attacks against civilians. read more

Francophone Canadians slower than anglophones in adopting new tech reportFrancophone Canadians slower than anglophones in adopting new tech report

Francophone Canadians slower than anglophones in adopting new tech: report AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Francophone Canadians tend to lag their anglophone counterparts when it comes to adopting new technologies, according to research by the Media Technology Monitor.It’s a trend that researchers have observed for years and it was evident again after polling thousands of Canadians this spring, said director of research and analysis Mark Allen.“Certainly in terms of technology adoption the rule of thumb is francophones tend to lag a little bit. I don’t think it’s a cultural thing, I think it’s because they’re in a different language and they often get service later than others,” says Allen.“It’s harder for francophones to adopt technology because they can buy the technology but they don’t have the services to go along with it.”MTM surveyed 2,000 anglophones and 2,000 francophones by phone in March and April and compared how respondents said they used technology in their day-to-day lives. The results are considered accurate within 2.2 percentage points 19 times out of 20.About 34 per cent of the anglophone respondents said they had a tablet, versus just 20 per cent of the francophones polled. While 19 per cent of anglophones said they owned an ebook reader, just four per cent of francophones had one.Ann-Louise Davidson, an associate professor in educational technology with Concordia University, said she wasn’t surprised by the lower tech usage among francophones, which she attributed to more than one factor.“You can’t just point to one single cause, there’s a systemic amount of reasons that can explain the variation,” said Davidson, citing lower incomes in Quebec and difficulties in accessing French-language content.“Quebec is not the richest province, so you would automatically see that depending on people’s salary, if there’s a million people working at minimum wage or less, you’re obviously not going to get a massive amount of the population that owns tablets and smartphones,” she said.“It’s something I’ve noticed in less wealthy areas of Montreal. When you walk in a cafe you’ll see people with a lot of cheaper computers or older phones and when you walk into the more wealthy areas you’ll find people with Apple products and sometimes they’ll have a (MacBook) there and an iPad and an iPhone.”While Netflix has become very popular in Canada, only five per cent of francophones said they were subscribers, versus 25 per cent of anglophones. It’s not a surprising finding given there’s far more English content available to stream on the service.Watching TV on a smartphone is still a rarity among all Canadians but anglophones were almost twice as likely to be streaming content on the go. About nine per cent of anglophones reported watching TV on their mobiles versus five per cent of francophones.The abundance of high-quality English web content simply isn’t available for francophones, Davidson said, adding french-speakers struggle to find everything from entertainment content to educational resources.Francophones risk being left behind in the digital revolution if they insist on relying solely on sometimes inferior French resources, she said.“If you think about it, the Internet is English. Applications are in English, the web is English,” she said.“I identify myself with the francophone population but in no way, shape or form would I ever reject the fact that English is the language of business.“Of course you need to reach out to other French communities online but it remains that if you speak French and you only refer to French references, French software, you will be at a disadvantage in this world of technology.” by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 11, 2013 12:56 pm MDT read more

UN chief concerned over havoc of Typhoon Mangkhut in the PhilippinesUN chief concerned over havoc of Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines

According to news reports, dozens have been killed; some of them buried by landslides, while sheltering from the storm.The super typhoon that slammed into the northern Philippine province of Luzon on Saturday, reportedly continued a path of destruction across southern China on Sunday, into Monday.The statement issued by the UN Spokesperson, extends the UN chief’s condolences to the families of the victims, while commending “the leadership of the national and provincial authorities, for their preparedness efforts and response to the needs of the affected communities.”Media reports say at least 60 have died across the Philippines, and rescuers are digging through the mud following a landslide in Itogon, where at least 32 were killed, and many more are missing, presumed dead. There were several deaths reported in the Chinese province of Guangdong, due to falling trees.“The United Nations system in-country is already working to support the government-led response efforts and stands ready to scale up assistance as requested,” concluded the statement issued on behalf of Mr. Guterres. read more

Reggae Boyz Facing Elimination at Caribbean CupReggae Boyz Facing Elimination at Caribbean Cup

