ExOntario political aide gets four months jail for deleted gas plant emails

first_imgTORONTO – A plot to delete documents about the Ontario government’s pre-election cancellation of two gas plants struck at the heart of the democratic process, a judge said Wednesday as he sentenced a former top political aide to four months in jail.The crime committed by David Livingston, chief of staff to former Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty, was extremely serious and demands proper denunciation, Ontario court Judge Timothy Lipson said.“His conduct was an affront to, and an attack upon, democratic institutions and values,” Lipson said. “An attempt to tamper with the democratic process requires a strong denunciatory response.”Lipson also sentenced Livingston, 65, a first-time offender with an otherwise exemplary record of private and public service, to 12 months probation, including 100 hours of community service. Livingston was led from court in handcuffs.Defence lawyer Brian Gover said outside court that his client would appeal both conviction and sentence, and denounced the punishment meted out to Livingston, a married father and grandfather.“That is a harsh and excessive sentence in the circumstances of this case where there was no proof of actual harm,” Gover said. “You can imagine how upsetting this is for all of them.”Livingston was released on bail late Wednesday pending his appeal.In passing sentence, Lipson said Livingston had directed the indiscriminate wiping of hard drives in the premier’s office in a deliberate effort at sparing the government embarrassment over its costly decision to scrap two gas plants ahead of the 2011 provincial election.The document destruction occurred against express warnings from alarmed senior bureaucrats and amid deception by Livingston as to his real intentions, Lipson noted.The sentencing in the politically sensitive case comes just two months ahead of a general election in which Ontario voters will cast judgment on McGuinty’s successor, Premier Kathleen Wynne, who has not been directly implicated in the gas plants scandal although she was a cabinet minister at the time.With unofficial campaigning for the June 7 election well underway, the leader of the opposition Progressive Conservatives said the Liberals have shown a pattern of “corruption” since their first election in 2003.“This guy is going to spend four months in jail but we’re still out $1.1 billion,” Doug Ford said in a note to supporters. “Fifteen years of Liberal corruption and scandals has to end.”NDP Leader Andrea Horwath had similar comments.Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said the government believes in transparency and has brought in new measures on document retention.Livingston was found guilty in January on two counts: illegal use of a computer and attempted mischief to data. The latter charge was stayed. The prosecution earlier withdrew a charge of breach of trust. Livingston’s co-accused, former deputy chief of staff Laura Miller, was acquitted on all counts.The judge said Livingston had an “exceptional” employment history, noting he had been a long-time senior executive with a big bank and then Infrastructure Ontario before taking the nine-month secondment to the premier’s office in 2012.“The court received a very positive pre-sentence report,” Lipson said, pointing to the more than two dozen character reference letters, many read in court, submitted in Livingston’s favour. “I would characterize Mr. Livingston’s overall community service in a variety of spheres as exceptional.”At the end, however, Lipson said he accepted the prosecution’s characterization of the accused as a “sophisticated government actor” who was in a position of trust and fully aware of his actions.The upshot, the judge said, was that a conditional discharge or house arrest as the defence had requested was inappropriate and “utterly contrary” to the public interest. Livingston attempted to interfere with the parliamentary democratic process and the public’s right to access information about political decisions, the judge said.“Accountability is vital to the functioning of the democratic process,” Lipson said. “It is a troubling fact in this case that Mr. Livingston’s express lack of respect for his legal obligations animated his criminal conduct.”Livingston had been defiant when warned about the perils of destroying documents, calling it “political bullshit,” the judge said. The accused, who wielded “significant power and influence,” also was deceitful in gaining access to the computers.“The offence is very serious because it involves an attempt by the defendant to thwart the core values of accountability and transparency that are essential to the proper functioning of a parliamentary democracy,” Lipson said. “The defendant’s conduct was egregious and his degree of responsibility high.”last_img read more

Canadas Nathan Fillion joins the cast of A Series Of Unfortunate Events

first_img Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Today, we’re hearing that the mighty Nathan Fillion is joining the show for season 2. Exactly who the Firefly and Castle star will be playing remains a mystery at this stage.Also joining Neil Patrick Harris, Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, Bernadette Peters, Joan Cusack, K. Todd Freeman and Patrick Warburton in the cast are Tony Hale, Sara Rue, Lucy Punch and Roger Bart.BY ROB LEANE AND KATI BURT Advertisement Facebook It’s official: Netflix has renewed A Series Of Unfortunate Events for its second (and third!) season. The season 2 announcement was made via a YouTube video, which pointed fans to a little viral website entitled VastlyFrighteningDecision.com.On that site, the narrator Lemony Snicket (played by Patrick Warbuton in the show) wrote this:“Even as we speak, set builders, costume designers and trauma specialists are snapping into action, the better to bring you even more upsetting episodes, all because of your reputed enthusiasm for this grim example of so-called family programming. I hope you’re happy. Because you won’t be, ever again.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Tim Fontaine Creative mind behind the Walking Eagle

first_imgAPTN Face To Face It took less than a week for the Walking Eagle News to really soar!  The website bills itself as the “finest source of Indigenous news, anywhere” and some have taken it seriously. Founder, Editor-in-Grand-Chief and Head Writer Tim Fontaine joins host Dennis Ward on December 5th to talk about how the “news source” came to be, why Fontaine decided to “set fire” to his journalism career and the one time a story backfired.Fontaine also discusses his upcoming comedy show that will debut on APTN in the new year.last_img read more

