Trudeau speaks in G7 host town to kick off twoday trip to

first_imgLA MALBAIE, Que. – The G7 summit taking place in Quebec’s Charlevoix region later this year is an opportunity to have “frank and open” discussions on environmental and economic issues, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.“The region represents the message that Canada sends to the rest of the world: that it is not only possible but necessary to find a balance between economic growth and protecting the environment,” Trudeau said in a brief speech in La Malbaie, the small resort town northeast of Quebec City that is preparing to host the international summit in June.Trudeau stopped by the picturesque town to attend a gala hosted by the local business association, where he was presented with an award for his role in bringing the G7 to the region.The summit “is an opportunity for us to have frank and open conversations in order to build a greener, more equal and more prosperous world,” he added.Canada holds the G7 presidency for 2018 and the government has listed gender equality, clean energy and preparing for the jobs of the future as some of the themes of its tenure.Trudeau said he chose the Charlevoix region to host the international meeting because he wanted world leaders to experience the area’s famous hospitality.“I want them to feel at home,” he said.Security is expected to be high when leaders gather in the town given the summit’s tendency to attract large demonstrations, which in the past have sometimes led to violent clashes with police.Organizers have sought to include residents, merchants, and other local stakeholders in the planning for the event in an attempt to foster co-operation.In addition to perimeters and barricades, the RCMP has said the security team will also set up a “free speech area” where people will be allowed to peacefully protest the summit.On Thursday, Trudeau is scheduled to be in Quebec City, where he’ll meet with the city’s mayor and answer questions from the public at a high school as part of his cross-country town hall tour.The prime minister has already held public meetings in the Halifax area as well as in Hamilton and London, Ont.He has said the gatherings give him more time to explain his positions than he’d typically have when answering questions from media or during question period.last_img read more

Quebec crane operators back at work Tuesday after illegal oneweek strike

first_imgMONTREAL – Thousands of crane operators returned to work Tuesday after taking part in what authorities described as an illegal strike that lasted one week and disrupted construction sites across Quebec.Crane operators were protesting new training requirements allowing workers to operate the machines without first obtaining a vocational diploma.Their union says the new program is less comprehensive and could lead to a rise in workplace accidents.Quebec’s construction commission, which enforces laws governing the industry, says the training program is the result of consultations with crane operators as well as the agency that oversees workplace safety, which supports the changes.The commission called the strike illegal because it is against the law for employees to strike while a collective agreement is in force.Work resumed at various sites after a senior union official published a letter late Monday calling on crane operators to cease all work slowdowns or strike actions.Evans Dupuis noted in his letter the union was not abandoning its demands, especially those relating to the health, safety and integrity of workers and the public.Labour Minister Dominique Vien said the Quebec government would meet union representatives in order to discuss the new training progam and added an independent committee would be created to study the safety concerns raised by workers.The consequences of the illegal strike for workers and union representatives are still unclear as they are both subject to hefty fines for the one-week work stoppage.last_img read more

Leeza Gibbons New Book Helps Jumpstart Your Life

first_imgLeeza Gibbons has released a new book for anyone who wants to jumpstart their life.Leeza Gibbons Take 2“If you could hit the reset button and start over, would you? I did and I’ve found anytime is a good time for a re-do! That’s why I am so excited to tell you about the release of my brand new book, Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings,” she says. “This is more than a book to me. It’s a chance for me to share my life and the lessons I have learned with you in hopes that you’ll be inspired, encouraged and empowered enough to realize that if this is not the life you ordered, you can always call for a TAKE 2!“The book is really for anyone who wants to head in a new direction. If you got divorced, depressed, fired or maybe you’ve gained weight – I’ll help you begin again. If you feel stuck or if you’ve just lost your way, TAKE 2 will help you get back on track and will remind you that this is YOUR life and it should be lived by YOUR rules!“Now is your time. You can do it with no regrets, no excuses and no looking back (I promise).“In TAKE 2 I provide you with the tips and techniques to get you on your way.”You can find out more about the book, and how to order it, here. The book is available at read more

