Fire smoke fill Saint John sky after oil refinery blast My whole

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — A massive oil refinery blast shook this historic port city Monday, sending flames and black smoke high into the sky but causing only four minor injuries — and leaving officials relieved it wasn’t far worse.“We’re very grateful today — and being Thanksgiving, I think it’s appropriate,” Kevin Scott, Irving Oil’s chief refining and supply officer, told reporters at an afternoon briefing after a tense day. “Very fortunate they had only minor injuries.”Saint John residents described feeling an explosion at about 10:15 a.m. local time, at Irving’s refinery on the city’s east side.“My whole house shook. I thought my furnace had exploded,” said Litsa Daeres, 34, who opened her curtains and saw the flames and thick, black smoke.Residents have been warned of possible “flare-ups” as the facility restabilizes. The City of Saint John posted on social media Monday evening that emergency management officials remained on site to monitor the Irving Oil refinery as it came back online.Scott said there had been a malfunction in the refinery’s diesel treating unit, where sulphur is removed from diesel fuel.One worker at the refinery, who didn’t want to be identified, said the initial blast had been enough to knock him down.“There was quite a shockwave when the blast happened,” he said as he left with co-workers hours afterward.There were as many as 3,000 workers on the refinery Monday — but most of the facility was shut down for major maintenance, and nearly all of the workers were contractors working on the turn-around.Scott said the unit was quickly shut down after the blast.“The fire did take a number of hours to extinguish, with some of the material that had leaked into the area of the unit that was affected. At times we were letting that just safely extinguish itself,” he said.Most of the minor injuries were to contractors, not Irving staff, he said.The refinery is near several residential neighbourhoods, and is about five kilometres from the city core, known as Uptown.According to the Irving Oil web site, the refinery produces more than 320,000 barrels of “finished energy products” every day, with more than half going the U.S. northeast. Scott said they hope to minimize the impact on clients.The City of Saint John posted on social media Monday evening that residents in the area were no longer being asked to “shelter in place,” and police tweeted that all roads had been reopened.District Chief Mike Carr of Saint John fire said there were no air quality concerns, other than the smoke.“At this time, the incident is stabilized,” said Carr.The thick, black plume of smoke earlier in the day had been cause for concern for Gordon Dalzell, who lives in the nearby subdivision of Champlain Heights — but the bigger issue, he said, is the other pollutants in the air that can be neither seen nor smelled.Dalzell, the chair of Saint John’s Citizens Coalition for Clean Air, said the refinery already emits many different types of “volatile organic compounds” into the air: organic chemicals that have a high vapour pressure and can be hazardous to human health.“Obviously, there was a lot of black, sooty smoke … but I worry more about what you can’t see in terms of pollution that comes from the refinery,” he said. “The pollutants you can’t see or smell, they’re the ones that are of great, great concern, on a regular basis.”He said he was grateful that nobody was seriously injured, but he hopes the incident will help stakeholders reconsider the continued use of fossil fuels when greener options are available.Like others in the area Thanksgiving morning, Dalzell was shocked by the initial explosion.“Our house actually shook, our windows, we could feel the direct impact of the explosion in our house … it didn’t take very long to discover, of course, that a very heavy black plume was coming from the site,” he said.“We thought we were going to have to evacuate and take the turkey with us.”Nate Guimond, 36, said he was doing house repairs when he looked outside and saw the scene.“There was thick, pitch black smoke mixed with white smoke,” said Guimond. “I heard a rumbling, roaring sound.”He decided to drive by the refinery, and said he was nearby when he felt the vibrations of what he assumed must be a second explosion.Michael Steeves said he was driving about a kilometre away when he saw flames reach as high as 100 feet in the air. He said the incident reminded him of a similar event in the late ’90s, when the same refinery suffered a similar explosion which left one person dead.“Just seeing the clouds, and what they’ve got closed off, it just seems to be a pretty similar level of event,” he said.The Saint John Regional Hospital had issued an “orange alert,” meaning it was preparing for a possible influx of patients. But the health authority later tweeted that the hospital “is running as usual today.”With files from Alex Cooke in Halifax and Alanna Rizza and Nicole Thompson in Toronto. read more

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Chief of UN health agency calls for prompt response to food crisis

“People’s survival and sustainable development are at stake. Our actions today have the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives, and to shape the future of this sub-region,” Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), said Tuesday at a meeting of health ministers from 10 southern African countries and senior WHO officials to examine the health sector’s response to the acute and large-scale humanitarian crisis facing the region.”We should work for lasting improvements in primary health services,” she stressed. “We want to enable the people affected by this crisis to be able to look forward to healthy livelihoods once the worst is over. We want health services to have improved – not deteriorated – after the crisis is over.”The WHO chief described the crisis as a severe blow to the millions of people affected, and to the development efforts of governments of the region. The crisis was also reversing many gains achieved by several southern African countries in health development and in poverty reduction.An estimated 13 million people are caught up in the food crisis in Mozambique, Zambia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and parts of Mozambique, as many as 300,000 additional people could die of preventable causes in the next six months if the most vulnerable were not helped.Famine had serious health implications because food shortages were followed by illness, Dr. Brundtland said. “The solution [to famine] is food supplies, but to be effective, food aid must be combined with health services,” she said. “The people weakened by hunger can survive by receiving the treatment they need for diseases that otherwise will cost them their lives.” read more

