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The Friday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Friday, June 30———OFFICIALS PUT FINISHING TOUCHES ON CANADA 150 CELEBRATIONS: Officials in Ottawa are preparing for a flood of half a million people expected to jam the capital’s downtown for Canada Day on Saturday. The government is billing the celebration as the largest in Canadian history. There are also events planned in 19 cities and some 2,000 small communities. Streets around Parliament Hill have been blocked off by massive concrete barricades.———PM MEETS INDIGENOUS PROTESTERS: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dropped by a demonstration teepee on Parliament Hill Friday. The teepee was set up by indigenous activists who are using Canada 150 celebrations to draw attention to the history of First Nations in Canada. Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau spent about a half hour at the teepee. The activists gave Trudeau kudos for coming but said that didn’t mean an end to their presence on the Hill.———ROYAL TOUR SHIFTS TO ONTARIO: Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the eastern Ontario military base of CFB Trenton Friday. They greeted members of the military and honoured soldiers who died in Afghanistan. The royals opened their trip in Nunavut and will be in Ottawa Saturday for Canada 150 celebrations.———ORDER OF CANADA TO GROW BY 99 SATURDAY: A host of prominent people are among those to be appointed to the Order of Canada on Saturday. They appointees include Prince Charles, soccer star Christine Sinclair, hockey legend Mark Messier, actor Mike Myers, actress Catherine O’Hara, musician Alan Doyle, and TV host Alex Trebek. In all some 7,000 people have their names on the rolls of the decades-old honours program.———HORGAN SAYS PIPELINE WON’T BE TOP PRIORITY: British Columbia’s new premier says blocking the Trans-Mountain pipeline project won’t be his top priority. John Horgan has vowed to do everything possible to halt the expansion of the Alberta to B.C. pipeline that has been approved by the federal government. However in an interview Friday morning, Horgan said there are other issues he’ll be focusing on first, such as the opioid crisis and housing.———FIVE-YEAR-OLD CHILD INJURES THREE PEOPLE: RCMP in Nunavut say three people suffered injuries when a five-year-old child got a hold of a high-powered rifle. Police say the incident happened Thursday night from Whale Cove, a remote community on Hudson Bay. Police say the child managed to find, load and fire a rifle that had been unloaded after a hunting trip. Three people were injured by the shrapnel, suffering superficial wounds. No charges are expected to be laid.———MANITOBA STILL NOT SIGNING ON TO HEALTH DEAL: Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says he won’t be signing on to a federal health deal that he calls “dangerous, reckless and risky.” The other provinces have agreed to the deal that limits annual federal health spending increases to three per cent a year — half the six per cent annual increase set out in the last long-term agreement with the provinces. But the federal government has offered up extra money for specific projects in various provinces including opioid addiction.———AMERICAN SCIENTIST CALLS WHALE DEATHS A DISASTER: A scientist with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute on Cape Cod is calling the deaths of six right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence a “mortality disaster.” Mark Baumgartner says the deaths are on a scale likely not seen since whaling decimated their population in the 19th century. He says the deaths this month should be a call to do more to protect the animals when possible. North Atlantic right whales are among the most endangered large mammals on Earth, with only about 500 still alive.———GUNMAN OPENS FIRE IN NY HOSPITAL: A law enforcement official says the gunman who opened fire at a New York City hospital was a doctor who formerly worked there. The official says Dr. Henry Bello walked into Bronx Lebanon Hospital Friday afternoon with a rifle concealed in his lab coat and opened fire, killing at least one person and injuring six others. He then apparently killed himself.———MSNBC HOSTS SAY TABLOID ARTICLE WEAPON IN TRUMP FEUD: The feud between U.S. President Donald Trump and the “Morning Joe” team of Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski is spreading. The hosts said on Friday that White House aides told them this spring they could make a National Enquirer probe into their relationship “go away” if Scarborough called the president and apologized for the show’s harsh commentary. Scarborough said he refused. But the president later tweeted that Scarborough asked him to intercede with the newspaper and that he said no. The Enquirer isn’t getting in the middle of it. The newspaper said that it was unaware of any discussions involving the White House and the MSNBC hosts.———last_img read more

