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George Clooney Launches Project To Watch Who Profits From Africas Conflicts

first_imgThe Enough Project has announced the launch of THE SENTRY, a new investigative initiative that seeks to dismantle the networks of perpetrators, facilitators, and enablers who fund and profit from Africa’s deadliest conflicts.The Sentry’s arrival comes as President Obama prepares for an historic trip to Africa later this week.Co-founded by George Clooney and John Prendergast, building on lessons learned from their earlier Satellite Sentinel Project initiative, The Sentry uses open source data collection, field research, and state-of-the-art network analysis technology to track and analyze how conflict is financed, sustained, and monetized.The new website for The Sentry,, also features a secure portal for the confidential and anonymous submission of tips, leaks, and information.John Prendergast, co-founder of The Sentry, said: “Conventional tools of diplomacy usually have not helped end conflicts because they don’t alter the calculations of those fueling war and committing atrocities. Given the current profitability of conflict, new efforts must center on how to make war more costly than peace. The objective of The Sentry is to follow the money and deny those war profiteers the proceeds from their crimes.”George Clooney, co-founder of The Sentry, said: “Real leverage for peace and human rights will come when the people who benefit from war will pay a price for the damage they cause.”The Sentry today also published four Country Briefs detailing the nexus of conflict, corruption, and violent kleptocracy in South Sudan, Sudan, Central Africa Republic, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.The Sentry’s investigations will produce analytical reporting that engages civil society and media, supports regulatory action and prosecutions, and provides policymakers with the information required to take effective action. The Sentry examines the techniques used to finance and profit from conflict, including:• Convergence of licit and illicit systems—illicit actors conceal their operations and launder their profits through globalized systems of finance, trade, and transportation.• Regulatory and sanctions evasion—illicit actors find ways to adapt to and avoid international laws, sanctions, and regulations.• Disguised beneficial ownership—illicit actors employ increasingly sophisticated methods to disguise their true identities to avoid detection and exposure.• Extractive industries and natural resource trafficking—illicit actors extract, tax, and sell natural resources to fund and sustain their operations.• Corruption and illicit financial flows—illicit actors compete violently to capture state resources and divert funds for their own personal enrichment and to finance their armed campaigns.• Security sector fraud and abuse—illicit actors manage state and military expenditures to fund off-budget activities with little-to-no transparency or accountability.• Elite financing and offshored assets—illicit actors abuse their power and position to accumulate significant wealth that is then laundered through offshore jurisdictions to evade detection.last_img read more

Manitoba AFN regional chief facing nonconfidence vote at the end of July

first_imgAFN Regional Chief Kevin Hart of Manitoba is facing a vote of non-confidence at the end of July. Photo courtesy: AFNDennis WardAPTN NewsThe regional chief of Manitoba for the Assembly of First Nations is facing a non-confidence vote, APTN News has learned.Kevin Hart will learn his fate after a vote at a special chiefs assembly of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) on July 30 in Brokenhead Ojibway Nation.The meeting for the specific purpose of discussing Hart’s removal takes place a day before AMC’s 31st Annual General Meeting.Hart was re-elected to a three-year term in July 2018.Hart confirmed the non-confidence vote was taking place but wouldn’t say why.In an earlier text message, Hart, who’s house was recently destroyed in a fire, said it had been a “troubling few weeks and I will concentrate on my family and my work until I address the Chiefs on July 30.”The AMC has not responded to numerous requests for comment.Calls to chiefs within the organization were also not read more

Bombardier defends CEOs absence from special meeting following 5000 layoffs

first_imgMONTREAL — Bombardier Inc. was on the defensive Monday after chief executive Alain Bellemare steered clear of a special meeting, hastily arranged to deal with the imminent layoff of 2,500 of the company’s Quebec workers.The province’s economy minister called the early-morning sit-down in downtown Montreal between Bombardier representatives, union and aerospace leaders and the government, with a view to finding a path back to employment for the workers.Bombardier, which announced last week it will cut 5,000 workers worldwide and sell off key assets, including the Q400 propeller plane program, dispatched two representatives to the rendezvous, including vice president of external relations Olivier Marcil.“Bombardier is not hiding, Bombardier is here,” he said during a scrum with reporters. “Mr. Bellemare has a very, very busy schedule and supports the initiative.”The plane-and-train maker has just under 70,000 employees across 30 countries, Marcil noted.Bellemare, whose total compensation was about $14 million in 2017, has avoided interviews since Bombardier gave word of the job cuts last week alongside third-quarter results.Bellemare said in a statement Thursday he was “very proud” of what had been achieved so far as part of his recovery plan, which is set to culminate in 2020.Bellemare has already admitted that Bombardier was close to bankruptcy in 2015 before the Quebec government jumped to its aid by injecting $1 billion of public money into the C Series. The aircraft program was renamed A220 in July when Airbus took control without paying a dime.“He lives in Quebec and is fully aware of what is happening,” said Marcil, when asked if his boss should take the time to explain his recent decisions. “But he manages a rail and aviation giant and could not be here today.”Quebec Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon deflected questions around Bellemare’s absence Monday, noting that two Bombardier representatives were present at the meeting in downtown Montreal.However, he said he had talked with the leader of the Quebec multinational in recent days.“We have agreed to meet soon to talk about the industry to avoid future surprises,” Fitzgibbon said.Following the 7:30 a.m. meeting, the minister sought to reassure Quebeckers that the province’s aerospace sector is healthy and growing, despite restructuring at the company. He said he is hopeful an ongoing labour shortage means all affected Bombardier employees will be able to find new work within the next 12 to 18 months.Representatives from Aero Montreal, Bell Helicopter and CAE Inc. were present, among other companies.Bombardier is expected to provide details surrounding the layoffs, such as the trades affected, to the province in the coming days, which would allow the industry to respond, Fitzgibbon said.“You have to understand which employees are going to be targeted,” he said. “There is a risk that there will be training issues and that is where the Ministry of Employment will be present.”David Chartrand, the Quebec co-ordinator of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, was optimistic about industry prospects, despite having criticized last week the way Bombardier opted to announce the layoffs.“It’s a good message to send to the public if some people think it’s not going well,” he said Monday. “That’s wrong. There is job creation. It’s good that people know about it.”– – –The aerospace industry in numbers:– 40,000 jobs.– Nearly 31,700 positions to be filled over the next decade.– Approximately 22,900 jobs to replace due to promotions, retirements and voluntary departures.– Most in-demand trades: aerospace engineer, mechanical engineering technician and interior finishing worker.(Source: Aero Montreal) Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B, TSX:CAE)Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Benkirane to PJD Supporters Dont React to Protests Regarding Fish Sellers