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In Bogotá UN SecretaryGeneral Guterres expresses full support for peace process in

“We see more and more conflicts arising, and old conflicts with no solutions in sight; and that is why what happens in Colombia is of fundamental symbolic importance for the world,” Mr. Guterres told a press conference at Palacio de Nariño, Colombia’s presidential palace, following a meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos.The purpose of Mr. Guterres’ visit is to take stock of achievements that followed a peace agreement between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) in November 2016, which ended 50 years of conflict.The UN chief also seeks to reinvigorate the implementation of the peace deal, including the process of reintegrating former rebel combatants into society, and ensure that Colombians are committed to stay the course. This mission is clearly a mission of solidarity with Colombia and with the Colombian people“This mission is clearly a mission of solidarity with Colombia and with the Colombian people in a historical moment and of enormous importance for Colombia, for Latin America and for the world,” Mr. Guterres said.His visit also comes ahead of legislative elections in March and presidential elections in May, and at a time when a temporary ceasefire agreement between the Government and another rebel group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), has just expired. The UN chief said he was impressed by Colombia’s commitment to not only building peace but also guaranteeing the presence of the State throughout the Colombian territory, including the presence of administration, security, public services, education, and health in creating a development framework for civil society and for the private sector, all of which is an enormous challenge.“It is something that is not done miraculously, from one moment to another. But I want to reaffirm here the full commitment of the United Nations in supporting the Colombian government in this project of enormous importance, to build peace but at the same time to build an inclusive democracy, capable of ensuring that the entire national territory benefits from development,” he stressed.Peace is the only answer“There is no justification for armed violence. Peace is the only answer that today can solve the problems of poverty, the problems of development and the problems of equality and democracy,” the UN chief said.UN Secretary-General António Guterres (third from left) meets with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (far right) in Bogotá on 13 January 2018. Photo/Juan Manuel Barrero Bueno For his part, President Santos thanked the Secretary-General for his visit and the continuing support of the United Nations and the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, which is currently monitoring compliance with the agreements established in the peace agreement.The President highlighted the effort of Colombia to end the conflict and reiterated, to Mr. Guterres, his Government determination to continue moving in that direction. “It is a process, we are the first to recognize the challenges that we are facing, the most important has to do with the issue of security in rural areas, which suffered so long in the armed conflict … As I always say, peace is like a cathedral and must be built brick by brick,” he said.On Saturday, Mr. Guterres were to meet with officials of the Government and Armed Forces, as well as with FARC-EP leadership and the Catholic Church.On Sunday, 14 January, the Secretary-General will travel to the Department of Meta, where his agenda will include, among other activities, a visit to a territorial area for training and reintegration of former FARC-EP combatants. read more

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A Holy mess Pleas for more support as Donegal locals help battle

first_imgIt’s time to call a major emergency and get all available personnel out here to save our homes and our families and our community, there’s a Holy mess here. Mac Giolla Easbuig said volunteers are currently heading to get more equipment to help battle the blaze and again repeated the situation was an emergency. We’ve just come up here now to get shovels to try to get a bit of a breather here and go back in and get as much materials that’s needed. There’s people coming from everywhere and I’d like to praise all the volunteers, I’d like to praise all the fire services that are on site. But we need more help and Donegal County Council I believe need to call this a major emergency.Today’s fire comes following a similar Donegal blaze in Annagry which saw at least one house damaged.Firefighters have also been battling gorse fires in the Mourne mountains in Co. Down and Co. Clare. Apr 22nd 2019, 12:40 PM Source: TRT World Now/Twitter 27 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4602288 Short URL ‘A Holy mess’: Pleas for more support as Donegal locals help battle another gorse fire Donegal Fire Service and gardaí are at the scene. Monday 22 Apr 2019, 12:40 PM Today’s fire in Loughanure. Image: Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig Today’s fire in Loughanure.center_img MORE GORSE FIRES are burning in west Donegal, damaging property and bringing local volunteers out in support of firefighters.The latest fire is located at Loughanure with Donegal Fire Service, gardaí and local volunteers at the scene.The fire has led to the closure of the N56 between Dungloe and Gweedore and local bus services have also been affected. Local councillor Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig is one the volunteers assisting with the efforts and says today’s fire has seen the destruction of property. “There are about 100-200 people on site spread over a huge area. We’ve lost a vast amount of property,” he told TheJournal.ie. By Rónán Duffy 29,530 Views Share Tweet Email Dozens of firefighters are battling a blaze on Mourne Mountain in N Ireland pic.twitter.com/Wc2Tu5kIBB— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) April 22, 2019 (Click here if video doesn’t play)In Clare, fire crews from two stations were last night battling to bring a large mountain fire under control.Firefighters from Scarriff station fought several bog and forestry fires on Saturday and Sunday and were joined by colleagues from Killaloe station.Several fires were reported close to forestry at Flagmount on Saturday while a helicopter was also used to tackle the blazes which threatened forestry and a log cabin in one area.Further outbreaks occurred in the same area again yesterday resulting in fire crews being mobilised again to deal with the blazes.It’s understood that fires at Flagmount may have been started deliberately and gardaí are investigating the incident.Meanwhile, after dealing with the fires at Flagmount yesterday for a second day, fire crews were alerted last night to a large fire on a mountain at Woodfield in east Clare, a short distance from Mountshannon close to the Galway border.Firefighters from Scarriff and Killaloe responded to the area which was difficult to access.Fire personnel had to make their way across difficult terrain in the dark to reach the fires and spent several hours dealing with them while also contending with windy conditions.There was no immediate indication of how this fire began.- With reporting by Pat Flynn Image: Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Troika says targets come before tranches

