Money Monday

first_imgBy Dr. Barbara O’NeillAn active duty service member is in financial difficulty and cannot afford his rent and other expenses. Will he be evicted?The Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act (SCRA) provides a service member protection from eviction for non-payment of monthly rent while on active duty. The SCRA also allows service members to end a lease by giving written notice at least 30 days before the next payment is due. Monthly rent must not exceed a certain amount that is updated annually and service members are advised to speak with their base legal office for current rent amounts. This 30-day time frame allows a service member time to find affordable housing choices. For more information, click here.It is important to note that some landlords may be unaware of SCRA protections and try to evict service members anyway. The service member may need to “educate” the landlord by providing resources that explain the law, such as this article.There is also a larger question of why a service member is not able to afford to pay rent. Causes of financial difficulty need to be clarified to determine if this is a one-time event of not being able to pay rent or a habitual practice. If a service member and/or spouse needs assistance with preparing and using a spending plan (budget), personal financial counselors are available at the state Joint Force Headquarters, through Military OneSource or through the State Family Programs Director.Browse more military personal finance blog posts and webinars by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on April 15, 2013last_img read more

4 Cool Crowdfunding Campaigns for Videographers and Photographers

first_imgSo much of filmmaking and video production relies on innovation. Here’s a look at some exciting new projects on Kickstarter and Indiegogo.All images from Kickstarter and IndiegogoKickstarter and Indiegogo have seen a wide variety of campaigns over the years. In this roundup, we look at some of the coolest current projects that can help out filmmakers, videographers, and photographers.1. The Everyday MessengerDeveloped by Peak Design (the same crew that made the Capture Camera Clip), this bag has it all. In conjunction with photographer Trey Ratcliff, this is Peak Design’s 5th Kickstarter campaign. Their products are so popular that the Everyday Messenger bag has already met its goal by ten times.The bag itself is so much more than a camera bag. It was designed to be an “everyday” bag. The shell expands while maintaining its shape, and has multiple straps that let you wear it many different ways. There is also quick-zip access to the main compartment, so you won’t always have to flip open the bag. In a great move to benefit previous backers, the Everyday Messenger also incorporates the Capture camera clip. Users can easily attach their camera to the outside of the bag, perfect for second cameras during a shoot. One of the coolest new features is the MagLatch system.The patent-pending MagLatch™ is a digital-safe magnetic latch that opens/closes securely, blindly and one-handedly. It can latch onto 4 different catchpoints, depending on your carry load. There’s no other piece of hardware quite like it.This bag is waterproof and padded to protect your gear. No more padded foam cubes. Their FlexFold system allows you to organize and stack gear. Check out more details, or back the project on the Everyday Messenger Kickstarter Page. 4.  Micro Drone 3.0this is the drone that fits in the palm of your hand. At the time of writing, the campaign had already reached its goal by 2120%. The Micro Drone 3.0 allows you to customize to your liking. It offers the ability to control the device via iOS or Android app or with a standard radio controller. The drone can even handle inverted flight while shooting 720p at 30fps. The micro drone even allows you to use expansion packs to increase the propellor size or use a custom body frame. Grab a Micro Drone or read more on the Micro Drone 3.0 Indiegogo Page. 3.  Sphericam 2The Sphericam 2 is the follow up to the aptly named Sphericam. The campaign has already doubled its goal as the clock winds down. Developed by Jeffrey Martin, the camera offers a 360º capture, perfect for the Oculus Rift or Google Cardboard. At the size of a tennis ball, the Sphericam 2 uses six cameras with a “Global Shutter” which has a 100% spherical capture at 60FPS in 4K.The aluminum body allows WiFi streaming on your smartphone and desktop. The mobile app allows you to control recording, monitor the view, transfer, view, and edit. Give the camera a test run with the following YouTube video, or visit the Sphericam site for higher quality. Back the project or find more details on the Sphericam 2 Kickstarter Page. 2. E1 CameraThe E1 Camera from Z-Cam is a tiny 4K camera with interchangeable lenses. The camera can shoot 4K 4096×2160 at 24fps or UHD 3840×2160 at 30fps. Advanced noise filters allow incredible low-light performance up to 102,400 ISO. The micro four-thirds lens mount can use AF lenses from Olympus, Panasonic Lumix, Leica, and Sigma.The camera’s iOS and Android app allow users to control their E1 through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth devices. The camera can also be left on standby mode, allowing you to power the camera remotely. See more features on the E1 Camera Kickstarter Page. Want to learn how to campaign or see more of our favorites from the past? Check it out:How Not To Crowdfund: 3 Tips Every Filmmaker Should Know4 Exciting Crowdfunding Campaigns for FilmmakersCool Kickstarter Campaigns: Camera Goat & StrapShotDid we miss some other awesome campaigns? Are you backing any of these projects? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Opioid painkiller ban sees spurt in heroin seizures in Mizoram