Restored centennial totem pole unveiled in Whitehorse

first_imgChris MacintyreAPTN NewsA totem pole that was gifted to Yukon by the B.C. government and Tsimshian First Nations in 1971 has been restored and unveiled in Whitehorse.Yukon Minister of Tourism and Culture Jeanie Dendys said the totem pole “symbolizes that living culture that we have, so it was really important to restore this totem pole.”The pole was carved by William Jeffrey, whose great granddaughter Sarah Jeffrey was on hand for the ceremony this week.Though she never met her great grandfather, Jeffrey said he would be proud.“I think he would be really proud of the work that we’re doing, and I think he would be proud that we’re doing generational work. He did this work, he started this work, my grandmother continued it, my mother continues it, and now it’s my job to carry it on for my generation and teach the future generations to carry it on.”cmacintyre@aptn.calast_img read more

BSP-SP-RLD alliance is one of ideas: Mayawati

first_imgMirzapur/Chandauli: BSP president Mayawati on Friday termed the BSP-SP-RLD alliance a combine of ideas and said it will not sit silent till the Yogi Adityanath government in the state and the Narendra Modi government in the Centre were uprooted.”Unlike the Bharatiya Janata Party, this alliance is that of ideas and it will not sit silent till it uproots the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh along with the Narendra Modi government,” the Bahujan Samaj Party president said, addressing rallies for the candidates of the alliance in Mirzapur and Chandauli. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”The sad faces of the BJP leaders after the completion of six phases of polling indicate that they know it’s time for the Narendra Modi government to go. Their bad days will start from May 23. After that, preparations for Yogi to return to his Mutt will start,” she said. Seeing the bad state of affairs in the polls, the BJP and its supporters tried to create misunderstanding between the BSP and the Samajwadi Party but they failed, Mayawati said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”This alliance has been formed after due consideration and will last long,” she asserted. Mayawati exhorted the electorate to ensure BJP state unit president Mahendra Nath Pandey, in the fray for the Chandauli seat, losses his deposit. Mayawati said the amount of work the BSP and the SP have done for the sisters and daughters of the state had not been done by any other party. She said when in power her government had taken steps to connect Naxal infested areas with development works. “Instead of killing Naxals, we extended employment and food. We gave employment to the poor people of Sonebhadra (naxal infested area) and later the SP government did a lot of work in this direction,” she said. Stating that SP president Akhilesh Yadav had put in a lot of effort to ensure BSP candidates fared well in the polls, Mayawati said it was the BSP’s moral responsibility to ensure the victory of SP candidate from Chandauli. Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, in his address, said the ‘mahagathbandhan’ had wiped off the BJP in the six phases of polling because of which their leaders were having sleepless nights. “As May 23 is nearing, their (BJP) fear is rising,” he said. Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Akhilesh said, “He (Modi) wants to teach us about socialism. Says that Samajwadis do not know anything about socialism. I want to say the PM will have a lot of time after two days. We will send some books of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia. He will get to know a lot about India once he reads ‘Hindu Banam Hindu’ and ‘Itihas chakra’.last_img read more

Lankan detained in India over drug trafficking

The gang had been involved in smuggling of ganja and human trafficking, the police said, adding that in the last operation in July, they had smuggled about 36 kg of ganja to Sri Lanka and received in return, fake currencies with a total face value of Rs. 9.5 lakh from Amalan, a Lankan Tamil in Sri Lanka.Deputy Superintendent of Police K. Maheswari, who led the special team and cracked the case, said that five more accused, including Amalan, were to be arrested. The four accused – B. Yasar Arafat (32) from Pamban, M. Munis alias Murugan (27) from Rameswaram, D. Robert (32) from Pamban and Markas alias Siva (30), the Sri Lankan refugee in Adiyanoortu camp in Didigul, had acted as the brains behind the illegal act, posing a threat to national security, the police said. Based on his recommendation, Collector K. Nanthakumar passed the order, according to The Hindu newspaper. Kilakarai Inspector of Police O. Anandan served the order on the accused lodged at the district jail after which they were taken to the Madurai Central Prison, the police added. The district police in Ramanathapuram, India have detained a Sri Lankan Tamil over his involvement with a fake currency circulation, drug and human trafficking gang.After rounding up a 10-member gang during the month-long operation, Superintendent of Police N.M. Mylvahanan recommended the detention of the four accused, including the Sri Lankan Tamil, who had acted as masterminds in the case, under the National Security Act (NSA), the police said. The police recovered fake currencies with a face value of Rs. 52,000, she said. Three accused who were at large hailed from Thangachimadam and one from Tuticorin, she told The Hindu .The SP said that the fake currencies were ‘very high quality’ and their origin was yet to be ascertained. Police sources said that the fake currencies had been sent to the Forensic Sciences Department in Chennai for testing.After the tests, it would be known whether they were printed in Pakistan and routed through Sri Lanka or printed in the island nation itself, the sources said. read more