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School boards push back as government seeks data on staff religious symbols

first_imgMONTREAL — The head of Quebec’s largest school board says she was outraged by a request from the province’s Education Department last week seeking to know how many board employees wear religious symbols.Catherine Harel Bourdon, who oversees the Commission scolaire de Montreal, says the request received Friday could be seen as contravening the rights and freedoms of its employees.Harel Bourdon says the board was not told why the department was seeking such information. She said the board’s response was that it does not collect such information and would not engage in what she called a witch hunt.The controversy comes as the new Coalition Avenir Quebec government prepares legislation that would prohibit public servants in positions of authority — including teachers — from wearing religious symbols such as the hijab, kippa or turban at work.Francis Bouchard, a spokesman for Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge, says no formal request for a tally was made — rather a number of school boards were called to determine whether such information exists. Bouchard accused the boards of manufacturing a scandal.Relations were already strained between the province’s school boards and the new government, which was elected on a promise to eliminate the boards in favour of new service centres.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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NDPs Jagmeet Singh steps into the House of Commons making history

first_imgOTTAWA — Sporting a bright yellow turban, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh entered the House of Commons for the first time as an MP Monday to loud cheers.Singh is the first racialized leader in the Commons in Canadian history.The leader of the New Democrats had been left out of the political theatre of question period and he wasn’t able to have an office on Parliament Hill.Singh won his new Burnaby South seat in a February byelection sparked by the departure of former NDP MP Kennedy Stewart, who ran for mayor of Vancouver.New Democrats are hoping Singh’s presence in the House of Commons will help the party turn the page on a difficult period, marked by challenges with morale and fundraising.Singh’s prolonged lack of a seat contributed to internal battles within his own caucus following his leadership win in October 2017.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Celebrities Inspire Thousands To Try PlantBased Eating During VegWeek

first_imgThere are 52 weeks in a year. Why not make one meat-free? That’s the inspiring message behind VegWeek, an international week-long celebration of vegetarian eating that coincides with Earth Day, this year spanning April 18-24.Thousands commit to explore plant-based eating during VegWeek by taking a 7-Day VegPledge. And they’re in good company with support and inspiration from celebrities including award-winning musician Moby, actress Emily Deschanel (Bones), and actress and model Daisy Fuentes (America’s Funniest Home Videos, MTV). Actress Kristin Davis (Sex and the City), actor Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries), and singer Mya have also shown their support for VegWeek, encouraging their fans to take the VegPledge.“Mainly I’m a vegan because I like animals, and I don’t want to be involved in their suffering. Also, it’s better for my health and for the environment,” said Moby. “I encourage you to choose compassion and take the VegWeek VegPledge.”To keep VegPledgers motivated throughout the week, dozens of companies – from Tofurky and Beyond Meat to Daiya Foods and Miyoko’s Kitchen – are pitching in by providing various deal, discounts, and meal ideas.VegWeek is celebrated during the same week as Earth Day to highlight the positive impact a plant-based diet has on the environment. According to the US Dietary Advisory Committee’s 2015 report, a diet higher in plant-based foods and lower in animal-based foods is “more health promoting and is associated with lesser environmental impact than is the current average US diet.” Whether for health, the planet, or animals, more than 50 million Americans are increasingly choosing plant-based foods while reducing or eliminating meat from their diets.“Every time we sit down to eat, we can stand up for our health, the planet, and animals simply by choosing vegetarian foods. VegWeek is a fun and supportive way for everyone to feel empowered to make a difference,” said Erica Meier, the Executive Director of Compassion Over Killing, the national non-profit that first launched this campaign in 2009.For more information, please visit: VegWeek.com.last_img read more