first_imgThe quantity of heroin seized in Mizoram has increased steadilly since 2014 when the State government replaced total prohibition with controlled prohibition.While enforcement officials attribute this trend to the 2013 countrywide ban on the sale of painkiller capsules containing the opioid Dextropropoxyphene, the Church — influential in Christian-dominated Mizoram — is sceptical about this “theory”. The heroin seizures, the Church argues, have undermined the government’s contention that liquor helps wean people off drugs.Sleuths of the Mizoram Excise and Narcotics Department seized 3.126 kg of heroin in 2014, the year Lal Thanhawla’s Congress government enacted the Mizoram Liquor (Prohibition and Control) Act to end 18 years of a church-enforced ban on liquor consumption.From a little over 4 kg in 2015 and 2016, total seizures in 2017 rose to 6.186 kg. And this year, with 6.173 kg having already been seized till October, the figure is only going to be higher.“We have reasons to believe the seizure and consumption of heroin have increased because addicts no longer get painkillers such as Spasmo Proxyvon, Parvon Spas and Spasmocip with high Dextropropoxyphene content… banned five years ago,” said Ngurchungnunga Sailo, Mizoram’s Commissioner of Excise and Narcotics.Officials said addicts emptied the capsules’ contents into a solution and injected it into their bloodstream for a high. While the opioid fix cost an addict ₹50 at most, a gram of heroin in Aizawl or elsewhere in Mizoram costs as much as ₹4,000.Though pharmaceutical firms in India stopped production of the capsules containing Dextropropoxyphene in 2013, the products have kept entering the market — with 4,034 capsules seized in 2017, down from 2016’s 7,400.“Fortunately, Mizoram does not have an organised drug-dealing network,” Mr. Sailo said, adding: “Individuals smuggle the narcotic drugs in from Myanmar.” Apart from locals, Myanmar nationals are also involved in peddling drugs. Out of the 553 people arrested under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act of 1985 this year, 23 were foreigners.Excise officials said there is no scientific evidence yet to link the seizure of drugs with the government’s alcohol policy.Church ‘vindicated’ But the church, which had in the run up to the November 28 Assembly election in the State urged the political parties to push for prohibition, is convinced that availability of liquor does not necessarily check drug abuse.“We engaged university teachers for a study on the effect of controlled prohibition,” said Reverend B. Sangthanga, executive secretary of the Mizoram Synod of the Presbyterian Church. “The finding was that liquor really damaged the Mizo society in terms of depleting finances, domestic violence, increase in drug abuse and HIV/AIDS cases,” he observed. The government, for its part, commissioned a study by a 27-member review and evaluation committee, which examined the advantages and disadvantages of opening wine shops in the State. The study, tabled in July, found that for every ₹1 of revenue earned from alcohol, an estimated ₹2.85 was being spent on social costs.last_img read more

BJP workers, police clash in West Bengal

first_imgWorkers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and police clashed in parts of the State, as police tried to prevent the saffron party’s bike rally as the part of its nationwide poll campaign. Many on both sides were injured. A police statement noted that the BJP did not have a permission to hold such rallies and thus the rally was stopped. State BJP, on the other hand, claimed that permission was denied.The BJP had planned a ‘Vijay Sankalp’ rally, which is the party’s countrywide pre-poll campaign, on Sunday. Men, with a party activist as a pillion rider, could be seen in the city moving in motorbikes from one point to another, carrying the Indian and BJP flags. As part of BJP’s ‘Vijay Sankalp’ rally, its countrywide pre-poll campaign, the party organised in various parts of the State on Sunday. Police stopped the rallies and clashes broke out, injuring many on both sides. Later, a Kolkata Police statement said that “between 10.30 and 14.30 hours, members and supporters of BJP tried to organise bike rallies in several places within the city of Kolkata without having any valid permission.”“Accordingly they were intercepted and total [of] 135 (including one female) persons were arrested under preventive section[s] and 59 motorcycles were also seized,” the police statement said. Clashes were particularly fierce in Paschim [West] Medinipur, Paschim Bardhaman, Jhargram in south Bengal and South Dinajpur and Cooch Behar in north Bengal. Police resorted to lathi charge to disperse the mob at Asansol and Goaltore.BJP’s State president Dilip Ghosh, however, said that they sought permission but it was denied.“We are continuously denied permission. Police and TMC workers have brutally beaten us today…[but] we will continue with our protest challenging [TMC] cadres and the police,” he said. (With Agency inputs.)The TMC’s secretary general Partha Chatterjee indicated that the BJP is trying to create tension in the State and the attempts to disrupt law and order will be dealt with strongly.“In the name of Sankalp rally, they tried to go on a rampage in different parts of the State…These attempts will be dealt with strongly by the administration,” Mr. Chatterjee said.last_img read more


first_imgThe inaugural VT league finals took place last weekend, with some exciting action in both the semi finals and grand finals in both the men’s and women’s division, with two matches heading to drop offs and another totaling an amazing 19 touchdowns. For all the action from the days play view the attached summary. Related Filesvt_league_finals_report-docvt_league1-jpglast_img

