Kiran Bedi to attend swearing in ceremony of Narendra Modi

first_imgPuducherry: Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi will attend the May 30 swearing in ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister for the second term. An official source said Bedi left here for Delhi Tuesday. The Lt Governor will in the meanwhile complete three years in office on Wednesday, but will not be in the union territory because of her visit to Delhi. She has been at loggerheads with Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and his government on various administrative issues ever since she assumed office in May 29 2016.last_img

Cases of residential school abuse uncompensated because of signature rule

first_imgTORONTO — Legitimate cases of residential school abuse are going uncompensated under a class-action settlement because the victims died without signing an application form, a situation one lawyer calls arbitrary and the fault of the federal government.In at least one such case, compensation was initially awarded in March last year to relatives of a victim but taken back after a review determined the deceased applicant had never signed the application form.“This is so formulistic, it is remarkable,” said David Schulze, the lawyer handling the case. “The claimant meets the criteria, the abuse is proven, and yet the government of Canada runs around saying: ‘Oh, but he didn’t sign himself, so we can all agree our employees raped him but his heirs get nothing’.”Based on eyewitness testimony, an adjudicator under the independent assessment process (IAP) awarded $27,222 to the estate of a residential school sexual-abuse victim known as A-16726, who had died without signing the application form. While Canada raised objections about the lack of a signature, it did not oppose the claim.However, when the estate tried to argue the compensation amount was too low, a reviewing adjudicator overturned the award altogether.“I must overturn the initial adjudicator’s decision and substitute a zero award,” Wes Marsden, deputy chief adjudicator wrote in his decision last July. “IAP rules clearly state that the claimant must sign an IAP application.”Even though other estate compensation claims without signatures had previously been accepted over Canada’s objections, Marsden said he was simply following decisions in two other cases by chief adjudicator, Ben Shapiro, from March and April last year.On Sept. 6, Shapiro published the signature-needed rule on the adjudication secretariat’s website after a case involving a disbarred Calgary lawyer, David Blott. Because of Blott’s negligence, scores of files related to compensation were never processed and more than 150 of them lay rotting in a warehouse for at least six years.“It was deemed advisable to post a notice to our website advising that claims that did not meet the criteria set out in (one of Shapiro’s rulings) would not be eligible,” Roger Tetreault, executive director of the adjudications secretariat, wrote last month. “To do otherwise would potentially have worked an unfairness by causing family members of deceased former students to incur significant expense (on) claims that would be doomed to failure.”Latest data from the adjudication secretariat show 59 of 78 estate claims not signed by the claimant were dismissed — some for a lack of evidence — but it is unclear just how many were rejected based only on the signature rule. Regardless, Schulze called the requirement unconscionable given that proving an estate claim is difficult enough.Schulze, who is challenging Marsden’s decision, said there is no basis under the Indian residential school agreement to deny estate claims as long as the victim was alive as of May 30, 2005 and the claim was filed in time. The chief adjudicator, the lawyer said, had no authority to come up with the signature rule.The lawyer has now asked an oversight committee, which Shapiro has said is the forum to resolve such disputes, to weigh in.A spokesman for the oversight committee said its chairwoman, Maya Moran, would not comment. Neither Shapiro nor Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett responded to questions about the situation.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Delhi HC restrains 30 torrent sites from hosting copyrighted content

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court has permanently restrained 30 torrent sites from hosting, streaming, reproducing, distributing or making available to the public by any means the movies, music, shows or any content which violates the copyright of film production companies like Twentieth Century Fox and UTV Software.Justice Manmohan, in the order, directed internet service providers (ISPs), like Airtel, Reliance Jio and MTNL, to block access to these websites. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Directions were also issued by the court to the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) to ensure that the ISPs registered with them block access to such “rogue websites”. While issuing the directions based on a plea by the film production companies, the court said website blocking was a “cumbersome exercise” and majority of the viewers who access and download the infringing content are youngsters who are unaware that the content is pirated. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIt directed the DoT and the MEITY to “explore the possibility of framing a policy under which a warning is issued to the viewers of the infringing content, if technologically feasible in the form of e-mails, or pop-ups or such other modes, cautioning the viewers to cease viewing/downloading the infringing material. “In the event the warning is not heeded to and the viewers/subscribers continue to view, access or download the infringing/pirated content, then a fine could be levied on the viewers/subscribers,” the court said. It added that such a measure would go a long way in curbing piracy and the dark-net as well as in “promoting the legal content and accelerating the pace of Digital India”. The court, in its 99-page verdict, also noted that such websites were “hydra-headed”, who on being blocked, “actually multiply and resurface as alphanumeric or mirror websites”. Therefore, to meet the ends of justice and address the menace of piracy by such hydra-headed websites, the court permitted the plaintiff production companies to implead as a party in the matter the mirror/redirect/alphanumeric websites. However, the plaintiffs would have to file affidavits confirming that the newly impleaded sites are a mirror/redirect/alphanumeric website along with “sufficient supporting evidence”.last_img read more

