Bulker Crashes into Pier at Chinas Grain Terminal

first_imgThe 47,200 dwt bulk carrier Hua Jiang 17 has allided with a grain terminal at Taizhou Port after it suffered a main engine failure.Local media reports suggest that the 2012-built vessel lost control of its main engine as it entered the port on September 13. After the ship’s crew failed to stabilize the vessel, it crashed into the dock.A facility at the Hauifu Grain Terminal collapsed due to the incident, while the vessel suffered damage, the reports indicate.Three tugs were sent by the local maritime security department to the scene to assist the ship, operated by Jiangsu Huajiang Shipping. At the time, the unit was on its way from China’s Gaogang port.Relevant authorities launched an investigation into the cause of the incident.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

1023 fast track courts set up 2250 crore provided to states from

first_imgNew Delhi: The government has set up one- stop centres in 33 states and Union Territories across the country under the Nirbhaya Fund and provided Rs 2,250 crore under 29 programmes to ensure women safety, Rajya Sabha was informed Thursday.Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said the government has also set up 1,023 fast track courts under the Nirbhaya fund for providing early justice to the aggrieved women. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”The Nirbhaya Fund was set up in 2013 and till July 17, 2019, Rs 2,250 crore in funds have been sent to states to implement 29 programmes for ensuring women safety,” she told the House. She lamented that till 2014, only one project towards women safety was approved but that too was not implemented. Irani said one-stop centres are being set up in 33 states and UTs and a total of 2.20 lakh women have been helped so far in the country through such centres. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedShe said the Nirbhaya Fund is being managed directly by the Finance ministry and funds are cleared by it, while an empowered committee headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, only gives its comments on whether the projects come under the purview of the Fund. In her written reply, the minister said the Nirbhaya Framework provides for a non-lapsable corpus fund for safety and security of women to be administered by the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) of the Government of India. “Setting up of special courts is under the domain of State Governments and High Courts. However, as part of the proposed National Mission for Safety of women (NMSW), a Scheme on the lines of other Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) for setting up Fast Track Special Courts (FTSCs) has been formulated for expeditious trial and disposal of pending cases of rape and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO), Act. “The Empowered Committee (EC) of Officers constituted under the Framework for Nirbhaya Fund has appraised the project for setting up of FTSCs at a total financial outlay of Rs 767.25 crores,” she said in her reply.last_img read more

Inuit leaders ask for amendments to language act at committee

first_imgAmber BernardAPTN NewsInuit leaders pressed the Canadian Heritage committee Monday in Ottawa to add special additions to Bill C-91, the Liberals proposed language act.“Bill C-91 as it is currently drafted completely overlooks the unique status of Inuktut and the practical needs of its speakers,” Natan Obed, president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami told MPs.The bill purports to promote and revitalize Indigenous languages in Canada.But Obed says this bill falls short.Inuktut is the common language spoken by 84 per cent of Inuit living in 51 communities.Obed hopes to see the bill amended to include a special annex that addresses Inuktut as a distinct language.ITK’s amendments include making Inuktut an original language throughout Inuit Nunangat, Inuit homeland.Obed said historic policy that actively worked against the use of indigenous language, must now be met with progressive policy that includes the use of Inuktut in the federal service sector.“This country has been systemically trying to wipe out Indigenous languages and this is still a great opportunity to push back against that,” said Obed.“The legislation and the ability to co-develop, that we thought that we were entering into that would go beyond symbolism and figure out how to practically implement our rights. We still have a hope that innovation can happen and our submission shows that path forward.”Read: Inuktut provisions Obed said the current legislation proposed by the government fails to acknowledge the needs of Inuit people living in regions where Inuktut is widely used.If ITK’s submission is added to C-91, it would mean Inuktut speakers would be able to access federal public services in their native language.“These amendments are necessary to fulfill the federal government’s commitment to indigenous peoples and all Canadians to develop distinctions-based legislation,” Obed said.“They would ensure that our people are able to enjoy the human rights and fundamental freedoms that all peoples are entitled to, including in the political, economic, social, cultural and other fields of public life.”last_img read more

