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Animate Your Logo with this After Effects Ripple Effect

first_imgWant to add punch to your logo animation? Check out this After Effects tutorial showing you how to create a cool ripple effect!In the following Digital Sandwich video tutorial by Jason Hadley, you’ll learn how to simulate a ripple effect using the tools within Adobe After Effects. In the tutorial, Hadley applies this technique to a logo animation to give the impression that the flying logo causes the background to create ripples — much like what would happen if you tossed something into a pool of water. By using AE’s bump map and Wave World settings, the effect creates a realistic simulation.The video tutorial clearly lays out the steps needed to create this effect — but obviously familiarity with After Effects is a big plus, as he breezes quickly through each step.Be sure to check out the PremiumBeat After Effects archive for plenty of AE tips, tricks, and techniques. While you’re at it, visit our friends at RocketStock. They have plenty of great motion design resources — including a few totally free downloadable assets!What other After Effects techniques would you like to see tutorials for? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

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All polling booths in West Bengal to have central forces from fifth phase

first_imgThe Election Commission of India has decided to deploy Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) in all the polling booths during the remaining three phases of elections in West Bengal.In the fifth phase of polls, which is scheduled on May 6, the Commission has decided to deploy highest — 578 company — of central forces for only seven Lok Sabha constituencies in the State. The seven Lok Sabha seats going to polls are Bongaon, Barrackpore, Howrah, Uluberia, Hooghly, Arambagh and Sreerampore.Special police observer for West Bengal Vivek Dubey said that along with bringing 100 % percent polling booths under the cover of CAPF, the commission has limited the role of State police areas outside the polling booths.From putting central forces in 50 % polling booths in the first phase to 100% in the fifth phase, the deployed of CAPF in the polls in West Bengal is a story in itself. Officials involved in the holding elections in the State, said that the only state that can match such a high deployment of central forces is Jammu and Kashmir. The number of polling booths where central forces were deployed increased from 50 % in the first phase to 76 % in the second phase and 92 % in the third phase. In the fourth phases of polls which were held in south Bengal deployment was increased to 98%. In the fifth phase the cover of central forces will be increased to 100 %. Despite the high deployment of forces, stray incidents of violence have been reported in all of the first four phases. There has been no major incident of violence so far, except one in phase three where one person voter died on April 23. Another strategy which was adopted by the Commission was deploy central forces in remote areas while state police was deployed in cities and towns. Not only the political parties in the Opposition, but a section of polling personnel have also demanded that central forces should be deployed in the polling booths of the State. The leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have met officials of ECI both in Kolkata and in Delhi several times demanding central forces in all the polling booths.The Trinamool Congress leadership, including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been alleging that central forces have been trying to influence voters. “They are asking people to votes for BJP,” she said in the earlier phases.last_img read more

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Delhi Court Bars Politician’s Sex Video

first_imgThe Delhi High Court Thursday granted a permanent injunction against publishing or distributing the contents of a CD allegedly depicting Congress spokesperson and senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi in a compromising position.The court’s direction came after Mukesh Kumar Lal, Singhvi’s former driver who allegedly prepared the CD, informed the court in a written statement that the matter was amicably settled between him and Singhvi.Justice Reva Khetrapal taking on record the written submission filed by Lal passed the order restricting media houses from disseminating the contents of the CD.Counsel appearing for media houses Aaj Tak, Headlines Today and The India Today Group informed the court that they would return the CD to the person they got it from and would not telecast it.Singhvi’s lawyer also told the court that the complaint filed at Gulmohar Park police station in south Delhi March 23 against Lal would be withdrawn as the matter had been amicably settled.In the written statement filed by Lal, he said that he got four “distorted CDs” made from a shopkeeper in Darbhanga (Bihar) and circulated to two journalists.He claimed that he had done so because he wanted to take a revenge from the Singhvi family because “one day Singhvis’ dog had bitten my wife and I felt that because of that my child was born physically challenged”.He said he was unhappy with his pay package. “In particular, I was unhappy that the Singhvi family paid me so less compared to their high income,” he said.“Plaintiffs have assured me that the dispute between me and the plaintiffs now stands settled amicably and that they shall not take any legal action including seeking any damages in any police station or any court of law in present or in future against me and withdraw the compliant/FIR (first information report) no 102/12 against me made by the plaintiffs,” said the written statement filed by Lal.Singhvi with his former junior had moved the court seeking a permanent injunction restraining Lal, Aaj Tak, Headlines Today and the India Today Group from publishing, broadcasting or disseminating the purported CD.According to the plea filed by Singhvi, his driver for several years Lal left the job March 17 without any prior notice and later March 23 and 24 sent SMSes and called Singhvi to threaten and blackmail him about the CD.Singhvi’s petition claimed that the SMSes referred to a CD, which Lal said he would distribute to all media houses, severely embarrassing and defaming the name and reputation of Singhvi.The petition said: “Lal said that he needs a very large amount of money or else he will start spreading false rumours and allegations against Singhvi, including false statement regarding his moral character and will go to the media and distribute a CD which allegedly depicts alleged sexual acts made allegedly by Abishek Manu Singhvi and will not hesitate from making other false claim.”According to the petition, March 24 the petitioner received calls from several senior political leaders about the possession of the CD with journalists.Singhvi claimed that such a CD either did not exist or if it did, it was clearly and obviously morphed, fabricated and forged.(Although the video has not yet been broadcast in India, it has been posted repeatedly on Youtube and other social media sites, where it has been frequently taken down following complaints and protests, reportedly at Singhvi’s behest. The video is presently available on Twitvid, where it had garnered 26,755 views in just one day. Several recent versions of it remain available on youtube, such as this one.) Related Itemslast_img read more