Oscar Fulloné Dismisses Accusations That He Squandered his Fortune in Casinos

Rabat – In an interview with daily newspaper Al Massae, former coach Oscar Fulloné, said that he refuses all accusations made against him suggesting that he has squandered all his fortune in casinos, pointing out at the same time that the reason why he goes through a difficult financial situation is because his wife was diagnosed with cancer in 2001.The Argentine, who coached many Moroccan football clubs such as Raja de Casablanca, Wydad de Casablanca, Maghreb de Fes and KAC de Kenitra, said that he lost most of his personal savings on the medical treatment of his wife, who underwent a surgery in the French capital in order to control the spread of the malignant disease.Asked about the veracity of reports suggesting that he misspent his fortune in casinos, Fulloné said that much of what he was earning from his job as a football coach was directed to the help of anyone who was in need, adding that he would have become a millionaire by now if he had adopted some of the behaviors other coaches are embracing, such as the receiving commissions from selling players. The former Estudiantes player said that he lives now in a small apartment in the city of Casablanca with his little family. He added that his right eye was infected with a malicious virus that made him unable to see properly.Talking about his relationship with the former clubs he once coached, the 75-year-old said that almost everybody turned their back to hm with the exception of former Raja Casablanca president Abdul Hamid Soauiri who offered him“great help.”Asked to explain the reason of this kind of behavior towards him, Fulloné said: “I was telling the truth and therefore I am only afraid of God.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Recent firing incidents most serious test of UN resolution on Israel Lebanon

Recent firing incidents have posed the most serious challenge since the adoption of a resolution which helped end the war between Israel and Hizbollah in the summer of 2006, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a new report.Rockets fired into Israel from south Lebanon and return fire at the time of the recent crisis in Gaza led to heightened tensions along the so-called Blue Line that separates Israeli and Lebanese sides and “endangered the cessation of hostilities agreement,” Mr. Ban wrote in his latest report to the Security Council on resolution 1701.The 2006 resolution called for renewed respect for the Blue Line, the disarming of militias and an end to arms smuggling, among other measures.“The firing of rockets from southern Lebanon towards Israel, which I condemn in all instances, constituted a serious violation” of the resolution, he said. The attacks were launched from sites close to populated areas, including a school in session at the time, “putting innocent civilians at risk.”The Secretary-General added that “the fact that the Israel Defense Forces returned fire with artillery shells into Lebanese territory on 8 and 14 January without providing prior warning to [the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL)] is also a cause for serious concern,” noting that these acts endangered civilians, as well as UN blue helmets and soldiers of the Lebanese Armed Forces.“At the same time, I was encouraged by the measures that were taken by all parties to avoid an escalation,” he wrote, with the resolution’s mechanisms having served as an “effective deterrent and prevented an escalation of the situation in southern Lebanon.”But he cautioned that these incidents “also highlight the precarious nature of the current cessation of hostilities and the necessity for both parties to take further steps to address a number of unresolved issues,” including disarming militant groups.Mr. Ban said that he is pleased that the parties have made strides to visibly mark the Blue Line, encouraging Lebanon and Israel to stay the course and build on existing momentum to curb inadvertent violations and boost confidence.He reiterated his call on Israel to immediately end all over-flights of Lebanese territory which violate Lebanon’s sovereignty and resolution 1701.The report also called on all Lebanese leaders to exercise restraint ahead of the 7 June parliamentary elections, which “will bring added challenges that may test the country’s frail domestic stability.”The Security Council will be briefed on the report by Michael Williams, the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, in a closed meeting tomorrow. 9 March 2009Recent firing incidents have posed the most serious challenge since the adoption of a resolution which helped end the war between Israel and Hizbollah in the summer of 2006, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a new report. read more