Saskatoon college instructor let go over racist comments posted on social media

first_imgDennis WardAPTN NewsA Saskatoon college confirms that a hair styling instructor who was being investigated for racist comments is no longer employed with the institution.The MC College in Saskatoon, Sask., had previously suspended a staff member without pay while it investigated screenshots posted on social media, last weekend.The personal messages were shared on Facebook by Tami Eileen Whitehawk and widely shared.The messages were from Chelsea Kowalchuk, a hair styling instructor at the college.“Hahaha sorry you’re a fat ugly bitch that his family hates!!! You are an Indian let’s face it his family disowns you. You are pathetic.  You will never compare to me!!!” Kowalchuk wrote to Whitehawk.Another shared message says, “Haha sorry you’re a pathetic broke Indian.’Joe Cairo, the president of MC College says “this even has been upsetting to our entire staff across all 6 locations and all of our students.  This does not reflect our organization, our core value or our mission.”Whitehawk is not a student at the school but is in a relationship with Kowalchuk’s ex-husband and was in an online exchange with her at the time.“I don’t believe this is the way a MC college teacher should act,” Whitehawk responded. “Telling me I’m ugly because I’m native.  Awful, @mc college.”Whitehawk, from the Cote First Nation, said she posted the messages online to expose Kowalchuk.She told APTN News that the attacks have been going on for six months.Cairo says Saskatoon’s campus director spoke with Whitehawk on Sept. 16 and apologized directly to her.According to the college Cairo the incident “also made us reflect on further steps we need to make to insure our values are shared by all our staff.”Cairo says one way the college is doing that is sourcing out “culturally sensitivity training for all staff to participate in.  It’s an effort to make sure we learn and grow and that our students feel safe and valued while receiving their education.”Whitehawk says “moving forward this is a lesson for everyone that this type of behaviour and attitude can long happen in today’s society.”dward@aptn.ca@denniswardnewslast_img read more

Iman Oubou Becomes First Moroccan Member of Miss Universe Jury

Rabat – Moroccan-American woman, Iman Oubou has become the first Moroccan woman to ever be part of the Miss Universe selection committee during the 2018 Miss Universe beauty pageant held on December 17 December in Bangkok, Thailand.Oubou who was Miss New York 2015, is a self-made entrepreneur, published scientist, and founder of women’s online platform “SWAAY.” Oubou is a holder ofMaster’s degree in science and Biomedical Engineering from University of Colorado at Denver, US.Speaking to Vogue magazine about the competition and her role as a jury member, Oubou explained that this year’s 67th Miss Universe pageant did not mean top “exclude” men’s voices by selecting an all-women jury. “It was never about “omitting” men’s voices or intentionally removing them but rather about showcasing a panel that reflects the organization’s commitment to improving opportunities for women personally and professionally,” she stated.Read Also: Moroccan Singer Houda Saad Opens Hotel in MarrakechOubou named Miss Philippines Catriona Gray as Miss Universe 2018. Addressing the belief that beauty pageants are “shallow,” Oubou said that the competitions are no longer merely focused on beauty but have “evolved to become more about social change, leadership, community service, and being a voice for the voiceless.”The other female jury members next  Obou were Monique Lhullier, a Filipino-American fashion designer, Bui Simon, who was Miss Universe 1988 from Thailand, Janaye Ingram, Miss New Jersey of 2004, and Michelle McLean, Miss Universe 1992 from Namibia. read more

Claims of threat to US Embassy in Colombo fabricated

There is no basis to claims of a threat from IS rebels to the US Embassy in Colombo, Government intelligence sources told Colombo Gazette.Reports spread of IS insurgents planning to hijack a small plane from the Ratmalana airport and crashing it into the US Embassy in Colombo. They also said that an investigation has been launched into the media report which claimed there was a threat to the US Embassy in Colombo.Meanwhile when the Colombo Gazette contacted the US Embassy in Colombo the Embassy said it does not comment on intelligence matters. (Colombo Gazette) However Government defence sources said that there was no basis for such a claim. The reports were allegedly based on information received by the US Embassy in Colombo. read more