Staples Office Depot scrap merger after judge blocks deal

WASHINGTON – Staples and Office Depot said Tuesday they are scrapping their planned $6.3 billion merger after a federal judge blocked the deal, saying the government had made the case that the combination would likely hurt competition in office supplies.The Federal Trade Commission had sought to block the merger of the last two national office-supply chains. It contended the deal would allow the combined company to dictate the price of supplies, especially for corporate customers that buy in bulk.U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said in a ruling Tuesday that the FTC met its legal burden by showing it was likely the Staples-Office Depot merger would “substantially impair competition in the sale and distribution of consumable office supplies to large business-to-business customers.” Regulators also succeeded in showing that blocking the deal would be in the public interest, he said.The two companies said they will not appeal Sullivan’s ruling.Debbie Feinstein, who heads the competition bureau at the FTC, said the ruling “is great news for business customers.”“This deal would eliminate head-to-head competition between Staples and Office Depot, and likely lead to higher prices and lower-quality service for large businesses that buy office supplies,” she said in a statement.In December, the FTC rejected an offer from Staples to sell $1.25 billion in contracts in a bid to work around the competition issues.Staples Inc., based in Framingham, Massachusetts, is the largest “big box” office-supply chain. Office Depot Inc., headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, is No. 2.Founded in the late 1980s, they were among a group of chains led by Wal-Mart that opened thousands of supersized stores for shoppers wanting to buy in bulk. But changing shopping patterns, like the demand for price deals and the move toward shopping online, have hurt them.Staples and Office Depot both said they were disappointed by the outcome but are moving on with new business strategies.“We are positioning Staples for the future by reshaping our business, while increasing our focus on mid-market customers in North America and categories beyond office supplies,” Staples Chairman and CEO Ron Sargent said in a statement.Roland Smith, Office Depot’s chairman and CEO, said “We look forward to re-energizing our business.”Following news that the deal was being scuttled, Office Depot’s stock tumbled more than 26 per cent in after-hours trading. Shares in Staples fell more than 10 per cent.Tuesday’s ruling came despite a setback for FTC in the court case in March. Sullivan had suggested then at a closed-door hearing that the agency had tried to get a witness — Amazon.com Vice-President Prentis Wilson — to make false statements in his testimony.As an online retailer, Amazon has become a prime competitor to Staples and Office Depot for corporate customers. The FTC had called Wilson to testify in the case.FTC attorney Tara Reinhart said at the time the agency “certainly never asked” Wilson to make false declarations. by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2016 5:14 pm MDT Last Updated May 10, 2016 at 10:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Staples, Office Depot scrap merger after judge blocks deal FILE – This combination made with 2009 file photos shows signage for a Staples store in Springfield, Ill., top, and an Office Depot store in Miami Springs, Fla. A federal judge Tuesday, May 10, 2016, blocked the proposed merger of Staples and Office Depot, saying the government had made the case that the merger had a “reasonable probability” of hurting competition in office supplies. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, Alan Diaz, File) read more

UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Ebola crisis

The outbreak, affecting Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, is unprecedented in scope – with more than 4,000 cases having been reported across the region and over 2,200 deaths. It has also dealt a major blow to the already fragile health care systems in West Africa.“The trend lines in this crisis are grave and without immediate international action we are facing the potential for a public health crisis that could claim lives on a scale far greater than current estimates and set the countries of West Africa back a generation,” Ambassador Samantha Power of the United States, which holds the Council’s presidency for September, told reporters at UN Headquarters. The meeting – requested by the US owing to the “increasingly grim situation,” particularly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – is expected to hear from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as well as senior UN officials dealing with the Ebola crisis.“At this moment, it is crucial that Council members discuss the status of the epidemic, confer on a coordinated international response and begin the process of marshalling our collective resources to stop the spread of the disease,” stated Ms. Power.“This is a perilous crisis but one that we can contain if the international community comes together to meet it head on,” she added. “This outbreak is controllable; Ebola is treatable; and victims can survive. Anything short of our full collective commitment could have grave and destabilizing public health, humanitarian, economic, and security consequences which could reach far beyond the borders of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.”Also today, the Council adopted a resolution extending until 31 December 2014 the mandate of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). In doing so, the Council also urged the international community to respond swiftly to the shortage of qualified medical professionals and appropriate equipment and preventive measures necessary to address the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.Briefing the Council last week, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNMIL, Karin Landgren, told the Council of the “merciless” spread of Ebola, which has already claimed at least 1,200 deaths in Liberia. “The speed and scale of the loss of lives, and the economic, social, political and security reverberations of the crisis, are affecting Liberia profoundly,” she stated.Also last week, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous pledged during his visit to Liberia that the UN will continue to stand by the affected countries as they battle the Ebola outbreak.“It is true that we, the international community, have invested a lot over the years to bring back peace and security to Liberia, and, more generally, to West Africa. And it is even more true that we do not want to [jeopardize] that patient work,” he told reporters in the capital, Monrovia.Mr. Ladsous noted that while UNMIL is not a public health operator, the Mission and the wider UN system would be on hand to ensure Liberia moves beyond the current crisis.We are not leaving Liberia. We are here to stay the course and to help the people of the country and their neighbours get through this terrible crisis,” he said, adding that all 8,000 personnel at UNMIL – military, police and civilian staff – would spare no effort towards that goal.Meanwhile, football’s world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), has teamed up with the UN in its efforts to help control the epidemic. Last Thursday, it was announced that the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia will be used to set up two large Ebola treatment units. After the UN World Health Organization (WHO) identified the field as the most suitable location for the treatment units, the use of the pitch for this purpose raised concerns in the local community, who feared the facility could be damaged. The stadium was only recently donated by FIFA to Liberia’s Football Association. According to a news release issued by the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), FIFA quickly pledged its support for the UN-coordinated Ebola response in the affected countries. FIFA will cover the costs of potential damages arising from the use of the field to house the units. It will also consider using resources from its solidarity fund to support the member associations of the particularly affected countries in the fight against Ebola. “The Ebola outbreak also has a tremendous impact on the sport community, ranging from health threats to the athletes themselves and restrictions of travel affecting competitions and the development of sport,” said Wilfried Lemke, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace.“National authorities, the UN and the world of sport need to work closely together in order to halt the spread of the disease. The commitment of sport organisations to support our efforts is very much welcomed and crucial,” he added. read more