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras held a meeting Sunday with representatives of Greece’s lenders, also known as the troika, who informed him that Athens had missed or was off course on 210 targets in its loan agreement and would need to rectify this before receiving any more money.Sources told Kathimerini that officials from the European Commission, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund have informed the Greek government that the earliest it can expect to receive its next loan tranche is in mid-September. This means Greece, which was due to run out of money later this month, will have to find a way to stretch its finances and that there will have to be a special arrangement for a government bond held by the ECB, which matures on August 20. Kathimerini understands that either a clause allowing it to be paid a month later will be triggered or it will be covered by the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF).In the meantime, the troika expects the Greek government to speed up a range of reforms. These include privatizations, the liberalization of the energy market and the overhaul of the tax system. However, the government will also have to proceed with 12 percent cuts to some public sector salaries. This applies to the so-called “special wages” that apply for some civil servants, such as judges and those serving in the military. The loan agreement calls for these cuts to come into effect in September, saving the public coffers 200 million euros.The troika also wants to see the appointment of a permanent secretary to oversee tax revenues and for 40 special inspectors to be responsible for chasing companies and individuals that owe large amounts to the state. The lenders are also waiting for the completion by the Center of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE) of an evaluation of public spending, which was held up by the two recent elections.EC, ECB and IMF officials also rejected any talk of extending the fiscal adjustment period from the end of 2014 until progress has been made with the existing targets. This means the government will still have to draw up plans to save 11.5 billion euros over the next two years. Troika officials are due to visit the Council of State Monday to find out about legal obstacles to the completion of tenders for major public works.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Ancelotti more than a coach Gattuso

first_imgAC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso insists the club’s former gaffer and current Napoli boss is more than a coach to him.Gattuso who played under the Ancelotti during his successful years as the manager of Milan insists he maintains a good relationship with his former boss.Milan face a daunting opening to their Serie A campaign against last year’s runners-up at Stadio San Paolo after last week’s scheduled meeting with Genoa was postponed.“It will be a very tough game,” Gattuso told a pre-match news conference, according to Goal.“I spoke yesterday with Carlo Ancelotti. Carlo and I have a great relationship. He was more than a coach to me, I would call him during my hardest times. I can only learn from him.”“The press says we have different characters but Carlo as a player was a fighter, the last man to surrender.”Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“As a coach he was similar to [the great former Milan boss] Nereo Rocco. He would chat with the players after the training session, stay with them and I have never heard anyone say anything bad about Carlo.”Gattuso saw Antonio Conte linked with his post during the close season and when asked whether Milan could mount a genuine Scudetto bid, he suggested the type of stability Ancelotti brought to the San Siro would need to be rediscovered following a turbulent period.“Are we title contenders? I think we still have a long way to go,” the 40-year-old said, having recently received assurances from Milan’s owners over his future.“Our goal is to improve the standings of last season and work hard to reach the fourth place.”“We need an identity. I don’t know how many coaches have been here in the past years, six or seven. It’s easier to work when you have continuity.”“When you change too often, everything becomes more complicated.”last_img read more

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Maskanoo set for Monday Boxing Day in Grace Bay

first_img Seven years and counting, Maskanoo on Monday in Provo Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIMaskanoo2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 23, 2016 – Monday is Maskanoo and organizers yesterday had a site inspection along the Grace Bay strip and spoke about security, opportunities for shopping and dining and the show which will include a street parade and native concert.“We continue to be encouraged by the support and the local community that’s involved here every year. We’re on the Grace Bay strip, where the sights and the sounds of Maskanoo will come alive on December 26th,” said  Stacy Cox, TCHTA, Executive“We’re so excited from the outpouring of sponsorships and from the community, and we’re looking forward to yet again another successful year. We hope you’re ready to have some fun because we have an amazing lineup scheduled, this includes arts, crafts, food, drink, music, dancing and a lot of cultural presentations and activities,”  said Karen Whitt, TCHTA & The Palms Resort“Starting at five o’clock we have DJ Shakes, he’s gonna rock the strip until we have Kew Band Links featuring Ms. Barbara Johnson.   And then we have a special ‘Bush meets Soca’, we have the Caribbean Farm music band along with Kew Band Links.   And then we have Zeus, from Grand Turk on the saw to give us that real bush experience of rip saw and rake and scrape.  This year I am pleased to announce that we have the Philippino Association they are back on the strip with their parade, they will be joining Kitch (We Funk Junkanoo)  so I’m excited about that.   As always Maskanoo is a concert, it’s a parade and a street party all in one,” said David Bowen, Maskanoo Founder, Grace Bay ResortsThe TCHTA Maskanoo is in its 7th year and goes from 3pm to midnight on Boxing Day holiday on Monday.center_img #MagneticMediaNews#TCIMaskanoo2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Temporary Road Closure July 810 Near Central Peninsula Hospital

