Jury debates fate of man accused of killing 12yearold BC girl 40

first_imgThe Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Jurors have begun deliberations in the trial of a man accused of killing a 12-year-old girl in British Columbia over 40 years ago.Nine men and three women will decide the fate of Garry Handlen, who pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.Jurors will consider Handlen’s alleged confession to an undercover RCMP officer who heard the man say he abducted, sexually assaulted and strangled Monica Jack in May 1978.The alleged hidden-camera confession that jurors watched during the 11-week trial was characterized as false by Handlen’s defence team.Handlen told a supposed crime boss he grabbed Jack from a highway pullout in Merritt and drove up a hill where he killed her, burned her clothes and left her body.In his final instructions to jury members, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Austin Cullen said they would need to use their common sense to decide the reliability of the alleged confession.last_img read more

Police seeking multiple suspects in shooting that left 1 dead and 5

first_imgMISSISSAUGA, Ont. — A teenage boy is dead and five other people are in hospital after gunfire erupted Saturday evening in a residential area of Mississauga, Ont., just west of Toronto.Peel Regional Police Chief Chris McCord said that according to eyewitness accounts multiple suspects unleashed a barrage of gunfire from semi-automatic weapons near a parkette behind an apartment building at around 6:20 p.m.He said a 17-year-old old boy died at the scene and that five others — a 13-year-old, a 16-year-old, two 17-year-olds and a woman in her 50s — were wounded.  McCord said one of the wounded was in serious condition and that the other four suffered non life-threatening injuries.The chief also noted that “a lot” of shell casings were found scattered over a wide area and that several vehicles had been hit by the gunfire, though police had yet to determine whether any of those vehicles belonged to the shooters.Speaking at a news conference late Saturday night, McCord said it was very early in the investigation and that many questions about the incident remained unanswered, including the motive, whether the victims were targeted and whether the shooting was gang related.No suspect information was immediately released as officers continued to canvass the area for surveillance camera video that might help answer at least some of those questions.Police were also asking anyone with information that could aid their investigation to contact them.McCord said investigators were talking to a number of people who ran from the scene as shots rang out, but the chief was quick to add that there was nothing to indicate, at this stage of the investigation, that any were possible suspects. “At present, with the police presence in the area tonight, there is no individual still in this area that should cause the residents cause for concern for their own personal safety,” he said.A music video was being filmed near the scene of the shooting, however, McCord said he didn’t know if it was in any way linked to the case. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Morfee Elementary School in Mackenzie receives funding for wetland project

first_img“In addition to creating this small educational wetland for the school, BCWF is also educating First Nations communities through a series of wetland workshops, increasing wetland stewardship in our region,” says FWCP’s Peace Region Manager, Chelsea Coady.This project was approved by the FWCP Peace Region Board and aligns with the region’s Action Plans, which identify priorities and projects eligible for FWCP funding.The FWCP is a partnership between BC Hydro, the Province of B.C., Fisheries & Oceans Canada, First Nations, and Public Stakeholders to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by existing BC Hydro dams.BC Hydro funds the FWCP annually in order to fulfill its applicable water licence obligations, and the FWCP directs those funds toward priority actions to fulfill its mission.In total across British Columbia FWCP has approved 97 projects in 2019—2020 to be delivered First Nations, consultants, government organizations and stewardship groups.To view more about the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program; CLICK HERE PEACE REGION, B.C. – A small wetland project at Morfee Elementary School in Mackenzie has received funding from the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP).In the Peace Region during 2019—2020 the FWCP has funded 26 projects totalling approximately $1.5 million.The goal of the school project is to create a natural functioning wetland to support waterfowl, bats, amphibians, songbirds and invertebrates led by the British Columbia Wildlife Federation (BCWF), this outdoor space will also serve as an outdoor classroom for students to learn about nature, science, and art.last_img read more

Wigneswaran named CM candidate

A TNA statement meanwhile said that the TNA, comprising of five constituent parties, met at the TNA office today to consider the nomination of the candidate for the post of Chief Minister of the Northern Province. While most TNA members feel Mavai Senathirajah is the best candidate since he has been in the North most of his life, others feel Wigneswaran may be best with his legal background. (Colombo Gazette) “It was unanimously resolved that the candidate for the position of Chief Minister at the forthcoming Provincial Council elections for the Northern Province would be Mr C V Wigneswaran, a retired judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. Other nominations will be finalized in due course by the TNA,” the TNA said. Former Supreme Court Judge C.V.Wigneswaran has nominated as the Chief Ministerial candidate for the Northern Provincial Council elections by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).TNA leader R. Sampanthan said that the decision to nominate Wigneswaran was taken at a decisive meeting held by the TNA today. The TNA further added that Wigneswaran is a much respected public personality and the TNA appeals to the voters in the Northern Province to wholeheartedly support him, the Chief Minister candidate of the TNA and all other candidates who will be nominated for election.There was a rift in the TNA over the nomination with the northern members of the Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) threatening to contest the Northern Provincial council polls independently if Vigneswaran is nominated as the Chief Ministerial candidate by the TNA for the polls. ITAK is a coalition member of the TNA and they want TNA General Secretary Mavai Senathirajah to be nominated for the post while TNA leader R. Sampanthan was backing Wigneswaran.According to reports, ITAK members in Jaffna, Vavuniya and also Trincomalee in the East have sent a letter to the TNA leader strongly opposing moves to nominate Wigneswaran.If the TNA appoints Wigneswaran then ITAK members in Jaffna, Vavuniya, Kilionochchi and Mannar have said they will contest the Northern polls independently and not under the TNA ticket. read more

