Ban keeping close eye on developments in postelection Iran

15 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he is keeping an eye on the situation in Iran, where President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s victory over opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi in last week’s election is being contested. “I have been closely following the situation, particularly right after the election, on the demonstrations and controversies,” Mr. Ban told reporters in New York. “At the same time, I have also taken note of the instruction by the religious leaders that there should be an investigation into this issue.“In any country, when there is an election, the genuine will of the people should be reflected and respected in a most transparent and fair and objective manner,” he added. According to media reports, hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in the past several hours following the announcement of the election results. Mr. Mousavi has said he believes the vote was fixed in favour of President Ahmadinejad, while the incumbent said the vote was fair.Meanwhile, the head of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today urged the Government of Iran to allow better monitoring of its disputed nuclear programme, and to accept a new initiative of the United States to engage in direct dialogue.Iran’s nuclear programme – which its officials have stated is for peaceful purposes, but some other countries contend is driven by military ambitions – has been a matter of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that the country had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).In a speech to the Agency’s Board of Governors in Vienna, Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei said that Iran has not implemented any of the measures called for by the Security Council and by the Board.“And there has been no movement by Iran on outstanding issues which need to be clarified to exclude the possibility of military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme,” he added. “Without implementation by Iran of the additional protocol and the required safeguards measures, as well as the clarification of outstanding issues, the Agency will not be able to provide assurances about the absence of undeclared nuclear activities in Iran.”At the same time, Mr. ElBaradei said he is encouraged by the new initiative of the US to engage Iran in direct dialogue, without preconditions and on the basis of mutual respect. “This gives reason for hope that a genuine dialogue may lead to a comprehensive settlement of many security, political and economic issues spanning over 50 years.”In a related development, the head of the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme today updated the 15-member body on the panel’s latest work, including the efforts of States to implement those measures.Ambassador Yukio Takasu of Japan presented the report, which covers the period 11 March to 15 June, of the committee established by resolution 1737 of December 2006, which banned trade with Iran in all items, materials, equipment, goods and technology which could contribute to the country’s enrichment-related, reprocessing or heavy water-related activities, or to the development of nuclear-weapon delivery systems. read more

Australian opposition wants Lankans deported

Sri Lanka was making significant efforts to prevent asylum boats from leaving its waters, opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Julie Bishop and immigration spokesman Scott Morrison said. The Australian federal government should arrange with Sri Lanka to transfer boat people from the island nation who are intercepted in Australian waters back to the southern Asian nation, the Australian coalition says.Australian authorities intercepted a boat carrying 81 suspected asylum seekers north-northwest of Cocos (Keeling) Islands on Saturday. The civil war between the majority Sinhalese and Tamil minority ended in 2009 after more than 25 years. (Sydney Morning Herald) The opposition said the boat appeared to have come from Sri Lanka. “However, those who make it through should be the subject of a new arrangement for immediate transfer back to Sri Lanka without setting foot on Australian soil,” they said in a joint statement on Sunday.They said most Sri Lankans’ claims for asylum were rejected, with the bulk proven to be economic migrants, while many received negative security assessments from the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). read more

WatchTrying on Fords Sleep Suit at the Canadian International Auto Show –

Driving while tired can be extremely dangerous, which is why Ford made the SleepSuit to simulate the feeling of drowsiness behind the wheel. Thank you for turning into ITWC, let’s take a look at what it’s all about.The SleepSuit is actually a set of weighted gear. It includes a weighted vest, cap, and limb braces which are supposed to make drivers feel the strain of moving their limbs when drowsy. Altogether, the set weighs 18 kg or just under 40 pounds. The extra weight makes moving, let alone driving, much harder.That’s not all that’s special; the SleepSuit also uses a pair of tinted goggles which mimic the absence of awareness during microsleep. When enabled, the lenses turn pitch black and completely blocks vision. Sound scary? This is a phenomenon that actually happens in traffic!After donning the weights, every tester is put through a mini obstacle course where they must respond to changing signs while the goggles switch between transparent and opaque. When I tried it, the added weights and the obstructed vision made reacting to “stop” and “go” commands extremely difficult.The SleepSuit is already in use to educate young drivers on the risks of sleep deprivation. Ford is placing more emphasis on younger drivers because they tend to do over-night study sessions and force themselves to stay awake for social events. But adults who overwork experience similar strain, which is why the sleep suit can be tremendously helpful for all drivers. read more

Video Business report with Mike Eppel – March 18 2014

by News Staff Posted Mar 18, 2014 5:40 am MDT business report|markets Video: Business report with Mike Eppel – March 18, 2014 The markets are holding steady after a Monday rally, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email