Top UN relief official to visit DPR Korea

4 October 2011The top United Nations humanitarian official will visit the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) later this month to assess the extent of the country’s food crisis and hear from authorities what longer-term plans they have to deal with the food shortages. Valerie Amos, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, told reporters at UN Headquarters that her 17-21 October trip to DPRK will focus on humanitarian issues in a country where, she said, an estimated six million people are in need of assistance.“My visit is to raise greater awareness of the situation, to be able to explain exactly what I have seen, to talk to the authorities there about their plans in the longer-term to deal with the food security situation, and I will be making field visits to two different parts of the country as well,” said Ms. Amos, who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator.Only about 27 per cent of the $218.7 million that UN agencies require to respond to the food crisis in DPRK this year has been received from donors, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Ms. Amos said that donors have in the past raised concern about the possibility of humanitarian assistance for those in need in DPRK being diverted to other uses.“I have been at pains to explain that the monitoring mechanisms have been strengthened substantially,” she said, adding that the UN World Food Programme (WFP) can, for example, now make random visits to DPRK and employ Korean-language international staff.Last week, food shortages and other humanitarian concerns, among others issues, topped discussions between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the DPRK’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pak Gil Yon.Mr. Ban encouraged more donor commitments to meeting humanitarian needs in DPRK during the meeting at UN Headquarters. He also emphasized the need for the country to enhance its cooperation with UN agencies, including through improved access and monitoring. read more

Menon told 13A needs changes

Menon had also met UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and SLMC leader Rauf Hakeem separately and discussed issues arising over the 13th Amendment.Last evening the visiting Indian official had talks with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) over the same issue. He had told the TNA that India is against the 13th Amendment being unilaterally amended. India has been told by President Mahinda Rajapaksa that the 13th Amendment to the constitution needs some changes.President Mahinda Rajapaksa told visiting Indian National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon today that most of the points in the 13th Amendment will be implemented. Meanwhile the Indian High Commission in Colombo said that Menon conveyed to the Sri Lankan leadership the Government of India’s views on the recent political developments and called for early political settlement and national reconciliation through the meaningful devolution of power so to ensure that all citizens of Sri Lanka, including the Sri Lankan Tamil community, would lead a life marked by equality, justice, dignity and self-respect.In this context, he also emphasized the need for adhering to the commitments made by the Sri Lankan Government to India and the International Community on a political settlement in Sri Lanka that would go beyond the 13th Amendment. He also expressed the hope that elections to the Northern Provincial Council would be held in a free, fair and credible manner, the High Commission said. (Colombo Gazette)  Report by Easwaran Rutnam The President had said that the best place to iron out differences on the 13th Amendment is the Parliament Select Committee and he urged Menon to convince the TNA to join the Committee. However he noted that there were issues in the clause dealing with land and police powers to the provinces and that needs to be addressed by the Parliament Select Committee. read more

UN calls on Liberian Government to protect civilians ensure safe humanitarian access

Calling on the Liberian Government to do everything in its power to protect civilians, Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Carolyn McAskie denounced the recent attacks on IDPs as clear violations of international humanitarian law. “All parties to the conflict must ensure that attacks on civilians do not occur,” she said in a press release.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported last week that four people had been killed and thousands forced to flee during attacks by armed groups on Jartondo and Wilson IDP camps – part of a disturbing trend of civilian targeting. Another IDP camp at Rick’s institute was attacked and looted in late March, forcing an estimated 25,000 people staying there to flee.Ms. McAskie said there is also growing concern that food distribution may be emerging as a target for armed groups. “The issue remains crucial, as it means humanitarian workers may be specifically targeted,” she added, noting at least two staff members from non-governmental organizations (NGO) were injured in last week’s IDP camp attacks. This trend highlights the UN’s continuing concern about the condition of more than 100 humanitarian staff who have not been heard from since late last month, when violence erupted around Zwedru, near the border with Côte d’Ivoire.Ms. McAskie also underscored the effect ongoing violence and looting have on humanitarian operations. The UN estimates that there are some 200,000 IDPs in Liberia, most of them in areas cut-off from assistance. Violence and unrest keep aid workers from reaching thousands of desperate people – especially in the northwest and eastern parts of the country – and the looting compounds shortages of non-food supplies such as tarpaulins, household items, and blankets. “Conditions should be created for humanitarian workers to safely access areas where people need help,” she said. read more

