Newlycrowned Thai king carried in elaborate royal procession

first_imgBangkok: Thailand’s newly-crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn was carried by soldiers on a gilded palanquin through the streets of Bangkok Sunday, in front of crowds who craned to witness the historic event. The king, Rama X of the Chakri dynasty, wore a bejewelled robe and broad-brimmed hat with a feather on the second of three days of pageantry and royal splendour. The 7-kilometre procession brings the public into close proximity with the 66-year-old monarch for the first time, two years after he ascended the throne in an increasingly assertive reign. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportIt started around 5pm (1000 GMT) at the grand palace in Bangkok’s old quarter as trumpets blared, soldiers shouted commands and cannons fired a 21-gun salute. Thais wearing yellow shirts — the royal colour — and carrying hats and umbrellas to protect against temperatures reaching 36 degrees Celsius filled the streets outside with many clutching portraits of Vajiralongkorn and shouting “Long live the King!” “It may be my first and last chance to see this,” 57-year-old street Nattriya Siripattana said ahead of the first ceremony of its kind in 69 years. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe three-day coronation, which started Saturday, is the first since Vajiralongkorn’s adored and revered father was crowned in 1950. The highlight of Saturday’s sombre ceremonies was the King’s anointment with holy water, before he placed the 7.3 kilogram (16 lbs) golden tiered crown on his head. Early Sunday, the king bestowed royal titles on family members who crawled to his throne in a striking show of deference to the monarch, who was joined by his new Queen Suthida. The queen, 40, was deputy commander of the king’s royal guard before her marriage to Vajiralongkorn, which was announced days before the coronation. During the procession, she marched in red and black uniform next to the palanquin. Thailand’s monarchy is swaddled in ritual, protocol and hierarchy all orbiting around the king, who is viewed as a demigod. During the hours-long procession Thais will have the opportunity to “pay homage” to the king who will also stop at several major temples to pray before large gilded Buddha images. On the ground authorities sprayed mists of water over the crowds whose numbers were bolstered by droves of “Jit Arsa” — or “Spirit Volunteers” — intended to project a show of devotion and fealty to the monarchy. But soaring temperatures threatened to thin out the numbers. Vajiralongkorn ascended the throne in 2016 after the death of his father Bhumibol Adulyadej. The elaborate coronation ceremonies have been broadcast on live television and include a network of the powerful and influential in Thailand. Junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha, who seized power in a 2014 coup, took part in many of the key rituals, including the procession. The king and queen stayed the previous night in the royal residence, where a Siamese cat and a white rooster were placed on a pillow as part of housewarming rituals intended to bring good tidings. One of the family members to receive royal titles was 14-year-old Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti, who knelt and prostrated in front of his father as he was anointed with water.The teenager is the king’s son from his third marriage. He has six other children, including four sons from two previous wives. Criticism or in-depth discussion of the royal family in Thailand is guarded by harsh lese-majeste rules that carry up to 15 years in prison. All media must self-censor and the country’s lively social media platforms have been subdued. But the dazzling display of the primacy of the monarchy in Thai life belies a simmering political crisis held over from elections in March. The junta that seized power in 2014 and has vowed to defend the monarchy is aiming to return to power through the ballot box. Its proxy party has claimed the popular vote. But a coalition of anti-military parties says it has shored up a majority in the lower house. Full results are not expected until May 9, a delay that has frustrated many Thais. “When the event (coronation) is finished we will have to focus on politics,” said Titipol Phakdeewanich, a lecturer at Ubon Ratchathani University.Since ascending the throne the king has taken several assertive moves, including bringing the assets of the Crown Property Bureau under his direct control.Though the royal family is nominally above politics, the king issued an election-eve message calling on Thais to vote for “good people” against those who create “chaos”. And in February, he scuttled the prime ministerial bid of his older sister Princess Ubolratana with an anti-junta party.last_img read more

11 hurt as plane slides off Myanmar runway

first_imgYangon: Eleven people were injured as a plane slid off a runway while landing at Yangon airport in Myanmar Wednesday, police said, as a freak storm hit the city. Images on Facebook showed a crumpled Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane lying on the grass at the side of the runway. An AFP photographer saw an injured woman being carried to an ambulance on a stretcher. “One pilot, an air hostess and nine passengers were slightly injured,” a police officer at the airport told AFP, asking not to be named, adding that the plane slid from the runway as it landed at 6.50pm (local time). Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”It happened near Terminal 3 where it fell onto the cargo runway as it landed,” he added, saying that the nose and both wings were damaged. Yangon International Airport did not confirm the crash but announced that heavy rain had caused them to suspend “runway operations until further notice”. Other incoming flights were diverted to the capital Naypyidaw. Thirty-one people were on board from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Canada, China, India, France and Switzerland. Civilian airline accidents are relatively rare in Myanmar although there have been a series of crashes of military aircraft.last_img read more

