John Calipari Tweets Response To Pelicans Story: “I Have No Interest In The Pelicans Or Any Other Job”

first_imgJohn Calipari's press conference after close win vs. LSU.YouTubeIt didn’t take long for John Calipari to shoot down reports that he may be interested in the New Orleans Pelicans opening. Just minutes ago, we shared a report by NOLA.com’s John Reid, which said that Calipari “may be interested” in coaching former players Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans. Calipari didn’t waste any time in addressing it.Even though Anthony and Tyreke are in NOLA, I have no interest in the Pelicans or any other job. I have a great job and I’m happy at UK.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 19, 2015Coaches have made similar statements and still taken those jobs in the past, but considering the talent that Calipari brings in every year, and the recent reports of a generous contract extension, we fully expect Calipari to stay put.last_img read more

ESPN Analysts Release Predictions For Clemson-Boston College

first_imgTrevor Lawrence hands the ball off for Clemson.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 15: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 hands off to running back Adam Choice #26 of the Clemson Tigers during the Tigers’ football game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)One of the top matchups this weekend is Saturday night’s ACC tilt between No. 2 Clemson and No. 17 Boston College. The Tigers need to win to stay undefeated while BC is looking to put the nation on notice.The environment in Chestnut Hill should be electric. ESPN’s College GameDay will be on campus.Additionally, it is a prime time kickoff.JUST IN: Special message from @KirkHerbstreit on the location of the set for @CollegeGameDay Saturday at BC!Also check out the release for IMPORTANT details regarding parking and everyone’s favorite topic, tailgating!https://t.co/qSmLaCebt7#WeAreBC pic.twitter.com/3qgZiUPET8— BC Football (@BCFootball) November 6, 2018As for the game itself, ESPN’s panel of analysts unveiled its picks earlier today. Sixteen experts chimed in with their prediction.All 16 analysts have picked Clemson to win.Most of them don’t expect the game to be close either. Only four of them think it will be within two scores.Only one writer (Jake Trotter) is picking Clemson by single-digits.Clemson-BC was one of four games the ESPN analysts predicted this week. You can see their full list of picks here.Clemson and Boston College will kick off at 8 p.m. ET Saturday night from Alumni Stadium.ABC will broadcast the contest, with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor on the call.last_img read more

Senior Director in the Tourism Ministry Calls for Responsible and Sustainable Tourism

first_img Senior Director of Technical Service in the Ministry of Tourism, David Dobson, says Jamaica and other tourism-dependent countries must consistently evaluate the industry’s economic, environmental and social impact globally to ensure the sector remains sustainable and relevant.Mr. Dobson, who described this as “responsible tourism”, said this approach would serve to minimize negative environmental and impacts, while generating greater economic benefit for locals and enhancing the well-being of their host communities.He was speaking at the Planning Institute of Jamaica’s (PIOJ) Dialogue for Development Lecture Series at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on October 12, where he represented Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett.Mr. Dobson said stakeholders should ensure that the wider community is kept abreast of things that are happening within the sector.“Responsible tourism also involves the local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances. It also makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, and embracing diversity,” he stated.Meanwhile, the Senior Director of Technical Service noted the Ministry has consistently made community based tourism an important part of its mandate and outreach programme, adding that “we have moved away from the traditional sand, sun and sea.“The millennial are the main persons who are traveling a lot more. They are the younger professionals and they are seeking what you would call experience and adventure,” Mr. Dobson stated.The PIOJ’s Dialogue for Development Lecture Series is targeted at senior secondary school students and tertiary students, leaders of community organisations, leaders of civil society groups and non-government organisations and technical staff in ministries, departments and agencies.The output of the series is to gain additional feedback from Jamaicans that will inform policy formulation and programme development. Mr. Dobson, who described this as “responsible tourism”, said this approach would serve to minimize negative environmental and impacts, while generating greater economic benefit for locals and enhancing the well-being of their host communities. Story Highlights He was speaking at the Planning Institute of Jamaica’s (PIOJ) Dialogue for Development Lecture Series at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on October 12, where he represented Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett. Senior Director of Technical Service in the Ministry of Tourism, David Dobson, says Jamaica and other tourism-dependent countries must consistently evaluate the industry’s economic, environmental and social impact globally to ensure the sector remains sustainable and relevant.last_img read more

Denmark Bolsters Efforts to Sniff Out Sulfur Polluters

first_imgzoom Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has hired a compatriot startup company Explicit to monitor ships’ sulfur emissions using a special “sniffer technology”.The monitoring, starting early July will be conducted from the air by sampling exhaust plumes from vessels in waters around Denmark, the company said. The operation will deploy a unique sniffer technology developed by Explicit that will be mounted on helicopters – and eventually also drones.As disclosed, the objective is to detect and deter violations of the 0.10% ECA restriction on sulphur in the bunker fuel.Explicit will carry 400 measurements until December 1, 2017 and have been given the option to extend monitoring in 2018 and 2019. The monitoring should help to provide EPA with a clear picture of whether the rules are being followed, EPA noted.“The new Mini Sniffer System is capable of measuring both sulphur and NOX emissions from vessels to determine their compliance, and is small enough to be carried on a drone without compromising quality or reliability. Initially, however, the technology will be deployed on a manned helicopter, but with the prospect of phasing in drones as a supplement in the future,” the company pointed out.”The manned helicopter is an extremely efficient tool for this purpose, both because of the speed with which it can cover large areas and many ships, but also because of its maneuverability in the plume,” Jon Knudsen Explicit’s CEO said.As explained, Explicit has developed a patented method known as smart flight, using rotary platforms (helicopters and drones) because of their ability to maneuver in the plume. This is combined with smart flight software that guides the pilot on the real-time sensor feedback to optimize the position for sampling.Speaking of usage of drones Knudsen said that they have the potential to play a role in emissions enforcement, but the question is where to deploy them.“Manned helicopters are still the most competitive and preferred option for long-range missions. But both multi-rotors and VTOLs may already be deployed efficiently in near-coastal areas, at harbour entries, rivers and deltas, as well as from inspection vessels,” Knudsen added.As there has been a lot of attention on the enforcement of MARPOL Annex VI, the company has been approached  by authorities and other international partners interested in its technology, including Dutch authorities (ILT).The new helicopter surveillance will complement the monitoring of sulfur emissions from shipping already implemented using a so-called “sniffer” installed under the Great Belt Bridge.If the ships emit too much sulfur, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency is notified, and then advises the Danish Maritime Authority, which can take an oil sample from the ship when it is in port. If the oil sample shows that the fuel used contains too much sulfur, the ship is reported to the police. In the case of a foreign ship, the authorities of the country to which the ship is heading is informed.EPA said that since a sharp limit on sulfur content in marine fuels came into force on January 1, 2015 in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, the sulfur content in the air above Denmark has been more than halved.last_img read more

