Brian Gallant to make resignation announcement official at news conference today

first_imgFREDERICTON — Former premier Brian Gallant will go to the New Brunswick legislature this morning to officially announce that he will be stepping down as Liberal leader.Sources tell The Canadian Press that Gallant will ask the party to organize a leadership convention.They say he intends to remain as Opposition leader until the party chooses his replacement.Gallant is scheduled to officially announce his intentions at the legislature at 11 a.m.He became leader in 2012, and premier in 2014 at the age of 32, but came up short in September’s provincial election.His minority government was toppled two weeks ago in a confidence vote on the Liberals’ throne speech, and Progressive Conservative Premier Blaine Higgs and his minority government were sworn-in last week.Donald Wright, a political scientist at the University of New Brunswick, says Gallant likely spoke to his caucus and party, read the tea leaves and learned his future is not as party leader.Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ousted Sri Lanka PMs party asks Facebook to protect users

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The ousted Sri Lankan prime minister’s party is urging Facebook to safeguard the identity of the party’s supporters on the social media platform, fearing information sharing with what it calls the country’s illegal government can lead to a crackdown against the users.In a letter to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, the United National Party said such information could be used against the users “in ways which are legally prohibited.”Party spokesman Piyasena Dissanayaka said Facebook also blocked its official page ahead of a public rally on Thursday but restored it on Saturday.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sacked last month by President Maithripala Sirisena.Sirisena replaced Wickremesinghe with Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has had two no-confidence motions against him.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Cypriot leaders held substantive negotiations on property UN envoy says

5 February 2009Talks yesterday between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders, aimed at reunifying the island of Cyprus and focused on property rights, were “substantive,” the top United Nations envoy there reported. Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat each voiced their views on the principles the other side has presented, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Tayé-Brook Zerihoun said after the meeting in Nicosia.“They had a good round of substantive discussions on this issue and they have agreed to continue these discussions next week on the afternoon of 12 February,” Mr. Zerihoun told the press.The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alexander Downer, will arrive on the island that morning, and plans to attend that meeting, he said.In May 2008, the two leaders committed themselves to working towards “a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions.”The partnership will comprise a Federal Government with a single international personality, along with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which will be of equal status. read more

US business stockpiles rise 03 per cent in May while sales post

US business stockpiles rise 0.3 per cent in May, while sales post third monthly gain In this photo taken Friday June 12, 2015, Balia Cosio, right, hands a grocery shopper a loaf of Cuban bread at a local grocery store in the Little Havana area of Miami. The Commerce Department releases business inventories for May, on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 14, 2015 8:02 am MDT Last Updated Jul 14, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. businesses added to their stockpiles in May, while sales rose for a third straight month.Business stockpiles in May edged up 0.3 per cent from the previous month on a seasonally adjusted basis, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. The result may indicate that businesses are optimistic about future sales.Sales in May were up 0.4 per cent following gains in March and April. Before March, sales had posted seven straight monthly declines.Economists are forecasting sales to keep rebounding in the second half of this year and that consumer spending will help lift overall economic growth. However, a separate report Tuesday showed that retail sales in June fell 0.3 per cent as consumers cut back their spending at stores and restaurants.Despite the disappointing retail sales result, which followed a robust 1 per cent gain in May, analysts said they are still hopeful that consumers will ramp up their spending in coming months based on rising incomes from strong job gains over the past year.The economy went into reverse in the first quarter, shrinking at an annual rate of 0.2 per cent. That decline in the gross domestic product was the result of an unusually harsh winter that kept consumers away from shopping malls and disrupted other economic activity as well.Analysts are forecasting a bounce back in the April-June period to 2.5 per cent growth.The increase in stockpiles in May left inventories at a seasonally adjusted $1.8 trillion, an increase of 2.4 per cent from May 2014. read more