The Reggae Boyz are facing a possible elimination from the Caribbean Cup as they managed a 0-0 draw against Martinique Monday night at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in St. John’s, Antigua.Jamaica is the defending Caribbean Cup champions, who is attempting to get  to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, but with Monday’s draw they have landed their way at the bottom of Group B. Martinique leads the group with four points, French Guiana and Guiana both have three points, while Jamaica only has one point.Martinique appeared to be the more aggressive and organized team in Monday’s night match. Jamaica appeared to be flustered at times in the first half.Martinique managed to score in the 14th minute of play when Jordi Delem delivered a floated ball in, but the goal was nullified when the referee ruled Martinique offside, according to Sean Williams of the Jamaica Observer.Boyz goalkeeper Dwayne Miller was tested two minutes later when Martinique captain Kevin Parsemain attempted a shot from 25 yards, but Miller denied his strike.Demar Phillips attempted to answer the shots put forth by Martinique in the first half with one of his own. Phillips challenged Martinique goalkeeper Kevin Olimpa with a 30-yard shot, but was unsuccessful as Olimpa denied him.Both teams entered the half scoreless, but the Boyz came out in the second half with a new sense of urgency. They played in a more cohesive manner compared to the first half, but were still unable to penetrate through the Martinique defense.As the Jamaicans were gaining momentum they took a hit in the 62nd minute when left-back Demar Phillips picked up his second yellow card and was sent off the field.Martinique looked to capitalize with the short-handed Boyz in the 86th minute, when Sebastein Cretinoir aimed a 30-yard shot at substitute goalie Duwayne Kerr. Kerr managed to deny Cretinoir’s shot.The Boyz had a final attempt to steal the game when Darren Mattocks split two defenders, but was unable to get a high percentage shot off from inside the box.Jamaica now needs to win against Cuba Tuesday and hope Martinique defeats French Guiana, so they can squeak their way into the knockout phase. They could also hope that the two teams draw in their match, but Martinique winning would be a more favorable outcome for the Reggae Boyz.If none of those scenarios work out in the favor then they will be eliminated and sent back across the water to regroup for the Caribbean Cup next year. read more

Scottish hermit rescued from remote forest will be desperate to return toScottish hermit rescued from remote forest will be desperate to return to

A hermit who was rescued from a remote forest in the Highlands, after his distress signal was picked up in Texas, will be desperate to return to the cabin he built himself as soon as he can, according to friends.Ken Smith, who is in his 70s, retreated from mainstream life decades ago to live deep in the woods on a millionaire’s Highland estate.He has no running water or electricity in the log cabin, but a stream runs beside it and he bathes by lighting a fire under an outdoor bath.He built his simple home, which has a gravel floor, in the mid-1980s near a remote loch east of Fort William, on an estate owned by a millionaire laird.Mr Smith was described by those who know him as a man who just happened not to like cities or normal life.Local residents said he had no radio, but does take photographs, while his only other concession to modern technology is the personal locator beacon which saved his life on Sunday when he became ill.He presses a button on it every week to let his family know he is okay, but last weekend he pressed the emergency button which led to a signal being picked up in Houston, Texas, and passed to the Coastguard in the UK. A Coastguard helicopter then flew in members of Lochaber Mountain Rescue and he was airlifted to Belford Hospital in Fort William where he was in “stable” condition yesterday, and said he “wants to be left alone”. Roger Millard who is the nearest neighbour to Ken "The Hermit" Smith 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. Roger Millard, a retired haulier, said that once every fortnight Mr Smith, originally from the Derby area, would walk three miles to a single track road and another three miles to the nearest main road before hitch hiking to Fort William to buy supplies. He would then return with a “very heavy pack” and retreat to the hills.He added: “He’s a very private person, her doesn’t like cities and doesn’t like to be surrounded by people. He had an operation for cancer several years ago and came to stay with us while he was recuperating, but he was always keen to get back to the woods.“I came here 15 years ago and I used to work with him as ghillie during the deer stalking season on the neighbouring estate. I don’t think he’s worked for quite some time, but he does go out to pick up his pension.”Mr Smith has a wood burning stove, fishes for trout, and makes his own beer and wine, which, according to Mr Millard, “would make your legs wobble.” Kenny Cameron, who has known Mr Smith for many years, said local residents always offer him a lift if they see him on the road.He added: “His life has been very nomadic, he did the same in Canada, he had a log cabin in the woods there. He’s an interesting man with lots of stories.”We were out on the hill once and we thought we would go by boat to see him, but he’s still very difficult to find.”A member of staff at the nearest pub to the cabin, around 12 miles away, said he would drop in for a drink on his way home from his shopping trips, adding: “He has white hair and piercing blue eyes. He’s quite a character.” Roger Millard used to work with Mr SmithCredit:Peter Jolly read more

Bodies of two US kids found in garden of father whoBodies of two US kids found in garden of father who