UN appoints Red from the Angry Birds as Honorary Ambassador for International

Red’s appointment, as Honorary Ambassador for Green, is part of a UN campaign launched today in partnership with the globally renowned characters to make a direct link between tackling climate change and people’s happiness and well-being on the occasion of the International Day of Happiness to be observed on Sunday, 20 March.“The Angry Birds have entertained millions of people around the world – and now they are part of making the world a better place,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a launch event at UN Headquarters in New York.“We are proud to give Red a reason to go Green,” he said. “There is no better way to mark the International Day of Happiness than to have our animated ambassador raise awareness about the importance of addressing climate change to create a safer, more sustainable and happier future for all.”The campaign, in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Foundation, asks the general public across the world to make the Angry Birds happy by taking actions on climate change and sharing their photos and commitments on social media platforms using the common hashtag #AngryBirdsHappyPlanet.By recycling, taking public transportation and conserving water, for example, individuals can share tips on how they can live sustainably and happily in their everyday lives, he said. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon names The Angry Bird’s ‘Red’ Honourary Ambassador for Green on the International Day of Happiness. Credit: United NationsAs part of his ambassadorial duties, Red will go on a “virtual world tour” starting on 21 March, highlighting various ways to take climate action. The tour will take him to Paris, where countries adopted an historic agreement to address climate change in December, and will end in New York, where world leaders will sign the Paris Agreement at UN Headquarters on 22 April.During the launch event, the voice actors from the upcoming Angry Bird movie, Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, and Maya Rudolph, and producers John Cohen and Catherine Winder gave hundreds of students gathered in the iconic UN General Assembly Hall a sneak preview of the #AngryBirdsHappyPlanet campaign materials, including public service announcements created to support the campaign. They also asked the young audience for their support to the campaign by doing their part to make a difference on climate change.In a message to mark this year’s Happiness Day, Mr. Ban said: “At this time of grave injustices, devastating wars, mass displacement, grinding poverty and other man-made causes of suffering,” the Day is a global chance to assert that “peace, well-being and joy deserve primacy.”“It is about more than individual contentment; it is an affirmation that we have a collective responsibility to humanity,” he added.By advancing progress towards the interlinked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the UN General Assembly last September, “we can help spread happiness and secure peace,” he stressed.“The best way to celebrate this International Day of Happiness is by taking action to alleviate suffering,” he urged.Since 2013, the UN has annually observed the Day on 20 March as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people worldwide. This year’s focus is on the relationship between having a healthy planet and happiness. read more

Sorry Michael Spending watchdog still thinks Noonan should cut €2bn in the

first_imgFiona Muldoon, formerly head of credit institutions at the Central Bank, also warned against easing off on austerity, saying: ”The hard slog is not over, we are simply not there yet.”In a well-received speech at the summer school Muldoon warned that Ireland still has a large debt pile to contend with and said that tax breaks would inevitably lead to more borrowing which would not be in the country’s long term interests.She said: ”It will undoubtedly make for an easier political term for an elected government but it is not I believe collectively in our medium or long term interests.” But McHale said tonight: “The likelihood of not needing the full €2 billion to meet that target has increased given the recent [exchequer] numbers. But again we can’t forget the underlying risks and the possibilities of setbacks.”Last year the government cut €2.5 billion in the budget, some €600 million less than was previously flagged.McHale stressed that while this did not harm Ireland’s reputation a second year of scaled-back adjustment “could raise doubts about the political capacity to hold to the framework” having exited the bailout programme last December.‘Hard slog not over’He said that while exchequer returns for the first half of the year have increased the likelihood of the target being met with a smaller adjustment than €2 billion these figures can be “notoriously volatile and subject to revisions”.Earlier, the former secretary general of the Department of Finance, John Moran, said that he still sees “quite a lot of risk on the horizon” citing many external factors beyond Ireland’s control.“It’s not plain sailing out there, a lot of stuff is outside our control,” Moran told the audience, while stressing the department he has just left is better prepared for any crisis. THE GOVERNMENT HAS again been told to stick to the plan to cut €2 billion in the October budget by the chairman of the State’s spending watchdog. John McHale, the chair of Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, said that anything less than a €2 billion would represent a “worrying weakening of the commitment” to the fiscal targets laid down by the EU. At the MacGill Summer School in Glenties tonight, McHale said: “The original plan for doing the €2 billion additional adjustment should be followed through on.”He said the reasons for doing this include Ireland still having a large deficit of between €7 and 8 billion this year and a very large debt of 120 per cent of gross domestic product.His comments came just hours after Finance Minister Michael Noonan said that the 3 per cent deficit target will be hit “by making less cut backs and less tax increases”.Hitting the 3 per cent deficit target is required in order for Ireland to exit the EU’s excessive deficit procedure which obliges governments to avoid spending more than they take in through taxation. John McHale: There is a real sign of backtracking from €2bn budget cut, fraying at early stage of recovery #macgill14 pic.twitter.com/CsSdgSgEz2— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 23, 2014 John Moran says there is a much more robust extra line of defence in department with better risk assessment #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 23, 2014 Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter DPER sec gen Robert Watt chipping in here, asking what tax increases and what spending reductions Fiona Muldoon would seek. #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 23, 2014 Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Impact general secretary Shay Cody bemoaned rising house prices saying that “property porn” has returned in recent months. He called for urgent government intervention in the housing market.Earlier: “Less cutbacks, less tax increases” needed for Budget 2015 — Noonan Explainer: What the IFAC? Five questions about the guys who want a tougher budget this yearRead: Spending watchdog tells Government to stick to €2 billion austerity target Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitterlast_img read more