It All Adds Up campaign launched

Upload the photo to Instagram and tag it using the #ItAllAddsUp and #BrockU hashtags.The It All Adds Up Campaign officially launched on Nov. 2 and will run until Friday, Nov. 6.  It will also continue throughout the year and include Career Services’ “Make it Happen” campaign in the winter term.Booth times and locations are:Wednesday, Nov. 4 — MCA Hallway 8:30-11 a.m.Thursday, Nov. 5 — Computer Commons by the Ramp 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.Friday, Nov. 6 — MCA Hallway 9-11 a.m. A campaign that encourages Brock students to reflect on the activities they are involved in runs this week.The It All Adds Up Instagram campaign, organized by Career Services’, helps students reflect on their activities and interests, inside and outside of the classroom. It is meant to remind students that what they are doing is “adding up” as well as leading to their career or personal goals.The campaign aims to positively impact students’ career stress by challenging the idea that they must always “add more and do more” to be successful. It All Adds Up encourages students to instead add up what they are already doing so that they can then start to make decisions that make sense for them.Students are asked to participate by:Having a photo of yourself taken with a few of your “It All Adds Up” activities/characteristics written on a chalkboard or whiteboard behind you (see below for photo booth hours and locations). read more

Judgeordered report into Cairo protest doesnt name or identify Ibrahim Halawa

first_img 20,137 Views By Paul Hosford Image: Facebook/Free Ibrahim Halawa Tuesday 21 Mar 2017, 10:15 PM Mar 21st 2017, 10:15 PM 53 Comments Image: Facebook/Free Ibrahim Halawa Share15 Tweet Email1 Short URL A TECHNICAL REPORT into evidence around the protest which saw Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa jailed does not name or identify him.The Dublin-born prisoner has been held without trial in Egypt since being arrested at a protest in Cairo in August 2013.He is charged with terrorism and other charges.Despite numerous requests by the Irish government that he be freed, Egyptian President el-Sisi has said that he could only consider pardoning him when his trial is complete. However, that trial has been delayedOmaima, Fatima, Soumaya and Ibrahim Halawa were all arrested at the protest three days after the Rabaa al-Adawiya massacre on 17 August 2013.Fatima, Ibrahim’s older sister, told Saturday with Claire Byrne in January that they chose to attend the protest “on the spur of the moment” to remember those who had been killed in the Egyptian uprising and subsequent massacre.“We went to Egypt every single year as far as I can remember to visit extended relatives, it was something our parents wanted us to do. To keep contact with our extended relatives and family members,” she said.She acknowledged that Ibrahim spoke at the sit-in at Rabaa al-Adawiya Square but says their attendance was not political or pre-planned but was about remembering those who were killed.TrialIbrahim Halawa faces another trial date – his 20th – tomorrow. The Egyptian authorities have chosen to try Halawa in a mass trial along with almost 500 other people, a decision that has led to the repeated postponements.Part of the case will focus on a technical report prepared last July by the Egyptian Ministry of Interior for the Court of Appeal in Cairo.The report, seen by TheJournal.ie, focuses on nine exhibits of evidence – videos and photos – taken on the day that Halawa was arrested. It says the video clips are “of a high quality and taken both inside and outside Al-Fath mosque”.It says that a printout of 300 photos was taken from video clips, but says that only two people were identified: Saber Eid Ahmed and Salah El-Din Abd El-Halim Morsi. The report doesn’t mention Halawa or any of the other 300 people arrested at the protest.It says:We were not able to confirm the suspicion of the other accused among the large crowd of people appearing in the video recordings and the digital images contained in the exhibits subject of investigation.Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland says that Halawa must be released.“Ibrahim’s innocence has been further vindicated by Egypt’s own legal system, which following a technical review of audio-video material presented in the case, found no evidence against him. It tallies with what Amnesty researchers on the ground at the time assert, that Ibrahim was in al-Fath mosque and could not have committed the violent crimes with which he has been charged.“Amnesty International also conducted a thorough, independent review of the prosecution evidence. It is surely now beyond question that Ibrahim was arrested solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of assembly and expression. Ibrahim is a prisoner of conscience. His continuing imprisonment represents an inexcusable violation of both international and Egyptian law.“We reiterate our call for his immediate and unconditional release.”Earlier, cabinet approved a plan to send an independent medical expert to the Egyptian capital to examine Halawa.Read: ‘His spirit is finally broken’: MEP claims Ibrahim Halawa is ‘being kept alive by glucose injections’ http://jrnl.ie/3299758 Judge-ordered report into Cairo protest doesn’t name or identify Ibrahim Halawa Halawa faces another trial date – his 20th – tomorrow. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