Urban Meyer Ohio State defensive overhaul going well 6 practices into spring

OSU coach Urban Meyer watches his team during spring practice March 20 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Mark Batke / For The LanternOffense is what Urban Meyer is known for as a football coach.His spread system has helped him win two national championships, and win 83.7 percent of the games he’s been a head coach.But after watching Ohio State’s defense get torched in its final three games — two of them losses, to Michigan State and Clemson in the Big Ten Championship Game and 2014 Discover Orange Bowl, respectively — Meyer has said he is putting more of an emphasis on that side of the ball. He said the defense had to undergo an “overhaul” after last year — and so far, he likes what he’s seen after bringing in co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash and defensive line coach Larry Johnson.“It’s going well,” Meyer said Tuesday on how Ash is working with fellow co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell after OSU’s sixth spring practice. “We’re completely revamping the entire back end of how we do our business, and so far it’s been pretty good.”The Buckeyes finished 112th in the country last year in defending the pass, giving up 268 yards per game. That group lost leaders like linebacker Ryan Shazier, cornerback Bradley Roby and safety Christian Bryant to graduation or the NFL Draft, but Meyer likes what he’s seen from their replacements so far in spring ball — particularly junior linebacker Joshua Perry, who is looking to fill Shazier’s shoes.“He’s really, he’s without question one of our top five most improved players,” Meyer said of Perry. “Demeanor’s always been there, work ethic’s been there and the toughness element is something that’s really improved. Love of the game and he’s a wonderful guy to coach.”Offensively, however, OSU has the task of replacing four offensive linemen as well as stud tailback Carlos Hyde, who were all big parts of OSU rushing for 4,321 yards last season.One of the replacements on the offensive line has already been set according to Meyer, who said redshirt-sophomore Pat Elflein has earned a starting spot. Elflein played admirably during the Michigan game last year, as well as the Big Ten Championship Game.As for running back, Meyer said Tuesday that between redshirt-senior Rod Smith, sophomore Ezekiel Elliott, redshirt-sophomores Warren Ball and Bri’onte Dunn, “no one’s really separated themselves yet.”Starting senior quarterback Braxton Miller hasn’t been taking snaps all spring because of a shoulder surgery Feb. 21, but he’s been taking mental repetitions with a camera on his hat and reviewing them with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman.Not getting the actual reps with Miller on the field is “frustrating,” Herman said Tuesday, while also noting that the team has to replace four starters on the offensive line.Herman isn’t worried too much about that, though.“It’d be a bigger concern if I didn’t believe the talent was there, and if I didn’t believe in (offensive line coach) Ed Warinner,” Herman said. “This group of O-linemen, whether we like to say it or not is much farther ahead than the group of our O-linemen our first spring.”Another player who has improved is sophomore running back Dontre Wilson, who Meyer said “is the starting H at Ohio State,” as he looks to fulfill that hybrid position the offense so desperately needs.“But we’d like that hybrid position is really a key guy if we can do that,” Meyer said.Herman echoed Meyer, saying the reason Wilson’s role was simple last year was because he wasn’t ready for anything more than that.“He couldn’t play receiver last year — he didn’t know what the hell he was doing,” Herman said of Wilson. “Didn’t know how to do it. He was 175 pounds or whatever the heck he was. So him and his ability limited us. And ability doesn’t just include running fast and making guys miss. There’s a lot that goes into and usability in the offense. Has had a great offseason and really took to the position and it still learning.”The Buckeyes are set to take on Navy in their first game of the season Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Ohio State announces Larry Johnson as assistant head coach and defensive line

Larry Johnson watches the team practice before the Blue and White scrimmage April 20 at Beaver Stadium.Credit: Courtesy of Daily CollegianLarry Johnson is officially an Ohio State Buckeye.OSU made the announcement Wednesday, naming Johnson the next assistant head coach and defensive line coach for the Buckeyes, according to a press release.“I am very pleased that Larry Johnson is an Ohio State Buckeye,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said in the release. “I have great respect for him as a family man, as a coach and mentor of young men and as a recruiter. He is an outstanding addition to our coaching staff.”Johnson spent the last 18 years of his career at Penn State, including overseeing the entire defensive line for the last 14 years. He also spent 20 years coaching high school football in Maryland and Virginia, according to the release.“In just a few hours I can tell that Ohio State cares about football,” Johnson said in the release. “There is a winning tradition that is important here. They care about academics and they care about players, and I like the way coach Urban Meyer approaches things. He’s a great teacher. He is very organized and this is what I was looking for.”Johnson is set to replace former Buckeye defensive line coach Mike Vrabel, who announced via Twitter Jan. 9 he was leaving OSU to take a job with the Houston Texans of the NFL. Vrabel’s jump to the NFL comes after Houston announced the hiring of former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien Jan. 3.While coaching at Penn State, six of Johnson’s defensive linemen were first-round NFL Draft selections, most recently Jared Odrick in 2010. Johnson also coached seven first-team All-Americans on the defensive line in his time at State College, Pa., including Courtney Brown, who was picked No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft in 2000.Since 1996, Johnson’s first season with the Nittany Lions, no other Big Ten team has had as many players from one position win Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year than the five defensive ends Johnson coached.“I am really impressed with the Ohio State players. I just met a group of players, walked out of the room and thought, ‘wow,’ these are kinds of players I want to coach,” Johnson said. “They were really impressive.”Johnson, who grew up in Williamston, N.C., coached a defense that led the nation in sacks from 2005-09. He focuses on fundamentals and forming relationships with the players he coaches, according to the release.“I’m a relationship guy and I think in order to get the best out of your players you have to develop relationships,” Johnson said in a released statement. “I’m also a teacher. I like to teach the basic fundamentals of football. I want guys who are fundamentally sound and have the ability to play fast and to play relentless.”Johnson’s salary was not immediately available Wednesday evening, per OSU. The man he is replacing at OSU, Vrabel, earned a base salary of $291,004 last season, according to the USA TODAY coaches database.According to PennLive, Johnson was offered to remain as defensive line coach for the Nittany Lions by their new head coach — James Franklin — but declined.The Buckeyes are set to open their 2014 campaign Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