first_imgEmergency department access will be open at all times. Alternate access routes to the Emergency department include; Binkley Street to Vine Street, through the main hospital parking lot around River Tower to the Emergency Department; and W. Marydale through the main hospital parking lot, around River Tower to the Emergency Department. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享In relation to ongoing construction at Central Peninsula Hospital, it is necessary to close Fireweed Street at N. Rockwell Ave. on July 8 – July 10, according to a release from CPH. The Emergency Department drop off at Fireweed Street will also be open but no through traffic between N. Rockwell Ave. and W. Marydale Street on Fireweed will be allowed. Signage will be posted indicated road closures and detour routes. Work is expected to be completed and traffic returned to normal after July 10. In the release from CPH: “Every effort will be made to ensure a smooth flow of traffic to the Emergency Department. Thank you for your cooperation.”last_img read more

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Google pages will shut down on April 2

first_img Review • Updated Google+ for Android is almost perfect 4:02 Google Google+ Now playing: Watch this: Google+ On April 2, you can say goodbye to Google+. Adam Berry / Getty Images Google+ content will start vanishing on April 2, the company said Wednesday.We’ve known the search giant planned to “sunset” the consumer side of its also-ran social network since its October admission that the personal data of up to 500,000 users was exposed between 2015 and March 2018.Originally, Google said the service would close in August 2019, but it announced last month that the date had been moved up to April after a new bug revealed further vulnerabilities in the platform. Share your voice Internet Services Security News • Google to remove auto-syncing between Google Drive and Google Photos Tags ‘Hey Google’ was posted far and wide at CES 2019 0 18 Photos On Feb. 4, you’ll lose the ability “to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events,” the company said in an email to users early Friday.Now you’ve got an exact deadline for saving any photos or videos you put on it. At that time, the company will shut down your Google+ account and start deleting pages, photos, videos and other content.Disappearing sooner are the Google+ API developer tools, which lay at the heart of the security breach. They’ll cease to be on March 7, Google product manager David Conway wrote in a blog post.Companies using Google+ needn’t worry though, since Google will continue to support the enterprise side.First published Jan. 31 at 7:00 a.m. PT.Update, Feb. 1 at 7:29 a.m. PT: Notes Google’s email to users regarding profile creation. Post a comment Google+ is taking a dirt nap early How To • How to make a Google Duo audio call with your Google Home devicelast_img read more

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Googles Sundar Pichai says privacy cant be a luxury good

first_img Tech Industry Internet Pichai’s op-ed piece comes amid turmoil in the tech community about how consumers’ data is used, sold and protected. Google has faced questions about the collection of user location data, the software flaws that exposed information from millions of accounts of Google+ users and the potential for privacy regulations.To try to answer some of those questions, Pichai explained how Google uses anonymized data to make its products more helpful. He also said that the targeted ads served to users are based on activities such as past search results and not personal data found in apps such as Gmail or Docs. While reviewing some of the privacy protection tools Google has offered over the years, Pichai touted new features the company introduced last week, including auto-delete controls and two-factor authentication for Android-based phones. He also touted the work Google is doing with artificial intelligence to protect users’ privacy — specifically with a feature called federated learning that studies and learns from the data on your device but only sends the lesson learned to developers, not the raw data.The company has drawn blowback for its AI operations, including a March backlash over its AI ethics board. Google disbanded the board after only a week. “In the future, AI will provide even more ways to make products more helpful with less data,” he wrote.In his conclusion, Pichai brought up a touchy subject in the tech community: legislation. Members of Congress have shown interest in moving toward a federal law governing consumer privacy, and Pichai said Google supports the US adopting privacy legislation similar to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.”Legislation will help us work toward ensuring that privacy protections are available to more people around the world.” Tags 34 Photos Comments Now playing: Watch this: All of the news out of Googles I/O keynote Privacy Google Sundar Pichaicenter_img 2 Google CEO Sundar Pichai lays out some of his Google’s user privacy efforts in a New York Times op-ed piece. Getty Images In December, Google CEO Sundar Pichai conceded that his company could “do better” on helping users understand how to protect their privacy in a tech world hungry for user data.”We want to simplify it,” Pichai told members of Congress during a back-and-forth on a number of privacy concerns. In an opinion piece Tuesday in The New York Times, Pichai highlighted some of those efforts, calling privacy “one of the most important topics of our time.”Pichai acknowledged that having access to our data makes Google’s services run better, but that users — all users — should still expect their privacy to be protected without having to pay extra for the privilege.”Privacy cannot be a luxury good offered only to people who can afford to buy premium products and services,” he wrote. “Privacy must be equally available to everyone in the world.”Earlier in the day, Pichai was on stage at Google’s I/O developer conference, where the company unveiled a wide range of new products and updated services, including the Pixel 3A phone, Android Q, its Duplex and Assistant software, and its AR and Lens efforts. 1:33 Android 10 beta’s best new tricks from Google I/O 2019 Google I/O 2019 Share your voicelast_img read more