LG présente un nouveau PC V300 Allinone

first_imgLG présente un nouveau PC V300 All-in-oneCe Tout-en-un est le dernier modèle du V300 dévoilé l’année dernière, avec notamment la 3D et un écran tactile.Très classe, les PC All-in-one mériteront certainement leur place dans votre salon en 2012. Ce nouveau modèle LG V300 aura sous le capot la seconde gamme de processeur Intel Core i7, la nouvelle technologie 3D FPR (Film Patterned Retarder), sur un écran de 23 pouces Full HD. Celui-ci sera également IPS et offrira donc un angle de vue de 178 degrés. Le V300 bénéficiera aussi d’un système de triple caméras pour une expérience muli-touch supérieure.Pour en savoir plus, il faudra attendre la présentation de LG lors du prochain CES à Las Vegas. Mais patience, c’est déjà la semaine prochaine.Le 6 janvier 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Watch: SpaceX Boat Catches Falcon 9 Rocket Nose Cone at Sea

first_img Late Tuesday night, GO Ms. Tree, a SpaceX boat, caught half of the nose cone of its Falcon 9 rocket for the second time and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk posted the cool “save at sea” footage on Twitter.For the last 18 months, SpaceX has made catching fairings a major priority for space missions, The Verge reported. Fairings, structures that surround payloads and satellites that Falcon 9 rockets carry, protect these important objects during launches. Even though they typically break into two in space, descend back to Earth, and aren’t always retrieved, Musk said the company does the opposite.Rocket fairing falls from space & is caught by Ms Tree boat pic.twitter.com/nJv0Ry1iKk— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 7, 2019“Imagine you had $6 million in cash in a palette flying through the air, and it’s going to smash into the ocean,” Musk explained at a 2018 press conference. “Would you try to recover that? Yes. Yes, you would.”Liftoff! pic.twitter.com/garh1LldtF— SpaceX (@SpaceX) August 6, 2019Tuesday’s video, which was shared to Twitter, shows the fairing gently landing into the SpaceX boat’s net in the Atlantic Ocean. The fairing fell from the sky roughly 75 minutes after the Amos-17 communications satellite launched atop the Falcon 9 rocket, Space.com noted. Formerly called Mr. Steven, GO Ms. Tree, the SpaceX boat, helps protect the fairing from saltwater, which could deteriorate its structure and make it difficult to reuse in the future.On Aug. 6, the Amos-17 satellite and Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station around 7:23 p.m. EST. The Amos-17 satellite will provide satellite communication services to Africa, according to the mission’s webpage. There wasn’t a third landing for the Falcon 9 rocket, since Amos-17 was a big satellite that needed to reach a very far orbit, resulting in the booster not having enough fuel left over to safely return to our planet.More on Geek.com:SpaceX Launches Amos-17 Communications Satellite on Aug. 6NASA Taps SpaceX, Blue Origin to Boost Space TechWatch: SpaceX Rocket Creates Sonic Booms During Descent ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas Stay on targetlast_img read more