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McCarthy, Yanks Thump Astros, 3-0

first_imgNEW YORK — Once again, Brandon McCarthy did a pretty nifty imitation of Masahiro Tanaka.McCarthy pitched a four-hitter and the New York Yankees, trying to claw closer in the AL wild-card chase, avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Houston Astros 3-0 on Aug. 21.McCarthy improved to 5-2 with a 1.90 ERA in eight starts since the Yankees got him from Arizona in an early July trade. His first outing for New York came a day after Tanaka, off to an All-Star start as a major league rookie, pitched his last game before an elbow tear put him on the disabled list.“He’s been really, really good,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi praised. Maybe a bit of a surprise, too, considering McCarthy was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA for the Diamondbacks.“We knew he was a better pitcher than his numbers indicated,” Girardi said.McCarthy outpitched Dallas Keuchel (10-9) as they both threw complete games without a walk — the game took only 2 hours, 7 minutes. McCarthy said his “pitch mix is better” since joining the Yankees, fueling his confidence.“In Arizona, I’m not getting out of jams, not performing well, and it starts to roll,” he said.New York won for just the third time in 10 games. Chase Headley hit an early two-run double and the Yankees backed McCarthy with flawless fielding.The Yankees’ fans also made fine plays — sitting in the first row behind the Houston dugout, comedian Chris Rock wound up with a foul ball off the bat of Astros rookie Jon Singleton, and he gave the souvenir to a young boy as the crowd cheered.McCarthy struck out eight in his fourth career shutout and first this season. The Yankees had been shut out in McCarthy’s previous two starts.Keuchel gave up seven hits and struck out five. “I feel like I pitched just as good as McCarthy, but he was better today,” Keuchel said.This was the first nine-inning game where each pitcher threw a complete game without a walk since July 17, 2010, when Mark Buehrle of the White Sox and Carl Pavano of the Twins did it, STATS said.The Astros had won three in a row overall. They were trying to become the first team to come into Yankee Stadium at least 20 games under .500 and sweep a series of three games or more since Milwaukee did it to close the 1972 season, STATS said.The Yankees took a 3-0 lead in the second when a double by Martin Prado set up Headley’s two-run double. Prado and Headley were the only two Yankees starters to previously hit against Keuchel.Ichiro Suzuki added a sacrifice fly later in the inning.Dexter Fowler hit a broken-bat double in the Houston fourth — the barrel reached the infield dirt, the ball two-hopped off the right-field wall — that put runners at second and third.Marc Krauss followed with a hard grounder off McCarthy’s leg and, after taking a moment to locate the ball on the grass, the lanky pitcher zipped a throw to first that ended the threat.McCarthy escaped another second-and-third jam in the seventh when Singleton struck out — right after hitting a foul pop to the third-base side that Rock recovered — and retiring Carlos Corporan on a flyball.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Apoel on the brink of qualification after defeating Young Boys