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Police in the southern United States have discovered the bodies of two teenagers buried in the garden of their father, who worked as a Santa Claus in a local supermarket.Elwyn Crocker, 49, and two other family members were arrested and charged with “concealing the death of another and cruelty to children in the first degree,” according to a statement by the Effingham County sheriff’s office near Savannah, Georgia.Forensic tests were being carried out on the two bodies, believed to be 14-year-old Mary Crocker and her brother Elwyn Crocker Jr, who would have been 16. Police said further charges could be brought after the identities, as well as the manner and time of death, are confirmed.Police had visited the Crocker household on December 20 after a neighbor reported that Mary had been missing for weeks and feared for the girl’s safety.The adults in the house said the girl had gone to live with her mother in South Carolina, but their stories did not match and police decided to search the premises.They then discovered the two bodies. Mary had not been seen since October 2018 and her brother had been absent since November 2016 when he was 14, according to the police report. Neither had officially been reported missing.Local media reports said that the father, Elwyn Crocker, had recently been working as a Father Christmas in a Walmart supermarket.He was charged along with his wife Candice Crocker, 33, the stepmother of the missing children, and his mother-in-law Kim Wright, 50. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBisram’s extradition hearing set for next Thursday in BrooklynJuly 6, 2017In “Crime”Dana Seetahal’s murderer shot dead by policeAugust 22, 2014In “Crime”Prosecution closes case in preliminary trial of taxi driver accused of murdering young teacherOctober 8, 2018In “Court” read more

Reducing installation costs with preassembled conveyor transfer chutesReducing installation costs with preassembled conveyor transfer chutes

first_imgIn an effort to reduce the high installation costs incurred in Australia, FMG (Fortesque Metals Group) requested Terra Nova Technologies (TNT) to outsource the assembly of its conveyor transfer chutes and towers to overseas third party companies. M&J Engineering was awarded the contract to supply Weba Chute Systems to FMG’s Solomon mine in Western Australia. This was the second of three contracts awarded by TNT to M&J Engineering. The company recently supplied chutes to Kisladag mine in Turkey and is in the process of supplying eight chutes to the Morenci open-pit copper mine in southeast Arizona, USA.“We have formed a mutually beneficial relationship with TNT that allows us to customise transfer chutes to suit specific client requirements. TNT’s comprehensive understanding of the engineering and application benefits that are derived from the Weba Chute Systems gives them the confidence to propose their use in large-scale projects,” says Mark Baller, Managing Director of M&J Engineering.The seven Weba Chute Systems transfer chutes were designed, engineered and manufactured in South Africa by M&J Engineering to precise specifications. “We then trial assembled the chutes and shipped them to the steel fabricator Best Tech & Engineering in Thailand. The steel fabricator was responsible for pre-installation of the chutes into the transfer towers which had been fabricated by them,” Baller explains.“Once the assembly was completed the transfer tower, together with the chute and all ancillary equipment, was shipped fully assembled to Western Australia. It was offloaded at the docks and transferred to road trains for transportation to the mine,” he adds.Four of the transfer chutes were specifically designed to cater for worst overrun conditions, with a required storage capacity of up to 30 m3 of ore. “We achieved this by utilising a sophisticated and unique design, considered to be a first in transfer chute technology. The chute was fitted with an air cannon system to ensure that bulk flow was achieved once the system was restarted. By incorporating block chute detectors in the chutes, we can confirm that the chutes have completely emptied before the incoming belts are restarted,” Baller points out.The remaining three chutes are normal belt to belt transfer points that are capable of handling tonnages varying from 4,500 up to 7,400 t/h on belt widths of 1,400 and 1,800 mm, travelling at speeds of 4.6 m/s. Four of the chutes are fully operational and the last three chutes are currently being commissioned.Weba Chute Systems provide clients with a significant reduction in material degradation, greatly reduced levels of dust and noise, reduced production losses owing to fewer blockages, significantly reduced spillage and vastly improved safety levels.“Apart from the technical merits of the Weba Chute Systems, the critical factor in this project was the ability to provide a product that could be remotely assembled then shipped in its final configuration to a destination on another continent. The cost savings achieved by FMG by adopting this philosophy are substantial and outline M&J Engineering’s flexible approach to design and engineering,” Baller concludes.Solomon is part of FMG’s major expansion in the mineral rich Pilbara. The Solomon Hub is located 120 km west of the Chichester Hub and comprises the Firetail mine and the Kings mine. More than 3,000 Mt of resources have been identified at Solomon, providing FMG with a long term, low cost production strategy.Early earthworks commenced at Solomon in late 2011, with significant greenfields construction work undertaken since to develop the 60 Mt/y operation. The $3.5 billion Solomon site has two OPFs, three crushing hubs, a 125 MW power station, its own airstrip and three camps to house 30,000 people.last_img read more

Trouble for Slovenia – Jure Natek will miss EHF EURO 2012Trouble for Slovenia – Jure Natek will miss EHF EURO 2012

Jure Natekmiss EHF EURO 2012 ← Previous Story In Kielce always fun – Rosinski the Winner of Bowling competition Next Story → Laszlo Nagy about Spain: “When the time comes, I will take decision” The first choice on right back position in Slovenian National Team, Jure Natek from SC Magdeburg will miss the EHF EURO 2012. Groin strain injury will detach left-handed from the Handball in next six week during preparation period and EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia. Natek, who played for Celje PL and Chambery before he went to Germany, after unsuccessful medical treatment will have to be operated in Berlin.Slovenian NT coach, Boris Denic has three more players at the 28-names official squad for the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia, where Slovenia plays in Group in Vrsac with Croatia, Norway and Iceland.