Wild eagle strikes a pose after landing on amateur fishermens boat

first_imgVANCOUVER – In the picture, the brown-coloured eagle’s golden-yellow talons curl on the edge of the boat.Derril McKenzie, a millwright from Kelowna, B.C., smiles into the camera, leaning in to get both the eagle and himself into the shot, seemingly unfazed.The story of how the amateur fisherman came to pose with an eagle began the morning of Aug. 31 on a routine annual fishing trip to Gardom Lake just outside of Salmon Arm, B.C.McKenzie and his son started fishing about five years ago as a way to get fresh air and sunshine. However, on that Friday McKenzie’s son slept in and he was joined instead by his brother-in-law, Dean Wirachousaky.The two of them went around the lake a few times and decided to try their luck at a spot that has proved lucky for other fishermen.“All of a sudden the eagle came out of nowhere. I noticed it just out of the corner of my eye and thought it was a crow, and then as it got closer I thought it was a raven. And then I could see as it spread its wings out that it was bigger than that. And it plunked itself on the bow of the boat.”McKenzie said his first reaction was total surprise and shock. As far as he knows, eagles usually stay away from people.“So, you have this big bird … I think it’s about the size of a turkey,” he said. “We were just like – what’s going on here? How did this happen?”Time seemed to have stood still, he said, as the bird explored the boat.The bird, which McKenzie called Eddie, hopped down from the bow to the floor of the boat, and seemed like it was looking for something. He thinks the bird might have been fed before from a boat and was probably looking for fish.It moved closer to McKenzie, who slipped his sandals back on fearing the eagle might take a bite of them.His brother-in-law revved the engine, thinking the eagle might take off if the boat speeds up. The eagle did take flight as the boat sped but decided to land on McKenzie’s head.“It had one foot on my shoulder and one on my head. It put two holes in my shirt but didn’t leave a mark on my shoulder at all. Or on my head. It was very gentle.”When he put his arms up to protect himself, the bird gave him a little nudge, much like a budgie would do, he said.“It wasn’t aggressive. If it wanted to hurt us I’m pretty sure it could have.”That’s when McKenzie says he felt a tiny bit of fear but all the while he was trying to give his brother-in-law the camera so he could get a picture. His brother-in-law decided to give the bird a tiny nudge with the oar because he didn’t know what the bird might do next.So, the bird jumped in the water and swam back to shore, then flew up to a branch.The two men decided to call it a day.When McKenzie told the story to his family, he said it was met with wows and “big eyeballs.”He says he reckons that if he didn’t have pictures to prove it, he probably wouldn’t be believed.“It’s a life experience. It’ll never leave my memory that’s for sure. People at work and whatnot are calling me the eagle whisperer.”last_img read more

Brazilian police commit murders on behalf of drug gangs says UN expert

The report finds that on-duty police routinely resort to deadly violence and that a large number of off-duty police take part in death squads and other forms of organized crimes.“In Rio de Janeiro, the police kill three people everyday,” said Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.“They are responsible for one out of every five killings,” Mr. Alston added in a press statement announcing his report of a fact-finding mission last year in Brazil, where he met with Government officials, including police commanders and senior ministers, as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and over 40 witnesses to human rights abuses.Mr. Alston was especially critical of the “mega-operations” strategy involving hundreds of police assaulting gang-controlled neighbourhoods, which is increasingly popular in Rio de Janeiro.“Local officials claim that these impressive sounding mega-operations are protecting residents from drug gangs, but the operations have hurt ordinary people far more than they have hurt the drug gangs,” Mr. Alston said.A June 2007 operation in the impoverished Complexo do Alemão favela, near Rio de Janeiro, involved over 1,450 police and killed 19 people, but only resulted in the capture of two machine guns, six handguns, one sub-machine gun and 300 kilograms of drugs. Independent experts concluded that a number of the dead had most likely been summarily executed.Mr. Alston reported that there has been little public outcry at police violence in Brazil because of widespread scepticism over normal law enforcement measures used to combat drug gangs. “A remarkable number of police lead double lives,” said Mr. Alston, “While on duty, they fight the drug gangs, but on their days off, they work as foot soldiers of organized crime.”Some 70 per cent of homicides in the north-eastern state of Pernambuco are committed by death squads, many of which are comprised of either current or former police officers. The squads are typically contracted to murder business, political or personal rivals to drug gangs and to suppress indigenous and land-worker activism, according to the report.Although Mr. Alston praised Pernambuco’s new governor’s efforts to rid the region’s death squads, he concluded that the hundreds of people arrested so far only “represent the tip of the iceberg.”The most significant of the many factors leading to police participation in organized crime and in unlawful killings is the low conviction rate even in regular murder cases. In São Paulo, only about 10 per cent of homicides are tried in the courts and only half of those result in convictions, according to the report.“Clearly, the institutions for holding police accountable are broke, but they are not beyond repair,” said Mr. Alston.“My hope is that the detailed recommendations in my report will provide a starting point for undertaking the necessary reforms.” 15 September 2008Brazil’s police are responsible for a significant proportion of the 48,000 murders committed every year, a United Nations human rights expert said today in a report heavily criticizing law enforcement in the South American country. read more

