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8 Dead 15 Injured in Truck Plowing Incident in New York

Rabat – Eight people were killed and 15 others injured in Manhattan, as a car ploughed into a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial, hitting several people. The assailant then left his vehicle firing an imitation gun while yelling “Allahu Akbar,” according to New York City police.Complete mayhem broke out Tuesday afternoon in lower Manhattan, as a truck driver deliberately mowed down people while targeting a school bus in what New York Police is now officially investigating as a “terrorist attack.”The assailant deliberately crashed into a school bus, after many witnesses saw him swerve the truck toward the vehicle that was full of children. According to police officials, four people were removed from the bus with minor injuries, reports CNN. Witnesses saw the man then leave his truck, carrying two guns that turned out to be imitations and running around screaming “Allahu Akbar” before he was finally shot by the police.“It happened out of nowhere,” a witness told CNN. “I was walking down the street. It was a normal day, then just out of nowhere I see people running and screaming and just multiple gunshots, one right after another. It was just completely unexpected.”The witness said he saw a man on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound. He said he saw a second man being taken into police custody.“He wasn’t putting up a fight,” the witness said. “He was on his knees and had his hands on his head and right next to him was the white pickup truck. It had Home Depot logos on it. The front was entirely smashed in and it had smoke coming out of it.”The driver was taken to a nearby hospital after he was shot by police.A U.S. counter-terrorism official told NBC News that the intelligence community is unaware of any claims of responsibility for the attack at this time. Sources initially said they were responding to a report of at least five people shot, but officials say their investigation now indicates that the injuries came from the truck crash.Currently there is one person in custody. No others outstanding. All information is preliminary as the investigation is ongoing. pic.twitter.com/nsaUgZ8MJH— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 31, 2017Police incident on west side of chambers street after series of rattling POPS. Hope all are safe. pic.twitter.com/C0mZYU7l1D— bill tsapalas (@btsapalas) October 31, 2017 read more

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Ryanair Sacks Netherlands Staff Not Willing to Move to Morocco

Rabat – After deciding to close its base in Eindhoven, Ryanair offered its workers to move to bases as far away as in Morocco or Belarus, which many refused to do.The Irish airline had filed for a mass dismissal of its workforce based in the Netherlands through the Dutch Employee Insurance Agency, the government authority that handles unemployment benefits.Read Also: Ryanair Launches Marrakech-Athens Non-Stop Flight“The VNV is not surprised by this step from Ryanair. Earlier, the company already indicated that it wants to ‘phase out’ the personnel who oppose a forced transfer abroad,” the Dutch Pilots’ Union (VNV) said in a statement.The airline previously stated that its employees could relocate to bases abroad but that it would “respect” if they chose to quit rather than to relocate.Ryanair serves major cities in Morocco like Agadir, Fez, Marrakech, Nador, Oujda, Rabat, and Tangier. read more

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Sri Lankan refugee on Nauru agrees to Cambodia transfer

If given clearance, the three would follow in the footsteps of five people who also volunteered. All but one has since left Cambodia.Phal referred questions to refugee chief Tan Sovichea, who could not be reached Friday. A Sri Lankan is among three refugees detained by Australia on the Pacific island of Nauru who have volunteered to be the next refugees resettled in Cambodia as part of a controversial A$55-million deal signed just over two years ago.A key source familiar with the situation told Anadolu Agency that the three men — singles from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Pakistan — had put themselves forward and that the process had begun to establish if they would be granted clearance. Upon their arrival in June last year, a Rohingya man, an Iranian couple and another Iranian male were whisked off to a secluded villa where a team from the IOM began an integration program that included tours of Phnom Penh, language lessons and assistance with finding work.The Rohingya was the first to leave, a few months after his arrival, followed by the Iranian couple earlier this year. The Iranian man left after them.Another Rohingya man who arrived separately is still in Cambodia, but has spoken of the misery of eking out a life in Phnom Penh. But the lack of interest in the resettlement offer — even from those suffering a litany of abuses exposed in the Nauru detention camps — coupled with the departure of four of the refugees who have taken it up, has spoken volumes about the deal’s failings. On Friday, the Phnom Penh Post quoted immigration chief Gen. Sok Phal as saying that a delegation to Nauru had interviewed three men, and that paperwork had been submitted. Efforts to confirm this with the Connect Settlement Agency, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Australian Embassy were unsuccessful on Thursday. Multiple calls to refugee department spokesman Kerm Sarin were also unsuccessful. In an email to Anadolu Agency on Friday morning, Australia’s department of immigration and border protection said it “does not comment on individuals’ circumstances”.“Refugees in Nauru continue to have the option of volunteering for settlement in Cambodia,” the email said. “The Department continues to work with the Cambodian Government to ensure the successful implementation of the settlement arrangement.”The deal was inked in September 2014 at an initial cost of A$40 million ($30.5 million) in aid to Cambodia from Australian coffers. An additional A$15.5 million was later tacked on to cover transport and other logistical costs. read more

