Aid group Ships not willing to save Mediterranean migrants

first_imgROME – Migrants in distress at sea have told their rescuers that several ships passed them by without offering assistance, a European aid group said Sunday while seeking safe harbour for a rescue vessel with 141 migrants aboard.SOS Mediterranee in a statement said that due to the recent refusal of Italy and Malta to let rescue vessels carrying migrants dock, ships might be now unwilling to get involved fearing they will be stranded with migrants aboard and denied a port to disembark them.On Friday the group’s chartered ship Aquarius, which it operates in partnership with Doctors Without Borders, rescued 141 people in waters off Libya. Of these, 25 were found adrift on a small wooden boat that had no motor and was believed to have been at sea for about 35 hours, the group said. The other 116 people, including 67 unaccompanied minors, were rescued later that day, it said.Nearly three-quarters of those rescued originate from Somalia and Eritrea. Many migrants recounted how they were “held in inhumane conditions in Libya,” where human traffickers are based, the aid group aid.It added that Libya’s rescue co-ordination authorities wouldn’t provide the Aquarius with “a place of safety” and asked it to request safe harbour from another country’s authorities.The Aquarius was sailing north in the Mediterranean Sunday in hopes of receiving docking permission from another country.SOS Mediterranee said that “in a disturbing development, rescued people on board told out teams they encountered five different ships which did not offer them assistance before they were rescued by Aquarius.”Aboard Aquarius is Doctors Without Borders project co-ordinator, Aloys Vimard, who elaborated.“It seems the very principle of rendering assistance to persons in distress at sea is now at stake. Ships might be unwilling to respond to those in distress due to the high risk of being stranded and denied a place of safety,” the statement quoted Vimard as saying.SOS Mediterranee said many of those aboard were extremely week and malnourished. Those rescued in recent years have said they receive scanty rations while kept in Libya to await the opportunity to leave on human smugglers’ unseaworthy boats.“What is of utmost importance is that the survivors are brought to a place of safety without delay, where their basic needs can be met and where they can be protected from abuse,” the group quoted Nick Romaniuk, its search and rescue co-ordinator as saying.In June, Aquarius was forced to sail north for days with more than 600 migrants to Spain after Italy and Malta refused it docking permission. Since then, other private rescue vessels have had to wait for days until some country agreed to let migrants disembark.Italy’s new populist government has vowed that no more private aid ships will bring migrants to Italian shores.Although arrivals in Italy of rescued migrants smuggled from Libya have sharply dropped off this year compared to previous years, some 600,000 reached Italian ports in the last few years. Italy demands fellow European Union countries take the asylum-seekers from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.The tiny EU island nation of Malta says it can’t handle large numbers of migrants.Cargo and other commercial vessels often have plucked migrants to safety from deflating rubber dinghies and rickety wooden boats. But with Italy’s crackdown, commercial ships risk being blocked for days at sea, unable to carry out their business. Recently a support ship for an offshore oil platform was left in limbo for days after rescuing migrants.SOS Mediterranee said the Libya rescue co-ordinationcentre didn’t inform it about migrant boats in distress despite knowing the Aquarius was nearby.“It was extremely fortunate that we spotted these boats in distress ourselves” on Friday, the group said.Frances D’Emilio is on twitter at www.twitter.com/fdemiliolast_img read more

India will assist Sri Lanka says Chidambaram

Terming a “courtesy call” his meeting with Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran in Jaffna, the former Minister said Wigneswaran was “quite forthcoming and candid” on pluses and drawbacks in the existing arrangement between the Central government and provincial councils. Asked about his stand on a resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council early this month on reconciliation and accountability, Mr. Chidambaram replied that “international flavour” could be added to the inquiry by involving “credible individuals.”He recalled that an Indian judge [Radhabinod Pal] had taken part in post-World War II trials held [by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East] in Japan.Pointing out that political parties in Tamil Nadu were for an international inquiry, he said, “I don’t think there is any support [for such a position] in the UNHRC.” Chidambaram, who clarified that he did not discuss the UNHRC resolution with Mr Wigneswaran, said he sought meetings with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan.He will deliver the 20th Annual Tax Oration at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka on Thursday before leaving Colombo on Friday evening. (Colombo Gazette) Speaking to reporters following his meeting with Wigneswaran, the former Indian Minister praised the Northern Province Chief Minister. Congress member and former Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that India will always assist Sri Lanka.Chidambaram said this after meeting Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran in Jaffna yesterday. The former Indian Minister is on a two day visit to Sri Lanka and he was in Jaffna as part of the visit. Meanwhile Chidambaram said a “credible inquiry” [into alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka] could be achieved in many ways.Chidambaram, who is the first prominent leader from Tamil Nadu to visit Sri Lanka in recent times, told The Hindu that “at least, there a few ways. You don’t have to have binary approach.” read more