Rabat – While expressing his sorrow at the tragic death of the fish seller in Huceima, Secretary-General of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) and head of government, Abdelilah Benkirane, urged PJD party members not to respond to protests.In the first official statement after the tragic death of the 31-year-old Mohsen Fikri, the fish-seller who was crushed to death in a garbage truck waste compactor, Benkirane expressed his sorrow at the incident.The statement published on the party’s official website stated that Benkirane called upon the members of his party not to respond in any way to any demonstration pertaining to the incident. “The Secretary General of the Justice and Development Party expresses his utter sorrow at the tragic incident of the death of the fish vendor in the city of Huceima, the late Mohsen Fikri. The General Directorate for National Security has visited the scene and begun investigations for this purpose. At the same time, he urges all the brother and sister members of the party and its sympathizers not to respond in any way to any protest regarding this tragic incident.”The masses that demonstrated in the streets of Huceima late Friday  night demanded the presence of Huceima’s governor, Mohammed Zher. The governor appeared before the angry protestors at 3 a.m, accompanied by the city Prosecutor General and promised that “a thorough and transparent investigation to apply the law and guarantee the deceased’s rights.Zher also announced that the deputy of Huceima’s fishing department had been fired from his position following the incident.The picture of the victim has been widely shared on social media with hundreds of thousands of Moroccans calling on the government to bear its responsibility and bring people who caused his death to justice.Benkirane’s statement falls short of living up to the expectations of Moroccans, who were expecting their head of government and their elected officials to show solidarity with the victim, condemn his death and call for holding its alleged perpetrators accountable.Following the release of his statement, many expressed their anger and wondered whether Benkirane is the head of the government for all Moroccans or just for the PJD and its supporters. read more

Energy secretary says US can make oil gas coal cleaner

SALT LAKE CITY — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the Trump administration is committed to making fossil fuels cleaner rather than imposing “draconian” regulations on oil, gas and coal.Perry made his remarks Thursday during a speech at an energy conference in Salt Lake City hosted by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert.The former Texas governor says the government has proven it can make traditional energy sources cleaner without “surrendering one, single fuel.”He didn’t elaborate on how that would be done. He’s expected to speak with reporters later Thursday.Perry previously said the Trump administration wants to spend a half-billion dollars next year on fossil fuel research and development as demand plummets for coal and surges for natural gas.About 25 protesters interrupted the conference and were escorted out by police. They say the administration’s fixation on fossil fuels is a misguided approach that ignores climate change.Brady McCombs, The Associated Press read more

UNICEF sends schoolsinabox to Zambias floodhit regions

20 March 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has dispatched 58 “schools-in-a-box” to flood-hit areas of Zambia to help pupils whose families have had to flee their homes because of rising waters or whose school buildings have been damaged or destroyed. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has dispatched 58 “schools-in-a-box” to flood-hit areas of Zambia to help pupils whose families have had to flee their homes because of rising waters or whose school buildings have been damaged or destroyed.Each school-in-a-box, which contains enough supplies for 100 children, will be distributed to community and Government schools in Southern, Lusaka and Western provinces, among the regions hardest hit by the recent flooding. They have been sent from the agency’s supply division in Copenhagen, Denmark.Pawan Kucita, chief of UNICEF Zambia’s education section, said “the kits are designed to provide support for teachers and children and to ensure a sense of normalcy remains despite the difficult circumstances that tragedies such as floods can bring.”The kits, designed for students in grade one to nine, contain exercise books, student slates, an inflatable globe, a student register, crayons, pencils, pencil sharpeners, ballpoint pens, felt-tip pens, erasers, chalkboards, chalk and chalk duster, scissors, tape, a clock, flipchart markers, a compass, coloured wooden cubes, educational posters, book bags, rulers and a metal box for transport and storage.UNICEF Zambia is already providing $139,000 in emergency supplies to the country’s Ministry of Education, and they include 36 large tents and 40 recreation kits, which contain volleyballs, netballs, footballs, nets and whistles.About 400,000 people are estimated to have been affected by this season’s flooding in Zambia, while up to 36,000 have been displaced and almost 3,500 homes and 44 schools have collapsed because of the prolonged heavy rainfall. read more