The Ryanline is open Some of Gerrys best radio moments 25 years

first_imgTODAY MARKS 25 years since Gerry Ryan first opened his Ryanline to the nation.For three hours every weekday morning he invited listeners to call him with their stories, problems and opinions, right up to the day of his death in April 2010.Here’s a look at some of the highlights from his 22 years behind the microphone.H/T to @TalkToJoe1850 for the heads up1. Lavinia KerwickAfter her attacker was given a suspended sentence, rape victim Lavinia Kerwick gave up her anonymity after her sister rang The Gerry Ryan Show in 1993. Lavinia went on to appear on the show to tell her story, and became the first Irish rape victim to go public.Gerry Ryan was credited with handling the issue and Kerwick credited him with helping him to tell her story.Lavinia Kerwick pictured with writer Micheline McCormack at the launch of her book in 1997 (Photocall Ireland) 2. Underpants on the floorIn 1997 Ryan’s then-wife Morah called the show under a fake name and described how her husband left his underpants on the floor and never put the bins out, among other things.She asked her husband, who was unaware who he was speaking to:You wouldn’t do that now, would you Gerry?It wasn’t until the end of the interview that he realised what was going on.Morto.Gerry and Morah in 2004 (Photocall Ireland)3. His connection with his listenersAfter Gerry Ryan’s death, fans from around the country travelled to RTÉ in Donnybrook and to the Mansion House in Dublin city centre to pay their respect.According to this RTÉ news report 2,000 people turned up at the broadcasting HQ in just one day, with some coming from as far away as Cork.Photocall IrelandThe queue to sign the book of condolence for Gerry Ryan at the Mansion House (Photocall Ireland)5. ControversyIn 2009 a complaint against Ryan was rejected by the Broadcasting Complaints Commission after he called God “a b*****ks” on air.He was discussing the new blasphemy laws at the time, and was wondering if calling God such a name would be considered to be in breach.The BCC didn’t think so, but many listeners complained about the incident.Ryan was also once forced to apologise after a 10am discussion about vibrators.Photocall Ireland 6. The last RyanlineAfter Gerry Ryan’s death, 2FM hosted a two hour tribute to him, with colleagues Evelyn O’Rourke and Siobhán Haugh leading the memories.Lavinia Kerwick was one of the many listeners who called the show to remember him, while another called to tell listeners how she had met her husband at one of Gerry’s singles nights.Bono also called to pay his respects:YouTube/RTÉYouTube/FergiesUnitedRay Foley on 98FM… what’s the verdict? Off the Ball team leaves Newstalk>7 unique treats we should export this Paddy’s Day season>last_img read more

Teachers face charges over exam cheating

first_imgThree teachers at a cramming school could face charges in relation to alleged cheating at university entrance exams earlier this month. The electronic crimes squad has delivered its findings to first instance prosecutor Eleni Raikou after a student at a senior high school in the Galatsi district of Athens was caught receiving exam answers on his mobile phone. The text message came from a cramming school where the student had been taking extra lessons. According to sources, police have now discovered that three teachers sent such messages to at least 18 pupils. Competition for university places has been especially strong this year as a lack of funding means that fewer spots will be available. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Three more names confirmed for Mens Royal Rumble Updated card for January

first_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE has confirmed another three names for the Men’s Royal Rumble match.Samoa Joe, Bobby Lashley and WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose are now confirmed for the match in three weeks.Over the weekend, WWE also confirmed Jeff Hardy and Seth Rollins for the match.Here is the updated card for the Royal Rumble as of Monday afternoon:Men’s Royal Rumble MatchNames confirmed:* R-Truth (No. 30)* Drew McIntyre* Kofi Kingston* Big E* Xavier Woods* Finn Balor* Seth Rollins* Jeff Hardy* Samoa Joe* Bobby Lashley* Dean AmbroseWomen’s Royal Rumble MatchNames confirmed:* Carmella (No. 30)* Natalya* Bayley* Sasha Banks* Ember Moon* Ruby Riott* Liv Morgan* Sarah Logan* Mandy Rose* Sonya DevilleWWE Universal ChampionshipBrock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun StrowmanWWE ChampionshipDaniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles Facebook WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Google+ Pinterestcenter_img Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonightlast_img read more