Plans for new ways to beat migrants being smuggled to UK in

Although the document does not explain the ways people are thought to be evading detection, the document raises the possibility that organised criminal gangs are developing methods capable of outsmarting current technology intended to spot stoways.Lorries are currently searched using ‘passive millimeter wave imaging’ equipment, a system that detects humans hidden in trailers by capturing a digital image from the radiation a body emits.Border Force officials carry out security checks at so-called “juxtaposed ports” where Britain’s borders have effectively been moved to French soil.A Freedom of Information request last year revealed that migrants trying to sneak into Britain were being caught at these ‘juxtaposed controls’ every 10 minutes.The figures showed that more than 56,000 illegal migrants were seized in 2013, equivalent to 153 people being captured each day. They were found either hidden inside trailers or trying to breach security fences to the ports.Although most are seized at the larger ports like Calais and Dunkirk, gangs have begun using smaller ports in the hope that there are fewer detection systems in place.Last month, migrants were photographed trying to board a truck at the fishing port of Ouistreham, in Normandy. Increasing numbers of migrants have been spotted camping on the roadside or ditches near the small port.Meanwhile a few weeks ago police and border officers were called to Portsmouth after as many as 32 men were found hiding in the back of an articulated lorry.Earlier this year, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, and French President, Emmanuel Macron, agreed a treaty increasing the UK’s contribution towards preventing migrants in Calais from crossing the Channel.The Home Office notice adds that the proposed equipment they want to buy will need to function in “harsh sea port environments”. Migrants from Ethiopia and Eritrea queue in line during a food distribution near the former "jungle" in Calais  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Migrants from Ethiopia and Eritrea queue in line during a food distribution near the former “jungle” in Calais Credit:PASCAL ROSSIGNOL/Reuters The Border Force is to use “next generation fast screening technology” to detect illegal migrants who are now hiding “deeper” in lorries aboard ferries bound for Britain.The equipment will be capable of scanning up to 250 trucks an hour leaving the busiest ports in Northern France.In a document inviting high-tech companies to explain how they can provide such technology, the Home Office warns that organised gangs smuggling migrants into the UK are using increasingly sophisticated methods to conceal stowaways inside freight vehicles bound for the Kent coast.The notice says: “The authority requires a next generation fast screening technological solution to screen between 200 to 250 freight vehicles per hour which is capable of responding to changing patterns on concealment where persons illegally stowed are increasingly hidden deeper within trailer loads.” read more

Buy your own liquor – Jagdeo tells MPs

…says this will reduce Parliamentary food bill Amid concerns that the food bill for one parliament sitting is costing tax payers approximately $700,000, Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo is suggesting that free alcoholic beverages to MPs be stopped.“It is the alcohol part that I have a problem with, we should buy our alcohol in Parliament. Put a canteen there or something like that and let’s have somebody sell it and if the MPs want to have a drink anywhere in the lounge, they can do that but not ask tax payers to pay the bills,” Jadgeo said.The Opposition Leader was responding to concerns about the ‘extravagance’ on food every time the National Assembly meets.Jagdeo remarked: “We should have really a no-alcohol policy up there. Let people buy their liquor if they want to. You have some of them up there with their entire monthly salary; even the raised salary, the 50% increase, would not be enough to pay for the liquor that they would consume”.At $700,000 per sittings, plus committee meetings, it means almost $80M would have been spent in the three years alone.Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs recently disclosed that the Assembly Committee of the National Assembly considered and gave approval for a number of food suppliers to be invited through the restrictive bidding process to supply snacks.The four suppliers that bid were Maggie’s Snackette and Catering Service; Ambience Restaurant and Catering Service; Carnegie School of Home Economics and Water Chris Hotel and Bar.According to Isaacs, the contract was awarded by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) on July 5, 2018 to Maggie’s Snackette and Catering Service for the supply of meals and snacks for sittings of the National Assembly and Committee Meetings. (Kizzy Coleman) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMPs cannot request alcoholic drinks at VIP Lounge- Parliament ClerkAugust 22, 2018In “latest news”Govt splurging on travel, hotel rooms, confectionery- JagdeoAugust 23, 2018In “latest news”Teixeira roasts House Speaker …says Opposition “disturbed” by process of decision-making and reaction to MPsMarch 3, 2016In “latest news” read more

Murchison Metals to merge with Midwest

first_imgThe directors of Murchison Metals have announced a recommended merger of Murchison and Midwest Corp by way of a Murchison scheme of arrangement. This will create a major new iron ore group based in Western Australia’s mid-west. Murchison says there is “compelling logic to create major value uplift for shareholders of both companies. [It is a]unique time and place opportunity to capture value from customer demand and global corporate interest.” This is an opportunity for co-ordinated and efficient development of the mid-west iron ore province and further underpins development of port and rail infrastructure.last_img read more

Rumored Galaxy S2 firmware leaked

first_imgThe Galaxy S brand has been a success for Samsung. Though originally the name for a single smartphone, it became the name for a line of Android smartphones including the Samsung Fascinate which we reviewed in September. Samsung’s success has even caught the eye of Google which selected the company to create the sequel to the Nexus One–Google’s ill-fated venture into selling handsets directly to wireless subscribers rather than through wireless carriers as is the norm.Naturally, the popularity of the Galaxy S brand has created interest into a possible sequel expected to be called the Galaxy S2. Rumors about the specs of the Galaxy S2 (i9200) include either a 2GHz or a dual-core 1GHz processor, a 4.3-in Super AMOLED 720P display capable of a resolution of 1280 x 720, an 8 megapixel camera with a 1080p HD camcorder, 4GB of ROM with 32GB microSD, and possibly even the Android 3.0 operating system codenamed “Honeycomb.”AdChoices广告That’s why news of a possible leaked firmware for the mythical Galaxy S2 has piqued a lot of interest. That doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone knows what is in it. So far, it seems we know that it includes FM radio support, Bluetooth, and a variant of the RFS file system which was in the first Galaxy S.If the Galaxy S2 becomes a reality it would be a nice holiday gift, right? Unfortunately, most people agree the earliest we’ll probably see a Galaxy S2 smartphone is in the first quarter next year. Until then the only possible peek into the phone will be the leaked firmware which can be downloaded.Read more at AndroidGuys, Phandroid and XDAlast_img read more