Canadian dollar falls dragged down by weakerthanexpected inflation figures

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar headed lower Friday after Statistics Canada reported that consumer prices rose last month at the slowest rate it’s seen in more than three years.The loonie finished the day down 0.95 of a cent to 97.17 cents US as the U.S. dollar also gained strength against other major currencies.The Canadian dollar was as low as 96.96 cents at one point in the morning, a level not seen in more than two months.Statistics Canada said the annual inflation rate plunged six-tenths of a point to 0.4 per cent, the lowest it’s been since October 2009 as gasoline prices fell six per cent from last April.Jason Hornett, a portfolio manager with Bissett Investment Management, said the low inflation numbers may have left some investors debating whether the Bank of Canada will step in and cut interest rates.“If we did see traders taking up the expectation that Canadian interest rates would be declining, it would make our dollar less attractive,” he said.“However, given the current level of interest rates… they’re at historical low levels, so I really doubt whether we’re going to see another cut for interest rates in Canada.”On a month-to-month basis, Statistics Canada said gasoline, clothing, restaurant meals, furniture and mortgage interest costs were all lower last month than they were in March.But the Bank of Canada’s core inflation index, which excludes volatile items such as gasoline, just managed to stay within the central bank’s desired one-to-three range, falling only three-tenths of a point to 1.1 per cent.Meanwhile, gold prices continued to pull back. June gold bullion dropped $22.20 to US$1,364.70 an ounce, nearing its low of US$1,352 from April 15 after a two-day plunge knocked $200 off its price.Hornett said as the stock markets rise, traders will no longer be eyeing gold as a good investment.“I think that people’s expectations for the economy both in North America and globally just continues to improve, so that continues to reduce risk of a any sort of meltdown which makes the gold trade less and less attractive,” he said.The June crude contract was up 86 cents to US$96.02 a barrel and July copper climbed three cents to US$3.32 a pound. Canadian dollar falls, dragged down by weaker-than-expected inflation figures by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted May 17, 2013 6:58 am MDT read more

Big Ten Championship Game going to be won in the trenches

OSU’s football team plays Michigan State Sept. 30, 2012, at Spartan Stadium. OSU won, 17-16.Credit: Lantern file photoA trip to a BCS bowl game in Pasadena, Calif., will be on the line when the Ohio State (12-0, 8-0) and Michigan State (11-1, 8-0) football teams meet at the Big Ten Championship Game.Saturday’s winner is guaranteed to at least receive a berth in the Rose Bowl Game, but for No. 2-ranked OSU, a projected selection to the BCS National Championship Game hangs in the balance pending the game’s outcome.Even so, OSU players insist their focus this week is on winning Saturday rather than the later implications of that potential win.“You have to take it one week at a time, one day at a time,” junior defensive tackle Michael Bennett said Monday. “All we can do is win each and every week. If we do that … things will work out for themselves.”Although he acknowledged the Buckeyes were excited to move up to No. 2 in the BCS standings after then-No. 1 ranked Alabama lost to then-No. 4 Auburn, junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said the team has kept its attention on Michigan State.“We don’t really have to do much refocusing because everybody still understands what’s at task right now and understands how important this game is,” Shazier said. “We got to take care of business with (Michigan State) first, then we can move on and be excited about the next team to come up.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said his players have the right mindset going into the championship game.“They’re a very purpose-driven team and a very intelligent team so I don’t anticipate a problem (with focus),” Meyer said. “The biggest problem is we’re going to be facing an excellent team in Michigan State with great players.”The Buckeyes, though, seem to realize winning against the No. 10-ranked Spartans is no easy task.OSU has been led this season by the strength of its offense, which ranks third in scoring offense (48.2 points per game) and sixth in total offense (530.5 yards per game).The Buckeyes’ offense has been especially strong on the ground, ranking second nationally with 321.3 rushing yards behind the all-Big Ten play of senior running back Carlos Hyde and junior quarterback Braxton Miller.That offense, however, might face its toughest test of the season in the Spartans. Michigan State’s defense leads the nation with only 237.7 total yards allowed per game and 64.8 rushing yards allowed per game, and also ranks fourth nationally in scoring defense with only 11.8 points allowed per game.Meyer said the success of Michigan State’s defense starts with its players’ talent.“It always starts with players,” Meyer said. “They have very skilled players that are tough.”Redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort said the Michigan State defense likes to “just play you and see if their guys are better than yours.”“They don’t do a ton of different stuff,” Mewhort said in regards to Michigan State’s defensive scheme. “I respect them for that because they have good players and are able to do that a lot.”Mewhort pointed specifically to redshirt-sophomore defensive end Shilique Calhoun, redshirt-senior defensive tackle Micajah Reynolds and senior middle linebacker Max Bullough as players in Michigan State’s defensive front seven who could present a challenge to the OSU offense.“They’re a physical group,” Mewhort said. “Good players everywhere.“The game’s going to be won in the trenches, so it’s going to be us (OSU offensive line) vs. them (Michigan State defensive front),” Mewhort added. “It’s going to be one of those classic, smashmouth Big Ten football games. I think we’re going to really embrace that on our offensive line, and we’re looking forward to it.”While the OSU offense is preparing for its toughest challenge of the season, the Michigan State defense is doing the same.“For me to sit here and tell you (OSU is) not our biggest challenge that we’ve faced so far, they’re not our biggest test, would just be lying to you,” Bullough said Monday.Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said Miller’s dual-threat ability to both pass and run the ball makes OSU’s offense particularly tough to defend.“The quarterback is a game-breaker,” Dantonio said. “He’s going to be able to create, take a bad play and make it a good one.”But even with the variety of challenges the OSU offense could present to its opponent, Michigan State senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard said he does not expect the Spartans to change the way they play.“We’re going to play our game of football,” Dennard said. “We’re going to make those guys play our game. And that’s the way we look at it every game.”Michigan State redshirt-sophomore quarterback Connor Cook said OSU’s defensive struggles against Michigan Saturday gave his offense confidence, but said he and his teammates aren’t getting their hopes up for the Buckeyes to give up that many points and yards again.“Any time you see your opponent give up that many yards … quite honestly, you’re licking your chops,” Cook said. “But you just got to treat it like any other game that we’ve had all year.”Michigan State’s offense has had its share of struggles this season, ranking just 85th nationally in total offense (380.2 yards per game) and 63rd in scoring offense (29.4 points per game).Meyer said it is “very clear” what the Spartans, which have 502 rushing attempts and 354 passing attempts this season, want to do when they are on offense.“They’re balanced, but they’re going to run the football on you,” Meyer said. “So we’ve been decent against the run and we need to continue to be decent against the run.”Shazier said Michigan State is “really good” at running the ball. He also thinks Cook is a smart leader of the offense.“They have a really good O-line,” Shazier said. “And they have playmakers, and the quarterback, he’s a really good decision-maker. He doesn’t really make a lot of dumb decisions and make decisions that would hurt the team.”OSU’s defense versus Michigan State’s offense will be just as important to the game’s outcome, Meyer said.“The best defense is our offense hanging onto the ball moving the ball … but the way I feel, there’s no shortcutting Michigan State’s offense,” Meyer said. “As far as winning a game, we have to play excellent defense against this offense.”Kickoff is scheduled for 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. read more