Three arrested in handgun seizure eight live rounds confiscated

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, January 30, 2017 – One less handgun on the streets of Nassau today as the Firearms Tracing and Investigations Unit have seized a 45 pistol and eight live rounds of ammunition.   It was a routine patrol on Market Street and Cordeaux Avenue that led to the discovery and eventual arrest of three men who are in custody.   The driver of the Honda Accord was signaled to stop, the search allegedly uncovered the gun and ammo.  This happened on Saturday night.#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Government to Enhance Decentralization of RBDF

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Government of The Bahamas will undertake a number of initiatives in order to further support the decentralization, transformation, mobilization and regeneration of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.These include the completion of the Sandy Bottom Project with the construction of proposed warehouses, workshops, administrative buildings, and accommodations for bases in Coral Harbour, Inagua and Ragged Island.Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Alexander Minnis said the government will also be looking forward to the development of bases in other islands as part of this programme.The Prime Minister further announced that the Government will make provision for the extension of contractual terms for qualified and performance-oriented senior enlisted personnel who are required, by law, to retire at age 55.The Sandy Bottom Project is a $232 million investment by the Government of The Bahamas to upgrade the Defence Force’s fleet and Operations that will ultimately lead to the decentralization of base operations to ensure faster response times.It includes the acquisition of nine patrol craft, the dredging of Harbours and construction of quay walls and jetties at HMBS Coral Harbour Base, Matthew Town, Inagua and Gun Point, Ragged Island, that will result in modernization of port facilities. The Project also calls for the upgrade and expansion of Coral Harbour Base and the Base at Matthew Town including construction of warehouses, workshops and an Operations Building. A new Base and Aircraft Hangar will also be constructed at Gun Point, Ragged Island.)Prime Minister Minnis said the Government will strengthen security cooperation with regional partners such as the United States of America which – through its U.S. Northern Command – has been responsible for conducting military training for hundreds of Defence Force Officers and Marines as well as providing financial assistance with patrol craft and equipment.Addressing the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Change of Command Ceremony, June 29, 2017 at HMBS Coral Harbour Base, Prime Minister Minnis said the Defence Force has a strategic role to play in national development.“To this end, and in further support of the Defence Force’s decentralization, transformation, mobilization and regeneration programmes,” Prime Minister Minnis said: “My Government will [also] conduct a review of salary, responsibility allowances and technical pay to ensure that Officers and Marines are adequately paid for their hard work.“The future is bright for the fine men and women of the Defence Force who are called upon to set a high standard of excellence and to help guard our heritage. I thank the Officers, Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force for their dedicated service. I assure you of the Government’s support of your fine and noble duties,” Prime Minister Minnis added.#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

New TCI Kidfit to benefit from Moveathon 2018

first_img Related Items:#MoveathonTCI2018, #TCIkidfit Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 31, 2017 – Providenciales – A new program is coming to encourage healthier lifestyles among our youngest residents thanks to Nutrition in Demand and Move-a-thonTCI 2018.  Kidfit will be launched this year, adding to half a dozen other nutrition outreach programs started by TCI Registered Nutritionist, Tamika Handfield.“It is Nutrition in Demand’s biggest fundraiser and all funds raised for the running of the various programs in the community.  Some programs include: nutrition education workshops, disease prevention workshops, nutrition education and culinary classes for children and our newest program starting in 2018 will be KidFit….a exercise program just for children.  They will be engaged in physical activity through fun and interactive games.”Handfield in speaking to Magnetic Media explained this sixth installment of her walk, run and cycle event is designed to jumpstart and undergird New Year’s goals for healthy living.“Many people make New Year’s resolutions and many of those resolutions are health related.  Therefore, one of the main aims of Move-a-thon was to encourage residents to kick start their New Years resolutions.  This is why it is held so early in January.  We believe it’s the perfect time especially since so many of us over indulge during the holidays.  Over the years, Move-a-thonTCI has grown to become one of TCI’s premier sporting events.”It is the first health-based community activity on the annual calendar, attracting hundreds of all ages – year after year – to the starting line at The Bight Park at 6am for a 5k or 10k or half marathon and full marathon, which is 26.2 miles.“The organizing committee has prided itself on making #Move-a-thonTCI a family friendly event.   Everyone from 0-100 is welcomed to either walk, run, cycle or be pushed in a wheelchair.  The aim is just to get moving!  We have had toddlers being pushed by their mothers, older children on tricycles and we’ve even had a few dogs in previous years.  So, everyone is welcomed to join us on Jan 13th, 2018.”The walk, run, cycle is capped off with a health fair featuring the island’s leading medical facilities and supporters of healthy living.Registration opened just before Christmas and is ongoing. Secure the 5k at $20; 10k at $25; Half Marathon at $35 and Marathon at $65.  Contact Tamika Handfield: 649-442-3978 to join Move-a-thon2018.#MoveathonTCI2018#TCIkidfit Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Another Year of Rave Reviews for TCI Move A thon 2018last_img read more

