Officials still working out how much oil leaked from derailment in Manitoba

first_imgST-LAZARE, Man. — Canadian National Railway says it doesn’t yet know how much oil leaked from a derailment in western Manitoba, but it says trains are now running on the line again.The railway said Saturday there was “a partial leak” of crude south of St. Lazare, Man., but it was contained and none had reached the Assiniboine River.When asked on Sunday about how much oil spilled, and how many of the 37 cars that derailed on Saturday leaked, a CN spokesman said it’s “still being assessed.”Transportation Safety Board spokesman Alex Fournier says investigators from the board spent Sunday at the site, but he didn’t have information about the quantity of the spill either.Barry Lowes, reeve of the Rural Municipality of Ellice-Archie, Man., which surrounds St-Lazare, said Saturday that “quite a bit” of oil had spilled and there was a foul smell in the area.CN says no one was injured in the derailment and there was no fire reported, and the cause of the wreck remains under investigation.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Prince Harry Attends Closing Ceremony Of Invictus Games

first_imgPrince Harry attended the closing ceremony of the third Invictus Games in Toronto last week.Prince Harry Attends Closing Ceremony Of Invictus GamesCredit/Copyright: Royal.ukThis year was the biggest yet, involving 17 nations and over 550 competitors.Prince Harry founded the international sporting event in 2014 after a visit to the US-based Warrior Games. Seeing the amazing affect the competition had on wounded, injured and sick service men and women and their families, inspired Prince Harry to expand the concept into an international version, involving soldiers from across the world. HRH served in the Army for ten years, rising to the rank of Captain and undertaking two tours of Afghanistan and has since become passionate about the lives of servicemen and women.Video: Prince Harry’s speech at the closing ceremony of The Invictus Games“You have delivered the biggest Invictus Games yet, with the most incredible atmosphere, making our competitors feel like the stars they are’ said Prince Harry in his closing speech. He also urged spectators and competitors to carry the spirit of the games home with them. ‘Make a plan about how you are going to use the experience of this week, to help lift up all those around you. It might be something big, like starting a new project for young people. Or, it might be something small, like reconnecting with an old friend. It doesn’t matter how big or small your step is – just take it.”The word ‘Invictus’ meaning unconquered embodies the fighting spirit of the wounded, injured and sick service personnel and what these tenacious men and women can achieve, post injury.All week in Toronto, 550 competitors from all over the world were taking part in 12 adaptive sports – Prince Harry was in Toronto to watch them, all as well as meeting some of the competitors, their supporters and handing out medals to winners.A focus for the games this year was the importance of friends and family, and recognising the vital support they give to loved ones recovering from injury. The Prince met the UK team earlier this year at The Tower of London.During his time in Toronto, Prince Harry also held bilateral meetings with David Johnson, The Governor General of Canada, The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, and the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, who was leading the USA team delegation of the Invictus Games.Prince Harry spoke during #WEDay Toronto and at the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research Conference, where academics share their research and ideas to improve care for members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families. HRH was also joined by Former President Barack Obama, former second lady of the U.S. Jill Biden and Former Vice President of the U.S. Joe Biden to watch wheelchair basketball.The 2018 Invictus Games will be held in Sydney, Australia.Source:Royal.uklast_img read more

Feds allege misspending at Manitoba tribal organization

first_imgAPTN National NewsA federal government audit of a Manitoba tribal council’s books allegedly uncovered more than $260,000 in “inappropriate or questionable” payments to the two former grand chiefs and staff member during their time in office, according to Aboriginal Affairs.In a letter dated July 25, addressed to current Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO) Grand Chief Terrence Nelson, obtained by APTN National News, Aboriginal Affairs said they conducted an investigation into the payments made to the SCO’s former grand chiefs Morris Shannacappo, Murray Clearsky and his chief of staff Michael Bear between the fiscal years 2010 to 2013.Nelson was elected in January and after the allegations. The letters says if the SCO can’t provide proof the payments were legit by Friday the feds will expect the money to be repaid.Nelson told APTN some of the payments can be explained and he’s been in contact with Aboriginal Affairs.“We cooperated completely with the forensic auditors. The complaint came in from staff originally a while back and the chiefs acted on it. The chiefs were the ones who removed the former grand chief,” said Nelson. “This is not a court of law. If there is criminal activity, obviously that will be forwarded to the RCMP. The chiefs are very clear nothing will be covered up.”Auditors dug through SCO’s books for three weeks, said Nelson.According to the letter, auditors allege Clearsky used an unauthorized debit card, connected to SCO’s bank account, for nearly $28,000 in purchases and cash withdrawals between July and September 2013 for a treaty awareness event.Other allegations include alleged improper pay increases, travel expenses, healing lodge expenses and purchase of a vehicle by Shannacappo.“The car was never paid for by SCO funds,” said Nelson, who added he’s responded to the feds and the process of finding out exactly what is owed in continuing.For the complete list of the allegations read the letter here.Nelson said he’s just begun to reach out to Clearsky and Bear for their side of things.The SCO chiefs ousted Clearsky last October when the allegations surfaced.news@aptn.calast_img read more