TSX closes higher but misses record as oil retreats from recent gains

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Monday as violence in Iraq pushed up most commodities even though the price of oil retreated slightly from recent gains.The S&P/TSX composite index added 38.82 points to 15,040.43 after having earlier reached a level about two points above its all-time closing high of 15,073. The record was set on June 18, 2008, just before the Great Recession sent stocks downward.The Canadian dollar was up 0.13 of a cent to 92.24 cents US ahead of a two-day meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve.On Wednesday, the U.S. central bank will deliver its economic outlook and decide whether it will continue to dial back massive bond purchases. The stimulus program, which involves the central bank buying Treasury and mortgage bonds to try to keep long-term loan rates low, has long propped up equity markets.However, the Fed is still expected to announce a further $10-billion reduction is its buyback program to $35 billion a month on signs of an improving economy.Chris King of Morgan Meighen and Associates said Fed chair Janet Yellen is unlikely to make any surprise announcements following the meeting. “(The Fed) doesn’t want to disrupt the steady progress that is being made,” said King, a vice-president and portfolio manager.“The concern is that investors and the Main Street psyche is still quite weak and the economy runs on confidence. The biggest risk would be the economy, so they have got to keep confidence in the markets sustainable.” Meanwhile, Wall Street was flat in advance of the Fed gathering despite a new forecast from the International Monetary Fund predicting the U.S. economy will grow at a modest 2% this year, down from its earlier prediction of 2.7%.The adjusted forecast comes amid similar data by the World Bank, which cut its 2014 global growth forecast to 2.8% from 3.2%, citing the long winter and the political crisis in Ukraine.The Dow Jones industrials gained 5.27 points to 16,781.01, the Nasdaq added 10.46 points to 4,321.11 and the S&P 500 climbed 1.62 points to 1,937.78. Meanwhile, in Canada, data showed the real estate market is still going strong. The Canadian Real Estate Association said home sales in May were up 5.9% compared with April and were 4.8% higher than a year ago.In commodities, benchmark U.S. crude for July delivery dipped a penny to US$106.90 a barrel after having run up last week amid the instability in Iraq, where the situation deteriorated over the weekend as militants on Sunday posted graphic photos of truckloads of Iraqi soldiers that they apparently captured and killed.So far oil exports from Iraq, the second-largest producer among the Organization of Oil Exporting Countries, have not been affected, but concern for global supplies has been growing.The unfolding conflict has sent traders to other commodities such as gold, due to the future potential volatility of stocks. August bullion was up $1.20 to US$1,275.30 an ounce and July copper advanced two cents to US$3.05 a pound.Also adding to the uncertainty was Russia’s decision to halt supplies of natural gas to Ukraine after the two sides were unable to agree on prices. read more

ATM card cloning gang with Lanka Mumbai links nabbed

On August 24, a farmer of Palamaner was stunned to observe that ₹1.58 lakh had been withdrawn from his account through ATM, despite the fact that the card was very much in his pocket. Within a few weeks, 22 customers of various banks became victims in the district. The officials said it was the first cyber crime to be registered and busted in the State. The Chittoor police in India nabbed a five-member gang hailing from Tamil Nadu involved in ATM-cloning offences linked to Sri Lanka while they were about to strike at an ATM centre at Palamaner and seized Indian Rs 10 lakh, electronic gadgets used for cloning ATM cards, capturing details of PIN numbers and swiping machines, The Hindu newspaper reported.Addressing a press conference at Palamaner town, SP S.V. Rajasekhar Babu and DSP K. Chowdeswari said after 70-days of gruelling investigation in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra, the five-member gang was apprehended. Ms. Chowdeswari, considered an expert in dealing with cyber crimes, was entrusted with the assignment to track down the offenders.At Palamaner, Panjani and Renigunta in Chittoor district, the special teams detected the clandestine use of mobile numbers meant for setting up of wi-fi connected CC cameras to obtain the PIN numbers at the ATMs. During interrogation, it was found that the gang had recently tried in vain to collect details of cards at an ATM centre in Mangalagiri of Guntur district. (Colombo Gazette) The gang had obtained the cloning technology from one Alfred Bala Kumar of Sri Lanka and Umesh of Mumbai, paying them hefty commissions for each successful crime.The officials said the modus operandi of the gang was to select isolated ATM centres and fix skimmers (mouths) at the swiping ends which would collect the ATM card details. They arranged the wi-fi enabled CC cameras to capture the PIN numbers. In a couple of hours, the cloned cards would be ready. To evade being captured and in view of the ceiling on withdrawal, the gang would finish their work before and after midnight.The special party on Friday night detected the mobile signals of the suspected gang in and around Palamaner. After alerting the checkposts and using the relevant technology, Ms. Chowdeswari and her team zeroed in on the gang at an ATM centre early Saturday, while they were busy attempting withdrawals with cloned cards. The gang members were identified as Niranjan (37); S. Mohiddin (25), MSK. Rakshit (28), A. Suresh (26) of Chennai city and B. Tamilasaran (25) of Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu. Two other accused from Sri Lanka and Mumbai are at large, and a special team has been formed to track them. It is suspected that half- a-dozen gangs might be on the prowl in various parts of the State. read more

