RICHMOND, Va. – Amazon will split its second headquarters between Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in northern Virginia, according to a person familiar with the plans.The official decision expected later Tuesday will end an intense competition between North American cities to win the Amazon bid and its promise of 50,000 new jobs — and dash Toronto’s hopes of securing one of the locations.Toronto Mayor John Tory said in September that the city — the only Canadian contender to make the short list — was uniquely positioned to host the company because of its diversity and comparatively lower business costs.Tory had said that Toronto submitted a bid that highlighted “the fact that the Toronto Region has emerged as a global centre of innovation and technology because of our talented, diverse and inclusive workforce.”“There is no other region in North America that can boast the same talent, the same quality of life, the same vibrancy and economic strength. We made that point to Amazon in our pitch and in person when they visited us here,” he said in a statement to The Canadian Press in September.Some locations tried to stand out with stunts, but Amazon made clear that it really wanted incentives, like tax breaks and grants. Amazon also had sought to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people, among other criteria.The company received 238 proposals before narrowing the list to 20 in January.Amazon had stipulated that it wanted to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be within 45 minutes of an international airport; have direct access to mass transit; and have room to expand. It also wanted to able to attract top technical talent and be able to expand the headquarters to as much as eight million square feet in the next decade.Set within eyeshot of the nation’s capital, Crystal City is a thicket of 1980s-era office towers trying to plug into new economic energy after thousands of federal jobs moved elsewhere.Rapidly growing Long Island City, in the borough of Queens, is an old manufacturing area already being reinvented as a hub for 21st-century industry, creativity and urbane living.In setting off the flurry of interest, Amazon said it could spend more than US$5 billion to build its second headquarters over the next 17 years. The two locations combined would be about the same size as the company’s current home in Seattle, which has 33 buildings, 23 restaurants and houses 40,000 employees.The company isn’t leaving Seattle, and Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has said the new headquarters will be “a full equal” to its current home.The extra space will help the rapidly growing company.Launched in 1995 as a site that mostly sells books, Amazon now produces movies, makes voice-activated Echo devices, runs the Whole Foods grocery chain, offers online services to businesses and designs its own brands of furniture, clothing and diapers. Its ambitions are wide: It launched a company to lower health care costs for its employees and Amazon’s corporate partners in the venture, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway.Amazon’s employee total has ballooned to more than 600,000 worldwide, and that’s expected to increase as it builds more warehouses across the country to keep up with online orders. The company recently announced that it would pay all its workers at least $15 an hour, but the employees at its second headquarters will be paid a lot more — Amazon says they’ll make an average of more than $100,000 a year.___Pisani reported from New York.With files from The Canadian Press.
“Long-term stability is essential for sustainable return, along with access to such essentials as health services, education and jobs,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative Peter de Clercq told a news conference in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital.“Potentially, if you are looking very much at the implementation of the CPA which is extremely important for the overall peace process in the country, yes, we could characterize this as serious,” he said, referring to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ending the two-decades-long north-south civil war that killed at least 2 million people.But he voiced pride in UNHCR’s contribution to the successful return so far of nearly 2.5 million displaced persons, including 328,000 refugees from outside Sudan’s border, out of an estimated 4.5 million driven from their homes by the war, while acknowledging that violent inter-ethnic clashes throughout this year have caused new displacements. “This situation could take a much more permanent character so we really take it seriously,” Mr. de Clercq said.He also noted other concerns in Sudan, including the east, where the flow of refugees from neighbouring countries, overwhelmingly Eritrea but also Ethiopia and Somalia, continues at an annual rate of 1,800 a month, and the strife-torn Darfur region where, despite a reduction in open armed conflict, 2.7 million people remain displaced, still vulnerable to isolated attacks and banditry. Moreover, continuing attacks by the rebel Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have driven 18,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR) into Sudan, where they are seeking shelter along with some 68,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs). 7 October 2009Significant challenges remain to the return of displaced people in southern Sudan following the 2005 peace accord between the Government and separatists, particularly this year’s inter-ethnic violence, a senior United Nations refugee official warned today.
Lawyers staged a protest in Colombo today against moves to shift some of the court buildings in Colombo to new locations.The lawyers alleged that the Colombo Magistrates Court, District Court and Fort Magistrate building are among those to be shifted. Once shifted the existing buildings are to be used to promote tourism, the lawyers who took part in the protest claimed.In all some 8 Court buildings are expected to be shifted.
Gunasekera said that the man reported dead was a resident of Thalawakele and he had arrived in Colombo to take part in the protest. The Police spokesman also said that several people had sought treatment in hospital last night from suspected food poisoning. The Joint Opposition (JO) protest ended last night with one man being reported dead and several taken to hospital.Police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said that one person had died after suffering from a heart attack. He said that while the actual number could not be confirmed yet, reports indicated that around 25 people had sought treatment at the Colombo National hospital.Asked if there were any arrests, the Police spokesman said that no one linked to the protest was arrested. He also said that there were no major incidents reported related to the joint opposition protest.The protest ended prematurely last night despite a call by the joint opposition leaders for the protest vigil to continue till this morning.Meanwhile, the road opposite Lake House was cleared this morning for vehicular movement after being partially closed from last evening as a result of the protest. (Colombo Gazette)
Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Marise Payne, today announced the appointment of David Holly as Australia’s next High Commissioner to Sri Lanka with non-resident accreditation to the Maldives.Senator Marise Payne said that Australia has a close and long-standing relationship with Sri Lanka, underpinned by extensive bilateral cooperation and people-to-people links. Australia’s Sri Lankan community of 170,000 people makes a significant contribution to Australian society. Te Foreign Minister also thanked outgoing High Commissioner Bryce Hutchesson for his contributions to advancing Australia’s interests in Colombo since 2016. (Colombo Gazette) Australia and the Maldives have a positive relationship, built around education, development assistance and combatting transnational crime. Holly is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was most recently Chief Economist, Trade and Investment.He has previously served overseas as Consul General, Chennai; Deputy Head of Mission, New Delhi; and Counsellor, Singapore. In Canberra, he was a trade negotiator in the Office of Trade Negotiations; Assistant Secretary, South and West Asia Branch; and led Australia’s contribution to both the India and China free trade agreement feasibility studies. Holly holds a Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University. “Our relationship encompasses development cooperation, education and close collaboration on countering people smuggling and transnational crime. Two-way trade reached a record $1.54 billion in 2017-18. We will continue to support Sri Lanka as it makes progress towards meaningful reconciliation. Australia and Sri Lanka work productively together to address shared challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, including through the Indian Ocean Rim Association,” the Foreign Minister said.