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Cleanup crews on site after Baytex Energy pipeline leak in northeastern Alberta

CALGARY — Cleanup crews are on site in northeastern Alberta after an estimated 100,000 litres of salty produced water leaked from a pipeline operated by Baytex Energy Corp.The Alberta Energy Regulator says the leak was reported last Wednesday.It says the pipeline on the site about 45 kilometres southeast of Peace River has been shut down to stop the flow.The regulator says there has been no affect on waterbodies or wildlife.It says AER staff have responded to the site and remain in contact with the company to ensure all cleanup requirements are being met.Baytex reported it produced about 17,300 barrels of oil equivalent per day from its Peace River area assets in the first quarter of 2019.The Canadian Press

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Alarmed by Palestinians plight UN rights body sends Robinson to occupied territory

The Geneva-based UN Commission on Human Rights adopted the resolution, which was submitted by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, by a vote of 44 in favour, 2 against and 7 abstentions.Speaking before the Commission, Mrs. Robinson said she was ready, in principle, to head such a visiting mission. “I would do so and on the understanding that there is broad support in the Commission, as well as full cooperation on the part of Israel and the Palestinian Authority,” she stressed, adding that the implementation of a visiting mission would also depend on whether security conditions would permit it.On Tuesday, the High Commissioner had called on the Commission to consider immediately sending a mission to the occupied Palestinian territories in order to gather information and make recommendations on a future course of action.Mrs. Robinson said today that in constituting such a mission, she would consult with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and be guided by the previous practice of the Office of High Commissioner, including visits in 1999 to Kosovo and Sierra Leone.She also said it would be her intention to ask two prominent international personalities to join the group, which would depart “as soon as practicable” and return within a week to file its report to the Commission.The mission’s parameters, the High Commissioner noted, would be those that apply in fact-finding activities in the UN human rights programme: the independence of the members of the mission, freedom to visit places they wish and to speak with those they select, diplomatic immunity, guarantees of safety and security, and the faithful cooperation of the parties. read more

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New foreign investment rules reach far beyond oilsands but application unclear

