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SnawNawAs holds baby welcoming ceremony for first time in decades

first_imgCara McKenna APTN National NewsIt’s a new beginning for future generations at Snaw-Naw-As on Vancouver Island.They’re reclaiming an important part of their culture that was once taken away with a traditional baby welcoming ceremony.last_img


October 14, 2019 0

King Mohammed VI, Gabonese President Sign Strategic Partnership in Field of…

first_imgLibreville –  King Mohammed VI and Gabonese president Ali Bongo Ondimba, chaired, Thursday at the Presidential Palace in Libreville, the signing ceremony of the strategic partnership between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Gabonese Republic in the field of fertilizer.This strategic partnership aims to increase food security on the continent, and is part of South-South cooperation.On a continent where nearly 80 per cent of arable land is not exploited, this unprecedented project aims to produce phosphate and ammonia fertilizer that is adapted to the specificities of the different ecosystems that make up African soil, and enhance agricultural potential for sustainable human development. Total production capacity will be around 2 million tons of fertilizer per year by 2018, which will be directed primarily towards African countries.The potential for exploitation could reach 8 million tons per year, due to the strong demand for adequate and accessible fertilizer.On this occasion, Mostapha Terrab, CEO of The Office Cherifien de Phosphate (OCP) gave a presentation on this partnership which integrates the natural resources of both countries (phosphate and gas).This initiative seeks to build fertilizer plants:In Gabon: 1 Ammonia Production unit (from Gabonese gas), the first unit of its kind in the region, and which supplies neighboring markets, and 1 fertilizer production unit.In Morocco: two production units of Phosphoric Acid from Moroccan phosphate, and 1 fertilizer production unit.The initiative will help create more direct and indirect 5000 jobs in Gabon and Morocco.An Agreement protocol of 9 months, signed between Morocco and Gabon parties, will launch the required studies to start the project.The partnership agreement was signed by, on the Moroccan side, by Moulay Hafid Alamy, Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy, Abdelkader Aamara, Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and the Environment, and Mostafa Terrab CEO of OCP, and on the Gabonese side, by Régis Immongault Tatagani, Minister of Mines, Industry and Tourism, Etienne Dieudonné Ngoubou, Minister of Petroleum and Hydrocarbons, and Fabrice Nze-Bekale, CEO of Equatorial Mining Company.last_img read more


October 12, 2019 0

Demo staged in Jaffna over civilian deaths in Syria war

A demonstration was staged in Jaffna today over the civilian deaths as a result of the war in Syria.Those who participated in the protest said that Syria must not become another Sri Lanka where hundreds were killed during the final stages of the war. Airstrikes, shellings and the reported use of chemical weapons have killed more than 580 Syrian civilians, including countless children and women, in less than two weeks, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Syrian conflict enters its 8th year this month. More than 465,000 Syrians have been killed in the fighting, over a million injured, and over 12 million – half the country’s prewar population – have been displaced from their homes. (Colombo Gazette) read more


October 8, 2019 0

Campbell Soup to close 2 US plants eliminating more than 700 jobs

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Campbell Soup Co. is closing two U.S. plants and cutting more than 700 jobs as it looks to trim costs amid declining consumption of its canned soups.The world’s largest soup maker said Thursday that it will close a plant in Sacramento, Calif., that has about 700 full-time workers. The plant, which makes soups, sauces and beverages, was built in 1947 and is the company’s oldest in the country. That also means it has the highest production costs of Campbell’s four U.S. soup plants.Campbell also plans to shutter a spice plant in South Plainfield, N.J. that has 27 employees. Production will be shifted to the company’s other spice plant in Milwaukee.Employees at the two closing plants were notified that there would be a meeting at 6 a.m. local time Thursday; about 400 workers showed up in California, where they were told of the closure.“It’s always difficult, even when there’s a business case that is compelling,” said Anthony Sanzio, a Campbell spokesman. “You’re dealing with people, and this is going to impact 700 employees who’ve worked together closely for many years.”CEO Denise Morrison, who was been on the job for about a year, was not present at the meeting.The announcement comes as Campbell looks to freshen up its image with dozens of new soup flavours and sauces intended to lure younger consumers. Many of the new products come in pouches designed to convey a fresher feel, rather than the iconic steel cans that have long defined the company.Those new pouches are manufactured with another party and are not made at Campbell’s soup plants.Although Campbell makes other products such Pepperidge Farm baked goods and V8 vegetable juices, soups account for half its revenue. And the Camden, N.J.-based company has struggled to fix the soup unit.Over the past decade, overall canned soup consumption is down 13 per cent, according to the research firm Euromonitor International, as fresh soups have become more widely available at supermarkets and restaurants. Campbell’s share of the market has also declined to 53 per cent, down from 67 per cent a decade earlier.To expand into products with more growth potential, Campbell this summer purchased Bolthouse Farms in a $1.55 billion cash deal. The company says the move will help it stake a claim in the fresh packaged food category, which is growing at a faster clip than the broader packaged food market.Campbell Soup has about 19,900 employees globally. The company said the California plant is expected to close by July 2013 and the New Jersey plant by March 2013.The company expects the closings to result in about $115 million in pre-tax costs. Its actions will also require about $27 million in capital spending.Annual savings are predicted to be about $30 million starting in fiscal 2016.Shares of Campbell were down 19 cents at $34.67. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 27, 2012 2:06 pm MDT Campbell Soup to close 2 US plants, eliminating more than 700 jobs read more