Gambia Denounces Remarks Made By Us President Trump

first_imgPRESS RELEASE FROM FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTRYThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad of the Republic of The Gambia vehemently denounces the remarks made by the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, describing African nations as “shithole countries” at a meeting with lawmakers in the White House on Thursday 11 January 2018. The Government of the Republic of The Gambia is appalled by the remarks and finds it inconceivable that a President of a country regarded by many as one of the most tolerant and democratic countries in the world would utter such racial remarks. Such disparaging remark compromises the core values of tolerance and democracy in America. The Government of The Gambia, therefore, calls on President Trump to withdraw his remarks and give a fitting apology to the African continent and Haiti.last_img read more

Martino denies he was Messis pawn in Argentina

first_imgAtlanta United manager Gerardo Martino, confirmed that he never did Lionel Messi’s bidding when he managed Argentina back in the day.During the time in which Messi has played for the Argentina National Team, there has always been a conversation that suggests many managers like Gerardo Martino received orders from him.When it wasn’t which player he wanted to bring to the tournaments, it was the style of play and many modifications. But none of this information has ever been proved, and many of these managers take these claims as a very serious accusation.Manager Gerardo Martino recently spoke to the media about this, he blatantly denies having received any kind of order from Lionel Messi during his time with the Albiceleste.🇦🇷⚽ Entrevista completa del Tata Martino desde Atlanta. El entrenador argentino habló de todo: presente, futuro, Selección Argentina y Messi ➡ colectiva con los colegas, @MelukLeCuenta , @cesaralo y @ESPN_JorgeRamos.— Daniel Arcucci (@daniarcucci) October 22, 2018“I never did what Messi demanded. That is a completely fabricated myth, a lot of people came out to talk about it,” said Martino to Daniel Arcucci’s website.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“I’m not the one who needed to come out an deny it, the lies were uncovered by facts. You have to sit down and analyze who played the 2014 World Cup, who returned in 2015 and said they wouldn’t return.”“Who came back in 2017 and also said they wouldn’t return. When things like that happen, one must sit down and analyze.”#FCB 🔵🔴 | Tata Martino habla de su relación con Messi— Diario SPORT (@sport) October 23, 2018“My happiest moment as a manager was when I coached the Paraguay National Team. It was 5 years in which I managed to be a happy man. We still have an instant messaging group that we call ‘South Africa 2010’.”“They all get together once a month and they send me pictures. In football, there are sometimes technical difficulties that take place, which is exactly what happened there. Right now all I think about is Atlanta United.”“I keep thinking about the possibility of becoming an MLS champion, winning the title. There are very few fixtures left. We qualified to the Concacaf Champions League. That is the only thing I think about right now,” he concluded.last_img read more

Thieves haul away pricey generator from Miami store

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Surveillance video caught two men stealing a generator from a Miami store, Sunday.The footage shows the men pulling up in a white pickup truck, snapping the fence lock and hooking their trailer to the generator. Then, they took off.The theft happened at Marky’s Gourmet on Northeast 79th Street and Seventh Avenue.The store owner hopes someone will identify the thieves in the video.“We’re offering a reward that will match whatever Crime Stoppers provides for somebody that can identify the perpetrators of the crime,” they said.The generator is worth nearly $60,000 and had about $1,000 worth of fuel inside.If you recognize these men, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward, in addition to the matching reward offer by the company. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

