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UN agency asks Ukraine to probe murder of Congolese asylum seeker

The United Nations refugee agency has raised asked the Government of Ukraine to investigate the recent murder of a Congolese asylum seeker in the country.“We are shocked by the murder last weekend in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv (Kiev) of an asylum seeker from the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” said William Spindler, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The 19-year old asylum seeker arrived in June 2007 in search of international protection and approached the agency’s non-governmental organization (NGO) partner NGO in Kyiv for legal assistance and was officially registered as an asylum seeker.His body was found on the night of 27 January, with numerous knife wounds and police have indicated that there is no known motive. “The United Nations Office in Ukraine, UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration have expressed to the Ukrainian authorities their grave concern over this murder and requested that a thorough investigation be conducted, including the possibility that it was a racially-motivated attack, and keep them informed of the outcome of the investigation,” Mr. Spindler said.Last June, UNHCR expressed concern about the rise in attacks on asylum seekers and refugees in Ukraine. In 2007 some 17 persons of concern reported to UNHCR such incidents in Kyiv alone, “including unprovoked attacks, beatings and verbal abuse,” the spokesman said.In January, organizations monitoring the situation noticed an increase in the number of incidents of violence against people of different ethnicity both in Kyiv and in other parts of the country.UNHCR praised the Government for taking steps to address the problem, including appointing a special ambassador to address this problem. 1 February 2008The United Nations refugee agency has raised asked the Government of Ukraine to investigate the recent murder of a Congolese asylum seeker in the country. read more

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Heres what Canadas new 5 and 10 polymer bills look like

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick OTTAWA — Chris Hadfield phoned home to help unveil Canada’s new plastic money.[np_storybar title=”Poll: Do you like the new bills?” link=”https://www.facebook.com/questions/10151649767943594/”%5D [/np_storybar]The Canadian astronaut commanding the International Space Station made a cameo via satellite Tuesday as outgoing Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty introduced the latest in polymer currency.The guest appearance of Hadfield — the popular space man who tweets photos, strums his guitar and does science experiments while floating hundreds of kilometres above the Earth’s surface — was perhaps no great surprise given the $5 bill’s space motif and some telegraphing on Flaherty’s part.Have you seen what’s on Canada’s new $5 bank note? bit.ly/lszq5X Just announced it today with @bankofcanada from orbit. — Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) April 30, 2013The finance minister stalled briefly until a phone began to ring. Flaherty took a friendly jab as the central banker, who is leaving soon to take over the Bank of England.“Don’t tell me it’s London calling,” Flaherty joked.A bobbing Hadfield then chatted with Flaherty and Carney as a $5 note spun around in front of him like the hands on a clock in the absence of gravity.The note features images of the Canadarm, a generic astronaut and Dextre, the Canadian Space Agency’s robotic handyman, while the $10 — also revealed Tuesday — has a picture on it of a train running through the Rockies.“From orbit, it’s really clear that Canada’s internal accomplishments have reached well beyond our extensive frontiers,” Hadfield said.“These new polymer notes show us the type of thing that we can accomplish when we really put our minds to it.”The new notes will go into circulation in November, joining the other polymer bills that were previously introduced.Documents released earlier this week show some people found the new $5 bill too “cartoonish” and the $10 too old-fashioned.The bank says the polymer notes last two-and-a-half times longer than the old, cotton-paper bills.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Some Canadians are less than thrilled with the country’s new line of plastic bills. Vending machine owners complained last fall after the release of the new $20 that their machines would not accept the new currency. As many as half a million machines that scan bank notes needed reprogramming to accept the radically redesigned bills, according to a Canadian Press report at the time.In addition, unconfirmed reports of melting bills emerged last July when a Kelowna, B.C., bank teller said she had heard of cases in which several bills had melted together inside a car. Canada’s central bank said it could not disclose details of behind-the-scenes discussions about tales of melting banknotes as they could endanger national security or international relations.Some people took to Twitter to lament the move from paper to plastic, while others voiced annoyance over the change in imagery on the bills:Noooooo. Now all our bills are that lame plastic..there is something visceral & cool about the feel of paper bills. cbc.ca/news/canada/st… — Andrew King (@twitandrewking) April 30, 2013The young hockey players are gone from the new $5? Replaced by a robot?? #StompinTomOnThe5!! cbc.ca/news/canada/st… — Andrew Rodger (@StompinTomOn5) April 30, 2013Others responded more positively to the new bills:The new $5 and $10 bills look very sleekbit.ly/Zy3cnw — John C (@7John_7) April 30, 2013Take that, world! Our new currency will have SPACE ROBOTS on it! engadget.com/2013/04/30/can… — Screenhog (@_screenhog) April 30, 2013 read more

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Brock prof unveils Invisible Histories at Toronto exhibition