October 6, 2019 0

Miladin Kozlina in FA Goppingen

← Previous Story Omeyer, Lavrov and Perić coming to goalkeepers camp in Makarska (Croatia) Next Story → Patrick Wiencek becomes “Zebra” from 2012 FA GoppingenMiladin Kozlina After eight and a half years in T-shirts of former EHF CL winner, Celje Pivovarna Laško, Miladin Kozlina (28), who plays as a left back, but more as a defensive specialist, decided to move and take opportunity for playing in the best handball league – Toyota Handball Bundesliga. His new team is Frisch Auf Goppingen, where he will work with a coach, Velimir Petković.Kozlina was the part of silver Slovenian team at EHF EURO 2004 and also Celje Pivovarna Laško golden season (2003/2004) when they won EHF Champions League in front of SG Flensburg. read more


September 22, 2019 0

Man wounded in Dublin city centre assault

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING an assault that took place in Dublin city centre this evening.A garda spokesperson said that an assault occurred on the corner of Parnell St and Gardiner St at about 9.15pm.The victim received a wound to their face but was not seriously injured.There have been no arrests as yet.Reports from the scene said that blood could be seen at a shop on the corner where the two streets meet.last_img


September 22, 2019 0

Our Enda is a bit of a superstar in Germany

first_imgUpdated 23.05pmTHE TAOISEACH ENDA Kenny was in Germany this morning to officially open a new Primark store.The shop in Alexanderplatz, central Berlin will create 800 new jobs.That will bring the total number of people employed by Primark in Germany to over 6,100.The Taoiseach was on hand to open the store and he even tried his hand at a few words of German…the crowd loved it. Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTubePrimark first came to Germany in 2005 with a shop in Bremen.This is the now the company’s thirteenth store nationwide the second one in Berlin. Enda Kenny said, “We are seeing a new wave of international expansion from Irish companies abroad and I am heartened to see Primark leading this charge.I am particularly happy to see that this Irish company is creating tens of thousands of jobs across Europe.And happy he was…Looking to the futurePrimark plans to open a number of new stores in Germany over the next 12 months including Stuttgart, Krefeld, Dresden, Kaiserslautern, Braunschweig and Weiterstadt.Primark CEO, Paul Marchant, said: “We have had a fantastic response from the German people and we look forward to opening many more stores in Germany”.There are currently 276 Primark stores located in 9 countries across Europe.Earlier this year, Primark also announced an expansion into the USA, the new store in Boston is due to open towards the end of 2015.Read: Primark says that hidden message stitched onto a dress label was a hoax>last_img read more


September 22, 2019 0

Maladies de la vieillesse les dépister précocement dans notre sommeil

first_imgMaladies de la vieillesse : les dépister précocement dans notre sommeil ?États-Unis – Une étude vient de démontrer un lien entre les maladies mentales typiques de la vieillesse et notre comportement en phase de sommeil.Les personnes ayant un sommeil agité auraient plus de risques de développer la maladie de Parkinson ou de sombrer dans la démence à la fin de leur vie.À lire aussiMaladie d’Alzheimer : définition, symptômes, traitement, stades, test, de quoi s’agit-il ?Pendant la phase du sommeil durant laquelle nous rêvons, nos muscles sont normalement paralysés. Néanmoins, certains d’entre nous peuvent ne pas subir ce phénomène et avoir de violents mouvements. On entend par là qu’ils frappent leur partenaire, tombent du lit ou même se cassent la main en la cognant contre le mur. Ce comportement serait le signe de désordres mentaux qui apparaîtraient plus tard dans la vie.  Cette étude a été publiée dans le Journal of Neurology par le docteur Bradley Boeve, de la clinique Mayo, dans le Minnesota. Même si d’autres recherches seront nécessaires pour comprendre les mécanismes dont il est ici question, ces premiers résultats donnent l’espoir d’un diagnostic précoce, possible clé pour ralentir l’évolution des maladies neurodégénératives.   Le 7 août 2010 à 15:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