Teck Resources reports 459M loss in Q4 on lower commodity prices

VANCOUVER – Mining company Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) is reporting a loss of $459 million in its fourth quarter, hurt by a decline in commodity prices.The loss amounts to three cents of adjusted earnings per share, compared to a profit of $129 million, or 20 cents per share for the same period a year earlier.The loss includes a $536 million after-tax impairment charge.The Vancouver-based miner says it has been hit by the falling prices of steelmaking coal, copper and zinc, which declined between 11 to 20 per cent last year, compared with 2014.The value of steelmaking coal has fallen as much as 40 per cent compared with prices during the financial crisis of 2008-2009.The company says concerns about oversupply and the slowdown in the Chinese economy have caused commodity prices to erode.On the upside, the low price of oil has resulted in a positive effect for the company’s operating costs because it uses diesel at its mining operations.The construction of its Fort Hills oilsands property is expected to start production by the first quarter of 2017. The site has a reserve life of 50 years, which Teck says will help with its future exposure to varying energy prices.The company says it has also taken steps to reduce costs amid the challenging commodity prices environment.Last November, it announced it was cutting 1,000 jobs worldwide through a combination of layoffs and attrition as part of a plan to reduce spending this year by $650 million.Teck’s fourth-quarter revenue fell 5.4 per cent to $2.14 billion from $2.25 billion a year earlier. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 11, 2016 8:49 am MDT Last Updated Feb 11, 2016 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Teck Resources reports $459M loss in Q4 on lower commodity prices read more

Good news Its sunny and warm right now bad news it wont

first_imgTHE IRISH SPRING is here, with temperatures reaching 16 degrees this afternoon in the capital. However, the Irish winter is expected to return tonight.Met Eireann has issued a wind warning for today, which is in effect until midnight tonight.Despite the weather being perfectly pleasant where we are, tonight, tomorrow and the days ahead are expected to get wild.Tonight will be “cold, wet and windy overnight as heavy and persistent rain gradually spreads eastwards”, say Met Eireann.Tomorrow will start wet, become sunny, then start raining again. If that wasn’t enough, tomorrow night will see sharp frost (sharp frost!).Friday and Saturday will both be “cold and blustery days, with sunshine but passing showers too”, with highs of around 8 degrees.Sunday will see another cold and breezy day, with some showers, hail and the threat of sleet.So there, enjoy the next few hours of sun, it may be a while before we see it again.Read: There was a typically Irish reaction to the Wexford earthquakelast_img read more