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Pride Society gearing up for third Pride Walk in Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The North Peace Pride Society is gearing up to host the third annual Pride Walk in Fort St. John in early June, which organizers say should be the biggest edition of the event thus far.Society spokesperson Lyle Goldie said that the Society has seen some changes in the last year, after getting a new President and Vice-President last fall. Goldie said that this year’s iteration of the Pride Walk will be the longest since the inaugural Pride Walk began at City Hall in 2016.Goldie said that the Pride Walk, which is taking place on the afternoon of June 2nd, will start at WI Centennial Park across from CM Finch Elementary School. Participants were originally going to be walking to Ecole Central Elementary, since Centennial Park was due to be closed for renovations. Now however, the Pride Walk will actually be concluding at Centennial Park – the same location as in 2016 – since the renovations in the park aren’t set to begin until later in June. Goldie said that the Society is hopeful that this year’s Pride Walk will see even more participants than the past years, since word of the event is reaching more residents. He said that festivities are planned in Centennial Park after the walk, including dancers, singers, food, and refreshments. Acting Mayor Lilia Hansen and councillors Klassen, Evans, Bolin, Stewart, and Christiansen present members of the North Peace Pride Society with this year’s Pride Week proclamation. Photo by Chris NewtonThe City of Fort St. John will also be getting involved, after council voted in favour of proclaiming the week of May 28th – June 2nd as Pride Week in Fort St. John.The Pride Walk will be starting at WI Centennial Park at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 2nd. For more information, contact the North Peace Pride Society via their Facebook page.last_img read more

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HRW wants Jaffna students freed

The government has neither accounted for the arrests by specifying what terrorist activities the students have allegedly been involved in nor brought charges against the students. The students were told that they will be detained until they have completed a 3-month lecture series on the theme of “reconciliation,” the parents said.The four students were among a larger group detained for attempting to mark the LTTE’s Heroes Day on November 27. Heroes Day falls one day after the birthday of the LTTE’s late leader, Vellupillai Prabhakaran, who was responsible for numerous human rights abuses over several decades, including ordering suicide bombings against civilians, executions, torture, and other atrocities.Since government forces defeated the LTTE in May 2009, Sri Lankan authorities have contended that celebrating LTTE Heroes Day is tantamount to supporting terrorism, while members of the Tamil minority have asserted that they have the right to commemorate their dead. The Sri Lankan authorities should immediately release or credibly charge four ethnic Tamil students from Jaffna University who have been detained since early December 2012, Human Rights Watch said today.The Terrorist Investigation Department (TID) arrested the students amid unrest in the northern city of Jaffna following a security crackdown in late November against attempts to commemorate dead leaders of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). “Arresting four students without charge and sending them off for ‘rehabilitation’ sends a dangerous message that any Tamil can be detained arbitrarily and indefinitely,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The Sri Lankan authorities should realize that such actions generate legitimate grievances, not reconciliation.”The students’ parents were initially denied access to their children, but were allowed to visit them at Welikanda on December 12. The parents said publicly that the students were being interrogated intensely, with efforts to intimidate them into providing information about other students. This year, government security forces arrested at least 10 other Tamil activists and university students in relation to an alleged arson attack on November 28 supposedly linked to commemorations. Several students, on learning that their names were on a list of police suspects, surrendered to the National Human Rights Commission, a practice developed during the conflict to lessen the risk of being forcibly disappeared once in the custody of security forces. All but four named above have been released. “The Sri Lankan government needs to recognize that engaging in peaceful activities that conflict with the government’s views is an exercise of basic rights, not a criminal offense,” Adams said. “The four students should be promptly released unless the government has evidence they violated the law and charges them.” Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa reportedly told Jaffna University teachers on December 15 that the students would be released after they had been rehabilitated due to their involvement in terrorist activities. The four students – Sanmugam Solaman, Kanagasundram Jenamajenth, Paramalingam Tharshaanan, and V. Bhavananadam – were initially detained at the TID offices in Vavuniya. Around December 10 they were transferred to the Rehabilitation Centre in Welikanda, which holds an estimated 600 alleged former LTTE fighters. read more

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Parties to antinuclear weapons treaty to meet under shadow of terrorist concern

The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2005 Review Conference of the NPT, which entered into force in 1970, is open to all States parties and is the second of three to be held prior to the conference, which is required every five years.At the first PrepCom in 2002, further strengthening and reinforcing the non-proliferation regime was viewed as imperative to prevent the use of nuclear materials and technologies for criminal and terrorist purposes. Enhancement of non-proliferation regimes covering all weapons of mass destruction, including efforts by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), was seen as the most important integral part of combating terrorism. The NPT was designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to further the goal of nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament, and to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Each nuclear-weapon-State party undertakes not to transfer nuclear weapons to any recipient or assist or encourage any non-nuclear-weapon State to manufacture or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons. Similarly, each non-nuclear-weapon-State party undertakes not to receive the transfer of nuclear weapons or manufacture or otherwise acquire them.To further its goals, the treaty establishes a safeguards system under IAEA auspices, including inspections, and promotes cooperation in peaceful nuclear technology and equal access to this technology for all States parties, while safeguards prevent the diversion of fissile material for the development of weapons.The Chairman of the second PrepCom is Ambassador László Molnár of Hungary and the meeting will address substantive and procedural issues related to the upcoming Review Conference. read more