Ban urges world to recall terrorisms victims in wake of Osama bin

United States President Barack Obama announced last night that Mr. bin Laden – the founder and head of Al-Qaida – was killed by US forces at a compound in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad, which is located close to the capital, Islamabad.Speaking to reporters at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Mr. Ban said it was “a day to remember the victims and families of victims, here in the United States and everywhere in the world.”Mr. bin Laden claimed responsibility for the 11 September 2001 attacks in the US that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people. He is also believed to be responsible for organizing or funding many other attacks, including the 1998 bombing of two US embassies in East Africa, the 1995 bombing of a Saudi security training centre in Riyadh and numerous attacks inside Afghanistan.Mr. Ban described Mr. bin Laden’s death as “a watershed moment in our common global fight against terrorism. The crimes of Al-Qaida touched most continents, bringing tragedy and loss of life to thousands of men, women and children.”In a statement he voiced relief at the news and commended “the work and the determined and principled commitment of many people in the world who have been struggling to eradicate international terrorism.”The Secretary-General stressed that the UN would continue to lead the global campaign against terrorism, drawing from the counter-terrorism strategy adopted by the General Assembly.His remarks were echoed by General Assembly President Joseph Deiss, who said that the UN’s fight against terrorism is “undertaken in the name of all victims. Terrorists must know that there will be no impunity for their barbaric and cowardly deeds.”Mr. Deiss stressed that terrorism remains unacceptable, regardless of what form or purpose it takes.Ambassador Gérard Araud of France, which holds the rotating Security Council presidency this month, read out a presidential statement in which the 15-member panel welcomed the news that Mr. bin Laden “will never again be able to perpetrate such acts of terrorism.”The statement urged all countries to remain vigilant and intensify their efforts to defeat terrorism, including by working together to bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of terrorist attacks.“The Security Council stresses… that terrorism will not be defeated by military force, law enforcement measures and intelligence operations alone, and can only be defeated by a sustained and comprehensive approach involving the active participation and collaboration of all States, and relevant international and regional organizations and civil society to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism and to impede, impair, isolate and incapacitate the terrorist threat.”Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), noted that the huge number of lives lost around the world as a result of the activities of Al-Qaida.Welcoming last night’s news, he stressed that nevertheless “there remains significant work in addressing terrorism, including tackling conditions that lead to or facilitate terrorism and building the legal basis needed to work against this threat to human security in a humane and effective manner.” 2 May 2011The death of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind some of the world’s most notorious terrorist attacks, represents a “watershed moment” in the fight against the scourge of terrorism, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. read more