The work of Brock Professor Donna Szoke on the hidden history of nuclear waste is being featured in a Toronto group exhibition that opened last week.Szoke, a researcher and Visual Arts Chair, has her work on display as part of Digital Animalities — a two-venue exhibition of artworks that examines how human-animal understandings and relationships are changing through the use of ubiquitous media and new technologies.The exhibition is part of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada(SSHRC)-funded research project titled “Digital Animalities: Media Representations of Nonhuman Life in the Age of Risk,” led by Jody Berland of York University.It brings the work of artists and researchers together to highlight the challenges and opportunities for new understandings of animals in contemporary digital culture.Co-curated by Giovanni Aloi, Matthew Brower and Curatorial Assistant Seb Roberts, Digital Animalities divided the works into two exhibitions: Mapping (at the James B. Aird gallery) and Rendering (at CONTACT Gallery).Szoke’s Invisible Histories (a geolocative smartphone/tablet app she developed in 2015) is featured in the Mapping exhibition.The free app maps nuclear waste at a Niagara Falls, N.Y., storage site, where more than 270,000 mice used in radioactive experiments have been buried.The app brings public awareness to the fact that there is radioactive evidence of secret atomic testing that took place during the infamous Manhattan Project in Niagara.Users are guided through the app to the rodent burial site through the leadership of green, glowing 3D mice that become more prevalent on-screen as the site grows near.Szoke said it’s ironic, because no one actually wants to go towards nuclear waste, but the mice guide users to their graves to reveal their tragic end.Szoke was awarded the 2017 Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity. Her artistic work includes media art, interactive animation, installation, drawing, experimentation and printmaking.Digital Animalities runs at the John B. Aird Gallery and CONTACT Gallery in Toronto until Nov. 23.The Invisible Histories app is available for free download at the iTunes store (OsX) and Google Play (Android). read more

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Shayok scores 18 pts to lead Iowa St past Omaha 8255

AMES, Iowa — Marial Shayok scored 18 points, freshman Tyrese Haliburton had 16 and Iowa State cruised past Nebraska-Omaha 82-55 on Monday night for its third straight win.Michael Jacobson scored 13 points with 10 rebounds for his first double-double with the Cyclones (6-1), who never trailed in disposing of the Mavericks.Iowa State showed no signs of fatigue after spending last week at the Maui Invitational, scoring the game’s first 11 points and jumping ahead 41-28 by the break. Freshman Talen Horton-Tucker then buried back-to-back 3s to make it a 60-36 game with just over 14 minutes left.Terrence Lewis scored 15 points and Horton-Tucker had 14 points, six rebounds and five steals for Iowa State. The Cyclones outrebounded the Mavs 46-33.JT Gibson scored 16 to lead Omaha (3-4).THE BIG PICTUREOmaha: The Mavericks fell to 0-9 against Big 12 teams. This was the first of a five-game road trip for Omaha, which will also face Arizona State and Oregon during that stretch.Iowa St: Haliburton has looked like he belongs in a Big 12 uniform from the moment the season started. But this was the first time he completely took over a game for a stretch, scoring 16 points with three rebounds, two steals and a block in the first half alone. The Cyclones landed a good one in the lanky and long 6-foot-5 point guard.UP NEXTIowa State hosts North Dakota State on Dec. 3.Omaha plays at Arizona State on Wednesday.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Luke Meredith, The Associated Press read more

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Husband kills wife 26 in front of crying children before taking own

first_imgWest Midlands Police Detective Inspector Jim Munro confirmed that police are not looking for anyone in connection with the deaths.A neighbour who asked not to be named said: “One of the children was running in the road crying that her mummy was bleeding.“She must’ve been about seven or eight knocked on the neighbour’s door. There’s a small baby and another child who live there and were all taken out.””I left the house about 1.30pm and came back at 4pm and there were police cars everywhere and forensics.”The family always kept themselves to themselves so we didn’t see them very much. It’s a shock and it’s scary but you don’t know what going on behind closed doors.A neighbour alerted police at around 2pm on Saturday heard the cries of three children all under eight in their Oldbury home, West Mids.  “The whole estate is full of families mainly.” A girl burst out of her family home in tears after suspected murder-suicide in family home.A 26-year-old woman who died of head injuries and the body of her 30-year-old husband in another room were found on Saturday 5.Police were called out to the family home after a concerned neighbour heard the cries of the two young children and a small baby at the address. He said: “This is a truly tragic incident: it’s understood the woman was violently attacked before the offender took his own life.“The timeline of exactly what happened is unclear but we believe the two people died during the morning.”There were three children, including a small baby, present at the address when officers made the discovery − they are being looked after by loved ones and will receive specialist support.”A post mortem examination is due to take place on the bodies later today.Police and at least three ambulances rushed to the semi-detached house, home to what neighbours described as as an Eastern European couple, on Saturday afternoon.The property is thought to belong to a housing association.Another neighbour said: “It’s such a shock, I can’t believe it. Nothing usually happens here, it’s really quiet.”I just feel for the kids, you know, because they’ve lost their mum and their dad.”Two police officers guarded the property on a new cul-de-sac popular with young families, in an unmarked car parked on the drive.The curtains in the front room of the house where the two bodies were found and a trampoline was left in the back garden next to a child’s ride-along car could be seen.center_img Sarah Cooper, 29, who has lived in the road for four years, said: “The first I knew that anything had happened was on Sunday morning when I saw two police officers down that end of the road, and that was it.”This morning there was a police van, too.“This tends to be a very quiet road and people keep themselves to themselves. We say hello to people as we are passing but that is about it.“To hear what has happened is shocking and surprising. It is an awful thing which has happened and it makes you wonder if there were problems going on in the family.”Lee Ogleby, 38, a resident of five years, said: “Over the weekend there were police, ambulance crews and forensic teams.“It is a bit shocking to hear this has gone on. It is normally a really nice road and there is never nothing going on. This is just shocking.”Another resident, who asked not to be named, said: “Now that I know what it all was I am really worried.“You might get a party every now or then in this road but generally it is a really quiet kind of area. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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US drops mother of all bombs on Islamic State in Afghanistan