Africa still hungry despite annual 3 billion of aid and 33 billion

11 March 2010One in three Africans is chronically hungry, despite $3 billion spent on food aid for the continent annually and $33 billion in food imports, the director of the food security at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has warned. One in three Africans is chronically hungry, despite $3 billion spent on food aid for the continent annually and $33 billion in food imports, the director of the food security at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has warned.Much of the $33 billion that Africa spends to import food could be better diverted to domestic production for regional and global trade, contributing to poverty reduction and repositioning Africa in the global economy, said Josue Dione, Director of Food Security and Sustainable Development of ECA, at a conference on agribusiness that wrapped up yesterday in Abuja, Nigeria.“African agriculture is thirsty as less than 4 per cent of the total arable land is irrigated compared to 33 per cent in Asia and the Pacific and 29 per cent in the Middle East. African agriculture is hungry as it receives only 14.6 kilograms of fertilizers per hectare, against 114.3 kilograms per hectare for all developing countries,” Mr. Dione said in an address on behalf of the ECA’s Executive Secretary Abdoulie Janneh.Africa’s share in world agriculture trade fell to 3.2 per cent in 2006 from 5.4 per cent in the 1980s and 15 per cent in the 1960s, according to ECA.The continent’s small share in regional and global agricultural trade is strongly associated with a shift in world agricultural trade away from bulk commodities, Mr. Dione said.“Significant part of global agro-food trade has moved downstream along the value chains, and thus become less dependent purely on natural-resource endowment,” Mr. Dione said.Yet moving Africa’s food and agriculture system towards processed, higher value-added products has been more difficult for the continent than for other developing regions.Mr. Dione said while Africa is suffering from a competitive disadvantage in agro-processing, better policies can help improve the business environment and create the conditions necessary for higher private investment in agribusiness.ECA has advocated for the development of regional value chains for selected agricultural commodities, which would allow domestic production to gain more resources.“Developing agriculture for broad-based economic growth, food security and poverty reduction in Africa now requires an integrated approach to investing in improving productivity and efficiency at all stages of the commodity value chains, from research and development, to input markets, farm-level production, processing, storage, handling, transport, distribution to the final consumer,” Mr. Dione said. read more

Atlantic Club Casino Hotel to be sold stripped for parts and closed

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The casino that would become The Atlantic Club opened as The Golden Nugget in late 1980, an opulent pleasure palace by the sea whose commercials featured owner Steve Wynn delivering fresh towels to Frank Sinatra.But next month, the casino will be stripped for parts and sold to two larger competitors, neither of which has any interest in operating it amid Atlantic City’s shrinking casino market.It will be an inglorious end for the Atlantic Club, which says it will close on Jan. 13, reducing the number of casinos in the struggling gambling resort to 11.The Atlantic Club will be the first Atlantic City casino to close since the Sands shut down in 2006 to make way for a new casino project that never got built.Two companies with casinos in Atlantic City, Tropicana Entertainment and Caesars Entertainment, will pay a combined $23.4 million for the business.According to bankruptcy filings made Friday afternoon, Tropicana will take the 1,641 slot machines and 48 table games for $8.4 million, while Caesars will get the property and its more than 800 hotel rooms for $15 million.A judge must approve the buyers at a hearing Monday.“First and foremost I would like to express my profound admiration and respect for the employees of this company,” said Michael Frawley, chief operating officer of the Atlantic Club. “The events of the last few months have evoked an array of emotions, and through it all, the employees of the Atlantic Club have remained consummate professionals. It is because of these outstanding individuals that we were able to build considerable momentum over the last year. Unfortunately our pace was unsustainable in the extremely challenging Atlantic City gaming market.”He said the casino will operate normally until the Jan. 13 closing date. There were 1,659 employees at the casino-hotel as of Nov. 13.“The workers at Atlantic Club have loyally served the company for three decades,” said Bob McDevitt, president of Local 54 of the Unite_HERE union, representing hotel workers, beverage servers and other casino service employees. “While we can’t stop the Atlantic Club from closing, we are going to do everything we can to fight for the workers to get as much as possible in this tragic situation.”Caesars spokesman Gary Thompson said the company has no plans to operate the hotel portion of the complex. Rather, he said, the company will distribute the Atlantic Club’s non-gambling assets to its four casinos in Atlantic City — Caesars, Harrah’s, Bally’s and the Showboat — and will “consider various options for the rest.”Tony Rodio, president of the Tropicana Casino and Resort, declined comment Friday.Word of the shutdown came on the fourth day of a bankruptcy court auction.The Atlantic Club thus became the first Atlantic City casino to fall victim to the insidious downward spiral the resort has found itself in since the advent of casinos in neighbouring Pennsylvania that began in late 2006. Pennsylvania will soon have more casinos (12) than Atlantic City for the first time ever.Atlantic City’s casino revenues reached a high of $5.2 billion that year, and will likely fall below $3 billion this year.Analysts have long said Atlantic City has more casinos than the now-diminished market can bear.Another struggling casino, Revel Casino Hotel, could be headed for a second bankruptcy filing, or could be sold to new owners soon.Half of the 12 casinos currently operating in Atlantic City have filed for bankruptcy in the last six years.The Atlantic Club was formerly known as The Atlantic City Hilton, and before that, as the original Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, not to be confused with the former Trump Marina casino that now carries the Golden Nugget name at the opposite end of town.It struggled to compete against newer, bigger casinos here and in Pennsylvania. For the past two years, it turned its focus to low-rollers and local residents, offering cut-rate prices to attract those unable or unwilling to afford the pricier casinos.That effort improved the casino’s financial picture, but not quickly enough. It filed for Chapter 11 protection in November.Its owners, Colony Capital LLC, the Los Angeles hedge fund, paid more than a half-billion dollars for it in 2005.It searched in vain for a purchaser for the past three years, before inking a deal to sell itself to the PokerStars website for $15 million. But that deal fell apart within months due to concerns over whether the websites’ management could qualify for a casino license in New Jersey due to an unresolved indictment against the company’s founder.___Wayne Parry can be reached at Atlantic Club Casino Hotel to be sold, stripped for parts and closed AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted Dec 20, 2013 11:55 am MDT read more