Judge dismisses PS3 OtherOS class action lawsuit

first_imgIn April of 2010 Sony caused a lot of upset with the release of firmware 3.21 for the PS3. That upset came from the fact it removed the OtherOS functionality from the console–the ability to install and use Linux.One gamer managed to get a partial refund from Amazon because of the functionality removal, but Sony wasn’t interested in discussing OtherOS, stating the PS3 is a games console and they can change what other functions it has without notice. That didn’t stop the company being embarrassed when GeoHot managed to hack the firmware and reintroduce the feature, though.Sony may have thought the firmware release was the end of the debate, but a class action lawsuit was started covering all PS3 consoles purchased between November 17, 2006 and March 27, 2010. The lawsuit was lead by Anthony Ventura and sought $5 million in compensation.Some 20 months later, and a judge has made a final ruling on the case. Unfortunately for those involved, it’s in Sony’s favor and the case has now been dismissed. A significant portion of the lawsuit had already been dismissed earlier this year because the “allegations of the complaint largely fail to state a claim.” Now it has been dismissed completely as the plaintiffs could not provide sufficient evidence that the OtherOS feature was required beyond the extent of Sony’s warranty.Sony will be glad the lawsuit has gone away, and has since taken action to ensure such a class action can never happen again by updating its Terms of Service. Even so, I doubt any gamer would ever trust using such a feature again if it were to re-appear in the PS4.Read more at RegHardware and Courthouse News Servicelast_img read more

Adrien Rabiot training with Paris SaintGermain reserves

first_imgFrance International Adrien Rabiot has reportedly been banished from first-team training at Paris Saint-Germain.The midfielder is set to leave the French champions before the end of the January transfer window as he will be out of contract this summer.The French player has been linked with a number of clubs this window with the latest being Spanish giants Barcelona although the club denied making official contact for the player.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.Sports mole reports that Rabiot’s mother and agent Veronique Rabiot said last month that the midfielder would not be signing a new contract with PSG, making him a free agent at the end of this season.Apart from Barcelona, Chelsea and Liverpool have also been strongly linked with the 23-year-old whom PSG are mounting pressure on to leave sooner rather than later by making him train with the club’s reserve team.Rabiot has been a subject of controversy following his reaction to France Coach Didier Deschamps World Cup list last year.last_img read more

Senate Advances FY17 Milcon Spending Bill to Floor

first_imgThe Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved spending $7.9 billion on military construction and family housing programs in fiscal 2017, closely matching the funding level recommended the previous day by House Appropriators.The Senate measure represents a $241 million drop from current year funding for milcon programs, but a $486 million increase over DOD’s request.The bill, which was marked up in subcommittee on Wednesday, would provide $205 million for past base closure rounds — including cleanup and ongoing operations and maintenance — matching the department’s request. The House’s measure recommends $230 million for the account next year.Congress allocated $266 million in the current year to clean up installations closed during past base closure rounds.The Senate bill includes $515 million for the top military construction priorities identified in the services’ FY 2017 unfunded requirements list, according to a bill summary on the Appropriations Committee’s minority website.It also includes $172.4 million that the Obama administration requested under the overseas contingency operations (OCO) account. The bulk of the OCO request, $114 million, is for projects related to the European Reassurance Initiative. The committee opted not to fund those items in the OCO account, however, and instead included those projects in the base milcon title.In contrast, House appropriators funded the $172.4 million request under the OCO account.Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) unsuccessfully tried to strike language in the bill prohibiting the construction, renovation or expansion of any facility in the United States to house detainees transferred from the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The committee voted 16 to 14 to table Durbin’s amendment, reported CQ Roll Call.The bill now heads to the Senate floor. “Off to a good start,” said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (Md.), ranking member on the full committee. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Indonesia terror attack Suspected IS militant injured in failed suicide bombing