Minister Welcomes New Company to Nova Scotia at OTC

first_imgA new company that will offer specialized services to the oil and gas and liquified natural gas (LNG) sectors is establishing its North American headquarters in Halifax, Energy Minister Bill Dooks announced today, May 2. The new firm, Parker Kaefer, was created when Parker Brothers Contracting Limited of Halifax joined forces with German multinational Kaefer Group. “These are quality companies and they have a reputation of dealing with the best,” Mr. Dooks said at the Offshore Technologies Conference (OTC ’06) in Houston, Texas. “I think their joint decision to establish their base in Nova Scotia speaks volumes about the quality of our workers and the level of competence in our energy sector.” The company’s initial focus will be on construction of LNG receiving terminals. “Both companies have a strong tradition of excellence, and we are proud to join together to provide the oil and gas sector with enhanced service during both construction and maintenance phases,” said Malcolm Giffin, president and CEO of Parker Brothers Contracting Limited Group. “When we combine our regional knowledge and presence with Kaefer’s international LNG and North Sea experience, the outcome will be superior products and services for our clients.” The company will also provide a full spectrum of technology and services related to the oil, gas and nuclear energy industries, including insulation and cladding, surface protection for offshore rigs and installations and access management and design and engineering services.last_img read more

British Airways faces £183 million fine over breach of customers data

first_imgLondon: Britain’s data regulator said Monday it wants to fine British Airways £183 million over a data breach that compromised information on half a million customers the biggest to date under new, tougher data regulations. The airline revealed in September that it had been the victim of a hack. The scam saw customers diverted to a fake website where credit card details were harvested by the attackers. “People’s personal data is just that – personal. When an organization fails to protect it from loss, damage or theft it is more than an inconvenience,” Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”That’s why the law is clear – when you are entrusted with personal data you must look after it.” The regulator said that the proposed fine equivalent to 1.5% of the airline’s annual turnover is the biggest it has ever imposed. It comes about a year after European Union member states began implementing the most sweeping change in data protection rules in a generation. The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR for short, is designed to make it easier for EU residents to give and withdraw permission for companies to use personal information but also forces companies that hold data to be accountable for looking after it. Authorities can fine companies up to 4% of annual revenue or 20 million euros (USD 22.5 million), whichever is higher, for breaching the rules. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe Information Commissioner’s Office says its investigation of BA found that “poor security arrangements” compromised login, payment card, and travel booking details as well as name and address information. The parent company of BA, International Airlines Group, said it would fight the proposed fine. It has 28 days to make its case in the first step of the process, which could take some time to complete. “British Airways will be making representations to the ICO in relation to the proposed fine,” said IAG’s CEO Willie Walsh said. “We intend to take all appropriate steps to defend the airline’s position vigorously, including making any necessary appeals.”last_img read more

Orlando Bloom on wedding plans with Katy Perry

first_imgLos Angeles: Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry are not rushing into getting married because they want to focus on creating ”a feeling of trust and safety” before they officially tie the knot. The 42-year-old actor popped the question to the pop star in February and he says he wants to ”lay a really grounded foundation” with his fiance before their wedding. ”(We) are doing all the work necessary to lay a really grounded foundation to our relationship. To be honest, that’s part of the job, right? “You have to do the ground work together, create a feeling of trust and safety so that you can spend time apart and do everything that you need to do, and still feel tethered to that person, so that you can go on a journey together,” Bloom told Us Weekly.last_img read more