Sentinelles des glaces laventure pour sensibiliser les jeunes à la fonte de

first_img“Sentinelles des glaces” : l’aventure pour sensibiliser les jeunes à la fonte de la banquiseA l’occasion du lancement de l’expédition “Sentinelles des glaces” le 28 mars prochain, Maxisciences a interviewé Luc Denoyer, un des trois participants de l’aventure menée par l’association Les Robinsons des Glaces.Les Robinsons des Glaces est une association qui rassemble des personnes de tous horizons : aventuriers, artistes ou scientifiques, qui souhaitent sensibiliser le public à la disparition de la banquise polaire. Dans cette visée, ils ont monté le projet pédagogique “Sentinelles des glaces” en partenariat avec des institutions de recherche telles que le CNRS et le Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES). Après une étape de sensibilisation auprès des scolaires, Emmanuel Hussenet, Luc Dénoyer et Lisa, une jeune fille de 12 ans, vont se lancer dans une expédition sur la côte est du Groenland pour récolter des données sur la fonte des glaces. Maxisciences – Comment se prépare un tel projet ?Luc Dénoyer – “Sentinelles des glaces” est un projet à deux volets : d’une part la mission scientifique en tant que telle, mais aussi le travail pédagogique qui s’effectue en amont auprès des classes. Dans cet objectif, nous sommes intervenus dans un premier temps dans les écoles afin d’apporter notre témoignage de passionnés de l’Arctique. La préparation de l’expédition a ensuite consisté à rassembler le matériel nécessaire pour les mesures de données scientifiques. Pour ce qui est de la logistique, nous avons nos habitudes et nos contacts. Les attelages de chiens de traîneaux avec lesquels nous nous déplacerons, nous seront prêtés par des Inuits une fois au Groenland.Quelles seront sur place les étapes de votre expédition ?Tout d’abord nous nous rendrons sur la banquise annuelle du fjord de Scoresbysund qui à cette époque est gelée. Nous y creuserons un trou pour immerger la “bouée Sentinelle”. Il s’agit d’une bouée géostationnaire munie de capteurs (température, luminosité, salinité) destinée à des recherches scientifiques. Nous nous rendrons par la suite plus au sud, à travers la banquise mobile pour déposer sur une plaque la plus épaisse possible, la “Capsule Sentinelle”. Cette Capsule qui renferme des messages d’enfants sera surmontée d’une balise Argos pour permettre de suivre par satellite son parcours. L’expédition devrait en tout durer 15 jours.En terme de moyens comment une telle expédition peut-elle voir le jour ?Pour le moment nous sommes en autofinancement. Pendant notre voyage, nous comptons prendre des images et des vidéos dans le but de les vendre à notre retour. Du matériel nous est néanmoins prêté, notamment par le CNES  qui nous fournit la balise Argos pour localiser la Capsule avec une précision d’environ 150 mètres. Que vous apportent vos partenariats avec des institutions de recherche, CNRS et CNES ?Le CNRS représente un partenaire précieux dans l’interface pédagogique du projet “Sentinelles des glaces”. Il consacre du temps auprès des écoles pour expliquer le fonctionnement de la “bouée sentinelle”. Le CNES quant à lui récolte et exploite les données de la bouée qui lui sont transmises par satellite.  Cependant pour que ces mesures relèvent une réelle évolution de la banquise au cours du temps, il faudra replacer la “bouée sentinelle” régulièrement les années suivantes à la même période. On peut donc s’attendre à d’autres expéditions “Sentinelles des glaces”.D’où part cette idée d’un projet pédagogique ?Ce projet est tout à fait nouveau pour Les Robinsons des glaces. L’idée nous est venue après notre expédition l’année passée. Nous sommes partis deux mois en kayak sans assistance pour nous installer sur une plaque mobile et vivre la dérive. Cette aventure avait provoqué un engouement médiatique sur l’exploit considéré comme une grande première. Cependant, avec les plaques qui deviennent de plus en plus fines, ce voyage aurait dû être perçu comme le dernier de ce genre. Plus jamais nous ne pourrons renouveler l’expérience, cela représente un trop grand risque. Dès lors, nous avons mesuré l’importance de sensibiliser les générations à venir sur l’évolution de la banquise. Comment comptez-vous toucher les nouvelles générations ?Nous souhaitions impliquer les jeunes dans notre aventure, c’est pourquoi nous avons proposé à Lisa, une jeune fille de 12 ans, de nous accompagner. Par ses témoignages, elle pourra faire part à ceux de sa génération de l’avancée de notre expédition. De plus, les élèves pourront suivre avec leur professeur le chemin de la Capsule sur Internet. Par ces moyens pédagogiques vivants et attrayants, nous espérons que les jeunes s’approprieront cette démarche de sensibilisation.À lire aussiVoici à quoi ressemblerait la Terre si toutes les glaces du globe fondaientPourquoi avoir créé la Capsule contenant des messages d’enfants ?La Capsule a une valeur symbolique. Elle a été réalisée entièrement par les élèves du lycée des métiers Roland Garros à Toulouse. Elle renferme des textes, dessins et poèmes que les jeunes ont voulu confier à la banquise. Elle est comme un message d’une bouteille jetée à la mer.Qu’attendez vous d’une telle expédition?Concernant les résultats nous ne pouvons pour le moment que proposer des hypothèses. Nous nous attendons à récolter des données révélant la baisse de salinité de l’océan provoquée par la fonte des glaciers. Nos résultats pourront être corrélés à l’incidence sur la faune maritime. Nous espérons que notre aventure touchera le plus de personnes possible. Il est difficile de trouver le ton efficace dans la sensibilisation à l’environnement sans tomber dans les discours alarmistes. Peut être que la beauté et la poésie du projet pourront amener les gens à se questionner quant aux impacts de leur activité sur les écosystèmes de la planète. Information exclusive. Toute reproduction interdite sans mention explicite du site Maxisciences. Le 18 mars 2011 à 17:51 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