Turkey pounds Syria in reprisal for deadly fireTurkey pounds Syria in reprisal for deadly fire

first_imgTURKEY RESUMED POUNDING Syrian targets early on Thursday, reportedly killing several soldiers, in reprisal for deadly cross-border fire that has sharply escalated tensions in the tinder-box region.“Artillery fire resumed at 0300 GMT this morning,” a Turkish security source told AFP on condition of anonymity.Several Syrian soldiers were killed in overnight Turkish shelling across the border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights watchdog said earlier, without giving an exact figure.The escalation came after mortar fire from Syria crashed inside the Turkish border town of Akcakale on Wednesday, killing five civilians, including a mother and her three children.It marked the first time that Turkish citizens had been killed as a result of fire from Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime began in March 2011.UN Security CouncilTurkey has demanded that the UN Security Council take action against Damascus after Wednesday’s attack, which drew sharp Western condemnation, with the US calling it ‘depraved.’Later Thursday the Turkish parliament was to convene a special session to consider a request from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s cabinet for approval of possible future cross-border military operations “when deemed necessary.”Wednesday’s shelling marked the most serious incident between onetime allies Syria and Turkey since June, when Syria shot down a Turkish fighter jet that had briefly strayed into its airspace, killing the two crewmen.A furious Ankara returned fire, called an emergency meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)and demanded action from the UN Security Council.“Our armed forces in the border region immediately retaliated against this heinous attack… by shelling targets spotted by radar,” Erdogan’s office said in a statement.“Turkey will never leave unanswered such provocations by the Syrian regime targeting our national security, in line with engagement rules and international law,” his office said.‘An act of aggression by Syria’And in a letter to the UN Security Council, Ankara said: “This is an act of aggression by Syria against Turkey.“It constitutes a flagrant violation of international law as well as a breach of international peace and security. Turkey calls for an immediate end to such unacceptable violations.”NATO, in an emergency meeting, said that it stood by its member Turkey and “urges the Syrian regime to end flagrant violations of international law.”Syria’s “recent aggressive acts at NATO’s southeastern border” were a “flagrant breach of international law and a clear and present danger” to an ally, it said.US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Washington was “outraged”, and Pentagon spokesman George Little said: “This is yet another example of the depraved behaviour of the Syrian regime, and why it must go.”Syrian Information Minister Omran Zoabi said in a statement reported by state television that Damascus was looking into the origin of the cross-border shelling.“Syria offers it sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to our friends the Turkish people,” he added.The minister reiterated his government’s charges that it was battling foreign-backed “terrorists” whom it has frequently accused Ankara of training and financing.Regime and rebel forces continue fightingInside Syria, meanwhile, bloody fighting raged between regime and rebel forces, and a series of massive bomb blasts ripped through the battleground of Aleppo, claiming scores of lives.Two powerful blasts went off on Wednesday near a military officers’ club around Aleppo’s Saadallah al-Jabiri Square, ripping off a hotel’s facade and flattening a two-storey cafe, an AFP correspondent reported.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 48 people were killed and almost 100 wounded in three separate blasts, adding “most of them were regime troops.” An official said 37 people died.Aleppo, with a population of 1.7 million people, has been one of the focal points of the conflict since mid-July, when the army promised the “mother of all battles” to clear the city of rebels.The fighting has intensified in recent days, spreading at the weekend into the centuries-old, UNESCO-listed souk in the historic heart of Aleppo and sparking a fire that damaged hundreds of shops.Bombings have increasingly become part of the unrest ravaging Syria, which began in March 2011 as peaceful protests for reform but has since escalated into an armed insurgency. More than 31,000 people have been killed since then, according to activists.Nationwide, violence killed 147 people on Wednesday, said the Observatory.UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is due back in the region this week to try to revive talks aimed at ending the bloodshed, although the UN says it is still unclear if he will be able to enter Syria.- © AFP, 2012Read: Emergency NATO meeting called after Syrian shell kills five people in Turkey>last_img read more