New refugee High Commissioner begins term

Addressing the staff of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, Mr. Guterres said he had assured Secretary-General Kofi Annan that he would be “firm in asserting the core values of the office and that refugees and states alike should expect a principled, effective and committed UNHCR.”He plans to go on his first field mission next week to Uganda, where he will spend World Refugee Day on 20 June with refugees in a camp in the north of the country. Formerly Prime Minister of Portugal and a founding member of the Portuguese Refugee Council, Mr. Guterres, 56, succeeds Ruud Lubbers of the Netherlands, who resigned on 20 February amid a media furore over allegations against him of sexual harassment, which he denied. In his five-year term as the tenth High Commissioner, Mr. Guterres will head a staff of 6,000 people who assist more than 17 million refugees and other vulnerable people in 115 countries. read more

How quickthinking mother saved family from Grenfell fire by flooding her flat

first_imgA quick-thinking mother caught in the Grenfell Tower inferno saved her family by flooding her 11th floor flat.Natasha Elcock, 39, was trapped along with her six-year-old daughter and boyfriend as the building was engulfed in flames.With the fire sweeping up the building Ms Elcock and her family had been told to stay put.But she acted swiftly rushing into the bathroom and turning on the taps.”I let the bathroom flood. It kept the flat damp. It may have saved our lives,” she told the Daily Star.  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.  Natasha ElcockCredit:Facebook  Natasha Elcock She was trapped in the flat for 90 minutes before the phone rang again telling her to make her escape.”We tried the door but it was too hot. We had our little girl on the wet floor and we went to the coldest room. “The door was buckling and the windows bubbling and cracking. It was terrifying.”She rang for help nearly 100 times and at one point was transferred to a call centre in Glasgow.Eventually, a fire crew reached them and they were led to safety before being taken to hospital where they were treated for smoke inhalation.last_img read more

Peru to recover second place in global copper producers

first_imgThree of the world’s five largest copper mines (Las Bambas, Cerro Verde and Antamina) will be in Peru in 2017, when domestic output will reach 2.5 Mt, reads a recent report in Chile’s Diario Financiero, a business newspaper. Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) reported that in November 2015, the latest date for which data is available, copper output reached 1,514,373 t, a volume 19.85% larger than a year earlier.Peru’s Private Investment Promotion Agency (ProInversión) points out that this output would place Peru close to recovering the second position as copper producer worldwide ahead of China. “This second position may come this year when mega projects such as Las Bambas and the Cerro Verde and Toquepala expansions go on line,” said Director General of Mining at the local Mines Ministry, Marcos Villegas. Fast paced mining, construction and trade industries would be the main drivers of growth of the Peruvian economy in 2016, says the Lima Chamber of Commerce (CCL).last_img read more

Families of The Disappeared tell their stories as Adams repeats McConville denial

first_imgAdams said that his focus is trying to do what he can to “bring those remaining bodies to the families who grieve them, who want a burial place to go to”.“All of us bare a responsibility, those of us who are in leadership, and I’ve never shirked that,” he added.Earlier, a Sinn Féin spokesperson said that the party is likely to issue a response to tonight’s programme tomorrow morning.Connect, Telephone Counselling and Support can be contacted on freephone: 1800 477 477Read: Jean McConville family launch civil action against PSNI & MoDGerry Adams: I played no part in the abduction and killing of Jean McConvilleRead: Actors appeal for location of 7 missing bodies killed during The Troubles SINN FÉIN PRESIDENT Gerry Adams has repeated that he had “no act or part” in the abduction, killing and burial of widow and mother-of-10 Jean McConville in a programme broadcast tonight.The joint RTÉ/BBC programme ‘The Disappeared’, has linked Adams to the IRA’s abduction, murdering and secret burial of McConville who was among as many as 15 people who were ‘disappeared’ by the IRA during the Troubles.In the programme, broadcast both in Ireland the UK tonight, host Darragh MacIntyre interviewed a number of relatives of the Disappeared who gave heart-rendering testimony about their ordeals.The bodies of seven of those who were ‘disappeared’ during the Troubles have never been found and they are thought to buried in bogland.They are Columba McVeigh, Joe Lynskey, Seamus Wright, Kevin McKee, Captain Robert Nairac, Brendan Megraw, and Seamus Ruddy.McVeigh’s sister, Dympna, told the programme: “I’ve got an image in my head of Columba standing there crying, looking into a hole. Nobody got to say goodbye to him.”The programme heard from one of McConville’s ten children, Agnes, who described how her mother was abducted. “We could hear her squealing, still squealing and looked over at the banister on Divis Flats and there she was getting thrown into the back of a van. That was the last time that we saw her.”Jean’s son Michael also recounted how, as an 11-year-old, he was abducted by the IRA’s youth wing, tied up, held for three hours, threatened with being shot, beaten and told not to tell the police what had happened.McConville’s body was found on a beach in Louth 10 years ago by John Garland who recounted in detail how he came upon her remains.Screengrab via RTÉ‘No act or part to play’The documentary also aired a taped recording of a former IRA commander in Belfast, Brendan Hughes, for the first time.The now deceased Hughes described in the tape how “the order was given for them to be put down” in relation to two of the victims.In the tapes he also accused Adams of ordering McConville’s killing, saying:“There is only one man who gave the order for that woman to be executed. That man, right, is now the head of Sinn Féin.”Repeatedly pressed by MacIntrye about the McConville case Adams repeated previous comments he has made.“No, I had no act or part to play in either the abduction, the killing or the burial of Jean McConville, or indeed any of these other individuals and Brendan is telling lies,” he said.“… And, opponents of our strategy, from their point of view, and obviously I profoundly disagree with them, they see us as having sold out, they see us as having been traitors and they also have their own demons to deal with.”last_img read more