Mens basketball Ohio State struggles at times takes down Fairleigh Dickinson 7062

OSU senior forward Marc Loving (left), junior Trevor Thompson (middle) and sophomore guard C.J. Jackson defend Fairleigh Dickinson junior guard Darian Anderson in the Buckeyes win over the Knights.In Ohio State’s last performance, coach Thad Matta and company put on an impressive display against the No. 6 ranked Virginia Cavaliers. On Saturday afternoon, that impressive play seemed to disappear, as OSU struggled to get ahead against Fairleigh Dickinson before the Buckeyes pulled away 70-62. “I’m just proud of my guys fighting to the very end,” Fairleigh Dickinson coach Greg Herenda said following the game. Saturday was the first time the two teams had met. It took nearly three minutes before either side found the bottom of the net. The first time a Buckeye touched the ball, it was a turnover, committed by junior forward Jae’Sean Tate. OSU junior center Trevor Thompson provided a spark off the bench on the defensive end, registering three blocks and pulling down four defensive rebounds in the first. Two of his first half blocks came on the same defensive frame. The long arms and physical play of Thompson was noticed by the Knights coaching staff.“Guys like that don’t exist in our league,” Herenda said.Senior forward Marc Loving and redshirt junior guard Kam Williams led the Buckeyes with 13 and 10 point in the first half, respectively. By the end of the game, the pair had poured in a combined 35 points.Fairleigh Dickinson leaned on junior guard Darian Anderson to lead the offense in the first, as well as the rest of the game. Anderson had eight points in the first, along with three assists. By the final whistle, he had 17 points and six assists.Tate shook off a rough start to finish with his third double-double of the 2016 season, racking up 12 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Early in the second, the junior provided a spark with a no-look, over his head pass from the right elbow to a cutting Thompson for an emphatic alley-oop slam.After a forced turnover on the other end, OSU kept the momentum with a and-one dunk for Loving. The Buckeyes made eight of their first 10 shots to start the second, stretching out to a 51-34 lead off a layup by freshman forward Andre Wesson. The Buckeyes held on to a comfortable lead for the rest of the game, using a fast break to pick up 14 points. OSU’s defense pestered the Knights for most of the night, as Matta’s team picked up five blocks and seven steals.A 6-0 run for Fairleigh Dickinson that started with 11:13 left in the second, pair with a three minute scoring drought for the Buckeyes brought the Knights with nine, but was not enough in the end.“I just didn’t like the overall effort we had today,” Matta said. “We gotta get that corrected by Tuesday night.”Turnovers and poor free throw shooting continue to plague OSU, as the Scarlet and Gray made just 12 free throws of their 21 attempts. The Buckeyes were guilty of 14 turnovers, and averaged 14.6 turnovers per game coming into the contest.Even though the team struggled at times, The Buckeyes walked away victorious, albeit with a few things to work on in the next few weeks.“Today wasn’t a complete L,” Williams said. “We won the game. Just go back to the drawing board.” The biggest for Buckeyes fans following the win might not be the poor showing, but the potential effects on Thompson. Following the game the junior center appeared to be limping. When asked about it, he said it should not be a factor in OSU’s next game.“I just wanted to win, so regardless of any type of pain or whatever that I was going through, I knew I had to push through for the team,” Thompson said. “I don’t know what happened. I went up for like an offensive rebound when Marc shot it and I twisted my ankle, but I should be fine.”The Buckeyes remain at home to face Florida Atlantic at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The Owls are currently 2-4 this season, with wins over Edward Waters College and University of South Florida. read more

Cat Among The Pigeons Pic of the Day

first_imgTHEJOURNAL.IE READER MAURA Casey snapped this picture in Limerick yesterday.Putting the cat among the pigeons, quite literally.More: Your ‘Shur What Else Would You Be doing on a Bank Holiday’ Pic of the Day> The Best ‘May the 4th Be With You’ Photo of the Day>last_img

Russian Hybrid Officially Unveiled Finally Gets A Name

first_imgThe unnamed, Russian built hybrid car that was announced a few months back finally has a name: ë-mobile. Pronounced yo-mobile, the name was announced at the car’s official unveiling in Moscow on Monday.In addition to the name, the unveiling also showed off the very first prototypes of both the coupe and hatchback versions of the vehicle. It also looks like some of the details have changed since we first heard about the car. It’s now expected to cost around $10,000, achieve a maximum speed of 81 miles per hour, and get 67 miles per gallon. It also includes some nifty features like ability to start the engine with a smart phone app. It’s expected that by 2012, 10,000 ë-mobile cars will be on the road in Russia.Via Wall Street Journallast_img