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMOAB strike: US bombing of IS in Afghanistan ‘killed dozens’April 14, 2017In “World”Pence warns North Korea of U.S. resolve shown in Syria, Afghan strikesApril 17, 2017In “World”U.S. fires missiles at Assad airbase; Russia denounces ‘aggression’April 7, 2017In “World” The GBU-43/B is launched from a MC-130E Combat Talon I at Eglain Air Force Base in Florida on November 21, 2003. REUTERS/U.S. Air Force photo/Handout/File photo(Reuters) The United States dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, the largest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used in combat, in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday against a series of caves used by Islamic State militants, the military said.It was the first time the United States has used this size of bomb in a conflict. It was dropped from a MC-130 aircraft in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, close to the border with Pakistan, Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said.Also known as the “mother of all bombs,” the GBU-43 is a 21,600 pound (9,797 kg) GPS-guided munition and was first tested in March 2003, just days before the start of the Iraq war.General John Nicholson, the head of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, said the bomb was used against caves and bunkers housing fighters of the Islamic State in Afghanistan, also known as ISIS-K.“This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K,” Nicholson said in a statement.It was not immediately clear how much damage the bomb did.(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Alistair Bell) read more

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Devico to work with Atlas Copco to develop South African exploration drilling

first_imgDevico has signed an agent agreement with Atlas Copco, a leading supplier to the exploration drilling market in South Africa and neighbouring countries. The company offers a complete portfolio of exploration equipment. Under the terms of the agent agreement, Atlas Copco will offer Devico surveying tools and software in the range of exploration products they offer to the exploration and geotechnical drilling markets of southern Africa.“Atlas Copco Exploration Products Africa (South Africa) has a strong sales network in this region that will be key to the growth of Devico survey instruments,” says Viktor Tokle, Managing Director at Devico. “We are thrilled to have them as a partner for Devico as we expand our support for customers in one of the most important exploration regions in the world.”Atlas Copco will represent Devico tools in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The products marketed by Atlas Copco under this agreement will include DeviTool, PeeWee, DeviFlex, DeviCore, DeviGyro and DeviDip, as well as the Devico software for planning and calculating borehole trajectories, DeviSoft. All products supplied by Devico will be marketed under the Devico brand and related trademarks.Devico is a Norwegian based supplier of directional core drilling systems which allow surveying while drilling in deviated boreholes. Devico has 20 years experience of directional core drilling and is today the market leader in this field.last_img read more

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Verizon Wireless delays Droid Charge launch due to LTE outage

first_imgYesterday was supposed to be a big day for Verizon Wireless customers: the Samsung Droid Charge was supposed to hit store shelves, giving customers two options when it came to handsets that used Big Red’s new 4G LTE network (the other being the ThunderBolt). Unfortunately, Verizon Wireless’ entire 4G LTE network went down earlier this week, and even though it came back into service yesterday, Samsung and Verizon Wireless decided to postpone the launch of the Droid Charge until everything’s stable again.Customers who ordered the Droid Charge will still be able to get their devices, but they won’t be much good – as part of the troubleshooting effort, Verizon Wireless cut off new activations on their 4G network until they could pinpoint the problem. Since the network was down, it’s not as though any new devices could have been successfully activated anyway. Even if the devices could have been activated over 3G, they wouldn’t have seen the drastic speed that Samsung and Verizon Wireless have been promising users would enjoy.At the same time, it also means that customers who want to stop by a Verizon Wireless store to pick up a Droid Charge won’t be able to buy one either, even though the devices are clearly in stores. Even though the network is back up Samsung and Verizon Wireless aren’t commenting just yet on when customers will be able to buy the Charge, and only say they’ll notify us with a new date when it’s available.It’s unfortunate, since Samsung had just wrapped up a pretty large marketing campaign around the launch of the Droid Charge. The campaign, for its part, is still on-going, and the Droid Charge scavenger hunt is in-progress. Verizon Wireless is apparently activating the Droid Charges that are being uncovered by contest participants around the country, so a formal release date can’t be far off.Read more at Business Insider and Twitter (@DroidLanding)last_img read more