Unions reject further bank cuts that rub salt in the wounds ofUnions reject further bank cuts that rub salt in the wounds of

first_imgFollowing a meeting next week to consider the report in “more detail”, Broderick said that they intended to seek “comprehensive engagement” with government.Separately, the Unite trade union condemned what they called the “lack of consultation prior to publication” of the report.Regional officer Colm Quinlan said that government had not learned any lessons over the last number of years, deciding instead to rub salt in the wounds of bank workers who “are told they should feel grateful for being ‘saved’.”The union, which represents approximately 10,000 workers in the financial services, has also called for a meeting next week at which it will decide what course of action to take.Permanent TSB were less critical, saying that they would initiate a pay and benefits project in the coming weeks which would aim to achieve the cuts “in as fair and equitable a manner as possible while accepting the different positions in which different employees find themselves”.AIB’s chairman, David Hodgkinson said that the bank’s board fully agreed that “further work is required to reduce overall staff costs to a level more reflective of the bank’s current and long term operating position”. Read: Cut bankers pay by up to 10% says Michael Noonan > UNIONS HAVE REACTED angrily to proposals to cut bankers pay by up to 10 per cent.Their reaction follows yesterday’s publication of the ‘Mercer Review of Remuneration Practices and Frameworks at the Covered Institutions’ which called for the cuts, and which the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said were “inescapable”.The Irish Bank Officials Association (IBOA) said that they “rejected the Government’s call”.The general secretary of the IBOA, Larry Broderick, said that bank employees had “taken considerable pain in recent years – in the form of significant reductions in remuneration as well as substantial jobs cuts.”Had the Government accepted our offer to engage with the consultants in the development of the report, some of these omissions could have been avoided.last_img read more

Sony hints at PS4 supporting 4K movie playbackSony hints at PS4 supporting 4K movie playback

first_imgWhen the PlayStation 4 launches later this year gamers should expect 1080p games as standard. But when it comes to video content, it looks likely Sony will be offering you the option of 4K.Sony held an event in New York City recently where they were primarily showing off new cameras, headphones, TVs, and the Xperia Z Tablet. The Japanese company is embracing 4K TVs, and during an interview with The Verge at the event, Sony Electronics’ President and COO Phil Molyneux suggested that the PS4 will indeed support outputting such content to a compatible TV.Molyneux also said that Sony sees 4K content as primarily being download only, but that’s simply due to the sizes involved. A typical 4K movie will be over 100GB, making it difficult to fit on a disc without some major compression going on, but possible as a download even if it takes hours.The PS4 supporting 4K playback and downloads doesn’t mean the new console is going to have a massive hard drive, though. Sony has a 4K download service and home server box launching this summer, and its likely you will need to use that box to store the content and then just stream it through your PS4, or use some other storage device attached to the console. It could be Sony release a PS4 external storage device specifically for this purpose.Regardless of whether the PS4 supports 4K content or not, the biggest hurdle for consumers enjoying it will be investing in a 4K TV. Just like when HDTVs first appeared, they won’t be cheap, and will remain that way well into the life of the PS4.last_img read more