More Afghan refugee camps close in Pakistan as part of UN repatriation

The decisions came at the latest meeting earlier this week of the tripartite commission, comprising the two countries and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the voluntary repatriation of the Afghans.“We welcome the Government of Pakistan’s decision to close three camps, Girdi Jungle and Pir Alizai in Baluchistan and Kacha Gari in North West Frontier Province, by the end of July,” UNHCR’s top representative at the meeting, Ekber Menemencioglu, said. “We are especially grateful for its commitment to closely coordinate the closure and consolidation process with UNHCR and the Government of Afghanistan.”Since 2002, more than 4.5 million Afghans have returned home, 3 million from Pakistan, and many others from Iran. The voluntary repatriation operation is the largest in UNHCR history and is regarded as one of the major achievements of Afghanistan’s reconstruction process over the past five years following decades of Russian occupation and civil war.UNHCR estimates that some 2.6 million Afghans still remain in Pakistan. Describing their return as “a sharp challenge,” Mr. Menemencioglu noted that many had lived in Pakistan for more than 20 years, half were under the age of eighteen, and many originated from insecure or underdeveloped areas in Afghanistan. He said UNHCR believed a comprehensive approach was necessary to tackle all aspects of the protracted refugee situation and had proposed new arrangements, including an increased cash allowance for returnees to sustain the future momentum of repatriation.But generating the necessary resources would require high-level political commitment from all parties, he stressed. read more

Marking World Wildlife Day UN calls for global actions to save planets

Urging global efforts to protect this essential natural heritage for the current and future generations, much more needs to be done by key actors on all continents and across sectors, he said in a message, stressing that “the future of wildlife is in our hands,” echoing the theme of this year’s World Day.“For too long, the world has been witness to heart-breaking images of the mass slaughter of elephants for their tusks,” he said.According to the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the killing of African elephants and trafficking in their ivory remain alarmingly high. Asian elephants are also subject to growing levels of poaching. An estimate shows that about 100,000 elephants were slaughtered for their ivory between 2010 and 2012.Under the theme, The future of wildlife is in our hands, African and Asian elephants are a main focus of the 2016 Day. Countries around the world are encouraged to highlight species of wild animals and plants from their own countries, adapting the global theme to suit. Mr. Ban said that last year, UN Member States adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including specific targets to end poaching. The UN General Assembly also unanimously adopted a resolution to limit illicit trafficking in wildlife.To combat poaching and trafficking of protected species, it is essential to address both the demand and supply of illegal wildlife products through agreed goals and targets and international instruments, such as the CITES, he added.In his message, John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General, noted that the current wildlife crisis is not a natural phenomenon, such as a drought, a flood or a cyclone. “It is the direct result of people’s actions,” he declared.Across every continent, he noted, governments and citizens are tackling both demand and supply, making wildlife crime much riskier and far less profitable. “We are beginning to turn the tide on wildlife trafficking,” he said, adding, however, that much still remains to be done, and a collective success will rely upon the individual actions taken by each.UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner said that the disappearance of individual species threatens biodiversity, and by extension, the life support systems on the planet. The Day is “a call to become more informed and more involved in stopping this crime against nature, communities and future generations,” he said.Braulio F. de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, said wildlife is also the basis of biodiversity. Biodiversity in the wild is just as important to human wellbeing as biodiversity in plants and animals used for human consumption. Wildlife is incremental to forestry, fishery and tourism livelihoods around the world. Quite simply, biodiversity keep ecosystems functional providing the ecosystem services to allow people to survive, get enough food, and make a living.“The conservation and sustainable use of wildlife is therefore a critical component of sustainable development, and should be part of a comprehensive approach to achieving poverty eradication, food security and sustainable livelihoods,” he said. ‹ › In June 2014, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Nairobi National Park and adopted a lion cub as a sign of support for efforts against the trafficking of animals around the world. He said he adopted the cub, whose Kiswahili name Tumaini means “hope”, to show solidarity for the preservation efforts. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe read more

Brock prof students honoured for excellence in nursing

A Brock University professor and two students are being individually recognized for their impact in the world of nursing.The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) has honoured Department of Nursing Assistant Professor Sheila O’Keefe-McCarthy with the 2018 Leadership Award in Nursing Education (Academic).“I am extremely honoured to be thought of in this regard, by not only students at Brock University, but also the faculty, clinical instructor and staff who nominated me,” she says. “Since coming to Brock in January 2016, I have always felt extremely supported to share new ideas and pilot my approaches to teaching and research. This award is special because it comes from all of the people I have been collaborating with.”Brock Nursing student Gwendolyn French received the RNAO 2018 Student of Distinction award on Friday, April 20.The leadership award, which O’Keefe-McCarthy received on Friday, April 20, is given to those who have made outstanding contributions to the profession of nursing in Ontario. The recipient practices excellence as a nursing educator in a college or university setting and enhances the image of nursing by encouraging critical thinking, innovation and debate about important nursing issues. They also act as a role model and mentor.Among her teaching contributions at Brock, O’Keefe-McCarthy has designed an emergency cardiac arrest simulation-based workshop to provide nursing students with an experiential education opportunity that enables them to consolidate their skills in an emergent nursing clinical situation.“Using Brock’s high fidelity critical care simulation-man, we are able to provide simulated learning experiences that allow our students to combine their knowledge, and practical and critical thinking skills to respond to a patient that has no vital signs. Within the first five minutes, students will initiate emergency assistance and perform immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR),” explains O’Keefe-McCarthy.Brock Nursing student Gwendolyn French was also honoured by the RNAO with the 2018 Student of Distinction award. This provincial award is given to an undergraduate Nursing student who has made significant contributions acting as a change agent, resource and mentor within her undergraduate program and has been actively involved in RNAO regions, chapters and/or interest groups.French was recognized for her passion for health care and her political advocacy promoting important health-care issues on social media, such as national pharmacare, the minimum wage and community health issues.“It’s important that MPPs recognize the importance of making sure the policy that is being developed is in the best interests of Ontarians,” says French.French, who has earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, will be graduating on Monday, June 4. She hopes to utilize her knowledge to enrich the future of nursing through education and eventually develop and influence healthy public policy.Brock nursing student Jackie Hoelzli, who will begin her fourth-year in September, was awarded the Ontario Dorothy Ferguson Scholarship by the Registered Nurses’ Foundation of Ontario during their Annual Gala on Wednesday, May 2. This scholarship is given annually to a student who demonstrates outstanding leadership potential.Hoelzli is known for her willingness to take on various leadership roles including, acting as a student simulation lab educator and orientating new research assistants. She also worked closely with O’Keefe-McCarthy as part of Brock’s Match of Minds program which provides employment opportunities for students across all faculties, intended to enhance their employability in future research positions.“Jackie was my Match of Mind student for 2017 and worked alongside me in my Heart Innovation Research program, says O’Keefe-McCarthy. “She is someone who embraces every opportunity for optimal learning experiences, is extremely committed to her education and is able to translate her knowledge into effective bedside, clinical nursing.”Through the Match of Mind’s program, Hoelzli received mentorship and guidance to further develop her skills and interest in clinical nursing, nursing education and research.“The field of nursing has a tradition of excellence and these prestigious awards are a testament to Brock’s commitment to high quality nursing education,” says Department of Nursing Chair Dawn Prentice. “The recipients should be very proud of their accomplishments. I expect each of them will continue to make positive contributions towards making individuals and communities healthier.” read more