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Drones generating some buzz as Canada Post looks to the future of

OTTAWA – It’s a little early to tell if the idea will fly, but Canada Post is starting to look at the role of drones in making deliveries.The post office is quietly exploring the possibility of small, unmanned aerial vehicles one day helping get the mail to where it needs to go, said Jon Hamilton, a Canada Post spokesman.“We are in a competitive space, especially when it comes to parcel delivery and things like that,” Hamilton said in an interview.In the post office’s 250-year history, the manner of getting letters and parcels to Canadians has evolved from a couple of horses to trains, trucks and planes — so it makes sense to eye lightweight, remote-controlled aircraft, he said.“We do look into these things.”The tiny flying machines have become immensely popular with hobbyists. But they’re also used for a variety of government-related and commercial applications, including agricultural surveys, movie shoots, police investigations, meteorology, and search and rescue.Canada Post declined to release documents through the Access to Information Act about its interest in drones, citing sensitivities such as trade secrets and financial, commercial, scientific or technical data.But Hamilton insists there are no drone prototypes in the post office laboratory — at least not yet.He characterized the effort as a “paper exercise” at the very early exploratory stages, aimed at “examining what’s out there today.”“Is it at a point yet where it’s worth doing anything concrete in terms of testing? And so far, no,” Hamilton said.“It’s not something that Canadians are going to see any time soon, if at all.”Still, Canada Post is conscious that companies such as online retailer Amazon are actively investigating delivery drones.“It may be something that has applications for the postal service,” Hamilton said. “But it may be something that is just more of an emerging threat to the existing postal business, and how do we respond to that?”Amazon bills Prime Air as a future service that will deliver packages weighing up to five pounds in 30 minutes or less using small drones. The company says it has developed more than a dozen vehicle designs, with testing under way in multiple international locales, including British Columbia.With the growth of online shopping, Canada Post is grappling with the challenges of delivering more parcels to almost 16 million addresses across the country.For the moment, the Crown corporation is focusing on better using its network of 13,000 vehicles and 6,000 post offices to get the mail to customers. That means using online technology to help people track parcels, testing same-day delivery in some major markets and offering flexible delivery options.Canada Post realizes technology is accelerating a lot faster these days, and “as things change we continue to look at new options,” Hamilton said.“There was a lot of time between moving from horses to trains. Things don’t move that slowly anymore.”Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter The DJI Inspire Raw drone helicopter is on display at CES Unveiled, a media preview event for CES International, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, in Las Vegas. It’s a little early to tell if the idea will fly, but Canada Post is starting to look at the role of drones in making deliveries. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-John Locher by Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 22, 2016 2:30 am MDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Drones generating some buzz as Canada Post looks to the future of mail delivery read more

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UN recognizes young entrepreneurs on Day for micro small mediumsized enterprises

The global campaign – launched by the the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Trade Centre (ITC) , the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) – will run through August of this year.It will aim to “effectively enable young entrepreneurs to success and improve the sustainability and quality of self-employment opportunities for youth,” according to ILO. The UN agency added that the main challenges to be addressed include “the lack of enabling policy and ecosystems, the limited access to capital, the insufficient tools to enhance skills development and knowledge transfer.” The campaign will focus on strategies to promote “an enabling regulatory environment” for young people, make use of technology and networks, aim to allow greater access to finance, and provide greater support for young people. The UN estimates that while 70 million youth are unemployed, an additional 150 million work yet live in moderate to extreme poverty.Today’s launch comes on the first observance of the International Day for Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, which seeks to raise public awareness of these business which generally employ fewer than 250 people. This year’s theme is “youth entrepreneurship and self-employment.” The Daywas created in April to observe the Day and raise public awareness of their contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims to alleviate poverty and preserve the people and the planet.According to the data provided by the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), formal and informal Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) make up over 90 per cent of all firms and account on average for up to 70 per cent of total employment and 50 per cent of GDP. read more