Major Nelson starts 158 day countdown to E3 and new Xbox

first_imgE3 2013 doesn’t begin until June 11, but Microsoft’s Major Nelson has today kicked off a 158 day countdown timer on his blog along with the message “And it’s on…” You have to wonder why the build up is happening so early, and there can only really be one explanation can’t there? Microsoft is using E3 2013 to unveil the next Xbox.Microsoft will obviously be making no comment on this until they decide to roll out the inevitable marketing campaign. It may be something other than a new Xbox, but that seems very unlikely. What else would you choose to countdown for 158 days?In September last year it was thought the Xbox 720 would be delayed due to very low yields of the chips Microsoft intended to use in the new console. However, the cut off date for perfecting silicon production was thought to be December 31. If that date was hit, Microsoft could deliver an Xbox 720 this year, with September being the expected launch window.Major Nelson starting a countdown so early this year suggests Microsoft and its manufacturing partners have sorted out the hardware production problems and we can expect that new console later this year.Unveiling the console at E3 gives Microsoft almost 3 months for a major marketing push if a September launch is planned. We may get more than a few hints before E3 comes around, though. Surely the Major Nelson countdown isn’t going to be the only reminder Microsoft uses to suggest something big is planned for June.Major Nelson and SemiAccuratelast_img read more

Dropbox peaufine la sauvegarde automatique des photos

first_imgDropbox peaufine la sauvegarde automatique des photosUne nouvelle version de sa solution pour la sauvegarde automatique des photos a été présentée par le spécialiste du genre, Dropbox. C’est une nouvelle version expérimentale qui devrait plaire aux utilisateurs. Aujourd’hui, Dropbox offre la possibilité de sauvegarder les fichiers, en répliquant en même temps ceux-ci sur les autres machines rattachées au même compte utilisateur. Mais l’équipe a aujourd’hui décidé simplifier le processus de sauvegarde avec un mécanisme permettant de stocker ses images directement dans sa Dropbox, rapporteésormais, en connectant simplement votre téléphone ou APN, une sauvegarde automatique s’effectuera donc, si vous l’autorisez, dans un nouveau dossier nommé “Camera Uploads”. Vous pourrez tester cette version sous Windows, Mac OS ou Linux à cette adresse (lien non disponible), tout en sachant que pour le moment, peu d’options sont disponibles. Ainsi les internautes ne disposant que d’un compte standard de 2 Go n’ont pas la possibilité de limiter la sauvegarde aux clichés les moins lourds par exemple, note pourrait être une solution efficace, alternative à d’autres outils tels que l’iCloud PhotoStream. Mais les utilisateurs de la version smartphone savent déjà de quoi il s’agit car celle-ci permet déjà de sauvegarder ses photos et vidéos. Un outil intéressant qui ne demande donc qu’à être développé. Le 28 décembre 2011 à 14:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Un exemple français contre linvasion du frelon asiatique

first_imgUn exemple français contre l’invasion du frelon asiatiqueDepuis quelques années, le frelon asiatique gagne de plus en plus de terrain, construisant souvent leurs nids à proximité des habitations. Pour faciliter la lutte, une commune du Tarn a décidé de montrer l’exemple en finançant elle-même la destruction des nids. S’il ne fait aucun doute que le frelon Vespa velutina est aujourd’hui bel et bien installé en France, on ignore comment cet insecte originaire d’Asie est réellement arrivé ici. D’après les experts, il a été observé pour la première fois en France durant l’année 2004 dans le Lot-et-Garonne et pourrait être arrivé par accident dans des conteneurs de poteries chinoises importées à Bordeaux. Mais aujourd’hui, le frelon colonise de plus en plus de régions et fait même de sérieux dégâts sur son passage notamment dans les populations d’abeilles.  En effet, les abeilles servent de repas aux larves des insectes asiatiques. Pour les capturer, ils restent en vol stationnaire à l’entrée d’une ruche et attendent de piéger une abeille dans ses pattes. Leur taille plus imposante et leurs grandes pattes leur permettent de saisir une abeille et de l’emporter avec eux sans difficulté. Ensuite, ils ne gardent de leur proie que le thorax et en font une petite boulette qui peut être ingérée par les larves de la colonie. Une attaque de frelon peut même décimer une ruche d’abeilles entière. A la fin de l’année 2011, le Musée national d’histoire naturelle de Paris a ainsi récupéré près de 15.000 boulettes d’insectes ramenées aux nids par les ouvrières frelons à pattes jaunes depuis 2008.Toutefois, les frelons ne représentent pas qu’une menace pour les abeilles mais aussi pour les habitants. Par nature, ces insectes ne sont pas très agressifs, sauf si on les attaque. Or, ils ont la fâcheuse tendance de construire leur nid à proximité voire carrément à l’extérieur des maisons. D’où le danger. Mais il est difficile de s’en débarrasser. Pour des raisons budgétaires, les pompiers du Tarn, comme dans d’autres départements, n’assument plus l’extermination des hyménoptères, sauf cas exceptionnels. Il faut donc faire appel à des sociétés spécialisées et là encore l’intervention n’est pas gratuite et peut atteindre un coût de 400 euros en fonction de la difficulté.Une dizaine de nids détruits par anÀ lire aussiQuand 30 frelons japonais s’en prennent à un essaim de 30.000 abeilles (Vidéo)Pour régler cette question financière, la mairie de la petite commune de Blaye-les-Mines de 3.228 habitants a eu une idée : prendre en charge les interventions. C’est “une commune de retraités, de jeunes qui n’ont pas les moyens. Ils ne vont pas faire venir une entreprise”, explique le maire de la ville André Fabre cité par l’AFP. “Il faut arrêter d’en parler, il faut agir. Ca nous coûtera ce que ça nous coûtera, c’est pas le problème”. L’affaire sera indolore pour le contribuable blayais, assure-t-il. La ville a ainsi passé un accord avec une entreprise spécialisée dont chaque intervention sera rétribuée 150 euros. Mercredi, un premier nid a été détruit chez une habitante âgée. A raison d’une dizaine de destructions en moyenne à l’année, le maire prévoit un budget de 1.500 euros, peut-être 3.000 si l’animal prolifère. “C’est pas de l’argent mal placé” quand on pense à ce qu’il en coûtera si on ne fait rien contre un animal à la reproduction impressionnante, estime t-il.Le 21 janvier 2012 à 17:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