EHF CL BEST 7 Gensheimer Canellas Rocas Vargas…

← Previous Story Aufwiedersehen and 歓迎 Dagur Sigurdsson! Next Story → Women’s EHF CL: ZRK Vardar and Györi Audi ETO KC lead race for 1/4 final VELUX EHF Champions League Round 7 was full of interesting matches and derby clashes like in Frankfurt, Veszprem or Kiel.EHF CL Best 7- Round 7:Left wing: UWe Genshemier (PSG)Left back: Joan Canellas (RK Vardar)Playmaker: Luka Cindrić (RK Vardar)Right back: Ramazan Done (Besiktas Mogaz)Right wing: Albert Rocas (La Rioja)Line player: Ludovic Fabregas (Montpellier)Goalkeeper: Gonzalo Perez de Vargas (FC Barcelona) read more

Names to be redacted in garda report on quashed penalty points

first_imgA REPORT INTO the practice of some gardaí quashing penalty points on some drivers’ licences is to be published later today but the names of those who had penalty points cancelled and the gardaí involved will be redacted.The report by assistant garda commissioner, John O’Mahoney, is expected to be published by the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at around 3pm or 4pm this afternoon.RTÉ says the report will show that there is no evidence of garda corruption or that there was widespread deletion of penalty points by gardaí as had been claimed by a garda whistleblower and subsequently a number of independent TDs.Dublin TD Joan Collins used parliamentary privilege to name a sports star, a journalist and a judge who she claimed had had penalty points inappropriately quashed by gardaí with her colleague Clare Daly describing a “a culture out there of writing off penalty points”.However, Shatter said that the investigation had shown that only a small number of points had been written off in proportion to the number of offences incurred over a three year period.Read: Ming points controversy ‘damages reputation of independents’ – Joan CollinsRead: TD says delay sending correction letter meant wife got his penalty pointslast_img read more

Pop Star Ariana Grande Will Be a Final Fantasy Character

first_imgStay on target Cool Gifts for ‘Final Fantasy’ LoversGEEK PICK: Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition HD Aside from having real-world names for some of its creatures and monsters, Final Fantasy games have never had much crossover with our world. This changed with the release of Final Fantasy XV which featured in-game Cup Noodles ads and even a mission where players had to create the perfect Cup Noodle recipe. This seemed like a one-time only thing, but now a very famous pop idol will guest star in a Final Fantasy game.Ariana Grande recently revealed on instagram and Twitter that she would be a character in the mobile-only, Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius. Her character is based on the look she had for her Dangerous Woman album cover — complete with a black dress, black mask, and very Final Fantasy-ish black bunny ears. Her appearance in the game marks the very first time that an American pop star has appeared in a Final Fantasy title (even if it is a mobile offshoot).♡ I’m SO so excited to share that I’ll be featured in FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS *crying* ♡ #FFBEWW @FFBE_EN https://t.co/VpnbLR7B75— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) January 1, 2017Below, you can see some of her character’s animations.center_img Square-Enix hasn’t announced when Grande’s character would be appearing in Brave Exvius or how players will be able to recruit her into their parties. Since Grande made this announcement recently, it is reasonable to assume that it should be relatively soon.Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius is a free-to-play mobile game published by Square-Enix and developed by Gumi Inc. It features a brand-new cast of characters but has elements that should be familiar to fans, including summons, limit breaks, crystals, dungeon crawling, and classic turn-based role-playing mechanics.Brave Exvius was released in Japan in 2015 and to North America in June of 2016. The game has been downloaded over 8 million times on iOS and Android platforms globally, according to Gumi.last_img read more