Strategic outlook

first_imgIn a recent event, commemorating the first death anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Pokhran, the site of India’s five nuclear test explosions, Home Minister Rajnath Singh remarked that India has been firmly committed to the nuclear “no-first-use” (NFU) policy thus far, but “what happens in future depends on future circumstances”. Singh’s remarks have triggered intense speculation on whether India is renouncing the two-decade-old NFU policy and is adopting a more aggressive posture towards its regional strategic rivals, namely Pakistan and China. On a plane reading, Singh’s statement does not indicate any discernible shift in India’s stance on the NFU. However, his cautioning about the “future circumstances” arises from the country’s many immediate and long-term policy imperatives in a rapidly changing strategic environment. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe NFU has been one of the longstanding tenets of India’s nuclear doctrine and its prevalence in the Indian strategic thought can be found well-before New Delhi formally acquired nuclear weapons in 1998. Since nuclearisation, the NFU policy has served India’s strategic interests reasonably well, and despite the change in its strategic environment brought about by Pakistan’s acquisition of tactical nuclear weapons (TNWs) and China’s rapid military build-up along the eastern borders, New Delhi has remained firmly committed to the NFU. While reiterating this commitment, Singh, however, also subtly signalled India’s adversaries, especially Pakistan, that it cannot take the NFU policy as given under all times and under all circumstances. Also Read – Insider threat managementFor the past three decades, India has borne the brunt of Pak-sponsored terrorism that claimed thousands of Indian lives. By threatening a nuclear use, Pakistan has continued to sponsor sub-conventional war against India and disregarded New Delhi’s overtures for solving the Kashmir problem through diplomatic means. This, however, is beginning to change as India has shown that it will no longer be the passive recipient of Pak-sponsored terrorism and will call-out Pakistan Army’s nuclear bluff before the international community. The statement on NFU, in this regard, is a subtle signal to Pakistan – especially after the abrogation of J&K’s special status and the recent reports about Pak-army attempting to foment instability in Kashmir – to reckon with new political realities and not to pursue its regressive terror policies. The comment of NFU, however, cannot be seen in such a narrower context and signifies India’s wider strategic concerns in the changing global nuclear environment. Today, the most pressing challenges before the international nuclear order arise from the breakdown of strategic arms control between the US and Russia and the emergence of new technologies which are threatening to disrupt global peace and stability. Trump administration’s decision to abrogate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force (INF) Treaty early this year and its continuing indecisiveness over the extension of New-START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), which is set to expire in 2021 has raised serious concerns over the future of nuclear arms control and disarmament. Besides the crumbling arms control paradigm, the world is also witnessing an increasingly weaker non-proliferation regime marked by North Korea’s growing nuclear arsenal and the unravelling of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) after US’s withdrawal in 2018. North Korea’s continued missile tests and its demand for sanctions relief has stalled the progress on US-DPRK de-nuclearisation talks, while President Trump’s decision to walk out of the JCPOA has led the Tehran to breach the limits on Uranium enrichment. The increasing unwillingness among the great powers to steer the nuclear non-proliferation regime has serious consequences for India’s foreign and security policies. What is, however, more worrying for New Delhi is the ongoing nuclear modernisation programmes of the US, Russia and China which are disrupting the existing order and threatens to unleash a new nuclear arms race. Along with the development of new-generation nuclear warheads and missiles, the advances in the emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), space-based surveillance, cybernetics, hypersonic weapons, etc., are redefining the assumptions of nuclear deterrence and inducing changes in traditional nuclear policies and postures. The revolutionary advances in the areas of remote sensing, radio-detection, swarming drones are making it difficult to maintain a credible second-strike capability. As the nuclear forces are becoming more and more vulnerable to disruption from the impact of these technologies, the traditional notions of invulnerability associated with nuclear delivery systems are eroding rapidly. By making nuclear arsenals vulnerable to rapid detection, dysfunction, and destruction, the new technologies are challenging the assumptions of mutual invulnerability and thereby making the idea of decapitating first-strike, a reality. In this context, the technologically weaker countries are forced to adopt ‘hair-trigger alert’ and ‘launch-on-warning’ postures, as a consequence of an increasing “use ’em or lose ’em” dilemma. With US and China fiercely competing to secure competitive and strategic advantages in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), cyber weapons and hypersonic platforms, India cannot afford to lag behind. These technologies have potentially far-reaching consequences for global and regional strategic stability. The Indian policymakers are clearly aware of these developments trends, and Singh’s remarks also allude to these trends, albeit implicitly. Although India has not shown any urgency in rolling-back the NFU or changing its nuclear doctrine in the light of China’s rapid nuclear and conventional force modernisation, New Delhi is certainly mindful of these developments and is trading a cautious path. The Indian policymakers are aware of the gains that the country has accrued over the years by sticking to the NFU posture. Giving-up NFU and adopting the explicit ‘first use’ posture not only entails preparing nuclear weapons for the first-use but also requires concurrent changes in the nuclear command and control infrastructure. This involves committing additional resources, which may be totally unwarranted and do not serve India’s interests at this juncture. Nevertheless, the pressures on India’s nuclear policy are clearly far greater at this juncture than ever. Amidst the changing circumstances, Singh’s statement serves to clarify India’s strategic concerns and chart the future course of policies. More importantly, it also unequivocally signals New Delhi’s resolve to defend its interests and adjusts its policies as the situation demands. (The author is Associate Fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

New Brunswick man charged with production of child pornography in United States

first_imgA 49-year-old New Brunswick man who allegedly travelled to Ohio to meet a teenage girl is facing a charge of production of child pornography in the United States.Joseph Haggerty of St. Stephen, N.B., was arrested last Thursday, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in northern Ohio.“This case is another stark reminder to parents that they need to know who their children are communicating with on social media and in real life,” acting U.S. Attorney David Sierleja said in the release.Officials said agents with Homeland Security Investigations in Austin, Texas, received a tip that Haggerty had been soliciting nude images from children.They said he was scheduled to fly from Toronto to Cleveland last Thursday, and upon his arrival, agents followed him to Linden Park in the suburb of Rocky River, where he allegedly met with a 17-year-old girl.The girl told agents she started talking to Haggerty on a messaging app last December and they subsequently engaged in hours-long Skype chats, in which the accused would allegedly direct her conduct, the release said.It said the girl told relatives she was going on a camping trip for the weekend, but actually planned to go to the Lakewood hotel with Haggerty.Homeland Security Investigations contacted the RCMP’S internet child exploitation unit, who executed a search warrant at Haggerty’s St. Stephen home and found nude images of the minor as well as evidence of an estimated five other potential victims, it said.“This defendant victimized at least one child and possibly many more,” Sierleja alleged of the accused.U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Mike Tobin said Haggerty remained in custody Friday after waiving his right to a detention hearing Monday.last_img read more