American Vandal Season Two Is a Vital Ode to NonJudgment

first_imgAlthough original (and fictional) documentarians Peter and Sam return, along with some in-universe Netflix money, their plots and anyone else’s from the first season of American Vandal are basically over. This season is a brand new sprawling Dickensian social epic about a prestigious Pacific Northwest private Catholic school at the mercy of villainous online alias “The Turd Burglar” and their nefarious poop crimes.I’m not the first to make this observation, but it is weird how a season that opens with everyone pooping their pants feels like it now only includes jokes as an afterthought. With the exception of maybe Hot Janitor, the comedy can’t cut through how effective the sheer mystery drama is or the deep teen melancholy that fuels it (and that we won’t spoil here). It’s not really an issue, just a shift in tone. And it’s actually maybe for the best since unlike season one the show can longer treat its high level of quality as a surprise.Honing down on the emotionally complex teen social dynamics really allows American Vandal to explore a variety of fascinating topics. There’s the difference between your various presentations of yourself depending on the context, privately and publicly, alone or with friends, on or offline. There’s a Get Out-esque look at the condescending racism that comes from being the beloved and profitable Black basketball star at a white school, and how that both reinforces and ironically inverts a person’s class background and social privileges. It’s about how fame can isolate you and warp your perspective, especially when you’re young and not fully formed, as well as how athletes are tragically underserved in their actual education. Like the poisonous poop crimes, a part where a character is mocked for his ignorance and opening up through bad poetry is too screwed up, real, and sad to be that funny.But wait there’s more! There’s a nuanced look at modern bullying and how it can lead to kids being weird on purpose (putting on affectations like weird accents or always looking down in pictures) to beat their bullies to the punch. It shows how these people can end up devolving into Reddit/4chan/incel white dudes poisoning so much of the online experience because of how they were mistreated as well as how they refuse to recognize their own issues. Just the performances alone wrung out of these young actors to get across these complicated feelings should win this show all the Emmys.The examination of how tech impacts today’s teens also makes American Vandal a more effective digital horror anthology than Netflix’s own Black Mirror and perhaps the best after-school special of all time. I made a choice to be Always Online and a #Brand because of this job. But these kids don’t have a choice. Dealing with Twitter in high school is just such a cursed concept. Pile on other nightmares like catfishing and the gaslighting of being forced to confess to a crime you didn’t commit.Even the poop stuff ends up having some larger thematic connections beyond just being funny and a meta-joke on this being season number two. Poop is gross, and we deny it but denying it also makes us full of it. Everybody poops. Poop is a fundamental part of being human. Poop is vulnerability made physical. Our hypocritical approach to it is a microcosm for larger hypocrisies. Plus poop is a top five emoji.The first season of American Vandal ended on a Breakfast Club-esque epilogue urging us to not judge kids based on archetypes we slot them into. It’s about personal human interactions fighting against societal dehumanizing (and self-inflicted) biases. Season two continues this message of non-judgment by laying out the protective and expressive reasons why kids, and really everyone, use performative social masks. They’re metaphorical as well as literal, like horse heads for your bad EDM band or the nickname Asian Josh when you’re really Mexican. I won’t sum up the season’s ultimate thesis, because the show does a great enough job itself and you should really watch, but the takeaway is an expert blend of intelligent and compassionate, as effective in its conclusiveness as season one was in its purposeful ambiguity. I’m still in awe of how entertaining, enriching, and just plain essential American Vandal is.For more on Netflix check out their recently announced Avatar: The Last Airbender remake as well as our review of Iron Fist season two. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer During college, a frequent object of ridicule for my friends and me was the notion of “Performance Studies” as an academic pursuit. We understood the practical professional value of studying performance as it related to the aspiring actors and filmmakers in our social circle. But analyzing performance for its own sake just sounded like another example of academia’s self-indulgence.Maybe it’s because I’ve now become a self-indulgent pop culture academic, but I study performance constantly these days. From hot pepper-eating streaming stars in pain on YouTube to Black people slyly navigating treacherous white spaces to people’s “Real Lives” they meticulously cultivate on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram, folks are constantly performing in the modern world whether they are cognizant of it or not. The racial concept of “code-switching” has been expanded out to almost everyone.The second season of Netflix’s American Vandal explores this concept so brilliantly because the stakes of perpetual performance are infinitely heightened for a generation of hyper-contemporary teenagers growing up through it. With its perfect true crime parody mixed with stunningly insightful views of the new tech-driven high school experience (and a well-paced 4-hour run time per season), American Vandal was already the best show on the streaming TV service. The second season, as a result, can only meet those high expectations instead of shattering them. But that doesn’t diminish from its accomplishment in any way.THIS REVIEW IS SPOILER-FREE Stay on targetlast_img read more