iPad 3 un écran Retina mais pour quoi faire

first_imgiPad 3: un écran Retina, mais pour quoi faire ? On le sait, c’est pratiquement sûr, l’écran Retina de l’iPad 3 affichera une résolution de 2048×1536 pixels ! Mais, en réalité, à quoi cela peut-il bien servir ?C’est Apple qui a inventé le terme “Retina” (lien non disponible), alors il peut bien en faire ce qu’il et faire correspondre n’importe lequel de ses produits à la norme. Sauf que le terme a été créé avec… une définition ! “La densité des pixels d’un écran Retina est tellement élevée que l’œil est incapable de distinguer les pixels individuels”.Mais Apple n’est pas tout seul dans cette course à la résolution. D’autres constructeurs cherchent déjà à mettre la main sur l’écran avec la meilleure et la plus fine résolution. Ainsi, le TF700T d’Asus, annoncé pour le le deuxième trimestre 2012, pourrait afficher une résolution de 1920×1200 pixels. De quoi rentrer dans la catégorie des écrans Retina…Quand on sait déjà que l’œil humain ne voit aucune différence si la résolution d’un écran dépasse le Full HD, soit 1920×1080, à quoi peut bien servir un écran d’iPad 3 ?En fait, tout dépend de la distance à laquelle vous utilisez votre terminal. Avec une résolution plus élevée, il est possible de lire des informations sur votre écran plus loin que la moyenne. Ainsi, selon les terminaux, les résolutions diffèrent car leur distance d’utilisation n’est pas la même. En effet, l’iMac sur une table, le MacBook sur les genoux et l’iPhone dans la main ne s’utilisent pas à la même distance. À priori, une résolution 2048×1536 pixels ne devrait pas être un écran Retina. Pourtant, utilisée à une distance d’environ 16 pouces, elle le devient largement. Et en créant les tablettes, des écrans de télévision réduits somme toute, les constructeurs ont pu afficher des résolutions bien plus élevées.Une étude menée par des chercheurs de l’Université de Sydney a montré que les tablettes tactiles comme l’iPad ne sont pas meilleures que les écrans médicaux haute résolution, utilisés notamment pour les radios.À la base, ces moniteurs ont une résolution de 508×750 dpi, permettant ainsi aux médecins de détecter les moindres petites irrégularités de votre corps. Avec 130 dpi, l’iPad est loin derrière. Pourtant, en augmentant sa résolution, Apple pourrait s’attaquer à un nouveau marché, celui de l’équipement médical…Chaque application iPad est créée pour afficher, en plein écran, en 1024×768 pixels. Avec une résolution boostée, il sera désormais possible d’afficher plusieurs applications en même temps sur l’iPad. Avec 2048×1536 pixels de résolution, l’iPad pourra afficher clairement et lisiblement un texte, même si vous zoomez 40 fois dessus.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En réalité, l’appellation Retina est plus qu’une simple opération marketing. Même si cela reste un argument de vente imparable… Cependant, la différence entre l’iPad 2 et l’iPad 3 devrait être moins notable que celle entre l’iPhone 3GS et l’iPhone 4.Par ailleurs, l’iPad 3 sera présenté dans quelques jours, le 7 mars, à l’occasion d’une keynote de Tim Cook qui se déroulera à San Francisco. Le 4 mars 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Le Solar Impulse sest envolé pour sa 2e étape nordaméricaine

first_imgLe Solar Impulse s’est envolé pour sa 2e étape nord-américaineL’avion solaire Solar Impulse quittera aujourd’hui Phoenix, dans l’Arizona, en direction de Dallas, au Texas. Il s’agit de la deuxième étape de la traversée nord-américaine de l’aéronef.Après une première étape réussie le menant, le 3 mai, de San Fransisco à Phoenix, le Solar Impulse est parti il y a trois heures en direction de Dallas. L’avion solaire avait été piloté par l’aventurier suisse Bertrand Piccard et, cette fois, c’est son co-équipier, le Suisse André Borschlberg, qui est aux manettes. Ce second trajet de 1.337 kilomètres en une seule traite constituera un record pour l’appareil qui devrait arriver à Dallas à 6H00 GMT jeudi après 18 heures de vol.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Rappelons que le monoplace de 1.600 kg en fibres de carbone possède une envergure équivalente à celle d’un Boeing 747 soit 63,4 mètres. Sa batterie au lithium de 400 kg qui alimente les quatre moteurs électriques à hélice de 10 chevaux est elle-même chargée par 12.000 cellules photovoltaïques. À chacune de ses 5 étapes qui le mèneront jusqu’à New York, l’avion solaire marque un arrêt d’une à deux semaines. Le public peut ainsi le découvrir et dialoguer avec les deux pilotes. L’objectif est bien entendu de promouvoir la technologie de cet avion qui n’émet aucun gaz à effet de serre.Après Dallas le Solar Impulse se rendra à Saint Louis (Missouri) puis à l’aéroport de Dulles près de Washington, à la mi-juin, et enfin à New York en juillet. André Borschberg et Bertrand Piccard prévoient un tour du monde en 2015 avec une version améliorée de l’appareil.Le 22 mai 2013 à 17:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Nielsen to Measure Performance of Facebook Instant Articles