first_imgPieros Sotiriou’s second-half strike handed Apoel a massive three points against Young Boys which leaves them on the brink of qualification to the knockout stages of the Europa League.The Cypriot international, along with Efrem, missed a host of chances but persistence paid off and Apoel now sit top of Group B, five points clear of third place with two games remaining.Apoel made their intentions clear right from the off, as they came bursting out of the traps. Efrem, who opened the scoring in Switzerland two weeks ago, stole the ball high up the pitch before striking from the edge of the box, forcing Young Boys keeper Mvogo into a full-stretch tip wide.From the resulting corner, the cross from Efstathios Aloneftis was met by Sotiriou but the striker headed well over the crossbar.Young Boys had a similar chance at the other end just minutes later. After the hat-trick he scored against Apoel in the 3-1 win a fortnight ago, Guillaume Hoarau was the last player they should have been allowing a free header, but thankfully for the Cypriot side, the big man could only guide his effort into the hands of Waterman.Aloneftis has slowly earned his spot in the Apoel lineup after some recent impressive showings and the winger fully justified his start. Sotiriou smartly attempted to flick in Aloneftis’ near-post cross, only for the effort to hit the outside of the post.On 35 minutes, Apoel simply should have taken the lead. A backward header intended for the goalkeeper was short and, even though Efrem was being flagged by the linesman, the referee allowed play to continue. The forward however failed to show composure and blasted the ball straight at the chest of the onrushing keeper.The Aloneftis-Sotiriou connection seemed Apoel’s more likely route to goal. Adding to the two chances in the first half, another three followed in the opening ten minutes of the second.The first was a low cross from deep, and with the keeper stranded, the striker managed to get his toe to the ball first but could not divert goalwards. The second was from a free-kick which Sotiriou rose well to meet but could not get over it enough to head under rather than over the over the bar and it was a comparable scenario for the third.Just after the hour mark came the game’s turning point. Within just over a minute of Mbabu coming on for Young Boys, a late lunge on Carlao saw him pick up a straight red card.A minute later, Sotiriou controlled a lofted Lago cross before shifting beyond his man and placing neatly beyond the keeper into the far post for 1-0. The 23-year-old appeared to have brought the ball down with his hand but, on the balance of play, it was a deserved lead.Efrem’s disastrous night in front of goal continued. Having missed another gilt-edged chance before the goal, he spurned his easiest chance with ten minutes left to set up a nail-biting finish. But it would not prove costly as Apoel held on for an invaluable victory.In the group’s other game between Astana and Olympiacos, the two sides shared a 1-1 draw, meaning that the Cypriots can tie up qualification with a win in Kazakhstan on 24 November or if the Greeks prevent Young Boys from winning in Piraeus later that evening.Results from Europa League’s other matches on Thursday:Fenerbahce 2 – 1 Man UnitedZorya Luhansk 1 – 1 FeyenoordFC Astana 1 -1 OlympiacosFK Qabala 1 -2 Saint-EtienneAnderlecht 6 – 1 MainzMaccabi Tel Aviv 0 – 0 AZ AlkmaarZenit 2 -1 DundalkAstra Giurgiu 1 -1 Viktoria PlzenAustria Vienna 2 – 4 RomaAthletic Bilbao 5 – 3 KRC GenkSassuolo 2 -2 Rapid ViennaFiorentina 3 – 0 Slovan LiberecPaok Salonika 0 – 1 FK QarabagSouthampton 2 – 1 Inter MilanSparta Prague 2 – 0 Hapoel Be’er ShevaFC Zürich 0 – 0 Steaua BucVillarreal 1 – 2 OsmanlisporAjax 3 – 2 Celta VigoPanathinaikos 0 – 3 Standard LiegeKAA Gent 3 – 5 Shakt DonskSporting Braga 3 – 1 KonyasporSchalke 2 – 0 FK KrasnodarNice 0 – 2 FC RB SalzbSource: http://cyprus-mail.com/TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Amazing how media built up my involvement in ball-tampering: Peter Handscomb

first_imgPeter Handscomb broke his long silence on the ball-tampering incident that shook the Australian cricket during the Test series against South Africa in March.During the third Test between Australia and South Africa in Cape Town, Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera trying to alter the condition of the ball with a sandpaper.While Bancroft was caught trying to hamper with the ball, he and Steve Smith accepted in the press conference later that the ‘leadership group’ was involved in the scandal.Thereafter with Cricket Australia carrying out an enquiry, Smith and David Warner were banned for a year while Brancroft was given a nine-month ban.Handscomb has now come out and denied his involvement in the incident and claimed that the video was edited.EVERYTHING ABOUT THE SCANDALIn the video footage that had the entire incident, Handscomb appeared to have talked to his coach Darren Lehman through a walkie-talkie before going into the field to deliver a message to bowler Cameron Bancroft.”It’s actually amazing how much the media edited it (video footage). It shows me on the walkie-talkie then running out talking to Cameron,” cricket.com.au quoted Handscomb, as saying.In the video footage, Bancroft was seen rubbing what looked like sandpaper against the ball. On spotting Bancroft apparently altering the condition of the ball, coach Lehmann allegedly instructed something to Handscomb via walkie-talkie.Also read – Ball-tampering scandal: I panicked, I lied and I am devastated, says Cameron BancroftAfter this, Handscomb was shown talking and laughing with Bancroft on the field, following which Bancroft hid what appeared to be a sandpaper inside his pants.advertisement”I get put into a catching position next to Cameron … and literally was just trying to have a joke with him, there was nothing else mate – so all this build up about me trying to do something there was just, it wasn’t there,” he added.The batsman did not disclose the details of the conversation he had with the coach, saying it had already been well documented.(With ANI inputs)last_img read more

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VIDEO: Dover Gets Green Light for Major Investment

first_imgzoom Dover Harbour Board has agreed to move forward on the first substantial phase of works to transform the Port of Dover through its Dover Western Docks Revival project.In what is a major part of the biggest single investment that will have ever been made by the Board in Dover and its port, tenders are being invited for construction companies to get involved in the project.Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said:“The decision represents a further investment of up to £120 million in Dover and the employment prospects of current and future generations of local people over the next few years. The message today is that we are 100% for Dover, we are putting our money where our mouth is and we very much hope that this will give others the confidence to do the same.“The studies have been done and the conversations have been had with our customers, with our community and with our staff.”Detailed project description is available here. Press Release, October 1, 2014last_img read more