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Apple threatens anyone who tries to evade Safaris antitracking tech

first_img Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Comment 6:03 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple reading • Apple: Break Safari’s privacy rules and we’ll treat you like malware 1 Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See All Apple Card: Unboxing and setup John Wilander, Apple’s tracking protection project leader, announced the new policy in a tweet Wednesday. The policy credits an earlier anti-tracking policy stance from Firefox maker Mozilla, but Apple — one of the world’s most valuable companies — is in another league when it comes to power and visibility.”Good to have a bigco flexing that way,” Brave Chief Executive and former Firefox leader Brendan Eich tweeted about Apple’s move.Adapting web browsing to block privacy-invading tracking will be clash of the titans, he predicted. “The fight will come down to big vs. big, no doubt. Only a matter of time,” Eich said.Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment. Advertising Privacy Safari Apple Tags • Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Apple’s Safari tries to block websites from tracking your online behavior. Stephen Shankland/CNET Website publishers and companies that show ads on them can track you from one site to another, creating a profile on your interests intended to show ads more targeted toward your likely interests. But that can significantly impair your privacy, and browsers are starting to crack down.Apple on Wednesday published a policy governing how its Safari browser will block advertisers and websites from tracking you online — and it’s got strong words for anyone who tries to thwart its approach.Safari started blocking all such cross-site tracking two years ago, Brave has done so since its launch more than three years ago, Firefox started doing it in June, Microsoft is working on similar technology with Edge, and Google has begun something of a crackdown in Chrome. But websites can use sneaky methods like fingerprinting and supercookies to try to evade those privacy protections, and Apple doesn’t like that one bit.”We treat circumvention of shipping anti-tracking measures with the same seriousness as exploitation of security vulnerabilities. If a party attempts to circumvent our tracking prevention methods, we may add additional restrictions without prior notice,” Apple’s anti-tracking policy states. In other words, it’s a data leakage hole Apple will try to close, and Safari might punish websites in different ways if they try to bypass Apple’s approach.last_img read more

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Malaysia govt confirms arrest of exPM Najib

first_imgIn this photo taken on 24 May, former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, centre, speaks to media as he leaves the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Office in Putrajaya in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: APMalaysian government investigators have confirmed the arrest of former prime minister Najib Razak and say he will be charged in court on Wednesday.Investigators on a government task force investigating alleged theft and money laundering at the 1MDB state investment fund said Najib’s arrest Tuesday was linked to the anti-graft agency’s probe into 42 million ringgit ($10.6 million) that was transferred into Najib’s bank account from SRC International, a former 1MDB unit, using multiple intermediary companies.It didn’t give details of the charges against Najib.A government official and an aide to former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak say Najib has been arrested by anti-graft officials.Najib’s arrest comes nearly two months after his coalition’s shocking defeat in a May 9 general election.The official, who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter, said Najib was picked up from his house Tuesday and is being brought to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s headquarters, and that the agency will issue a statement soon. The aide, who declined to be named, confirmed his arrest.Malaysia’s anti-corruption agency is questioning Riza Aziz, the stepson of former premier Najib Razak and a Hollywood film producer earlier, as part of probe into alleged theft and money-laundering at the 1MDB state investment fund.Alleged corruption at the 1MDB fund helped bring on the unexpected defeat of Najib’s coalition in 9 May polls. The new government reopened investigations that were stifled while Najib was in office.Riza was solemn as he arrived at the anti-graft office Tuesday and didn’t speak to reporters.US investigators say Riza’s company, Red Granite Pictures Inc., used money stolen from 1MDB to finance Hollywood films including the Martin Scorsese-directed “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Red Granite agreed in March to pay the US government $60 million to settle claims it benefited from the 1MDB scandal.last_img read more

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Imran Khan sworn in as Pakistan PM