Ezekiel Elliott rebounds with 214 yards to lead Ohio States 4213 romp

Brutus Buckeye during a game against Michigan on Nov. 28 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. OSU won 42-13. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor ANN ARBOR, Mich. – What started under the guise of a defensive struggle turned into a heavy-powered offensive affair, as No. 8 Ohio State decimated No. 10 Michigan on the ground to pull out a 42-13 victory in the 2015 edition of The Game.“From the bottom of my heart, I told these players, that might have been the best week I’ve ever seen,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said.Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott rebounded from his oft-publicized 12-carry, 32-yard performance in OSU’s 17-14 loss to Michigan State a week prior to explode for 214 yards on 30 carries to lead the Buckeyes through the hostile road atmosphere.“We wanted to get out here and make up for last weekend,” Elliott said. “We were just determined, and then on top of playing (Michigan), this big rivalry, this was so much emotion and I think we handled it really well, we came out and executed.”For the game, the Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1) had 369 rushing yards, including 139 by redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett. The Wichita Falls, Texas, native also chipped in 113 yards through the air by completing nine of 15 passes.After the game, Barrett offered one reason for why the offense looked so much more smooth than a week prior: “We played faster.”Before the offensive onslaught, the contest started out characteristic for a matchup between two of the top defenses in the nation. Despite seven combined first downs on the first three drives, each one ended in a punt from midfield.The fourth drive — and OSU’s second — seemed to be going nowhere, as the team only gained three yards with its back to the goal line. A roughing the kicker call on the ensuing punt gave OSU new life, however, and the visitors took advantage.A 66-yard run by junior running back Ezekiel Elliott moved the Buckeyes to the red zone, where Barrett ran it into the end zone from seven yards away two plays later to give OSU a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter.Not to roll over in front of their home crowd, the Wolverines (9-3, 6-2) embarked on a long 14-play, 72-yard drive on the next possession. OSU had Michigan held to a third down three separate times, but redshirt senior quarterback Jake Rudock converted each, followed by another first-down pass to move to the 10-yard line.The Scarlet and Gray held from there, however, keeping the Wolverines to a 25-yard field goal to cut the margin to 7-3.With the passing game showing few results but the running game working, OSU switched to an up-tempo offense on its next drive, and it worked like a charm.Barrett started out the drive with a six-yard pass, but the final eight plays and 69 yards of the drive all came on the ground, finished off with a five-yard run by Elliott to move the score to 14-3. Barrett had 48 yards rushing on the drive, Elliott chipped in 13 and redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller picked up the remaining eight out in direct-snap formations.“It wasn’t a magic formula or lucky draws or anything like that, it was more just execution,” Barrett said.Seeing the momentum slipping away before the half, Michigan stuck around with an 11-play, 92-yard drive ending with a five-yard pass to redshirt junior receiver Jehu Chesson to make the score 14-10 at the half.Junior safety Vonn Bell said after the game that despite the final result, letting Michigan back in the game at that point was an area of disappointment.“We really didn’t have a complete performance,” Bell said. “We had a lot of mess-ups on third down, we had to get off the field. So I don’t really think it was a complete performance.”OSU held the lead at the break despite being outgained 226-189, with all but 18 of its yards coming on the ground. The Wolverines were anchored by a phenomenal third-down conversion rate, going 8-of-11 in the first half, which allowed them to possess the ball for more than 18 minutes of the opening two quarters.The Buckeyes did not miss a beat coming out of the half, continuing the back-and-forth affair with an 82-yard scoring drive. Elliott rushed the ball three times for 45 yards on the drive, but it was a 25-yard catch by redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall in heavy coverage that extended OSU’s lead to 21-10.“They had one of the better corners on me, but I didn’t feel him above me, so I just beat him deep,” Marshall said. “I didn’t see anybody back there, and I saw J.T. step up in the pocket and throw it up there, and I did everything I could to go get it.”The next drive featured a break of the tit-for-tat scoring pattern, as OSU stopped Michigan near midfield, giving the road team the ball back with a chance to break the game open.And the Scarlet and Gray did just that, embarking on its fourth consecutive long scoring drive, not counting the short drive to end the first half. This one was an 84-yard march, capped off by a 13-yard run by Barrett — his second of the game — to make it a 28-10 edge.The Wolverines answered back with a lengthy drive of their own when they got the ball back, but it was stalled in the red zone for another short field goal. The kick cut OSU’s lead to 28-13 with 14:44 remaining, but time and momentum were not on the Maize and Blue’s side.The momentum turned out to be the final nail in the Wolverines’ coffin, as the Buckeyes effortlessly embarked on a 75-yard drive that took less than two minutes.Elliott ran for 28 yards on the drive, including a 10-yard rushing score, while a large chunk of the yardage was picked up by a 38-yard completion to redshirt junior receiver Michael Thomas. A third rushing touchdown by Barrett followed on the next drive, tying last year’s 11-rushing-touchdown total despite only starting four games.Redshirt junior guard Pat Elflein said the key to keeping the offense’s foot on the gas pedal was making the defensive line exhausted, especially in the second half.“I think at the start of the fourth quarter they had a whole new D-line out there. They were getting tired,” Elflein said. “That tempo was wearing on them.”Elliott passed Eddie George for the second-most rushing yards in OSU history with his 214-yard outburst. He still sits 1,777 yards behind Archie Griffin for the OSU record.“He’s one of the best players I’ve ever been around,” Meyer said about Elliott.There were a flurry of injuries in the contest, given its usual physical nature. OSU sophomore linebacker Raekwon McMillan came up hobbling in the first half but returned in the second, while sophomore cornerback Damon Webb did not have the same good fortune, leaving the game on the opening kickoff of the second half and not returning.Rudock was injured on a hard sack by OSU junior defensive end Joey Bosa early in the fourth quarter. He did not return and was replaced by redshirt freshman Wilton Speight. The Buckeyes are no stranger to a quarterback getting injured in The Game, as last year Barrett was lost for the season with an ankle injury in Columbus.Meyer improved to 4-0 against archrival Michigan, which includes a pair of wins at Michigan Stadium. As a whole, OSU has won 11 of its last 12 meetings with the Wolverines.The Buckeyes do not know when their next game will be played, as they were shut out of the Big Ten Championship Game after Michigan State locked up the Big Ten East with a 55-16 win over Penn State. OSU will learn its bowl destination when the lineup is announced on Dec. 6. Editor’s note 11/28: The final paragraph has been updated to reflect the results of the Michigan State-Penn State game.https://youtu.be/zRDpjtKnocY read more