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Mens Basketball Threestar prospect Justin Ahrens decommits from Ohio State

A day after former Ohio State men’s basketball head coach Thad Matta was fired, 2018 three-star small forward recruit Justin Ahrens has decommitted from the Buckeyes.“Due to coach Matta’s release, and after talking with my family, I would like to announce that I will be re opening my recruitment,” Ahrens said Tuesday in a tweet announcing his decision.He also mentioned that he will still consider attending OSU, and thanked Matta and the coaches for giving him the opportunity to play for the Buckeyes.Ahrens, a 6-foot-5 wing from Versailles, Ohio, is the No. 160 prospect in his class and the sixth-best player in the Buckeye State, according to 247Sports.One player in OSU’s 2018 recruiting class remains committed to the Buckeyes: four-star shooting guard Dane Goodwin. pic.twitter.com/aGZ8vUPlZS— Justin Ahrens (@ahrensjustin12) June 6, 2017 read more

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Brothelkeepers earned £38m while police focused on other serious crimes

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Sandra Hankin leaving Manchester Magistrates’ CourtCredit:Ricky Champagne/Cavendish Press Lucie Wibberley, defending, said Mrs Hankin transformed the brothel known as Coco’s from squalor after taking over in 2002. She added that Mrs Hankin wanted to provide a safe environment for sex workers.Ms Wibberley said: “The main order in the business was respect for the working women financially and safety care was also provided.”Sentencing, Judge Paul Lawton said: “There was an agreement between the police and those involved that if the premises operated correctly, no enforcement action would be taken. “This included no underage girls, no suggestion of coercion, the business not be used as a front for other organised crime and not affect the local community. “They ran the premises as legitimately as expected, the women were of adult age and appropriate to work, the premises looked after their safety, they were often searched by the Manchester City Council and had regular communication with HMRC. “Bizarrely, customs officers knew about what was taking place, and they accepted the tax payments.” “The businesses were described as ‘physical well-being activities’. But it was an illegal business.”In Uk law, it is not illegal to buy and sell sex – but running a brothel or coercing women into selling sex is.The brothels they ran also offered memberships to clients – and publicly promoted customer reviews of is services on their website.Dozens of call girls advertised on the website offered services such as “Foot Worship”, “Face Sitting,” “Two Girl Scene” and “Toy Show”.The court heard how Hankin took over the Northernden brothel formerly known as Coco’s in 2002 after its previous owners left her in charge. She subsequently opened other premises in Bury. Two firms were set up to help with the administration of the enterprise – with one turning over £1,944,000 between 2011 and 2014 and the other £1,804,000 in the same period. Sandra Hankin leaving Manchester Magistrates' Court A married couple who built a £3.8million brothel empire were allowed to continue operating by police for 14 years who instead focused on “serious types of organised crime”, a court has heard.Sandra ‘Sandy’ Hankin, 55, and Mark Hankin, 57, made a fortune running two massage parlours where sex was sold for a minimum of £50 a time.The couple’s brothel, called ‘Sandy’s Superstars’, was said to have “flourished” in Northenden and Bury, Greater Manchester thanks to an agreement made with police.Police had limited resources and priority was given to tackling brothels which used underage people, trafficked women or had links to organised crime. Prostitutes were given regular security and health care checks courtesy of NHS officials during their stints at Sandy’s. But after regular complaints from locals both premises were raided by police and shut down in 2016.The massage parlour business was accredited with the Security Industry Authority and routinely paid its taxes with HMRC inspectors.The couple, of Corwen, North Wales, pleaded guilty to keeping brothels to use for prostitution at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester and were sentenced to six months in jail suspended for two years. Mrs Hankin, a former escort, will have to pay back £200,000 from her illicit activities while her husband, an engineer, must refund £150,000 under Proceeds of Crime rules. Prosecutor Peter Cadwallader said: “The police have limited resources and therefore priority is given to those brothers that use underage people, trafficked women or are centres for other serious types of organised crime. “Both brothels were well known to the police. The companies made and provided proper tax returns and paid tax with dividends on the company profit.  read more