The government’s announcement comes after China barred canola shipments from two of Canada’s biggest exporters in what is considered retaliation for the detention of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.China imported $2.7 billion worth of Canadian canola seed last year, and any prolonged blockage will hurt farmers, the industry and the broader economy. The seeds are the raw input for canola oil, used in cooking and industry. LNG boss says China welcomes our natural gas, tensions with Canada not an issue Bad news for Canadian farmers: China’s canola imports set to drop even more than they have already Canadian soybean exports to China jumped 80% last year. Now farmers are getting nervous International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr said he will lead a canola trade mission to Japan and South Korea in early June to help farmers find new markets for their products.He also said he will be promoting canola in all of his upcoming visits, including in France.“The Canadian government stands with farming families, our farming communities and industry,” Carr said. “We will not rest until this situation is resolved for our Canadian producers, workers, and their communities.”Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has called for the federal government to take a more confrontational approach with China.Scheer wants Canada to appoint a new ambassador to China, launch a complaint about the canola dispute with the World Trade Organization and cut Canadian funding to China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, to which the government has committed $256 million over five years.Citing unproven concerns about pests, China has rejected Canadian canola seed shipments in recent months.There is agreement across the sector, including with provincial governments and producers, that Canada should engage China on the basis of their allegation, Carr said.“The basis of their allegation is that there are impurities in canola that has been sent by Canada to China and has been inspected twice by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency,” he said. “We continue to seek engagement; we are engaging.”Canada will work through this challenging period with China through careful, deliberate and strategic engagement, Carr added, but will also look for alternative buyers for its experts.“It is critical that Canadian exporters have other readily available markets when faced with trade disruptions,” he said. “Our country’s continued prosperity and job creation depends on security markets abroad.”With files from Andy Blatchford Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick OTTAWA — The federal government is changing a payment program for canola farmers to help those affected by China’s decision to ban the Canadian product.The maximum loan limit through the program will be boosted to $1 million from $400,000, and the portion that will be interest-free is rising to $500,000 from $100,000, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said on Parliament Hill Wednesday morning.“We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Canada’s canola producers and farm families across the country and we will continue to listen to their needs,” she said.“Canada has the best canola in the world as well as a very robust inspection system.”Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification and Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food provide an update on the government’s response to the canola trade dispute with China on Wednesday.
The Liberals and NDP will have little time to prepare campaigns in most of Saskatchewan’s federal ridings, as each party has nominated just six candidates with weeks to go until election day.That’s far fewer than the Conservatives and People’s Party, which have full slates of candidates in the province’s 14 ridings. The Greens are also further ahead with nine candidates, according to that party’s press secretary. One Liberal riding chair blamed the delay on a lack of interest from candidates, while another said the party has been slow approving nomination papers. Reina Sinclair, chairwoman of Regina—Qu’Appelle’s Liberal riding association, said the lost time will hinder an eventual candidate’s ability to raise money and connect with voters.“It’s really frustrating for us too, let me tell you,” said Sinclair.A University of Regina political scientist said the delays could stem from weak local organizations in long-shot ridings that are low on the priority list for the national campaigns. He said the slow start will put fresh NDP and Liberal candidates at a “huge” disadvantage. Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“You’re almost running a sacrificial candidate,” said Jim Farney, head of the university’s Department of Politics and International Studies. The election is expected on Oct. 21. The campaign should begin in September.The neglected ridings are concentrated in rural areas, but include at least one urban seat for each party. They may look like lost causes for the Liberals and NDP. The Conservatives won around 70 per cent of the vote in some rural ridings last election, and more than 50 per cent in several others.But Farney said that’s still short-sighted. With Indigenous and immigrant populations growing in Saskatchewan, it’s a lost opportunity to build for the future.“That’s not good for the long-term health of the party,” said Farney.Party spokesmen put a different spin on the slow progress. NDP communications officer Guillaume Francoeur said the party’s diversity-focused nomination process takes more time to complete.“The NDP has put together a truly democratic nomination process, which also demands that our local associations conduct a thorough search for candidates from equity seeking groups, so it is natural that this process takes a little more time,” he said. “Our campaign in Saskatchewan is shaping up very nicely.”John Tzupa, the NDP’s provincial secretary in Saskatchewan, said there are nominations in the pipeline for every outstanding riding except Prince Albert. But he said it could take until early September before those candidates are formally in place.He acknowledged there have been “growing pains” as leader Jagmeet Singh gets settled in. But he brushes aside any notion that the party is writing off Saskatchewan.