RIM la tablette Playbook bénéficiera de BlackBerry OS 10

first_imgRIM : la tablette Playbook bénéficiera de BlackBerry OS 10 Research In Motion vient de révéler que le Blackberry OS 10 équipera sa tablette tactile Playbook en fin d’année 2012.   Même si sa tablette Playbook peine à convaincre ses utilisateurs et les observateurs, La firme Research In Motion n’est pas prête de la ranger au placard. En effet, après avoir annoncé un mini clavier pour celle-ci, RIM a indiqué au site Techradar que le Blackberry OS 10 équipera la tablette tactile en fin d’année 2012.Les possesseurs de la tablette pourront ainsi bénéficier d’un nouvel environnement et de nouveaux outils et applications. D’autant plus que le Blackberry OS 10 succèdera au PlayBook OS 2.0 qui avait amélioré l’ergonomie de la tablette en proposant notamment unclient de messagerie intégré, le support des réseaux sociaux et la compatibilité avec des applications Android.Toutefois la concurrence sera rude avec bien sûr iOS, Android et Windows Phone. Pour l’heure aucune date précise n’est avancée pour la disponibilité du nouvel OS signé RIM. Mais cela devrait arriver prochainement. Patience ! Le 15 mars 2012 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Star Wars Fans Transform German Observatory Into Enormous R2D2

first_imgIf you would like to visit the R2-D2-inspired observatory, you’ll have to go to a galaxy far far away (also known as Germany), but the trip could be worth it if you want to cross this Star Wars landmark off your bucket list.More on Clone-Like Spiders Named After ‘Star Wars’ StormtroopersDisney’s ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ Theme Park Lands Will Open This Year‘Star Wars: Always’ Trailer Is Topher Grace’s Moving Montage The R2-D2-inspired observatory recently caught the attention of Star Wars actor Mark Hamill, who recently posted about the cool building on Twitter. “R2-D2 observatory transformed Germans into giant nerds,” Hamill quoted in the Twitter post, which has received more than 8,000 likes.R2-D2 Observatory Transformed Germans Into Giant Nerds via @LaughingSquid— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 22, 2019Before, the dome-topped observatory was a dull white shade, however, Zitt, who holds science fiction lectures at the University of Kaiserslautern, recruited a small team of people to redesign the building into the Star Wars character. Curbed noted that the team painted R2-D2’s markings with a cobalt blue color, the building’s roof contains the robot’s eye, and the doors feature his square-shaped buttons. This isn’t the first R2-D2 structure either: In 2010, Goodsell Observatory in Northfield, Michigan, was temporarily transformed into the astromech droid with a shiny dome decoration and spray-painted fabrics. Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form center_img Stay on target A group of Star Wars enthusiasts transformed a German observatory into a massive R2-D2, and the end result is an intergalactic masterpiece.Hubert Zitt, a physics professor and Star Wars fan, worked with painter Klaus Ruffing and some students to repaint the Zweibrück Observatory of the Natural Science Association, which is located in Zweibrücken, Germany, to resemble the famous astromech droid, Designboom reported. The team completed the paint redesign in September 2018, and many Star Wars junkies have visited the quirky structure.last_img read more

Mt View Neighborhood Plan pulls together community ideas for a better place

first_imgParticipants at the Mt. View Street Fair watch performers. Hillman/KSKAThe Mountain View Community Council is putting the finishing touches on their neighborhood plan. It’s a targeted vision for making the city’s most diverse neighborhood a place people want to stay for the long-term.Download Audio.Mountain View residents who attended Saturday’s Street Fair know what they want for their neighborhood.“More police presence. Definitely,” says Noreen McKnight. “A lot of young kids hanging out late at night, making a lot of noise. Actually, last night there were gun shots in my neighborhood. And just more of a police presence, not harassing, just patrolling making the community aware that they are there.”People should “stop littering,” says Sierra Ekon. “Because people would want to live in Mountain View more and wouldn’t think it’s a dangerous place.”“More playgrounds for the kids,” requests Samantha Moua. “Because we live in a trailer, and there’s no playground except for a basketball hoop.”All of those ideas and more have been incorporated into the Mountain View Targeted Neighborhood Plan. The plan was three years in the making and included input from focus groups and a community-wide, weekend-long event. It lays out goals like better lighting on Mountain View Drive, proactive policing, and building a local health clinic.“There’s a need for services in Mountain View,” says Mountain View Community Council President Daniel George. For example, “the nearest place to drop off a letter at a post office is to go all the way across the highway to the post office in Russian Jack. We don’t have a postal drop box anywhere in Mountain View that I’ve been able to locate.”George says parts of the plan are already being enacted. The Downtown Partnership will be picking up trash, cleaning graffiti and doing safety patrols in the community for the rest of the summer. Cook Inlet Housing is developing more high quality housing units.“It’s a neighborhood that people move to or from. We want to make it a neighborhood of choice,” George says.The plan is posted on the Mountain View Community Council website and will need to be approved by the Anchorage Assembly to become official. The council is still seeking more input. Projects will be funded by non-profits, community organizations, and the municipality.last_img read more