first_img As the number of channels publishers pursue in the race to reach consumers continues to increase, the goal of providing advertisers with total audience measurement at times seems loftier and more elusive by the day. Nielsen’s Digital Content Ratings are essentially an attempt to contextualize digital audiences in the same way Nielsen has measured TV ratings for decades. The ratings are currently available to Nielsen clients, with a syndicated roll-out expected sometime this quarter. Facebook first introduced Instant Articles last May, touting dramatically-reduced load times and a more seamless user experience within the social network’s smartphone apps. Nine initial partners were selected, among them The Atlantic and National Geographic. A second group, including Hearst and The Economist, jumped on board in December. Of all of the revelations from Facebook’s F8 developer conference, which kicked off today in San Francisco, perhaps none is more salient to the magazine industry than the announcement that Nielsen’s Digital Content Ratings will soon measure the performance of Facebook’s Instant Articles, the native-hosting platform which, not-so-coincidentally, was made available to all publishers today. 1Publishers can either sell ads in Instant Articles themselves and keep the revenue, or use Facebook’s Audience Network for any unsold inventory, according to Facebook product manager Michael Reckow. It’s clear to many publishers that if they want to be where their audiences are, the best bet is to play ball with Silicon Valley, despite justified fears that most of their concerns and misgivings have, thus far, fallen on deaf ears. Thankfully, given the announcement Friday that Facebook will now allow publishers to post branded content to their pages, it appears Silicon Valley might actually be listening. Robust traffic however, hasn’t always equated to a boom in revenue1. Common complaints among publishers using Instant Articles have included the idea that advertising is difficult to integrate and performance metrics are unclear. Facebook addressed the former concern in December, easing restrictions on the types and amount of advertising that could appear, in what it called a direct response to requests from publishers. The latter concern may have been addressed today by Nielsen. “They are asking us to have a relationship with them where we serve our editorial to them directly. But what they are allowing us to do is keep 100% of the traffic that hits an article. We keep that revenue,” Women’s Health VP, publisher and group director, Laura Frerer-Schmidt, told Folio: sister site min in February. “The reason they are giving us their audience is because they don’t have that [brand or editorial].” The release has been disruptive, if nothing else, to publishers scrambling to avoid missing the next big distribution channel, but the response has been generally positive. Gawker CEO Nick Denton, for example, claims his site’s page views are up 48 percent since implementing Instant Articles. Nielsen’s Digital Content Ratings—launched last year in partnership with Adobe, who helped provide analytics—look to apply daily measurement to the performance of digital-media content (both static and video) across desktop, mobile, and tablet devices. Nielsen says measurement of audiences on gaming consoles and other over-the-top devices will be available soon, as well.last_img read more

Kuskokwim Working Group Outlines 2014 King Salmon Restrictions

first_imgWorking Group member Dave Cannon demonstrates dipnet features. (Photo by Ben Matheson, KYUK – Bethel)Two months before what would normally be time for king salmon fishing, Kuskokwim residents have a sketch of what the summer’s conservation measures will look like. There will be no directed king salmon fishing. For other chum and red salmon, managers are setting no hard dates for the first gillnet opening, other than its anticipated in the last week of June. The Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group last week painstakingly came to a consensus on conservation measures.Download AudioAfter going through several draft fishing schedules this winter, the working group ultimately did not set a firm date for the first gillnet opportunity for other salmon species.That’s because even with no targeted fishing for kings, there will be kings caught in 6” nets when they are used for chum and sockeye. The working group expects the first period to be the last week of June, but with the summer’s priority of allowing more Chinook escapement, it all depends on the run strength and timing.Area Management biologist Travis Elison told the group that it’s hard to predict when chum and sockeye will outnumber the kings.“As we show with the test fish data, there’s about a week period where just depending on run time, you might or might not hit that saturation point we’re looking for. From about the 18th to the 26th of June, it’s really hard to pick that date,” Elison said.The first opening will come when there are sufficient kings moving upriver to spawn, and when chum and sockeye greatly outnumber the kings. During the June king salmon closures, there will be opportunities forfisherman to use 5’ dipnets to target chum and sockeye. Again, there’s no date set, but the dipnet fishery should open in mid-June sometime, according the motion that passed.After 2013’s run brought the fewest kings up the river in history, managers and stakeholders are seeking to allow many more kings to reach spawning grounds. Bev Hoffman is a co-chair of the Working Group and says it’s crucial to bring that message home.“People are going to be hurt by this, this is hard, and there will be a lot of venting. The situation is what it is and we can’t fish like there’s no tomorrow. Not on the kings, because there would be no tomorrow for the kings. And that’s the message,” Hoffman said.There may be a couple opportunities for people to have at least a taste of king salmon. The group is asking managers to find a way to allow up to 30 king salmon per village, total, sometime in June. Tribal councils would be in charge of distributing the taste as they see fit. There are also plans to distribute fish caught in the Bethel test fishery to villages up and down the river.As fishers work to feed their families, Co-Chair LaMont Albertson encouraged fishermen to take advantage of the river’s non-salmon species during the early part of June.Managers anticipate allowing 60 foot whitefish nets with 4” mesh, but the group doesn’t want them catching kings. They will submit an emergency petition to require the 4” nets to be used only as set nets during a period in early summer. Some fishermen in 2012 had drifted with 4” gear, apparently targeting and catching kings.Albertson says the conservation decisions were tough, but they were not decisions that could be put off.“The decisions we make now will affect the population of the Y-K Delta, the human population, 10 and 20 years from now. This is a serious time and we need to take real strong conservation measures. I hope everyone getting this message will realize why we have to take these measures and I hope they’ll cooperate in every way that they can,” Albertson said.To that end, at the close of the meeting, the members put together the Working Group message that they’ll take up and down the river to prepare fishers for a summer of conservation.last_img read more