Best college laptops for 2019

first_img $1,299 Comments Apple MacBook Air (2018) Best 15.6-inch convertible Chromebook Microsoft Surface Pro 6 10 Lenovo $1,214 Read Dell XPS 13 (2019) review Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630 See at Lenovo • Read Apple MacBook Air (2018) review Best pick for power gamers Mentioned Above Microsoft Surface Pro 6 – 12.3″ – Core i7 8650U – 8 GB RAM – 256 GB SSD Sarah Tew/CNET $1,215 at Walmart Aug 30 • Hate subscription software? Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are on sale for $60 each Microsoft Surface Pro 6 37 Photos Razer Blade Stealth Tags Sarah Tew/CNET The best new gaming laptops, ranked Acer Amazon Asus Best Buy Dell Google HP Intel Lenovo Apple See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $1,209 If you’re committed to the Windows operating system and want a balance of portability, power and price, it’s hard to find a better laptop than the XPS 13. This CNET Editors’ Choice is attractive, incomparably slim and offers a ton of customization (and price) options. Dell also makes a 15-inch version. Both start at around $1,000. Best Windows pick Read Microsoft Surface Pro 6 review Best entry-level gaming rig Walmart I reviewed the Zephyrus S last year and loved its 15.6-inch HD display and backlit keyboard. This configuration delivers very solid performance for the price: For around $1,400, you get an Intel Core i7 CPU and a GeForce GTX 1070, with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 512GB PCIe SSD. 2:52 Sarah Tew/CNET See It 35 best battery life laptopscenter_img The Surface Pro remains the standard-bearer for Windows devices that work as both laptop and tablet, though they’re better tablets than they are laptops. (If you’re looking for the opposite, Lenovo’s Yoga devices, which are also two-in-ones, are better laptops than they are tablets.) Amazon’s deal — a Pro 6 for about $800, including the essential Type Cover, which usually costs $89 on its own — is a no-brainer.  41 Photos Now playing: Watch this: See the best laptops of 2018 See it Asus ROG Zephyrus S Best Buy Back-to-School Tech Gift Guide The Yoga C630 Chromebook is a great, inexpensive laptop — one that doubles as an enormous tablet — with a killer 4K display and blazing performance for everyday productivity and entertainment tasks. This is the Chromebook version of Lenovo’s excellent C930, one of our all-time favorite two-in-one convertibles, which costs hundreds more. See All Best Mac value $1,299 In 2018, Apple announced a new version of the MacBook Air — an evergreen student favorite — upgrading it with a Retina display, Touch ID and USB-C ports. This discount is just $50 shy of the all-time lowest price we’ve seen for that model — which is nearly identical to the brand-new one that debuted in July — except that it doesn’t have Apple’s True Tone display technology. But you do get an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory and a 128GB SSD that’s faster than the one in the newer model.  Read the Asus ROG Zephyrus S review We’re in full back-to-school mode now, making this one of the best times of the year to shop for a new laptop. You can now get an entry-level laptop for $200 to $400. But we think it’s worthwhile to spend at least a few hundred more to get a machine that will last longer and perform better. This list, which represents our top choices for college, university and even high school students, is based on our own hands-on use and benchmark testing. Most of these laptops cost $500 or more. If you’re looking for something less expensive — or if you’re interested in an alternative to Microsoft Windows and Apple’s MacOS — we’d recommend checking out our list of the best Chromebooks for students. Though the prices are generally lower, they’re great for basics like email, getting on the internet, creating documents or working with spreadsheets — especially if you’re already working with Google’s apps.   Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Abt Electronics Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It Sarah Tew/CNET Aug 29 • Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019 reading • Best college laptops for 2019 Share your voice Dell XPS 13 Review • Surface Pro 6 review: Racing ahead of last year’s model Best Windows 2-in-1 Read the CNET review Aug 29 • Save up to $500 on Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets $1,559 at Amazon Laptops Preview • Microsoft Surface Pro 6 starts at $899 with 8th-gen Intel CPU, available Oct. 16 $1,100 at Walmart Read Razer Blade Stealth (2019) review Straight up, this laptop is among the best Windows alternatives to a MacBook Pro. Best Buy’s $500 discount makes it a certified bargain. Note that the step-up version, with the 512GB SSD, is also on sale for $1,500.Sale pricing available through Saturday, Aug. 31 (or while supplies last). Grads Tech Gift Guide $1,400 at Razer See at Amazonlast_img read more

Oil Tax Referendum Ignites a Neighborly Sign War

first_imgOn top of being the most expensive ballot measure in state history, next week’s referendum on oil taxes may also be one of the most contentious. The polling shows a tight race, with the state’s voters almost equally divided on the question. Which means that no matter which side you’re on, it’s almost inevitable you’ll have to deal with someone who disagrees. Alaska Public Media’s Alexandra Gutierrez has this story of a block divided.Download Audio:Denise Roselle and Dan Anderson share a lot as neighbors. He plows her driveway; she lets him park his truck there. Their Spenard ranch homes are nearly identical save the paint jobs. But there’s one area where they’re clearly divided.ROSELLE: I am voting yes on Proposition One.ANDERSON: I am voting no on Proposition One.The neighbors have been waging a tiny battle of the yard signs. It started when Roselle put one up that said “Repeal the Oil Giveaway.” Anderson responded with a sign supporting the new tax structure, and he propped it up six feet high.“Yeah, they gave me a shorter sign and I put it on a longer pole to get it above everybody else, I guess,” Anderson says.So, Roselle raised hers, too, and stuck another ‘Yes on One’ sign to the side of her house. Then they started adding the candidate signs. Anderson was approached by the Mia Costello for Senate campaign, and Roselle put up signs for:“Clare Ross, and then Matt Claman, and now I have a Begich sign up as well,” she adds.By now, she thinks people have noticed the escalation.“We just kind of talked about if our neighbors were laughing at our sign wars out there.”The rivalry is friendly, but Roselle and Anderson see the referendum as a critical fight over Alaska’s future. Crude has brought in more than a hundred billion in state tax dollars since the North Slope fields were developed, but now less oil is being pumped out of them.Roselle was one of nearly 50,000 voters who signed a petition to get the referendum on the ballot, and she doesn’t think capping the tax rate will stop that decline. As a teacher, she’s worried it will just mean less money for schools.“Our state constitution says that we are an owner state. And it seems that we are giving away our resources to somebody else, to oil companies,” Roselle says.Meanwhile, Anderson thinks that lower taxes will encourage industry to find new oil – which could be good for a contractor like him.“My economy is based on me having a job. And in Alaska, more jobs come out of oil than almost anything,” Anderson says.Both Roselle and Anderson have spent a lot of time thinking about the question and trying to approach it from good faith. For all their passion, they each acknowledge the global oil market is so unpredictable you can’t be certain how much each tax system will capture in the future,  and that how you vote depends on who you trust in a lot of ways.But even though they feel strongly about referendum, they’re not talking about it with each other too much.Roselle says that was a conscious decision on her part.Not all sign wars are so civil. Recently, the Vote Yes Repeal the Giveaway campaign has been posting photos on their Facebook page of handmade signs that have been smashed, and they say they have one report of a sign being set on fire. The Vote No on One campaign also says they’ve also had to deal with signs being stolen and vandalized.last_img read more