Unit attached to Fort Lauderdale house catches fire no injuries

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – An apartment attached to a house in Fort Lauderdale burst into flames.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue units saw the smoke coming from the home near Southwest 14th Street and 36th Avenue Sunday afternoon, as they waited to honor the Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy who was killed in a car crash in Deerfield Beach.Crews arrived at the scene to find the side of the house where the unit is located engulfed in flames.They were able to quickly put out the blaze.Video taken by crews captured the charred remains of the apartment.No one was hurt.Officials have not released the cause of the fire. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Disneys Jungle Cruise footage hits D23

first_img In Jungle Cruise, @TheRock and Emily Blunt pair up for a buddy comedy of fun. And The Rock just rode into the auditorium on a jungle cruise boat called La Quila🚢 “Sometimes you need me to save the day!”#D23Expo— cait petrakovitz ➡️ D23 🙌🏽💃🏽 (@misscp) August 24, 2019 The movie is based on the Disneyland ride of the same name, and will see The Rock play a boat skipper named Frank who takes Blunt’s character Lily and her brother McGregor — played by British stand-up comedian Jack Whitehall — on a mission to find a tree that has magical healing powers. You may recognize Whitehall from the Good Omens series on Amazon Prime.The journey will see them fight wild animals and compete against a rival German expedition, with Disney adding that there will be a “supernatural element.” 0 How much would you spend on Disney Plus? As @TheRock is saying he made a movie about “heroic men, kicking ass and saving the girl” Emily Blunt herself comes out in an old car, “mad” about the footage we just saw. “Did you cut that yourself?!? … Just forget everything you just saw!” #D23Expo #JungleCruise— cait petrakovitz ➡️ D23 🙌🏽💃🏽 (@misscp) August 24, 2019 41 Photos TV and Movies Culture Now playing: Watch this: The first Jungle Cruise trailer has finally launched at D23. Walt Disney Studios Disney revealed footage for the Jungle Cruise movie at D23 Expo 2019, with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt in the lead roles for the Adventureland-themed movie.The footage on display definitely tips a hat to the Disney ride the story is based off of, with the cruise itself having guides like the attraction. The antagonists appear to be similar to those in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, having a kind of supernatural Davy Jones-like appearance. Johnson called Blunt’s character “the female version of Indiana Jones” in an Instagram post in June, saying she has “relentless ambition to find the one, elusive magical thing that could change humanity for the better — forever.”According to The Rock, his skipper character knows the Amazon River better than any other, and only cares about his money, his cat and his liquor.”Good luck lady in trying to change the world, and not falling for my charm,” he said.The Disney D23 Expo runs through Sunday, Aug. 25. Be sure to check out coverage from sister sites GameSpot, TV Guide and   1:42center_img Tags Comic-Con See the best cosplay from Disney’s D23 Expo Post a comment In her trailer, @TheRock’s name is smaller, and she’s the Indiana Jones type seeking truth and knowledge. Oh come on, he says. “The last time I was here I was a demi-god.” #D23Expo— cait petrakovitz ➡️ D23 🙌🏽💃🏽 (@misscp) August 24, 2019 Disney’s Jungle Cruise movie Share your voice Disney Jungle Cruise movie: Release date, plot, rumors, cast, director, photoslast_img read more