first_imgNew Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan swearing in at the `President House` on Saturday. — Photo: DawnPakistan’s new prime minister Imran Khan was sworn in at a ceremony in Islamabad on Saturday, ushering in a new political era as the World Cup cricket hero officially took the reins of power in the nuclear-armed country.The ceremony at the President’s House in the capital marks the end of decades of rotating leadership between the ousted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), punctuated by periods of army rule.A tearful Khan, clad in a traditional black sherwani, smiled as he stumbled over some of the words of the oath administered to him by president Mamnoon Hussain during the ceremony, televised live by the state broadcaster PTV.He swore to “bear true faith and allegiance to Pakistan”, and to “discharge my duties and perform my functions honestly, to the best of my ability… and always in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of Pakistan”.The 65-year-old former cricketer, who captained Pakistan to World Cup victory in 1992, had won a confidence vote in the National Assembly the previous day.In parliament on Friday he came out fighting with a divisive speech in which he vowed to hold corrupt officials accountable.The 25 July election that brought his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party to power was branded “Pakistan’s dirtiest”, with accusations throughout the campaign that the military was trying to tilt the playing field in Khan’s favour.The army and Khan have denied claims from rival parties of “blatant” vote rigging.Khan’s third wife, Bushra Bibi — formerly known as Bushra Maneka — kept her eyes cast modestly downwards during Saturday’s ceremony.It was her first public appearance since their wedding earlier this year, and she appeared escorted by tight security and covered from head to toe in a white niqab, a conservative garment by Pakistani standards.Khan had invited the rest of the 1992 cricket team to the ceremony, and fast bowler Wasim Akram was pictured smiling among the crowd.Another cricketer-turned-politician, India’s Navjot Singh Sidhu, was seated in the front row and earlier warmly embraced the powerful Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.Later, Khan went to the prime minister’s house in the capital, where he was met by a guard of honour.- First, accountability -Khan campaigned on promises to end widespread graft while building an “Islamic welfare state”.”I promise to my God that everyone who looted this country will be made accountable,” he said in Friday’s speech to parliament.He also defended himself against widespread claims the military had targeted the formerly ruling PML-N, especially its leader Nawaz Sharif, and fixed the playing field in Khan’s favour.”I am here after 22 years of struggle. No dictator has taken care of me. I am standing here in this parliament on my own feet,” he told the raucous assembly as opposition members shouted protest slogans.Pakistan’s 71-year history has been punctuated by coups and assassinations, and the 2018 election was only its second ever democratic transition of power from one civilian government to another.No prime minister of Pakistan has ever completed a full five-year term. Khan will have to contend with the same issue as many predecessors: how to maintain a power balance in civil-military relations.He will face myriad challenges including militant extremism, water shortages, and a rapidly growing population negating growth in the developing country, among others.Most pressing is a looming economic crisis, with speculation that Pakistan will have to seek a bailout from the International Monetary Fund.PTI fell short of an outright majority in the July 25 vote, forcing Khan to partner with smaller parties and independents in order to form a government.But it retained its stronghold in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and has made an alliance with regional parties in Balochistan.The party is also expected to form a coalition government in powerful Punjab, formerly a PML-N stronghold. Southern Sindh province remains in the hands of the PPP.PTI secured the positions of Speaker and Deputy Speaker in the National Assembly — putting Khan in a strong position to act on his legislative agenda.In the West, Khan is often seen as a celebrity whose high-profile romances were tabloid fodder, but at home he cuts a more conservative persona as a devout Muslim who believes feminism has degraded motherhood.Known in Pakistan as “Taliban Khan” for his calls to hold talks with insurgents, he increasingly catered to religious hardliners during the campaign, spurring fears his leadership could embolden extremists.Five biggest challenges facing new Imran KhanPakistan’s new government led by prime minister Imran Khan faces myriad challenges. The cricketing icon turned politician will have to make hard choices, and quickly.Here is a rundown of the biggest hurdles Pakistan is facing:- Economy -Analysts have warned the new government will have to act fast as the country teeters on the verge of a balance-of-payments crisis.Khan’s likely new finance minister, Asad Umar, has said they will decide by the end of September whether or not to go to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for the country’s second bailout in five years.But the US, one of the IMF’s biggest donors, has raised fears Pakistan could use any bailout money to repay debts to China, a suggestion Pakistan has refuted.The budget deficit has grown steadily over the past five years, and foreign currency reserves have declined. The rupee has been repeatedly devalued, fuelling inflation.Khan has vowed to improve trade with India, increase the ease of doing business and boost tax collection.But the state of national finances could also undermine one of his most popular promises, his “Islamic welfare state”, based on increased spending on education and health.- Extremism -Security has dramatically improved across Pakistan following a crackdown on militant groups in recent years.But analysts have long warned that Pakistan is not tackling the root causes of extremism, and militants can still carry out spectacular attacks.That includes during this election season, with a string of bombings at political events killing more than 200 people, including the second-deadliest militant attack in Pakistan’s history.The new prime minister, who earned the nickname “Taliban Khan” over his willingness to hold talks with the militants, increasingly catered to religious hardliners throughout the campaign.This has spurred fears extremists may be emboldened under his leadership.- Population growth -Conservative Pakistan, with its limited family planning, has one of the highest birth rates in Asia at around three children per woman, according to the World Bank and government figures.That has led to a fivefold increase of the population since 1960, now touching 207 million, draft results from last year’s census show.The boom is negating hard-won economic and social progress in the developing country, experts have warned. Analysts say unless more is done to slow growth, the country’s natural resources will not be enough to support the population.To add to the problem, discussing contraception in public is taboo in Pakistan.Khan has not taken any clear stance on family planning in the past, and it remains to be seen how his government will tackle population growth.- Water shortages -Pakistan is on the verge of an ecological disaster if authorities do not urgently address looming water shortages, experts say.Official estimates show that by 2025 the country will be facing an “absolute scarcity” of water, with less than 500 cubic metres available per person — just one-third of the water available in parched Somalia, according to the UN.Political initiative will be essential to building infrastructure to reverse the course of the impending crisis. There is also little in the way of public education on water conservation.Khan has a relatively good track record on the environment, with the “Billion Tree Tsunami” tree-planting programme in his party stronghold of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province earning acclaim from environmental groups.Whether he can translate that experience to a nationwide water conservation programme is not yet clear.- Civil-military relations -Pakistan has spent roughly half its nearly 71-year history under military rule, and the imbalance of power in between civilian governments and the armed forces has long been seen as an impediment to democracy and progress.Hope surged in 2013 as the country saw its first-ever democratic transition of power.But since then, experts have warned of a “creeping coup”, fuelled by tensions between the generals and three-time premier Nawaz Sharif, largely attributed to his desire to assert civilian supremacy and seek warmer relations with arch-rival India.Sharif, ousted in 2017 and arrested for corruption in July, has said he and his party were targeted by the military. It denies the allegations.Khan, who has already made overtures to India, insisted in parliament Friday that he had been elected without any help.”I am standing here in this parliament on my own feet,” he said.He will have to meet the country’s challenges without upsetting this delicate balance of power.last_img
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Mandatory Evacuation Orders Tuesday