first_imgSeven police officers were at the post in Sukoharjo district at the time of the blast by the Islamic StateReutersA man suspected of being influenced by the Islamic State (IS) was seriously wounded after his device exploded outside a police post in Indonesia’s Central Java province, authorities said on Tuesday (June 4).Referring to the incident as a suicide bombing with a low-grade explosive, the national police spokesperson Dedi Prastyo said that seven police officers were at the post in Sukoharjo district at the time of the blast but no casualties were reported.Further, he added that the 22-year-old suspect was admitted to a hospital after sustaining injuries in his right hand and abdomen. “If he fully recovers, we will investigate further into his motive,” he said.Multiple photos were doing rounds on the internet which showed a man lying by the side of the road in a pool of blood. Later, he was rushed to a hospital in a police van.TRAC INCIDENT REPORT: Suicide Bomber at Police Security Post in #Sukoharjo Regency, Central Java province, #Indonesia – 03 June 2019 (30th Day of Ramadan)https://t.co/i2G8ysWjj9 pic.twitter.com/CFvC7azvKI— TRACterrorism.org (@TRACterrorism) June 3, 2019Over 160,000 security personnel were deployed by the authorities as Muslims all over the world are celebrating Ramadan. However, an alert has been issued for possible terror attacks by the police last week.As the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country is gearing up to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr festival at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, the counter-terrorism police unit has detained hundreds of suspected militants.The latest development came after a series of suicide bombings at churches and police stations in the city of Surabaya which killed more than 30 people back in 2018.Meanwhile, over hundreds of Indonesians have travelled to the Middle East to join the Islamic State. Authorities fear about returnees causing major disruptions by spreading the radical ideology.(With inputs from agencies)last_img read more

KMC to go for more fountains in city parks in bid to

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will install fountains in parks wherever there will be availability of space. The move is aimed at reducing air pollution as the suspended carbon particles that get circulated in air can be settled with the water of the fountains.”Curbing air pollution in the city is a major challenge and we are taking some significant measures to bring down pollution. We are planting neem and other fruit trees which can tolerate very high levels of pollution and have the capacity to recover even if most of its foliage is dropped. We are also setting up fountains in places wherever there is space,” said Mayor Firhad Hakim, while kicking off Van Mahotsav on behalf of KMC. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHakim, along with Member, Mayor-in-Council (Parks & Gardens) Debasish Kumar planted some trees at Mohor Kunja, as part of the celebration. “We are planting weeping deodar at the side of the road and have undertaken massive plantation of neem trees in parks as the plant accumulates relatively higher quantities of lead and has relatively high efficiency of carbon dioxide fixation,” he added. It may be mentioned that a few months ago, Municipal Commissioner Khalil Ahmed had written to Kolkata Port Trust to hand over land in Alipore area beside the boat canal for urban forestry. The Port authorities have informed the KMC that they will take up plantation on their own. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”We have made a guideline for urban forestry and if any agency takes it up as per these guidelines, we have no qualms. We want industries to take up urban forestry as part of their CSR activities. If they plant some greenery in vacant areas inside their office premises, it will be welcomed by us,” Hakim said. The KMC has distributed saplings as per demand of the respective councillors for massive plantation in the city to mark Van Mahotsav, which will continue till July 20. A total of 1,000 saplings have been given out, among which councillors of wards 124, 129 and 65 have taken 100 each. It may be mentioned that soon after taking over as the Mayor of Kolkata a few months ago, Firhad Hakim has formed a separate department titled Urban Forestry and have laid a lot of emphasis on preserving and augmenting the green cover in the city. An expert committee has already been formed with Kumar as the chairman. Apart from botanists of the KMC, the committee has also roped in environment experts from Calcutta University and Jadavpur University, as well as environment activists.last_img read more

One Orlando Alliance rescinds job offer to Alabama lawmaker after controversial comment