Toronto only Canadian city to make Amazon HQ short list

first_imgOnline retail giant Amazon has announced its shortlist of candidates for its second company headquarters and Calgary isn’t on it. The city submitted a bid in October exclaiming “we’d fight a bear for you” unfortunately, that promise wasn’t enough, nor was $500,000 spent on the campaign.Amazon sifted through 238 proposals and Toronto is the only municipality outside of the U.S. to make the final 20. The company plans to invest $5-billion in the new headquarters, and place as many as 50-thousand high paying jobs in the building. Amazon said the final decision will come sometime this year.Here is the complete list of candidates:– Atlanta, GA– Austin, TX– Boston, MA– Chicago, IL– Columbus, OH– Dallas, TX– Denver, CO– Indianapolis, IN– Los Angeles, CA– Miami, FL– Montgomery County, MD– Nashville, TN– Newark, NJ– New York City, NY– Northern Virginia, VA– Philadelphia, PA– Pittsburgh, PA– Raleigh, NC– Toronto, ON– Washington D.C.last_img read more

Gaza UN aid official condemns rocket attack on border crossing with Israel

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory has condemned today’s rocket attacks that led to the closure of the Kerem Shalom border crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip. Kevin Kennedy said in a statement issued in Jerusalem that “such attacks are completely unacceptable and endanger the provision of vital humanitarian assistance to the civilian population of Gaza.” Kerem Shalom is one of the few crossings between Israel and Gaza, where UN relief officials have warned critical food shortages are looming because of restrictions or closures of crossings since deadly intra-Palestinian fighting erupted earlier this month. In his statement Mr. Kennedy called on all parties to respect international humanitarian law, adding that he continued to work to ensure appropriate security and access conditions for the passage of humanitarian goods through the crossing points. 25 June 2007The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory has condemned today’s rocket attacks that led to the closure of the Kerem Shalom border crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip. read more

As southern Africa faces hungry holiday season UN agencies call for urgent

As more than 9 million southern Africans face hunger over the holiday season while much of the rest of the world feasts, United Nations agencies today pleaded for immediate donor aid to continue feeding the hungriest. The UN World Food Programme (WFP), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Zambian Government appealed for $8.5 million to provide food aid for up to 82,000 Angolan and Congolese refugees in Zambia facing a ration cut of 50 per cent as of 1 January. Overall WFP needs $77 million immediately to keep providing food aid in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe – the countries hit hardest by the region’s weather-induced food crisis – until June 2006, when the next harvest is due. “This is certainly not our preferred course of action,” WFP Zambia Country Director David Stevenson said of the plan to halve the refugees’ rations in order to assure some level of food assistance in the months ahead.“We simply have no choice. Although we had a stable pipeline for refugees through to December this year, we have received no contributions for 2006. This is an extremely serious situation as these refugees live in camps and settlements in remote areas of Zambia and rely entirely on WFP for their food supplies,” he added. UNHCR regional representative in Zambia Ahmed Said Farah warned: “There will be increased morbidity, mortality and stunted growth. Social problems, such as prostitution and child labour, will increase and refugees may become uncontrollable as a result of the food cuts.”WFP is working to stem the impact of the ‘triple threat’ in southern Africa: the combination of extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS and the weakening capacity of governments to meet the needs of their most vulnerable citizens. Southern African countries have nine of the 10 highest HIV adult prevalence rates in the world. “The people who suffer the most when there are food shortages are the children, the sick and the elderly,” WFP Regional Director for southern Africa Mike Sackett said. Southern Africa is suffering from its fourth consecutive year of erratic weather, which means that many small children have been reliant on food aid since they were born. WFP’s three year food relief project (from January 2005 to December 2007) requires $621 million. The current shortfall is $299 million, including the $77 million needed for January to April 2006. Further to the north in Kenya, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has re-issued a $4 million emergency appeal it first made in October to aid thousands of children facing malnutrition due to deepening drought.“Given that situation can only get worse, it is imperative that all partners and the government act swiftly to protect the most vulnerable children and women,” UNICEF Kenya Representative Heimo Laakkonen said. WFP has already more than doubled its estimate of the number of people needing food aid to about 2.5 million. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 29, 2016 3:13 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 29, 2016 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,422.12, up 61.02 points):B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up 35 cents, or 11.44 per cent, to $3.41 on 7.7 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up 29 cents, or 7.80 per cent, to $4.01 on 5.8 million shares.Avesoro Resources Inc. (TSX:ASO). Miner. Down half-a-cent, or 16.67 per cent, to 2.5 cents on 5.1 million shares.ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. (TSX:PLI). Biotechnology. Up 14 cents, or 7.91 per cent, to $1.91 on 5.1 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up 19 cents, or 4.51 per cent, to $4.40 on 5.1 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Up $1.41, or 6.81 per cent, to $22.12 on 4.5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up three cents, or 1.4 per cent, to $2.17 on 3.8 million shares. The company’s rail division in Berlin has signed a framework agreement with Austrian Federal Railways that could cover up to 300 trains worth up to US$1.9 billion. read more

Digital transfer saves oldest ever Christmas sound recordings from 1902

first_imgBack in the early 1900’s, the Wall family from London used to record their Christmas parties using the height of technology at the time: a phonograph. The recording media of choice was wax cylinders, which as you’d expect, don’t survive very long unless looked after well.The Museum of London had the Wall family’s phonograph and 26 cylinders full of sound recordings donated to them back in 2008. The sound is thought to be the oldest Christmas recordings on record, as they date back to 1902. There’s even one from Christmas Day that year of the family singing Angels from the Realms of Glory and We Wish You a Merry Christmas.It was an unusual find at the time, not only because of the age and good condition, but because the phonograph and cylinders were so expensive in 1902. To record so much, let alone own one in the first place, required considerable wealth.One of the wax cylinders, dated 1904The museum has had the phonograph for four years, but couldn’t play the fragile cylinders in the phonograph for fear of breaking them. But now technology has come to the rescue and allowed the sound recordings to be digitally transferred with the help of the British Library. In the process, 24 of the 26 cylinders were recovered.As well as the video above detailing the discovery, the museum has made each of the recordings available to listen to on their website. The quality is fantastic, especially if you consider a lot of what you are listening to is over 100 years old (the cylinders span the years 1902 to 1917).More at Museum of Londonlast_img read more