West Ham has a chance at becoming strong with Drinkwater

first_imgDanny Drinkwater has not had a good chance at Chelsea since he joined the club since a bit over one year ago. He has only made about 12 starts for Chelsea in all tournaments and his show in the first team has only happened in the Community Shield this season.All indications show that the midfielder is in for a really hard chance at Chelsea because of the players he has to contend places with. Drinkwater will have to topple Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley, and Cesc Fabregas to secure a place in the Chelsea squad.The chances for a successful time at Chelsea is really thin for Drinkwater and his best options point towards leaving the club to seek game time elsewhere. There is news that Leicester City is still keeping an eye on their former player. The news is according to Daily Express, as reported by Soccer Souls.Leicester’s interest in having their midfielder back from Chelsea asks the question of whether West Ham should continue seeking a move for him come January.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…It is obvious that the struggling West Ham needs a strong playmaker to help fortify their game in the middle of the pitch. Drinkwater appears to be a good pick for the Hammers on this issue.last_img read more

Violent confrontation leads to officerinvolved shooting in Little Italy

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Violent confrontation leads to officer-involved shooting in Little Italy Updated: 3:06 PM March 3, 2018 John Soderman, center_img Posted: March 3, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsLITTLE ITALY (KUSI) — No one was injured in an officer-shooting in downtown San Diego, where police fired an electronic stun gun and at least one gunshot at a man who had been on the hood of a vehicle yelling at a motorist.When Brent Zadina, 30, is released from an area hospital, he will be arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest through the use of force and violence, said Lt. Mike Holden of the San Diego Police Department.A police officer driving north on India Street near Ash Street, a little before 6:45 p.m. Saturday was flagged down by several people who reported that a man was on the hood of a nearby vehicle yelling at the driver, Holden said.“The officer contacted the male who got off the hood, but began to walk into oncoming traffic,” he said.The officer tried to place the suspect under arrest, when he believed the man was intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, Holden said. The suspect resisted the officer, who then called in additional units and used his electronic stun gun, which was ineffective.“The officer continued to struggle with the suspect,” Holden said. “At one point during the struggle the officer feared for his life. The officer fired one round from his handgun, but missed the suspect.”Arriving officers assisted the initial officer in placing Zadina into handcuffs, who was taken to an area hospital for observation, he said.San Diego police asked anyone with information regarding the incident to call them at (619) 531-2293. John Soderman, , last_img read more

Arrest made in case of man found dead near Vancouver Lake

first_imgThe Vancouver Police Department booked Matthew E. Starr, 19, into the Clark County Jail Saturday, in connection with the death of a Vancouver man whose body was found Friday near Vancouver Lake, past the end of Erwin O. Rieger Memorial Highway.Police identified the victim as Joshua R. Schenk, 25, of Vancouver, according to a press release issued Saturday.Schenk’s body was found by a passer-by late Friday morning. Vancouver Police were called in and concluded Schenk’s death was a homicide, the bulletin said. Detectives from the VPD’s Major Crimes Unit identified a suspect, Starr, who was interviewed later in the day.Starr is being held without bail, with a first appearance set for 9 a.m. Monday, according to a jail official.Mark Bowder: 360-735-4512; http://twitter.com/col_cops; mark.bowder@columbian.com.last_img read more

Large fire breaks out at OpaLocka junk yard

first_imgOPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) – A large fire erupted at an Opa-Locka junk yard, Friday morning.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, this was a two-alarm fire.7Skyforce hovered over the scene just before 10 a.m., at 12766 Cairo Lane.Fire rescue said the fire has since been controlled, and there were no injuries.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