Stranger Things cast at NYCCStranger Things cast at NYCC

first_imgStay on target Stranger Things oozes nostalgia. From the synth soundtrack and endless 80s references to casting iconic actors of the decade like Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine, the show broke new binge-watching records for Netflix because it let us bask in a perfectly familiar slice of throwback pop culture with a generous helping of sci-fi conspiracy.Before the actors even took the stage at New York Comic-Con’s Stranger Things panel, a cosplay parade around Hall 1-D showed just how dedicated a following the streaming show has amassed in a few short months. Of the two-dozen or so attendees in full 80s regalia that did a quick march around the auditorium, there were a lot of Eleven’s of course—decked out in those signature pink and white collared sundresses sporting blonde wigs, some with bloody noses for good measure—a lot of Dustin hats, and a few Sheriff Hoppers.Oh, and one sad Barb wearing plaid.Once the cosplayers took their seats, Actors Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) and David Harbour (Sheriff Hopper) took the stage. Brown walked onstage bubbly and excited to actually talk, unlike her telekinetic character, chatting a mile a minute throughout the panel in her bubbly British accent about how much fun Stranger Things was to make. Harbour showing up looking very much like his character: a few minutes late, slightly disheveled, and guzzling coffee with affable, sarcastic charm.In a panel moderated by Vulture and RogerEbert.com critic Matt Zoller Seitz, Brown and Harbour talked living in the 80s on set, shared a few choice behind-the-scenes stories, and gave a few cryptic clues about season two.On 80s memories and culture shock…Brown: It was really nice having Winona [Ryder] and David and Matthew Modine to help transform into the 80s. At first, I was like, “Why don’t we just call Will on the phone?!” Then David said, “No Millie, we didn’t have phones!”For me, the biggest thing was no internet. I can’t go on Snapchat? I can’t go on Instagram? What is happening??Harbour: The biggest thing for me was the telephone in the wall in the kitchen with the cord. The cord was so long and janky. My mom would be on the phone all the time when I was a kid and would pull it across the room, and you’d trip on it. Oh and all the games on the wall, like Connect Four and Simon Sez.It was a different time. When I was a kid, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video came out on MTV and it was the extended version with Vincent Price. All my friends gathered around the TV, we waited for an hour, and then it came on and blew our minds. That kind of event television doesn’t happen anymore.Brown: I can relate. That’s how I feel about The Vampire Diaries.On shooting with the Demigorgon and in the Upside Down…Harbour: In the show it’s amazing and beautiful, but on the actual set it’s really silly. There’s a bunch of purple piping that looks really fake and it pulsates, so it kind of feels like you’re in a haunted house. For the spores, there’s a dude with a big ‘ol pillowcase full of dandelions and a big fan. So you’re walking down the hall and then this guy is just standing there blowing dandelions at you.Brown: The demigorgon is a guy in a suit. His name is Mark.He has a lot of green dots on him, and he can’t hear when he has the costume on. Do we were doing this scene where I’m in the upside down and have to go up and touch him, and he’s eating this egg. So in the first take when I touched him, he couldn’t feel it, and so he just went on eating the egg.Harbour: I would see the monster between scenes. I just saw him strapped up with a ton of fans blowing into his armpits in this big suit. It was the least scary thing I’ve ever seen.On Season Two…Harbour: We end season one with Hopper basically selling Eleven out. Not that he doesn’t know how she’s capable of destroying groups of people or anything, but he does give her up to go into the upside down to save Will. Children are a very difficult thing for him.I’m not giving away anything! But if Eleven should emerge, there’s a lot to get into there. It would be a rich emotional arc I’d love to explore.Brown: We did get the first couple scripts, and the arc is insane.On taking the character home with you…Harbour:  I do carry home. I don’t do the Jared Leto stuff like sending dead pigs to people, but I have a good brand of method to what I do. I like the experience to be authentic and personal, but that can’t happen unless I carry it around a little bit. We shot in Atlanta, which…is an easy place to be sad and lonely. I would just go home and sit in my apartment and smoke cigarettes and dread the days.People ask me about working with the kids, and the first big day I had with them was in the school in that scene where I tell them not to go looking for Will. The “Is that clear” scene. I remember telling them on set to get my chair away from them. I don’t want to talk to them. I wanted to preserve that feeling of intimidation that dissolves by the end of the season, but at the time they kind of thought I was this angry weird dude.On the actors, Harbour modeled his performance after…Harbour: Hopper is this angry guy, but he’s also sarcastic. He’s funny. He doesn’t give a shit. I love that dimension to the character. I thought about so many of those guys in the late 70s and early 80s who taught me what it was like to struggle with masculinity; that hardness and softness. Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces was one. The swashbuckling element with Harrison Ford and Indiana Jones. Gene Hackman, Roy Schneider, Nick Nolte…the guys who were less put together, less handsome; more beat-up.On Dungeons & Dragons…Harbour: I was a big D&D guy. Cleric for life. I’m a holy warrior of light. A book in one hand and a big mace in the other.Brown: The boys played all the time, but I never did. I don’t understand it. Can I relate D&D to like…Pokemon? Everyone’s all about the 80s, but sometimes you just need to be present. It’s 2016, and we play Pokemon Go.On whether Brown actually likes Eggos…Brown: Okay. I’ve gone to many Comic-Con’s and I’ve stated the facts. I like them. I do. But I do not like how many I eat. That amount is actually really hard to digest. It tastes nice, but not like 15 times.On the Steve/Nancy/Jonathan love triangle…Harbour: It’s the love triangle of the season. I felt torn. The angsty James Dean type, the popular football kid, they were so three-dimensional. Steve ends up being a really good guy…getting Jonathan a new camera, and Jonathan can sometimes be kind of a jerk. He doesn’t always treat Nancy nicely either. There will be more of that in seasons to come.Brown: I’m okay with “Stancy.” Imagine if Barb came back and started dating Jonathan? That would be so good.On justice for Barb…Harbour: The Barb thing caught us totally by surprise. But she has this iconic look. The haircut. The mom jeans. The whole thing is so GREAT. I think the response to her character is well-deserved.Brown: Barb had that great look (tilts head and purses lips).Harbour: We do deal with loose ends in Season 2, and we deal with some of the internet rage over Barb’s death. We will have justice for Barb in some sense, but those of you wishing Barb magically comes back to life on the show, I can assure you Barb is very much dead. 11 Best Monsters Made From Dead People PartsOriginal ‘Stranger Things’ Plan May Confirm Will Byers’ Sexuality last_img read more