Mixed drinks in question at Alaska distilleries

first_imgHaines’ Port Chilkoot Distillery spirits on display when the tasting room opened in 2014. (Emily Files)Craft distilleries in Alaska are reeling after a decision that could change the part of their businesses most accessible to the public: tasting rooms. Distilleries have been operating tasting rooms since 2014 legislation allowing that practice. But now, state officials are saying distilleries aren’t allowed to serve mixed drinks.The tasting room at the Port Chilkoot Distillery in Haines opened almost three years ago, serving cocktails like ‘High Bush Cranberry Gimlets,’ ‘Spruced Up Gin,’ and ‘Moscow Moose.’Craft distilling is a growing industry in Alaska. There are currently nine in the state. Port Chilkoot part-owner Heather Shade said the tasting room has been a crucial part of their growth.“The tasting rooms allow a small business to start up, they allow us to succeed in a challenging economic environment in the state and it allows us to grow our staff, infrastructure and distribution by having cash flow into our businesses to do that,” Shade said.Now, Shade is trying to figure out how this part of her business will be affected by a recent decision from the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. A complaint against Juneau’s new distillery brought attention to a potential gray-area in Alaska statute.The legislation that allows distilleries to open tasting rooms said they can sell their own product. ABC Board Director Erika McConnell points out that doesn’t include the other beverages distilleries use to make cocktails, like the vermouth in a martini.In a memo to the board McConnell writes, “There is nothing in the statutory language itself to suggest that a Bloody Mary, a martini, or a margarita qualifies as ‘the distillery’s product.’”Shade said there’s a reason for not serving spirits straight up.“The purpose of mixing our products with ingredients and ice and serving them in this way is so that people know how it’s going to taste in their cocktail,” Shade said. “And so they know how they might want to make it at home.”But the board sided with McConnell. It voted to uphold an advisory that prohibits the sale of mixed drinks made with outside products, starting immediately.Shade said Port Chilkoot does make a lot of its own mixers on-site, including ginger beer.“We’re going to continue operating the way we’ve been,” Shade said. “We produce our ice on-site. We produce our juices and syrups and almost everything.”Shade said they will stop using alcoholic mixers produced off-site.At the recently opened Amalga Distillery in Juneau, Brandon Howard said the same – they’re not going to stop serving cocktails. Howard said Amalga makes its own ginger beer and tonic water they use in most of their drinks.“Until we have clarity from the board and until we know that these regulations that they’re considering are completely legal, yes we are going to continue doing what we’re doing,” Howard said.Both Shade and Howard say not only would serving exclusively straight spirits take away from the experience of the drink, they don’t think it’s responsible.“I think it’s irresponsible to serve an individual basically three ounce shots of gin and then just send them out,” Howard said. “The mixed drink part of our business is not an insignificant part, but the way in which it leads to bottle sales for us is massive.”According to ABC Board’s McConnell, it is okay for the businesses to continue mixing drinks with products they make themselves.Dale Fox is the President and CEO of Alaska CHARR – Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association. Fox said CHARR helped get the original legislation passed, and now they agree with the ABC Board’s decision to limit tasting rooms.“It’s morphed into bringing in other spirits that are not the product of that distillery,” Fox said. “Mixing drinks, entertainment and a whole series of other things that were not allowed in that provision.”Fox said if you want to mix drinks, get a bar license. That’s why he said even if state lawmakers clarify the rules and allow for the sale of cocktails at distilleries, CHARR probably won’t support it.State Representative Chris Tuck said new legislation is on the way.“We will be introducing something to rectify the situation,” Tuck said.Tuck was the primary sponsor on the tasting room legislation back in 2014. He and several other legislators wrote to the ABC Board to say they never meant to prohibit distilleries from serving mixed drinks.“When we had our grand opening of the bill signing, even then at that ceremony we had mixed tastings for people to try,” Tuck said.McConnell said the board will be looking closer at regulations around distilleries.Shade and Howard are challenging the state’s interpretation. They say for now they will continue with business as usual. That includes cocktails.last_img read more