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Stars Support Handbags For Hospices

first_imgEver fancied owning a designer bag? Do you love the look but not the price tag? Handbags For Hospices is a brilliant new fundraising event at which gives you the chance to get your hands on a bag that may previously have graced the arm of a glamorous celebrity.Davina McCall, Paloma Faith, Gemma Arterton and Zoe Ball have all donated bags for the launch event in Brighton in February 2013, which is in aid of the Martlets, the Brighton-based hospice.The top 100 bags will be part of a silent auction on Thursday 28th February, the daytime event is open from midday to 6pm, open for anyone to come along and place a bid.To buy tickets for the glamorous evening event, email info@handbagsforhospices.comDate: Thursday 28th February
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Evening 7pm – 10pm
Venue: Hotel du Vin, Ship Street, Brighton
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Delhi Police arrests JeM terrorist

first_imgNEW DELHI: A wanted Jaish-e-Mohammed alleged terrorist, Abdul Majeed Baba, has been arrested from Srinagar by a special team of Delhi police. He was brought to Delhi on Tuesday on remand for questioning.The Jaish terrorist, carrying a reward of Rs. 2 lakh on his head, was arrested on Saturday from Soura in downtown Srinagar, Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) said. Abdul Majeed Baba, a resident of Magrepora district of Sopore,was previously involved in a shootout in 2007 between the Delhi Police and terrorists. Three terrorists from Jammu and Kashmir and one from Pakistan had escaped during the encounter. While he was acquitted in the case by a lower court, Delhi high court had issued a non-bailable warrant against him in 2014. Ahmed Sajad Lone, one of the terrorists who escaped with Abdul Majeed Baba, was arrested in April. For the last two months, Special Cell team had conducted several raids on accused’s traced hideouts with the help of local police and Army, but each time he managed to escape the police dragnet. It was learnt that he was planning to escape to Pak-Occupied-Kashmir. Finally, on May 11,a specific information/input was received that accused Majid will visit Shere-e-Kashmir Institute Medical Sciences Hospital in Shoura area in Srinagar. Accordingly, the team of Special Cell already stationed at Srinagar rushed there and laid down a secret trapnear SKIMS Hospital where the accused’s run was finally ended with his arrest Police said that he was in a business of fruit selling since 1978 and runs Azad Fruit Agency at Mandi in Sopore. He owns apple orchards in the area. “During the year 2007, he got involved in terrorist activities through Yusuf, his close neighbor.He along with associates Fayyaz and Bashir came to Delhi to deliver a consignment of arms, ammunition & explosives to Pakistani terrorist Gafoor but all were arrested after shootout with team of Special Cell.” Sanjeev Yadav, DCP Special Cell said.last_img read more

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Less aid to poor nations amid financial crunch will worsen food crisis

“The great uncertainty now enveloping international markets and the threat of global recession may tempt countries towards protectionism and towards reassessing their commitments to international development aid,” noted FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf.“It would be unfortunate if this were to be the case and the recently mobilized political will towards enhanced international support for developing country agriculture were to evaporate,” he added, in a statement marking the 34th session of FAO’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS). Mr. Diouf warned that such measures could increase the risk of another food crisis next year, despite the record 2008 cereal harvest which is now expected. According to the latest issue of FAO’s Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, this year’s production is forecasted to increase 4.9 per cent to a record 2.2 million tonnes. At the same time, some 36 countries worldwide are still in need of external aid as a result of crop failures, conflict or insecurity, or continuing local high prices, added the report.The Director-General noted that the financial crisis could have serious implications for the poor in developing countries, following as it does on the heels of the global food crisis which plunged an additional 75 million people into hunger and poverty in 2007.“Last year it was the pan,” said Mr. Diouf. “Next year could be the fire.” Recalling the pledge made by world leaders at the Food Security Summit in June to take steps to tackle the food crisis and its impact on the world’s poor, he urged continued support for the agriculture sector in developing countries.“The global financial crisis should not make us forget the food crisis. Agriculture needs urgent and sustained attention too to make hunger and rural poverty part of history,” he stated. “The great uncertainty now enveloping international markets and the threat of global recession may tempt countries towards protectionism and towards reassessing their commitments to international development aid,” noted FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf.“It would be unfortunate if this were to be the case and the recently mobilized political will towards enhanced international support for developing country agriculture were to evaporate,” he added, in a statement marking the 34th session of FAO’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS). Mr. Diouf warned that such measures could increase the risk of another food crisis next year, despite the record 2008 cereal harvest which is now expected. According to the latest issue of FAO’s Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, this year’s production is forecasted to increase 4.9 per cent to a record 2.2 million tonnes. At the same time, some 36 countries worldwide are still in need of external aid as a result of crop failures, conflict or insecurity, or continuing local high prices, added the report.The Director-General noted that the financial crisis could have serious implications for the poor in developing countries, following as it does on the heels of the global food crisis which plunged an additional 75 million people into hunger and poverty in 2007.“Last year it was the pan,” said Mr. Diouf. “Next year could be the fire.” Recalling the pledge made by world leaders at the Food Security Summit in June to take steps to tackle the food crisis and its impact on the world’s poor, he urged continued support for the agriculture sector in developing countries.“The global financial crisis should not make us forget the food crisis. Agriculture needs urgent and sustained attention too to make hunger and rural poverty part of history,” he stated. 15 October 2008The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has urged governments not to reduce aid to developing countries or introduce protectionist trade measures amid the current global financial crisis, warning that doing so might bring about another food crisis next year. read more