United Way Youth Institute forum seeks solutions to violence

first_imgThe forum included a panel of community leaders, who took questions submitted by the youth of the county.“Anytime that children or young people want to engage adults, engage community leaders about this issue, I think it’s a great thing,” said Miami-Dade Deputy Mayor Russell Benford.County officials, law enforcement leaders and educators all took the chance to share where they’ve identified the violence, and what they are working on to stop it.“They talk about other influencing factors, like poor conduct; poor attendance affects those individuals,” said Sharron Henley, the vice president of programs at Urban League.Student leaders found that their voice matters.“As youth, you understand that other youth will listen to other youth,” said Rakerra Bridges, a youth fellow at the United Way.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – The United Way Youth Institute hosted a forum dedicated to seeking an end to violence in the community.A group of over 20 students is seeking the answer to a troubling question: How do you end youth violence?In the week before the forum, teenagers were caught in the crossfire in a shooting at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, on the very day meant to honor the civil rights leader.The forum comes at a time where tensions have reached a boiling point, and many of the youth have felt the sting of violence.“There are teens, right now, seriously involved in gang violence, and it needs to be stopped,” said Rachel Mazyck, the panel moderator.“It affects them day to day,” said Diana Santangelo, the director of education for the United Way. “Their friends have been killed, or they have classmates that they know are carrying guns to school, so this is very important to them because it’s serious. A lot of our kids have actually lost family members.”Mazyck is one of those who has lost a loved one to gun violence. “Just recently, one of my cousins was killed from it,” she said. “He’s only in his 20s, but it’s still something that could’ve been prevented.” last_img read more

Business Leaders Meet For Innovation Summit

first_imgMore than 200 business leaders, researchers and policy-makers gather in Juneau this week for the 2015 Innovation Summit.Download AudioThe two-day event is a time to listen, discuss and brainstorm about Southeast Alaska’s economic future.Brian Holst, the executive director of the Juneau Economic Development Council and the summit’s organizer, says speakers and participants will focus on new ways of doing business.“These are entrepreneurs and university people and people involved in the business world or supporting business that have experienced innovation in their professional work,” Holst said.The Innovation Summit runs Wednesday and Thursday at Juneau’s Centennial Hall.  There is a registration fee.last_img read more

Groundwork for decisions on JK began during tenure of previous

first_imgNew Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday suggested that the groundwork for revoking constitutional provisions according special status to Jammu and Kashmir was initiated during the previous government, and asserted that the armed forces are fully prepared to deal with any security challenges on the western front. In an address at a think-tank, the Defence Minister also complimented the armed forces for not allowing the situation to slide in Jammu and Kashmir following India’s decisions on Kashmir. Also Read – War propaganda delays removal of internet restriction in Jammu and Kashmir Advertise With Us “We have biggest apprehension from our neighbour. You can change your friend but you do not have the option to choose your neighbour. I am praying that no country has a neighbour like the one we have,” Singh said. The defence minister said the decision taken by the government to nullify provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution and creating two Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh has ended the “discrimination” faced by the people during the last 70 years. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us Singh said the groundwork towards a permanent solution for the issue has been laid during the first term of the Narendra Modi government. “The decision will have some effects,” he added, saying that the neighbouring country is not happy and it will try to disturb peace. “Our Armed Forces have accepted the security challenge and are fully prepared to meet any threats,” he said.last_img read more

12 more bullethit Rohingyas admitted to CMCH

first_imgTwelve more Rohingyas, including a woman and two teenage girls, who have crossed border with bullet wounds, were admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) between Saturday night and Sunday morning.The injured – Sirajunnesa, 28, Md Shaker, 27, Hossian Ali, 45, Mohammad Abdullah, 20, Md Abu Taher, 19, Abul Kalam, 35, Mosammat Adija, 11, Md Hamid Hossain, 40, Fatema, 15, Bashirullah, 28, Karimullah, 46, Mansur Rahman, 25 – were shifted to the hospital from Rohingya refugee camp hospital in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar, said sub-inspector (SI) Zahirul Islam, in-charge of CMCH police outpost.Of them, Sirajunnesa sustained bullet injuries in her both legs while Hossain Ali in his left knee, and Shaker and Abdullah suffered injuries in their chests, SI Zahirul added.With the twelve, the total number of injured Rohingyas at CMCH stands at 85 since the Myanmar security forces launched the crackdown against Rohingyas of northern Rakhine State in Myanmar since 25 August.Besides, another Rohingya man – Shamsul Alam, 35, – who sustained injuries in a road accident in Teknaf, was admitted to the hospital, said Alauddin, assistant sub inspector (ASI) at CMCH police outpost.last_img read more

Reduce File History size on Windows 10

first_imgReduce File History size on Windows 10 by Martin Brinkmann on July 08, 2016 in Tutorials – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 10 commentsFile History is a useful feature of recent versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system that backs up files regularly when enabled.You may want to check out our how to use File History guide if you have never used it before.File History offers additional protection against data loss, but does not replace backups completely.While it is useful as it is, as it allows you to recover files easily, it may take up quite a bit of space on the designated hard drive.For instance, it used more than 560 Gigabyte on a machine running Windows 10. While the occupied storage may differ on your devices, it is fair to say that File History takes up a sizeable chunk of hard drive space.Reduce File History size on Windows 10Probably the biggest usability issue of File History is that you cannot set storage quotas for the feature.While you may configure how often it backs up files, and how long it retains them, there is no option for more control of the feature.You have two main options to reduce the hard drive space that File History occupies at any given point in time:Change the frequency in which copies are saved, and change the time period for keeping saved versions.Clean up versions manually.Modifying frequency and time periodFile History may save less copies of a file if you decrease the interval in which it checks files for changes. The positive effect of doing so is that it may reduce the storage space occupied by the feature as fewer file versions may be saved.The time period in which saved versions of files are kept is also of importance. File History will take up less space if you shorten it.Here is how you modify both preferences:Tap on the Windows-X key on the keyboard, and select Control Panel from the menu that opens up.Locate File History and select the option.You may alternatively tap on Windows, type File History, and select File History Settings from the results.Select Advanced Settings on the left.The next screen displays the current values for “save copies of files” and “keep saved versions”.Simply click on each menu and select a different interval or time period. For “saved copies of files”, you may set it between “every 10 minutes” to daily. The longer the check interval, the less space File History uses on the hard drive.For “keep saved versions”, you may set the interval between “until space is needed” to forever. Forever is the default setting.Cleaning up File History versionsThe second option that you have is to clean up File History versions. This deletes them from the hard drive and frees up space in the process.Click on “clean up versions” on the advanced settings page to get started.The window that opens displays options to delete files older than a certain period. The best you can do in terms of regaining storage is to delete all file versions except for the latest one.Other options include deleting files older than a year (default) or files older than a month.Windows displays a delete progress dialog if it finds matching file versions, or simply that it could not locate any file versions matching the selected parameter.Please note that the storage that File History occupies on the hard drive will grow to the same level over time unless you modify File History parameters as well.The clean up of File History versions reduced the size of backup copies to 72 Gigabyte on the computer.Now You: Do you use File History at all?SummaryArticle NameReduce File History size on Windows 10DescriptionFind out how to reduce the storage size Windows 10’s File History backup feature uses on hard drives connected to the computer.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