Russia to target US midterm polls CIA

first_img.CIA director Mike Pompeo said Russia will target US mid-term elections later this year as part of the Kremlin’s attempt to influence domestic politics across the West, and warned the world had to do more to push back against Chinese meddling.Russia has been accused of meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the allegations, which Moscow denies, and whether there was any collusion involving president Donald Trump’s associates.In an interview with the BBC aired on Tuesday, US intelligence chief Pompeo said Russia had a long history of information campaigns and said its threat would not go away.Asked if Russia would try to influence the mid-term elections, he said: ”Of course. I have every expectation that they will continue to try and do that.“But I am confident that America will be able to have a free and fair election. That we’ll push back in a way that is sufficiently robust that the impact they have on our election won’t be great.”He also said the Chinese posed a threat of equal concern, and were “very active” with a world class cyber capability.“We can watch very focused efforts to steal American information, to infiltrate the United States with spies, with people who are going to work on behalf of the Chinese government against America,” he said.“We see it in our schools, in our hospitals and medical systems, we see it throughout corporate America. These efforts we have to all be more focused on. We have to do better at pushing back against Chinese efforts to covertly influence the world.”GLOBAL INFLUENCEThe Kremlin, which under Vladimir Putin has clawed back some of the global influence lost when the Soviet Union collapsed, has denied meddling in elections in the West. It says anti-Russian hysteria is sweeping through the United States and Europe.In the interview, Pompeo also repeated his message that North Korea was close to developing missiles which could be used in a nuclear attack on the United States.“I think that we collectively, the United States and our intelligence partners around the world, have developed a pretty clear understanding of (North Korean leader) Kim Jong Un’s capability,” he said.“We talk about him having the ability to deliver a nuclear weapon to the United States in a matter of a handful of months.”The CIA chief defended Trump over accusations from a book which suggested the president was unfocused, unprepared and unfit for his office.“It’s absurd, the claim that the president isn’t engaged and doesn’t have a grasp on these important issues is dangerous and false,” Pompeo said.Asked if Trump’s use of Twitter posed any national security issues, he said: “Hasn’t caused us any trouble.”He added: “We deliver nearly every day, personally, to the president the most exquisite truth that we know from the CIA. Whatever the facts may be we deliver them unvarnished as accurately and as forcefully as we can.”last_img read more

Terry And Chauna Thompson Attend Their First Court Hearing In The John

first_img– / 2Terry and Chauna Thompson were arraigned Tuesday for the murder of John Hernandez.The 178th District Court at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center, near downtown Houston, was totally packed as Judge Kelli Johnson read the charges to the Thompsons.The judge set the conditions of the bail bonds, which include taking drug tests and forbids access to firearms.After the hearing, David Mitcham, who leads the Trial Bureau for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, assured the media gathered outside of the court room that “the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is dedicated to seeking justices in the death of John Hernandez.”On his part, Scot Courtney, Terry Thompson’s defense lawyer, said the couple feels threatened because of the multiple protests about this case and added that Hernandez was the initial aggressor, so he is not ruling out using a self-defense strategy.“I haven’t seen all the evidence but yes,” noted Courtney, while he added that “whenever somebody has force used against him, they are then authorized to use force in defense of themselves or others.”Greg Cagle, who is defending Chauna Thompson contended that her job as a deputy for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, although she is currently on an unpaid administrative leave, is a disadvantage for her.“My client probably would not be indicted but for her job title. I don’t think anybody else would be indicted for murder for touching someone on the arm,” Cagle said.The Thompsons next court hearing is scheduled for July 14th.Separate from the criminal trial, John Hernandez’s family has filed a civil lawsuit against the couple. 00:00 /01:14 Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Public Enemy 1 Arrested After Violent Labor Day Weekend