Amazon announces new glarefree Kindle Paperwhite

first_imgEarlier today, Amazon provided a fleeting glimpse of an update to the Kindle Paperwhite — one of the devices that’s a part of the (ever-growing) Kindle family. A listing briefly appeared on Amazon, but was taken down as quickly as it appeared. The device was listed for $119, and would begin shipping on September 30 of this year. Now, Amazon has officially announced the new Paperwhite.What sets the Paperwhite apart is color of the screen, referred to in the device’s name. Normally, the black-and-white kindles are more accurately described as black-and-light-grey. The screen also contains a built-in light, and combined with the crisp, white display, makes the reader as close to looking like the page of a book as ever. This means that the Paperwhite can combat the Sun more than most mobiles devices.The new Paperwhite will come in two versions, mainly differentiated by a “3G” suffix. The 3G retails for $189, while the standard retails for $119. Both are ready to ship on September 30 of this year, coinciding with the earlier leak. The two versions both feature a six-inch, glare-free display, that built-in light, a 212ppi resolution, and can both hold over 1,000 books. The 3G will have Free 3G connectivity and WiFi, whereas the standard will only offer WiFi. The 3G will also weigh 7.6oz while the standard will weigh 0.3oz less.Along with the fancy new screen, the device sports a 25% faster processor, a 19% more accurate touchscreen, and a host of new Kindle features, such as (newly announced) Matchbook integration, as well as Kindle Page Flip, which is like the last channel button on your TV remote, but for book pages.If you’re into raising your mobile device toward the heavens, defying the Sun’s glare, head on over to Amazon and pre-order yourself a new Paperwhite.last_img read more

Leaked memo shows PR firm with Irish links helped set up lucrative

first_img Declan Kelly Image: John Harrison/NI Executive Image: John Harrison/NI Executive Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 2:46 PM Oct 27th 2016, 2:46 PM Share47 Tweet Email1 11,383 Views http://jrnl.ie/3048890 LINKS BETWEEN AN Irish public relations consultant based in New York and the Clinton Foundation have been highlighted in emails released by WikiLeaks.Declan Kelly co-founded consulting firm Teneo Holdings with American businessman Doug Band, one of Bill Clinton’s closest aides.Kelly is the brother of former Environment Minister Alan Kelly and served as Hillary Clinton’s economic envoy to Northern Ireland from 2009-2011, when she was US Secretary of State.Bill Clinton was a paid adviser to Teneo until the end of 2011, when he became a “friend and unpaid adviser to Teneo and its founders,” a spokesperson previously told Politico.In a 12-page memo from 2011, Band writes: “Since President Clinton left office, I have sought to leverage my activities, including my partner role at Teneo, to support and to raise funds for the Foundation.”The memo was in response to an audit by law firm Simpson Thatcher into the activities of the Clinton Foundation, undertaken at Chelsea Clinton’s request due to concerns she had about potential conflicts of interest.It previously emerged that Bill and Hillary’s daughter raised concerns about Teneo in an email sent to John Podesta, now Hillary’s presidential campaign chairman, and others in December 2011.She wrote that two people “separately voiced concerns directly to me about Teneo” at a Clinton Foundation event in London.“Ilya [Aspis, A Clinton Foundation aide] had been calling members of the British parliament “on behalf of President Clinton” for Teneo clients … without my father’s knowledge and inelegantly and ineffectually at best and at worse has now precipitating people in London making comparisons between my father and Tony Blair’s profit motivations. Which would horrify my father…“I will raise all of this and more with my father.”Bill and Hillary have made millions of dollars from giving speeches in various countries over the years.Donations In the memo, Band states: “As Teneo partners, we have solicited our clients to contribute or to increase their contributions to the Foundation.”He lists out the clients whose donations to the foundation were helped by Teneo’s input, including $4.3 million (€3.9 million) from Coca Cola, $1.1 million (just over €1 million) from Barclays, $780,000 (€713 million) from Dow Chemical, $540,000 (€494,000) from UBS Wealth Management and $350,000 (€320,000) from the American Ireland Fund (AIF). Declan Kelly (far right) with Hillary Clinton, Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson in New York in 2009. Source: US State Department via FlickrBand notes that Kelly has “advised the CEO of Coca Cola for years; he also enjoys a close relationship with one of the company’s largest shareholders Don Keogh”. Short URL 59 Comments Declan Kelly By Órla Ryan Leaked memo shows PR firm with Irish links helped set up lucrative speeches for Bill Clinton Declan Kelly, Alan Kelly’s brother, co-founded consulting firm Teneo Holdings. Mr Kelly introduced the CEO of Coca Cola, Muhtar Kent, to President Clinton in January 2009 at a meeting he arranged at President Clinton’s home in DC. Over the course of 2009, Mr Kelly cultivated Mr Kent’s interest in the Foundation … Mr Kelly asked Mr Kent to give $5 million to the Foundation, which he pledged in early 2010. Mr Kelly has collected $3 million of that pledge to date and he and I both will secure the remaining $2 million in the near future.Band also states that Kelly introduced Bill Clinton to Bob McCann, head of wealth management at UBS, at an AIF event in 2009, adding: “Mr Kelly subsequently asked Mr McCann to support the Foundation, which he did via the Clinton Economic Opportunity Initiative. Mr Kelly also encouraged Mr McCann to invite President Clinton to give several paid speeches, which he has done.”UBS paid Bill Clinton $450,000 (about €412,000) for speeches in 2011 and an additional $450,000 was due to be paid in 2012.‘No financial benefit to Teneo’The memo adds: “In addition to the $540,000 UBS contributed to the Foundation, Teneo partners have secured a commitment from UBS for President Clinton to deliver three additional paid speeches for them in 2012, should he choose to do so.”It also notes:In the unique roles in which we have had the opportunity to serve, we have been able to help balance the multiplicity of activities that demand his time and engagement to best fulfill his personal, political, business, official former President, and Foundation/non-profit goals.“We appreciate the unorthodox nature of our roles, and the goal of seeking ways to ensure we are implementing best practices to protect the 501(c)3 [tax-exempt non-profit organisation] status of the Foundation. As we go forward, we welcome the opportunity to identify better strategies for serving the President, the Foundation and its affiliated entities.”Teneo sent TheJournal.ie the following statement today:As the memo demonstrates, Teneo worked to encourage clients, where appropriate, to support the Clinton Foundation because of the good work that it does around the world. It also clearly shows that Teneo never received any financial benefit or benefit of any kind from doing so.CNN notes that while the Clinton Foundation and Teneo are run by people who have been in the Clinton circle for years, a direct line between the two organisations has never been officially confirmed.In 2015, the US State Department investigated an arrangement which allowed one of Hillary’s top aides, Huma Abedin, to consult for Teneo and other agencies.Read: Irish-run company at centre of Hillary Clinton controversyRead: A giant US advisory firm led by Alan Kelly’s brother has snapped up a major Irish PR agency Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