September 20, 2019 0

Médaille dor du CNRS les pièges à CO2 de Gérard Férey récompensés

first_imgMédaille d’or du CNRS : les pièges à CO2 de Gérard Férey récompensésFrance – Le CNRS a récompensé jeudi 9 septembre un chimiste de 69 ans, inventeur de nouveaux matériaux permettant de stocker de l’hydrogène, du CO2 ou des substances thérapeutiques. Des applications industrielles et médicales dérivées pourraient bientôt voir le jour.Stocker de l’hydrogène pour des piles à combustible, piéger du CO2 pour le transformer en méthanol utilisé dans divers processus industriels, confiner des nanoparticules de médicaments chimiothérapiques pour 5 à 15 jours de diffusion lente dans l’organisme… Voilà quelques applications possibles des nouveaux matériaux poreux inventés par Gérard Férey, chimiste et directeur de l’Institut Lavoisier à l’université de Versailles. Des travaux qui viennent de lui valoir la médaille d’or du Centre nationale de la recherche scientifique, une prestigieuse distinction française décernée dans le domaine des sciences.Travaillant depuis 1996 sur des matériaux poreux mi-minéraux, mi-organiques, ce chercheur qui a débuté tout en bas de l’échelle a fait breveter il y a deux ans son “MIL-101”. Un seul litre de ce matériau peut stocker, comprimé dans les micropores de 3,5 nanomètres qui le composent, l’équivalent de 400 litres de CO2 avant compression. Le procédé pourrait être exploité industriellement. Dans le domaine médical, il pourrait être utilisé dans les cas de leucémie des enfants, de cancer du sein ou de sida, pour diffuser au compte-gouttes dans l’organisme certains médicaments. M. Férey souligne cependant que, dans ce dernier domaine, de longues recherches et de nombreux essais seront encore nécessaires. Le 10 septembre 2010 à 12:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


September 20, 2019 0

Vautours empoisonnés le nettoyeur des savanes se raréfie dangereusement

first_imgVautours empoisonnés : le nettoyeur des savanes se raréfie dangereusementPubliée dans Biological Conservation, une étude américaine montre que depuis une trentaine d’années, 60 % des populations de vautours du Massaï Mara ont décliné. En cause : l’empoisonnement de carcasses de bétail, visant les prédateurs mais touchant les charognards.Imprégnée de Furadan, un pesticide toxique, une seule carcasse de vache ou de chèvre, intentionnellement abandonnée dans la savane par des éleveurs pour se “venger” de prédateurs, peut empoisonner 150 vautours, selon l’ONG américaine Peregrine Fund, dont  le directeur pour l’Afrique, le Dr Munir Virani, réclame l’interdiction de ce produit dans la région “pour préserver ces membres-clé de la communauté des enleveurs d’ordures”.À lire aussiKenya : quand une lionne s’attaque à un hippopotame et… le regrette immédiatementEntre 2003 et 2005, le Dr Virani et son équipe ont dénombré les vautours à travers le Kenya, constatant une baisse de 60 % des effectifs depuis les années 1980. Corinne Kendall, chercheuse à l’Université de Princeton (États-Unis), qui travaille avec Peregrine Fund, a équipé certains volatiles avec des capteurs GPS, et établi que les vautours, qui exploitent un territoire de 30 à 80.000 kilomètres carrés, ne sont pas empoisonnés que dans le périmètre – protégé – de la réserve.L’ONG préconise de faire passer au statut de “vulnérables”, dans la liste rouge de l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature  (UICN), trois espèces : le vautour africain, le vautour de Rüppell et le vautour charognard. “Si nous perdons les vautours, les touristes devront parcourir la réserve avec des masques sur le visage, parce que la puanteur des carcasses d’animaux sauvages sera devenue insupportable”, avertit  le Dr Virani.Le 24 décembre 2010 à 20:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