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Big plans for Bolivian state tin companies

first_imgITRI reports that “in a recent official presentation made by the Bolivian government, a review of its achievements and ambitions included details of its plans to increase tin production at state enterprises. By 2025, refined tin production at the Vinto smelter is targeted at 30,000 t, supported by expanded combined mine production of some 22,600 t of tin-in-concentrate from the Huanuni and Colquiri mines. The growth in refined metal production is from a provisionally estimated total of 11,402 t in 2013. With the labour force at the Vinto plant expected to rise only slightly from 419 currently to 450, productivity is seen as jumping from 27 to 67 t/y per head.For the Huanuni mine, production is forecast to rise from 7,897 t last year to 14,610 t/y, following the completion of the current expansion project which is expected to be fully operative from 2015. The Huanuni workforce is expected to decline from 4,413 to 3,973, so productivity will rise from 1.8 to 3.3 t/y per head. At Colquiri tin production is forecast to rise from 3,312 t of tin-in-concentrate in 2013 to 8,033 t by 2025, while zinc production is seen rising from 14,764 t to 47,414 t.last_img read more

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Homeless man jailed for 3 years for stealing bags from Heathrow

first_imgA HOMELESS MAN who repeatedly stole bags from passengers at London airports has been sentenced to three years in jail.Juan Carlos Yanez, a 59-year-old of no fixed abode who is originally from Canada, was a frequent traveller to the the UK.Police said that his method of stealing the bags involved travelling to the airport on express trains and London underground with a shoulder bag containing a change of clothing, hats, and glasses so he could change his appearance when captured on CCTV.Yanez would identify passengers flying out of airports – usually women who were travelling alone and who had expensive designer bags. He would wait until they were distracted at the check-in counter or repacking their bags due to excess baggage, and would then steal the bags.He was arrested in Terminal 4 at Heathrow Airport last month after an investigation by London police which involved a major review of CCTV footage.An image of the then-unidentified Yanez was circulated across Europe and he was identified by authorities in Paris, where he held a conviction for a similar offence.He appeared in court in June charged with eight counts of theft at Heathrow Airport between 2012 and 2014. He pleaded guilty to six of the eight offences and was sentenced to three years in jail on Friday.Three other offences at Gatwick and Stansted Airport were taken into consideration in sentencing.Yanez was also given an ASBO lasting 10 years banning him from all airports in London.Read: Heathrow flights cancelled after thunderstorm warning > Read: Pigeons force Aer Lingus flight to abandon trip to London  >last_img read more

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Power cord cutters A look at four Qi wireless chargers

first_imgThe days of plugging a cable into your smartphone to charge it are coming to an end, unless you insist on living in the past. Wireless charging is becoming more common in devices, and manufacturers are beginning to put out more compelling charging solutions. The most common of the charging standards is Qi, which works with devices like the Nexus 4, Droid DNA, Galaxy S3/S4 (with Samsung charging backplate), and several of the Nokia Lumia devices.Let’s take a look at a few interesting Qi chargers and learn the ins and outs of this emerging standard.Nexus OrbDesigned with the Nexus 4 in mind, the Orb (pictured at the top) is a Qi-compatible charger that should work with any device with a smooth, flat back. All you have to do is place the handset on the slanted face, and it starts charging. The Orb has the benefit of holding the device in an upright position so it can still be used.The build quality is very good, and it uses a standard microUSB cable to get power. Many other chargers actually have non-standard plugs that won’t work in your phone if you need to go old school. Charging is reliable, and the Orb does trickle charge like it’s supposed to. However, there is no external LED to let you know the device is charging.The device is not held in place by magnets, but rather by a micro-suction rubber pad. That’s why any device you use it with needs to have a smooth back. This is quite neat technology, but the downside is that the Orb is a real dust magnet. Little bits of flotsam will accumulate on the Orb and make it less able to grab the phone. If you wipe it off every week or so with a wet cloth, it should work fine. Still a minor annoyance, though.The Nexus Orb is $60 at retail from Google.Panasonic Charge Pad TM101This device is downright science-fiction-y. You can’t buy it at retail in the US, but the TM101 is sold online at various outlets. This pad uses induction sensing technology, so you can drop the phone anyplace on the flat surface, and it will charge just fine. The TM101 is completely level, so it will be hard to use the phone while docked.More than that, the TM101 actually moves its charging coils to the phone. Accompanied by glowing blue lights, the coils slide across under the semi-transparent surface to meet your device. When charging has completed, the coils move back to the off position. It looks really cool.The main downside with this device is no trickle-charging. When the phone is full of juice, the TM101 stops charging and won’t start again until the device is lifted and replaced. That makes it impractical for overnight charging, and the mechanism moving the coils around is somewhat loud.The Panasonic TM101 is roughly $50-60 online.Next page: Energizer, Tylt, and our recommendation… 1 2last_img read more