CSIS welcomed energy industry info about alleged threats documents show

first_imgClayton Thomas-Muller (left) at a protest in Paris. (APTN file)APTN NewsThe Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) routinely welcomed reports from the energy industry about perceived threats, and kept such information in its files in case it might prove useful later, newly disclosed documents reveal.Canada’s spy agency is supposed to retain only information that is “strictly necessary” to do its job, and the spy agency is now facing questions about whether it collected and hung on to material about groups or people who posed no real threat.Details of the CSIS practices are emerging in a case mounted by the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) in the Federal Court of Canada.Clayton Thomas-Müller of Pukatawagan Cree Nation in Manitoba is a regular campaigner at demonstrations and protests at home and abroad.He said the abuses alleged by the BCCLA occurred under former prime minister Stephen Harper and could be continuing under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“Of course, CSIS says that they’re not guilty of anything,” he said from Winnipeg Monday.“The fact of the matter is we have no reason to think anything’s changed from the Harper era to the Trudeau era.”In a February 2014 complaint to the CSIS watchdog, the Security Intelligence Review Committee, the BCCLA alleged the spy service overstepped its legal authority by monitoring environmentalists opposed to Enbridge’s now-abandoned Northern Gateway pipeline proposal.It also accused CSIS of sharing information about the opponents with the National Energy Board and petroleum industry companies, effectively deterring people from voicing their opinions and associating with environmental groups.The review committee dismissed the civil liberties association’s complaint in 2017, prompting the association to ask the Federal Court to revisit the outcome.In the process, more than 8,000 pages of once-secret material, including heavily redacted transcripts of closed-door hearings, have become public, providing a glimpse into the review committee’s deliberations.During one hearing, a CSIS official whose identity is confidential told the committee that information volunteered by energy companies was put in a spy service database.“It is not actionable. It just sits there,” the CSIS official said. “But should something happen, should violence erupt, then we will go back to this and be able to see that we had the information? It is just information that was given to us, and we need to log it.“Should something happen after and we hadn’t logged it, then we are at fault for not keeping the information.”Civil libertiesThe review committee heard from several witnesses and examined hundreds of documents in weighing the civil liberties association’s complaint.The watchdog concluded CSIS collected some information about peaceful anti-petroleum groups, but only incidentally in the process of investigating legitimate threats to projects such as oil pipelines.Advocacy and environmental groups Leadnow, the Dogwood Initiative, and the Council of Canadians are mentioned in the thousands of pages of CSIS operational reports scrutinized by the review committee.But the committee’s report said that CSIS’s activities did not stray into surveillance of organizations engaged in lawful advocacy, protest or dissent.A CSIS witness testified the spy service “is not in the business of investigating environmentalists because they are advocating for an environmental cause, period.”Still, the review committee urged CSIS to ensure it was keeping only “strictly necessary” information, as spelled out in the law governing the spy service.And Thomas-Müller offered this advice – albeit sarcastically.“I know that when I’m not spying on people I’m not generating thousands of redacted pages of documents,” he cracked.Chilling effectThe civil liberties association told the committee of a chilling effect for civil society groups from the spy service’s information-gathering as well as comments by then-natural resources minister Joe Oliver denouncing “environmental and other radical groups.”One CSIS witness told the committee that Oliver’s statement did not flow from information provided by the spy agency.“As a service, we never found out where he was coming from, where he got this information or who had briefed him,” the unnamed CSIS official said. “So we’re not sure where he got it. But it wasn’t from us.”The review committee found CSIS did not share information about the environmental groups in question with the National Energy Board or the petroleum industry.The association wants the Federal Court to take a second look, given that CSIS created more than 500 operational reports relevant to the committee’s inquiry.“The main impression one draws from the (committee) report is ‘nothing to see here, look away,’ when in fact there is a lot to see here,” said Paul Champ, a lawyer for the association.Dozens of censored CSIS records say the reporting was further to “the Service’s efforts in assessing the threat environment and the potential for threat-related violence stemming from (redacted) protests/demonstrations.”Spy serviceSome of the documents reveal that CSIS itself is questioning whether it is going too far, noting that the spy service is “pressing on the limitations of our mandate.”The notion that information on some groups or individuals was gathered incidentally is “cold comfort to people whose names might end up in the databanks of Canada’s intelligence service simply because they expressed a political opinion on Facebook, signed a petition, or attended a protest,” Champ said.One document refers to the Dogwood Initiative as a “non-profit, Canadian environmental organization that was established in 1999 ‘to help communities and First Nations gain more control of the land and resources around them so they can be managed in a way that does not rob future generations for short-term corporate gain.”’The passages before and after the description are blacked out.“This court case will take some time to play out,” Champ said. “Right now, we are focused on getting access to as much information as possible so we can properly make our main arguments about how these CSIS activities violate the law.”– With files from Kathleen Martens and the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Dunnville boy dies of injuries