September 20, 2019 0

Hasbros Infinity Gauntlet is a Big Glowing Clanky Godfist

first_img James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News Stay on target A few weeks ago at Toy Fair I saw Hasbro’s Marvel Legends series role-play version of the Infinity Gauntlet. I fell in love as soon as I saw the ridiculous bronze mitt with the glowing stones and loud clanks and space noises. I’m a sucker for sci-fi/fantasy/comic/anime/game prop replicas, and the Infinity Gauntlet itself is just amazing to see (we had a big foam Hulk hand version of the Infinity Gauntlet, one of the San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives from a few years ago, but alas it’s no longer with us for comparison), so seeing a movie version with articulated fingers, lights, and sound effects hit all of my weak points.And Hasbro obligingly sent us one. Which I’m currently gazing lovingly at as it sits on my desk.AdChoices广告First, here’s an important detail about Hasbro’s different role playing toys and their tiers. There are lots of simple masks and gloves and Nerf guns based on Marvel and Star Wars that you can pick up at any toy store. Basic stuff so you and your kids can have fun pretending you’re Star Lord or Black Panther without spending a lot of money.Then there’s the collector’s tier. For Marvel, it’s Marvel Legends, and for Star Wars it’s the Black Series (or, for lightsabers, ForceFX). They’re the step up line from basic movie tie-in toys, designed more for collectors than kids. They’re often larger, with more intricate engineering and better details. They’re also more expensive, with the role playing items specifically easily breaking $100 each (though the 6-inch Legends and Black action figures are a more affordable $15-20, and can be more easily found at stores).Yes, this is a $100 toy glove. It’s also the Infinity Gauntlet, so show some respect.The Infinity Gauntlet is massive. It stands nearly 20 inches tall and over 8 inches wide, dwarfing even my large hands. It’s made of heavy, dense plastic, mostly colored a metallic copper-bronze with some subtle two-tone shading. The fingers are gigantic, with articulated, mechanical. They’re possibly the most interesting part of the gauntlet.You don’t move the Infinity Gauntlet by flexing your fingers inside its fingers, like a proper gauntlet. Even my hands aren’t big enough to wiggle Thanos’ beefy sausage fingers on their own. Instead, each finger is basically a puppet. Some sort of… finger puppet.You hook your fingers into five plastic rings inside the gauntlet, surrounding a fixed plastic bar if you just want to make a big fist and swing it around without moving the fingers. Each ring moves a finger, flexing inward as you pull. It’s some pretty impressive engineering to make the Infinity Gauntlet life-sized and not just a gold glove that would have been clearly smaller than the giant doom mitt in the movie.Yes, because you can move each finger individually, you can make different weird gestures. You can also try to grip things, but I wouldn’t drink wine with the gauntlet.The Infinity Stones (not the Infinity Gems, because this is an MCU Infinity Gauntlet) are mounted in the knuckles and on the back of the hand. They’re translucent colored gems, molded to look rough and permanently attached to the gauntlet. So, no, you can’t take the Infinity Stones out and store them separately, which is a bit of a shame. Fortunately, the gauntlet’s goofy effects make up for it.Three AA batteries fit in a battery compartment under a panel on the gauntlet’s bracer, and they enable all the special effects. When batteries are in, pressing the yellow Infinity Stone lights all of the Infinity Stones up and makes the gauntlet hum and make space noises. It first thrums loudly, then makes a crackling woosh sound that quickly becomes annoying. The dumb energy sounds are fine, but the real joy is when you flex the fingers. The gauntlet makes loud, creaking, mechanical sounds, as if you were really swinging a big metal glove with articulated fingers.The Infinity Gauntlet doesn’t come with a fancy base or stand, but it doesn’t really need one, because it stands up on its own. The bottom is flared so wide and the plastic is so hard that it can stand straight up on any flat surface. And, while Hasbro didn’t include a nice stand to keep the gauntlet lifted, they did include a handy locking switch for displaying it. The hand stays open by default, but a small mechanical switch below the yellow Infinity Stone lets you lock any of the fingers in place closed. With the switch flipped, you can keep the gauntlet in a fist, or throwing up metal horns, or making any other gesture. It’s a nice touch. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The only real complaint I can make with the Infinity Gauntlet is that the front of the hand doesn’t look as seamless as the back of the hand. Several black screw holes can be seen on the palm, and the fingers’ hinges are clearly visible like Transformers kibble. Some bronze/copper-colored rubber plugs over the screw holes would really have made the front of the gauntlet look as good as the back. I also wouldn’t mind if the finish was a little more gold than dull copper/bronze, but it still looks good.The Hasbro Marvel Legends Infinity Gauntlet is a huge prop/toy/collectible that’s worth getting excited over. It’s a giant mechanical mitt that glows and makes noises and looks just like Thanos’ big dumb hand. If you’ve been invested in the MCU since the first Avengers and you love the Infinity Gauntlet, this is a must-have item. $100 is pricey if you look at it like a toy, but it’s in line with if not slightly less expensive than similar prop collectibles, like Hasbro’s ForceFX lightsabers or Bandai’s Proplica line. Basically, it’s big, loud, and looks cool, even if you don’t have purple skin and a problem chin.last_img read more