first_imgThe One Orlando Alliance, a Florida-based LGBTI organization founded in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting, has revoked a job offer to an Alabama lawmaker. In response to the Tweet, Gov. Ivey denied the allegations, calling Todd’s statement a ‘disgusting lie.’Aftermath‘Weaponizing queerness through the act of outing others is a violation of the sacred rite that we as queer people undergo in our journey of self-discovery,’ said Christopher Cuevas of QLatinx, an organization associated with One Orlando.‘It is a form of psychic and emotional violence; a violence that robs one of their ability to self-actualize and manifest their truth; a violence that hinders the fostering of fellowship and community; a violence that calls into question our ability to see the value in trusting others with our authentic self.’‘I do know I’m impulsive,’ Todd told AL.com. ‘I might write an email and then come back to it, but unfortunately I didn’t do that this time.’No apologiesTodd said her Tweet was a mistake, but will not apologize.‘It always seems too fake to me,’ she said. ‘I’m going to stand up here and say “Here’s the target.” I’m going to take it.’Earlier this year, Todd announced that she would not be seeking re-election to the Alabama House of Representatives. She had planned to move to Orlando for this job, which was meant to commence on 1 June.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . What happened?Alabama state representative Patricia Todd is the state’s only openly gay lawmaker. She was offered a job with the One Orlando Alliance as the group’s new executive director. However, after making a comment about the sexuality of Alabama’s governor on Twitter, the group rescinded the job offer.On Tuesday, 15 May, Todd took to Twitter to speculate about Governor Kay Ivey’s sexuality. In the post, she said she believed Ivey was gay and urged someone to out her. Todd offered no evidence of her claims. Her Twitter account is now private.‘After careful deliberation, the board of directors of One Orlando Alliance unanimously decided to retract the offer of employment made to Patricia Todd to serve as executive director of the organization,’ Jennifer Foster, chairwoman of the One Orlando Alliance, said in a statement.‘The board affirms that Ms. Todd’s recent comments are not aligned with the values of One Orlando Alliance. We strongly believe that coming out is a personal choice and we do not support involuntarily outing.’ GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Patricia Todd, the only openly gay lawmaker in Alabama Gay US veteran announces he’s running for office in AlabamaIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsBREAKING: Hong Kong court finally rules in favor of same-sex couplesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/one-orlando-alliance-rescinds-job-offer-to-alabama-lawmaker-after-controversial-comment/last_img read more

Crossfit sacks executive who called LGBTQ events a sin

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- CrossFit ceo ‘crazy proud’ of club’s gay communityCEO Greg Glassman issued a statement to BuzzFeed saying he did not stand by Berger’s views, which he called “appalling.”CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman appalled“He needs to take a big dose of ‘shut the f— up’ and hide out for a while. It’s sad,” Glassman told the online newswire.“We do so much good work with such pure hearts — to have some zealot in his off-time do something this stupid, we’re all upset. The whole company is upset.” Global fitness group CrossFit has sacked one of its senior officials following a controversy over a series of homophobic tweets.Russell Berger, who was CrossFit’s chief knowledge officer, tweeted his support after one of the gym’s branches cancelled a Pride event, saying that celebrating LGBTQ Pride was a ‘sin’. The gym in question, CrossFit Infiltrate, is based in Indianapolis and was instructed by its local owner to cancel the LGBTQ Pride workout.Gym executive encouraged LGBTQ discrimination“As someone who personally believes celebrating ‘pride’ is a sin, I’d like to personally encourage #CrossFitInfiltrate for standing by their convictions and refusing to host an @indypride workout,” Berger wrote on Twitter.“The intolerance of the LGBTQ ideology toward any alternative views is mind-blowing.”Berger was initially placed on unpaid leave, but later sacked following an investigation by the company he works for.The Indianapolis CrossFit gym subsequently closed its doors following a huge backlash over the canceled pride-themed workout.The fitness group has more than 13,000 affiliate gyms in over 120 countries worldwide. The Pride Month workout was just one of hundreds that were due to take place across the country this month. Glassman also tweeted his support for the LGBTQ community, saying ‘I am crazy proud of the gay community in CrossFit.’The CrossFit brand has developed a cult following and has more than 11,000 clubs globally. The firm generates around $4bn in revenue annually, according to Forbes.com.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) CrossFit announces trans athletes will be welcome to compete in their 2019 GamesLGBTQ – eTurboNews (eTN)Icons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/crossfit-fires-executive-who-called-lgbtq-events-a-sin/last_img read more