A 15-year old Dunnville boy involved in a crash in West Lincoln this week has died of his injuries.The accident happened at the intersection of Silver Street and Caistorville Road on Wednesday. Police say a minivan carrying six people collided with a pickup truck. A 37-year-old woman who was driving the minivan remains in critical condition.The condition of the four younger children is improving. The teen’s name is not being released, and his family is asking for privacy at this time.

Buckeyes hold at No 2 in latest AP poll

OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard and OSU junior defensive end Jayln Holmes (11) celebrate after Hubbard’s sack during the first quarter against Tulsa on Sept.10. The Buckeyes won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe Ohio State football team enjoyed a bye week after defeating Oklahoma 45-24 last Saturday, and remained second in the weekly Associated Press Top 25 Poll. OSU trails only Alabama, who topped Kent State 48-0 on Saturday.Louisville remained at No. 3 following another impressive day from quarterback Lamar Jackson, while Michigan easily handled Penn State 49-10. Clemson rounds out the top five.Michigan State dropped to No. 17 after a 30-6 loss at home at the hands of now-No. 8 Wisconsin. Quarterback Tyler O’Connor struggled for the Spartans, throwing three interceptions and failing to find the endzone.Five Big Ten teams are ranked within the top 25 this week, an identical mark from the last AP poll. Nebraska moved up to No. 15 after dispatching Northwestern 24-13.The Buckeyes received four first-place votes. Alabama had 50 first-place votes, Louisville had six and Michigan had one. read more

Candy Crush Saga makers trademark the word Candy

first_imgTHE MAKERS OF the popular mobile game Candy Crush Saga are facing criticism after it trademarked the word “Candy.”The company behind the game, King, trademarked the word last week to help protect the game from intellectual property infringements.According to Reuters, it’s obtained a trademark from the EU, which will not only apply to computer games, but to other areas such as clothes and footwear. A similar trademark was approved by the US Patent and Trademark Office.Reports have said that a number of developers whose apps contain the word ‘Candy’ were emailed by Apple, asking them to remove the app or prove it doesn’t infringe upon its trademark.In a statement to GamesIndustry, the makers saying it wants to protect its game title from imitators who also use the word ‘Candy’. We have trademarked the word ‘Candy’ in the EU, as our IP is constantly being infringed and we have to enforce our rights and to protect our players from confusion. We don’t enforce against all uses of ‘Candy’ – some are legitimate and of course, we would not ask App developers who use the term legitimately to stop doing so.Candy Crush Saga launched on Facebook in 2011 and exploded in popularity. The puzzle game became both the top downloaded free app and the top grossing app in 2013 and has been downloaded more than 500 million times.The game itself is being investigated by the UK Office of Fair Trading to see if it’s exploiting younger users and whether new guidelines are needed.Read: Can video games actually make you smarter? >Read: This man owns 11,000 video games and is now a world record holder >last_img read more