by Heather Scoffield and Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 10, 2012 6:11 pm MDT OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper may have been talking specifically about the oilsands when he shut the door to foreign state-controlled takeovers, but his intentions extend beyond Canada’s energy sector.By raising the threshold of review for all foreign takeovers except those spearheaded by government-run companies, Harper is in effect telling every area of the economy that corporate control by state-owned firms is not welcome in Canada.“They’ve sent a signal,” said Paul Boothe, a former deputy minister of industry who is now a professor at the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University in London, Ont.“He’s pretty clear he doesn’t like state-owned enterprises.”Under the new rules announced Friday in conjunction with Ottawa’s approval of the CNOOC takeover of Calgary-based Nexen Inc., the federal government said it would gradually raise the threshold for scrutinizing takeovers to $1 billion.But that extra leeway does not apply to state-owned enterprises. Instead, Ottawa will review any SOE transaction over $330 million. And it broadened the definition of what constitutes a state-owned firm.“What they’re doing is they’re raising the threshold for all but state-owned enterprises,” Boothe said. “That’s a pretty strong message. They’re discouraging acquisitions for control by state-owned enterprises.”Indeed, Harper has already suggested that his “No” to more state-owned control of the oilsands could also be applied to other sectors of the Canadian economy.In extensive comments last Friday, he said he only dealt with the oilsands because the CNOOC-Nexen transaction put that sector into play.Harper made it clear he won’t stop there.“What I would say is … we will watch carefully other sectors of the economy to ensure that this situation does not develop in those sectors as well.”It remains unclear, however, what the threshold would be to trigger a similar ban on SOE investment in other sectors.The other deal that’s been in play, the $6 billion takeover of Progress Energy by Malaysian company Petronas, also got a green light Friday. The pair is working on plans for a liquid natural gas (LNG) terminal on the B.C. coast.The LNG market has attracted significant state-owned enterprise investment in recent years, noted an analysis of the new rules by business law firm Osler. So why not explicitly limit SOEs in that sector, as well?“The LNG industry is at a much earlier phase of its development than the oilsands and Canada is competing against other LNG producers, such as Australia, to build an Asian export market,” the report said.“Further, while the supply of new oilsands properties is fairly limited, there is a view that there continues to be abundant opportunity for further exploration and development in the Canadian non-conventional gas sector.”The gas industry could in fact benefit from the new rules, suggested Hal Kvisle, the chief executive of oil and gas company Talisman Energy and former CEO of TransCanada.“There’s all sorts of good stuff going on in the oilsands. The gas industry in Canada is one that’s really suffering right now and is very much harmed by having access to only the lowest price market in the world, which is the U.S. market,” Kvisle said.“I think that if this could provide some clarity that would allow Asian LNG buyers to move ahead with more joint venture deals — and there’s lots of them out there already.”The new rules were aimed at giving clarity to investors and providing discretion to the government, Harper said during a rare Monday appearance in question period in the House of Commons.“We need discretion to make sure that when we are dealing with foreign governments this government has the capacity to protect the best interests of this country and its citizens,” he said.But discretion just leads to confusion and secrecy, the opposition charged.They called for the terms of the deals signed by both Petronas and CNOOC to be revealed so Canadians can better examine them and decide for themselves why they deemed to be of net benefit of the country.Earlier Monday, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said that under the new rules, the CNOOC-Nexen deal may not have been approved.Such approval “would have been difficult because it would had to have been an exceptional situation,” Oliver said following a speech to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.While Ottawa didn’t feel that the Nexen acquisition “was excessive,” new rules are “now in place,” he added.That makes no sense, complained NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.“How are foreign companies supposed to know what those rules are?” Mulcair said. “If it was not fair on Friday, how is it fair today?“How do you keep making up those rules as you go along?”— With files from Lauren Krugel in Calgary New foreign investment rules reach far beyond oilsands, but application unclear AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Missing King and I song  thought too racist for movie reinstated for

Starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr, the 1956 film about an English governess at the court of Siam carried away five Oscars. But the new show will be a different proposition, presenting a less “sanitised” version of the story. A song missing from the film, Western People Funny, has been reinstated, while the “fetishisation” of Asian culture has been removed. And the life of the king, played by Ken Watanabe, is less romanticised. “Rodgers and Hammerstein were much more radical than people think,” said Sir Howard Panter, the producer behind the show which… Audiences for the West End’s latest lavish musical, The King and I, will take their seats with fond memories of the Hollywood film version.

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AEL Intelligent Blasting – a new brand to reflect a renewed vision

first_imgAEL Mining Services (AEL), a member of the JSE-listed AECI Group in South Africa, recently announced its official rebrand to AEL Intelligent Blasting. This move is in line with the organisation’s renewed vision of embracing the technological revolution in the explosives and mining industry. “Our new branding seeks to capitalise on our successful growth and expansion, and supports our strategy to position the Group as the most intelligent choice in the market when it comes to blasting services and products,” said Edwin Ludick, Managing Director at AEL Mining Services.“Innovation is key to ensuring continuing market relevance and customer satisfaction,” said Ludick. “Our rebrand is aligned with our mission to keep our global operations on the frontier of technology through the delivery of ground-breaking innovations; to offer state-of-the-art technological solutions to our clients; and to operate sustainably, without harm to people, the environment and the communities in which we operate.”To meet the changing needs and challenges of the mining industry, AEL operates on the ideal of partnering with their stakeholders and customers to bring into realisation the products and services they require to take the mining industry into the era of digitalisation and smart mining. “By partnering with our customers on their unique journey, we are able to ensure efficient and sustainable blasting practices by focusing on optimal blast outcomes, optimising blasting processes and solving blasting problems,” said Ludick.To this end, the holistic and flexible AEL intelliBlast™ value proposition enables the strategic combination of a comprehensive range of services and product offerings, tailored to proactively develop smart blasting solutions for optimal mining outcomes.In addition, the exclusive contribution that AEL’s intelliBlast™ offers the market is a fundamental component in the business’ global expansion strategy. AEL Mining Services’ market-leading technology is already being used in Australia, South America and various locations in the rest of Africa. This in itself has various benefits to customers such as reductions in blasting delays and improved uniformity of fragmentation while ensuring uncompromised safety at all times.“We are continuously evolving and developing and the rebrand supports this. All these efforts are underpinned by engaging with our customers to really understand their needs and to develop a solution central to those needs. Once we agree on the solution it’s a very good example of creating good chemistry and great energy,” concludes Ludick.last_img read more