A murder the IRA and the Black Widow Catherine Nevin and the

first_img Tuesday 20 Feb 2018, 4:45 PM By Cormac Fitzgerald A murder, the IRA, and the Black Widow: Catherine Nevin and the trial that gripped the nation Catherine Nevin died last night at the age of 67. 40,934 Views TOM NEVIN WAS found dead in his pub near Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow by gardaí on 19 March, 1996.A well-known Wicklow publican, Tom had been counting up his St Patrick’s Day takings at Jack White’s Inn – where he lived –  when he was killed by pellets from a single close range shotgun blast.His wife – Catherine Nevin – publicly mourned him at the time.She had told gardaí that she was awoken by someone “pressing her face to the pillow” and shouting at her for money. She was later tied up, she said, and eventually managed to sound the alarm to call the gardaí.When they arrived, they found Tom Nevin on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood.It later emerged that about £13,000 (roughly €16,500) was taken from the pub and the Nevins’ car had been taken and was found later abandoned in Dublin. All signs pointed to a botched robbery.Four years later, Catherine Nevin was on trial at Dublin Central Criminal Court, accused of both murdering her husband and soliciting three other men to murder him.Nevin pleaded not guilty to the charges, and the ensuing 61-day criminal trial and all the details that emerged would grip the nation like few have before it and few have since.She was eventually convicted of Tom’s murder and dubbed the “Black Widow”.Catherine Nevin died last night at the age of 67. Jack Whites Lounge and Restaurant where the Nevin family lived and worked and where Tom Nevin was killed. Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall IrelandThe trialOver the course of the trial, the jury heard from 170 witnesses.New details emerged every day – there were claims and counter-claims from the defence and prosecution.According to a BBC News report from the time, Nevin attempted to characterise her husband – who was well-liked in his community as a quiet, hard working man – as being a member of the IRA, gay and a drunkard.On the prosecution side, it was alleged that Catherine Nevin had had affairs with a garda inspector, a judge and a convicted criminal.The judge and inspector both denied having any affair with her and Nevin also denied the claims.As the trial progressed, three key witnesses emerged who each said that Nevin had approached them in the past trying to arrange the murder of her husband. Nevin arriving at Dublin’s Four Courts in March, 2000. Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall IrelandTwo of these men had hardline Republican links, which further deepened the public interest and scandal in the trial.As a 2009 piece from the Irish Times points out, the testimony of these three men would prove vital to Nevin’s later conviction.After all the witnesses were heard, the jury of six men and six women deliberated for nearly four days before returning with a unanimous verdict finding Nevin guilty of the murder of her husband.The jury also returned three verdicts (each one 11 in favour to one against) finding her guilty of attempting to solicit three men to murder.At the time, the four days were a record length in Irish criminal proceedings for a jury to deliberate. That record is now held by the fraud trial of four bankers in 2016.The presiding judge – the late-miss Justice Mella Carroll – said to Nevin as the sentence was being handed down:“You had your husband assassinated, and you tried to assassinate his character as well. http://jrnl.ie/3861901 34 Comments I hope his family will take some consolation from this verdict.Tabloid coverage The intrigue and twists and turns of the trial – with its tales of murder, affairs, IRA links and deception – proved perfect fodder for the tabloid press at the time, who went into overdrive on their reporting.Much of the focus was on Nevin herself, who remained cool and calm throughout the trial, showing little emotion at any point as every aspect of her personal life was laid out to the jury.According to a 2000 Irish Times report by Kathy Sheridan following the trial, the tabloid media took huge interest in Nevin’s appearance and the sordid details that that emerged every day in the trial. Nevin leaving the Central Criminal Court in Dublin. Source: Paul Sharp/Photocall Ireland!Descriptions of her as having ”scarlet fingernails” and “scanty underwear” were reported.She was said to have used her ”silken boudoir” within her “den of sleaze” to “bed a bevy of sex-hungry men” while “plotting her husband’s murder”.One paper described her as turning up for the final verdict smiling, clad in “a clinging black dress, slit to the thigh”.It became so bad at one point, that Justice Carroll ordered a ban on the press commenting on Nevin’s appearance.Aftermath Nevin never accepted her guilty verdict and mounted numerous appeals to have the conviction overturned over the years.There was no forensic evidence or eye-witnesses to the killing, with the prosecution resting on the testimonies of the three men who said she had approached them about killing her husband.Three years after her conviction she was back in court trying to get the case thrown out.The court of Criminal Appeal said however that it was satisfied that there was nothing in the new material that had come to light that could have assisted Nevin’s defence and it was dismissed.In 2010, she had another “miscarriage of justice” appeal dismissed, with the Court of Criminal Appeal saying that there were no new relevant facts in her case.In 2014 she was denied in her bid to appeal her murder conviction to the Supreme Court.Nevin was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year. She had been on temporary release from prison and was receiving care in a hospice.She died last night.Read: Catherine Nevin has died at the age of 67Read: Catherine Nevin loses ‘miscarriage of justice’ appeal >center_img Short URL Image: Joe Dunne/Photocall Ireland! Catherine Nevin leaving the Central Criminal Court in April, 2000. Image: Joe Dunne/Photocall Ireland! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 20th 2018, 4:46 PM Share35 Tweet Email1 Catherine Nevin leaving the Central Criminal Court in April, 2000.last_img read more