first_img“We have to take a stand and stand up for our community,” Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott told the media.Scott is urging witnesses to come forward to be a voice for the elderly and for children.“When its children and seniors we have to step up for those who there’s no one else to speak up for them.”He said violence is an epidemic and should be treated as such.“I never really expected to spend my night on Saturday with a 4-year-old girl,” said Davis. “Just a tiny girl as she picked out the color of her cast.”That gunman is still on the loose.Authorities know many people saw the shootings but are afraid to come forward. A witness helped police arrest Marion Daughton.“To not have that level of cooperation at this point is frustrating to us,” said Davis.Police are urging anyone that has information about any of the shootings that took place over the holiday weekend to call 1-866-7LOCKUP. This past Labor Day weekend in Baltimore saw 22 people shot including two children, the youngest being a 4 year old girl, in a series of triple shootings throughout the city. Baltimore Police made a major arrest on Tuesday in one of those cases.Marion Daughton – charged with a triple homicide. (Baltimore Police Department)On Sept. 5, three people were shot around 1:00 a.m. in the 2600 block of East Monument; a 23 year old woman was shot in the leg, another woman; a 22 year old shot in the abdomen, and a 34 year-old male was shot and killed after gunshot wound to the chest. One of those women was confirmed to be pregnant.31-year old Marion Daughton, who is affiliated with the Bloods gang, was arrested on Sept. 6 afternoon in connection with the triple shooting but police say they are still searching for another suspect in the case. Police had been about to hold press conference declaring Daughton to be Public Enemy #1 when she was arrested and charged in the triple shooting.Police say Daughton has a lengthy criminal record.“The only time that Marion Daughton was not committing a crime was when she was in jail,” said Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis in a media briefing.According to Maryland Case Search, Daughton’s criminal record includes charges ranging from first and second degree assault, reckless endangerment, attempted first degree murder, firearm use in commission of violent felony, and now first degree murder.The shooting that Daughton is connected to is just one of 12 shootings that police say began on Sept. 2.Friday5 people were shot in 5 separate incidents.Saturday3 people were shot including a 61, 4, and 8 year old.Sunday4 people were shot in 2 separate incidents.Monday9 people were shot in 5 separate incidents including the 3 in which Daughton is accused of.last_img read more