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European nations avow UN centrality in overcoming global obstacles

“The UN is not designed to comfort different leaders in their own convictions – it is the place to confront and surpass differences,” Norwegian Ambassador to the UN, Tine Mørch Smith, stressed today.She spoke out against moves by some nations to promote extreme views, emphasizing that the global problems are too large to be sidetracked by attempts to incite conflict.“We must never forget we are a global community by virtue of the shared risks that stand before us, the shared threats that challenge us and the shared values that bind us together.”The Norwegian official asserted that for the UN to remain relevant, it must continuously reform and adapt as the global environment changes, calling for a continuous push to reform the world body.Witold Sobkow, Poland’s Ambassador to the Organization, highlighted the need for Security Council reform today.“We need to take into account changes in the international system brought about after the end of the Cold War, and at the same time, preserve the Council’s cohesion and the feasibility of the decision-making process,” he said.Mr. Sobkow appealed for an additional non-permanent seat for the Eastern European Group.The Council comprises five permanent members – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – and the number of non-permanent members was increased from six to 10 in 1965. Alexandru Cujba, Moldova’s Ambassador to the UN, pointed out that reform of the world body could potentially save significant resources, “which can be redirected to priority areas where the Organization’s support is most needed.”He joined Mr. Sobkow in pushing for the allocation of an extra non-permanent seat to the Eastern European Group.Denmark’s Ambassador to the UN, Carsten Staur, told the Assembly yesterday that the best way to deal with challenges ranging from the future of Sudan, the Middle East peace process, natural disasters and climate change is “through an effective and strong multilateral system – through a strong UN system.”The UN’s ability to deal with this century’s issues must be enhanced, he said, pointing to the need to press ahead with schemes such as “Delivering as One.”That programme was launched in 2007 to respond to global challenges and test how the UN can provide more coordinate development assistance in the nations which volunteered to become pilot cases: Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay, and Viet Nam.Also yesterday, Sweden urged Member States to assume its share of responsibility to ensure the UN achieves “its full potential.”The Scandinavian nation’s Permanent Representative, Marten Grunditz, drew attention to the world body’s “crucial role in the efforts of the international community to contribute to secure, stable and democratic development in Afghanistan.”Together with the European Union (EU) and other partners, the UN has demonstrated “continued strong resolve in assisting the Afghan people in building a more peaceful and democratic society.”Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor highlighted the role of the Assembly in “forming the global response to the challenges placed before us by the contemporary world.”Addressing the debate on Monday, she noted that obstacles including terrorism and climate change are being increasingly global in scope.“In the same way, contemporary social and economic relationships have long grown far beyond the narrow national frameworks, and through the flow of people, goods, services and capital, are creating an unbreakable global network of mutual relations and influence,” Ms. Kosor emphasized.Sergei Aleinik, Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus, told the Assembly that particular attention should be paid in the economic sphere, noting that the largest developed countries spend trillions of dollars supporting their own economies while financing for poorer nations remains low. 29 September 2010European nations have underlined the crucial role of the United Nations in prevailing over key global challenges, urging continued reform of the Organization to ensure its efficiency at the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate. read more

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Shkreli jury selection expected to take a third day

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 26, 2017 10:12 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 27, 2017 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Shkreli jury selection expected to take a third day NEW YORK, N.Y. – Jury selection at the securities fraud trial of a former pharmaceutical CEO notorious for price-gouging hit a rough patch on Tuesday as the court struggled to pick a pool of prospective jurors who could ignore a swirl of bad publicity for the defendant.A third day of jury selection in Martin Shkreli’s trial was expected on Wednesday with opening statements put off until Thursday morning.On Tuesday, defence lawyers complained to the judge that news coverage of potential jurors’ negative remarks about him was tainting the process. Under questioning by the judge, one of them had called him “the face of corporate greed,” a reference to his reputation for raising the price of a life-saving drug by 5,000 per cent and making no apologies about it.The judge denied defence requests to start the selection over and ban reporters from listening in on sidebars. She agreed to re-question about 40 people who had already qualified for the pool as a precaution.The judge excused one prospective juror after he told her that he worked for a media company where he became aware of Shkreli’s use of Twitter to troll his critics.“I’ve seen some of the defamitory comments he’s made on that platform,” the man said.Out of earshot of the man, defence attorney Benjamin Brafman told the sidebar: “Unfortunately, the Twitter history is just horrific.”Shkreli is accusing of lying to investors in a hedge fund he ran, charges unrelated to his drug pricing. Former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, left, arrives to federal court with his attorney Benjamin Brafman in New York, Monday, June 26, 2017. Even with his federal securities fraud trial set to begin Monday, Shkreli has blatantly defied his attorneys’ advice to lay low. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) read more