Registration of Political Parties in Jamaica will begin January 2 2018Registration of Political Parties in Jamaica will begin January 2 2018

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 13, 201 – Kingston – Registration of political parties will begin on January 2 next year, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has announced.  In a Statement to the House on Wednesday (December 6), the Prime Minister informed that the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) is to formally start the registration process on this date, in keeping with the Political Parties Registration Regulations, 2017.The Regulations, which falls under the Representation of the People Act, provides a framework for the registration and deregistration of political parties, and also facilitates a system whereby an accurate and up-to-date record can be kept on each political party.In addition, the Prime Minister informed that amendments to the Act, which deal with campaign financing, will come into effect on March 1, 2018, and that the Campaign Finance Regulations, 2017 will also come into effect on that date.   The Representation of the People Act provides for the registration, regulation, and funding of political parties.   The legislation makes it mandatory for a political party to be registered if it is going to contest an election.It also deals with how individuals and organisations can contribute to political parties and candidates, and stipulations regarding the disclosure of the contributions as well as penalties for false and non-disclosures.Release: JISlast_img read more

Lanka AG office admits it failed to advise antiterrorLanka AG office admits it failed to advise antiterror

first_imgColombo: Sri Lanka’s Attorney General Department has admitted that it failed to provide advises to the Terrorism Investigation Division regarding possibilities of banning the local Islamist extremist group National Thowheed Jamat (NTJ), its website and social media accounts, according to a media report. The NTJ has been blamed for the Easter Sunday bombings, the country’s worst terror attack that killed 258 people at three churches and three luxury hotels in Colombo on April 21. The NTJ was led by firebrand cleric Zahran Bin Hashim, the mastermind of the attacks who blew himself up at the Shangri La hotel in Colombo. Senior Deputy Solicitor General Sumathi Dharmawardena and Senior State Counsel Abdul Malik Aziz while testifying before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday bomb attacks admitted that the AG Department failed to provide information to the CID on banning the NTJ and its websites,” the Daily Mirror reported. Also Read – UK, EU Brexit teams to meet twice-weekly in September Advertise With Us It was revealed before the PSC that the department officials spent two years since 2017 to prepare a report related to the requests made by the TID and it had been completed on May 21, exactly one month after the deadly attacks. Senior Deputy Solicitor General Dharmawardena and Senior State Counsel Abdul Malik Aziz said the letters sent by the TID only asked about banning Zahran’s websites and Facebook account, the daily said. There are no provisions in Sri Lanka to ban websites according to the current cyber security laws, they stated. Also Read – Climate change: Australia downgrades outlook for Great Barrier Reef to ‘very poor’ Advertise With Us Responding to a question raised by Parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran whether they received any letter from the TID seeking advice to get on with investigations on NTJ, the two representatives from the AG’s Department said they did receive a letter from the TID in 2017 and received another in 2018. “The TID request contained 63 pages. The TID had sent some printouts of a website. Since there are no cyber laws in Sri Lanka to ban websites, the AG Department did not reply” Dharamasena said. “They (the TID) sent us printouts of documents downloaded from a website. After studying them Senior State Counsel Malik Azis invited them for a meeting at the Department on March 12, 2019. After a lengthy consideration it was found that there were no evidence to take action against the website,” he added,. Advertise With Us The Additional Solicitor General revealed that had the police reported violent incidents that took place in the Kattankudy area to the Kattankudy Magistrate court and then indicted them before the Batticaloa High court, the file may have been sent to the AG’s Department. He said that police did not sought advice regarding banning of website and the Facebook account. Dharmawardena said the police did submit a report on the matter but it was not complete. It was also mentioned that the AG’s Department failed to ask for an update on NTJ and its activities.last_img read more