Iraq hails exemption from Trump travel ban

first_imgDonald TrumpThe Iraqi government on Monday hailed the country’s exemption from US president Donald Trump’s revised travel ban as an “important step” that strengthens relations between Baghdad and Washington.“The Iraqi foreign ministry expresses its deep satisfaction with the executive order issued by President Donald Trump which includes an exemption for Iraqis from the ban on travel to the United States of America,” spokesman Ahmed Jamal said.The ministry “considers it an important step in the right direction that strengthens the strategic alliance between Baghdad and Washington in a number of fields, especially fighting terrorism,” said Jamal.The statement came after senior White House aide Kellyanne Conway said Trump would on Monday sign a revised executive order on immigration that excludes Iraq, after his first version was blocked by federal courts.Trump’s original executive order barred citizens of Iraq and six other Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for at least 90 days in a move he billed as an effort to make America safe from “radical Islamic terrorists”.The move drew widespread condemnation in Iraq, including from Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who said the ban punishes those who are “fighting terrorism,” and called for it to be revised.Iraqi forces are battling the Islamic State jihadist group with support from a US-led coalition.Trump’s attempt to impose travel restrictions on Iraqis came after he repeatedly asserted that the United States should have seized the country’s oil before withdrawing its forces in 2011.last_img read more

Judge Rules Proposition On Firefighter Raises Is Unconstitutional Barges Removed From Houston

first_imgWednesday, May 15, 2019Top afternoon stories:Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaPatrick ‘Marty’ Lancton, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association.Judge Rules Proposition On Firefighter Raises Is UnconstitutionalIn the latest court decision on voter-mandated firefighter pay raises, state district Judge Tanya Garrison ruled on Wednesday that Proposition B violates the Texas constitution.State law gives firefighters the right to collective bargaining, but City Attorney Ron Lewis said it’s unconstitutional to link firefighter pay to police officer pay.“Firefighter pay must be based on private sector firefighter pay,” Lewis said. “Prop B says firefighter pay must be based on Houston police officer pay. Houston police officer pay does not equal private sector firefighter pay. It’s not the same thing.”The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association plans to appeal the decision.Mayor Sylvester Turner said layoffs or demotions in the Fire Department won’t be necessary now.U.S. Coast Guard/Auxiliarist Rusty PumphreyTwo barges involved in a collision are removed from the Houston Ship Channel on May 15, 2019.Barges Removed From Houston Ship ChannelThe Unified Command responding to a spill of gasoline blend product that occurred last Friday in the Houston Ship Channel said on Wednesday afternoon it has successfully removed the two barges involved in the incident from the collision site.The U.S. Coast Guard, the Texas General Land Office, Port of Houston Fire Department and the company Kirby Inland Marine form the unified command that’s responding to the incident.The spill happened after a 755-foot tanker crashed into a tugboat that was pushing two barges. The tanker struck one of the barges and the other one capsized.The barges were taken to shipyards. The one that was damaged in the collision was transported to the Southwest Shipyard at Channelview. The other barge was taken to the Barbours Cut Turning Basin. There were no reports of release of product into the water as the barges were removed from the collision site.Elaine Thompson/APPassengers at a TSA pre-check line.Hundreds Of TSA Agents Will Be Deployed At BorderThe Transportation Security Administration will be sending a few hundred employees to support federal agents at the U.S.-Mexico border, the agency confirmed in a statement to Houston Public Media.“TSA, like all DHS [Department of Homeland Security] components, is supporting the DHS effort to address the humanitarian and security crisis at the southwest border. TSA is in the process of soliciting volunteers to support this effort while minimizing operational impact,” said a TSA media spokesman in a written statement.The TSA spokesman said agents will be sent on a voluntary basis and less than 1% of the agency’s some 60,000 employees will be impacted.Volunteers won’t be working with Customs and Border Protection as customs officers, but will provide support in meal delivery, transportation, legal affairs and personal property management, according to a TSA official.As of April last year, a total of 212,000 migrants had been apprehended so far in fiscal year 2018.Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeFrom left to right Edward James Priestley, 31; Lenishia Williams, 29; and Roy Battle 29.3 Nabbed In Investigation Of Houston Area Drugstore HoldupsAuthorities say three suspects have been arrested in the investigation of at least seven drugstore armed robberies this month in the Houston area.The Harris County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday announced the arrests in a joint operation with the Texas Department of Public Safety.Officers arrested three suspects, Edward James Priestley, 31; Lenishia Williams, 29; and Roy Battle, 29, on Tuesday night after they robbed a Walgreens store in the 8400 block of Stella Link. The suspects face aggravated robbery charges.The HCSO said in a statement the suspects had guns, masks, gloves and more than $3,000 in stolen cash.Investigators say six other robberies, allegedly linked to the suspects, also involved Walgreens stores in crimes that began May 2. Sharelast_img read more