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Opinion Longawaited surrogacy laws still wont recognise many parents

first_imgOpinion: Long-awaited surrogacy laws still won’t recognise many parents Surrogacy still isn’t regulated in Ireland. New rules are on the way but they won’t solve the problem of recognition for couples who previously entered surrogacy arrangements abroad, writes Brian Tobin. INTERNATIONAL SURROGACY ARRANGEMENTS are popular among Irish couples, according to a recent survey involving 90 countries.The survey carried out by Families through Surrogacy, an international non-profit organisation that provides support to couples and individuals going through this process of assisted human reproduction, concludes that Ireland has the second-highest rate of surrogacy use in the world.Indeed, the Department of Foreign Affairs reports that 159 babies born to surrogates abroad have entered Ireland with their intended parents via Emergency Travel Certificates in the last decade.Nonetheless, surrogacy remains unregulated by Irish law – this is why the vast number of Irish couples who want to use surrogacy to conceive must go to the US, Canada, the Ukraine and other jurisdictions where this method of assisted human reproduction is recognised.In those jurisdictions where surrogacy is regulated, both of the child’s intended parents, ie the couple that commissioned the arrangement, are recognised as his/her legal parents. However, this is not so upon their return to Ireland, and proposed surrogacy laws will not alter this.Under Irish law, provided he is the genetic father, the intended father in an international surrogacy scenario can be recognised as the child’s parent and guardian following a successful court application.But the intended mother or, in a same-sex relationship the intended co-father, cannot be recognised as the child’s other legal parent and can only be appointed a guardian by the court a minimum of two years after the child’s birth.The General Scheme of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill contains long-awaited proposals to regulate surrogacy in Ireland, but it will not change the existing status quo to enable such intended parents (mothers/co-fathers) who chose international surrogacy (or who might choose it in the future) to establish their legal parenthood under Irish law.Instead, it will only regulate surrogacy arrangements carried out in Ireland.The General Scheme was drafted by the Department of Health, which has emphasised that the State can only regulate assisted human reproduction activities that occur in Ireland.This is contrary to the approach adopted by the State under the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 because that legislation expressly regulates assisted human reproduction activities that occurred outside of the State.So an intended parent of a child previously conceived via donor sperm in an Irish or foreign clinic can apply to the court to be recognised as a legal parent if he or she is the mother’s spouse, civil or cohabiting partner.Similarly, the original draft of the 2015 Act would have allowed an intended parent of a child previously born through a surrogacy arrangement, in Ireland or abroad, to apply to the court for recognition as a legal parent.He or she would have to be the genetic male parent’s spouse, civil or cohabiting partner, and an Irish citizen, or ordinarily resident here.The surrogate’s consent to the making of the court order would have been necessary.Interestingly, the surrogacy arrangement could even have been commercial in nature, ie one where the surrogate received a fee.However, the surrogacy provisions contained in the original draft of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 were deleted in their entirety six months before the Act became law.As enacted, the 2015 Act regulates donor-assisted human reproduction, but not surrogacy.Even if the State is wedded to the notion of only regulating domestic surrogacy going forward, it is unfair to penalise those couples who previously availed of international surrogacy at a time when surrogacy was simply not a viable option here in Ireland.About 68% of all surrogacies for Irish couples are estimated to have taken place in Ukraine.The State cannot enact legislation that willfully chooses to ignore the intended parents of those Irish children previously born to surrogates abroad.Any new surrogacy law should at least enable an intended parent of a child previously born to a surrogate abroad to apply to an Irish court for a declaration of legal parenthood.Before enacting future legislation on surrogacy, the Oireachtas must first look back and reconsider one significant part of the proposals that were scrapped from the original draft of the Children and Family Relationships Act almost five years ago.Dr Brian Tobin is a lecturer in law at NUI Galway.  15 Comments By Brian Tobin https://jrnl.ie/4513551 Monday 4 Mar 2019, 7:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Share52 Tweet Email1 Brian Tobin Mar 4th 2019, 7:01 AM Short URL 12,308 Views last_img read more