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Two men due in court over international money laundering investigation

first_imgTwo men due in court over international money laundering investigation The men, aged 39 and 48 years of age, were arrested this morning in the Ratoath and Blanchardstown areas. Image: RollingNews.ie Share1 Tweet Email 13,983 Views Mar 9th 2017, 10:30 AM TWO MEN WHO have been charged in connection with an international money laundering investigation are due in court today.The men, aged 39 and 48 years of age, were arrested this morning in the Ratoath and Blanchardstown areas.They’re due to appear before Blanchardstown District Court this morning at 10.30am.Gardaí of the Money Laundering Investigation Unit, Garda National Economic Crime Bureau were involved in the arrest and the charges against the men.Read: Man (20s) in serious condition after being hit by a van while jogging Image: RollingNews.ie Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 10:30 AM By Gráinne Ní Aodha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3278461 No Comments last_img read more

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CNMIs House Committee on Gaming passes bill to license online gaming operations

first_imgThe Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is set to vote on a bill that would allow licenses to be issued for online gaming operations.The bill passed its first hurdle on Wednesday when the House Committee on Gaming approved the measure by three votes to one, meaning it will now be put to the House of Representatives for full consideration, according to local media reports. Load More 10,000 Chinese citizens flee Sihanoukville in days after Cambodian online gaming directive: report China gives Philippines iGaming reprieve but POGOs not safe yet Inside Asian Gaming named Lead Media Partner of G2E Asia @ the Philippines If passed, House Bill 21-31 would establish the CNMI as a new base for online gaming operators in the region, to be regulated by the Commonwealth Casino Commission (CCC).However, CCC Chairman Juan Sablan and acting Executive Director Charlie Atalig have called on parliament to consider the measure further before voting it into law.“The commission’s main concerns include issues of money laundering and problem gambling,” the duo wrote in a joint letter.“With proper regulation, these issues can be addressed and mitigated, but this can only occur after study and the development of best practices. These best practices may not yet be in place.”Sablan and Atalig have recommended a requirement for online gaming operators to hold a CNMI business license, to be physically located in the CNMI and to use banks with headquarters either in the CNMI or the United States.“So doing will help minimize money laundering concerns while also helping maximize tax auditing and collections,” they said. RelatedPostslast_img read more

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Jared Leto On America Working With Halsey Rescue Me More

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Dec 31, 2018 – 9:51 am Jared Leto Talks ‘America,’ Halsey & “Rescue Me” We go behind the scenes with the Thirty Seconds To Mars frontman to chat about the band’s latest album, creativity, collaboration and moreAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Dec 31, 2018 – 9:52 am Actor and musician Jared Leto may have made his name in Hollywood with major roles in films like Requiem For A Dream and Dallas Buyer Club, for which he won an Academy Award, but music has always been his main passion.Leto formed alternative-rock group Thirty Seconds To Mars with his brother Shannon back in 1998, releasing their cult-classic, self-titled debut album in 2002. Since then, they have toured the world several times, filmed music video epics and recorded four more studio albums. Their latest LP, America, released on April 6, features tons of collaborations (Halsey, Zedd and ASAP Rocky all make appearances) and experimentation with new sounds, including a greater emphasis on pop and dance influences. Twitter News Email Facebook Jared Leto On ‘America,’ Working With Halsey, “Rescue Me” & More Jared Leto On ‘America,’ Halsey & “Rescue Me” jared-leto-america-working-halsey-rescue-me-more Leto recently visited the GRAMMY Museum in his hometown of Los Angeles to go in-depth on new music and more in a conversation at the Clive Davis Theater. Before the event, we caught up with the singer and actor, who revealed his favorite track on America, what it was like recording his first-ever duet (with GRAMMY nominee Halsey), his approach to making music, and more.Lenny Kravitz On His Biggest Influences, Love, Creativity & MoreRead morelast_img read more

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BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons UniFirst To Sponsor NASCARs William Byron Chevrolet At May