first_imgIn Spring:A mandatory evacuation has been issued for residents in the Northwood Pines subdivision in Spring due to possible levee failure. Evacuees should go to the shelter at Spring High School. Officials warned if residents do not evacuate before 11 p.m., they may not be able to get out.In Waller County:The mandatory evacuations for Waller County include the following areas.FM 3318Diemer RdFM 1458 (Brazos River to Buller Rd)Clemons Switch RdHartwell RdRobichaux RdGarrett RdMt. Zion RdSunny Side RdSunny Side communityHall RdDelma RdHartman RdHannay RdMuske LaneFoots Wilson RdPeach Ridge RoadHouse RoadDonigan RoadSampson RdSeidel RdFM 1887 (south of FM 3346 and west of Kerr Rd)Harpers Church RdStefka Rd Share In Fort Bend County:The mandatory evacuation applies to significant portions of Sugarland,Missouri CitySienna PlantationRosenberg — including Wilkins Crossing, Spencer’s Glen, and Point Royale, along with New Territory – this is an area between the Southwest Freeway and US 90-A, and it includes the neighborhood just south of the Fort Bend Country Club.Pecan GroveLIDS 15LIDS 19Also included –Richmond Landing and much of the area along the Brazos between Montgomery Road, past FM 723, and to the western edge of Richmond State School.The voluntary evacuation generally covers the area bounded by Hwy 6, 59 the Southwest Freeway, and University Blvd.Just to the east of that area, there’s another mandatory evacuation zone starting at the intersection of Lexington and Dulles, running south along Hwy 6 to Knights Court.Also in Fort Bend —The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reported that the water levels within the Barker Reservoir in northeast Fort Bend County have been affecting roads near that reservoir. This applies to an area roughly south of Westheimer Road and east of Grand Parkway (SH 99).Roads in Canyon Gate and east Cinco Ranch started taking on overflow flood waters yesterday. Those waters are also affecting Grand Lakes, Kelliwood, Ricefield Village, and Willow Fork.last_img read more

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This Highly Rated Adapter Simplifies International Travel

first_img How Success Happens Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. May 15, 2019 Any frequent traveler will tell you that one of the most challenging aspects of going overseas is having to deal with a seemingly endless number of adapters and converters. Whether you travel across the globe every week for business or simply like to vacation in a different spot every year, ensuring that all your devices will stay powered up for the duration of your trip isn’t easy.This BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter puts an end to the international adapter madness once and for all, and it’s available for over 15% off at just $29.99.Combining a top-notch converter with four different adapters, this device is a must-have for anyone who needs to stay powered up whenever they travel overseas.It packs an international voltage converter that ensures you won’t overpower your devices, and there are four adapters—for EU, UK, US, and AU outlets—so you’ll never have to worry about your plugs not conforming to your host country’s configurations.You’ll be able to convert 220V inputs to 110V-120VAC, and there are four USB ports in order to facilitate simultaneous charging.Keep everything from your hairdryer to your laptop charged up whenever you travel overseas with a BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter for just $29—more than 15 percent off for a limited time.Note: The BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter ships only to the contingious U.S.  2 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Nowlast_img read more

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Man on MTVs Catfish accused of making fake threats in DC

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 0 Comments   Share   Last year, Stone-Coleman was charged with identity fraud in Richmond after authorities said he scammed Virginia Commonwealth University by promising to put on an event involving hip-hop artist Big Sean. On Dec. 5, Stone-Coleman entered a guilty plea to reduced misdemeanor charges that resulted in a suspended jail sentence.Within a week of that guilty plea is when Metro Transit Police say Stone-Coleman made the first of his 11 phony threats. The calls continued through May 12.William Efird, a public defender who represented Stone-Coleman in the Richmond case, raised questions about his client’s competency in pretrial hearings, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Efird did return calls seeking comment Wednesday.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement WASHINGTON (AP) — A man once exposed on MTV’s “Catfish” reality show about online scams was charged Wednesday with calling in fake threats against Metro stations, buses and trains in the nation’s capital.Jerez Nehemiah Stone-Coleman, 20, who is also known as “Kidd Cole,” was arrested Wednesday at his southeast Washington home on charges of making terroristic threats against Metro stations, buses and trains, Metro Transit Police said in a news release. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Stone-Coleman appeared on “Catfish” last year, in an episode that showed him pretending to be a big-time musician.Stone-Coleman was in custody Wednesday, and it is not yet clear if he has an attorney. Calls to numbers listed for family members went unanswered.In a complaint, investigators said Stone-Coleman called 911 on 11 occasions to report bomb threats or hostage situations since December, including reports of plans to take hostages on a Metro bus for a $15 million ransom. Not long after terrorist attacks in Paris in January, one caller reported learning of plans from people “from France” to ambush the president’s motorcade and assassinate the president. And in February, a caller made a false report that a man wearing all black clothing near the U.S. Capitol was brandishing a sniper rifle and threatened to blow up a bus.“We have no greater responsibility than protecting Metro’s customers and employees,” Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik said in a news release. “This case demonstrates the seriousness with which we take all threats and the lengths to which we will go to bring those responsible to justice.”These calls prompted emergency responses by Metro Transit Police and other law enforcement agencies, but the threats turned out to be “wholly false,” according to the complaint. Detectives used cellphone records, surveillance video from stations and buses and telephone audio to identify Stone-Coleman, police said. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Men’s health affects baby’s health too Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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Beverly Hills California – Reported by Elite Trav