1982 Missile Command record beaten in 56 hour gaming session

first_imgMissile Command was released in arcades in 1980 as well as on the Atari 2600. Just two years later a high score was set that hasn’t been bettered in the last 31 years. However, over the weekend, one dedicated player finally managed to beat it.The 1982 record was set by Victor Ali who played the arcade version for 56 hours and set a score of 80,364,995. The reason it has stood so long is probably down to the time required to even get close to such a score. Who has 56 hours to spare?Yesterday, another Victor, Victor Sandberg from Sweden, live streamed a single coin game of Missile Command that lasted 56 hours, 5 minutes, and 53 seconds. While not obliterating the record, he most certainly beat it by posting a final score of 81,796,035.Will it be another 30 years before that record falls? I doubt it. This record has certainly drawn a lot of interest and it’s likely more people will attempt to beat it now if they have access to a Missile Command arcade board. Anyone who wants their record to stand for any length of time needs to game for a lot longer and maybe break the 100,000,000 points barrier if that’s even possible.There’s actually two ways to set a record in Missile Command. They are using Marathon settings or Tournament settings. To play indefinitely you use Marathon settings as new cities are awarded to the player every 10,000 points. Tournament settings don’t reward progress with new cities, therefore making it much harder to play for very long periods of time. As you’ve probably guessed, both Victors set their records using Marathon settings.last_img read more

Iran has the potential to take the world with it America isnt

first_img Thursday 20 Apr 2017, 7:17 AM ‘Iran has the potential to take the world with it’ – America isn’t happy with nuclear deal “The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran.” Apr 20th 2017, 7:17 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 49 Comments US SECRETARY OF State Rex Tillerson declared the Iran nuclear deal a failure last night but left open the possibility the Trump administration will uphold it nonetheless.The top American diplomat sought to reinforce the notion that the US is aggressively countering Iran’s destabilising behaviour throughout the Middle East, even though President Donald Trump so far has not pulled out of the deal. Tillerson spoke a day after certifying to Congress that Iran is complying with its obligations under the 2015 deal, a requirement for Tehran to continue receiving relief from nuclear sanctions.“The JCPOA fails to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran,” Tillerson said, using an acronym for the 2015 nuclear deal. “It only delays their goal of becoming a nuclear state.”He said the deal, brokered by former President Barack Obama’s administration along with other world powers, represented the “same failed approach” the US has taken to North Korea.Like with the North, Tillerson said, the Trump administration was unwilling to be patient with Iran, ticking through a list of countries where he said Iran was supporting terrorism and violence.Tillerson’s hastily arranged statement before cameras at the State Department reflected the competing forces pulling at the Trump administration as it develops its policy toward Iran. On the one hand, Trump wants to show he’s being tougher than Obama toward Iran, but on the other hand, he’s not yet ready to rip up the deal.“On notice” Source: Vahid SalemiTrump as a candidate vowed to discard or renegotiate the pact, and shortly after taking office his administration put Tehran “on notice” that its troublesome behaviour would no longer be tolerated. But neither Iran nor the other world powers that negotiated the agreement have any interest in re-opening the deal, and US companies stand to lose billions if the deal is scuttled.Proponents of the deal have long acknowledged it doesn’t address concerns about Iran’s non-nuclear behavior, such as its ballistic missile program or support for Houthi rebels in Yemen. Obama and others argued it was narrowly tailored to take the most dangerous prospect — a nuclear-armed Iran — off the table.The deal’s critics, though, say it fails to achieve even that goal because key restrictions on Iran’s nuclear development sunset after a decade or more. With some of those critics now in office, Tillerson’s comments marked the first time that position has been echoed by the US government.Still, since taking office, Trump has stopped promising he’ll gut the deal. Tillerson said that decision will be made as part of a governmentwide review of Iran policy currently under way.“The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran,” Tillerson said.In an ominous warning, Tillerson linked Iran’s behaviour to that of North Korea and said that with both countries, the US would no longer engage in “strategic patience.” The US has been exploring ways to address the threat of North Korea’s nuclear program, which is significantly farther along than Iran’s.“An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea — and to take the world along with it,” Tillerson said.Read: Another death row inmate’s life spared in Arkansas Share Tweet Email Image: Vahid Salemi A missile is displayed on a truck with an anti-Israeli banner which reads in Persian” Death to Israel”, while Iranian armed forces commanders review an army parade next to a portrait of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. A missile is displayed on a truck with an anti-Israeli banner which reads in Persian” Death to Israel”, while Iranian armed forces commanders review an army parade next to a portrait of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Image: Vahid Salemi By Associated Press 15,785 Views Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3348455 last_img read more