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — UniFirst Corporation, a North American leader in providing customized work uniform programs, corporate attire, and facility service products, in partnership with 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports, is gearing up for the 2019 NASCAR season debut of the No. 24 UniFirst Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by 2018 Cup rookie of the year and 2019 DAYTONA 500 pole winner William Byron for this weekend’s race at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, May 11. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on FOX Sports 1 (FS1).UniFirst is a primary sponsor of the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 team with Byron for three races during the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season. At 21 years old, he became the second-youngest driver in history to earn the pole for the prestigious DAYTONA 500 when he kicked off 2019 by capturing the top qualifying spot for “The Great American Race.” Now a third of the way through the season, fans will get their first chance to see the refreshed No. 24 UniFirst Chevrolet on the racetrack, featuring a dynamic, contemporary paint scheme with the company’s signature green and white colors, along with its corporate logo.In 2016, UniFirst and Hendrick Motorsports announced an eight-year partnership that runs through the 2023 NASCAR season. UniFirst is the official workwear provider of Hendrick Motorsports, supplying work clothing and uniforms to the team and its sister company, Hendrick Automotive Group, which is the largest privately held retail automotive organization in the United States.“We’re as excited as ever to see the debut of our updated UniFirst race car design, as well as our driver, William Byron, who got off to a strong start this season,” says Adam Soreff, director of marketing and communications for UniFirst. “We’re revved up from William winning rookie of the year win last season and his pole award for the 61st running of the DAYTONA 500, and we’re really looking forward to his performance in the UniFirst Chevy this weekend in Kansas.”In 2018, Byron became only the second driver to win rookie of the year honors in each of NASCAR’s three national series in consecutive years — earning titles in the Cup Series in 2018, the Xfinity Series in 2017 and the Gander Outdoor Truck Series in 2016. He was named the driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet in August 2017.The next race for UniFirst after this weekend will be at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 2:30 p.m. ET, and will be televised on NBC. UniFirst will then return with the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. ET, also live on NBC.About Hendrick MotorsportsFounded by Rick Hendrick in 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has earned 253 points-paying race victories and a record 12 car owner championships in the premier NASCAR Cup Series. The organization fields four full-time Chevrolet teams on the Cup circuit with drivers Chase Elliott, William Byron, Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman. Headquartered in Concord, North Carolina, Hendrick Motorsports employs more than 600 people. For more information, please visit HendrickMotorsports.com or interact on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.About UniFirstHeadquartered in Wilmington, Mass., UniFirst Corporation (NYSE: UNF) is a North American leader in the supply and servicing of uniform and workwear programs, as well as the delivery of facility service programs. Together with its subsidiaries, the company also provides first aid and safety products, and manages specialized garment programs for the cleanroom and nuclear industries. UniFirst manufactures its own branded workwear, protective clothing, and floorcare products; and with more than 250 service locations, over 300,000 customer locations, and 14,000-plus employee Team Partners, the company outfits nearly 2 million workers each business day. For more information, contact UniFirst at 888.861.2709 or visit UniFirst.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from UniFirst.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s UniFirst To Sponsor William Byron’s Race Car For 2019 NASCAR SeasonIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s UniFirst Teams Up With IndyCar Driver Marco Andretti For Two July RacesIn “Business”Wilmington’s UniFirst Unveils New Race Car Design For Driver William Byron for 2018 NASCAR SeasonIn “Business”last_img read more

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Operation at Mirpur militant hideout resumes

first_img.Law enforcers resumed their operation at the suspected militant hideout at Mirpur’s Mazar Road  in Dhaka on Wednesday morning after overnight massive explosions and exchange of gunfire, reports news agency UNB.Mufti Mahmud Khan, RAB Director (Legal and Media), said they resumed the operation formally around 9:30 am.However, the law enforcers are yet to enter the militant den, said Mufti, adding they will know the casualties after entering the den.Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque visited the spot in the morning.Fire fighters rushed to the spot as a fire broke out in the hideout after the militants commenced a daring counterattack of bomb explosions and gunfire against the law enforcers on Tuesday night.Mufti Mahmud Khan said the militants carried out three massive explosions inside the building around 9:45pm on Tuesday followed by three more blasts which led to a fire, leaving four Rab men injured with splinters.“It might be chemical firing,” he said, adding that casualties could be known after entering the building once the fire is doused.Col Anwar Latif Khan, Additional Director General (Ops) of Rab Headquarters, told UNB that the militants might have killed themselves detonating bombs which went off inside the militant den.Witnesses said the sounds of least 5-6 explosions were heard from the den around 9:45pm followed by gunfire. The sounds of exchanging gunshots were heard after the explosions.Earlier on Tuesday, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) said the militants agreed to surrender in the evening.“Suspected militant Abdullah agreed to surrender along with his two wives, two children and two associates between 7:30 pm and 8pm,” Mufti Mahmud told a press conference in front of the building in the evening.He said they earlier asked Abdullah to surrender when he sought time for taking the decision. “We gave him time. Few minutes before the dusk fell, he informed us that he’ll surrender along with his family members and associates,” he said.As per his commitment, Abdullah sent his wives and children to the balcony, Mufti added.As part of the security arrangement, the law enforcers have already evacuated all the residents from the building and adjacent ones.Earlier, Abdullah’s mentally challenged sister Meherunnesa came out of the house.Rab members cordoned off the house around 12 am on Tuesday suspecting it as a militant hideout.Tipped off, a RAB team cordoned off the six-storey building on the south side of Martyred Intellectuals’ Graveyard, said Assistant Superintendent of Police Unu Mong, also operation officer of RAB-4.Earlier, police arrested two suspected militants conducting a drive in Tangail district. The arrested militants gave information about Abdullah.Locals also said that the building owned by Habibullah Bahar Azad has five flats on its each floor. The homeowner had been living on the 2nd floor.In a press briefing, RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed said militant Abdullah got involved in militancy in 2005 and he had been carrying out his activities under the cover of his business of IPS, UPS, fridges and refrigerators. He deposited huge acid, petroleum and explosives, said the RAB DG.last_img read more