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Shipping firm blames fee hike on federal measures to protect right whales

A ballet of three North Atlantic right whale tails are all that is visible of this surface active group (SAG) in Cape Cod Bay, near Provincetown, Mass., Thursday, April 10, 2008. A Newfoundland shipping firm is raising its fees, blaming higher costs because of federal measures taken to protect North Atlantic right whales after a series of deaths. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Stephan Savoia Shipping firm blames fee hike on federal measures to protect right whales by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 18, 2017 10:24 am MDT Last Updated Aug 18, 2017 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A Newfoundland shipping firm is raising its fees, blaming higher costs because of federal measures taken to protect North Atlantic right whales after a series of deaths.Oceanex Inc. says the four-per-cent “temporary marine protection surcharge” on service between Montreal and St. John’s, N.L., follows a federal speed limit imposed last Friday in an area of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.Ten of the endangered mammals have died in the gulf since early June — at least some after colliding with ships.Oceanex says in a release Friday the new regulations mean its vessels must travel more quickly outside the speed-restricted zone.It says the measure “significantly increases vessel fuel consumption” and raises labour costs in port.In a notification to clients, Oceanex asks them to raise any concerns about the regulation with the federal government.“As a marine transportation operator, Oceanex is cognizant of its responsibility to promote navigation safety and protection of the marine environment. As such, Oceanex is taking the necessary action to comply with the government order while still providing its customers with reliable transportation solutions,” the notification says.“Oceanex has advised the government of Canada of the significant impact of this temporary regulation and encourages you to raise any of your concerns regarding this issue with your local federal government of Canada representative.”Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced vessels of 20 metres or more will be required to slow to 10 knots — or about 19 km/h — while travelling in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence, from the Quebec north shore to just north of Prince Edward Island.Smaller ships are being asked to voluntarily abide by the speed limit, which will remain in place until the whales have migrated from the areas of the gulf that pose the most concern. read more

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South Sudan UN agency warns of catastrophic food shortages if conflict continues

Without such commitment, the country’s conflict areas face potentially catastrophic food shortages, UNICEF warned, pointing to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) group of experts’ report, which is released this week, and to its own latest nutrition survey, which supports the IPC’s findings.“UNICEF needs access to remote areas made inaccessible because of the fighting,” the agency’s Representative in South Sudan, Jonathan Veitch, said. “This is where the crisis is forming. Both parties to the ceasefire need to reach a long-term settlement or face a growing food crisis by the end of the dry and lean season.”Mr. Veitch said UNICEF and its partners are starting to see large numbers of people on the move in conflict areas because of food shortages. At least 229,000 children are estimated to be suffering from severe acute malnutrition in South Sudan – a number that has doubled since the start of the conflict just over a year ago.“We remain on edge, and any increase in violence will see supply routes cut, markets disrupted and humanitarian access denied. This would be catastrophic for acutely malnourished children and could quickly lead to high levels of mortality.”Working with the World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF continues to step up aid for malnourished children across South Sudan. UNICEF and partners provided therapeutic feeding treatment for almost 100,000 severely malnourished in 2014 and are aiming to reach 137,000 children under five suffering from severe acute malnutrition in 2015.UNICEF and WFP are also flying in expert teams to remote locations that are cut off from humanitarian aid, in what is called Rapid Response Missions. During these missions, UNICEF screens children for malnutrition and refers and treats those who are moderately and severely malnourished. Staff will also register unaccompanied children in order to reunify them with their families, provide basic health and education services, and deliver supplies to provide safe water. More than 600,000 people, including over 142,000 children under the age of five, have been reached through 37 missions to date.UNICEF is urgently appealing for additional funding of $34 million to continue to boost its nutrition response in South Sudan in 2015. read more

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At Ocean Conference UN agencies commit to cutting harmful fishing subsidies

The agencies – the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) – are due to announce the commitment today at The Ocean Conference, which opened yesterday at UN Headquarters in New York and wraps up on Friday, 9 June. “Trade and trade-policies can facilitate the transition to sustainable ocean-based economies by increasing resource efficiency, improving the environment, enhancing inclusiveness and creating new green business opportunities,” according to the voluntary commitment. One of outcomes of the commitment is the removal or reduction of harmful fisheries subsidies which are estimated to be as high as $35 billion. The issue is “complicated and thorny,” according to the UN agencies. “For the majority of fisheries subsidies, there is a strong correlation with over capacity and overfishing.” The commitment likely involves requesting countries to provide information on what subsidies they provide and prohibiting those that contribute to overfishing, as well as potentially giving differential treatment to developing countries.RELATED: Ocean conference eyes cutting $35 billion in fisheries subsidies – UN trade officials The Ocean Conference focuses on the targets outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by Governments in 2015. In particular among the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Goal 14 highlights the need to conserve and sustainably use oceans, seas and marine resources to benefit present and future generations. The commitment on fisheries is one of some 850 commitments made at the Conference so far. The voluntary commitments are meant to be taken individually or in partnership by Governments, the UN system, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and others, to support SDG14. In addition to marking voluntary commitments, participants this week are also due to adopt, by consensus, a “Call to Action” to protect the world’s oceans and seas.ental organizations, the private sector, and others, to support SDG14. read more