Abbott urged to act on Cyprus at G20 Summit

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Tony Abbott, has been urged to lead the discussion at the forthcoming G20 Summit and exert the necessary pressure on Turkey to recognise the Republic of Cyprus and withdraw its naval interference from Cyprus’ EEZ, facilitating the peace process for the benefit of all, including Turkey.PASEKA President Procopiou wrote to Mr Abbott and urged him to exert all his influence on Turkey to comply with UN SC resolutions and EU directives to withdraw their army and recognise the Republic of Cyprus. Mr Prokopioy says all Australian Greek and Cypriot people will be grateful to the Australian government if it decides decide to act in order to save the peace in this very sensitive area of the world.last_img

MovieBob Reviews the best and worst summer movies of 2016

first_img No. 5 – Pete’s Dragon1/5This was a lovely surprise! The gonzo bizarre original is a childhood favorite of mine, but I was enchanted by this retooling that mashes up E.T., THE Iron Giant and Where the Wild Things Are into a soulful, smart meditation on growing up without growing out of the magic of childhood. Between this, The BFG and Kubo and the Two Strings; 2016 was the year of truly wonderful family films… that basically nobody went to see. Guess they should’ve put a fucking Minion in there somewhere.<><><> Yuck. Alright, enough of that. Now for the good stuff!The top 5 best movies of summer 2016 No. 5 – Warcraft1/51/5Ugh. Look, I wanted this to be as good as anybody, if for no other reason than Duncan Jones had a terrible year and perhaps could’ve used a hit. Everyone’s heart was in the right place on this one and they tried really fucking hard; but in the end Warcraft was just a big tedious mess so far up its own ass that even the hardcore fans who could understand it couldn’t be bothered to care. For some reason China really liked it so we’re probably getting a sequel; but 5 minutes of watching these nothing characters blather on with tedious world building is enough to remind you why Lord of the Rings stuck all that business at the beginning of the first one.<><><>center_img Oh hey, it’s that time of year again!In all honesty, it’s starting to get pointless trying to do these lists. Time was, summer movies actually meant something: it was when studios brought out their blockbuster big guns because the kids were off from school and they’d sell more tickets. But now, the definition of “summer” seems to keep getting extended further back into the spring, partly to fit more movies in and partly because in a globalized film industry when you want to watch a big movie matters increasingly less than when China wants to watch a big movie.What that means is that I had to stretch the definition of summer for my list all the way back into fucking May to properly reflect the full sweep of Hollywood’s version of summer, and even then it feels a little incomplete both as a blockbuster diagnosis and as a test of overall quality: 2016’s best “summer” type movie, Captain America: Civil War, came out in April. My favorite movie so far period, Everybody Wants Some, was all the way back in March and so was the worst movie of the year, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.So why do a summer list episode at all? Because it’s Labor Day Weekend and nothing anyone cares about is opening in theaters. So let’s get started, beginning at the bottom:The 5 worst movies of summer 2016last_img read more