First Potteries bus fares are increasing this weekend and heres by how

first_imgA First Potteries bus The £2 concessionary pass holder charge will initially only affect OAPs in Stoke-on-Trent. The same charge is set to be introduced for OAPs in Staffordshire from April. North Staffordshire Pensioners’ Convention leader Andy Day said: “The concessionary price is getting closer and closer to the full fare price before 9.30am. “The real issue is that by changing the price for travel before 9.30am it stops older people who are out and about looking after their grandchildren while their parents go out to work. Read More’Amazing’ dad died after his motorbike crashed into queue of traffic – catapulting him 12ft into the air “They can have hospital appointments which are often before 9.30am and a lot of older people are volunteering for family and community groups. This is undermined by the prices increasing before 9.30am.” Lesley Knight is a regular bus user and says removing the single student ticket will impact on those who rely on it. The 23-year-old, from Meir, said: “It annoys me because I’m not that well off and I use the bus regularly. The prices only went up last year and now they’re going up again. I used to be a student and this will put a lot of people off using the buses.” Fellow passenger Aleisha Williams, aged 18, from Packmoor, said: “I’m a student at Stoke-on-Trent College, in Burslem, and students don’t exactly earn a lot of money so it’s going to be difficult for people going to college and university. Read More’Where were the police?’ – Residents question why there weren’t more officers as trouble spilled into streets following derby match “I sometimes used the single student ticket myself, so now I may have to walk instead because I can’t afford a full price single. I don’t have a job so I have to ask my mum for money for the bus. “If you’re only going one way you don’t want to pay for a return ticket so the single tickets increasing in price is a big issue now that the student single won’t be available.” First Potteries has defended its changes. Head of operations Sarah East said: “We are introducing some changes to our fare structure to make it simpler and more convenient for people to travel. Although some fares have been revised, our most popular ‘Potteries day ticket’ is now the same price as it was back in 2013 at only £5, and even cheaper at just £4.50 when bought on a mobile phone. Read MoreMan caught with petrol bottle in city centre told police: ‘I will kill all pikeys’ “There is also good news for our younger travellers, anyone under the age of 16 will benefit from a 25 per cent discount off adult ticket prices. “And people don’t need to pay more! By switching to paying for their bus travel using their mobile phone they will pay the same prices as the cash payment that is in place currently. It’s easy to download the app, fill in a few details and away you go, it makes using the bus not only cost effective but also more convenient and helps to quicken up journey times.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailTransport giant First Potteries is increasing its fares from this weekend – and scrapping single student tickets. The new pricing structure comes into force from Sunday and will affect single tickets and concessionary pass holders. Passengers will see the cost of single tickets increase by between 10p and £1, while OAPs catching the bus before 9.30am will now have to pay £2 instead of £1.60. But there will be no price increase for mTickets passengers who book their tickets on their phone via an app or the popular £4 Potteries return ticket. The price hike will see the: £1.70 single fare increase to £1.80; £2.20 single fare increase to £2.50; £2.50 single fare increase to £2.80; £4 single fare increase to £5; Discounted single ticket for concessionary pass holders in Stoke-on-Trent before 9.30am increase to £2. Passengers and campaign groups have hit out at the shake-up. last_img read more