CCleaner 544 comes with advertising popups

first_imgCCleaner 5.44 comes with advertising popups by Martin Brinkmann on June 28, 2018 in Internet – Last Update: June 28, 2018 – 108 commentsIf you run the free version of the popular temporary file cleaner and system tool CCleaner for Windows, you may have noticed that it has started to display advertising popups on the system.I noticed the behavior after installing CCleaner 5.44 on a Windows 10 Pro system; it is possible, however, that older versions of CCleaner display the advertisement as well.The advertisement appears as a popup message in the lower right corner of the screen. It highlights a Summer Sale and a discount for CCleaner Professional.You can upgrade to the professional version of CCleaner for 50% off.It reads:Summer Sale: Get 50% off!Treat your computer to automatic cleaning for a stress-free summerThe offer ends on July 7.Note that the popup is displayed when you run the portable version or the version that gets installed on the system.The popup message disappears after a few seconds but you can open the upgrade option in the CCleaner interface to display the offer again.There you may notice that the 50% may not have been accurate. On my system, it displayed a discount of €10 from €24.95 to €14.95 which is less than 50%.The reason why there is a discrepancy is that a click on the “upgrade & save” button opens a page on the CCleaner website. There you find the offer for  €12.49 instead of $14.95.It is rather strange that Piriform/Avast would display two different upgrade offers to users of the program. You can open the Summer Sale page directly here.CCleaner Professional adds features such as priority customer support, automatic cleaning, and additional cleaning options to the application.There is no option in the program to disable the advertising popup. In fact, there is no option at all to prevent this kind of behavior.What you can do is block CCleaner’s Internet access. If you disallow the program to connect to the Internet. for example with TinyWall or Windows Firewall Control, it seems that you won’t get the advertising popup.The one downside to this is that you will have to download new versions manually to install them, at least until the July 7 deadline is reached.There is no telling, however, whether the popup won’t be used to advertise other Avast products such as Avast antivirus products.CCleaner has been in the news recently quite a bit. Avast acquired CCleaner’s parent company Piriform in 2017, and servers were compromised in 2017 shortly after the acquisition. The company added privacy options to CCleaner in 2018 which caused initial confusion as well.Closing WordsI have to admit that I don’t mind reminders like the one that CCleaner displays. What I dislike about it is that there is no option to turn it off and that the popup is displayed frequently and not just once or on user request.Users who dislike the practice may want to check out alternatives such as Bleachbit.Now You: What is your take on this?SummaryArticle NameCCleaner 5.44 comes with advertising popupsDescriptionIf you run the free version of the popular temporary file cleaner and system tool CCleaner for Windows, you may have noticed that it has started to display advertising popups on the system.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Meet the amazing 85yearold drag star Maisie Trollette