Massive computer failure forces American Airlines to ground all US flights for

DALLAS – A key computer system used to run many daily operations at American Airlines failed Tuesday, forcing the third-largest U.S. carrier to ground all flights across the United States for several hours and stranding thousands of frustrated passengers at airports and on planes.Flights already in the air were allowed to continue to their destinations, but planes on the ground from coast to coast could not take off. And travellers could do little to get back in the air until the computer system was restored.American blamed its reservation system, which is used for much more than booking flights. Airlines commonly rely on such systems to track passengers and bags, monitor who has boarded a plane and to update flight schedules and gate assignments. The computers are also used to file flight plans and to help determine how much fuel to put in an aircraft or which seats should be filled to ensure a plane is properly balanced.The failure caused cascading delays and cancellations nationwide.American and sister airline American Eagle had cancelled 970 flights and delayed at least 1,068 more by early evening Tuesday, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware.com.The outage began in midmorning and stretched into the afternoon. The systems were fixed by 4:30 p.m. Eastern (2030 GMT), airline spokeswoman Stacey Frantz said.But even as some flights took off, the airline expected delays and cancellations to persist for the rest of the day.At airports, customers whose flights were cancelled couldn’t rebook on a later flight. Passengers already at the airport were stuck in long lines or killed time in gate areas.“Tensions are high. A lot of people are getting mad. I’ve seen several yelling at the American agents,” said Julie Burch, a business-meeting speaker who was stuck at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport waiting for a flight to Denver. “Nobody can tell us anything.”Terry Anzur, a TV news consultant from Los Angeles who was also stranded in Dallas, said American Airlines gate employees were doing everything the old-fashioned, manual way because their computers were useless.“No one at the counter can do anything. They can’t check people in,” Anzur said. “The airline is at a dead halt.”Theoretically, an airline could do the same work as the reservation system manually for any one flight. But doing it for hundreds of flights isn’t practical.“There was a time when an airline could fly without a reservation system, but those days for the most part are past,” said Scott Nason, American’s former technology chief and now a consultant.If their reservation systems go down, “most airlines would be pretty much without the ability to fly more than a very limited number of flights,” he added.During nearly 29 years at American, Nason recalled maybe one such failure every several years. While airlines can fix whatever caused the problem last time, “each time it’s something different.”One time it was a possum chewing through a cable in Tulsa, bringing down the whole system. Another time a worker in the airline’s data centre used a metal tool instead of one that was rubber-coated, causing a short-circuit that brought down substantial parts of the system, Nason said.Passengers used social media to flood the airline with complaints. The airline tweeted back that it was working to fix the problem and apologized for the inconvenience.To make amends, American offered to book people who needed to travel Tuesday on other airlines and pay for the fare difference. For those who wanted to delay their trips, American offered refunds or waivers from the usual fee for changing a reservation.But for several hours, the airline wasn’t able to process changes and refunds because of the computer failure.American’s problems on Tuesday were reminiscent of what United Airlines passengers endured for several days last year. After merging with Continental, United experienced computer glitches in the combined reservation system. On one day in August, 580 United flights were delayed, and its website was shut down for two hours. Another outage in November delayed 636 flights.The problems prompted an apology from United Continental Holdings Inc. CEO Jeff Smisek, who acknowledged that the airline had frustrated customers and would need to work to win them back.American’s headache occurred as parent company AMR Corp. seeks government approval to merge with US Airways Group Inc. A merger would let American surpass United to become the world’s biggest airline.The combined American-US Airways plans to use the American system that broke down on Tuesday.___Associated Press Airlines Writers Scott Mayerowitz in New York and Joshua Freed in Minneapolis contributed to this report.___David Koenig can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/airlinewriter . Massive computer failure forces American Airlines to ground all US flights for several hours by David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2013 1:17 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The future demands of us critical and global decisions Pope Francis tells

Pope Francis pays visit to United Nations Headquarters. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard/Eskinder Debebe/Rick Bajornas/Mark Garten ‹ ›“Not only in cases of religious or cultural persecution, but in every situation of conflict, as in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Libya, South Sudan and the Great Lakes region, real human beings take precedence over partisan interests, however legitimate the latter may be,” he continued. “In wars and conflicts there are individual persons, our brothers and sisters, men and women, young and old, boys and girls who weep, suffer and die.”The Pope also noted the achievements of the UN as it celebrates its seventieth anniversary. “The history of this organized community of States is one of important common achievements over a period of unusually fast-paced changes,” he said. “Without claiming to be exhaustive, we can mention the codification and development of international law, the establishment of international norms regarding human rights, advances in humanitarian law, the resolution of numerous conflicts, operations of peace-keeping and reconciliation, and any number of other accomplishments in every area of international activity and endeavour.”But he also cautioned that the experience of the last 70 years had made it clear that reform and adaptation to the times were sometimes necessary.“The need for greater equity is especially true in the case of those bodies with effective executive capability, such as the Security Council, the financial agencies and the groups or mechanisms specifically created to deal with economic crises,” he said.The Pope also addressed the effects of exclusion and inequality, noting that the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, was an important step forward, adding that he was confident that the December Conference of States Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), widely referred to as COP 21, would secure fundamental and effective agreements.During his introductory remarks, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said never in its 70-year history has the United Nations been honoured to welcome a Pope for the opening of the General Assembly. Statement by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon before the address by His Holiness Pope Francis at the 70th session of the General Assembly. Credit: United Nations“Your visit today coincides with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” Mr. Ban told Pope Francis. “But that is no coincidence. You have often spoken of an ‘integral ecology’ – one that encompasses the environment, economic growth, social justice and human well-being – in other words, sustainable development for our common home.”He noted that the recent Papal Encyclical – Laudato Si – defined climate change as a principal challenge facing humanity, and a moral issue.“This message is critical as we approach the pivotal climate change conference in Paris in December,” the UN chief continued. “Across the global agenda, His Holiness is a resounding voice of conscience. He has cried out for compassion for the world’s refugees and migrants, and solidarity with people trapped in conflict and poverty.”Mr. Ban recalled that in May 2014, Pope Francis met with the full leadership of the United Nations system at the Vatican, at which time he affirmed that the global community must mobilize the world beyond religious or political differences to forge a shared vision – a life of dignity for all.For his part, General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft also welcomed Pope Francis to the world body.“When you recalled previously how inseparable the ‘bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and peace’, you spoke directly to the three pillars of the United Nations – and to the interdependency and interconnectedness between these three pillars,” Mr. Lykketoft told the Pope.“That is the message at the heart of the new and very ambitious 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development,” he continued.Mr. Lykketoft also referred to the upcoming climate change conference in Paris, where, he said, the UN must adopt an ambitious climate agreement to protect people and the planet. He also noted that a similar urgency was required “to bring an end to the conflicts and violent extremism affecting many parts of our world today,” adding that “our collective response to these crises, and to the plight of millions of displaced people and refugees has been, at beast, inadequate, and, at worst, a failure of our humanity.”Those gathered at the General Assembly must respond “with leadership and action, in the spirit of solidarity, dialogue and tolerance,” he said. “The present time invites us to give priority to actions which generate new processes in society, so as to bear fruit in significant and positive historical events. We cannot permit ourselves to postpone ‘certain agendas’ for the future,” said Pope Francis.“The future demands of us critical and global decisions in the face of world-wide conflicts which increase the number of the excluded and those in need,” he declared in an address just ahead of the General Assembly’s formal adoption of a new global framework, Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, composed of 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate over the next 15 years.In his remarks, he also warned that the realities in the Middle East and Africa were grave.“I must renew my repeated appeals regarding the painful situation of the entire Middle East, North Africa and other African countries,” said Pope Francis, “These realities should serve as a grave summons to an examination of conscience on the part of those charged with the conduct of international affairs.” read more