September 20, 2019 0

Donnelley Ends Quebecor Chase

first_imgQuebecor’s board of directors felt the deal would trigger a lengthy antitrust review, which could delay its creditors from receiving the cash that would come to them as part of the restructuring.“This would have been an excellent fit for [us] and the best opportunity for the Quebecor World creditors,” Quinlan said. “However, given our view of the Quebecor World operations, a transaction ascribing a higher value to Quebecor World than we offered in our last proposal is simply not in the interests of RR Donnelley.”Donnelley, he said, will continue “to pursue other strategic initiatives.” After having its latest, $1.82 billion bid to buy Quebecor World rejected by that company’s board, R.R. Donnelley said Wednesday that it would no longer pursue an acquisition of the fellow magazine printer.The official end of Donnelley’s pursuit effectively means Quebecor will remain a standalone company, and that Quebecor will move ahead with its reorganization plan.“We believe that our proposal was undoubtedly in the best interests of creditors based on a comparison of the distributions under our proposal with the distributions under the proposed stand-alone plan of reorganization,”  Thomas Quinlan, Donnelley’s president and chief executive, said in a statement. “We are particularly disappointed because of the efforts and concessions made by us to adapt our proposal in response to concerns that were communicated to us.” Last month, Donnelley sent an unsolicited letter to Quebecor expressing its interest to buy the company for about $1.35 billion. On Monday Donnelley sent another letter to Quebecor, increasing its original offer to roughly $1.82 billion—about $476 million more cash than QW’s reorganization plan calls for.last_img read more


September 14, 2019 0

22 women killed for dowry in Dhaka every year

first_img.Farzana Akhter was killed in Kafrul of the capital city when her husband hit her head against the wall after she failed to meet his demand for Tk 3 million in dowry, alleged her family.They filed a case in this regard, under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act on 26 April this year, against four persons including her husband.Just four days before Farzana’s murder, another woman, Muna Akhter, was killed for dowry in Hazaribagh of the capital city.According to Prothom Alo’s investigations, court records in Dhaka reveal that 374 women were killed for dowry in the city over the past 17 years. Every year on average, 22 women are killed for dowry in Dhaka city. In Dhaka Metropolitan area last year, 14 women were killed for the sake of dowry.Public prosecutor of the Dhaka women and children repression prevention tribunal-3, Mahmuda Akhter, says complaints of torture for dowry are filed with her court almost every single day. Investigation reports of the cases are also being sent to the court. There are several cases under trial at the court, regarding torture for the sake of dowry.Killing for dowryA review of several dowry-related deaths in the city indicates that the victim’s husband and his family try to pass off the murder as suicide or death from illness.The killing of Farzana in Kafrul was such a case. The case records show that Kamrul Hasan Bhuiyan married Farzana 10 years ago when she was just 15. He began pressuring her to arrange for dowry so that she could invest it in business.Farzana’s uncle Habib Ullah, complainant in the case, said, “We sold land and paid Kamrul to set up a shop. But then he continued to ask for more. On the day of the incident, he hit Farzana’s head on the wall and killed her. Yet they informed us over the phone that she had died of a stroke.”In the police report submitted to the court on 22 April regarding the Muna Akhter murder case, it was said that Muna was married to Parvez of Hazaribagh around seven or eight months ago. After getting married, he began demanding that she brings Tk 400,000 as dowry from her family. On the day of the incident, Parvez beat Muna with an iron pipe and then strangled her to death.The Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) submitted a report to the court on 28 September last year, regarding the killing on another woman Farzana Akhter, in Kalyanpur. It was said that Farzana had been strangled with a scarf. The police sent her husband Shafiqul Islam to court on 10 April this year. He allegedly tortured Farzana regularly for Tk 200,000 as dowry.Four-month pregnant Nasima was killed on 15 June in Khilgaon. Her husband Wahidul Islam was accused of beating her to death for dowry.Lawyer at Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s One-Stop Crisis Centre (OCC), Fahmida Akhter, said that women came to the hospital for treatment after being tortured for dowry. Some of them had been burned, some had been beaten till their bones were broken.Only 3 per cent punishedAccording to records of Dhaka’s women and children repression prevention tribunal, 27 women in the city had been tortured and killed for the sake of dowry in 2016. In 2015 this number was 25, in 2013 it was 22, in 2013 the number was 30, in 2012 it was 25, in 2011 it was 26 and in 2010 it stood at 15. But the rate of punishment is disproportionately low compared to the number of such dowry deaths. According to the women and children repression prevention tribunal records, punishment was given in only 3 per cent of the dowry killing cases.Former public prosecutor of Dhaka’s women and children repression prevention tribunal, Faruk Ahmad, said that the defendants go all out to pass these killings off as suicide.Former executive director of Bangladesh Women Lawyers Association, Salma Ali, said the dowry cases must be investigated thoroughly and disposed of speedily. The tribunals must have efficient public prosecutors. She said the law must be applied properly to end dowry. The state must stand by the oppressed women. The oppressors must be given exemplary punishment.This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more