first_imgHe was able to leave Selfridges and concentrate on performing and new business ventures.BrightonRaven met his partner, Don Coull, in 1965, during a brief acting stint in a theatre show in Scotland. The two were together for over 35 years.With drag partner Jimmy, Raven performed in pantomime as the ugly sisters at the Theatre Royal, Brighton. While there, he and Don fell in love with the south coast city and its liberal, gay-friendly atmosphere. With the help of their pools winnings, they bought a guesthouse on St George’s Terrace in the late 1970s.‘Don ran it, and I went full time into the drag scene.’He has worked all over Europe, including regular bookings in pantomime and at private parties. He says he still does about two bookings a week.Don, sadly, passed in the early 00s. Raven now lives alone. At a time when others have long since retired or leading a quiet life, why is he still performing?‘I’m working because I love what I do,’ he shoots back. ‘I’m very lucky in having my own property and things, and wonderful people about me. Besides, have you seen the prices of bread and coffee?’ he laughs.Raven handles all his bookings himself. Resolutely old-school in approach, he doesn’t have email or a cell phone.‘I don’t have an agent. I think if they [publicans and club promoters] want you, they can bloody ring up.’‘I’ve always worked hard’Raven is a throwback to a different era of cabaret, one closer to Music Hall than to RuPaul’s Drag Race.Although he now sits on a stool to deliver showtunes such as ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’ and ‘Anything Goes’, and crack jokes at anyone foolish enough to sit close to the stage, his act has remained largely unchanged over the years. But his fans love him for it.He’s also a true survivor. He tells me he’s outlived all his four siblings. Then there was HIV and AIDS, which took many that Raven knew. Over the years, he has helped raised thousands in funds for numerous HIV charities, such as the Sussex Beacon.He puts his own long life down to ‘working hard. I’ve always worked hard.’I tell him that many younger gay men fear getting older. Can he pinpoint any benefits?‘You get a pension from the government and a free bus pass,’ he says with an arched eyebrow, while giving himself a last look over in the mirror.Raven says he’s some ups and downs with his health. He has arthritis in his hands. He recently fell on a trip to Sitges and bruised his legs and chest – from which he is still recovering. I protectively walk in front of him as we walk down the stairs to the main floor of the pub. I’m conscious he’s in heels and it’s a carpeted staircase.‘A very lucky man’‘What are his hopes for the future?’ I ask before he takes the stage.‘That I get a telegram from the Queen!’ he chuckles. The British Monarch traditionally sends a message to all citizens who reach the age of 100 – a tradition dating back to when such a milestone was exceedingly rare.‘No, I’m just a very lucky man. I don’t think about that sort of thing at my time in my life.’And what’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from your years of performing?He takes a moment to consider.‘Recognise the good side of people…’ he says with warmth, before adding a caveat: ‘but don’t allow yourself to be taken advantage of!’See alsoHere’s the truth about the LGBTI community and ageism GAYSTARNEWS- Closeted guy in anti-gay country: ‘Drag Race keeps me alive’Meet the man who brought Drag Race to ThailandCelebrating pop culture, drag queens, and porn starsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Perched on a stool and peering into a small mirror, the 85-year-old legendary British performer wears nothing more than a pair of tights and underwear as he prepares himself to go on stage.We’re in the kitchen of the flat above the Old Ship in Stepney: one of London’s last remaining East End gay boozers. Tonight, the kitchen is doubling up as Raven’s dressing room. As any cabaret performer on the gay scene will confirm, behind the glitter, there’s little glamour in backstage life.Not that Raven is complaining. As Britain’s oldest working drag artiste (‘Never drag queen – I’m a drag artiste!’), he’s at a stage in life where he’s happy to still be working and counts his blessings.‘I’m very, very lucky,’ he tells me as he powders his face.Despite living in Brighton, Raven remains a regular on the London scene. A friend and driver, Alan Cardew, ferries him around. He also helps Raven into his dress tonight, while we both steady him while he balances himself into his high heels.Early lifeRaven was born in St Ives in Cornwall in 1933, but his family moved almost immediately to Suffolk, where he spent the best part of the next 26 years. His family had a pub, meaning he’s been used to the above-the-bar life since he can remember. Boozers are simply part of his DNA.His father died shortly after the Second World War, leaving David and his mum to run the pub. He had two brothers and two sisters.Raven trained as a grocer with British store the Co-Op, but in his late 20s, as a trained publican and waiter, also did a stint at Gorleston Super Holiday Camp in Great Yarmouth. It was where he first began to rub shoulders with showbiz personalities of the day, such as Lonnie Donegan and Matt Munroe.He wound up in London in 1960, working at Liptons, Harrods (‘which I hated’) and eventually as a master grocer at Selfridges in his 30s. He was a regular at a pub called The Cricketers in Battersea.‘They had singalong nights. And one night they had a fancy dress night, and people were doing drag but no-one was singing live.’The birth of Maisie TrolletteIt was here Raven experimented with drag for the first time. His performance immediately clicked with a friend, James ‘Jimmy’ Court. The two went on to win a talent competition at the Black Cap in Camden. Maisie and Jimmy Trollette were born. As a duo, the Trollettes went on to become regular faces on the drag circuit.‘We were unique because we were live,’ he recalls, noting that many drag queens of the time simply mimed to backing tracks.By day, Raven continued to work at Selfridges, keeping his cabaret life a secret – even from other gay members of staff. That was until one of the other men at the store told him all about a hot new cabaret act he’d seen.‘They were like, “Oh, you’ve got to come down the Vauxhall [Tavern]. There’s these two guys who are doing something. They sing and everything, and I think one of them is from the same part of the country as you!”’Raven couldn’t keep his secret life a secret any more.Maisie Trollette on stage at the Old Ship in Stepney, East London, 2 September 2018 (Photo: David Hudson)The football pools and DonJockeying the grocery trade with drag life would probably have continued, were it not for the intervention of Lady Luck in the early 1970s.‘It might be before your time,’ he asks me, smearing on more rouge, ‘but do you remember a thing called Littlewoods Football Pools?’‘Well, I won,’ he offers matter-of-factly. The Football Pools were a pre-lottery, weekly competition in which people would try to guess which football teams would score a draw on that weekend’s sporting fixtures.Raven doesn’t say exactly how much he won, but says it was ‘well over £10,000’ ($13,150/€11,200), which back then was a huge amount. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) 7 LGBTI celebrities you didn’t know are in their 80s Young Instagram and YouTube influencers who spend hours perfecting their makeup might raise an eyebrow at David Raven’s approach to preparing for a performance.Spitting into a small container of eyeshadow, he smears it across his eyelids. He then roughly glues two massive, Peacock-feather eyelashes to them. One sense’s he’s not one to waste hours on contouring.last_img read more

Spring is here

first_imgDID YOU KNOW? Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics. If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them. To receive news links via WhatsApp. For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! With the current heat Ladysmith has been experiencing, a lot of us forget that Spring is here and it is not yet summer.Today is the day to put on that floral dress you’ve been hiding in your closet all winter; it’s time to pack away all those polo necks and bring out the flip flops and shorts and get your swimsuit ready.It felt to most of us like we got into bed in winter and woke up the next day with a maximum of 33 degrees.So while we still have the chance to enjoy a bit of the cold, before everyone starts complaining about the heat, let’s use this day to enjoy Spring.Happy Spring Day! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Thousands of flights cancelled ahead of Frankenstorm