Goodnight VR Prince Palmer Luckey Leaves Oculus

first_img British Airways Tests VR Entertainment on Select First-Class Flights’Doctor Who’ Returns This Fall With Interactive VR Game Stay on target As successful as this tweet was, maybe I should’ve went with one of these Newt Gingrich photos instead? pic.twitter.com/iB6g38caXk— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) August 10, 2015We’ll never forget you, Palmer. Well, I might.@therealcliffyb Couldn’t resist. 😉 pic.twitter.com/4NQKsHyYT7— Sean Pelletier (@PellyNV) August 6, 2015 pic.twitter.com/FmbfGeITKI— keep calm and evcon (@evcon) August 6, 2015Humanity will never be the same.#timemagazine – pic.twitter.com/W1X5DQHbrU— Nibel (@Nibellion) August 6, 2015He’s reaching his final form.@therealcliffyb pic.twitter.com/YuQXyg9GkJ— Dnut Scott-Dunkin (@devonsoft) August 6, 2015center_img Welp, it finally happened. Palmer Luckey, the Boy King/old-timey baseball player who helped Kickstart the modern (questionable) virtual reality boom, is no longer at Oculus. According to UploadVR, Oculus’s parent company Facebook hasn’t detailed exactly why the creator of the Oculus Rift headset has left the company he founded and earned millions of dollars off of, but if you’ve been paying attention, it’s not too hard to figure out what probably happened.During the slow descent into fascism that was last year’s American presidential election, we learned that Luckey was helping to speed the process up by donating cash to far-right online political groups. More recently, Oculus also lost a lawsuit alleging Luckey violated a non-disclosure agreement with ZeniMax. The jury awarded ZeniMax $500 million.So instead of toughing it out in an industry that clearly (and rightfully) has turned on him, Luckey is taking or is being forced to take his ball made of billions of dollars and going home. Celebrate (or mourn) Luckey’s departure with these dank memes about the Little VR Prince. May his feet remain bare, his politics remain awful, and his VR hair remain coiffed.Look at him go. He’s flying away!.@TIME I got a cover for ya pic.twitter.com/doFAmZdj7o— Matt Ufford (@mattufford) August 6, 2015He’s heading toward uncharted virtual worlds.The graphics are amazing. pic.twitter.com/tn1FZF1gO8— The Daily Dot (@dailydot) August 6, 2015No realm is beyond his reach.I decided to photoshop @Time‘s VR cover image too. Into nightmares. #waterlevel pic.twitter.com/mUvPEqLZJ2— Janelle Vanderwall (@s0osleepie) August 6, 2015Oh no! Watch out Palmer!@dailydot @TIME pic.twitter.com/n8Iqb8vEM7— Danny Espinoza (@abcdannye) August 6, 2015He’s making new friends. Maybe they’ll appreciate him more.@BillCorbett @dailydot Marvel’s running out of characters…#RiffTraxVR pic.twitter.com/opVbZ42lm9— Andrew Horn (@bbofun) August 6, 2015 I’m pretty stoked for this issue of @TIME pic.twitter.com/J0Cr56TJB3— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) August 6, 2015last_img read more

Audit District 112s 63M health care liability misreported

first_imgSome of Washington’s Educational Service Districts and the State Auditor’s Office are at odds over whether districts complied with federal law to report their financial statements, including Southwest Washington’s Educational Service District 112.According to the State Auditor’s findings, ESD 112 failed from September 2016 through August 2017 to correctly report $6.3 million in future liability to the state Heath Care Authority, which provides health care to retired state employees. According to the auditor’s office, the district should have reported the liabilities under a specific set of accounting standards — Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 45 — but did not. The Auditor’s Office issued similar findings for eight other Educational Service Districts last month.The district, however, disagreed with the findings, saying the GASB 45 reporting standards don’t apply in this case. Furthermore, GASB 45 is set to retire, as the Governmental Accounting Standards board adopts new accounting standard this year.If it sounds like a bureaucratic technicality, that’s because it is. ESD 112 isn’t missing $6.3 million. They just didn’t report it the way the state says they should.“It’s not something that we failed to pay out or report,” said Gavin Hottman, chief financial officer for ESD 112.District officials added the organization has not reported this liability for nearly a decade, saying the accounting standards were never applicable, but it was never an issue before.last_img read more

Transient man sentenced to 18 years for stabbing

first_imgA transient man who stabbed another man in the chest because he believed he’d been sold fake gold jewelry was sentenced Wednesday to more than 18 years in prison.Henry Castillo, 57, previously pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to first-degree robbery in connection with the April 22 altercation. As part of his plea agreement, a charge of first-degree assault was dismissed.The prosecution and defense recommended an agreed-upon exceptional sentence of 220 months, which included a deadly weapon enhancement. The victim, Scott Allen Chappelle, 45, suffered internal bleeding from the stab wound and required a chest tube to drain it, according to an affidavit of probable cause. Vancouver police were called about 8:40 a.m. to the 1300 block of Lincoln Street for a reported stabbing. Chappelle said a man named Henry, later identified by police as Castillo, stabbed him. He met with Castillo to sell him a gold ring, he said, but during the transaction, Castillo stabbed him and took the ring, the affidavit states.Police returned to the scene about two hours later and spotted Castillo, who was known to them, in his vehicle. Castillo sped off but was stopped near 13th and Daniels streets, court records say.last_img read more