Man apprehended in Larch Mountain kidnapping

first_imgClark County sheriff’s deputies have apprehended a suspect in an August kidnapping and robbery of a woman on Larch Mountain.Robert “House” J. Tuttle, 31, was arrested Friday on a bench warrant and appeared Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and intimidating a witness. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Jan. 28. Judge Rich Melnick held Tuttle on $250,000 bail and appointed Vancouver attorney Neil Cane to defend him.A co-defendant in the case, Summer E. Long, 35, of Brush Prairie was arrested Nov. 1. She is scheduled to be tried March 3 on the same charges.Tuttle and Long are accused of kidnapping a 28-year-old woman, whom they knew, at about 2:30 a.m. Aug. 24 and driving her to the top of Larch Mountain. Long took away her cellphone, according to a court affidavit. Tuttle and Long accused her of being a police informant in a drug and firearm investigation involving Tuttle and a separate drug investigation involving a man named Robert Allison, the affidavit stated. Tuttle and Long then assaulted her, including punching her in the head, the victim told sheriff’s investigators. They told her they drove her to the remote location so “nobody could hear her scream,” the victim said in the affidavit.The woman said she was able to escape and hid in the woods until daylight. She said she was afraid that Tuttle and Long would find her and kill her. She walked more than nine miles before she found a residence where she could seek help, according to the affidavit.Long told a sheriff’s detective that she often called Tuttle to do “a man’s job.” Asked what that meant, Long replied, “Go drag a (expletive) up to Larch Mountain, beat ’em up for being a rat,” according to the affidavit.last_img read more

Manipur holds Chilli Festival

first_imgSirarakhong (Manipur): Manipur celebrated a two-day spiciest Chilli Festival with fun and folk dance by the youths of the local village. The 10th Hathei Phanit (Chilli Festival) at Sirarakhong village in Ukhrul district to exhibit the uniqueness of the chillies grown there and its high commercial value. Manipur claims that no other state in India can claim that they are producing the same variety and is sort of copyright of the village. This chilli has lots of nutritional value. It has high content of calcium and good potential to be exported to other countries. It is learnt that a similar chilli festival is likely to be held in Telangana soon. Telangana also has very good quality chillies with high nutritional values.last_img

RBL Bank IPO oversubscribed 69 times

first_imgRBL Bank initial public offering (IPO) got subscribed over 69 times after the public issue closed on Tuesday, according to stock exchange data. The response represented a quantum jump on the last day as the public issue of the private sector lender had seen oversubscription by just 3.08 times at the end of Monday (Day 2), according to National Stock Exchange (NSE) data.By the end of Tuesday (last day), the RBL Bank IPO had garnered bids for 263.52 crore equity shares; the bank had offered 3.79 crore shares (excluding anchor investors’ portion), according to stock exchange data. The price band for the shares being offered is Rs. 224-225 per equity share of face value of Rs. 10 each. The issue comprises 16.90 million shares being offloaded by existing investors (offer for sale, or OFS) and fresh issue of 37.16 million shares.Earlier, the bank raised Rs. 364 crore from anchor investors by issuing shares to 28 anchor investors at the upper price band of Rs 225.The bank’s track record on the loan front is considered sound because of its client profile. “Market experts are of opinion that the bank has stayed away from stressed sectors such as steel, power as well as infrastructure, which has helped it to maintain its asset quality at better levels compared to its peers,” Dynamic Levels had said in its IPO note.Kolhapur-based RBL Bank had raised Rs. 488 crore in pre-IPO preferential placement of shares last December at Rs. 195 per share.RBL Bank was incorporated in 1943 as Ratnakar Bank.Profile of the bank:RBL Bank had 197 interconnected branches and 362 interconnected ATMs spread across 16 Indian states and union territories as of March 31, 2016.The bank earned a net profit of Rs. 292.48 crore on revenues of Rs. 3,234.85 crore for the financial year 2015-16, up from Rs. 208.45 crore and Rs. 2,356.5 crore in the preceding financial year.The diluted EPS was Rs.9.43 for 2015-16 as against Rs. 7 in 2014-15 (Diluted earnings per share reflect the potential dilution that could occur if contracts to issue equity shares were exercised or converted during the period).Deposits and advances stood at Rs. 24,348 crore and Rs. 21,229 crore, respectively, as of March 31, 2016.Net non-performing assets (NPAs) as percentage of total advances rose to 0.59 percent from 0.27 percent at the end of financial year 2014-15.last_img read more