School students advised to choose Civil Services as career

first_imgHyderabad: Telugu Civil Servants Association in the partnership with Telangana Recognised Managements Association organised an interactive session ‘Greet the Great -2019’ on Saturday for 2,500 school students belonging to 30 different schools at Abdullapurmet. Rachakonda Commissioner of Police Mahesh M Bhagwat attended the programme and motivated and suggested the school students to opt Civil Services as career option. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us He advised students to concentrate on studies till inter and apart from doing graduation focus on civil services preparation. He also advised students on inculcate writing practice and broadening vision while studying along with extracurricular activities. Many IAS rank holders including Abdul Shahid and Monica Kishor who cleared the UPSC exams last year and those who are currently preparing for the exams were present during the interactive session. The speakers educated the students on the importance of civil services as a career option. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us AIR 57 Abdul Shahid, AIR 42 of IFS (Forest) Monica Kishore and other 7 rank holders inspired students on civil services as a career option. Sadhu Narasimha Reddy, IRS, Addl Commissioner of GST, Vishakhapatnam, N Balaram, IRS, Director of Finance, Singareni Collieries, Jagan Mohan Reddy, TRSMA Chairman, President Gopal Reddy and others attended the programme.last_img read more

7 remanded for Noakhali gangrape

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA Noakhali court on Sunday placed seven accused on a five-day remand each in a case over the gang-rape of a woman in Subarnachar upazila of Noakhali.Noakhali senior magistrate of No-2 Cognigence Court Judge Nabonita Guha passed the order when police produced them before the court with a seven-day remand prayer, said Ibrahim Khalil, sub-inspector of Char Jabbar Police Station and also the investigation officer of the case.Those remanded are Badshah Alam Basu, ex-AL leader Ruhul Amin, Jashim Uddin, Hasan Ali Bhulu, Sohel, Swapan and Bechu.Ruhul Amin, AL upazila unit publicity affairs secretary and a former union council member, was expelled from the ruling party on January 5 for his alleged involvement in the gang rape.The woman, a mother of four, was gang-raped at Charjubli village in the upazila on December 31 by a gang of 10-12 men allegedly being ordered by Ruhul Amin, after the general election.Later, doctors treating the woman have found evidence of gang rape.last_img read more

Rick Perry For Homeland Security Secretary And Beyoncé Buying The Rockets The

first_imgA lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all.This week, our panel weighs in on the possibility of Rick Perry becoming the next Secretary of Homeland Security, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick saying he wants better communication with the Texas House, and rumors that Houston’s own pop icon Beyoncé is interested in investing in the Houston Rockets. Our panel of non-experts this week includes:Freelance writer Kyrie O’ ConnorWayne Ashley, academic advisor, digital media strategist and editor of TexasLeftist.com Happy Houston Public Media retiree Paul Pendergraft Sharelast_img read more

Corpus Christi South Padre Island Prepare For Harvey

first_imgIn Corpus Christi, dozens of people waited in line at a Sam’s Club on Thursday. The city and other communities along the coast were shipping in sandbags, extra water and other items.The storm’s maximum sustained winds have increased to near 60 mph (95 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center said additional strengthening was expected and Harvey could become a hurricane by Friday, when it’s expected to approach the southern Texas coast.As of Thursday morning, the storm was centered about 335 miles (540 kilometers) southeast of Port Mansfield and was moving north-northwest near 10 mph (17 kph).Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered the State Operations Center to elevate its readiness level, making state resources available for possible rescue and recovery actions. Abbott also pre-emptively declared a state of disaster for 30 counties on or near the coast, to speed deployment of state resources to any areas affected.Emergency officials on Wednesday asked residents along the upper Texas coastline to move or prepare to move inland. Those in low-lying areas were urged to seek higher ground, and those elsewhere were told to monitor official announcements closely.On South Padre Island, people filled sandbags and loaded them into cars and vans Wednesday to take to protect exposed homes and businesses. Others in the forecast path of the storm sought out generators, plywood and other goods from hardware stores. Meanwhile, rice farmers in coastal Matagorda County moved quickly to harvest their crops. Long lines extended from grocery stores along the Texas Gulf Coast early Thursday as residents braced for a slow-moving tropical storm that forecasters say could drop as much as 20 inches of rain.8:30 am HEB Plus on Saratoga packed with people stocking up on water & food. I’m buying a lot of nonperishables for out in the field #Harvey pic.twitter.com/PkvYy93knW— Briana Whitney (@BrianaWhitney) August 24, 2017A hurricane warning was issued for most of the central and southern Texas coast Thursday morning, from Port Mansfield to Matagorda, as Tropical Storm Harvey regained strength while drifting into the Gulf of Mexico. The storm is expected to make landfall late Friday or early Saturday.“Harvey is looking like it’s going to just meander around the area,” National Weather Service meteorologist Penny Zabel said Thursday. “It’s going to hang out for a few days, and that’s why we’re looking at such high rainfall amounts.”Zabel noted that it’s been 14 years since a hurricane made landfall along the state’s southern coast. She said 10 to 15 inches of rain could fall from Friday through Tuesday, with higher amounts in some areas.Ken Knox secures a friend’s boat in the #CorpusChristi Marina in advance of #HarveyStorm pic.twitter.com/FqCm0IB5ZU— Rachel Denny Clow (@CallerClow) August 24, 2017 Sharelast_img read more