Waffle House Hero Honored By Lawmakers Raises Thousands For Victims Families

first_imgMark Humphrey/APFour wooden crosses stand as a memorial Wednesday to those killed during a shooting at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn. The restaurant reopened three days after the attack.As it reopened its doors for business Wednesday, four wooden crosses painted white and decorated with hearts and balloons stood in front of a Nashville-area Waffle House, a stark reminder that just three days earlier it was the scene of seemingly random and lethal bloodshed.Each victim killed in Sunday’s shooting rampage had their photographs and and names on one of the crosses: Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29; Joe R. Perez, 20; DeEbony Groves, 21; and Akilah DaSilva, 23.In addition to the four people killed, two others were shot and seriously wounded, according to Nashville police.Jason Davis/Getty Images“I think anybody could’ve did what I did,” said James Shaw Jr., who disarmed a gunman at a Nashville-area Waffle House, where four people were killed. He spoke at a news conference with law enforcement officials on Sunday.Joyce Perkins, a therapist who lives just a mile and a half down the road, was one of the first lunch customers Wednesday and told Nashville Public Radio that she understands how difficult it can be process the loss of loved ones.“I just wanted to be present and do something and just watch the community come together,” she said.Waffle House Inc. says proceeds from the restaurant, in the neighborhood of Antioch, will be given to victims’ families. “For 30 days we will be donating 100% of the sales from this restaurant to the victims’ and their families,” a Waffle House spokesperson tells NPR.Tennessee lawmakers said the toll from the attack “would surely have been much greater” were it not for James Shaw Jr.The 29-year-old had just sat down with a friend to eat and wound up springing into action, wresting away the gunman’s rifle, throwing it over a counter and pushing him out the door.The state General Assembly wanted to set the record straight about Shaw, who has denied he is a hero, issuing a resolution to the contrary Tuesday. It reads in part:“if his heroism is equaled by anything, it is Mr. Shaw’s penchant for honesty; he later asserted that his actions were purely selfish and that he was only trying to stay alive, but everyone else, from Mayor David Briley, to Police Chief Steve Anderson, to Nashvillians from all walks of life, disagrees; and WHEREAS, no matter his motivations, Mr. Shaw is indeed a hero; his actions on that fateful morning are unfathomable to most, indescribable by even the chief of police, and very poignant to the citizens of Nashville, who are deeply grateful for his brave actions in the face of extreme adversity that saved many lives”The Waffle House spokesperson agreed, saying, “As for Mr. Shaw — although he says he is not a hero, he definitely is. His efforts saved many lives that morning. He is truly a hero. And of course we will be honoring him. We have not worked the details out.”Shaw’s elbow was grazed by a bullet and his hand was burned when he grabbed the rifle. But in the hours after the attack, his mind was on the other victims and their families.On Sunday, Shaw set up a GoFundMe page for victims’ families that by Thursday afternoon had raised more than $165,000, far surpassing its goal of $15,000.“Please take the time to donate as all of the proceeds will be given to the families,” Shaw wrote. “Thank you again for your generosity and blessings!”A day later, Yashar Ali, a journalist based in New York City, set up a GoFundMe for Shaw, saying, “James’ grace has inspired me to start this page to give him the support I feel he deserves.”So far, it has raised more than $175,000.Alright, I decided to start a @gofundme for James Shaw Jr, the Waffle House hero. I normally hate when people say this, but in this case, I think its important…please RT. Link To Donate: https://t.co/BkUyA63VOQ https://t.co/pv3HzUzyi6— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) April 24, 2018The suspected gunman, 29-year-old Travis Reinking, was apprehended a day after the shooting in a wooded area not far from the restaurant. He is facing four counts of murder as well as four counts of attempted murder, including one for Shaw.Reinking’s initial court appearance is set for May 7.The reopening of the Antioch Waffle House just three days after the shooting was in keeping with the restaurant’s reputation for keeping calm and carrying on.To justify what police did to #ChikesiaClemons is downright unacceptable..Despite outrage over the viral video, Waffle House calls black customer’s arrest ‘appropriate’ https://t.co/MSufxrXYOC via @usatoday #WaffleHouse— NAACP (@NAACP) April 24, 2018The “Waffle House Index,” reportedly created by former Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator W. Craig Fugate, measures the severity of a disaster against the status of the restaurant — which prides itself on staying open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.As Fugate told NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! in 2016: “They are open most of the time. And that was the index. If a Waffle House is closed because there’s a disaster, it’s bad. We call it red. If they’re open but have a limited menu, that’s yellow. … If they’re green, we’re good, keep going. You haven’t found the have bad stuff yet.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Debate Camp Emphasizes Role of Race in Shaping Policy and Society