Is this Yami Gautams look from her next with Vikrant Massey

first_imgYami GautamPR HandoutYami Gautam is now on a spree to do fun and interesting roles for all her forthcoming films. Her 2019 film Uri sashed play a tough undercover agent dolling out tough dialogues with much ease earning her immense appreciation from the fans. Now her next, title Ginny Weds Sunny is set to be a fun romantic comedy for which she’s being paired with Vikrant Massey.The film’s shoot is expected to go on floors soon and now an interesting image which is being believed to be her first look from the film has just surfaced.As the title suggests the film plot has a strong connect to a wedding and Yami dresses in this ethereal emerald green attire looks stunning as a bride to be.While not much of the plot is revealed, this image of Yami all smiles behind the scenes is unimaginably stunning of her bridal avatar.last_img read more

Encounter in Uri militant killed

first_imgAn encounter broke out between the army and militants near the Line of Control in Uri sector of north Kashmir on Friday, with a militant believed to have been killed in the operation, an Indian army official said. The encounter began Friday morning in Bonyar area in Baramulla district after army launched an operation following inputs about the presence of three to four militants in the area, the official said. He said as the army zeroed in on the hiding militants, they fired upon the forces.last_img

PyTorch 10 preview release is production ready with torchjit c10d distributed library

first_imgBack in May, the PyTorch team shared their roadmap for PyTorch 1.0 release and highlighted that this most anticipated version will not only continue to provide stability and simplicity of use to its users, but will also make it production ready while making it a hassle-free migration experience for its users. Today, Facebook announced the release of PyTorch 1.0 RC1. The official announcement states, “PyTorch 1.0 accelerates the workflow involved in taking breakthrough research in artificial intelligence to production deployment. With deeper cloud service support from Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, and tighter integration with technology providers ARM, Intel, IBM, NVIDIA, and Qualcomm, developers can more easily take advantage of PyTorch’s ecosystem of compatible software, hardware, and developer tools. The more software and hardware that is compatible with PyTorch 1.0, the easier it will be for AI developers to quickly build, train, and deploy state-of-the-art deep learning models.” PyTorch is an open-source Python-based deep learning framework which provides powerful GPU acceleration. PyTorch is known for advanced indexing and functions, imperative style, integration support and API simplicity. This is one of the key reasons why developers prefer PyTorch for research and hackability. On the downside, it has struggled with adoption in production environments. The pyTorch team acknowledged this in their roadmap and have worked on improving this aspect significantly in pyTorch 1.0 not just in terms of improving the library but also by enriching its ecosystems but partnering with key software and hardware vendors. “One of its biggest downsides has been production-support. What we mean by production-support is the countless things one has to do to models to run them efficiently at massive scale: exporting to C++-only runtimes for use in larger projects optimizing mobile systems on iPhone, Android, Qualcomm and other systems using more efficient data layouts and performing kernel fusion to do faster inference (saving 10% of speed or memory at scale is a big win) quantized inference (such as 8-bit inference)”, stated the pyTorch team in their roadmap post. Below are some key highlights of this major milestone for PyTorch. JIT The JIT is a set of compiler tools for bridging the gap between research in PyTorch and production. It includes a language called Torch Script ( a subset of Python), and two ways (Tracing mode and Script mode) in which the existing code can be made compatible with the JIT. Torch Script code can be aggressively optimized and it can be serialized for later use in the new C++ API, which doesn’t depend on Python at all. torch.distributed new “C10D” library The torch.distributed package and torch.nn.parallel.DistributedDataParallel module are backed by the new “C10D” library. The main highlights of the new library are: C10D is performance driven and operates entirely asynchronously for all backends: Gloo, NCCL, and MPI. Significant Distributed Data Parallel performance improvements especially for slower network like ethernet-based hosts Adds async support for all distributed collective operations in the torch.distributed package. Adds send and recv support in the Gloo backend C++ Frontend [API Unstable] The C++ frontend is a pure C++ interface to the PyTorch backend that follows the API and architecture of the established Python frontend. It is intended to enable research in high performance, low latency and bare metal C++ applications. It provides equivalents to torch.nn, torch.optim, torch.data and other components of the Python frontend. The C++ frontend is marked as “API Unstable” as part of PyTorch 1.0. This means it is ready to be used for building research applications, but still has some open construction sites that will stabilize over the next month or two. In other words, it is not ready for use in production, yet. N-dimensional empty tensors, a collection of new operators inspired from numpy and scipy and new distributions such as Weibull, Negative binomial and multivariate log gamma distributions have been introduced. There have also been a lot of breaking changes, bug fixes, and other improvements made to pyTorch 1.0. For more details read the official announcement and also the official release notes for pyTorch. Read Next What is PyTorch and how does it work? Build your first neural network with PyTorch [Tutorial] Is Facebook-backed PyTorch better than Google’s TensorFlow? Can a production-ready Pytorch 1.0 give TensorFlow a tough time?last_img read more