Obama Reiterates Threat to Veto Defense Bill

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR During a rare visit to the Pentagon, President Obama on Monday reiterated his threat to veto the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill because it relies on a budget framework that would shortchange the nation’s future by restraining spending on non-military aspects of national security such as education and research.“We’re not going to eat our seed corn,” Obama said, reported CQ.The military has the best troops in the world in part because “we’ve got a strong economy and we’ve got a well-educated population and we’ve got an incredible research operation and universities,” the president said. “We shortchange those, we’re going to be less secure,” he said.The defense authorization bill adopts the GOP budget framework, which adds $38 billion to DOD’s war account to sidestep the statutory spending caps. The GOP budget, however, forces non-defense spending to stick to the caps. “Part of our national security is making sure that we have a strong economy and that we continue to make investments in things we need like education and research,” Obama said.Separately, staff for the House and Senate Armed Services committees are continuing to work out differences in the two versions of the authorization bill. Committee leaders soon will tackle major areas of disagreement, including acquisition reform.  Defense budget expert Mackenzie Eaglen told the Hill that acquisition reform is the “biggest sticking point” between the two bills. One key difference is language in the Senate version shifting more decision-making authority from the defense secretary to the military services, a change opposed by the administration that could draw a veto from the president, according to Eaglen, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.“This is the only provision that could sway a decision by the president to veto it if he were not planning to do so already. If it stays, it is a near certainty it will garner a veto,” she said.last_img read more

Elders offer to help TRS enroll cadres

first_imgMansoorabad: Senior citizens of Adarsh Nagar Colony have come forward to volunteer for promoting TRS membership drive. They met corporator Koppula Vittal Reddy and received membership receipt books from him on Wednesday. They said they have been attracted by the welfare schemes implemented by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.last_img

Sensex slumps 250 points ahead of Bihar election results

first_imgThe S&P BSE Sensex fell sharply by 248 points on Thursday, declining to the levels not seen in more than a month, as investors remained nervous ahead of counting for the Bihar assembly elections on 8 November.The Sensex closed at 26,304 points, down 0.94%, while the 50-share Nifty fell 85 points, or 1.05%, to end at 7,955.”Failure to sustain above 8,100 has reinforced weakness across the board. Selling pressure was felt across sectors with deterioration of market breadth, which is a cause of concern. Traders are advised to be cautious and selective in their stock selection even though valuations may seem relatively attractive,” said Amar Ambani, Head of Research, IIFL.The five-phase Bihar election, which ended on 5 November, is being seen as a referendum for the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While some exit poll surveys are predicting a win for the NDA, others are saying that the mahagathbandan led by JD (U) could win by a slender margin due to the effective campaign by incumbent chief minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar. The fairly reliable of all the exit polls – Today’s Chanakya – has given the BJP-led NDA a clear majority of 155 seats and 85 to the Mahagathbandan (Grand Alliance).”Market is falling in anxiety to the Bihar exit poll prediction today. Bihar has 16 Rajya Sabha seats of which only 5 seats will retire in 2016 and this will not having any material impact on ruling government’s majority. This is unlikely to revamp the central governments capex of reforms going forward but only a sentimental impact in the near-term,” Vinod Nair, Head-Fundamental Research, Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services, told Business Standard.The sell-off was also led by growing hints over interest rate hike by the US central bank, which is a major negative for emerging markets like India.In her Congressional testimony, the US Federal Reserve chairperson Janet Yellen on Wednesday hinted at monetary tightening next month.”Following the relatively hawkish October FOMC statement and yesterday’s signals from Fed Chair Yellen and her two top lieutenants Fischer and Dudley reinforcing expectations of a December rate hike, the threshold for Fed lift-off seems rather low,” said Nordea Markets in a note.Renewed concerns over the US Fed rate hike in December have impacted global markets, with China’s Shanghai Composite index and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng falling by 0.25% and 0.7%, respectively.All the BSE sectoral indices ended lower, with Realty, Healtcare, Bankex and IT as the top losers.Reliance Capital (up 1.3%), NTPC (up 0.7%), Hero Motocorp (up 0.7%), ITC (up 0.4%) and Hindustan Unilever (up 0.2%) were the top gainers among the Sensex stocks, while DLF (down 5.1%), Tata Steel (down 4.2%), BHEL (down 3.3%), Bharti Airtel (down 2.8%) and SBI (down 2.1%) ended as biggest losers.On the commodities front, gold prices fell to Rs 180 to Rs 26,250 per 10 gram on the back of firmer US dollar. Silver prices also dropped by Rs 320 to Rs 35,750 per kg.Today’s Chanakyalast_img read more