Police search for suspect who fled after fatally shooting man in gym

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Police search for suspect who fled after fatally shooting man in gym parking lot March 6, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Police Tuesday asked for help in hunting down a man who allegedly fled a Midway Drive gym parking lot after fatally shooting another man on Feb. 25.The San Diego Police Department is searching for Ernesto Castellanos Martinez, who is accused of gunning down Alexander Mazin, 27, outside 24 Hour Fitness on that Sunday morning.Mazin died at the scene from wounds to his upper body.About an hour after the Feb. 25 shooting, officers surrounded a North Park residence where they believed Martinez might be located. Following a roughly six-hour standoff, a SWAT team forced entry to the apartment, but the suspect had escaped.Police believe Martinez and Mazin were acquainted.Martinez, who also goes by Ernesto Castellanos, is described by police as a 41-year-old bald Hispanic man with brown eyes. He is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 185 pounds.Anyone with information about Martinez is asked to call the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or the San Diego County Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case. Posted: March 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

93 recognise link between health and employee performance

first_imgThe majority (93%) of employer-respondents across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) believe there is a correlation between health and employee performance, according to research by Aon.Its Aon health survey, which is based on responses from 500 HR directors and risk managers from 22 countries across EMEA, also found that only 32% of respondents’ organisations have emotional and/or psychological health programmes in place.The research also found:69% of respondents name limited budgets as the biggest challenge to implementing health strategies.13% of respondents measure the outcomes of current employee health strategies.65% cite stress and mental health as the employee health and wellness issues causing them most concern, 53% name employees’ physical health as the biggest issue, and 49% believe unhealthy employee lifestyles is th biggest issue.49% of respondents see improving employee engagement as a priority, and 51% are focused on attracting and retaining talent.23% of respondents are looking to put programmes in place to help employees manage their money more efficiently.Mario Hooglugt, health leader at Aon EMEA, said: “The fact that the vast majority of EMEA employers see a correlation between employee health and performance is encouraging. This thinking has quite rightly entered the corporate psyche, a far cry from a few years ago. However, this journey needs to continue to progress.“Now it’s about putting a strategy in place to support employees as well as measuring a programme’s performance to ensure that it benefits corporate objectives effectively.”Matthew Lawrence, head of broking and proposition for health and risk at Aon Employee Benefits, added: “With stress and mental health issues commonplace and the biggest recognised health issue for employers, it is disappointing to see that less than a third of respondents are addressing this with emotional or psychological health programmes. Helping to support the mental wellbeing of employees is crucial if they are to remain happy, present and productive.”last_img read more