US hammers Huawei with 23 indictments for alleged trade secret theft fraud

first_img Tags 16 Huawei T-Mobile Comments Huawei could face a fine of up to either $5 million or three times the value of the stolen trade secret, for conspiracy and attempt to steal trade secrets. The company could also face a fine of up to $500,000 for wire fraud and obstruction of justice.In the second set of indictments, Meng was charged with bank fraud, wire fraud and conspiracies to commit bank and wire fraud. Huawei and Huawei USA are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice. Huawei and Skycom are charged with bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and conspiracy to violate IEEPA, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The charges are related to the company’s alleged efforts to evade US sanctions and do business with Iran. Last month, Meng was detained in Canada at the behest of the Justice Department over those claims. While in a Vancouver courthouse to discuss her bail, a lawyer with Canada’s Justice Department alleged she defrauded US banks into making transactions that violated those sanctions, according to Bloomberg.The founder’s daughterNotably, Meng isn’t just the CFO of Huawei. She’s the daughter of the founder and president, Zhengfei Ren. And her arrest doesn’t just have ripple effects across the tech industry; it threatens to blow up an already precarious relationship between the US and China over trade talks.Beyond trade, others see Huawei as a national security issue. “It has been clear for some time that Huawei poses a threat to our national security, and I applaud the Trump Administration for taking steps to finally hold the company accountable,” Warner said. [The case] puts every aspect of Huawei’s business in jeopardy in the US and EU. Maribel Lopez, analyst Now playing: Watch this: 5G smartphones are coming Both the US and China are jockeying for leadership in the next-generation of cellular technology, which promises higher speeds and the ability to handle more connected devices. US officials have offered warnings about Huawei and its ties to China. “There is ample evidence to suggest that no major Chinese company is independent of the Chinese government and Communist Party — and Huawei, which China’s government and military tout as a ‘national champion,’ is no exception,” said Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat who’s vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Huawei, meanwhile, denied any wrongdoing. “Huawei is disappointed to learn of the charges brought against the company today,” the company said in an emailed statement. “After Meng’s arrest, the company sought an opportunity to discuss the Eastern District of New York investigation with the Justice Department, but the request was rejected without explanation,” Huawei continued. “The allegations in the Western District of Washington trade secret indictment were already the subject of a civil suit that was settled by the parties after a Seattle jury found neither damages nor willful and malicious conduct on the trade secret claim.” T-Mobile declined to comment.Two chargesAccording the first set of indictments, Huawei began stealing information about a phone-testing robot from T-Mobile called Tappy. Huawei engineers allegedly violated confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements by taking pictures of Tappy, taking measurements of parts of the robot and stealing a piece of it. When T-Mobile found out and threatened to sue, Huawei falsely said the theft was done by rogue actors within the company, according to the indictment. T-Mobile sued anyway, and in 2017 won its case against Huawei, with a jury awarding it $4.8 million.Despite Huawei’s insistence that the action was a one-off affair, the Justice Department says emails obtained during the investigation found that the theft of secrets from T-Mobile was a companywide effort. It has been clear for some time that Huawei poses a threat to our national security. Sen. Mark Warner Share your voice Huawei has consistently denied any wrongdoing by Meng. At the World Economic Forum at Davos, Huawei Chairman Liang Hua called for a quick resolution of the case and the release of Meng, according to Reuters.Meng’s lawyer, Reid Weingarten, told Reuters on Tuesday that she was a victim of “complex” China-US relations.”Our client, Sabrina Meng, should not be a pawn or a hostage in this relationship.” he said, using one of her Western names. “Ms. Meng is an ethical and honorable businesswoman who has never spent a second of her life plotting to violate any US law, including the Iranian sanctions.”Huawei also told Reuters that it had sought to discuss the charges with US authorities, “but the request was rejected without explanation.”Over the past few months, Huawei has endured a wave of negative sentiment. UK carrier BT said it’d pull Huawei equipment out of its 4G network and ban it from any future 5G deployments. Japan reportedly banned government purchases from Huawei. Also last month, Andrus Ansip, the EU’s technology chief, warned that Huawei and other Chinese companies pose a risk to the bloc’s industry and security, according to Reuters.All of the negativity could have a trickle-down effect on the company. “[The case] puts every aspect of Huawei’s business in jeopardy in the US and EU, including consumer sales,” said Maribel Lopez, an analyst at Lopez Research. “Instead of being known for innovation, the company is positioned as criminal.”First published Jan. 28 at 2:09 p.m. PTUpdate Jan. 29 at 2:59 a.m. PT: Added Reuters comments from Meng’s lawyer and Huawei.Update at 5:08 a.m. PT: Added comment from Huawei.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. The Huawei logo in Warsaw, Poland. NurPhoto/Getty Images The US Department of Justice on Monday charged Huawei with theft of trade secrets, wire fraud and obstruction of justice.A 10-count indictment alleges that China’s Huawei stole trade secrets from US carrier T-Mobile beginning in 2012. Huawei also allegedly offered bonuses to employees who stole confidential information from companies. In addition, a 13-count indictment charged four defendants, including Huawei and Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, with financial fraud. The indicted defendants also include affiliates Huawei USA and Skycom.”The charges unsealed today clearly allege that Huawei intentionally conspired to steal the intellectual property of an American company in an attempt to undermine the free and fair global marketplace,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray in a statement. “To the detriment of American ingenuity, Huawei continually disregarded the laws of the United States in the hopes of gaining an unfair economic advantage.”The charges come amid heightened scrutiny for Huawei, the world’s largest supplier of telecom equipment and the No. 2 smartphone maker behind Samsung. The US has already banned Huawei from selling networking equipment here, but a number of other countries have either already ceased working with the company, or are considering a ban. The Chinese government and Huawei have said the moves could have ramifications since the company contributes to industry-standard wireless technologies like 5G. 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After ending trade talks in DC with an agreement to buy China

first_imgGovernor Bill Walker meets with Vice Premier Liu He in Beijing on Monday, May 21, 2018. (photo courtesy of Governor’s office)CHENGDU — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker along with state gasline corporation head Keith Meyer met with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in Beijing early Monday morning.Chinese Vice Premier Liu He left Washington D.C. over the weekend where he led a delegation working to avert a trade war with the United States.The result? Both sides announced on Saturday that they would stop slapping each other with tariffs and that China would buy more goods and services from the U.S.Walker met with He early Monday morning — just hours after the China’s top economic adviser returned to Beijing. Walker touted the timing of his arrival in Beijing.“We were absolutely first in line, I mean it was impeccable timing on our part,” Walker said. “We just happened to be there on the morning after, I mean he returned two hours after our flight got into Beijing, from Washington.”China is Alaska’s largest trading partner. Walker hopes the state can play a pivotal role in reducing tensions over the trade deficit between the U.S. and China.That trade deficit is massive — last year, the U.S. bought $375 billion more in goods and services than it sold to China.Both countries agreed to increases in U.S. agriculture and energy exports to China.Meanwhile, Walker is leading a 10-day trade mission with a delegation of Alaska companies peddling everything from seafood and the $45 billion AK LNG export project, to organic baby food, specialty teas and minerals.As he ran between meetings with Chinese officials in Chengdu on Tuesday, Walker said Alaska is just one piece of a large geopolitical puzzle – but it’s a role he is willing to play.“I just am happy with the result,” Walker said. “I don’t care what piece I am, I’m just happy with the result.”last_img read more