Ivano Balic going to MKB Veszprem

Shock transfer could be on the horizon. The best Croatian handball player of all times, Ivano Balic, might be leaving the Croatian champion, and join the dominant in the past few years Hungarian champion, MKB Veszprem. Zagreb CO announced that the club’s budget needs to be lowered, which is partly already done by Manuel Strlek going to Kielce next season, and Gojun joining Atletico Madrid. However, the most interesting news is that Ivano Balic could be on his way to Veszprem, and thus make Veszprem one of the most serious candidates to play at the Final Four.Balic and Croatia won the bronze medal at the European Championship 2012 in Serbia, and with his club still have a chance to advance to the Final Four in Koln this year, but a surprise in Kiel is needed. Croatia handballHungary handballIvano Balicveszpremzagreb ← Previous Story Metalurg beats Vardar – Championship is decided! Next Story → Marko Bezjak to join SC Magdeburg read more

The 9 at 9 Saturday

first_imgEVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #POSITIVE OUTLOOK: The credit ratings agency Moody’s has upgraded its outlook on Irish sovereign debt from negative to stable. However, Moody’s continues to apply a junk rating to Irish government bonds. [The Irish Times]2. #TRANSPLANT: An investigation is underway after an ambulance transporting a patient from Cork to Dublin for a lung transplant broke down. [The Irish Independent]3. #HADDINGTON: Despite the ASTI rejecting the Haddington Road Agreement, the Government insists there will be no renegotiation as it could unravel the whole deal, reports The Irish Times.4. #RETIREMENT: The former Financial Regulator Patrick Neary was paid a salary of €84,501 upon retirement, which included a €13,000 payment for untaken holidays.5. #CAB: The Criminal Assets Bureau has launched an investigation in a hope to establish the source of a sum of money that was found hidden under a bathtub in the former home of bankrupt developer Tom McFeely. [The Irish Independent]6. #TOURISM: Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has indicated that the 9 per cent rate of VAT for the hotel and tourism industry will rise in the forthcoming Budget.7. #SYRIA: The international chemical weapons watchdog says it is studying details submitted by Syria about its arsenal of poisonous gas supplies. All details must be submitted by the end of today. [BBC]8. #GERMANY: Chancellor Angela Merkel has made a last ditch appeal to German voters stating she wants to be Chancellor for another four years. Germany’s election takes place tomorrow. [The Telegraph]9. # BEAUTY PAGEANT: The controversial child beauty pageant that had its venue cancel the booking this week, will go ahead in another venue today said Annette Hill, the pageant’s organiser. [The Examiner]last_img read more