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No 25 West Virginia women win by 42 points at Junkanoo Jam

BIMINI, Bahamas — Tynice Martin had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Kysre Gondrezick added 17 points and six assists and No. 25 West Virginia beat Eastern Kentucky 81-39 on Saturday at the Junkanoo Jam.West Virginia used a 21-3 second quarter to pull away. After a 21-point first quarter, EKU was held to three, six and nine-point quarters.Naomi Davenport chipped in with 13 points and eight rebounds for West Virginia (4-1). Katrina Pardee scored 12 and Madisen Smith had 11.West Virginia had a 50-24 lead at halftime, with 11 points from Davenport, and extended it to 64-30 entering the fourth.Catie Kaifes led Eastern Kentucky (0-4) with 13 points and three 3-pointers. The Colonels were held to 29-per cent shooting and went to the free-throw line just five times compared to West Virginia’s 24 attempts.The Colonels have lost nine in a row, and 14 of their last 15, dating to last season.The Associated Press read more

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Gothams Ridiculous Dark Knight Story Returns

first_img One episode into the new season of Gotham and it’s off to a much stronger start than last year’s. This is a show that knows what we want and isn’t afraid to give it to us. We want crazy villains; this show’s got crazy villains. We want ridiculously improbable storylines; this show’s got those in spades. We want Batman; this show’s got Batman… or a reasonable approximation thereof! Gotham will never be an actual Batman show. Once Bruce Wayne actually dons the cowl, it’s not about the city anymore; it’s about Batman. That’s why this is the closest we’re going to get. And you know? It’s close enough that I don’t mind.After nearly losing Alfred at the end of last season, Bruce has taken to fighting street criminals to train for Ra’s al Ghul’s return. (Of course, Ra’s is already in Gotham, watching Bruce’s every move, but Bruce doesn’t know that yet.) Bruce stops a very similar crime to the one that killed his parents, but one of the criminals complains he has a license. Yes, criminals now have licenses to commit crimes in Gotham. It’s Penguin’s latest plan to Make Gotham Safe Again. (Man, that joke was a lot funnier before November of last year.) By licensing crimes and getting the GCPD to agree to leave licensed criminals alone, Penguin has more than cut Gotham’s crime rate in half. He’s also taking in a cut of any money received and passing along a tiny percentage to the commissioner to keep the police on board.Maggie Geha (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX.)Now, this is the kind of hilariously corrupt, terrible idea you can only find on Gotham. This is the show embracing its insanity. It’s not trying to be a serious drama. It’s just finding new exciting ways to pit criminals, cops and the occasional vigilante against each other. It’s a very expensive version of smacking action figures together. Crime is legal now, but only if you have your criming license! It’s almost as bad an idea as blocking off an entire section of the city to serve as a prison. And I wouldn’t put that past this show either.As you might expect, Gordon isn’t too keen on the idea of letting organized crime run Gotham. Especially ones that rob the bar where he gets his coffee. He argues that under the new system, Gotham’s citizens would begin to trust Penguin instead of the cops. When Penguin’s plan inevitably falls apart, it’ll be harder to get the people on their side again if the GCPD spent their time doing nothing. Most of the department though, is just happy cops aren’t getting shot anymore. Gotham gets points here for at least giving complicit cops a reason to cooperate with Penguin beyond plain corruption. You can even see their position. If I were a police officer in Gotham City, I’d welcome any break from supervillains trying to kill me.Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX.)Of course, supervillains are exactly where Penguin’s licensing scheme falls apart. And boy, does the first half of the season have a great Batman villain in store for us. The unlicensed criminals kidnap the son of Dr. Crane, the inventor of the fear toxin from last season. They use the fear toxin to rob a bank and get away with it before trying to use it against the Penguin at his new club. They also lock Jonathan Crane in a room with the scarecrow he’s terrified of. See where this is going. As villain origins go, this was one of the more fun ones Gotham has given us. It was quick, simple and gave the episode a terrifying ending. This version of Scarecrow might even be scarier than the one in Batman Begins. Speaking of which, I kind of love how shamelessly this season is just remaking that movie. We have Bruce learning how to accomplish his goals as both Batman and Bruce Wayne, Ra’s Al Ghul is hidden somewhere in the city, and now Scarecrow is running around. They even had Bruce pull the disappearing act on Gordon in the middle of a sentence. Gotham has always been Fanservice: The TV Show, and it’s great to see them embrace it so fully like this.The episode fell apart a little bit at the end. Once it got all its characters in the same room, it didn’t really know what to do. There was an awkward, kinda funny flirtation between Bruce and Selina. It didn’t do much except give Alfred a great exasperated line. Penguin captured the criminals before they could use the fear gas, and he would have killed them if Ivy hadn’t cut the power. Her motivations for doing that are… unclear. Is it just because he pissed her off? So Penguin would have killed the men, and the GCPD would still look utterly powerless if Penguin had been a little more patient with Ivy? It doesn’t make a ton of sense, and as a climax to an episode, it’s a little unsatisfying.Sean Pertwee, David Mazouz and Camren Bicondova (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX.)Gotham is back, and it’s just as joyously stupid as ever. The season four premiere didn’t move the overall story forward much, but it set some exciting things in motion for the rest of the season. Selina’s relationship with Tabitha is cute, and watching them become partners in crime should make for some entertaining TV. Robin Lord Taylor’s performance still puts a gigantic smile on my face, and his new hairstyle is perfect for the villain he’s turning into. The Riddler being encased in ice is a nice Chekhov Gun for the rest of the season. We know he’ll thaw out and come after the Penguin sometime this season. It’s just a question of when. That tension alone gives this season a ton of potential. Finally, there’s Bruce Wayne captured by the police right at the end. That should give us at least one interesting storyline next week. As far as Gotham episodes go, it didn’t reach the crazy highs this show is capable of, but it’s not hard to see how this season could get there. Mostly, I’m just happy it’s back.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Huddersfield station promotes Felix the cat