September 3, 2019 0

The Steve Bannon Void Might Doom Populism In 2018 Campaign

first_img Share Paul Sancya/APSteve Bannon, the former chief strategist to President Donald Trump, speaks in Warren, Mich., in November. Two months later, he was shunned by the president and out of a job at Breitbart News.Previous presidents tended to have a public-facing political strategist and confidante: George W. Bush had Karl Rove, Barack Obama had David Axelrod.And, for a time, Steve Bannon might have filled that role for President Trump.But with Bannon estranged from the president, Donald Trump is entering a midterm campaign — which tends to be politically perilous for a new president — without such a nationally-recognized proxy, who instinctively understands his base and has put in the time on the campaign trail with him. It’s also a Bannon-shaped void in the conservative populist movement.“Right now it’s just the president. Steve Bannon was emerging as the guy who you could say, ‘This guy’s agenda is the president’s agenda’ … A lot of us would be more comfortable if additional leaders would emerge, field-grade officers,” said Michael Caputo, a longtime Republican strategist and former Trump campaign aide.Bannon had planned an ambitious anti-establishment campaign to challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with candidates that ran on a populist, economic nationalist brand — and perhaps funded by former Bannon patron Rebekah Mercer.However, Bannon found himself on the outs earlier this month after he was quoted in a book saying that a meeting Donald J. Trump Jr. and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner had with a group of Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign was “treasonous.” They were promised incriminating information about Hillary Clinton in the meeting.The president himself weighed in to say that Bannon, who served as White House chief strategist for the first seven months Trump was in office, had “lost his mind” and had “nothing to do with me or my presidency.” Mercer quickly put out a statement siding with the president:“I support President Trump and the platform upon which he was elected… My family and I have not communicated with Steve Bannon in many months and have provided no financial support to his political agenda, nor do we support his recent actions and statements,” Mercer said.Within a week, Bannon had resigned as chairman of Breitbart News, the conservative website that had served as a key bullhorn for the populist right and which Bannon once referred to as part of his arsenal of “weapons.” In October, Bloomberg reported that Bannon planned primary challengers to almost every GOP senator who was up for reelection, in a bid to weaken Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.Without Bannon at the helm — and the Mercers having distanced themselves from him — much of that anti-establishment organizational energy has disintegrated.“Without a figurehead to mobilize and organize it, where [does that movement] go? These candidates were part of the movement because they believe that they would be funded by the Mercers and aligned with Trump. That’s why they signed up,” said Kurt Bardella, the former Breitbart spokesman.And there is a legitimate question to be asked about how successful Bannon would have been. His 2018 political effort was in its infancy, with no formal organizing to speak of at the time of his estrangement with the president.“This is a guy who is basically leading a movement that doesn’t exist,” Josh Holmes, McConnell’s former chief of staff, told ABC News after Bannon’s preferred candidate, Roy Moore, lost the Alabama senate election last year. “Steve Bannon is sort of the emperor who had no clothes here.”Bannon did not respond to NPR’s request for comment.Supporters of the president insist that Trump still has a finger on the pulse of the Breitbart wing of his base — and that he can serve as president of the United States and movement leader, all in one.“Bannon’s self-destruction will have no impact on the Trump movement or the president’s base. No voters know who sloppy Steve is and they don’t care,” longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone told NPR, using a moniker for Bannon that Trump created after their falling out. “It’s all inside the beltway nonsense that no real people care about.”“The president has an instinctual connection with his base. No staffer can possibly replicate that,” added Ed Brookover, a former senior Trump campaign adviser. “He understands their overwhelming desire to change how Washington [works]. His instincts are driving his agenda.”Trump allies point to individuals like former campaign hands Dave Bossie, Corey Lewandowski and Kellyanne Conway as people who could step up to Bannon’s prior role — figures who remain in the loop, but are admittedly less antagonistic and less ideological.Bossie, who first introduced Bannon and Trump years ago, pointed to White House aide Stephen Miller as a strong voice in the administration. Miller, who cut his teeth working for then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, was known as an immigration hardliner in the Senate.“Stephen Miller is a tremendous leader inside the White House and out, on immigration issues going back many years — [in him] the president has someone who understands his position and is able to articulate that to Capitol Hill,” Bossie told NPR.However, there are already signs that Bannon’s populist revolt is steadily diminishing in importance.The same week that Bannon was ejected from Trump’s trusted circle of advisers, the White House announced that the president would be attending the annual World Economic Conference in Davos, Switzerland, a glitzy gathering of the world’s elite. Following the Republican Party’s embarrassing loss in the Alabama Senate race, despite the president’s endorsement of Roy Moore, the president announced he would not be supporting insurgents seeking to challenge incumbent Republican members of Congress.“I don’t see that happening,” the president told reporters, after being asked if he would still be supporting challengers.This week, Breitbart took the White House to task for not moving as quickly as it says they should have to secure the border.Bannon had planned for 2018 to be a midterm season filled with a ‘League of Extraordinary Candidates,’ a slate of conservative, economic nationalists led by Bannon and others to challenge McConnell and other Republicans in Washington, D.C.There is little threat of that now.“There is no narrative of McConnell in jeopardy. Once [Republicans] got tax reform done, there was nowhere to go with the ‘take McConnell out’ narrative. There is no one else driving that other than Steve Bannon,” Bardella said.The Washington Post reported that the president even paid McConnell the ultimate Trump compliment as he managed the shutdown confrontation with Democrats.After McConnell advised him not to reach out to Democratic leaders and instead wait for them to come to him, according to the Post, Trump told the majority leader, “You are a good negotiator.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more