“They’re really gearing up towards the campaign and getting in a place where they can run the strongest campaign they can,” Tzupa said. “Some of that took time.”A Liberal spokesman said the party is being approached by “a variety of talented community leaders” in Saskatchewan. It is currently processing hundreds of candidates who have sought nominations across the country, according to communications officer Parker Lund. He said the remaining nominations are moving forward “very soon.”But it’s clear there are areas of glaring weakness. In Cypress Hills—Grasslands, where the Liberals came up short by almost 20,000 votes in 2015, it’s been difficult to attract someone willing to run.“We’ve checked out some candidates, and so far everyone has said ‘no, not at this time,’” said riding association chairman Duane Filson, who ran for the Liberals in 2011.The association has never had a large number of volunteers, according to Filson. It lacks the resources needed to mount a strong campaign against the Conservatives.“There won’t be any comparison,” he said.Liberal party efforts are much further advanced in Regina—Qu’Appelle, the riding currently held by Conservative leader Andrew Scheer. Liberal riding association chair Reina Sinclair said there are about 100 volunteers on hand ready to go, including poll captains on 12 reserves. She mentioned an Indigenous prospect who has submitted paperwork for the nomination. But it has taken weeks to get approval from the party, according to Sinclair. She said party authorities told her that a mountain of paperwork from across the country is holding up the process.“We’re getting so close to the election…” Sinclair said. “It’s just so unfortunate that this individual is going to have to raise money quickly, get out there, buy pamphlets, get signs — oh my goodness.“The one good thing is whoever is a candidate in Regina—Qu’Appelle is going to come with a ready-made team.”She said the campaign is missing out on all-important campaigning opportunities at powwows across the riding, though the prospective candidate has still been attending on an informal basis. Sinclair just hopes the candidate is selected in time for the Treaty 4 Pow Wow in September.“We’ve never, ever in this riding not had a candidate by that date,” she said.Sulaiman Javed Khatana, chair of the Liberal association for Battlefords—Lloydminster, said his riding is in a similar situation. A prospective candidate’s paperwork is in, but not yet approved.Khatana said local Liberals will be able to mount a campaign, but “not as we’re supposed to.”The Conservatives had all of their candidates in place months ago. Eight are incumbents. But even challengers have been actively campaigning to pick up seats. Warren Steinley and Michael Kram were both nominated in Regina ridings last year and have been busy for months. Steinley has a serious head-start on door-knocking over his competitors. Kram is setting up his campaign office and has been visiting doorsteps since February. Both run social media pages with almost daily updates on their efforts.Kram’s campaign manager said she hopes to see an NDP candidate soon, in the expectation it could bleed some votes from the Liberals.Regina looks like a campaigning wasteland for the NDP. The party’s only nominated candidate is in Regina—Lewvan. Francoeur touted the large nomination meeting this summer that chose businessman Jigar Patel. But the riding’s NDP association president has publicly doubted the party’s chances of holding the riding, due to sagging morale from the departure of Erin Weir.The party’s Regina—Wascana riding association president, Greg Fingas, said his association hasn’t yet set a date for a nomination meeting. Regina Qu’Appelle is in a similar state. Fingas said the NDP currently has no campaign office and no staff in the riding. The association has no active Facebook or Twitter presence. The NDP seems stronger in Saskatoon, where it has an incumbent in Saskatoon West, an established candidate in Saskatoon—University and a challenger who’s already hitting the doorsteps in Saskatoon—Grasswood. But that candidate, Erika Ritchie, was only nominated on Thursday.The Liberals have two candidates in each city. Ralph Goodale is running for a ninth consecutive term in Regina—Wascana. Winter Fedyk, running for Regina—Lewvan, has a campaign office leased on the F.W. Hill Mall and has obviously put considerable thought into her first-rate graphic design. But she’s been in Nunavut during much of the summer for work responsibilities. MP Ralph Goodale’s campaign office on University Park Drive. Goodale is seeking a ninth consecutive term and does not yet have an NDP challenger. Under Erin Weir’s shadow, NDP candidate prepares for Thursday nomination meeting Goodale dangles goodies for Regina at campaign launch party BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post The NDP also has a candidate in Moose Jaw—Lake Centre—Lanigan, while the Liberal campaign in Prince Albert just opened an office and seems to be rolling ahead smoothly. Both parties seem strong in the northern riding of Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River, where they’re running well-known and well-connected candidates.But neither party has a candidate selected in Cypress Hills—Grasslands, Yorkton—Melville, Regina—Qu’Appelle, Souris—Moose Mountain, Battlefords—Lloydminster or Carlton Trail—Eagle Creek.Farney said the goals of modern campaigning take time to achieve. He said it’s not so much about persuading opponents. It’s about convincing supporters to turn out and vote.For that, parties need a friendly face at the doorsteps.“The best way to do that is still to have a local candidate, having come up stood in your doorstep, shaken your hand, built a relationship and said ‘Will you vote for me on Oct. 21?’” Farney explained.Even where they don’t have nominees, party activists are trying to stay optimistic. Sinclair said volunteers will give the campaign their all in Regina—Qu’Appelle. They know who they’re running against. They just need to know who they’re fighting for.“We’re ready to go,” Sinclair said. “We just need this to be green lit and then we’re going to light up that riding — and Mr. Scheer is going to have his hands full.”email@example.comRelated
Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr., impressed the crowd at Progressive Field by setting a new Home Run Derby record for dingers in a single round. And to prove it wasn’t a fluke, he did it again his second time up.The 20-year-old Guerrero smashed out 29 home runs in the opening round of the Derby on Monday night — breaking the old record of 28 set by Josh Hamilton in 2008 — before matching his mark in Round 2.Guerrero’s average home run distance in Round 1 was 421.5 feet, with an average exit velocity of 104.8 mph. His third bomb was estimated to go 476 feet.Guerrero’s performance pushed him past Oakland’s Matt Chapman (13) into the second round of the three-round event, where he was almost eliminated. Despite launching 29 more homers in Round 2, he needed a tiebreaker against Dodgers star Joc Pedersen, who also went deep 29 times.The Toronto third baseman, with 60-second tiebreaker and swing-off home runs included, beat Pedersen 40-39 to reach the final.Hamilton, a five-time All-Star who was with the Texas Rangers in 2008, set the previous mark at Yankee Stadium but went on to lose the Derby to Canadian Justin Morneau.Hours before Monday’s Derby, the Rangers tweeted a video clip of Hamilton’s record-setting performance with the caption: “Good luck beating this tonight, fellas.”Guerrero was taking pitches on Monday from Jays coach John Schneider, who also threw batting practice to him for two years in the minor leagues.Guerrero, the youngest participant in the event, was one of eight players teeing off in Cleveland for the Derby, which includes a $1 million top prize.Guerrero’s Hall of Fame father, Vladimir Guerrero, won the Home Run Derby in 2007 while a member of the Angels.He tweeted: “Big boy has power,” after watching his son set the record. BROWSE home run derby | Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Mr Chihaia said: “I wrote to them July 29 saying I wouldn’t be paying because I wasn’t there. I can’t believe it’s gone this far. Nearly four months later there is no evidence showing my car in the car park. It’s simple.”An NCP spokeswoman said: “NCP will be happy to speak to Mr Chihaia so that we can understand what has occurred in order to address the situation appropriately.”If Mr Chihaia has not in fact used the car park, although his vehicle registration has been identified on our automatic number plate recognition system, then he will not be liable for the PCN. NCP will be contacting Mr Chihaia directly.” George Chihaia, a groundworker from Edgware, north London Credit:Mercury George Chihaia’s response to NCPCredit:Mercury The picture taken when it was light is supposed to show me going into the car park – why would I be reversing in?George Chihaia In a letter submitted to POPLA on October 3, NCP wrote: “The appellant has appealed on the basis that they did not park within the operator’s car park and therefore no parking session fee was due.”They state they were not parked at the location where the PCN (parking charge notice) had stated and it was for NCP to prove where they had parked.”We note the appellant’s comment, however, if the appellant’s vehicle had not entered the operator’s location, the ANPR technology would not have picked up their vehicle movements as shown in the evidence photos.”NCP also stated that independent research has found Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to be “99 per cent accurate”. But Mr Chihaia said he was actually doing two turns in the road and used on-street parking while he visited a friend’s house nearby.Mr Chihaia, a groundworker from Edgware, north London, said: “I am so angry and confused.”They say there is clear photographic evidence of me coming and going, but none of their pictures show me in the car park.”That is because I never even went in the car park. I did a turn in the road while I looked for a space on the street. Then I did the same when leaving.”Then I get this letter saying I have been in the Tube station car park for almost seven hours. It is not true.”My immediate reaction was one of shock. I never even entered the car park, so why should I pay a fine? Their cameras are wrong.”The picture taken when it was light is supposed to show me going into the car park – why would I be reversing in? It makes no sense. I won’t be paying it and I’ve told them that. They should cancel my ticket.”In a letter from NCP to Mr Chihaia on July 20, the operator said he was being fined for a “failure to make payment upon exit from an ANPR Approved Device controlled car park”.NCP rejected his appeal on August 12, which prompted Mr Chihaia and parking campaigner Derek Dishman to present his case to the Parking on Private Land Appeals (POPLA) ombudsman service. A driver has been hit with a £100 parking fine, but claims he only performed a three-point turn outside a car park that uses number plate recognition cameras.George Chihaia has been embroiled in a four-month battle to clear his name after being hit with the charge for an apparent seven-hour stay at the NCP car park in Harrow, north London.But the 23-year-old insists he did not even enter the car park and that cameras wrongly captured the registration of his Chevrolet Aveo while he did two separate three-point turns outside the entrance.NCP claims its cameras show the car entering the car park, at Canons Park Tube station, at 5.30pm on July 9 and then exiting at 12.16am the following day. 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.