Walker administration looks to sell billions in bonds to pay for pensions

first_imgStandard & Poor’s announced Friday it expects to lower Alaska’s credit ratings if the state government sells bonds to pay for public-worker pensions.Listen Now Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck, Budget Director Pat Pitney and Alaska Gov. Bill Walker held a press conference on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 in Juneau, Alaska. Lawmakers approved a budget that draws heavily from state savings, Walkers administration is advocating for different sources of revenue. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)Governor Bill Walker’s administration plans to sell up to $3.3 billion in these bonds. An analyst for the credit rating agency said the bond sale would sharply increase the state’s debt burden. It also would lower the state’s capacity to issue debt in the future. And the bond sale adds risk to the state’s budget if investment returns are lower than the cost of the bonds.Traders use credit ratings to assess risk. Lower ratings generally translate into the state paying more to bond holders.The three credit rating agencies differ in their response to the state’s plans. Fitch rated the pension obligation bonds themselves one notch below the state’s overall rating, which it didn’t change.And Moody’s didn’t make an announcement Friday. State officials say they don’t expect Moody’s to lower the state’s rating based on the bond sale.State Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck said the state plans to move forward with its plan to approach potential bond purchasers.“We’re going to see how the market responds,” Hoffbeck said. “And then based on what kind of market response we get and the, you know, S&P statement that they’re going to downgrade us, we’ll make an ultimate decision. We’ll weigh the pros and cons and decide whether to go forward or not.”S&P did point out the state benefits from having budget reserves that are two and a half times its annual budget. And it has the potential to close its budget gap by drawing on Permanent Fund earnings, according to a statement from analyst Gabriel Petek.The state is obligated to pay public workers 6 billion dollars more in future pensions than it has in assets. Lawmakers – including Wasilla Republican Senator Mike Dunleavy – have said the bond sale is too risky.But Hoffbeck has said the bond sale could be the best way to close the pension fund gap.“We’re going to have two, I think, good responses from the rating agencies, one not-so-good response,” Hoffbeck said.Hoffbeck said the state could close the sales the week of October 31st.last_img read more

Houston Resident Michael Dyer Out At World Series Of Poker

first_img Share AP Photo/John LocherMichael Dyer competes at the final table during the World Series of Poker main event Friday, July 13, 2018, in Las Vegas.Houston resident Michael Dyer has gone out in third place at the no-limit Texas Hold ’em main event of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.The 32-year-old was eliminated Saturday, the third day of play at the final table. He takes home $3.75 million.Dyer opened the day with 26.2 million chips and put his last 22.2 million on the line on ace of hearts and 10 of diamonds. But Tony Miles had the strongest hand.Miles increased his chip count to 203.5 million with his ace of spades and jack of hearts.The community cards laid out on the table were three of diamonds, five of spades, queen of clubs, jack of clubs and queen of hearts.Miles and John Cynn are competing for the grand prize of $8.8 million.last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews ONLY THE BRAVE 2017

first_img Is Only The Brave any good?It’s pretty good.What’s it about?A group-biopic, based on the true-story of a firefighting team called “The Granite Mountain Hot Shots.”I’m not familiar.“Hot Shots” are super-elite outdoor firefighting units whose job is to go where out-of-control wildfires are heading and set smaller controlled fires so that the approaching bigger fire can be stopped in its tracks by not having any more fuel to burn. As depicted in the film, the “Granite Mountain Hot Shots” were actually a municipal fire team from Prescott Arizona. They worked to become full-fledged Hot Shots because their town was in a wildfire threat zone and they figured they could protect it better than outside teams because they understood the land, but faced resistance from the Firefighting Establishment because they were too rowdy and unconventional in their methods. Ultimately, they attained their goal and became locally famous for acts of heroism, until… well, no spoilers, but I’m not sure there’s even such a thing as a Firefighter Biopic with a happy ending, so… yeah.Who’s in it?Josh Brolin is our main character, the Hot Shots’ demanding but caring tough-as-nails leader whose Tragic Origin Story is about as thinly-veiled as the fact that he’s secretly a big softy at heart. Jennifer Conolly is his nobly-suffering wife. Miles Teller is the troubled newbie he takes under his wing, a recovering addict who goes out for the job to provide for his pregnant ex-girlfriend. Taylor Kitsch is the sleazy asshole whose maybe NOT a sleazy asshole if you get to know him and James Badge Dale is… also here because I’m pretty sure you’re not allowed to make movies like this without him and speaking of which Jeff Bridges is here, too.How are they?I appreciate the way it leans into what feels like a general audience distaste (thus far) for Miles Teller as a leading man by sticking him in the requisite “guy who needs his ass kicked for most of Act 2 to earn the right to be thought of as remotely likable” part. If the rub (fair or not) on Teller seems to be “This kid really needs to work an actual job for a while;” it’s kind of brilliant to make that the meta-arc for his entire character – and he actually makes the eventual transformation into hardscrabble blue collar good guy work. Likewise, it’s definitely a nice change of pace to not absolutely despise Taylor Kitsch in something. While Brolin kind of feels like they grew him in a lab specifically to play characters exactly like this but it still can’t be easy to find a way to “underplay” a hero who literally stands on mountains and has imaginary conversations with forest fires.Who directed?Joseph Kosinski, late of Tron: Legacy and Oblivion – which is a little bit surprising, given that this is such an overall laid back and matter-of-fact procedural thing when it comes to the firefighting setpieces.So you recommend it?I do. The bottom line with a movie like this is, either you want to watch “The Perfect Storm, but for forest fires” or you don’t. These sorts of films are rarely great, but sometimes they’re good, and this one is pretty good. Not a classic, but for a movie whose main long-term goal is to be a Father’s Day gift for however long physical media is a thing it’s very solid.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on targetlast_img read more