No more junk Moodys set to issue its verdict on Irelands bailout

first_imgTHE CREDIT RATING agency Moody’s is expected to raise its outlook on Ireland from stable to positive later today, but analysts are predicting that it will leave its rating of government bonds at junk for the time being.The government is hoping that Moody’s will reassess its cut in the rating to junk status nearly three years ago following the financial collapse and EU-IMF bailout, but analysts don’t believe that it will.Moody’s has been the most negative ratings agency when it comes to the State’s financial outlook.The other main agencies, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch, did not reduce Ireland to junk during the crisis, maintaining the State’s BBB+ (Triple B) rating.Finance Minister Michael Noonan said last month that he hoped the firm would raise the country from junk early this year after the bailout exit and off the back of any bond sales.Earlier this month, the National Treasury Management Agency, the body responsible for managing the government’s assets and debt, sold €3.75 billion of bonds at a yield of 3.5 per cent.This was the lowest price since at least 2000, and far below the over 7 per cent that forced Ireland into the arms of the Troika.Read: Michael Noonan to discuss Troika exit with head of eurozone bailout fundlast_img read more

Call of Dutystyle raid on Kim Dotcoms home revealed in video

first_imgYou’ve probably read a number of times about the “slightly American” raid of Kim Dotcom’s Auckland, New Zealand compound, but until now no video of the event was available. Footage, primarily taken by helicopter, was maid available to the press and mixed in with Dotcom’s testimony, in which he described his early morning arrest and mistreatment by the commandos who took him into custody.As you can see in the video, and as described by Dotcom, an incredible amount of force was used to apprehend the internet-famous millionaire. Multiple agencies, including the FBI, coordinated on the arrest and it involved not only agents dropped in by helicopter but also four truckloads of officers, men on foot, and dog handlers. At least some of the agents were carrying Colt Commando (CAR-15) assault rifles.It’s clear that someone wanted to apprehend Dotcom and send a message while doing so. Unfortunately that message was a bit muddled when the agents spent minutes trying to locate Dotcom after he escaped into his “red room,” which was hidden but both unlocked and in the home’s blueprints. The officers involved in the raid were not dressed in combat gear and in the testimony an officer admits it was a low-threat, low-risk situation. So why the assault rifles and rough treatment of the suspect? Those are some of the questions that the New Zealand officials are trying to get to the bottom of.At the time of the raid the FBI had already entered Megaupload’s data center and seized the hardware, thus preventing any destruction of potential evidence against Dotcom or the site. This point was raised by Dotcom and it’s quite problematic for anyone who might defend the tactics employed by the arresting agencies.Regardless of your thoughts on Megaupload or Dotcom, it’s an interesting look at real-life raiding maneuvers and the powerlessness of even the most prepared civilians against overwhelming force. Throughout the testimony Dotcom comes off as both sane and agreeable while the tactics employed by the armed forces seem quite over the top and, all the while, the United States looms scarily over the entire situation.More at 3newslast_img read more