Cleese added: “I was very lucky to be working at the BBC when decisions were taken by people who had actually made programmes. 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. “I’m proud we are up there with Porridge and Only Fools and Ab Fab and Blackadder and The Office and Reggie Perrin and The Thick of It.”Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted, penned by Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan, came second in the list, with I’m Alan Partridge in third, and Blackadder fourth.Highly-rated comedies Only Fools And Horses and The Office came in sixth and 12th respectively. The list was voted for by 42 comedy expert including writers Mathews, Linehan and Richard Curtis, as well Barry Cryer and Alison Graham.Graham said: “When we find a comedy that does make us laugh, that brings a quick hit of joy into our lives, and we treasure it for ever.”In our memories, great comedies are pearls that become more burnished and beautiful through the years. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder.”Do you agree with the Radio Times List? Which British comedies do you rate? To join the conversation log in to your Telegraph account or register for free, here. Fawlty Towers has been named as the greatest British sitcom of all time, as its creators attribute its success to an era where BBC commissioning “decisions were taken by people who had actually made programmes”. The sitcom, which starred John Cleese, topped a Radio Times list of the 20 best British sitcoms despite running for only 12 episodes.It beat other series including Father Ted, Blackadder, I’m Alan Partridge and Only Fools And Horses, winning a special place in viewers’ hearts for its combination of “farce” and “precision”, experts said.Fawlty Towers, a BBC series, ran for just two series of six episodes each in the 1970s.Speaking to the Radio Times, the show’s co-writer and star Connie Booth said: “Fawlty Towers succeeds, I think, because it allows infantile rage and aggression a field day in a buttoned down, well-mannered English society.”It’s unique in being a farce, with all the plot surprises and precision that the style requires. And it doesn’t hurt that the star of the show is a six-foot-five comic genius. If he was shorter I can’t imagine how it would have worked.” Father Ted came in second
There’s been plenty of attention given to the the Mac Defender malware and its variants lately. The social engineering-powered Trojan has brought rogue security applications to OS X users after years of being a Windows-only phenomenon.Security researcher Brian Krebs has been busily analyzing the software and he’s learned that ChronoPay — Russia’s largest online payment processor — may be heavily involved. ChronoPay has a history of behaving badly and has previously been connected with scareware, processing payments from users who were pushed to rogue antivirus domains by the Conficker worm. ChronoPay was also involved in “pre-trial settlement” scams, which bullied users into ponying up cash in order to avoid filesharing lawsuits.Krebs was able to trace back domain name registration information thanks to the availability of documents which were leaked following a 2010 breach of ChronoPay servers. Several rogue software domains have been registered using an address which appears in the documents, firstname.lastname@example.org — which belongs to ChronoPay’s Alexander Volkova. ChronoPay also owns the mail-eye.com domain.In a similarly unsurprising revelation, Microsoft security researchers have revealed a direct tie-in to Windows rogues. Mac Defender uses re-tooled URLs and drops un-sneakily renamed files and folders on infected systems, and the checkout pages for both Mac Defender and the WinWebsec rogues (of which there are dozens) are nearly identical.Apple has, of course, issued a support article detailing steps to assist in the removal of Mac Defender. A system update is on the way as well, and it will detect and remove the malware. As more variants appear, however, the targeted update may not be enough to protect unwary Mac users. If that describes you (or someone you help out with computer-related problems), check into the free antivirus offerings from Sophos and Avast.More at Krebs on Security and Microsoft
Going back to college after a nice summer break can be a bit of a bummer but at least students get all the best deals. Now, thanks to a Microsoft promotion, if you buy a brand new PC and you’re a student, you get a free Xbox 360Best Price at Amazon. See, going back to school isn’t all bad!Not only will you get a free Xbox 360, you’ll also get a deal that means when Windows 8 comes out this October, you can upgrade to it for $14.99. You need to prove you’re a student to nab the deal though by either providing a school email or your student ID number.Of course there is a catch. In this case you have to spend at least $699 to qualify for the free console. Several companies are offering the deal including Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Best Buy, Newegg and the Microsoft store itself so at least there are some options.This deal lasts until September 8, so be quick if you fancy a new PC and console. The Windows 8 deal is also open to anyone who purchased (or purchases) a Windows 7 PC between June this year and January next year.This isn’t the first time Microsoft gave away free Xbox’s with PCs, a very similar deal was available to students last year so if you didn’t get a free Xbox 360 last year, now’s your chance.If you already have an Xbox 360 or just simply don’t want one, Staples are doing a different deal for students — get a $100 Visa prepaid card when you buy selected PCs from them. Now to convince the parents you really need that new computer…More at Windows (FB) via cnet
Nouvelle-Zélande : le cargo Rena s’est brisé en deuxDimanche, les autorités maritimes de Nouvelle-Zélande ont annoncé que le cargo Rena échoué depuis trois mois au large de Tauranga venait tout juste de se briser en deux sous l’effet de la tempête. Du fioul pourrait de nouveau s’échapper du navire. Ce que redoutait la Nouvelle-Zélande depuis plusieurs mois est arrivé ce week-end. Le cargo Rena qui s’est échoué le 5 octobre dernier sur le récif de l’Astrolabe proche de la localité touristique de Tauranga, s’est brisé en deux, malmené par une tempête. “Les deux parties du Rena se sont éloignées de 20 à 30 mètres l’une de l’autre après avoir été heurtées par des vagues de sept mètres de haut”, a indiqué dimanche le responsable des opérations des services maritimes néo-zélandais, Alex van Wijngaarden.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueAprès l’échouage, les autorités s’étaient considérablement activées pour vider les cuves du cargo remplies de fioul et décharger les conteneurs. Mais il reste encore à bord 880 conteneurs et du fioul. Aujourd’hui, alors que le Rena s’est brisé en deux, la Nouvelle-Zélande craint donc que les eaux ne soient de nouveau polluées par ce qui reste dans le cargo. “On ne connaît pas exactement la quantité de fioul qui pourrait s’échapper, mais les équipes ont été mobilisées”, pour récupérer le reste de fioul contenu dans le navire et réparer tout dommage pouvant affecter l’environnement et le rivage, a souligné le responsable néo-zélandais cité par l’AFP.Néanmoins, Nick Smith, le ministre de l’Environnement du pays a précisé dimanche que les écoulements de fioul ne seraient dans tous les cas pas aussi importants que lors de l’échouage du Rena. “Au pire, des dizaines de tonnes de fioul lourd au lieu des centaines de tonnes qui étaient (alors) susceptibles de fuir”, a-t-il expliqué. Pour l’heure, jusqu’à 300 conteneurs ont été précipités à la mer et les autorités ont élargi la zone interdite à la navigation autour du Rena pour éviter toute collision.Le 9 janvier 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambert
After a phenomenal season for the Egyptian in Liverpool, Klopp recently claimed the fact that Salah won the PFA Player of the Year award is a nice boost for his career.Despite winning POTY, Klopp claimed Salah is well aware of the fact that the season is far from over yet as the first leg of their semi-final clash with Roma is on Tuesday.Salah has definitely put in effort, which eventually resulted in this award, as he has been able to score 41 goals in 46 appearances across all competitions this season.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I’m really happy for him,” Klopp said at a news conference. “He can be really proud of that. It’s a fantastic achievement. I think if all the other players vote for you, [then] that means the most to all players,” Klopp claimed, according to ESPN.“I didn’t speak to him after because he was obviously in London yesterday, but he will be back today and I can tell him what I want to tell him face to face.”“It’s great but he knows the season is not finished so far. [There are] a lot of things to come. I’m sure it’s a nice boost for him. I really have to say in a season like this when Kevin De Bruyne plays a season like he played, it makes it even more special,” Klopp went on to add.