The Best Podcasts for Superhero Fans

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Podcasts have, through some unlikely sorcery, become the hot entertainment and education medium of the 21st century. Their appeal is still not fully understood, but something about their ability to be listened to while we multi-task, combined with the soothing nature of other people’s voices, makes them perfect for sharing obsessions and interests.Because we’re geeks, we like to talk about comics. And we like to listen to other people talk about comics. So a big chunk of our subscription page is taken up with superhero podcasts. What follows are eleven of our favorites, approaching the four-color medium from a variety of different angles.Off PanelThis long-running podcast hosted by David Harper has built up a strong reputation for fascinating guests, and with over 150 episodes in the can you’ll be catching up for a long time. Some of our favorite episodes include Todd McFarlane giving the inside story on the birth of Image Comics and the one where Andrew W.K. shows up to explain the positivity and power of fandom in both music and comics. Harper sometimes digresses into movies and sports talk, but the majority of the meat here is comic books and episodes are brisk, insightful listens.Listen here.Wait, What?For five years, Graeme McMillan and Jeff Lester have released a new episode of Wait, What? every other Monday. That’s a pretty serious run in podcasting terms. The duo cover just about every aspect of mainstream comics, from deep dives into Marvel and DC lore to independent work, webcomics and more. Right now they’re in the middle of a massive project to explore Marvel’s first family, the Fantastic Four, in a recurring “Baxter Building” segment that grinds through the series in chronological order.Listen here.Jay & Miles X-Plain The X-MenOf all the comic book franchises, none is as convoluted and opaque as the X-Men. What started out as a team of five merry mutants and their wheelchair-bound leader has grotesquely blossomed into a sprawling labyrinth of alternate universes, time travel and other nonsense. The hosts of Jay & Miles X-Plain The X-Men are committed to walking you through the mess one issue at a time, covering the characters, situations and creative teams that made the X-Men so popular. The show is eminently listenable, very funny, and they even got legendary X-scribe Chris Claremont on for their 100th episode.Listen here.War Rocket AjaxWith nearly 400 episodes in the can, War Rocket Ajax is one of the hoariest of the comics podcasts. Hosted by Chris Sims and Matt Wilson, it’s a funny and free-ranging dive through the nooks and crannies of comics history. One of the best recurring features is “Every Story Ever,” which takes submissions from readers and attempts to place them in a comprehensive ranking of every issue published in comics history. Needless to say, this is an absolutely absurd task, but the guys have already managed to get 592 damn stories on there (with DC’s Identity Crisis in the last place slot).Listen here.The Savage LandThe wide-ranging coverage on The Savage Land isn’t restricted to just comics – they do movies, games and other geek culture too – but the level of fandom here is top-notch. Hosts Matt Hockett, Rachael Pedersen and Jason Hammons, have great conversational rapport as they briskly go through the latest releases, talk about the latest industry news and interview writers, artists, editors and other fan figures. It’s a solid podcast that has won a dedicated fanbase through regular updates and uniformly high quality.Listen here.Under The HoodSome of our favorite podcasts are the ones that take a laser focus on a subject and just mercilessly dissect it. Case in point: Under The Hood, which puts one of the greatest superhero comics of all time under the microscope. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen is a fascinatingly dense creation, in its twelve issues pushing the limits of what capes and spandex could do emotionally and politically. Each episode features hosts Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou and Kieran Shiach diving deep into a single page of the comic, drawing out connections and symbolism that a more casual reader could miss. They’re about halfway through the first issue right now, so things are starting to heat up.Listen here.Word BalloonWhile not exclusively comics-focused, as you can guess from the name this Canadian podcast delves heavily into the world of superheroes. Host John Siuntres is one of the best interviewers in geek culture, taking the time to study up on his guests and their work each and every episode so he doesn’t waste time and can get to the good stuff. The show has featured just about everybody who is anybody in modern comics, from Batman writer Tom King and Brian Michael Bendis to up-and-comers and indie artists. If you’re deep into comics, this is a must-listen and there’s a huge library of back episodes to sift through.Listen here.11 O’Clock ComicsIf you’re looking for a podcast that covers the latest and greatest floppies to hit the spinner rack, 11 O’Clock Comics is for you. Each week the team tackles new releases, giving unvarnished criticism and recommendations. Hosts Vince, David and Jason have been working together for a decade, so they have a natural rapport that makes for easy listening. In addition to reviews, the podcast gets a wide variety of guests to stop by, from mainstream stars like J. H. Williams III and Jeff Lemire to more indie artists like Josh Bayer. This is a great one to hit up before you make your weekly trip to the store.Listen here.The Comic ConspiracyPart of the Geekbox podcast network, The Comic Conspiracy is a weekly show where hosts Ryan Higgins, Brock Sager, Toby Sidler, and Charlie West get you ready for New Comics Day with previews of upcoming books, reviews of their pull list, and more. They’re also really good at grabbing high-profile guests – most notably Scott Snyder, architect of DC’s Batman line for the last five years or so. If you’re looking for a one-stop overview of everything that’s happening in the industry, this is the place to go.Listen here.Journey Into MiseryA popular genre of podcast is the “explainer,” which typically takes the form of a more learned host laying out the details for a newbie. Journey Into Misery revolves around Kieran Shiach taking a single character every episode and trying to make their adventures comprehensible to perpetually perplexed co-host Helena Hart. The end result is very funny and remarkably listenable, as Hart has a great instinct for cutting to the quick of these ridiculous stories and Shiach boasts an Answer Man-level knowledge of comics minutiae.Listen here.last_img read more