In Chávezs big shoes Maduro stumbles

first_imgRelated posts:Showdown looms for Venezuela, as protest leader Leopoldo López vows new march Why I support Nicolás Maduro Venezuela’s crackdown on sales of everyday goods risks alienating loyalists Venezuela rating cut by Moody’s as oil plunge hits finances CARACAS, Venezuela – The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, was young once too. He played guitar and worked as a roadie for a rock band, Enigma, leaving his hair long in the back, mullet-style.The skinny, rebellious young man looked not too different from the student protesters and angry teens now challenging his government in the streets. For these youths, who grew up during the 14-year rule of his predecessor, Hugo Chávez, it is Maduro who has become the face of a rotten establishment.“Maduro, resign now!” they roar.After more than two weeks of daily protests that have left at least 14 dead and 150 injured, Maduro is stumbling toward Wednesday’s anniversary of Chávez’s death, saddled by doubts about his ability to keep his mentor’s “Bolivarian” revolution running. The problems Chávez passed along when he died last year, including rampant crime and a cratering economy, have gotten worse.But the man who calls himself “a son of Chávez” has also inherited a silver spoon of immense, centralized state power. Maduro and the United Socialist Party founded by Chávez control 20 of Venezuela’s 23 state governments, as well as the Supreme Court, parliament and, the most important, the military and the national oil company. In the poor and working-class barrios where Chávez provided new schools, medical clinics and subsidized housing, loyalty to the government remains strong.Venezuela is not Ukraine, analysts say, where a weak president wobbled, then fled.“There is no reason to believe Maduro is in an unstable situation,” said Gregory Weeks, a Latin America scholar at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. “The military has declared itself behind him and has not wavered in that regard. Unless they were called in for intense repressive measures, it is hard to imagine any scenario where military leaders would revolt.” Nicolás Maduro holds a flower during a march in Caracas on Feb. 22, 2014. Leo Ramírez/AFPMaduro, 51, long ago gave up the rock career, working as a bus driver and union leader before ascending into the ranks of Chávez’s inner circle through steadfast loyalty. Despite getting Chávez’s death-bed endorsement, Maduro was elected in April by a margin of only 1.5 percentage points, narrowly beating opposition candidate Henrique Capriles.It was a weak start to his six-year term, which stretches to 2019, and critics say he has been trying to overcompensate for it ever since.As president, Maduro often dresses like Chávez, talks like Chávez and has even told Venezuelans that he has slept in Chávez’s tomb. Wednesday’s anniversary events will give him the chance to remind Chavista loyalists that he’s the late commandante’s chosen one.“Chávez sets the route, Maduro takes the wheel,” was the campaign slogan he ran on, playing up his blue-collar bus-driver background.Chávez, too, confronted periodic waves of protest, and even a short-lived coup in 2002. He often responded by marshaling supporters into huge public rallies, reminding opponents that the poor masses were on his side.But faced with the worst unrest in a decade, Maduro has relied more on brute force. His national guardsmen club protesters in the streets, spray shotgun pellets and rough up TV cameramen. He has tossed opposition leader Leopoldo López in jail on charges of “conspiracy” and other crimes. He has censored unflattering news coverage of the violence but done little, critics say, to rein in the pro-government motorcycle gangs that have opened fire on demonstrators.In