Trailer Watch Which movie should you go see this weekend

first_img The Sisters Brothers (1886) What’s it rated? Pet SemataryShazam!The Sisters BrothersThe Limit OfNone of themVote RottenTomatoes: 86%IMDB: 7/10The Limit Of Source: The Limit Of Movie/YouTubeWhat we knowInfluenced by the banking crisis, this Irish-made film is about a banker from Dublin who learns that his employer is responsible for a terrible tragedy. Directed by Alan Mulligan – read his piece for our Voices section on how he followed his dream to leave finance and become a film director here.What the critics say“Alan Mulligan’s noirish slow-creeper is based on a solid premise involving an exploitative bank and the subversive, vengeful act that aims to rock the financial institution to its foundations.” – RTÉ“Financed independently, its story about the cold-hearted nature of banking in Ireland and the lengths one will go to for family will strike a chord with many. The twists and turns the story takes are strange and as a result, you’re consistently invested.” – Entertainment.ie PLANNING ON HEADING to the cinema this weekend?There are a few new movies out, but which is a must-watch, and are there any you should avoid?We take a look.Pet Sematary Source: Paramount Pictures/YouTubeWhat we knowWarning: Don’t watch this trailer if you don’t want to know the entire plot. In a nutshell, it’s a film remake of the classic Stephen King novel, about a creepy pet cemetery. What the critics say“Things improve substantially in Pet Sematary 2019, a blood-curdling chiller that adds new twists to King’s novel yet stays incredibly faithful to its dark spirit. Smartphones and other products of the digital age have been added, but the plot trots along the same surface.” – RollingStone“A pitch-black examination of grief and madness, with the most heartrending thing any parent can go through — the death of a child — at its core, it’s already been made once before for the big screen, in the guise of Mary Lambert’s lurid 1989 version.” – Empire What’s it rated? https://jrnl.ie/4572688 Share1 Tweet Email Trailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend? What’s a must-watch, and what’s a miss? We tell you. RottenTomatoes: 92%IMDB: 8.3/10The Sisters Brothers Source: ONE Media/YouTubeWhat we knowBased on the Patrick DeWitt book, this is about two brothers (with the surname Sisters) who are hitmen in the wild, wild west. Stars John C Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix as the siblings.What the critics say“Perhaps above all things, this is a portrait of male sadness and claustrophobic and empty male ambition: the title is not merely jokey; these are men without women who have become emotionally stagnant and terribly lonely.” – The Guardian“… infused with sweetness, graphic body horror (that, at times, spins a childlike icky humor) and a high body count, this alcohol-soaked Frontier road trip constantly reinvents itself at every turn in fun, witty and ultimately touching ways.” – RogerEbert.com RottenTomatoes: 84%IMDB: 7.0/10Shazam! Source: FilmSelect Trailer/YouTubeWhat we knowYes, it’s another superhero film. This time DC brings us the fairly family-friendly Shazam! about a young boy who gets transformed into a superhero. Complete with adult body.What the critics say“It stops too often for the silly frenetic action, but when it is on its game, it is welcome indeed — certainly bringing a lighter tone to the DC universe, much like other recent stand-alones Aquaman and Wonder Woman.” – Deadline“A movie full of child actors isn’t always the most appealing prospect, but the young cast of Shazam! are uniformly excellent.” – Digital Spy Apr 4th 2019, 8:31 PM What’s it rated? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img 20,347 Views The Limit Of (982) Poll Results: By Aoife Barry Thursday 4 Apr 2019, 8:30 PM Pet Sematary (638) What’s it rated? Shazam! (544) None of them (100) RottenTomatoes: no rating yetIMDB: 6.2/10Which one would you go see first? Short URL 30 Comments last_img read more

Two Vancouver women arrested after police chase in Beaverton Ore

first_imgTwo Vancouver women were arrested on suspicion of various charges following a police chase ending in a crash in Beaverton, Ore.Jessica Marie Jones, 40, is facing charges of felony attempting to elude, criminal mischief and three counts of identity theft. Katelyn Noell Johnson, 22, may be charged with misdemeanor attempting to elude, second-degree theft and possession of methamphetamine, according to a news release from the Beaverton Police Department.Police said both suspects are Vancouver residents.On Saturday night around 9 p.m., officers tried to pull over a 2018 Mercedes near Southwest Canyon Road and 110th Ave. A witness reported that the occupants of the vehicle had stolen hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise from a Kohl’s store.“A short vehicle pursuit ensued and the driver of the suspect vehicle crashed into a concrete divider” near U.S. Route 26 and exit 71 for Sylvan, according to the police department.Two people who had been inside the Mercedes fled on foot as another individual was taken into custody. A police dog quickly caught up with one of the people who ran from the car, but the third suspect got away.Police found stolen items from Kohl’s, drugs and evidence of identity theft inside the vehicle.Jones and Johnson were booked into Washington County Jail.last_img read more