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VIDEO WWEcom interview with Roman Reigns for 101415

first_img WWE’s Sasha Banks Confirms “No One KNew” About Roman Reigns’ Leukemia WWE Announces Roman Reigns’ Retirement Facebook Dustin Rhodes on AEW against NXT: “I don’t consider us going to war with anybody” Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle Shares Message In Support Of Roman Reigns Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Announces Roman Reigns’ RetirementVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ WWE.com has a new interview with Roman Reigns talking about his Hell in a Cell match with Bray Wyatt at the Hell in a Cell PPV on October 25 and more. You can view the video below. Videos Articles Twitter Now Playing Up Next Sammy Guevara talks about his match against Cody on TNT, the Wednesday Night Wars Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns Roman Reigns Making WWE Appearance WhatsApplast_img read more

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Groundbreaking for new Chula Vista Veterans Affairs Healthcare Clinic begins

first_imgGroundbreaking for new Chula Vista Veterans Affairs Healthcare Clinic begins April 5, 2018 Updated: 10:08 PM KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) — Groundbreaking has begun on a new Veterans Affairs Healthcare Clinic in Chula Vista.The 31,000-square foot facility will replace the current clinic and will be roughly three times as large.The new clinic will offer state of the art services for veterans.Construction is expected to be done by December 2019 and will open in early 2020. Posted: April 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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Car hits Amtrak train in Pompano Beach

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Atlantic Boulevard has reopened after a car struck an Amtrak train in Pompano Beach.According to Pompano Beach Fire Rescue, the driver of the car was distracted and drove through the railroad barrier as a train was crossing, at around 1 p.m., Tuesday.Fire Rescue said that while the vehicle was severely damaged, the driver was not injured.The train, however, was not damaged. It eventually continued on its route to Boca Raton.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday July 11 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, July 11, 2019:#1) Wilmington Bylaw Study Committee MeetingThe Wilmington Bylaw Study Committee meets at 6pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#2) Wonderland Theme Park At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a presentation on Wonderland at 7pm. Thirty years before the Wonderland Race Track was built, the site was given its name by the Wonderland Amusement Park. Conceived by a man in the Baking Soda industry who bought the land and planned by a man who had failed to build the biggest park in Coney Island. Wonderland was filled with cutting-edge rides and attractions. Its opening day broke attendance records at Revere Beach, and the park was a major success. Author Stephen R. Wilk has been researching the park for his forthcoming book Backstage at Wonderland, and will talk about the building of the park and its first year of operation, 1906. Register HERE.#3) Pints & Pages Book Club MeetingThe Wilmington Memorial Library & Reading Public Library are holding their monthly Pints & Pages Book Club Meeting at Reading Public Library. A social book group geared towards readers in their 20’s and 30’s.  The group meets on the first Thursday of every other month.  The book discussion will be hosted by librarians from the Wilmington and Reading Public Libraries. Meeting location rotates between Wilmington and Reading. Featured Book: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. Location: Reading Public Library, Reading. We’re having a potluck picnic on the patio. Bring along a dish to share! Register HERE.#4) Time For Twos At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding Time for Twos at 10:30am. This storytime for two year olds includes books, rhymes, music and movement. Parents and caregivers accompany the child and participate in the activities. Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.#5) Baby Time At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding Baby Time at 9:30am. This program of songs, rhymes, games and picture books is for babies under the age of two years and their caregivers. Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.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… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 26, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”LIBRARY LINEUP: Story Time At Silver Lake On July 10; Remembering Wonderland Amuseumet Park On July 11In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, July 18, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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JJ Abrams may inject a little Stephen King horror into Apple TV