his near-nightly public speeches, he deploys a kind of reverse-McCarthyism, seeing “fascists” behind every protest sign and student march, even though the frustrated college kids bear no resemblance to the goose-stepping armies of 20th-century Europe.The hot rhetoric only seems to goad the demonstrators further. Maduro’s opponents have articulated few concrete political demands other than his resignation and the release of several dozen activists who have been jailed. In some wealthier districts of Caracas and in flash points such as the western border city of San Cristobal, clashes erupt almost nightly and streets remain choked by makeshift barricades and clouds of tear gas.The protests have started to show signs of burnout but continued this week through the annual Carnaval holidays. Maduro and his aides have posted photos of Venezuelan beaches packed with tourists to push back at the perception that the unrest was spreading throughout the country.Analysts say it’s not the mostly middle-class student protesters Maduro worries about anyway. It’s the Chávez support base: the working-class and impoverished Venezuelans who have benefited from years of big-spending Bolivarian socialism and stand to lose the most without it.In that regard, Maduro’s real enemy is not imaginary fascists but the bread-and-butter economic problems of soaring inflation and spreading scarcity. Despite having the world’s biggest oil reserves, Venezuela literally lacks bread and butter, not to mention milk, paper products, sugar and other basics. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro speaks during a press conference in Caracas, on Feb. 21, 2014. Juan Barreto/AFPAccording to Caracas-based political analyst Carlos Romero, Maduro’s government is stable but not necessarily strong.“So far what we’ve seen are outbreaks of social unrest and selective repression,” Romero said. “But if the scarcities and inflation continue, the broader population could begin to mobilize and heed the opposition’s calls for protest.”In some strongholds of Chávez support, backing for Maduro has begun to soften.Chávez’s signature, etched in red paint, stretches five stories high on a government-funded apartment building opposite the highway in the Caracas neighborhood of La Paz.Outside, Erika Salazar, 26, and her sister Doris, 25, sat near a playground with bags of toilet paper that they’d waited 20 minutes in line to buy – a wait they called short.The sisters live in a housing development comprising two massive buildings that are home to more than 900 families. Before that, they lived in a shelter after losing their home in a 2010 flood.Doris said Maduro “is a good president, but he doesn’t have as much character” as Chávez.Erika was quick to come to Maduro’s defense. “Of course he lacks a lot of experience, but we are with him,” she said.Nearby, a construction worker, Javier Sánchez, said Venezuela’s “socialist revolution” is bigger than the person occupying the presidential office.“We are fighting for the revolution,” he said. “If it’s Maduro, if it’s Chavez, if it’s whatever revolutionary, we are going to be there, even without a representative.”But even in the government’s public housing, there were signs of sympathy for the demonstrators.Gladis Jiménez, a nurse at a public hospital, says she voted for Maduro but has been frustrated with him since the opposition protests began. She doesn’t have time to march, she said, but she supports the student-led movement.“They have to fight for their future,” Jiménez said.Opposition leaders have said they want to force Maduro out through legal means, but the Venezuelan constitution doesn’t allow for a recall process until 2016.© 2014, The Washington Post  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Dreams on hold for Boeings new aircraft