Battle of Real HUs Highlights DC Holiday Hoops

first_imgBy MARK F. GRAY, AFRO Staff Writer,  mgray@afro.comHoward and Hampton may no longer be conference rivals but the “Battle of the Real HUs” will continue.  The Bison and Pirates will renew acquaintances once again in the District just three days before Christmas as part of a college basketball doubleheader at the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Arena in Southeast.These HBCU blue bloods will be the main event in the first Holiday Hoops Festival sponsored by Events DC.  This event features two games featuring mid-major programs representing three conferences.  While the contest between Hampton and Howard figures to resonate more with the local masses, the preliminary game features one of college basketball’s all-time best coaches leading his team a perennial contender from a mid-level conference.The Battle of the Real HUs, Howard University v. Hampton University, is the main event in the Holiday Hoops Festival, which will be held at the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Arena in Southeast on Dec. 22.When Richmond faces High Point University to tip off the afternoon’s pre-holiday festivities, legendary coach Tubby Smith will lead the Jaguars back to his home area.  Smith, who led the Kentucky Wildcats to the 1998 NCAA national championship as head coach, is a native of Scotland, MD. in St. Mary’s County, and will be one of two teams representing the Big South – including Hampton – who are competing in the showcase.Smith, who most recently coached at Memphis, is in his first season as head coach at High Point. He has already made a major commitment to the Jaguars program.  Not only has he brought name recognition to its basketball brand, Smith has contributed to the University’s fund raising efforts to building a new arena on campus.“A lot of the guys in our program are from the D.C. area, including myself, so it will be great to come home and play in front of our family and friends,” said Smith in a statement from Events DC.The Spiders are familiar with playing in the DMV after competing in last year’s Atlantic 10 Tournament at the Capital One Arena.  Richmond visits George Mason and George Washington during the conference regular season.  While this contest won’t have the importance of a game with major postseason ramifications it does gives their program an opportunity to continue marketing itself to the nation’s deepest recruiting territory.“We love having the opportunity to play in the nation’s capital over the Christmas holidays,” said Richmond head coach Chris Mooney. “We had a great turnout in Washington, DC for our conference tournament last year and we feel like it’s a short trip for our local supporters”.Hampton continues integrating itself into the Big South after 22 years competing in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.  While the Pirates lose HBCU rivalries – such as the matchups with Howard – the decision to leave the MEAC is fiscal over emotional.  They no longer are required to travel as far south as Daytona Beach for conference games versus opponents like Bethune Cookman in non-revenue generating Olympic sports such as soccer or track that reduces strain on their athletic budget while keeping the visibility alive in the DMV.“We are extremely happy to continue our games with Howard due to the always competitive nature of them and the rivalry between the schools,” said Hampton coach Ed Joyner, Jr. “Playing the game in the new Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington will be an exciting day for the Battle of the Real HU.”Howard will be the first local college to christen the arena which gives the Bison a chance to play before a new local fan base that will visit Burr Gym for on campus games sometime during their MEAC schedule.“It’s always exciting to face Hampton wherever you play,” said Howard Men’s Basketball Head Coach Kevin Nickelberry. “It brings a lot of energy into the building.”last_img read more

Microsoft tried putting Kinect inside the Xbox One case

first_imgMicrosoft has done a lot of backpedaling with the Xbox One, and it started before the console even came out. The always-online requirements were been scrapped, the Xbox Live paywall is gone, and now Microsoft is unbundling the Kinect so consumers will be able to buy just the console for the same price as the PS4, $399. Microsoft hardware designer Carl Ledbetter says that almost wasn’t possible. The design team toyed with the idea of integrating the Kinect hardware into the console itself.Early on, Microsoft decided it wanted the Kinect to be an integral part of the Xbox One, which is why the company resisted unbundling it for so long. Naturally, there was talk of just merging the cameras and microphones into the console’s case so people didn’t need to have two pieces of hardware sitting around. According to Ledbetter, several prototypes of this design were made and tested. They worked, but none of them were very pretty. There are some early sketches above to give you an idea where they were going.In the end, the design of the Xbox One case wasn’t right for building the Kinect into. To include the enhanced voice recognition features it wanted, the team had to create a separate microphone bar on the Kinect that isolates it from the sensor’s fan noise. The aesthetics of doing this with a single piece of hardware were deemed undesirable. It would also have limited how users could position the console — it could not be mounted upright if the Kinect was to be used.The decision to make the Kinect its own piece of hardware might be the saving grace of the Xbox One. Microsoft wouldn’t be able to unbundle the Kinect without a major hardware redesign. Gamers haven’t been particularly interested in Kinect, so the $100 price cut makes the console much more competitive with very little drawback. Bullet dodged there, Microsoft.last_img read more