first_img Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors J.J. Abrams (seen with musician Sara Bareilles) is reportedly producing a Stephen King-adaptation for Apple’s upcoming video streaming service. Michael Short / Getty Images Apple TV Plus is reportedly getting a third J.J. Abrams-produced show, with the latest jumping into Stephen King horror.The Cupertino, California, company ordered an eight-episode adaptation of Lisey’s Story, King’s 2006 horror-romance novel for its upcoming TV streaming service, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Apple likely paid a tidy sum for the show, since it reportedly sparked a bidding war involving several companies.Oscar winner Julianne Moore will reportedly star as Lisey Landon, who’s trying to move on two years after her novelist husband’s death. As you’d expect from horror master King, she ends up facing some dark, repressed realities about her husband and has to deal with one of his fans stalking her. 26 Photos • King will apparently write all the episodes, which are being produced by Abrams and his production company Bad Robot. It’ll be executive produced by Moore, King, Abrams and Bad Robot TV boss Ben Stephenson, Hollywood Reporter noted.Neither Apple, Abrams, Moore nor King immediately responded to requests for comment.Star Wars: Episode 9 director Abrams is already involved in two shows that’ll appear on Apple’s streaming service — the Sara Bareilles romantic comedy Little Voice and Jennifer Garner-starring drama My Glory Was I Had Such Friends.First published at 3:26 a.m. PT.Updated at 4:06 a.m. PT: Adds more details. Tags Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Share your voice Apple 0 See All reading • J.J. Abrams may inject a little Stephen King horror into Apple TV Plus Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 CNET editors break down Apple’s TV Plus event Apple Celebrities show off their new series on Apple TV Plus Now playing: Watch this: 6:58 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? TV and Movies Digital Media Internet Services Post a commentlast_img read more

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CPI stages stir demands lifting of curbs on sand

first_imgVijayawada: CPI staged a protest here on Saturday demanding that the government take steps to solve sand shortage by this month-end. CPI leaders warned the government that they would lay a siege the Secretariat if the government fails to address the problem immediately. They said that the lakhs of building workers were deprived of livelihood as building works had come to a halted owing to sand scarcity. CPI city secretary Donepudi Sankar said that cost of a tractor load of sand had gone up to Rs 8,000 from the Rs 1,500 before the elections. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us As a result, all the infrastructure activities came to a halt in the last two months and lakhs of workers were in miserable condition due to lack of work, he said and requested the state government to open the sand quarries immediately to mitigate the situation. Sankar wondered as to how the state government stopped all the sand mining operations in the state in the name of corruption under the previous government. He asked the government to take immediate action in this regard announcing new sand policy. CPI leaders G Koteswara Rao, Palla Surya Rao, T Tattaiah, Lanka Durga Rao and some others were present.last_img read more

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Wipro will push McLarens sports car business through artificial intelligence

first_imgDavid Ramos/Getty Images.Indian information technology (IT) firm Wipro signed up with British company McLaren Technology Group, on Tuesday to deploy its Holmes artificial intelligence platform to increase the productivity and high-tech business of the automobile company.”Wipro, with its deep domain expertise and vast application services portfolio, will help us achieve excellence as well as drive innovation in artificial intelligence,” said Craig Charlton, Chief Information Officer at McLaren Technology Group in a statement.After the sign-up, Wipro got the title of ‘official technology partner’ of McLaren. This will help the car maker boost digitisation across its businesses and also help Wipro to expand its artificial intelligence business.”Digitisation is a great opportunity for renowned brands like McLaren to re-imagine and redesign their products and services from their customer’s perspective,” said N S Bala, president of Manufacturing & Technology at Wipro Limited.Wipro’s AI platform — Holmes Holmes is a cognitive computing system developed by Wipro in 2016. This artificial intelligence platform of Wipro, gives direct competition to rival IBM and its product IBM Watson.Last year, Wipro said it will use Holmes to automate several aspects of its fixed price projects that will save up to $46.5 million and free over 3,000 engineers from usual and boring software maintenance activities.That move was part of Wipro’s bigger plan to generate $60-$70 million in revenue by selling the platform to new and existing clients.”The extensive use cases addressed by Wipro Holmes enable faster time to market for application services, minimum human touchpoints in IT infrastructure operations and enhanced process efficiencies across key business processes through theme-driven AI and automation offerings,” said Rohit Adlakha, vice-president and Global Head at Wipro Holmes and Automation Ecosystem. The humanoid robot AILA (artificial intelligence lightweight android) operates a switchboard during a demonstration by the German research centre for artificial intelligence at the CeBit computer fair in Hanover March, 5, 2013 (representational image).Reuters fileHowever, such mass expansion of the automation platform will also raise fears of job cuts in the future. Earlier in May, top seven IT companies in India, that include Wipro, said they had plans to ask at least 56,000 engineers to leave in 2017.In fact, according to reports, the IT major Wipro has sacked about 600 employees early this year on achieving greater process automation and following performance appraisals.Reports also suggested that Wipro’s homegrown AI platform Holmes will soon automate jobs done by 10,000 engineers across 20,000 projects from various business verticals. This means that more engineers would become redundant as their tasks would be now done by codes and algorithms.However, mass layoffs can be addressed if the big IT companies takes the initiative to reskill the engineers and upgrade their knowledge to handle roles that will require diverse skillsets and expertise.But with more automation coming in, it is not clear how companies like Wipro will manage to create non-automated work profiles for their engineers who face the threat of losing their work as digitisation makes further strides within the software services companies.last_img read more