first_imgralejandro@afro.com Participants in the 2014 Eddie Conway Liberation Institute.In a classroom on the campus of Morgan State University, a group of high school students gathered for a lecture on the contours ofAfro-pessimism. Afro-pessimism is a school of thought that argues multicultural theoretical frameworks err in equating the experience of other ethnic groups with the Black experience, and that American society is largely organized along the basis of a Black-White binary.These students, from all over the country, are attending the Eddie Conway Liberation Institute (ECLI), a camp for high school students on the national debate circuit that emphasizes a style of debate that uses non-traditional theoretical perspectives and focuses on how the notion of race informs policy and affects people of color in the United States and throughout the world.Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS), a policy think-tank based in Baltimore City, organize the three week residential camp. Now in its second year, the ECLI is the only national debate camp held at a historically Black institution as well as the only debate institute in the country organized and run by Black debaters, according to Dayvon Love, director of Research and Public Policy for LBS.Daryl Burch, one of ECLI’s instructors, began his debating career as a high school student in the 1980s and has been coaching since he completed his collegiate debating career at the University of Louisville in the 1990s. Together with Dr. Eddie Warner, also of the University of Louisville, he helped create and establish the practice of race-based performative debate and bring it into the mainstream policy debate world.“It’s more of an activist movement type,” explained Burch, “centered around empowerment, liberation, and social location, that kind of says we want students to engage in critical thought and critical thinking as a means to empower themselves, experience what I call epistemological growth, so to now have a different [perspective] on life that I can go back into communities and help make social change.”The classroom sessions offered at the camp introduce various perspectives on race and the way it shapes social organization and policy, but always with an eye to how these perspectives can be effectively incorporated into persuasive arguments, the ultimate end of any debater.For Sequoia Smith, from predominantly White Minneapolis, Minn., the ECLI has exposed her to the ways race rears its head in American society. “I never realized how much it affects my life every day, and so I feel like I have been taught to critically analyze everything I come in contact with,” said Smith.Geordano Liriano served as one of the instructors at this year’s camp and is preparing to enter the University of Iowa in the fall on a debate scholarship. Liriano explained how his experience with debate camps during his middle and high school career demonstrated the vacuum that the ECLI fills in the debate world. “I would go to debate camps that were predominantly Anglo – affluent, White students who debated about politics and policymaking in a very European framework,” said Liriano. “And a lot of them didn’t talk about things like social location or didn’t talk about things like African diaspora, or things like culture and culturally-relevant things.”Korey Johnson, currently a debater at Towson University who also served as an instructor at this year’s camp, spoke to the role non-traditional theoretical sources play in informing one’s approach to policy issues. “Traditional debate is oriented more towards affirming policy action and looking at the results of policy action . . . What Dayvon (Love) and Nick Brady (of LBS) pushed me to do was look at those things more critically, at who policy affects, and how does it affect them, and why it affects them,” said Johnson.For Burch, the ECLI and debate in general also serve as a palliative to the lack of non-European perspectives that most students experience in secondary education in the United States. “If Black history can’t be taught in school and there’s not a way to fit it within the curriculum, then sometimes [in] extracurricular activities you do have that luxury and flexibility to incorporate some of that genre into their argumentation. I think that helps kids have a more balanced educational experience throughout their high school career,” said Burch.last_img read more

Pinterest MaxWidth Video Ad Format Attracts Paramounts Mission Impossible — Fallout

first_imgOther advertisers kicking the tires on Pinterest’s wider-screen video ads include P&G, Kohl’s, American Express, Tropicana, Chevrolet, and U.K. department store chain John Lewis. The ads are slated to begin running on Pinterest next week.Pinterest has about 200 million monthly active users for the image-based search and sharing service, trailing rival Instagram, which has more than 800 million.While it has a smaller user base than Facebook or Instagram, Pinterest touts its audience as highly engaged — and interested in movies and TV shows. The company claims some 42 million users in the U.S. visit Pinterest “for entertainment ideas,” and says there are more than 11 million boards dedicated to movies on the service. Pinterest first introduced video ads two years ago and has run campaigns with media and entertainment partners including ABC, Paramount, STX Entertainment, Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment.Here’s what the “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” ad will look like in the Pinterest app:As part of its push to win Hollywood ad dollars, Pinterest recently hired Tina Pukonen, a former exec at Publicis Media’s Zenith ad agency, as its head of vertical marketing for entertainment and restaurants, as well as entertainment/restaurant industry sales lead Mike Chuthakieo, who hails from Pandora. Popular on Variety Pinterest is stretching video ads across the full width of its app in a new test with a handful of marketers including Paramount Pictures, which will run promos for Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” opening this summer.Pinterest’s Promoted Video at max width will span across the two-column feed on the Pinterest app, whereas the ads at standard width only show up on one column. The bigger format is available in both 16:9 and 1:1 aspect ratios, and they will appear on Pinterest users’ home feed, following tab and in search on mobile.“Following the success of past video campaigns, we’re excited to be one of the first to partner on this product in order to reach Pinterest’s huge community of movie fans,” Shannon Petranoff, senior VP of digital marketing for Paramount Pictures, said in a statement. She added that “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” which opens July 27, “is the perfect fit as this movie has something for everyone, much like Pinterest.”center_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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more