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CEC asks observers not to hamper voting process

first_imgChief election commissioner KM Nurul HudaChief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Sunday called upon the election observers to perform their duties impartially and in such a way so that the overall voting process would not be hampered during the next general election.”The observatory organisations should remain alert as no political elements can get their names enrolled as election observers,” he said while holding a meeting with a delegation of 25 observers at EC secretariat at Agargaon in the capital, reports BSS.He stressed the need for giving training to observers, saying, “We hope that the observers who will work at the field levels during the elections must be imparted with appropriate training in this regard.”The EC has started dialogues with the stakeholders as part of the implementation of the EC announced work plan ahead of the 11th national election.The EC has already held meetings with civil society members on 31 July and media personalities on 16 and 17 August.It also held dialogues with 40 registered political parties from 24 August to 19 October.The election commission will hold meetings with women leaders and election experts on 23 and 24 October respectively.last_img read more

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Nawaz Sharifs wife dies in London

first_imgFile photo: Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif, speaks during a news conference at her residence in Islamabad, Pakistan on 9 December 2000. — ReutersThe cancer-stricken wife of Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif died in London on Tuesday while her husband and daughter were in jail, officials said.Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif, 68, died after months in a coma. She was diagnosed with lymphoma last year, barely a month after Nawaz Sharif was removed from office by the Pakistan Supreme Court after being ordered to face trial in an anti-corruption court.“The wife of Mian Nawaz Sharif is no more among us. May God rest her in peace,” Shehbaz Sharif, the former prime minister’s brother, said on Twitter.New prime minister Imran Khan issued a statement offering condolences and ordering the Pakistani High Commission in London to “provide the family all the necessary facilities and cooperation”.Nawaz Sharif was in London with Kulsoom earlier this year when the anti-corruption court handed him a 10-year jail term and sentenced his presumed political heir, daughter Maryam, to seven years in prison over the purchase of luxury flats in London in the 1990s.The father and daughter left her bedside to return to Pakistan to rally their followers ahead of 25 July elections, which their party lost to the former cricket star Imran Khan’s party. Both were arrested on arrival and have been imprisoned since.Kulsoom Sharif was briefly a member of parliament after she won her husband’s former seat in a by-election after the Supreme Court disqualified him.Three-time-premier Nawaz Sharif, who was removed from office in each of his elected terms, has maintained that his ouster in July 2017 and subsequent conviction were part of a plot against him by the powerful military and the judiciary.The army has repeatedly denied any interference in politics, while the courts insist justice is carried out impartially.last_img read more

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Are Online Comment Trolls Actually Psychopathic Sadists

first_img 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Ah, internet trolls, those aggressive commentators who sow discord, start arguments and generally try and make as many people as possible feel terrible through ugly and often off-topic comments.If they seem like psychopathic sadists that’s because, as a new study published this week in the Journal of Personality and Individual Differences suggests, they probably are.Related: Social Media Is Getting Nasty. How Can You Rise Above It?Survey respondents were asked about their online behavior, including how much time they spend online and whether or not they frequently leave comments on news websites. Commenters who said that they most enjoyed using the internet for trolling (as opposed to other, sunnier options like “chatting with others,” or “debating issues that are important to you”) displayed personalities strongly linked to sadism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism. The connection between trolling and sadistic behavior was particularly robust, and strong enough for the authors to conclude that “online trolls are prototypical everyday sadists.”Pretty dramatic, eh?The more time a person spent online, the study found, the more likely he or she was to display sadistic characteristics. Of course, not all commentators are trolls. Only 5.6 percent of respondents were identified as trolls, while 44.3 percent were identified as “non-commenters,” meaning that trolls account for a minority of online commentators.In all, the study confirms what feels obvious: trolls do what they do because they enjoy it. “Both trolls and sadists feel sadistic glee at the distress of others,” the study notes. “Sadists just want to have fun … and the Internet is their playground!”Related: How to Handle Negative Online Reviews February 17, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

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Cyclone Yasi closes Cairns Townsville Airports