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Red Sea Diving Resort dramatizes Israels daring rescue of Ethiopi …

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Tagsassimilation Ethiopian Jews faith and culture homepage featured Israel Judaism movies Netflix Top Story,You may also like As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — There is no glamour to Sharon Shalom’s memories of his evacuation from the Sudanese desert to Israel 35 years ago.“I had to leave my parents behind in Sudan,” said Shalom, now a rabbi in Tel Aviv, in a phone interview. “The Mossad came in the middle of the night to take us on the trucks. In one small truck, we had 150 people; the mission was very dangerous.”Now the daredevil operation by Israel’s secret service to rescue more than 8,000 Ethiopian Jews from Sudanese refugee camps in the early 1980s has become “The Red Sea Diving Resort,” a fast-paced Netflix drama that turns Chris Evans, best known for playing Captain America, into a dashing Israeli hero.Rabbi Sharon Shalom. Video screengrabIf the Hollywood gloss makes the mission out to be “Ocean’s Eleven” in the Nubian Desert, Shalom, who advised the filmmakers on the events of the rescue, said he’s glad nonetheless to see a little-known journey of faith dramatized for a global audience.“Some friends here in Israel will argue it doesn’t reflect the exact accurate story,” he said. “The bottom line is, it helps us not to forget what happened, and it starts a conversation.”The resort of the film’s title refers to the dilapidated holiday retreat that the Mossad purchased as a cover for what they dubbed Operation Brothers. “They had to pass as non-Israeli to help run this fake hotel,” said the movie’s writer and director, Gideon Raff, whose pilot for “Homeland,” Showtime’s espionage series starring Claire Danes, won him a share of two Emmy awards for screenwriting in 2012.“These were people who had international backgrounds and grew up in other places,” Raff said.This explains in part why Evans, as the taciturn team leader Ari Levinson, heads a cast that includes British stage actor Alex Hassell and the Ukrainian-accented Mark Ivanir, with the dandified Ben Kingsley as Levinson’s Mossad superior, Ethan Levin.After Levinson convinces Levin to let him round up his band of unlikely familiars, the disguised agents take up residence at the resort, only to find themselves serving actual tourists who have come for vacation. As their guests sleep, they ferry the Ethiopians in nondescript trucks to Mossad agents waiting in small boats up the coast, who transfer the refugees onto a larger vessel and safety.The film’s portrayal of the team’s derring-do, shot in South Africa and Namibia, was a test of Director of Photography Roberto Schaefer’s lighting skills. “These operations were always on the darkest Friday of the month, when the moon is really just a sliver,” said Raff. “How do you light a whole desert?”Actors Michael K. Williams, left, and Chris Evans in “The Red Sea Diving Resort.” Photo courtesy of Netflix/Marcos CruzMichael K. Williams (“The Wire”) plays an Ethiopian community leader who serves as the conduit between the Mossad and the refugees, an amalgamation of several covert contacts in the Sudanese camps. Chris Chalk (“Gotham”) plays the villainous Sudanese Colonel Ahmed who tries to frustrate the Israeli plan.Authenticity was paramount for the filmmakers, who at one point hired a Ugandan C-130 Hercules transport plane actually used in several other refugee rescue missions.Raff began work on the film by seeking out those who participated in Operation Brothers, and not only the Mossad agents who pulled off the ruse. “I spent a lot of time with the Ethiopians who courageously left their homes and crossed the desert,” he said.Gideon Raff in 2014. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision for FOX/AP Images)One of those was Shalom, who told Raff his story firsthand as the script was being developed and helped him locate other former refugees.