A deep look into Android 41

first_imgIt has been eight short months since Google and Samsung took the stage together to announce the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the new version of Android to accompany it. Android 4.0 signified the great unification of the tablet and phone user experience, and completely changed the way Android handled a lot of tasks both internally and externally.Across the entire platform, it was such a massive change that many people who had a previous generation device are still not updated. Even the CyanogenMod developer team, who in the past has been notorious for getting an update to a device long before the manufacturer, still does not have an official release of Android 4.0 running. So, with less than 10% of the Android ecosystem running Android 4.0, Google proudly took the stage in San Francisco this week and announced Android 4.1.“It’s not really called Project Butter”Every inch of the OS has received significant polish. The OS is just plain smooth when you do anything. At Google IO, it was explained to us that this was the result of a beautification project that was internally called Project Butter. The next day, at the Android Fireside chat, it was made clear that nobody called it Project Butter, saying that it was “just a marketing thing”. Whatever you want to call it, the result is pretty incredible.Setting an Android 4.0 and an Android 4.1 Galaxy Nexus next to each other you can see the difference if you look carefully. That’s the point of the polish, to remove all of those quirky little lags that no one wants to admit have always been a part of Android. Every time you swipe to another screen, or return to your Home menu, there used to be just a little barely noticeable stutter. It’s gone, and it is amazing the difference it makes.My biggest pet peeve about Android 4.0 was with the Gallery. On the Galaxy Nexus, if you had a lot of photos stored on Picasa and Google+ and anything else that attached the Gallery app, it would often take upwards of 20 seconds for any part of the Gallery to load. It was absolutely unbearable on a device like the Galaxy Nexus, and was still noticeably slow on powerhouses like the Samsung Galaxy S3. This doesn’t happen in Android 4.1 at all.The Gallery app loads seamlessly, and every folder from every service is there instantly. The fact that it works so well on the Galaxy Nexus, which is an 8 month old device, gives me plenty of hope that phones like the Droid RAZR, the Samsung Galaxy S3, and the HTC One series will also look spectacular if and when they finally get running on Android 4.1.Flexible HomescreensIn keeping with the very smooth animations found all over in Android 4.1, you can manipulate things on the homescreen with much greater ease now. When you place anything on the homescreen and you already have something in that space, the icon will move out of the way for you. This works for apps, folders, and widgets. During the demo at IO, when a large widget was placed on the screen everything re-positioned itself instantly. It works just that fast every time you do it, and if the apps outnumber the widget, it will re-size if possible. If it is not possible, the app will flash red and you will need to toss it away in order to fix it.Tossing app shorcuts from the homescreen into the garbage is very simple now. Previously, you needed to drag the icon all the way to the trash can and release to discard the app. This works on most phones, but on tablets it’s kind of a pain. Now, all you need to do it flick the app in the general direction of the remove text that drops down. The selected icon will go sailing across the screen until it disappears off the top of the device.Highly Functional Navigation DrawerOne of my favorite things about Android is the navigation drawer. Everything gets its own notification icon, so I don’t need to constantly stop what I am doing to check every little notification. Previously, however, if I wanted to actually do anything about a notification aside from dismiss it, I needed to leave the app I was already in. Especially when watching a video or reading an article on a website, that got annoying at times. Android 4.1 supports actions within the notification drawer. If someone calls me, for example, I can choose to either answer the call or respond to the call with a short message telling them I am “in a meeting”.Each notification is also given an exploded view for more information. My Gmail now shows me the titles of multiple messages, for example. As more developers pick this up, the notification tray will gain even more functionality. The biggest benefit to the new notification tray is that it is not only transparent, but can be pulled down even when you are in the middle of a full screen app. When playing a game or something similar, you can pull down the drawer without affecting what you are currently doing and interact with your notifications.A few more steps to make it easier to useOne of the downsides to being able to share virtually everything on an OS with every other app at the touch of a button is choice. As strange as it sounds, when I open a link someone sent me in chat, I don’t want to scroll down a list of applications that know what to do with that app. I’d like to be able to select the app I most commonly use to complete that task and move on.Android has been really good about making this a fairly seamless experience already, but sometimes the situation is less cut and dry. Sometimes you have links that you’d rather open in another application. If you have already selected one app to behave as the default, there are way more steps involved in moving that around so you can open that link in the app you want. Sometimes those steps even involve digging around in Settings>Apps and removing the defaults for that app.Android 4.1 now adds a step in the opening process that allows you to choose whether or not you want to open that link the same way every time, or just once. This will be especially useful for people who occasionally still use Flash based content, but prefer Chrome for Android when it comes to more general browsing. This task system will be really useful in more general situations as well, and more importantly it makes it so the user doesn’t have to go digging through Apps settings unless they really need to.Final ThoughtsIn a world with crazy powerful devices like the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S3, Android 4.1 had me quickly grabbing for my Galaxy Nexus to enjoy the phone. Right now the Galaxy Nexus feels faster than any of the other devices in many critical places. Combined with the impressive presentation of the Nexus 7, Android 4.1 is very impressive for something that is supposed to be a minor incremental update.The biggest challenge moving forward is to getting other devices running Android on to 4.1. This new version of Android was released in the same week that Motorola announced their most successful phone since the original Droid was finally getting Android 4.0. So far, none of the manufacturers have spoken up with excitement towards getting the latest version of Android on their phones in any short order, and that could be a problem.As Google releases cooler and cooler toys, how long will it be before anybody gets to use them?last_img read more

Dublin City Council enters new fiveyear clamping contract worth €3667 million

first_img 22,820 Views By Gordon Deegan Dublin City Council enters new five-year clamping contract worth €36.67 million Last year, the council recorded revenue of €27.9 million from parking fees. Short URL Sunday 1 Sep 2019, 1:39 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sep 1st 2019, 1:39 PM Share55 Tweet Email3 Image: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie Image: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie 25 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4791287 THE NEW CLAMPING contract Dublin City Council has entered into with Dublin based business Tazbell Services Group DAC has a value of €36.67 million (ex Vat).A new contract notice from Dublin City Council shows that Tazbell Services has beaten off bids from two rival firms to secure the lucrative contract.Tazbell Services through Dublin Street Parking Services (DSPS) Unlimited has operated the city council clamping contract since 2004.Each year, DSPS tickets, clamps, relocates and stores in the region of 60,000 vehicles in the capital.The new €36.67 million contract is for five years with an option to extend year by year for a further two years.The most recent figures for the first six months of 2019 show that a daily average of 129 motorists had their cars clamped in the city council area.According to the Council tender for the works, the objective of the contract include – maintaining a high level of compliance with on-street parking controls in the City Council area; ensuring the probability of enforcement action being taken is sufficiently high to deter illegal parking and providing the very highest level of customer care and service.The Council has also stated an objective of the contract is to minimise the net cost to the Council of providing the service; providing flexibility in the Council/Contractor relationship and providing innovation in service delivery and sharing in risk and reward.When inviting tenders for the contract last year, the Council had estimated the value of the contract to be €45 million (ex Vat) and the contract awarded of €36.67 million represents a sharp drop on that initial estimate.Last year, the council recorded revenue of €27.9 million from parking fees and a further €3.2 million in clamp release fees. The standard clamp release fee is €80.Tazbell Services GroupThe City Council contract for Tazbell represents important business for the Dublin city based firm.Tazbell’s most recent accounts show that the group recorded a 23% increase in pre-tax profits to €1.75 million in 2017 after revenues decreased marginally from €17.99 million to €17.8 million.Tazbell Services Group is the largest commercial car park operator in the country with a diverse client base including retailers, financial institutions, real estate investment trusts, private investors, hospitals and local authorities.Tazbell Services Group is also the largest provider of outsourced parking enforcement services in the country.The group presently run operations at over 30 locations in Ireland support by a management and customer care centre in East Point Business Park in Dublin 3.The group operates a toll collection services on the M4 motorway which was further expanded to the M3 when that motorway opened.In total the group manages around 50,000 on-street parking spaces for local authorities in Ireland and its client list includes Dublin City Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and South Dublin County Council.Numbers employed by the group decreased from 231 to 228 in 2017 with staff costs decreasing from €8.52 million to €8.4 million.Pay to directors Thomas Dowd and Martin O’Gara totalled €347,731 – key management personnel received €785,441.Tazbell in 2017 paid out €300,000 in dividends and this followed a dividend payout of €750,000 in 2016.The directors stated that they were satisfied with the performance of the group.last_img read more