Legislative public records subject of new bill in Washington

first_imgOLYMPIA — A year after Washington lawmakers tried to exempt themselves from the state’s Public Records Act, one lawmaker is introducing a bill he says moves the Legislature toward more transparency — within limits.The measure introduced Thursday by Sen. Jamie Pedersen, a Democrat from Seattle, states lawmakers would be subject to the voter-approved law — something a coalition of media organizations that have sued say is already the case — but establishes broad parameters on how the law applies to the legislative branch.Senate Bill 5784 seeks to permanently exempt records ranging from staff analyses to drafts of bills and amendments or records of negotiations between and among lawmakers. It also looks to shield identifying information in constituent communications, such as names, though communications from lobbyists would be subject to full disclosure.Pedersen called the bill a good faith effort, and argued that without that set of legislative exemptions, “the Legislature would be fundamentally changed and it would be much more difficult for us to do our jobs.” The bill is co-signed by a handful of other Democrats, including Majority Leader Andy Billig and Sen. Sam Hunt, chairman of the committee that is expected to hold a hearing on the bill mid-February.But Michele Earl-Hubbard, an attorney for the media coalition that sued in September 2017, said the bill greatly expands the exemptions for the legislators and Legislature far beyond those that currently apply for local and other state agencies.last_img read more

Despite Being Overlooked Detroit to Make a Pitch for Army Futures Command

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A team of economic development organizations representing Detroit is submitting a proposal to the task force selecting the headquarters location for the Army’s new Futures Command even though the Army did not include the city in the list of 15 finalists it released in April. Detroit’s strong showing in three of the four categories — private sector innovation, talent, and strength of research and development resources for STEM — the Army’s consultant used to rank 30 candidates helped Michigan Sen. Gary Peters (D) persuade Army Secretary Mark Esper to allow the city to submit a bid, reported the Detroit Free Press. Detroit was left off the initial list of finalists because of its poor showing in the fourth attribute, quality of life, particularly due to a low ranking in a criterion measuring the region’s overall health and access to medical care. Peters believes that Michigan, which hosts the Tank-automotive and Armaments Command and the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, is “the obvious place” to locate a futures command for a ground force military organization. “We want to be seen as the place the Army wants to be as it thinks about the future of technology and warfare,” he said. Army photo by Carl Jones IIlast_img read more

Queen Elizabeth posts on Instagram for the first time

first_img This is how the Nazi Enigma machine works Now playing: Watch this: Queen Elizabeth II took an early tour of Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security, a new exhibit at The Science Museum coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Government Communication Headquarters. Along with the letter from Babbage, the exhibit includes Alan Turing’s Enigma M1070. The Royal Family’s Instagram has more than 2,000 posts, but this was reportedly the first one the queen wrote personally. Her first post has gotten more than 42,000 likes and 836 comments so far.”Today, I had the pleasure of learning about children’s computer coding initiatives and it seems fitting to me that I publish this Instagram post, at the Science Museum which has long championed technology, innovation and inspired the next generation of inventors,” the queen wrote. Mobile Culture 4:44 Share your voice 0 Tags Queen Elizabeth visits The Science Museum in London. The Science Museum Computers are a part of our everyday lives, and we may not give much thought to their origins. In true royal fashion, Queen Elizabeth II has reminded us on Instagram.The queen posted on Thursday that she visited The Science Museum in London and viewed a letter in the Royal Archives written in 1843 by Charles Babbage. Babbage designed the “Difference Engine” and has been credited as the world’s first computer pioneer. The queen wrote that Prince Albert saw a prototype in 1843. Post a comment Instagramlast_img read more

Xminis Xtlas Plus earphones Great tripledriver sound low price

first_img 0 Preview • X-mini’s Evolve Bluetooth headphone doubles as a wireless speaker (hands-on) Headphones X-mini Evolve Share your voice 45 Photoscenter_img Best wireless Bluetooth headphones for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR Post a comment Tags The X-mini Xtlas Plus earphones offer great sound without costing too much. Aloysius Low/CNET X-mini is best known for its capsule speakers, but the Singaporean company took a new approach last year with new wireless and wired earphones. I’ve previously tried out the Evolve speaker headphones and liked them, but I wasn’t too sure how the company would fare outside of its comfort zone. Tuning a pair of tiny earphones is a lot different from engineering small speakers for loud sound, after all. But it appears the company’s bet for its Xtlas Plus line paid off. Weighing just 0.6 ounces (17 grams), the Xtlas Plus uses a triple-driver setup with two balanced armature drivers alongside a dynamic one. Pairing a dynamic driver with the armature driver gives it more oomph in the bass department — in theory, at least. And the Xtlas Plus sort of succeeds on that front. Braided cables help you avoid tangles. Aloysius Low/CNET X-mini’s sound tends to focus on the clarity of the trebles, and its earphones pretty much stick to the same formula. The company’s speakers usually try not to overdo the bass, and the Xtlas Plus is the same. There are times where you just want a strong bass, especially for electronic tracks, and the Xtlas Plus feels a tad too tame there. That said, put on tracks with strong vocals and the earphones really shine. The sound is clear and crisp, and you can hear plenty of detail. If you like listening to classical tracks, you’ll love how much clarity the Xtlas Plus delivers for each individual instrument. It’s also Hi-Res Audio certified.At S$130 in Singapore (about $95, £75 or AU$135 converted), the X-mini Xtlas Plus earphones are pretty good value for what they offer. There’s also a carrying pouch bundled and three pairs of ear tips for the right fit. last_img read more