Report ExAnchorage cop suing city interfered with Alaska National Guard investigation

first_imgA once-confidential report on a botched Anchorage police investigation of drug dealing and sexual assault involving Alaska National Guard members is at the heart of a former police lieutenant’s wrongful termination lawsuit, which went to trial in Anchorage last week.Listen nowIt’s what many involved hope will be the final chapter in a story of uninvestigated rape allegations, unfollowed tips on possible connections to a Mexican drug cartel, alleged plans to fly drugs in Guard aircraft, and years of internal police department strife that led to all of it finally being revealed publicly.Anchorage Police Department headquarters (Staff photo)Former police Lt. Anthony Henry is suing the city of Anchorage for wrongful termination. Henry says the city retaliated against him for sticking up for an officer with a medical condition and that his firing was unjust.Lawyers for the city — which has paid out millions in recent years defending itself in employment lawsuits and losing — say the police department was right to fire Henry for interfering with a criminal investigation and then lying about it.A key piece of evidence in the trial, which started last Monday, is a 97-page document known as the “Brown Report.”Lawyers for both Henry and the city — adversaries in the lawsuit — agreed with each other that they wanted to keep it sealed. But the Anchorage Daily News and TV station KTUU joined to intervene to make it public. A judge ordered the Brown Report redacted and released.The Brown Report is named for its author, the man hired as an independent investigator in the Alaska National Guard matter: retired Lt. Col. Rick Brown, formerly with the Pennsylvania state police. Brown concluded that Henry gave confidential information from detectives in his unit investigating the Guard to the general in charge of the Guard, who was his friend. And this hurt the investigation, according to the report.The Brown Report also says Henry failed to be honest and forthcoming with his superiors about what he’d done, and Brown also concluded that Henry lied to him in interviews about having meetings with Alaska National Guard commander.Henry’s attorney said he simply misremembered dates when asked about the meetings years after they happened.The report also faulted then-Police Chief Mark Mew, saying Mew failed to initiate an internal affairs investigation of Henry at the time. Mew was suspended for two weeks as a result in a move kept secret from the public.The former police chief appeared in court to testify.“It’ll be good to finally put all this behind us,” Mew said outside the courtroom, waiting to be called to the witness stand.Inside, the trial was just getting started.Henry wore a dark blue suit and sat at the plaintiff’s table under the bright lights in federal court Monday. His lead attorney, Meg Simonian, began by telling the jury she would “pull back a dark curtain at the APD and their lawyers at City Hall.”Simonian said commanders at the police department, including a deputy chief, were out to get Henry because he objected to how the department had treated a fellow officer diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The police commanders were more concerned with protecting their power in the face of Henry’s complaints, Simionan told the jurors. They fabricated problems and smeared Henry to justify his firing, she said. Douglas Parker, hired by Anchorage, told the jury the officer diagnosed with M.S. was also visiting a girlfriend while clocked in on city time.“They castigated him, humiliated him and publicly destroyed him. That’s why we’re here,” Simonian said. “Tony Henry did what we hope our kids will do on the playground, helping the kid being bullied. And the municipality and Anchorage Police Department did what we hope our kids won’t do. They circled around the bully.”Parker said the case is simple, because of the allegations in the report.“In that report, Lt. Col. Brown concluded he had been lied to in the investigation, and that’s something police officers can’t do and keep their jobs,” Parker told the jurors.Henry had interfered with an investigation of “big drug activity” implicating some “serious dudes in the Lower 48 or farther south,” Parker said.The Brown ReportAccording to the Brown Report — commissioned by the city and including interviews with officers Henry says are out to get him — this is what the internal investigation found:It was 2010, the last week of February, and officers with the police department’s Special Assignments Unit were surveilling a drug deal in the parking lot of the Debarr Road Costco in Anchorage. They stopped one of the cars and arrested a man who was the boyfriend of an Alaska National Guard recruiter. The officers also seized 56 grams of cocaine and 20 grams of marijuana.Ninety-seven-page, double-sided printout of the Brown Report (Staff photo)When the man offered information and asked for a deal, he revealed his source. The officers went to the source, who eventually admitted to being involved with a larger drug ring in Anchorage. Both men said they could get pounds of marijuana and large amounts of cocaine. One also said he’d used Guard vehicles to transport drugs.Lt. Henry was in charge of the Special Assignments Unit at the time, and the officers told him they had two confidential informants within the Alaska National Guard.Henry insisted they tell the Guard commander, Maj. Gen. Tom Katkus. That’s according to interviews with the police officers in the Brown Report.Henry’s argument was — and still is — that drug dealing affected military readiness, and he thought Katkus needed to know immediately, even though Katkus could’ve become a target in the investigation.The Brown Report says officers working on the larger, related drug case were forced to make arrests before they were ready, because they believed their investigation had been compromised. They executed search warrants at known drug houses around Anchorage with connections to the drug cartel La Familia, seizing five pounds of methamphetamine, a half-kilogram of cocaine and $181,000.There was another source inside the Guard feeding information to the police and, later, the news media. That person’s tips to the same officers investigating the drug dealing included information about sexual assaults. The Brown Report describes an allegation of a sexual assault in a recruiter’s office.Henry ordered one of the officers to disclose that person’s name and called Katkus to tell him.The Brown Report says Henry then ordered the officers to “cease investigation of all alleged illegal activities involving AKNG recruiters and General Katkus.”“One AKNG sexual assault victim in particular,” the report says, “was deterred from reporting the sexual assault committed on her to the APD when she learned that AKNG command ordered (redacted) to breach her confidentiality while APD personnel was in the room.”Henry blamed one of the officers for talking to another police officer who was also a Guard member.But the Brown Report indicates Brown wasn’t buying that. The report’s recommendations included action against Henry and Chief Mew.“These disclosures of confidential APD information to unauthorized personnel negatively impacted at least one AKNG sexual assault victim, the public, APD operations, APD employees, and family members of APD employees.”An FBI special agent Brown interviewed said Henry’s disclosure to Katkus “blew him away.”“(He) related any squared away police officer, regardless of whether they were a detective or not, should have known better than to compromise their informant,” the report says.Brown also recommended forwarding the case information to state prosecutors to consider possible criminal charges. Henry was never charged. Katkus testified in the trial that there had never been a coverup and denied key points in the Brown Report about his communications with Henry.No harm, no foulHenry, suing the city over his firing, is not the one on trial at the federal courthouse. But his attorney, Meg Simonian, vigorously defended him in an interview just outside the courtroom.Anchorage City Hall (Staff photo)Simonian noted that Henry’s grievances had been recognized as valid by the municipality’s Office of Equal Opportunity. Brown’s investigation and report came several years after the events surrounding the drug and sexual assault investigations, long after the fact because the police department was still retaliating against Henry, she said.“He got on the wrong side of the deputy chief at the time, who wielded a lot of power, and it just started a campaign of retaliation against him that culminated in the sham investigation that is the Rick Brown Report,” Simonian said.Henry was a 23-year veteran cop with an unblemished record until all of this, Simonian said, adding that she thought it was unfortunate the report was released publicly.Simonian called the Brown Report “incredibly flawed” and vowed to pick it apart in the trial.Simonian said it would’ve been “perfectly appropriate” for Henry to tell Maj. Gen. Katkus, the head of the Alaska National Guard, about the investigation, because Katkus had worked counter-drug investigations and was a former Anchorage police officer.“And that was the allegation, that somehow that happened and messed up some investigation. But no investigation existed then that was messed up,” Simonian said.The only investigation was the one related to the drug house busts, Simonian said, adding that she planned to call an FBI agent to the witness stand to testify about how successful the operation had been.That was the real investigation, Simonian said. The one Henry’s officers complained to Brown about was trumped up to get Henry fired.“This made up investigation that not a single police report, audio, memo, email, phone record supports existed,” Simonian said.As for the sexual assault investigation, Simonian said there were some problems identified in the Brown Report, but a subsequent investigation did not find a cover up of widespread sexual assault in the Alaska National Guard. She said a man spreading reports of sexual assault, to the police and news media, was unreliable.Henry talking to Katkus “didn’t affect anything,” Simonian said.The case did affect Katkus, and then-Gov. Sean Parnell, who had appointed him. Parnell ultimately asked Katkus to resign.Parnell first heard about issues in the Guard in 2010 and said he was told by commanders that the Guard was dealing with them. He had made fighting violence against women a focus of his administration, but Parnell’s bid for reelection never recovered from the scandal.APD’s losing recordIt is yet to be seen if the jurors think the facts are on Henry’s side. But in recent labor lawsuits, the city has a losing record.In one related to Henry and Anchorage police, a state Superior Court judge in July of 2017 ordered the city to pay two former police detectives a total of $2.7 million after the city lost a discrimination case.In a twist, Henry was supposed to be the city’s star witness against allegations that police commanders were harassing the two men with frivolous internal investigations. But according to a judge’s order, in which he admonished the city attorneys, the judge wrote that the police department had delayed its investigation of Henry so he could testify against the police officers, wrote Judge Frank Pfiffner.“…The citizens of Anchorage could very well conclude the (Municipality of Anchorage) and its lawyers, were more interested in winning the lawsuit than protecting the citizens of Anchorage from sexual assault and illegal drug dealing by members of the Alaska National Guard and police misconduct relating thereto,” Pfiffner wrote.The judge compared tactics by both sides to trench warfare in World War I.Simonian, Henry’s attorney, described a similar “war of attrition” between Henry’s side and the city’s hired lawyers.“It’s pretty shocking that our city would spend those kind of resources on very expensive attorneys to continue a fight like this,” Simonian said. “They fought us every step of the way … And I think they thought we would give up, but we didn’t.”Doug Parker, the lead attorney representing Anchorage, declined to comment.The trial is expected to continue into November.last_img read more