Android 23 Gingerbread expected in the next few days

first_img Tablet PC’s Getting Ready for Android 3.0 (PhysOrg.com) — While Google hasn’t made any official announcements on the release date for Android 2.3 several clues online over the weekend point to an imminent release of Gingerbread. This may have to do with the timing of iOS 4.2 which is set to release this week. Citation: Android 2.3 Gingerbread expected in the next few days (2010, November 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-11-android-gingerbread-days.html Explore further It has been rumored that developers may receive Android 2.3 OTA update as early as November 11 for the Nexus One handset.center_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez, a leader at the OHA organization that oversees development of Google’s Android platform, sent the follow tweet over the weekend: “Prepare your Nexus One (Developer Version) for Android OTA update 2.3 (Gingerbread) for the next few days.” It appears that the developers running the official developer handset, the Nexus One, will be the first to see their devices updated with Gingerbread. A few days after that, the build may get released to the general public who own a Nexus One. There has been no clarification on whether all Android 2.2 owners will get upgraded to Gingerbread or if it will start with Nexus One.The release of Gingerbread doesn’t mean that more powerful hardware is needed, as new features or optimizations can benefit users with existing handsets. Some of the rumored and/or expected changes include: • Big noticeable change to the OS is that the graphics and icons have been refreshed giving the application icons a more uniform appearance.• Large translucent icon place holders that will eventually be small for app menu. Customizable icon colors that are very vibrant and really changes the whole app UI. The refreshed UI also introduces motion scrolling to longer menus and adds animations.• SIP support to the native Google Voice application for Android that will make it possible to receive calls to your Google Voice number via Wi-Fi or 3G. This functionality may be only for Gingerbread and future releases.• The default media player would support more codecs by default at the OS Level and Google Music Service should be unveiled along with Android 2.3 as well as a separate market place for games are also expected with the new OS release.• Refreshed Android Market Web Site (for over-the-air app & music download)• Video Chat is gaining importance following Apple’s deployment of Face Time. • Social Network Enhancement and improvements of the core functionality like copy and paste to make it comparable with iOS.• WebM and WebP support in the browser (Open Standard Declaration)• Support for Google TV and bigger screen sizes up to a resolution of 1366×768.The OS update may be provided to Android developer handsets as early as this Thursday, November 11. Google’s last update to Android was the May release of Android 2.2 (Froyo). This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

ELEVEN miles of M6 to close for TEN nights starting TODAY

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists are being warned stretches of the M6 will be closed for 10  nights while work is carried out to support a major upgrade. Highways England will set up an 11-mile contraflow in an effort to enable a larger construction area to be created and allow drivers to travel by the side of it. Such a system was put in place between Junction 15 and Junction 13 where the Smart Motorway project has been running. The contraflow system is currently running on the northbound carriageway from Yarnfield to Junction 15 but from next month will be extended to run all the way between junctions 14 and 15 – a total of 11 miles. Its creation means that from tonight there will be overnight closures from 9pm until 6am. The Southbound carriageway will be closed for five nights from Monday followed by the Northbound carriageway for five nights. Motorway driving tips Watch again Click to playTap to play Works on the M6 in North Staffordshire “The use of the contraflow has improved productivity, safety and disruption to residents living close by and also reduced the amount of full overnight motorway closures due to having the availability for one lane of traffic to travel in the contraflow lane.” Drivers say problems arise when there are break-downs in the contraflow areas. Barry Proctor, owner of Talke-based Barry Proctor services, said: “It is a long distance and the last contraflow was not too bad. Video Loading Video Unavailable Video will play in  Click for Sound How the contraflow will work (Image: Highways England) Highways England say that feedback from M6 drivers has revealed ‘many like the contraflow lane as it is wider and they don’t have the issue of HGVs being in close proximity.’ The body also says the contraflow has made no change to journey times through roadworks. Read MoreWhy are there so many accidents on the M6 in Staffordshire? (…now Highways England have had their say)   Peter Smith, Highways England Smart Motorway Project Sponsor, said: “The contraflow gives us more space when we’re working in the verge, making it safer for our workers and helping us complete the scheme quicker. “Because there is more room in the verge, we can carry out most of the disruptive activities during the day, reducing the amount of full overnight motorway closures which benefits local communities. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. “Highways England is always exploring new ways to maximise efficiency and this is another important achievement in our work which will ultimately improve journeys by adding extra capacity and technology to the motorway.” Highways England has also been working with Staffordshire County Council to organise diversions. Helen Fisher, the county council’s cabinet member for highways and transport said: “The introduction of the Smart Motorway on this section is key for keeping traffic on the move on the busy M6. “We have worked closely with Highways England to ensure that the impact on local routes such as those through Stafford and along the A34 is minimised while this vital scheme is completed. Police search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Watch Next We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.com “I don’t like anything like this on the motorway and when they were doing 17 to 19 people found it difficult to concentrate and to have these narrow contraflow lanes for that length of time now will make it difficult with breakdowns and accidents. “The shorter the better with these things for me but I imagine it is about keeping costs down.  “If someone breaks down in this then it will be difficult to get to them and they will be an obstruction – I’m totally against it and it should be done in small sections.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Share this video Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! 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How Guatemalas former dictator Ríos Montt dodged a stay in a notorious