first_imgBeverly Hills, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineWestime and Richard Mille were proud to sponsor the inaugural edition of the “Art Project Los Angeles 2010” charity auction benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles. The VIP event and live and silent auctions, which took place at Bonhams & Butterfields Los Angeles June 25 to 27, raised more than $235,000 for APLA’s critical programs.Westime and Richard Mille donated an RM 011 Ti Americas Black limited edition watch for the event’s live auction. The timepiece represented the debut of a 50-piece limited edition that will not be available to the public until September, when Richard Mille’s American flagship boutique opens in Beverly Hills. The RM 011 Ti Americas Black garnered the highest bid of the weekend-long event-$92,000-which is above its retail price.“Westime has called Los Angeles home for more than two decades, and we are honored to support one of our home town’s most important causes,” says Greg Simonian, president of Westime. “Like fine art, Richard Mille watches are rare and beautiful creations. The art auction at Bonhams was the perfect place to reveal this new watch, while helping APLA’s mission.”In addition to the Richard Mille watch, artworks by Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Robert Rauschenberg, Pablo Picasso, Jean Michel Basquiat, Roy Lichtenstein and Chuck Close were auctioned at the event.www.westime.comlast_img read more

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Gesy sabotage claims anger accused parties

first_imgJust days before the House heath committee is set to begin an article-by-article discussion of the regulations concerning the work framework of personal and specialist physicians as well as their fees within Gesy, political parties on Tuesday denied they were trying to sabotage the new health system.As the dispute over the future of private practices within Gesy began aligning into party camps, socialist Edek denounced reports that its leader Marinos Sizopoulos held a back-door meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades seeking government backing for a legislation amendment in favour of private doctors.Sizopoulos, himself a dermatologist, is accused of trying to bring an amendment to the Gesy legislation, which would introduce a right for private doctors to continue their medical practice once the scheme is launched ostensibly in a matter of months.Deputy director of the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) Andreas Papakonstantinou said on Tuesday that the organisation “is willing to discuss with private doctors and clinicians the subject of private medical practice within Gesy, but will not be adopting a plan that provides unequal healthcare opportunities to all beneficiaries.”As deliberations intensify between the Cyprus Medical Association (CMA) and the HIO, the dispute moved into the political arena after former health minister George Pamboridis pointed the finger at Sizopoulos on Sunday, by claiming on Twitter that he was among a group with two other party leaders who were attempting “to overturn Gesy, under the supposed pretext of improvements to the system.”Pamboridis’ accusations appeared to be confirmed by a parliamentary source who told some media outlets that Sizopoulous, along with Diko leader Nicolas Papadopoulos, had approached Anastasiades, asking that the amendment allowing private practice be backed by the government, with the president replying that the government would not go back on existing arrangements.In its official response, Edek said the reports “do not correspond with reality and only serve political interests.”According to the announcement, Sizopoulos only met the president on October 25 after which he informed media that he had expressed reservations regarding Gesy’s viability under the current framework, and his concerns regarding the scheme’s possible economic collapse in the future.Reiterating claims by the CMA regarding Gesy’s inevitable future failure due to lack of funds and planning, Edek said that under the current framework, “public hospitals run the risk of being sold to private interests.”On Tuesday, Papadopoulos also rejected through his personal Twitter account his alleged involvement in efforts to alter the current design of Gesy, claiming that “Diko had voted in favour of every Gesy law and budget that has crossed parliament… Gesy must go on.”In view of the escalating dispute, Pamboridis called out in a tweet on Tuesday the “mediocre to inadequate self-satisfied political opportunists. These are the scourge of our time. Enough. Go home!”In another tweet on Sunday, Pamboridis claimed that Sizopoulos “went beyond himself to persuade the dermatologists to say a thundering NO to Gesy.” On Tuesday, Edek spokesperson Maria Panayiotou told the Cyprus Mail that this was not true.Under the government roadmap, contributions for Gesy will begin as of March 2019.The first phase of the scheme is to be rolled out on June 1 of the same year. This concerns outpatient care provided by personal physicians, specialists, pharmacies and labs.Gesy will come into full swing as of June 1, 2020 with inpatient care.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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