“It is amazing how Israeli soldiers and Mossad agents answered our letters,” said Shalom, which he said is a testimony to the bonds formed during the high-risk operation. “Suddenly they met brown tribes in Sudan country, we who are Ethiopian Jews. These commandos trained in how to kill people embraced us and began to cry. This happened — and we really are brothers.”Though the film focuses on the Israeli effort to get them out, it is the Ethiopian Jews, Raff said, who made history in Operation Brothers. “Ethiopian Jews started this whole thing,” he said. “They left their homes and marched to Sudan. They wrote letters to every Jewish organization hoping to arrive in Jerusalem, their homeland. Sometimes they don’t get enough credit for how they were proactive in their rescue and smuggle into Israel.”Shalom, whose Ethiopian name was Zaude Tesfay, remembers the trauma. “We walked from our village in Ethiopia, a dangerous journey by foot. A lot of people died on the way. But our forefathers teach us: ‘Go, keep going, and never stop.’ So we never gave up.”The rich history of Jews in Ethiopia begins as far back as 950 B.C.E., during the reign of King Solomon. Other historians date their heritage to the first century.“We didn’t come to be Jewish in one day,” said Shalom, who wrote a history of his people in “From Sinai To Ethiopia” in 2016. “The Ethiopian Jews are descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Without our power, faith, hope and dreams, this mission would never have happened.”Edward L. Johnson, a pastor in Lincolnville, South Carolina, and author of “These Were God’s People,” a chronicle of the Ethiopian Jews and other African diaspora groups, said via email, “Africa is the most ethnically diverse continent on the planet. It is when you research these groups that you are then able to see their differences in beliefs, culture, and religion. The biggest mistake that Europeans made when they began to conquer Africa is when they lumped all Africans into one basket as ‘black people.’”The drama of the Ethiopians’ deliverance into Israel was followed by the longer, sometimes harder, journey of assimilation.Renamed by Israeli authorities after his arrival at age nine, Shalom served as an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces before attending rabbinical school and became one of the first Ethiopian-Israelis to be ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.Still, he has seen his people face marginalization in society. “When we came, they told us we are not 100% Jewish,” said Shalom. “They say, ‘You do not look like Jews.’ A lot of people felt inferior about their identity.”This January, Shalom saw a lifelong dream come true when he was appointed founding chair of The International Center for the Study of Ethiopian Jewry established at Ono Academic College near Tel Aviv. It is the first such center globally to document the journey of Ethiopian Jews.“We want to tell the true story of Ethiopian Jews, and want people to understand it,” said Shalom. “This center will explain and describe Ethiopian Jewry — not from a paternalism that seeks to devalue us, but from reality.“The center helps next-generation Ethiopian Jews feel that they belong here in Israeli society.”Chris Evans, left, and cast in “The Red Sea Diving Resort.” Photo courtesy of NetflixAt a time when Israel is increasingly the target of criticism internationally for its hardline approach to peace negotiations, the film’s Israeli heroes may not be entirely well received.“Sure, people will criticize the fact that this story happens to be about Israel,” said Raff. “But this is not a political movie; it’s a human movie. This story about people coming together — of former refugees helping refugees — is very timely.”The film concludes by noting the current refugee crisis, with over 70 million displaced people globally. Raff said he and his team hope it spurs viewers to action.Shalom believes the movie could offer hope precisely to those caught up in the ongoing strife in his part of the world.“With all the conflict here in the Middle East, I see a lot of hate and fear of others,” he said. “This movie is important for all human beings — not simply Israelis and Ethiopians — because it’s a unifying story of brotherhood.”(Josh M. Shepherd is a freelance writer who covers culture, faith and public policy.) By: Josh Shepherd Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Josh Shepherd Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Share This! Share This! 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