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Juvenile arrested after Miami Beach hitandrun injures infant woman

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested a male juvenile after, they said, he struck an infant and a woman in Miami Beach and fled the scene, Sunday afternoon.According to Miami Beach Police, the victims were crossing the street when they were struck by the subject near 77th Street and Dickens Avenue, just before 4:30 p.m. The driver, who was behind the wheel of a black Cadillac sedan, then sped away.Paramedics transported the victims to Jackson Memorial Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.Meanwhile, officers searched for the runaway car. They quickly found the driver, and the vehicle, a few blocks away, on 75th Street and Carlyle Avenue.Police placed the juvenile under arrest and took him in for questioning.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Sadhvi Pragya linked to bombmaking experts wanted terrorists SIT report

first_imgSadhvi Pragya Singh ThakurtwitterBJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency candidate Pragya Singh Thakur, who is also an accused in the 2008 Malegaon Blast case, has been linked to suspects who were training members of right-wing outfits in bomb-making, a report submitted by the Special Investigation Team to a Bengaluru court revealed. The SIT made the charges after arresting three members of Sanatan Sanstha in connection to the Gauri Lankesh murder case. The arrested men had identified several bomb-making trainers who were called “Babajis” and “Gurujis” in various camps held across India from 2011 to 2016. One of the Babajis arrested by Gujarat Police in 2018 was identified as Suresh Nair, a member of Abhinav Bharat. His arrest further led to the identification of a few more bomb-making experts.Nair further revealed that Ramji Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange, who have been declared as “proclaimed offenders”, were trained IED experts. They carry a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh each on their heads, the report revealed.Dange has been described as an RSS worker who has an Interpol red corner notice against him and figures on the most wanted list of NIA.The investigation found that a total of 19 training camps were held in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka between 2011 and 2017 by Sanatan Sanstha for the usage of firearms, improvised explosive devices and subterfuge tactics.The suspects arrested in the Gauri Lankesh murder case told the Karnataka Police that these “guest trainers” roamed around in the training camps as monks and were training to make petrol bombs, electrical circuit bombs and mobile phone triggered IEDs.Through these training camps, many recruitments were made to carry out bombings as well as for murders of rationalists, liberals, journalists and left-leaning politicians, the SIT report said. Local residents and policemen clear debris at a blast site in Malegaon, about 260km from Mumbai, September 30, 2008Reuterslast_img read more

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Rohingyas reject return on Myanmar terms