Brendan Rodgers revealed the shock and stress of being fired by Liverpool caused him to end up in hospitalThe Northen Irishman coached Liverpool for three years and in the 2013/14 season he won the club’s first Manager of the Year award in 20 years after leading them to a second-place finish in the Premier League.Rodgers was soon awarded a new four-year contract at Anfield, but things soon began to fall apart with Liverpool finishing down in sixth the following season before he was fired on October 2015 after a 1-1 draw against Everton.While the 45-year-old was immediately offered a new job the day after being dismissed, Rodgers needed a timeout before an unexpected hospital visit came his way.“I took the call on the Sunday evening, after the Merseyside derby,” Rodgers told The Coaches’ Voice.“The owners felt they needed to make a change. I accepted the decision, and from that point I was no longer the Liverpool manager.“On the Monday, I was offered another job. But I had always felt that I wanted to go in, where I could, at the beginning of a season.“On top of that, I needed the recovery. Needed to get away. Liverpool had been an emotional rollercoaster.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“At such a huge club, one of the great clubs of the world, even the good days are difficult. I enjoyed every single minute of it, but it had taken a toll.“I went to Spain for a week. Then I came back, and flew to Dubai. Within a couple of days in Dubai, I was rushed into hospital.“I went through all the tests. It was felt that I was having some issues internally, but then they got into the process of what had happened with work, with my life.“They pieced it all together, and it was simply a case of my body being so tense, so tight, from all that had happened in finishing my time at Liverpool.“It reminded me of the pressures you experience, and the expectations you carry, as a manager. Especially at the bigger clubs.“It reinforced for me that it was time to find a calmness, to re-energise and make sure I was genuinely ready for the next challenge.”Rodgers is now the manager of Scottish Premiership side Celtic and has led them to two league titles and Scottish Cups along with three Scottish League Cups.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 23, 2017 – This is a public forecast for today and tonight Thursday 23rd February 2017 issued by the Bahamas Department of Meteorology at 6am.GENERAL SITUATION: A BROAD LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM ACROSS FLORIDA WILL CONTINUE TO CREATE UNSETTLED WEATHER ACROSS THE BAHAMAS WHILE DRAGGING A COLD FRONT THROUGH THE ISLANDS TODAY.NORTHWEST BAHAMASWEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY AND BREEZY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS…GRADUALLY CLEARING BY AFTERNOON/EVENING HOURS.ADVISORY: A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT ADHEAD OF THE FRONT.WINDS: SOUTHWEST TO WEST AT 15 TO 25 KNOTS AHEAD OF THE FRONT BECOMING WEST TO NORTHWEST AT 15 KNOTS BEHIND THE FRONT.SEAS: 5 TO 8 FEET OVER THE OCEAN AHEAD OF THE FRONT…SUBSIDING 3 TO 5 FEET BEHIND THE FRONT.CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMASWEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY TO CLOUDY AND BREEZY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.ADVISORY: A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT.WINDS: SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH AT 15 TO 25 KNOTS AHEAD OF THE FRONT BECOMING SOUTHWEST TO WESTERLY BEHIND THE FRONT.SEAS : 5 TO 8 FEET OVER THE OCEANDAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE 79 °F 26 °COVERNITE LOW TEMPERATURE 66 °F 19 °CSUNRISE: 6:38AM MOONSET: 3:34PMSUNSET: 6:09PM MOONRISE: 5:06 AM FRILOW TIDE: 11:45AM & 11:42 PMHIGH TIDE: 05:35 PM & 6:03 AM FRIEXTENDED FORECAST: (FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS)…LOW PRESSURE WILL GRADUALLY EXIT THE AREA WHILE DRAGGING A TRAILING COLD FRONT THROUGH THE ISLANDS…WEAK HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD ACROSS THE BAHAMAS IN WAKE OF THE FRONT…FORECAST FOR FRIDAYWEATHER: A MIX OF SUN AND CLOUDS AND WARM WITH THE SLIGHT CHANCE OF AN ISOLATED SHOWER OR TWO…MAINLY FAIR AT NIGHT…WINDS: WEST TO NORTHWEST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND SOUTHWEST TO WEST AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS…SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEAN IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND 4 TO 6 FEET IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS…FORECAST FOR SATURDAYWEATHER: PARTLY SUNNY AND WARM WITH A STRAY SHOWER OR TWO POSSIBLE…MAINLY FAIR AT NIGHT…WINDS: NORTHWESTERLY AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS…SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEANFORECASTER: GREGORY D THOMPSON/C.G. ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for two suspects who, they said, fired at a police officer Friday night in Northwest Miami-Dade.Police said the officer pulled up to a vehicle, around 11 p.m., believed to have been taken in an armed carjacking the night before. The subjects fired upon the officer, striking the police cruiser multiple times, and the officer returned fire, according to police.Police said the suspects then fled on foot.The officer was not injured.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Security guards stand at the reception desk of the Amazon India office in Bengaluru, India, August 14, 2015.Reuters fileOnline retailer Snapdeal’s Freecharge has been up for sale for a while now and competitor Amazon is said to have made a bid to acquire the digital payments platform. If the deal goes through, Amazon is likely to merge Freecharge with its own payments platform Amazon Pay.Amazon’s bid is said to be in the range of Rs 500 crore ($70-$80 million) and a term sheet has been signed by the Seattle-based company as well as Jasper Infotech that owns and operates the platform, reported The Economic Times. While Jasper Infotech did not respond to ET’s queries on the sale of Freecharge and the term sheet, an Amazon spokesperson said: “We don’t comment on rumours and speculations.”With Amazon stepping into the picture, it looks like Axis Bank has some competition when it comes to acquiring Freecharge. India’s third-largest private sector bank was said to be leading the race to acquire the digital payments platform and was even said to be conducting due diligence.While neither of