Scholes predicts City to win again

first_imgThe former footballer says Pep Guardiola’s team has everything to be crowned champions once again of the English Premier LeagueSpeaking to the Premier League’s official website, and reported by The Sport Bible, legendary footballer Paul Scholes believes Manchester City will win again.According to the former player, Pep Guardiola’s club will be crowned kings of the 2018-2019 season.“I think Manchester City will win the Premier League again,” he told the EPL.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“They won the league by a distance last year and they look just as good as ever when I saw them the other day. So I expect City to win the league.”“We don’t know what Chelsea are going to be like, we don’t know what Arsenal are going to be like with their new coaches,” he added.“But I’d go for City to win the league, Liverpool second, Manchester United third and I’ll go for Tottenham fourth.”last_img read more

Jobson Medical Information Holdings Files for Chapter 11

first_imgIn 2005, Wicks Medical Information, backed by private equity firm Wicks Group, bought Jobson Publishing for an estimated $100 million. The purchase was timed with the acquisition of medical education company DesignWrite.Later in 2008, Jobson bought Thomson Corporation’s CenterWatch and New England Institutional Review Board.Among Jobson’s brands are 20/20, U.S. Pharmacist and Review of Optometry. Jobson Medical Information Holdings LLC has filed for a pre-packaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan. The company expects to emerge from the plan in 30 to 40 days. The company reached an agreement with the majority, not all, of its lenders to extend its credit. “This credit agreement will provide us with the flexibility needed to continue our growth,” says Jobson CEO Jeff MacDonald in a statement. “JMIH is a very strong and profitable business and will continue to operate at the same high level of quality and reliability to which our customers, vendors and employees have become accustomed.”The plan was filed in U.S. bankruptcy court in Manhattan Thursday.last_img read more

Great Alaska Shakeout Preps Alaskans For Future Quakes

first_imgThis year was the 50th anniversary of the Great Alaska Earthquake. And, earlier this summer, a magnitude 6.2 quake shook Southcentral Alaska.Download AudioThis state has earthquakes on its mind. That’s why thousands of its residents have already signed up to participate in the largest earthquake drill in the world.“On October 16th at 10:16, Alaska will be doing the Great Alaska Shakeout, but there’s many other states and nations around the world that will be doing a shakeout drill on the same day at the same time,” says Jeremy Zidek, who works with the state’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.He says to date, more than 20 million people are signed up to participate worldwide.That includes more than 76,000 Alaskans. Of that number, 49,000 are from southcentral Alaska, including more than 10,000 from the Kenai Peninsula Borough.“Alaska is the most active seismic region in the United States,” says Zidek. “We also have had the largest earthquake in North American history and three of the six largest earthquakes recorded in the world. So, it really is important that we prepare for earthquakes here.”Participants of the Great Alaska Shakeout will simulate being in an earthquake and taking the necessary steps to protect themselves.“Basically what we want people to do is drop to the ground before the shaking drops them, find some type of cover to protect themselves, and then hold on,” says Zidek.He says his office found that groups that had regularly participated in earthquake drills were the quickest to act when the real quake struck earlier this year.“Earthquakes are no-notice events,” says Zidek. “So, they’re going to strike and unless people actively practice what they’re going to do when that earthquake hits, there may be confusion, they don’t know what to do, they don’t remember drop, cover and hold and they try to run out or they expose themselves to other falling objects. So, we really want people to practice the drop, cover and hold, so when the shaking begins, and there’s a little bit of panic, they’ll know what to do.”Many schools and medical facilities on the peninsula will participate in this year’s Shakeout.For more information or to sign up, visit shakeout.org.last_img read more

AVCP lays off 30 employees cites economy

first_imgAssociation of Village Council Presidents logo. (Photo courtesy of AVCP)Association of Village Council Presidents logo. (Photo courtesy of AVCP)The Association of Village Council Presidents, or AVCP, has laid off 30 employees, citing budget concerns.Download AudioIn a press release, the corporation says general staff will take a five percent salary reduction, and senior management will face a ten percent salary cut. AVCP is the lead nonprofit for the 56 villages in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta.It is unclear why the layoffs are occurring, but the release attributes it to the economy.In mid-September, AVCP was included in a historic settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding contract costs for hundreds of tribal agencies. As a result, the organization was awarded a little over $9 million.“During these changing economic times we have identified the need to reduce costs associating with providing services in our region,” the release says. The statement says the budget cuts began last week.KYUK contacted AVCP the Senior Chairperson Henry Hunter for an interview, but he was not available.last_img read more