Liberia Cabinet ministers sign contracts

first_img Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Parents, stop beating yourself up Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf signs “performance contracts” with her cabinet ministers to set specific targets and goals.Johnson Sirleaf, 73, signed the first set of contracts Tuesday with eight ministers including those of health, labor, commerce, internal affairs and foreign affairs.Under the agreements the ministers’ work will be evaluated in June and December next year. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The signing of the contracts comes in less than one month after Johnson Sirleaf suspended 46 officials for failing to declare their assets upon taking office.Johnson Sirleaf told The Associated Press, after the signings, that some of the suspended ministers have since declared their assets and said the action has paid off.The president is in the first year of her second six-year term.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologylast_img read more

Oceania Cruises Sirena makes spectacular debut in Australian waters

first_imgOceania Cruises’ Sirena makes Spectacular Debut in Australian watersOceania Cruises is excited to announce its newest fleet addition, Sirena is in Australian waters for the first time following a successful inaugural season in the northern hemisphere after her launch last year.The 684-passenger Sirena has undergone a US$50 million refurbishment and follows the award-winning design blueprint of her sister ships Regatta, Insignia and Nautica, with amenities such as four gourmet restaurants, six elegant lounges and bars, the renowned Canyon Ranch SpaClub, and 342 lavish suites and luxurious staterooms.Commenting on Sirena’s first-time visit to Australian waters, Steve Odell, Senior Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings said, “We’re incredibly excited to showcase Sirena’s extensive refurbishment and phenomenal culinary offerings that are specially crafted to appeal to all palates, including local cruisers.”“Oceania Cruises is committed to expanding its presence and offerings in the Asia Pacific region, and Sirena’s debut down under is evidence of our parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ ongoing plans to continue adding regional itineraries aboard a range of premium vessels throughout Australia and New Zealand,” he added.Oceania Cruises’ reputation has been founded on its culinary excellence and commitment to serve guests The Finest Cuisine at Sea™. Sirena characterises the brand’s epicurean heritage with delightful gourmet dining experiences, including new culinary concept Tuscan Steak, inspired by Oceania Cruises’ traditional steak house Polo Grill and its authentic Italian restaurant, Toscana, serving up sumptuous favourites from both icons; as well as Red Ginger, a contemporary Asian-inspired restaurant dishing up delights such as Miso Glazed Sea Bass and Lobster Pad Thai, previously only available aboard Oceania Cruises’ larger vessels, Marina and Riviera.In the Grand Dining Room, lunchtime guests will find Jacques Bistro, offering an exclusive menu featuring signature dishes from legendary chef Jacques Pépin, Oceania Cruises’ Executive Culinary Director. A selection of specially crafted dishes will also appear on the menu each evening in The Grand Dining Room.Additional features of Sirena’s new look include re-designed palatial accommodation in the exclusive Owner’s and Vista Suites, as well as totally re-vamped public areas and new beds in every cabin, featuring the line’s signature mattresses, crisp cotton linen and delightfully snuggly duvets. Enhanced on board entertainment options include new productions such as the Rat-Pack inspired Tuxedo, and pop sensation Acoustic Sessions, as well as world-class comedic productions.Sirena marks her presence in the Australian and New Zealand region through a series of regional itineraries including a 34-day Sydney-to-Sydney circumnavigation of Australia departing March 6th – with highlights including the Whitsundays, Papua New Guinea, Komodo, Bali, Broome, Kangaroo Island and Tasmania.Following her Sydney-to-Sydney sailing, Sirena will set out from Sydney to Auckland on a 14-day voyage from April 9th, calling at ports including Eden, Melbourne, Burnie in Tasmania, the fjords of Milford Sound, Akaroa, Nelson, Wellington, Napier and Rotorua. From Auckland, Sirena will make her way to French Polynesia en route to the USA for her North American summer sailing season.To book a cruise with Oceania Cruises, contact a travel professional, call Oceania’s local contact centre, Australia: 1300 355 200, New Zealand: 0800 625 691 email, or CLICK HEREAbout Oceania CruisesFeaturing a fleet of intimately luxurious ships, Oceania Cruises offers an unrivalled experience renowned for the finest cuisine at sea and destination-rich itineraries spanning the globe. Seasoned world travellers are drawn to Oceania Cruises’ expertly crafted voyages, which call on more than 370 ports across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and the Americas. Spacious and elegant accommodations aboard the 684-guest Regatta, Insignia, Nautica, and Sirena and the 1,250-guest Marina and Riviera invite guests to explore the world in unparalleled comfort and style.Source = Oceania Cruiseslast_img read more