Satya Nadella reflects on Microsofts progress in areas of data AI business

first_imgMicrosoft CEO, Satya Nadella published his letter to shareholders in the company’s 2018 annual report, on LinkedIn yesterday. He talks about Microsoft’s accomplishments in the past year, results and progress of Microsoft’s workplace, business applications, infrastructure, data, AI, and gaming. He also mentioned the data and privacy rules adopted by Microsoft, and their belief to, “ instill trust in technology across everything they do.” Microsoft’s result and progress Data and AI Azure Cosmos DB has already exceeded $100 million in annualized revenue. The company also saw rapid customer adoption of Azure Databricks for data preparation, advanced analytics, and machine learning scenarios. Their Azure Bot Service has nearly 300,000 developers, and they are on the road for building the world’s first AI supercomputer in Azure. Microsoft also acquired GitHub to recognize the increasingly vital role developers will play in value creation and growth across every industry. Business Applications Microsoft’s investments in Power BI have made them the leader in business analytics in the cloud. Their Open Data Initiative with Adobe and SAP will help customers to take control of their data and build new experiences that truly put people at the center. HoloLens and mixed reality will be used for designing for first-line workers, who account for 80 percent of the world’s workforce. New solutions powered by LinkedIn and Microsoft Graphs help companies manage talent, training, and sales and marketing. Applications and Infrastructure Azure revenue grew 91 percent year-over-year and the company is investing aggressively to build Azure as the world’s computer. They added nearly 500 new Azure capabilities in the past year, focused on both existing workloads and new workloads such as IoT and Edge AI. Microsoft expanded their global data center footprint to 54 regions. They introduced Azure IoT and Azure Stack and Azure Sphere. Modern Workplace More than 135 million people use Office 365 commercial every month. Outlook Mobile is also employed on 100 million iOS and Android devices worldwide. Microsoft Teams is being used by more than 300,000 organizations of all sizes, including 87 of the Fortune 100. Windows 10 is active on nearly 700 million devices around the world. Gaming The company surpassed $10 billion in revenue this year for gaming. Xbox Live now has 57 million monthly active users, and they are investing in new services like Mixer and Game Pass. They also added five new gaming studios this year including PlayFab to build a cloud platform for the gaming industry across mobile, PC and console. Microsoft’s impact around the globe Nadella highlighted that companies such as Coca-Cola, Chevron Corporation, ZF Group, a car parts manufacturer in Germany are using Microsoft’s technology to build their own digital capabilities. Walmart is also using Azure and Microsoft 365 for transforming the shopping experience for customers. In Kenya, M-KOPA Solar, one of their partners connected homes across sub-Saharan Africa to solar power using the Microsoft Cloud. Office Dynamics 365 was used in Arizona to improve outcomes among the state’s 15,000 children in foster care. MedApp is using HoloLens in Poland to help cardiologists visualize a patient’s heart as it beats in real time. In Cambodia, underserved children in rural communities are learning to code with Minecraft. How Microsoft is handling trust and responsibility Microsoft motto is “instilling trust in technology across everything they do.” Nadella says, “We believe that privacy is a fundamental human right, which is why compliance is deeply embedded in all our processes and practices.” Microsoft has extended the data subject rights of GDPR to all their customers around the world, not just those in the European Union, and advocated for the passage of the CLOUD Act in the U.S. They also led the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, which has been signed by 61 global organizations, and are calling on governments to do more to make the internet safe. They announced the Defending Democracy Program to work with governments around the world to help safeguard voting and introduced AccountGuard to offer advanced cybersecurity protections to political campaigns in the U.S. The company is also investing in tools for detecting and addressing bias in AI systems and advocating government regulation. They are also addressing society’s most pressing challenges with new programs like AI for Earth, a five-year, $50M commitment to environmental sustainability, and AI for Accessibility to benefit people with disabilities. Nadella further adds, “Over the past year, we have made progress in building a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone can do their best work.” Microsoft has nearly doubled the number of women corporate vice presidents at Microsoft since FY16.  They have also increased African American/Black and Hispanic/Latino representation by 33 percent. He concludes saying that “I’m proud of our progress, and I’m proud of the more than 100,000 Microsoft employees around the world who are focused on our customers’ success in this new era.” Read the full letter on Linkedin. Read Next Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist, and developer dies of cancer at 65. ‘Employees of Microsoft’ ask Microsoft not to bid on US Military’s Project JEDI in an open letter. 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Trump administration halts cruises to Cuba under new rules

first_img WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed major new travel restrictions on visits to Cuba by U.S. citizens, banning stops by cruise ships and ending a heavily used form of educational travel as it seeks to further isolate the communist government. The Treasury Department announced that the U.S. will no longer allow cruises to Cuba or the group educational and cultural trips known as ‘people to people” travel to the island.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the measures are a response to what it calls Cuba’s “destabilizing role” in the Western Hemisphere, including support for the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela. “This administration has made a strategic decision to reverse the loosening of sanctions and other restrictions on the Cuban regime,” Mnuchin said. “These actions will help to keep U.S. dollars out of the hands of Cuban military, intelligence, and security services.” Cruise ships have brought thousands of Americans to Cuba since the U.S. began restoring full diplomatic relations with the communist government in December 2014. More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsAlong with the cruise ships, the U.S. will also now ban most private planes and boats from stopping in the island. The new restrictions take effect June 5, but the government will allow anyone who has already paid for the trip to go ahead with it. The new measures end cruise travel from the U.S. to Cuba, a highly successful new line of business for U.S. cruise lines that also has become the most popular way for American leisure travellers to visit the island. Cuban government figures show that 142,721 Americans arrived on cruise ships between Jan. 1 and April 30, more than the 114,832 who came by plane. The figures exclude Cuban-born Americans visiting family on the island. Commercial airline flights appear to be unaffected and travel for university groups, academic research, journalism and professional meetings will continue to be allowed. “It kills the people-to-people category, which is the most common way for the average American to travel to Cuba,” said Collin Laverty, head of Cuba Educational Travel, one of the largest Cuba travel companies in the U.S. More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoThe new restrictions had been previewed by national security adviser John Bolton in an April speech in Miami to veterans of the failed 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion but details of the changed were public until Tuesday. Treasury said the sanctions would take effect on Wednesday after they are published in the Federal Register. By: The Associated Press Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Trump administration halts cruises to Cuba under new rulescenter_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more