first_imgCyclone Yasi closes in on Northern Qld. Source: BOM Cyclone Yasi intensified to a category 5 overnight and is expected to hit between Innisfail and Cardwell at approximately 10pm this evening. Moving steadily and without deviation, Cyclone Yasi is more powerful than previous devastating Cyclones, Larry and Tracy. 300km/hour plus winds are set to hit at high tide which is expected to create ocean storm surges of up to four metres causing possible flooding, particularly south of where the cyclone hits land. Cairns and Townsville Aiports ceased operation at 10:00am this morning until further notice and all major arterial roads in the region are expected to be closed due to dangerous driving conditions. In a media conference this morning, QLD Premier Anna Bligh said that road workers are prepared to open up arterial roads as soon as it is safe to get into affected areas but to be wary that it will take at least 24 hours after the cyclone hits land before it weakens. With the eye of the storm taking approximately one hour to pass, the Premier has urged residents and tourists that this is not an indication of time to leave shelter. Whitsunday resorts including Club Med Lindeman Island evacuated staff and guests yesterday in preparation for Cyclone Yasi and Qantas has released the following statement:Latest information as at 8.30am AEDT 2 February 2011Weather conditions associated Tropical Cyclone Yasi may result in the cancellation of Qantas and QantasLink services to/from Townsville and Cairns on Wednesday 2 February 2011. Qantas will contact affected customers directly to arrange for them to be re-accommodated onto alternative services. Qantas is closely monitoring weather conditions and further updates will be available on qantas.com. The following options are available to Qantas customers holding a valid 081 ticket for travel to/from Townsville, Cairns, Mackay, Longreach, Hamilton Island and Moranbah who wish to make changes to their booking for travel up to and including 6 February 2011.Passengers may, without fee:Re-route travel via the most direct routing using Qantas.Return to the origin port via the most direct routing using Qantas.Rebook to alternative Qantas or QantasLink flights.Retain the value of the ticket in credit for future travel within 12 months from the original ticketed date of departure. If the new fare is more expensive than the existing ticketed fare, the fare difference is payable by the passenger. Applicable ticket taxes may apply.Refunds will be offered where travel has not commenced and fees waived for tickets issued prior to 1 February 2011 for travel between 1 February 2011 and 6 February 2011.Defer travel as per the conditions outlined below.Conditions:All changes to travel dates must be made prior to departure.Changes to Domestic fares permitted on day of departure.Changes are permitted to tickets issued prior to 1 February 2011 for travel between 1 February 2011 and 6 February 2011.New travel dates must be within ticket validity.If the same booking class is not available, the lowest booking class within the same cabin may be booked (eg Business or Economy).Any third party costs/penalties, such as hotel or other ground operator fees incurred will not be waived by Qantas.All other rules and conditions of the ticket remain unchanged.This policy also applies to customers who are booked on Codeshare flights operated by Qantas.Frequent Flyer Redemption Tickets:Passengers travelling on redemption tickets are entitled to the same options and conditionsas listed above.Note: Passengers on partner airline services are able to re-book or re-route subject to redemption seat availability only. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Alast_img read more

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QTIC wants to see a safe and enjoyable state

first_imgSource = Queensland Tourism Industry Council Queensland Tourism Industry CouncilThe Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC), the state’s peak industry body for tourism, believes measures to curb violence and early-morning unsociable behaviour will enhance the attractiveness of Queensland’s entertainment areas and destinations.Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said QTIC members and industry partners were overwhelmingly in support of the new legislation amendments that will see changes to the service of alcohol as part of the Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Bill 2015.“Regardless of where anyone stands on this issue, everybody wants to see less violence. That is what QTIC is hoping to see,” Mr Gschwind said.Mr Gschwind said under the previous government, QTIC participated in an Expert Reference Panel which included a broad range of industry associations and government agencies to discuss the hotly-debated issues.“The broad consensus of that group was that service of alcohol should be stopped earlier as one of many measures to address violence and related issues,” he said.“A survey of QTIC members revealed that the current government’s proposed changes were supported by Queensland’s tourism and hospitality industry.”QTIC wrote to Mr Furner MP, Chair of the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee, regarding the Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Bill 2015. The position taken by QTIC was:Support for the proposed regulatory amendments relating the change in service of alcohol hours to 2:00am and 3:00am respectively in ‘safe night’ precincts.Support the ban of high-alcohol drinks after 12:00am.No support for the proposed ‘lock-out’ at 1:00am in ‘safe night’ precincts. It potentially would add unnecessary confusion to the provisions and does not offer any significant positive benefit to address the problem at hand.A recommendation that the proposed legislative changes should be considered within a broader approach to the problems of alcohol and violence, including educational campaigns, late night transport solutions and other practical initiatives.  In addition, a structured framework should be established that facilitates shared responsibilities and engagement between government agencies, industry organisations, community groups and other stakeholders that could drive and monitor the desired ‘cultural change’ necessary to address the problems.Mr Gschwind said the measures now adopted by the Queensland Government are in line with that position, albeit that the 1:00am lock-out provisions are still being planned for February 2017.“The impact of the earlier end-of-alcohol service on tourism is still a topic of debate and will most likely to continue for some time,” he said.“On balance, we believe the benefits of less violence, less early-morning unsociable behaviour will enhance the attractiveness of our entertainment areas and our destinations.“It is also worth noting that venues will not be forced to close at those times. Food and non-alcoholic beverages service can continue, as can entertainment. Further, for drinks bought before 2:00am or 3:00am a grace period for consumption applies.“It is possible that some businesses will be adversely affected by not being able serve more alcohol beyond those times but the evidence in other destinations in Australia, the United States, Canada and Europe, where similar or even earlier closing times apply, suggests that visitor numbers are unaffected and in fact new business opportunities arise from more customers frequenting those areas.”QTIC is the peak industry body for tourism in Queensland, acting as “The Voice of Tourism”. It is a private sector, membership-based organisation representing the interests of the tourism and hospitality industry across Queensland. Queensland Tourism Industry Councillast_img read more