September 2, 2019 0

Facebook Has Played Us All

first_imgStay on target So the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica data “leak” is bad. Real bad. And it’s also pushing a lot of ourboundaries for how we, as a society describe and discuss data and privacy. This wasn’t a leak per se, as CA technically acquired user data as the system was designed. There were no hacks, breaches, or abused vulnerabilities. The system was working as intended. And we all should have known that.There’ve been more than a few armchair culture critics who have pointed out Zuck’s own rather infamously stringent privacy precautions. He’s appeared in public with his laptop, as well as snapped in more than a few shots, with devices that have had their microphones and cameras taped over — a common tactic for those looking to avoid unwanted snooping. And these sort of things tie into this broader narrative that Zuckerberg knew what he was designing and did foresee at least some of these privacy concerns and continued to push Facebook as a platform regardless.AdChoices广告And that narrative is an easy one to follow because that’s precisely what happened.Okay, sure, perhaps Z didn’t see this particular scenario, but the push for big data has always been about exactly this scenario — hyper-targeted advertising that pulls from as many different sources of info for you as it can. ‘Storm Loch Ness’ Joke Facebook Event Aims to Spot Folklore ‘Monster’Nearly 300K Alien Fans Sign Up to ‘Raid Area 51’ for Joke Facebook Event center_img Remember that Mark Zuckerberg covers his laptop camera and microphone.….and that phone in your pocket or bag, has a microphone and camera on it too !! pic.twitter.com/TZjJjsSjeD— Telomere (@ChrisDarroch2) March 27, 2018It has been said countless times — if the product is free, then you are the product. We’ve known this. We’ve ALL known this.How many times have you looked up a product and then saw an ad for that thing or something very similar pop up on Facebook or Amazon moments later? When we agree to buy into modern social media, or vast segments of the internet, we are being served content for free. That money doesn’t come from nothing. It comes from the data you provide by participating. That’s the role of cookies, that’s the role of trackers, etc.We are already living in a cyberpunk dystopia. It’s practically inescapable at this point. If, for instance, you want to cut Facebook out of your life as I am now wont to do, you have to grapple with all the apps and services you’ve connected to the platform. If you want to keep in touch with all the folks you had in your digital address book… good freaking luck. Few other platforms are as centralized or as dominant. Amazon and the like are no easier, and trying use the internet at all without interacting with a Google-owned service is basically impossible.But, that’s just it. These services wouldn’t have become so dominant if we didn’t ask for it. We wanted easier log-ins. We wanted more content to scroll through our never-ending #content binges. We signed up for this. If anything, that’s the most terrifying thing about all this. This is a hell of our own making.It’s hard to be sympathetic for the lion’s share of… well, people, because I was just as guilty as anyone else. I gave Facebook everything, curtly dismissing concerns of privacy, (foolishly) thinking, “What have I to hide?”Truth be told, I still have very little to hide. I’m fairly open about my life, and I don’t mind people knowing about me. Where it gets a little dicey, though, is when that data gets put into a giant bin, processed and analyzed to hell, then spat back out as a precisely engineered mechanism that will cause me to spend more money, recklessly. Or, perhaps worse, keep me trapped in an endless loop of media consumption. Not to pacify me or anything truly nefarious, but to keep me plugging more data into the algorithms so that I keep consuming.We’re all complacent victims. And, with precious little recourse, there’s not much to do. Besides, unplug.Orrrrrr we could make peace with our real-world cyberpunk dystopia and take the express route to our collective corporatist nightmare. Heyyyyy, that reminds me… Have you seen this puppy video?For more on how to protect your privacy from Facebook visit our sister site PCMag.last_img read more


September 1, 2019 0

Man Explains Why He Spent 800 million Worth of Todays Bitcoin on

first_imgBitcoin is something very few people seem to really understand, is nauseatingly volatile, and until it’s explosion several year’s ago, relatively worthless. When crypto currency did skyrocket over 9,000% in 2011, it instantly minted 1,000’s of millionaires overnight. That newly filthy rich group does not include Laszlo Hanyecz.  Also known as, “Bitcoin pizza guy.”Hananycez, a Florida computer programmer, was an early adopter of Bitcoin in 2010, and had tons of it when the value was around a penny per coin. Today, one bitcoin is valued at roughly $8,000. Hanacyz sat down with Anderson Coioper to explain how he blew through nearly a billion dollars in today’s Bitcoin by buying common household stfuff, and tons of pizza. He recalled spend 10,000 units on two Papa John’s pies. That’s the equivalent of over $800 million going by today’s value. Hopefully he got an extra garlic dipping sauce.There’s no more excruciating tale than that of the almost rich. This one sure stings.last_img read more