Routers Are Being Hijacked By A Dangerous Stealth Malware

first_img This Malicious USB Cable Can Remotely Accept Hacker CommandsHackers Had More Than 1,000 DNA Test Kits Mailed to Random People Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img New analysis suggests that hundreds of thousands of routers are infected with a malicious bug that could be used by a nation-state to bring down large segments of the internet. Wired has the full story, and, fair warning… it’s pretty grim.We’ve written… perhaps too much about the emerging threats in this new digital age. As a brief catch-up, basically any internet-enabled thing is a potential threat. This is especially true of non-computers. Things like routers or smart outlets and the like are often riddled with security holes. And they’ve been used a many, many times for massive attacks on our infrastructure. But, according to investigative journalist Andy Greenburg, “Home routers have become the rats to hackers’ bubonic plague: An easily infected, untreated and ubiquitous population in which dangerous digital attacks can spread.”Making matters worse, they are primed to “implode networks across the world.”AdChoices广告Wednesday, Cisco’s Talos security group identified a new type of malware, dubbed VPNFilter. It’s infected more than half a million home and business routers from many of the major brands like Netgear and Linksys.Credit: PixabayMoreover, the code is versatile, allowing to work as a means of surveillance. Together, they create a shadow virtual private network, allowing the hackers to obscure themselves and their locations as they launch attack after attack. Finally, at any point they can be triggered to brick the devices and cripple the networks that they’re connected to.“This actor has half a million nodes spread out over the world, and each one can be used to control completely different networks if they want,” Craig Williams, lead of the Talos team told Wired. “It’s basically an espionage machine that can be retooled for anything they want.”It’s hard to overstate the potential risks, too. VPNFilter can divert and copy traffic, which is exactly what makes the malware so useful for spying. While your first concern might be your credit card data (and yeah, that’s definitely important) the report suggests that it’s far more likely that the cause is a state actor. And, given that the majority of the breaches are in the Ukraine, it’s likely that Russia is involved.“When you combine the factors at play here, the destructive nature of the malware, and the targeting of Ukraine, this gives you pretty high confidence someone is trying to do bad things in Ukraine again,” Williams says.Perhaps worst of all, though, is that the infection is spreading rapidly. Since just a few days ago, the attacks have been growing and spreading.The Ukrainian government has issued a statement (in Ukrainian) pointing the finger at Russia, and given all the factors at play, that’s not a stretch, but it’s also far from confirmed.“Specialists of the SBU believe that the infection of equipment in the territory of Ukraine is preparation for another act of cyber meddling on the part of the Russian Federation, aimed at destabilizing the situation during the Champions League finals,” it reads.If that does bear out though, it could be a simple preparation for much larger attacks around the world down the line. So, yeah… things don’t look good. Right now, the only solution is kind of a pain in the ass. You need to reset the router and then reinstall its firmware. But, really you should suck it up and do what you can.“What’s important is that people understand how severe the risk is and go to see if their machines are infected,” Williams says. “If they don’t, an hour from now, next week, at some point in the future, the attacker can press the self-destruct button. And then there’s very little that can be done for them.”You can check out the full blog post here. But this is a pretty grim warning of things to come.last_img read more