first_imgSomething for the weekend…A cat named Felix has been promoted to senior pest controller at Huddersfield station after five years of pest control service.Felix first joined the railway station in 2011 when she was just nine weeks old.In recognition of her senior post, Felix now has her own high-visibility jacket and TransPennine Express name badge.The feline employee also occassionally helps out in the ticket office and has a dedicated cat flap alongside the station’s ticket barriers.Felix is a firm favourite with many passengers who use Huddersfield station. The ‘Felix the Huddersfield Station Cat’ fan page, which is dedicated to her outstanding work and good nature, currently has around 4,600 ‘likes’.According to her Facebook page, Felix likes to take a well-earned rest break from her duties to enjoy ‘a bit of tummy tickling and some treats’.At the Employee Benefits offices, we are wondering how else Felix is rewarded for her efforts and whether she has a comprehensive benefits and remuneration package worthy of her work…last_img read more

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2 arrested in argument shooting outside Hialeah apartment

first_imgGarcia has a history of two cocaine possession arrests and a credit card fraud arrest.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – A man looking to rob a person at gunpoint shot a man in possession of drugs, Monday, outside of a Hialeah apartment.According to Hialeah Police, the incident began at 10:30 a.m. Fifty-year-old Angel Garcia was inside his apartment at 5015 Palm Ave. when 48-year-old Joel Figueroa arrived and attempted to rob Garcia at gunpoint.Police said Garcia was shot once in the stomach and airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center.Angel GarciaGarcia has since been released after suffering non-life-threatening injuries.Figueroa was immediately taken into custody by Hialeah Police and has been given four charges, including home invasion robbery with a firearm.The 48-year-old is a convicted felon, police said, with 12 prior arrests, which include grand theft, cocaine trafficking and armed burglary.This shooting was reported earlier as an accidental shooting. However, now both men are in custody. It turns out officials discovered 75 grams of cocaine in Garcia’s apartment, a trafficking amount, following a search by investigators. last_img read more

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Roku Removes Infowars Channel Following Backlash

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Jones and Infowars have frequently posted conspiracy theories about the 9/11 terrorist attacks as well as the Sandy Hook school shooting. Prior to being banned from most major platforms, Jones also had individual videos removed for hate speech and other terms of use violations.Jones spread the false claim that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax, and last week, parents of children murdered in the tragedy won a legal victory against the pundit. A judge ruled that the families of the victims must be granted access to financial records and other documents as part of the discovery process in an ongoing lawsuit against Infowars.An attorney representing several of the families also criticized the company for carrying Infowars in a statement released Tuesday afternoon:“Roku’s shocking decision to carry Infowars and provide a platform for Alex Jones is an insult to the memory of the 26 children and educators killed at Sandy Hook. Worse, it interferes with families’ efforts to prevent people like Jones from profiting off innocent victims whose lives have been turned upside down by unspeakable loss. We call on Roku to realize this and immediately pull the program.” Popular on Variety The company originally responded to the controversy by saying Infowars wasn’t currently violating its terms of use. Digiday first reported that Roku added Infowars six months after major platforms, including Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and Apple’s app store, removed Jones and his outlet from their services.Infowars had been on Roku for years with a channel apparently created by Infowars contributor Paul Joseph Watson. In recent weeks, the company added another channel that seems to have been created by an outside web development company. Roku has taken the Infowars channel off its platform after the streaming device faced criticism for carrying the controversial program hosted by right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.“After the InfoWars channel became available, we heard from concerned parties and have determined that the channel should be removed from our platform,” stated the company’s tweet on Tuesday evening. “Deletion from the channel store and platform has begun and will be completed shortly.”last_img read more

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