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Mortgage Rates Shift Slightly Remain Near Lows

first_img Fixed mortgage rates barely moved in the last week, continuing to provide support to a market clawing its way back to normalcy.[IMAGE]According to “”Freddie Mac’s””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.57 percent (0.8 point) for the week ending March 28, up from 3.54 percent the previous week. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.99 percent.The 15-year FRM saw a slightly bigger weekly increase, rising to 2.76 percent (0.7 point) from 2.72 percent last week.[COLUMN_BREAK]Changes in adjustable rates were mixed. According to Freddie Mac, the 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.68 percent with an average 0.6 point (up from 2.61 percent), while the 1-year ARM averaged 2.62 percent with an average 0.3 point (down from 2.63 percent).””Low and relatively steady mortgage rates are invigorating the housing market. For instance, existing home sales over January and February experienced the strongest two-month pace since November 2009, while new home sales were the strongest since August and September 2008,”” said Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist at Freddie Mac. “”This strong demand helped push the “”S&P/Case-Shiller””:https://themreport.com/articles/case-shiller-indices-post-strongest-gain-since-2006-2013-03-26 20-city home price index (seasonally adjusted) in January to its highest reading since December 2008.””Moreover, the number of consumers expecting to purchase a home over the next six months rose to 5.6 percent in March, the second highest share since data was first collected in February 1964, according to the Conference Board,”” he added.””Bankrate.com””:http://www.bankrate.com/ reported slight decline in the 30-year fixed average, meanwhile. According to the site’s weekly survey, the average 30-year rate fell from 3.78 percent to 3.75 percent in the last week. The 15-year fixed and 5/1 ARM average were 2.97 percent and 2.71 percent, respectively–both unchanged. in Data, Origination Share March 28, 2013 431 Views center_img Mortgage Rates Shift Slightly, Remain Near Lows Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Freddie Mac Home Prices Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2013-03-28 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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SOUTH NORWALK Conn – Virgin Atlantic one of th

first_imgSOUTH NORWALK, Conn., – Virgin Atlantic, one of the world’s leading long-haul airlines, and General Motors, the world’s largest automaker, today announced that the airline will offer passengers a zero-emissions Chevrolet Equinox Hydrogen Fuel Cell car as part of its Upper Class limo service.Initially passengers in Los Angeles will take part in the trial which will not only enable them to experience the next generation of cars but also reduce their carbon footprint.The hydrogen fuel cell limo service is expected to be extended to New York City later this year.Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic, commented: “Our mission to be the sustainable airline is clear, both on the ground and in the air.Partnerships such as this with General Motors show that we are pioneering in the aviation industry when it comes to reducing emissions at every stage of our passengers’ journey.”“We are calling upon governments worldwide, not just the UK and US, to assist businesses by building hydrogen filling stations in key cities so that drivers can fill up their cars more easily. As a first step, existing filling stations could add renewable energy pumps alongside other fuel pumps. This new technology will only become commonplace if businesses and drivers are incentivized to adopt it quickly, and that’s where governments need to play a major role.”As part of the Upper Class flight experience, Virgin Atlantic travelers receive complimentary transportation to and from the airport in Chevrolet Equinox fuel cell vehicles. Initially three Equinox vehicles will become part of the fleet of cars used to transport Upper Class passengers to and from Los Angeles International Airport.The partnership is the latest in the airline’s sustainability efforts. Utilizing the Equinox Fuel Cell vehicle as part of the Upper Class automotive fleet will not only reduce the airline’s overall carbon output, but more importantly, will serve as an important real world market test. It will enable GM to get practical customer feedback from drivers and passengers.Dr. Larry Burns, Vice-President for Planning and R&D at General Motors, commented: “This is a great partnership. Sir Richard Branson and the Virgin brand are globally-recognized, and Virgin Atlantic customers are educated and influential people concerned about the environment.This business partnership is an important piece of the Project Driveway program. The Virgin Atlantic team will help us learn a great deal about how fuel cell vehicles perform in an every-day commercial environment.”Powered by GM’s fourth-generation fuel cell propulsion system, the Equinox Fuel Cell electric vehicle is a fully-functional crossover vehicle. Fuel cell technology and hydrogen fuel represents a step change for the automotive industry and will substantially reduce the industry’s impact on the environment.This initiative is part of GM’s Project Driveway, the largest market test of its kind, which is currently launching 100 Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles to streets and driveways in California, New York and Washington DC. Additional market tests are planned for Europe and Asia, beginning later this year.As an alternative to its limousine service, Virgin Atlantic also offers its Upper Class passengers the option of taking public transport, the Heathrow or Gatwick Express, when arriving in or departing from the UK.About Virgin Atlantic — Virgin Atlantic is one of the world’s leading long-haul airlines — It flies to 30 destinations worldwide from its main base at London Heathrow and London Gatwick — There are 38 aircraft in its fleet, comprising 747-400s, A346-600s and A343-300s — Sir Richard Branson is the President of Virgin Atlantic; Steve Ridgway is the Chief Executive Officer; and Lyell Strambi is the Chief Operating Officer. — In 2007, Virgin Atlantic carried approximately 6 million passengersAbout General Motors General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world’s largest automaker, has been the annual global industry sales leader for 77 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 266,000 people around the world.With global headquarters in Detroit, GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 35 countries.In 2007, nearly 9.37 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, HUMMER, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Vauxhall and Wuling.GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services.More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.Chevrolet is the largest automotive division of General Motors.More information on Project Driveway can be found at www.chevrolet.com/fuelsolutions.last_img read more