October is the busiest month for corporate car rentals says Hertz

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share October is the busiest month for corporate car rentals, says Hertz Tags: Hertz, Trend Watch Travelweek Group center_img Monday, October 17, 2016 ESTERO, Fla. — If you’re finding more traffic than usual on the road this month, you’re not imagining it – Hertz has announced that more corporate customers are renting cars in the U.S. during October than any other month of the year.According to the company, corporate customers drive an estimated 114 million miles during October, which kicks off a busy stretch of conferences and conventions across the United States. Due to the fact that many business trips are scheduled around summer vacations or delayed for after the start of the school year – combined with the fact that it is the last full month of working days before the holiday season – October becomes the ideal month to hit the road for business.The top five busiest locations for Hertz in October are projected to be San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas and Chicago. Monday is expected to be the peak day of the week for business travel. To ensure travellers get on their way quickly during this high volume time, Hertz advises signing up for its free-to-join Gold Plus Rewards loyalty program, which provides a premier level of service and an expedited rental experience. In addition to enjoying many exclusive benefits such as earning free rental days, Gold Plus Rewards members can skip the counter at more than 50 airports and go directly to their vehicle. They can also experience faster returns with Hertz Express Return service and eReceipts, which allows members to simply drop off their car and go.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?To reward members with even more free rental days, Gold Plus Rewards members in the U.S. and Canada can earn 550 bonus points – enough for a free weekend day – when they rent twice from Hertz before Nov.13, 2016 and register at Posted bylast_img read more

VIDEO Traffic cop stops Costa Rican bicyclist Andrey Amador in bizarre highway

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican cyclist Andrey Amador surges to 2nd place in Giro d’Italia Costa Rica’s Román Urbina inducted into Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Colombia’s Luis Mejía claims second straight Ruta de los Conquistadores title Costa Rica’s Laurens Molina wins Los Angeles Marathon In a subsequent video from the Traffic Police, Amador appears to be upset by damage caused to his bike when the cop turned it over. He tells the traffic cop that he’ll have to pay for damages if he ever stops him like that again.“Do you know who I am?” Amador asks.“I don’t care,” responds the cop.A third video Tweeted out by Amador shows the confrontation continuing as the transit official says in Spanish to another man, “I don’t understand his attitude.”Amador responds, “He almost threw me off the road.”The renowned cyclist later asked on Twitter if someone could loan him a bike to keep training, as the transit cop confiscated his bike. A short time later, Amador posted a YouTube video in which he apologized and admitted his error. He said he knew what he did was a traffic violation, but was upset with the aggressive way the traffic cop reacted.“After pushing and cutting me off with his motorcycle, he put himself at risk and he put me instead of just stopping off at a safer spot on the highway,” Amador said in his video response. “That’s why I was so angry.”Transit police confirmed Tuesday morning that Amador paid the traffic fine of ₡50,000 (about $100) and got his bike back.Amador will return to San José’s streets Saturday when he is scheduled to be the grand marshall of the annual Festival de La Luz parade downtown. Facebook Comments Decorated Costa Rican cyclistAndrey Amador had a morning training session take an unexpected turn Tuesday morning.Amador illegally took his bike on Highway 27 near Escazú, violating the country’s transit laws, and was asked to pull over by a transit official. Video taken from the transit cop’s motorbike shows the officer get to the side of Amador, directing him to immediately stop. Amador responded that he wanted to stop at a bus stop up ahead to have more room and avoid an accident on the thin stretch of shoulder.“Don’t make this any harder,” the cop yells back.The officer eventually cuts Amador off and apparently shoves him after yelling, “Calm down!”The entire video, courtesy of the Costa Rican Traffic Police, can be seen here:last_img read more

Demand for international flights fell by 56 perce

first_imgDemand for international flights fell by 5.6 percent in January compared to the same month last year, figures from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have revealed.The figure means that demand has fallen for five consecutive months, with the Middle East the only world region reporting positive growth in terms of passenger traffic (3.1 percent).Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s director general and chief executive officer, said that “alarm bells are ringing everywhere”.”Aside from the Middle East carriers, passenger demand is falling in all regions,” he said.”The industry is in a global crisis and we have not yet seen the bottom.”Airlines in Asia suffered most from the decline in demand, reporting an 8.4 percent year-on-year drop in January.Elsewhere, carriers in North America experienced a decline of 6.2 percent, while European airlines attempted to counter a 5.7 percent drop in demand by reducing capacity by 3.6 percent.The IATA recently encouraged the new Obama administration to use the aviation industry as a “catalyst” for economic recovery.Find cheap flights with Skyscanner!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFlight demand ‘moving in the right direction’Flight demand ‘moving in the right direction’Number of people taking flights declines, figures revealNumber of people taking flights declines, figures revealSlight increase in demand for flights during 2008There was a 1.6 percent increase in the demand for flights from passengers over the course of 2008last_img read more