Terminator Dark Fate Trailer Teases a New Judgment Day

first_img SDCC 2019: Arnold Schwarzenegger on Why He’s ‘Addicted’ to ‘Terminator’Creepy Bug-like Bots Unveiled at Japanese Robotics Conference Travel back in time to 1984 (or dig out your old VHS) and watch The Terminator. James Cameron’s brutal little sci-fi horror movie totally rules and makes complete sense as a closed time loop.His arguably more beloved 1991 sequel T2 introduces plenty of awesome elements like kickass mama Sarah Connor, the liquid T-1000, Arnold as surrogate robot father, and a surprisingly tolerable movie child. But the string of bad Terminator sequels after that are bad partially because they just keep redoing T2. This reached an absolute nadir with 2015’s Terminator: Genisys.But for whatever reason we’re cautiously optimistic about this first trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate. See for yourself.This movie is totally willing to pander to your Terminator nostalgia. Not only is Arnold Schwarzenegger back but so is Linda Hamilton for the first time in decades as grizzled old Sarah Connor. And once again a liquid Terminator is pursuing a child who will be important in the future along with their protectors.But the film looks like it has more than just nostalgia for it. Ignoring all other installments, the plot seems like a Halloween-esque legacy sequel to the first two films. James Cameron is even back as producer. Like Terminator: Salvation, the film also seems to be casting time travel aside (or at least not focusing on it as much?) and operating in a post-Judgment Day war-torn world. The Skynet won, what next?Really though it’s the cast that has us most excited. Alongside Hamilton and Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis looks awesome as a new heroic human-Terminator hybrid. And Gabriel Luna is so menacing as the new split evil Terminator we’re even more stoked for his Ghost Rider TV show. Plus director Tim Miller already showed off plenty of action chops in the first Deadpool.Terminator: Dark Fate releases November 1. Maybe it’ll be good! Here’s hoping it’s rated R. And here are some other cool movie and TV trailer you may have missed last week. Stay on targetlast_img read more

The Director Speaks…In conversation with Bratya Basu

first_imgBratya Basu is the Minister of Tourism of West Bengal and is an efficient multi-tasker. He, in a candid conversation with Mainak Banerjee talks about his life, hobbies, important issues like intolerance, terrorism and his theatre ventures. He also explains how sexuality has come a long way and discussions on the issue are no more a myth or taboo.Q. Recently, after staging Boma, you seem to be concentrating on directing plays in a row, any particular reason for that? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Boma is the production of Kalindi Bratyajon, my own theatre group. As you know, apart from other theatre related activities, I try to do one production each year in my group. I am also an avid reader of books, journals and if I find some scripts very interesting I grab the opportunity to direct it. This is nothing but a coincidence. Q. Mumbai Nights is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night where relocation happens in Mumbai. Don’t you think Kolkata would have been a better place for it? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixKolkata of course is closer to my heart but Mumbai is a cosmopolitan and an equally vibrant city. The issues I have highlighted are mostly arising out of Mumbai rather Maharashtra – cricket, glamour world, underworld etc. and these are important national issues. Q. The relation between gender and performance is particularly strong in this play. Don’t you think our current society has moved beyond that with movements for legalising same sex relationship? How relevant is this play now, in this respect? Shakespeare wrote the play in the year 1601, more than 400 years back. Just imagine the time frame when he wrote it. Sexuality in the world has come a long way after that, and discussions on the issue are no more a myth or a taboo. India has come of age in this regard too. Now, the fight for legalisation is a step forward towards the acceptance of ‘alternate’ sexualities. Love and romance are the eternal truth of our lives, irrespective of our sexual orientations. This will remain ever pertinent in the world till the existence of mankind.  Q. How difficult is it to infuse serious issues like terrorism, ban on bar dancers, underworld’s influence in Bollywood, intolerance, corruption etc. in a romantic comedy and to place it in front of the audience without compromising even a bit on the quotient of romanticism?It is really challenging to keep the essence of the play intact and the scriptwriter, Debasish Ray, has done a wonderful job here. The play represents a kaleidoscopic view of the society and the challenge lies in the subtlety with which the issues emerge within the context of the narrative. I have to keep in mind that the issues appear strongly in the plot keeping the larger milieu of humor and romanticism intact. It is important for me that the audience carries the impact of the issues even after the end of the play. Q. In your play Sateroi July (17th July), you showed dissent against state sponsored terrorism at Godhra. Now you are directing a play which speaks loudly against religious radicalism. Is it a completion of a circle of such protest in the art form in which you belong?I do not look forward to the completion of such a circle. As far as I am considered this is no achievement. It gave me pain to write and stage a play like Sateroi July. But it was a necessity. Similarly, many issues are unacceptable in present India where we keep emphasising ‘development’ and ‘reform’. We definitely do not want these religious fanatics spreading the message of hatred and intolerance. What sort of values teaches us to insult writers, artists, activists, just because they speak in different voices? Can we support the killers of M M Kalburgi or Narendra Dabholkar? Or the assault on U R Ananthamurthy? Isn’t there a need to raise our voice against the killers of innocent bloggers in Bangladesh? But even before we speak about against the extremism of other religions, we should evaluate the fundamentalism and violence that exists in the religion we belong to; a secular Hindu should soul search Hinduism first and a secular Muslim should do the same for Islam first before accusing others of religious fanaticism. A true Indian should have the freedom to strongly protest against religious extremism in India before he takes on the issue of injustice in the neighbouring country. Theatre is a platform which has always raised its voice against these fundamentalist forces. I am proud to be able to continue to be a part of that brigade. Q. You, being the Minister of Tourism of the state are still continuing with theatre as your passion. It is definitely a sincere and hard work on your part. I think your state administration in West Bengal has never come your way while you continued to pursue your passion for creativity. It will be good if you can share your thoughts on this with us.I am a proud citizen of West Bengal. While I continue with my passion unhindered, I continue to deliver simultaneously to the public of West Bengal. I am proud that my state West Bengal is among the top in the country as far as religious tolerance is concerned.  Q. You have ended the play in a very positive overtone. This shows you are very optimistic about the improvement of our bilateral relationship with Pakistan, especially on the religious and cultural front. Please share your views regarding this.I am always very positive regarding this and I will continue to be. You must be aware that ‘Kalindi Bratyajon’ organises an International theatre festival at Kolkata, each year for last four years. This year, we had invited a theatre group from Pakistan who came and performed at the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, the cultural hub of the city. The team was led by a renowned theatre director of Pakistan, Zain Ahmed, from NAPA. I strongly believe that in present times of intolerance, as shown in this play, the love between Billu (in disguise as Huma) and Ushnata and that between Alishan and Huma will show us the path to tolerance leading to the ultimate consciousness in peace and all Hindus and Muslims in and across India and Pakistan will all be united at the beach of Arabian Sea. I believe love is the only essence which can give us respite from our barbaric, beastly and cruel ways of living. Only love can instill humanity with grace in our souls. When the love of Mumbai Nights sparkles in the skyline of India, the Indian values of tolerance will come out as a winner overcoming the dividing forces within the country.Q. The seed of tolerance should be sowed from the very childhood of a person. So, a lot depends on the upbringing of a person. Do you have any target audience for this play, if tolerance is one of the primary messages you want to convey?While love and romanticism come spontaneously to the youth, so does aggression, impulse and excitement. These tender minds need to be caressed. They should be led to the right path of maturity so that they will learn to distinguish between the good and the bad. I always consider the youth as my greater share of audience, and I strongly believe their values will lead to a stronger India. However, having said that, I do not mean that the play is not for the elders.  Q. What are the other two plays you are going to direct? How long do we need to wait for your next surprises?One is Meghe Dhaka Tara a renowned film by Ritwik Ghatak and the other is Adya Shesh Rajani adapted from the novel of Shyamal Ganguly. Both are adapted by Ujjwal Chatterjee. Meghe Dhaka Tara will be produced by Naihati Bratyajon. The producer of Naihati Bratyajon, Partha Bhoumik has taken a vow to stage all the Bengali classical movies one after another. The first show of Meghe Dhaka Tara will be staged at University Institute Hall, Kolkata on January 2, 2016.  Adya Shesh Rajani is being produced by ‘Indraranga’ and the first show will be at Academy of Fine arts, kolkata on 14 January 2016.last_img read more