August 30, 2019 0

An AI just beat top lawyers at their own game

first_imgImage: bob al-green/mashableBy Monica Chin2018-02-26 05:01:00 UTC The nation’s top lawyers recently battled artificial intelligence in a competition to spot errors in contracts — and they lost. A new study, conducted by legal AI platform LawGeex in consultation with law professors from Stanford University, Duke University School of Law, and University of Southern California, pitted twenty experienced lawyers against an AI trained to evaluate legal contracts. Competitors were given four hours to review five non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and identify 30 legal issues, including arbitration, confidentiality of relationship, and indemnification. They were scored by how accurately they identified each issue.  Unfortunately for humanity, we lost the competition — badly. The human lawyers achieved, on average, an 85 percent accuracy rate, while the AI achieved 95 percent accuracy. The AI also completed the task in 26 minutes, while the human lawyers took 92 minutes on average. The AI also achieved 100 percent accuracy in one contract, on which the highest-scoring human lawyer scored only 97 percent. In short, the human lawyers were trounced.Intellectual property attorney Grant Gulovsen, one of the lawyers who competed against the AI in the study, said the task was very similar to what many lawyers do every day. “The majority of documents, whether it’s wills, operating agreements for corporations, or things like NDAs…they’re very similar,” Gulovsen told Mashable in a phone interview. So does this spell the end of humanity? Not at all. On the contrary, the use of AI can actually help lawyers expedite their work, and free them up to focus on tasks that still require a human brain. “Having the AI do a first review of an NDA, much like having a paralegal issue spot, would free up valuable time for lawyers to focus on client counseling and other higher-value work,” said Erika Buell, clinical professor at Duke University School of Law, who LawGeex consulted for the study. This technology will never fully replace a human lawyer, but it can certainly speed up their work by highlighting the most important sections of a story.“I strongly believe that law students and junior lawyers need to understand these AI tools, and other technologies, that will help make them better lawyers and shape future legal practice,” Buell told Mashable in an email. “I would expect that the general public, to the extent they want their lawyers to work efficiently on their legal matters, will be excited about this new tool.”    [embedded content]last_img read more


August 29, 2019 0

Bakkie driver seriously injured after headon collision with truck in Ladysmith

first_imgAlso read: Watch: Community loot stationery from truck after crash in EzakheniThe man was stabilised at the scene and then rushed to hospital.The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries.Public Safety and police controlled traffic flow.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! The driver of a Nissan bakkie was seriously injured today (October 27) in a crash on the N11 just outside Ladysmith, near Van Riebeeck Park.The cause of the crash is unknown at this stage.What is known is that a truck and a bakkie collided head-on.All emergency personnel responded to the scene, including Public Safety, Ladysmith Fire Department and police.Fire department and emergency personnel worked tirelessly to extricate the bakkie driver from the mangled wreckage.Also read: 10-year-old girl seriously injured after being hit by taxiAlso read: Breaking News: 5 tragically killed in horror crash on Van Reenen’s Pass WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more


August 28, 2019 0

Historical Society meets for a movie and a chat

first_imgMeetings are held on the third Friday of every month. They hope to see you there!DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The fire was lit and kept at just the right heat while everyone went inside to enjoy the movie.This was not just any movie, but rather one about history and trains; steam trains in particular.This was the scene when the Ladysmith Historical Society held their monthly meeting on Friday, where they all bring a “chop” and have a chat. They took the time to watch a film about steam trains and then had a lovely social braai.They have their meetings at the Old Toll House in Settlers Drive and everyone who is interested in history is invited to  join, young or old. Some of the members of the society are registered tour guides and if they discuss the Anglo-Boer War, for example, they have an outing the following day to point out all the battle sites and other places of historical interest.last_img read more


August 28, 2019 0

Iraqi officials Bombings across Baghdad kill 14 wound 41

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of bombings Sunday across the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killed at least 14 people and wounded 41, police officials said.The deadliest attack took place at the Aden checkpoint in Baghdad’s Khazimiyah district, where a suicide car bombing killed eight people, including five civilians, and wounded 23.In Baghdad’s al-Askan district, a car bomb killed at least four people and wounded 11 on a commercial street as people gathered after sunset to break their daily fast for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to homecenter_img Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Police also said a roadside bomb on a commercial street in Baghdad’s al-Amal neighborhood killed two people and wounded seven.Medical official corroborated the casualty figures. All spoke on condition of anonymity as they are not authorized to brief journalists.No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks. However, the Islamic State militant group is often behind assaults on checkpoints as it seeks to challenge Iraqi security forces amid intensifying battles in northern and western Iraq.___Associated Press writer Murtada Faraj contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more


August 18, 2019 0