Mallott Parnell Easily Win Nominations

first_imgIncumbent Republican Sean Parnell easily won renomination for governor beating three other candidates, Gerald Heikes, Russ Millette, and Brad Snowden. Parnell won more than 75 percent of the vote.Parnell will face Democrat Byron Mallott who also coasted to victory Tuesday beating Phil Stoddard. Mallott won with almost 67 percent of the vote.Parnell and Mallott will face Bill Walker, who is running as an independent, in November.Anchorage mayor Dan Sullivan won the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor. He beat Kelly Wolf with 70 percent of the vote. State Senator Hollis French defeated Robert Williams to take the Democratic nomination. French won almost 62 percent of the vote.Walker’s running mate is Craig Fleener.last_img read more

Conoco gives up stake in North Slope project seen as precursor to

first_imgConstruction on Exxon Mobil’s Point Thomson field in December 2015. Image courtesy of Exxon Mobil/MSI CommunicationsConocoPhillips has confirmed it’s giving up its small stake in the Point Thomson field on the North Slope.The move has some observers wondering if it’s a bad sign for the state’s effort to build a massive natural gas line.Listen nowPoint Thomson is one of the state’s newest oil and gas projects. It’s about 60 miles east of Prudhoe Bay and started producing last year. Exxon operates the project and BP is the other major owner. Conoco only had about a 5 percent interest in the field.Conoco spokeswoman Natalie Lowman said the company wants to focus more on its core projects, like the Kuparuk and Alpine oil developments west of Prudhoe Bay.“I think everyone’s aware that the oil price is in a slump right now, and so in this current oil price environment, we are scrutinizing all our investments,” Lowman said. “And Point Thompson unit does not compete in our portfolio with other projects.”Today, Point Thomson is producing a liquid called natural gas condensate. But the field’s real potential is its massive natural gas reserves. That can’t be sold until a gas pipeline is built to carry it approximately 800 miles from the North Slope to market.The state of Alaska recently took over leadership of the gas line project from Conoco, BP and Exxon. It aims to start construction in 2019. But amidst low natural gas prices, the project faces big financial challenges.Lowman said giving up a stake in Point Thomson doesn’t mean Conoco doesn’t support the gas line.“This decision has no reflection on our support for a state-led project to monetize North Slope gas. We have been and are still willing to make our gas available for sale at the wellhead,” Lowman said.But Kenai Peninsula Borough oil and gas advisor Larry Persily said Conoco’s decision to walk away from Point Thomson doesn’t bode well for the project.“It confirms to me the gas line is not coming anytime soon or you would have held on to it, because then Point Thomson could be a moneymaker,” Persily said.However, Alaska Gasline Development Corporation spokeswoman Rosetta Alcantra said as long as the companies are willing to sell gas, the state isn’t worried about Conoco’s decision on Point Thomson.“We aren’t that concerned,” Alcantra said.In a call with investors yesterday, Conoco reported it earned $99 million in Alaska in the first quarter of 2017. Lowman said during that period, the company paid about $250 million in taxes to the state.Globally, Conoco reported a first-quarter loss of $19 million — an improvement from the first quarter of last year, when the company lost $1.2 billion amidst crashing oil prices.last_img read more

International Persian Summer School at MANUU

first_imgHyderabad: Maulana Azad National Urdu University( MANUU) in collaboration with Gottingen University, Germany is organizing first International Persian Summer School from 19th to 30th August. According to Prof. Shahid Naukhez Azmi, Head, Department of Persian the inaugural will be held at 10.30 am at Saiyid Hamid Library auditorium, MANUU Campus. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us Prof. Chander Shekar, Indian Cultural Ambassador to Uzbekistan and Prof. Eva Orthmann, Director, Professor of Iranian Studies, Gottingen University will address the inaugural. Dr. Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz, Vice-Chancellor will preside over. Research scholars of Persian language from various universities of Europe will attend the summer school.last_img read more