This coming out story will inspire you to tell your own more

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Tom has justed started a new YouTube channel to tell coming out stories from all around | Photo: (Supplied) Proud Crowd I had been told from the age of 16: ‘I don’t mind you being gay but don’t rub it in my face’. Proud Crowd promo image | Photo: SuppliedWhy don’t we speak about coming out more?We are fortunate enough to be in a generation with social media and online platforms to tap into.Being aware of others self-discovery journeys is so useful when going through your own. It can be a valuable tool before you dive headfirst into the uncharted waters of your own coming out.As a gay man with many queer friends, I don’t think we talk enough about our stories of self-discovery and coming out in general.Is it because it is easier to shy away from our past than it is to look it in the face? Or is it because we worry about going back to the place we have spent our whole lives trying to get away from?Don’t get me wrong we do not need to sit and speak about this every day. But how often do you ever sit and share with your queer friends your coming out experiences?I always find every time I do I feel more connected to the person I’m talking to. It becomes more apparent I was never alone, although I had felt it.I just started Proud Crowd, a YouTube channel for people to tell their coming out stories, for this exact reason.I firmly believe having these online platforms can help alleviate isolation. And for the most trapped can save livesLooking back now I wish I had platforms like this. Because everyone deserves to feel included, everyone, deserves to feel safe and everyone deserves to know that they are enough.Watch Episode One of Proud Crowd now:[embedded content]More from Gay Star Students:This is what it’s like to be a gay child in the care system Education campaigner says LGBTI teachers should stay in the closet, gets called ‘a dinosaur’ It was my understanding, this was not homophobic, but an acceptable opinion I had to believe.I learned that to display affection and love towards a man in front of people, was simply wrong.As a young man, this created a sense of shame in my identity. Especially as there was a hypocrisy around straight relationships being allowed to display affection at home, and in society.When I finally started to understand what being gay was, I realized the identity, was about more than love and dating. It is also the opportunity to be myself and not having to suppress who you are.Discovering you are LGBTI isn’t the end. It’s actually just the beginning of a beautiful journey. No matter how complicated the situation may be.Tom as a teenager | Photo: Supplied‘People don’t really need to come out anymore, do they?’A few months ago I was talking to a close friend of mine about coming out. I would definitely consider them an LGBTI ally. But they still asked:‘people don’t really need to come out anymore, do they?’This comment did not upset me nor make me angry. But it did shock me.At that moment I decided to tell her my coming out story. One that even myself was easier, in comparison to many.Just because we celebrate Pride once a year and the gay marriage laws have been passed in the UK – does not mean individuals don’t need to come out. Nor does it make coming out a walk in a park.The idea of ‘easy’ is hard to accept when those who are coming out often experience worry, confusion, self-loathing and fear of rejection.It is easy for any of us to say things aren’t as bad as they were but regardless one person’s pain and experience is their own and should never be compared or weighed up against another’s.Just because things are considerably better in the UK compared to other parts of the world does not make coming out any easier. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) I’m gay and a homophobe – now I understand why Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Everyday moments of gay history captured on new websiteHow do I convince my mum to accept my sexuality and wish me happiness?This Spanish gay guy worries his LGBTI-friendly country is going backwardsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/why-you-should-tell-coming-out-story-more/last_img read more