first_imgCarriers across the globe have decided to pull their Boeing 787 Dreamliners from service, following an emergency US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airworthiness directive issued earlier this week, a directive seconded by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).LOT Polish Airlines’ two Dreamliner aircraft will be re-checked by technical staff and remain grounded until further notice. Today’s flight to Beijing will be cancelled, while all of LOT’s other long-haul operations will be continued with 767 aircrafts, a statement from the carrier read. The news follows All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines grounding of their Dreamliner fleets, after experiencing safety issues.“Before further flight, operators of US-registered, Boeing 787 aircraft must demonstrate to the Federal Aviation Administration that the batteries are safe,” the FAA said in a statement.“The FAA will work alongside Boeing and airlines possessing Dreamliners to develop a corrective action plan to allow the fleet operations to resume as quickly and safely as possible.”United Airlines is currently the only US airline operating the 787.Qantas Airways was planning to replace 11 Airbus A330s in its Jetstar fleet with 15 Dreamliners, but has now trimmed its order to 14, following the release of the FAA’s directive, news.com.au reported. The Australian carrier insists the move is unrelated to the decree and is in response to projected slow-growth on Jetstar’s long-haul network. However, just yesterday Qantas said it was “confident that the current issues will be resolved before Jetstar receives its first aircraft as scheduled in the second half of this year,” without mention of cancelling orders.Qantas now plans to lease an additional five Boeing 717 aircraft and purchase three Bombardier Q400 aircraft for use on domestic servies, due to begin arriving from the second half of 2013.“It is a sensible investment in a part of the Qantas Group that is delivering strong returns,” Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T 787 Dreamliners grounded worldwide, Qantas cancels orders. Image: Boeinglast_img read more

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first_imgBy Andria KadesLaw Commissioner Leda Koursoumba has been using a work vehicle for personal use and illegally getting a messenger to be her driver, the auditor-general said on Thursday.In an escalating spat between the two, Odysseas Michaelides in a statement said the matter came to his attention after a member of parliament, two superior government employees and several citizens passed on the information to his office.Michaelides said he had sent Koursoumba a letter outlining that her use of a state vehicle for personal purposes was illegal as was using a messenger as a driver.The messenger was paid monthly, further burdening state coffers, he said.Michaelides said he followed procedure and sent the letter to the law commissioner “after the necessary data was collected and information was obtained from employees in her office, the accountant-general of the state treasury, which is also housed in her (Koursoumba’s) office, and the electromechanical services.”He called on Koursoumba to return the money which was “illegally used” to benefit her.In a statement, Koursoumba responded to the allegations saying Michaelides was resorting to unprofessional and intimidating tactics in carrying out his duties “demonstrating that his priority is not to serve the benefit of the state…but to feed society’s thirst for gossip.”As far as his latest findings were concerned, Koursoumba put the word ‘audit’ in quotation marks saying it was carried out in record time and she had not been informed, nor had her opinion been asked, which violated the principles of the law.No evidence was requested and she said she would be responding through the “proper and formal route.”Koursoumba said Michaelides had used a populist tone and his priorities were “evidently” not serving the public interest.She also specified she did not wished to comment on the auditor’s accusations “because my priority remains to serve the public interest.”Michaelides’ statement also revealed that since 2002, Koursoumba receives a pension for the role of state attorney, which she previously held, as well as a monthly salary of €8,300. She is also allowed to have a second pension when her tenure as law commissioner comes to an end.Koursoumba’s contract allowed her to use the service vehicle until 2014, a benefit that she continued to illegally receive when the benefits were terminated in 2014, Michaelides said.The two have recently clashed after the auditor-general told lawmakers that Koursoumba squandered public money spending €463,000 in legal fees on one private lawyer who was tasked with overseeing the drafting of legislation as part of the procedure to solve the Cyprus problem.Koursoumba said she was merely carrying out a decision taken by the cabinet in line with a finance ministry proposal.According to Michaelides’ statement, after sending Koursoumba the letter on the vehicle she “sought to muddy the waters and issue an announcement accusing the auditor-general of supposedly disliking her.”Instead of attacking those doing their job and auditing her service, she should return the money she illegally benefited from, Michaelides concluded.You May LikeJobs in Canada | Search AdsGetting a Job in Canada Might be Easier Than You ThinkJobs in Canada | Search AdsUndoBest-journal.xyzThe Most Beautiful Beaches in the WorldBest-journal.xyzUndoMoney Buddy17 Jobs That Won’t Be Around In 20 YearsMoney BuddyUndo Urgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoHouse rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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