the parties had commented on the reported acquisition talks, sources had revealed to the daily that the deal could be worth $100 million. Due to this, it is being said that Axis Bank might still be the frontrunner to buy Freecharge, despite Amazon joining the race.It was earlier reported that two private banks — one of them being Bank of Baroda — and a few other private equity firms had expressed an interest in acquiring Freecharge. Additionally, Paytm is also said to have made a bid of $10-15 million for the platform, but it now looks like Axis Bank could soon take Freecharge off the market.Freecharge, which was popular with users and racked up about 12 million transactions in April 2017, has taken a hit from the bleeding state of online marketplace Snapdeal. The online marketplace itself is in talks with Flipkart for a buyout. Snapdeal’s board members rejected Flipkart’s $700-$800 million buyout bid on July 4, after which the latter made a new offer of about $900-$950 million. The new proposal is now being evaluated and discussed by the board of Snapdeal. A private security gurad stands at a gate of Snapdeal headquarters in Gurugram on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, April 3, 2017. Picture taken April 3.REUTERS/Adnan AbidiIt was also reported last week that Snapdeal may even merge with Infibeam, the only e-commerce company in the country to be listed on the stock exchange. Infibeam had even charted a term sheet with the basic conditions under which an investment would be made and it was likely to value Snapdeal at $1 billion. The firm based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, has a market cap of about Rs 6,100 and if the merger with Snapdeal materialises, the duo will create a $2 billion e-commerce giant.While Snapdeal chose to remain tight-lipped about the proposed merger, Infibeam came ahead and denied that it had made any bid for the online marketplace. “No, we haven’t made any offer to Snapdeal,” Infibeam founder and MD Vishal Mehta told the ET.
Donald TrumpUS president Donald Trump has accused Saudi Arabia of lying about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, his strongest comments to date on the affair as pressure builds on the administration to strike a tougher line.In an interview with the Washington Post published late Saturday, Trump stepped back from his stance that Saudi Arabia’s latest explanation for the death of the journalist inside their Istanbul consulate was credible, but said he remained confident in the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.“Obviously there’s been deception and there’s been lies,” he said of the shifting accounts offered by Riyadh.Saudi officials originally said Khashoggi, who entered the diplomatic mission on October 2, had left unharmed, before announcing Friday he was killed inside the building in what they described as an altercation.“Their stories are all over the place,” added Trump.Saudi Arabia faced a growing chorus of incredulity Sunday, with world powers demanding answers. British and French officials denounced the latest Saudi explanation as insufficient. Canada’s foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, said the Saudi version lacked “consistency and credibility.”Growing pressureCloser to home, pressure continued to grow on Trump to take a stronger stance against Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter and a key regional power.Several senior members of Trump’s Republican Party said they believed Prince Mohammed, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, was linked to the killing, and one called for a “collective” Western response if a link is proved.But Trump stopped far short of calling for the prince to be replaced, emphasizing as he has before how important the US-Saudi relationship is to Washington’s regional strategic goals.He described the 33-year-old prince, widely known as MBS, as a “strong person; he has very good control.”“He’s seen as a person who can keep things under check,” added Trump. “I mean that in a positive way.”Trump added that he has yet to be shown any evidence by intelligence officials that would make him believe MBS had any direct role.“Nobody has told me he’s responsible. Nobody has told me he’s not responsible. We haven’t reached that point. I haven’t heard either way,” the president said.“There is a possibility he found out about it afterward. It could be something in the building went badly awry. It could be that’s when he found out about it. He could have known they were bringing him back to Saudi Arabia.”Republicans hit MBSAmid Trump’s apparent equivocations, several key Republicans demanded a tougher stance.Speaking on ABC on Sunday, Republican Congressman Peter King said: “There’s no way that one person, an overweight civilian, has to be killed. They could have brought him down with no trouble at all,” adding he believed there was “an intent to kill.”Asked if he thought Prince Mohammed was behind the killing, a fellow Republican, Senator Bob Corker, told CNN: “Yes, I think he did it. Let’s finish this investigation.”Corker, who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee, added that if the prince is implicated, “There should be a collective response.”“I think you’re going to see the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany working collectively with others if he did this to respond in an appropriate way.”Perhaps the strongest words came from Lindsay Graham, a strong Trump ally in the Senate who called for Prince Mohammed to “be removed.”“I would like to punish those involved. It’s impossible to believe the crown prince wasn’t involved. I don’t mind military sales but I object to business with the current leadership,” he said.“This behavior is outside the norm to the point that the people involved need to be removed in my view. Saudi Arabia is a country and MBS is a person. I’m willing to separate the two.”Democrats have repeatedly lashed out at Trump’s response as weak and indecisive, and they said his latest reaction fell short as well.Barring an unlikely “confession” from Prince Mohammed, Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff said Sunday, “the president is going to accept the crown prince’s denials like he’s accepted Putin’s denials and Kim Jong-Un’s denials.”“We need to do a deep-dive probe in terms of Saudi Arabia,” he said on ABC. “We have to see if financial motives are influencing the president.”