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J More than 7,000 flights have been cancelled over Sunday, Monday and Tuesday as the East Coast USA braces for the “catastrophic impacts” of Hurricane Sandy.Although travellers and locals in the southern New Jersey, Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania are expected to feel the brunt of Hurricane Sandy, aka Frankenstorm, today and tomorrow, more than 375,000 New Yorkers have already been evacuated, while 16 million others living on the East Coast have been told to be prepared.  According to an update, the storm is travelling with storm-force winds extending 450 miles away from its centre and is expected to build up more than eight inches of rain.Airports from Washington DC up to Boston remain open for the moment, however, they are reportedly in the process of implementing contingency plans while airlines announced the cancellation of 1,200 yesterday, 5,500 on Monday and an addition 640 on Tuesday, Los Angeles Times reported.Airlines affected include: United Airlines The airline has cancelled selected flights and limited operations to and from mid-Atlantic and northeast airports today and tomorrow.United has advised it will waive change fees for passengers booked to fly to or from impacted cities from 28October through 31 October.Impacted airports include its hub Newark Liberty International Airport as well as John F Kennedy and LaGuardia, Dulles International Airport and Reagan Washington National.Other destinations and airports also impacted include; Albany, N.Y, Allentown, Pa, Baltimore, Md, Boston, Mass, Buffalo, N.Y, Burlington, Vt, Charleston, S.C, Charleston, W.V, Erie, Pa, Harrisburg, Pa, Hartford, Conn, Manchester, N.H, Norfolk, Va, Philadelphia, Pa,  Pittsburgh, Pa, Portland, Maine, Providence, R.I, Raleigh-Durham, N.C, Richmond, Va, Roanoke, VA, Rochester, N.Y, Syracuse, N.Y, White Plains, N.Y and Wilkes Barre-Scranton, Pa. US Airways The carrier has advised “relaxed” changes to its fee policies, agreeing to waive the fee for passengers who trips are affected.  The “relaxed policy” applies to passengers booked to travel between 28 October and 31 October may change to travel from 1 November to 7 November.Passengers are required to rebook to the same destination and may be asked charged a fee if they change the origin and destination, travel outside the dates provided or if there is a different in fare. US Airways flight affected include trips to: Hartford/Springfield, CT, New Haven, CT, Washington, DC (Dulles), Washington, DC (Reagan National), Portland, ME, Baltimore, MD, Salisbury, MD ; Boston, MA ; Manchester, NH, Newark, NJ, Albany, NY, Binghamton, NY, Buffalo, NY, Elmira, NY, Islip, NY, Ithaca, NY, New York, NY (Laguardia) ; New York, NY (JFK), Newburgh, NY, Rochester, NY, Syracuse, NY, White Plains, NY, Greenville, NC, Jacksonville, NC, New Bern, NC, Raleigh/Durham, NC, Allentown, PA, Erie, PA, Harrisburg, PA, Philadelphia, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Scranton, PA ; State College, PA, Williamsport, PA, Providence, RI, Burlington, VT, Charlottesville, VA, Lynchburg, VA, Newport News, VA ; Norfolk, VA,; Richmond, VA, Roanoke, VA, Charleston, WV, Huntington, WV.Delta Airlines Delta has advised passengers are entitled to a refund without fee if their flight is cancelled or significantly delayed and they are scheduled to fly to, from, or through the affected cities between 28 October to 31 October and ticket must be reissued before 4 November to fly no later than 4 November.Impacted flights include those flying to and from: District of Columbia, DC, Delware, DE, Maryland, MD, North Carolina, NC, New Jersey, NJ, New York, NY, South Carolina, SC, Virginia, VA, Massachusetts, MA, West Virginia, WV, Pennsylvania, PA, Conneticut, CT, Vermont, VT, New Hampshire, NH, Rhode Island, RI and Maine, ME.   American Airlines The US airline has directed impacted passengers with tickets issued no later than 26 October this year to change flights departing 28 October to 31 October.  Affected destinations include: Baltimore, MD, Boston, MA, Buffalo, NY, Charleston, WV, Charlottesville, VA, Greensboro / Highpoint, NC, Harrisburg, PA, Hartford, CT, New York Kennedy, NY, New York LaGuardia, NY, Newark, NJ, Norfolk, VA, Philadelphia, PA, Pittsburg, PA, Raleigh / Durham, NC, Richmond, VA, Rochester, NY, Syracuse, NY, Washington Dulles, VA, Washington Reagan National, DC, Watertown, NY and Westchester County / White Plains, NY. Hawaiian AirlinesAt the request of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the airline has cancelled scheduled service between Honolulu and New York City for 29 October.Hawaiian said it expects to resume regular scheduled services on Tuesday afternoon, weather permitting and will add an additional roundtrip to New York. British Airways The UK carrier has cancelled all flights to and from the East Coast USA including New York, Baltimore, Washington, Boston and Philadelphia. The airline is offering the option to rebook or receive a refund to those customers whose flights are cancelled.  New York’s transit system The city’s popular subway system will also be suspended, with New York governor Andrew Cuorno advising the emergency suspension running from Sunday through to late Wednesday, The Guardian reported.The governor also advised that decisions on New York’s bridges and tunnels to and from Manhattan would be made individually.  Travellers and locals in the southern New Jersey, Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania are expected to feel the brunt of the storm, aka Frankenstorm, today and tomorrow. Image: last_img read more