Mexican boys wish to see snow fulfilled in Canada

first_img“On the previous occasion, we fulfilled the wish of a 17-year-old boy who wanted to see the sea, taking him to Playa Balandra in Baja California Sur. This time, we were involved in taking a boy to Whistler in Canada along with Estefanía Ahumada, an actress and influencer, to make Franco’s wish come true, who longed to see snow.” The trip was made possible by Mexico’s travel company BestDay, who worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to have the child and his mother flown to Canada. Franco, who is eight and ill with cystic fibrosis, wanted to see it in person. As part of Mexico’s Make-A-Wish Foundation, a young boy’s dream to see snow has come true. The young boy, who is under medical treatment for cystic fibrosis, was flown to Whistler, British Columbia to see first-hand, just what snow feels like. Julián Balbuena, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Best Day Travel Group explained that “For BestDay, it was an honor to collaborate with Make-A-Wish Mexico in such praiseworthy and positive work for our society. This is the second time we have collaborated with this foundation, fulfilling the wish of a child. BestDay begun their campaign in 2017 with BestDay Wishes, in which they say 10 people had their wishes fulfilled. They continue to work with Make-A-Wish. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Schefter’s report comes as a bit of a surprise for two reasons. First, the simple fact that neither candidate has taken an upper hand in the competition. And secondly, because of the organization’s financial commitment to Kolb. After dealing with the Philadelphia Eagles to obtain his services last summer, the Cardinals signed Kolb to a five-year, $63 million contract. The team also picked up a $7 million roster bonus in the offseason. The quarterback carousel keeps on turning.The Arizona Cardinals have one of the most talked-about quarterback competitions this preseason, and now, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter has chimed in.The Arizona Cardinals plan to start quarterback Kevin Kolb against the Oakland Raiders on Friday in their third preseason game. However , John Skelton is considered the favorite to win the job, people within the organization told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Tuesday.Each player has started a preseason game for the Cardinals, with Kolb getting the nod against New Orleans in the Hall of Fame Game and Skelton taking the reins last Friday in Kansas City. Neither QB has performed all that well, with Kolb posting a rating of 11.1 and Skelton putting up a 39.2 rating. Top Stories center_img 0 Comments Share Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_img“You don’t think of Phoenix without the Phoenix Suns,” Fitzgerald said Friday. “The Suns took a chance on Phoenix in the 70s coming here with (star) Connie Hawkins and (owner) Jerry Colangelo. They took a chance on us, and I think it’s time we take a chance on the Phoenix Suns. They’re loyal to this community. I really believe this is a Suns town, people love the Suns, they were the first ones here.”Related LinksPhoenix Suns formally deny any threat to relocate the teamSuns owner Robert Sarver: I am 100 percent committed to PhoenixFitzgerald is close to Suns owner Robert Sarver, who has been hit with backlash this week after a later-corrected report suggested he threatened to take the Suns away from downtown and possibly out of the state.The Suns have denied that they have any intentions of leaving their current home in downtown Phoenix.Fitzgerald said fans should take the Suns and Sarver for their word.“He’s drastically misunderstood. I love Mr. Sarver,” Fitzgerald said. “I spent a lot of time with him. I can’t think of anybody who I trust more than him. He’s one of those guys, he’ll look you in your eye, he’ll shake your hand. He would go out of his way to help anybody he knows. Once you know him … it’s easy to love him.” Larry Fitzgerald believes in representing his adopted NFL community. The NFL’s leader in catches with one franchise has helped build the community around his Arizona Cardinals over the past 15 years.Arizona has become his home, and he’s not afraid to help it thrive — beyond the Cardinals.So Fitzgerald was disappointed that a city council vote to renovate the Phoenix Suns’ home of Talking Stick Resort Arena was delayed Wednesday. Joining Burns & Gambo on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station, Fitzgerald pleaded for Valley taxpayers to consider the benefits of helping the NBA team and Phoenix find a resolution. Top Stories (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The postponed vote on the arena renovation plan on Wednesday was for a $230 million deal where $150 million would be paid for by the city while the Suns chip in $80 million. That would keep the Suns downtown until 2037. The vote was pushed to Jan. 23.Fitzgerald believes the city will benefit by keeping the Suns where they are, as a refurbished arena would bring concerts, tourism and other benefits to the area.“I think us as taxpayers, we’re looking at it the wrong way,” he said. “I think if we look at it that way, it’s easier to digest.”And for the Suns, Fitzgerald said a state-of-the-art home could bode well for the team. Just ask him how it went for the Cardinals when they left ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium for what’s now State Farm Stadium.“I played my first … two years at Sun Devil Stadium,” Fitzgerald said. “I remember looking up and wondering if this is the National Football League, sitting there with 15, 20 thousand people in attendance and just how fast it changed when we moved to Glendale.“I think the same thing could happen for the Suns. But not only for that. For the Mercury and for more entertainment coming downtown. Mr. Sarver is going out of his way to really help build downtown Phoenix.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 29 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Hotel ICON Hong Kong will offer guests limousine

first_imgHotel ICON, Hong Kong, will offer guests limousine service seven days a week in a rear wheel drive Tesla Model S 85, a premium electric vehicle that delivers an exhilarating performance with electric dual motors.Guests travelling between the Hong Kong International Airport and Hotel ICON can arrange the service at the time of reservation or by ringing the concierge.‘We are pleased to introduce a new limousine service that is a treat for both our guests and the environment,’ said Richard Hatter, General Manager of Hotel ICON. ‘The Tesla Model S is equipped with the most current amenities and communications. Guests can relax and enjoy world-class comfort while travelling.’In addition to the Tesla limousine, the hotel purchased its first zero emissions motor, BMW i3. Starting later this year, Hotel ICON will also launch electric shuttle buses to support environmental transportation.last_img read more

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