Political Perspectives Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis

first_img Share Produced by Houston Public Media, Political Perspectives is a weekly web-series continuing the political discussion from its companion TV program, Red, White and Blue.  Host/commentators, Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus with moderator, Laurie Johnson will further the political conversation with their perspectives on political topics. The web-series will air online at 8 p.m. at www.houstonpublicmedia.org/perspectives following the 7:30 p.m. TV 8 broadcast of Red, White and Blue.last_img read more

Saving wetlands highest priority for govt Adhikari

first_imgKolkata: State Environment minister Suvendu Adhikari said on Wednesday said that the government assigns highest priority towards saving wetlands and has protected 12,500 hectares of such land in recent times.”We have a dedicated team which watches out to thwart any attempts to fill up existing wetlands as part of our mission to save waterbodies. We take the help of police administration during drives and have recently prevented two to three attempts of illegal construction in wetland areas,” Adhikari said on the sidelines of a seminar by West Bengal Biodiversity Board, with the theme ‘Mainstreaming Biodiversity: Convergence of Stakeholders for Sustainability.’ Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseResponding to a poser on the fate of the proposed 6 km flyover project over a part of East Kolkata Wetlands mooted by former Environment minister Sovan Chatterjee, Adhikari said that the new committee on wetlands will take up the issue at the first meeting, which will be held soon. It may be mentioned that a section of environmentalists has raised objections against the construction of the flyover on East Kolkata Wetlands, which is a Ramsar site. “We will not do anything which can cause damage to the waterbodies,” Adhikari reiterated. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe minister said the department has already formed 432 block management committees (BMC) across the state, where the members will campaign in their respective areas to save wetlands and the target was forming 467 BMCs. The minister pressed for a massive campaign to conserve biodiversity in the state and said that his department will encourage schools to paint pictures with the message of conservation of biodiversity on their walls. He maintained that 10 schools have already responded to the initiative. “We are also welcoming the formation of biodiversity clubs at schools, for which the state Environment department will provide all logistics and infrastructural support,” he added. Adhikari assured that there is nothing to panic about the air quality index in the city, which was low during the winter. “Particulate Matter 10 and Particulate Matter 2.5 fluctuated over alarming level at certain times in this season but the NO2 and SO2 levels were not much of a concern. The fluctuation of air quality index during winter has been a typical phenomenon for the past 25 years,” he said. The state is going for tree plantation on a massive scale and has already stopped the entry of vehicles aged over 15 years into the city, to address the issue of air quality.last_img read more