One plane crash survivor returning today three others soonOne plane crash survivor returning today three others soon

first_imgRescue workers work at the wreckage of a US-Bangla airplane after it crashed at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Photo: ReutersFour of the injured passengers of crashed US-Bangla Airlines plane are being brought back home from Kathmandu soon, reports UNB.Shahreen Ahmed is expected to be the first who is scheduled to land in Dhaka on Thursday afternoon.”I’m going back to Dhaka for continuing my treatment. There is no point to get stuck here on foreign land,” Shahreen told reporters from the hospital bed in Kathmandu just before her departure.She said her brother will accompany her in the Biman flight which is scheduled to land in Dhaka at 3:15pm.Responding to a question, Shahreen who sustained burn injuries said, “Almighty Allah saved me. Rescuers pulled me out from the aircraft.”Besides, two other injured — Eakub Ali and Emrana Kabir Hashi — will be taken to India soon, according to external publicity wing of foreign affairs ministry on Thursday.Severely injured Mehedi Hasan, Saiyada Kamrunnahar Shwarna and Almun Nahar Annie, will be brought to Bangladesh by their relatives.In this regard, no objection certificates (NOCs) have already been issued for them, it added.Moreover, three severely burnt injured were taking treatment at Kathmandu Medical College.Earlier on Wednesday, Rezwanul Haque, a severely burnt passenger of crashed US-Bangla Airlines flight, was sent to Singapore for better treatment.At least 51 people, including 26 Bangladeshi nationals, were killed as the US-Bangla Airlines aircraft crashed and burst into flames at Tribhuvan International Airport in the capital of Himalayan county Nepal on Monday.last_img read more

32 killed in Tajikistan prison riot32 killed in Tajikistan prison riot

first_imgMap of Tajikistan locating Vakhdat Photo: AFPAt least 32 people were killed in a prison riot in Tajikistan, including 24 members of the Islamic State jihadist group and three guards, authorities said Monday.Five inmates and the three guards were initially killed by prisoners in the riot that erupted on Sunday evening, and the others died in clashes with security forces trying to restore order, the justice ministry said in a statement.The prison in Vakhdat, 17 kilometres (11 miles) east of the capital Dushanbe, holds 1,500 inmates.The ministry said the rioters first stabbed to death three guards, and then five other inmates “in order to intimidate” the others.They then took other prisoners hostage before opening fire on the jail’s medical facilities.”Following a reprisal operation, 24 members of this group were killed and 35 others arrested. The hostages were freed” and calm restored to the prison, the statement said.Two of the prisoners murdered by the rioters were well-known activists of the banned opposition group Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan, the local prison service said.Among the leaders of riot, authorities identified Bekhruz Gulmurod, the son of the former head of Tajik special forces who became a member of the IS leadership in Syria and was killed there in September 2017.The 20-year-old was sentenced to ten years in prison in July 2017 for attempting to join IS in Syria. He was previously detained at Dushanbe airport before boarding a flight to Istanbul.Authorities said the prison was now functioning normally, with the “situation currently under control.”The prison is a short drive from Dushanbe, with residential neighbourhoods nearby. It houses inmates convicted of various crimes, including terror and extremism charges, and is secured by armed guards.Families of inmates gathered near the prison on Monday to find out if their relatives were safe.In November 2018, another riot claimed by IS left 26 people dead in Khujand, a city in the northeast of the country. That riot was initiated by a former IS member seeking to spark a mass escape.Tajikistan, an impoverished mountainous country of just under 9 million people bordering Afghanistan, has suffered severe conflict since it gained independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.Tens of thousands of people were killed in Tajikistan during a five-year civil war in the 1990s when rebel groups including Islamists rose up against the government.Authorities in the majority-Muslim country have said that more than 1,000 Tajiks, including a high-ranking police officer who defected in 2015, joined IS in Syria and Iraq in recent years.In July 2018, an attack on foreign cycling tourists left four dead and two injured. The assault was widely attributed to IS, although the government has refused to acknowledge the link.last_img read more

Houston Firefighters Union Suing The CityHouston Firefighters Union Suing The City

first_imgHouston’s firefighters union sued the city today, arguing that officials have been playing “hard ball” and “not bargaining in good faith” on a new contract. They are asking the court to intervene to resolve the dispute by sending the parties to arbitration.“What we are seeking is simply fair treatment and what the City has done is negotiate in bad faith,” told Houston Public Media Marty Lancton, president of the Houston Professional Firefighters Association.It is the latest salvo in a long-running dispute between the city and firefighters.A new law passed by the legislature earlier this year was the culmination of a years-long effort by the city of Houston to address its pension liabilities. In the fall, all city pension boards – police, municipal and fire – agreed to a framework. But the fire pension board backed out before the final deal was introduced in the Legislature.Then the board sued, claiming the law passed by the Texas Legislature and signed by Gov. Greg Abbott is unconstitutional.Mayor Sylvester Turner has previously said the pension board is hurting the people it represents.Lancton detailed that the union’s goal is a three-year contract with salary raises amounting to 17 percent, but Turner noted during Wednesday’s City Council meeting that the highest pay raise Houston can afford is 9.5 percent over three years and described that offer as the City’s “maximum position.” Sharelast_img read more