first_imgTen Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in Inn Din village. ReutersRohingya holed up in a border “no man’s land” after fleeing Myanmar will only accept repatriation to their home villages, a local leader said Sunday, rejecting any move to transit camps for fear of long-term confinement.Some 700,000 Rohingyas have been driven into neighbouring Bangladesh since last August by a major army crackdown — purportedly intended to “clear” northern Rakhine state of militants from the Muslim minority.The UN describes it as a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Muslim Rohingya, an allegation staunchly denied by mainly Buddhist Myanmar.Overwhelmed by the influx, Bangladesh wants Myanmar to take them back and the neighbours agreed to start repatriating refugees in January. But so far no Rohingya have returned.Since August several thousand of the Rohingya have been living in tents beyond a barbed-wire fence which roughly demarcates the border zone between the two countries, reliant on NGO food handouts.Myanmar authorities are pressing hard for their return and have increased troop numbers on their side of the fence, accusing Rohingya militants of infiltrating the camp.But despite the apparent show of force and looming monsoon rains, a camp leader told reporters they would not bow to pressure to return or to move forward into Bangladesh.”We have no intention to enter Bangladesh. We are not Bengali… we are Myanmar original citizens,” Dil Mohamed, 51, told reporters through barbed wire in an interview in “no man’s land”, during a government-steered trip through the Maungdaw border district.Dil said the villagers — who number around 6,000 — would return to Myanmar only if they are guaranteed safety, compensation for the homes burned down in the army clearance and permission to resettle in their old villages.”We don’t want to go to the transit camps. We need to go directly to our homes,” he said, referring to sites set up by Myanmar authorities to process returning refugees.The international Red Cross currently provides supplies to the group, who collect it by crossing a creek and reaching the Bangladesh side.Fears abound that transit camps and resettlement villages being built for returnees will effectively become long-term detention centres.More than 120,000 Rohingya are already confined to squalid camps further south in Myanmar following earlier bouts of communal violence, with their movements strictly controlled.Myanmar denies any plan to hold Rohingya.”We don’t have any vision or intention to keep them long,” Ye Htut, the administrator of Maungdaw district, told reporters on Saturday as they were chaperoned around northern Rakhine by government minders.But the repatriation process appears to be in disarray, with the international community saying continuing insecurity precludes a swift return for the refugees.Myanmar continues to show off new reception centres and camps for refugees who do eventually return as a sign of its apparent good faith over repatriation.Development schemes led by the army, powerful Myanmar businessmen and donor-funded ethnic Rakhine groups are abundant across the north of Rakhine, the scene of the worst violence.Critics say the projects are shaped by military and economic priorities and are often sited on commandeered Rohingya land, effectively excluding the minority from the future of the state.Myanmar brands the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. It has systematically dismantled their legal rights and access to basic services in Rakhine, a state where many have lived for generations.last_img read more

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Stalker stabs girl to death

first_imgIn yet another shocking incident of murder for allegedly rejecting a love proposal, a stalker stabbed a 15-year-old girl to death in Gupibagh, Dhaka on Tuesday, reports UNB.Locals handed the suspect Sohel, 25, to Wari police station after giving a good thrashing.The victim was identified as Rodela Sharmin, a class X student of Shaheed Kazi RF Ahmed High School and daughter of late Abdus Sattar of KM Das Lane in Sutrapur.Police quoting witnesses said the incident took place around 3:30pm beside Gupibagh railway tracks.Contacted, Wari police station officer-in-charge Azizur Rahman told UNB that Sohel reportedly proposed the victim to make a love affair with her but she refused.”We primarily suspect that Sohel attacked Sharmin with a sharp weapon as she refused his proposal. She died on the spot,” the OC said.During primary interrogation, Sohel confessed to the killing, he added.last_img read more

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Engage podcast has the whole ComicCon Star Trek panel for your listenin

first_imgHappy 50th Anniversary year, Star Trek!It’s a big year for the resurgence of the other Star property (no, not Stargate), Star Trek, with a new movie starring the Paramount Kelvin timeline cast and a new show coming to CBS All Access in January 2017. That’s not all that is happening in the world of Trek, and that’s why Star Trek has launched its first official Trek podcast: Engage with Jordan Hoffman.Engage was on hand this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con for the Star Trek 50th Anniversary panel, which was moderated by Fuller, the showrunner of next year’s Star Trek: Discovery (check out the first look at the Discovery here!) and included Trek luminaries William Shatner (Star Trek), Scott Bakula (Enterprise), Michael Dorn (The Next Generation, Deep Space 9), Jeri Ryan (Voyager), and Brent Spiner (The Next Generation).The panel covered a bevy of issues before ending with the Star Trek: Discovery announcement, including several of the cast members connecting Gene Roddenberry’s vision to the chaotic state the world seems to be in this 2016. This got pretty extreme, like when Shatner said Tribbles were his favorite alien species because they highlight the issue of overpopulation.Yup, it’s like that.If you weren’t in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con, you missed out on this amazing panel but fear not! Engage: The Official Star Trek podcast has you covered. Listen to the whole thing or you’ll miss Brent Spiner’s excellent Patrick Stewart impression.Panel starts at 11:50 in the podcast, after commentary from Engage’s host, Jordan Hoffman.last_img read more

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