Share By Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneJ. Frank Dobie Pre-Kindergarten Center in Austin on Feb. 16, 2018.Texas pre-kindergarten programs are just scraping by after losing millions of dollars last year — and without sustainable funding, they could see greater problems down the line, school officials say.During the 2017 legislative session, lawmakers decided not to fund a $118 million high-quality pre-K grant program that was created in 2015 and championed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. The money had gone to 573 districts and charter schools that pledged to meet measures like setting a lower student-teacher ratio, avoiding Common Core curricula and reporting student progress to the state.There’s another catch: Now every Texas district and charter has to make these improvements. And they’re required to use 15 percent of the state money they already receive for pre-K, which ensures $236 million — double what was allocated last year — will be spent on high-quality standards. “We’re scrambling,” said Edmund Oropez, Austin Independent School District’s chief schools officer. The district had received nearly $3 million under the grant, KXAN reported. “I wouldn’t say we’ve been able to make it up. We’re just trying to stay afloat, to be honest.”To fill in the gap, school officials are accessing other grants, pulling from local taxpayer dollars and diverting funding from different parts of their budgets. Still, some find themselves needing to cut back on teaching assistants and professional development opportunities they offered last year.Texas pays for half-day public school pre-kindergarten for 3- and 4-year-olds who are economically disadvantaged, English-language learners, military children, in foster care or homeless. Schools can offer on a tuition basis — or use district funds to provide — full-day pre-K or pre-K for children not covered by the state.Districts have routinely tapped into federal, state and local dollars as well as collaborations with Head Start or licensed child care agencies to expand pre-K. Many school officials were thrilled — albeit a little wary — when Abbott announced the $118 million grant in 2015.“The additional funding was nowhere near enough what was needed to impact the quality of education over the long term,” said Stephanie Rubin, the CEO of education advocacy group Texans Care for Children. “But it was something.”Leander ISD, which has a half-day pre-K program, received $247,000 under the high-quality grant. Erin Garner, the Austin-area district’s senior early childhood coordinator, said most of it was used for one-time expenses such as new classroom furniture, learning equipment and curriculum materials. But with the grant, the district also hired three instructional assistants, offered family engagement nights and pre-K specific professional development — all of which had to be cut or reduced this year.And although the district has maintained student-teacher ratios around the 11:1 state requirement, it may eventually need to staff at 18:1, district officials said.“You do the best with what you have,” Garner said. “This year we’re not feeling it as hard, but we will. That was a lot of money.”Meanwhile, Oropez said Austin ISD was able to hold together its pre-K components this year through donations from organizations including United Way for Greater Austin. San Antonio-area North East ISD — which received about $1.5 million in grant money that officials used to transition some of the half-day pre-K campuses to full-day — also kept funding its high-quality program through private and federal grants. But assistant director of early childhood education Julia Schneider said she had to go “find, beg, borrow and steal.”Princeton ISD is in a different boat. Located roughly 20 miles from Plano, it was one of the many Texas districts and charter schools that never opted into the grant program.Superintendent Philip Anthony said the district had technically qualified for the money, but officials refused because the money wasn’t enough to sustain both full-day pre-K and the grant program’s 11:1 student-teacher ratio requirement. Anthony said he prioritized offering full-day pre-K, and Princeton ISD had ratios around 22:1.Following the 2017 decision, the district hired additional personnel to meet the new ratio. Officials relied more heavily on local tax dollars and state money that would have been spent on other grade levels or teacher salaries, Anthony said.“Eventually we’re going to look at, ‘Are we going to be able to financially afford the additional stipulations?’” he said. “Right now, we do plan on maintaining it. But how long? We really don’t know.”To ensure districts and charters are meeting requirements, the Texas Education Agency is monitoring school data through a statewide reporting application, agency spokesperson Lauren Callahan said in an email to The Texas Tribune. Information collected includes class size and ratio, pre-K curriculum, kindergarten assessment, additional pre-K teacher qualifications and pre-K family engagement.Once the reporting period closes in mid-July, TEA will identify which pre-K programs need support meeting high-quality standards, Callahan said.Abbott’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether high-quality pre-K funding will be a priority for the 2019 legislative session.Molly Spratt, the legislative director for state Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, the chairman of the House Public Education Committee, said there is no “100 percent list of priorities” just yet. Advocate Regen Fearon, chairwoman of the Early Matters Dallas coalition, believes addressing pre-K funding is not the top focus of any lawmaker.“The handful of people who have always been champions, continue to be champions,” Fearon said. “But in numbers, they’re very few. So we have no expectation that there’s going to be any money for pre-K.”