first_imgRelated posts:For justice in Guatemala, ‘2 steps forward, 1 step back’ Guatemala high court paves way for new genocide trial against ex-dictator Ríos Montt Retrial of former Guatemalan dictator begins despite defense’s call for suspension Guatemalan ex-dictator to face genocide retrial GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — It would have closed an historical loop, in a way, had Guatemalan former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt been sent for evaluation — as the country’s highest court originally ordered — to a notorious mental institution that fell into disrepair under his short-lived de facto rule. Ríos Montt is facing charges of genocide, but the trial has been delayed over questions of whether the 89-year-old retired general is mentally fit to stand trial.But instead of spending a week at the Federico Mora psychiatric hospital, which international observers have described as a hellhole, Guatemala’s Constitutional Court consented Tuesday to let him have the evaluation done at an upscale private hospital.The decision came after the latest round of legal sparring between Ríos Montt’s defense team and prosecutors intent on seeing the former general tried for orchestrating a genocidal military campaign against the Maya Ixil ethnic group. More than 1,700 Ixil men, women and children were killed in the campaign carried out in 1982 and 1983, the bloodiest years of Guatemala’s 36-year civil war.Cameras snapped as an ambulance arrived at the accused’s house on Tuesday to transport him to Los Pinos hospital. Ríos Montt was accompanied by his two children, retired general Luis Enrique Ríos Sosa and Zury Ríos Sosa. Ríos Sosa won her own court victory last week: The Constitutional Court ruled that she could run for president in the November elections, despite a constitutional provision prohibiting close family members of a coup leader-cum-president from seeking the highest office.Efraín Ríos Montt is to spend the next 10 days at Sanatorio Los Pinos undergoing psychiatric evaluation to determine whether he’s mentally fit to stand trial. It’s his second psychiatric evaluation of his second trial for genocide. Ríos Montt was first tried for genocide and crimes against humanity in 2013. He was found guilty, but the conviction was annulled on a technicality and the trial was sent back to square one by the Constitutional Court.It took two years of delays and legal wrangling for the retrial to be scheduled, and a new date was finally set for July 23. However, two weeks before the trial was supposed to start, Guatemala’s National Forensic Institute issued a report saying that Ríos Montt’s mental health had deteriorated to the extent that he was unable to understand the charges against him, thereby allowing his attorneys to request the case closed.It later came to light that the psychiatric evaluation was carried out when the patient was likely sedated. Plus, it was ordered by a judge, Carol Patricia Flores, who no longer had authority over the case and who has been accused by the UN-sponsored International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) of illicit enrichment and money laundering, leading to questions about the report’s impartiality.A dubious evaluationOn July 23, the courtroom was packed with victims of the armed conflict, human rights activists, military supporters and international observers, including U.S. Ambassador Todd Robinson – all waiting to hear the court’s verdict on whether or not Ríos Montt was fit to stand trial.The octogenarian wasn’t physically present at the hearing. He participated via videolink from his home. While Ríos Montt’s defense attorneys argued that the National Forensic Institute’s report proved he was mentally incapacitated and unfit for trial, prosecutors provided a written opinion from Federico Castellanos Gutiérrez, head of forensic psychiatry at the Federico Mora hospital, stating that an effective psychiatric evaluation can only be carried out if the patient has not been medicated during the preceding 48 hours.According to Castellanos, the medication Ríos Montt was given would have sedated him. It also emerged that Ríos Montt had been given olanzapine, a drug used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder but not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating dementia since it can increase the risk of stroke.The prosecution requested that Ríos Montt be transferred to the Federico Mora hospital to undergo psychiatric evaluation and to ensure his condition received appropriate treatment. The three-judge panel agreed and ordered the accused to spend a week at the hospital. An entire wing was to be cleared of patients and prepared to accomodate the former head of state.‘Most dangerous facility … in the Americas”Regarded as a model for mental health treatment in Latin America during the 1970s, the Federico Mora psychiatric hospital has become a nightmarish institution where heavily-sedated patients lie in puddles of urine and feces, as BBC reporter Chris Rogers documented in December 2014.A 2012 report by U.S. advocacy group Disability Rights International described the Federico Mora hospital as “the most dangerous facility our investigators have witnessed anywhere in the Americas.” The group documented numerous cases of physical and sexual abuse and reported that seven people had died in isolation rooms at the hospital in recent years.Mentally-ill criminals serving out sentences at the hospital mix with the general population.Ironically, the hospital’s decline began in 1982, the year that Ríos Montt took power in a military coup. The Guatemalan health ministry ordered the country’s problematic, long-term mental health facility closed and all patients transferred to Federico Mora, which had previously administered primarily acute care. The fusion led to overcrowding and an increasingly serious managerial crisis.After Disability Rights International lodged an official complaint, in 2012 the Inter-American Human Rights Commission ordered the Guatemalan government to improve conditions at the hospital. According to media reports and watchdog groups, not much has changed.Ríos Montt retrial faces uncertain futureZury Ríos Sosa cited the BBC documentary as proof that sending her father to Federico Mora for an evaluation posed a serious threat to his wellbeing. The former dictator’s attorneys argued that if it was absolutely necessary to move their client out of the comfort of his home, he should be sent to a private institution given his status as a former head of state. Ríos Montt’s defense team also accused the judges of bias.At first the judges seemed unlikely to budge. The court confirmed its original order and two days later a small group of Ríos Montt supporters was waiting outside the Federico Mora hospital for the former general to arrive. Some waved placards reading “There was no genocide.”But their cause célèbre didn’t show up. Minutes before Ríos Montt was due to be transferred, his attorneys announced they had obtained a provisional court order to suspend the transfer while a judge and forensic expert determined whether it would endanger his life.The court order raised suspicion given that one of the members of the appeals court who signed it, Judge Noé Ventura Loyo, was elected thanks to congressional support from the political party founded by Ríos Montt, the Guatemalan Republican Front (FRG).The appellate court that issued the ruling is also the same court that upheld sanctions against Judge Yassmín Barrios, the judge who presided over Ríos Montt’s original genocide trial and conviction.Ríos Montt is now lying, presumably in comfort, at Sanatario Los Pinos. The results of the new psychiatric evaluation being carried out by the hospital’s medical experts will determine whether or not the genocide trial against Ríos Montt moves forward. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for August 18, when judges will review the results. Facebook Commentslast_img read more