NSW launches new Aboriginal Tourism toolkit

first_imgSource = Destination NSW NSW launches new Aboriginal Tourism toolkitNSW launches new Aboriginal Tourism toolkitA new travel industry toolkit featuring more than 50 Aboriginal tourism products and experiences is set to boost Indigenous tourism in NSW.Produced by Destination NSW in partnership with NSW Aboriginal tour operators, the Toolkit updates an earlier guide to working with Aboriginal tourism businesses.Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said, “This is a fantastic business directory for the tourism industry to connect visitors with the huge range of Indigenous tourism experiences on offer here in NSW, and is an important initiative in our Aboriginal Tourism Action Plan.”“In NSW visitors can explore ancient art sites and artefacts, taste bush tucker, see wildlife and stunning scenery and connect with the Dreamtime through story, art, ritual and dance. Our State is home to Australia’s largest Aboriginal population represented by many different Tribal Groups each with a unique story to tell.”Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said the Toolkit will provide NSW Aboriginal tourism businesses with greater cut through in the competitive travel marketplace.“Destination NSW has been supporting NSW Aboriginal tourism businesses to become market and export ready and will be working hard to promote these experiences to travel agents and wholesalers around the world who design and sell travel packages for millions of visitors to NSW,” Ms Chipchase said.NSW Aboriginal Tourism Operators Council Working Group Member, Dwayne Bannon Harrison said, “This Toolkit is an ideal hub for showcasing First Nation tourism operators in NSW, and will create more opportunities and economic growth for our businesses and communities at large. It also assists with ensuring all the products are authentic, owned and facilitated by Aboriginal operators, delivering quality experiences for visitors.”The popularity of Indigenous tourism experiences in NSW continues to grow. In the year ending September 2016, more than 394,000 domestic and international visitors participated in an Aboriginal cultural tourism experience in NSW – up 50 per cent on the previous year.last_img read more

Interest Rate Hike Outlook for 2016

first_img Bankrate.com Federal Reserve Interest rates 2016-01-06 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Remember the interest rate hike that occurred last month? Wondering what’s next?Mark Hamrick, Senior Economic Analyst at Bankrate.com provides some insight on what to expect from the Federal Reserve in the new year and why this is likely to not be the entity’s last move.MReport: How will the Fed’s decision to raise mortgage rates play out in 2016 in the housing market? What about HELOC rates?Hamrick: Some of this is very difficult to forecast because the overall direction of interest rates, while having been at record low levels at the Federal Reserve, has been presumed to be higher over time at the timing of when we would get what the Fed called “liftoff” has been very difficult to pinpoint. Similarly, the performance of the global economy, when looked at as a single entity for the purpose of this discussion, how that presents itself has been equally challenging and even the U.S. recovery has been difficult. This is another way of saying that there is a high degree of risk in making any forecast relative to the outlook for interest rates, but we can start with some of the things that are easy to identify.We go the first increase in the federal funds target rate last month and that was a quarter of a point. We got the summary of economic projections that member of the Fed itself and assume that we can expect roughly four interest rate increases in 2016. Now, the financial markets are telling us that this is not likely.MReport: Do you believe that the rate increase was done at a time of optimal economic and housing market health or was it done too soon?Hamrick: We can say for sure that this was a long time coming. Like forecasting a recession, truthfully we only know about the wisdom of monetary policy after the fact. We know that in the past when the Fed has made mistakes, that can only be measured by what happens after the fact. There are plenty of people years ago who are screaming that monetary policy was risking ignition of hyperinflation. Obviously that hasn’t happened.  If anything, inflation remains below the Fed’s own target of 2 percent. The issue for the global economy has been a decline in commodities and fuel prices so that’s not hyperinflation. All of this just shows how difficult it is to figure these things out.In terms of the Fed’s timing, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said in a speech in December, where she set the table for the rate hike by saying the risks of waiting longer to get the rate hike in place outweighed the risks of keeping rates lower longer, and rates have been lower longer than anyone could have forecast.Only time can tell. The Fed is doing the best it can given the fact that it is operating in unprecedented times to the extent that we had a financial crisis that in many ways was unprecedented. The Fed had to act alone because Congress was not prepared to do more than what it had done and the President can’t do many things alone without the approval of Congress. This is a point that both Chair Yellen and Bernanke have made repeatedly: it’s only so much that can be done with monetary policy and you need help from fiscal policy. Although another federal government shutdown was avoided this fall, but there are some longer-term physical challenges which continue to go unanswered by elected officials and it just once again underscores how the Fed is virtually a singular actor when it comes to dictating the course of the economy.Click here to learn more about Bankrate.com January 6, 2016 537 Views center_img Interest Rate Hike Outlook for 2016 Sharelast_img read more

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