Boris Johnson wins leadership race to become UKs new PM

first_imgLondon: Boris Johnson was elected as the Conservative Party leader and Britain’s new Prime Minister, his party announced on Tuesday. Johnson, the former foreign secretary, secured 92,153 votes against 46,656 of his rival Jeremy Hunt in the battle for 10 Downing Street, which was triggered last month when a Brexit-battered Theresa May announced her resignation amid a mounting rebellion from within the party. The 55-year-old Brexit hardliner was the frontrunner in the race ever since a group of Tory MPs put their hat in the ring for the first phase of the leadership election within the Conservative parliamentary party.last_img

Hang Out With Mark Ruffalo On The Set Of Avengers 2

first_imgMark Ruffalo is doing a really cool campaign to raise money for his charity, Water Defense.Hang Out With Mark Ruffalo On Avengers 2 SetIn exchange for a small donation, fans can enter to win a trip to London from anywhere in the world to spend a day with Mark on the set of The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron!More than just a set visit, the winner will be his guest and he will show the person around and spend time with him/her.“How would you like hang out with me on the set of The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron?” says Mark. “I’ll get to that in a second! I’m here on Prizeo on behalf of Water Defense and the fight against water contamination. It’s a cause that means a great deal to me, and I hope you’ll take a second to read about it over on the right side of this page!“If you support Water Defense with a small donation, you will be entered to win a trip to London to join me on The Avengers 2 set! Flights from anywhere in the world and hotel accommodations will be included. It will be a fun day at work for both of us!“I am so thankful for your support. Thank you so much, and I look forward to meeting one of you very soon!”The goal of Water Defense is to foster cumulative water testing and photo documentation of contamination in communities everywhere. Find out more here.The campaign page is live now at www.prizeo.com/mark.last_img read more

City of Fort St John receives award for Annual Financial Report

first_img“To achieve this award for the third consecutive year is a significant achievement and speaks to the accomplishments of Council and staff in ensuring open and transparent reporting.”The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Program was established to encourage municipal governments throughout Canada to publish high-quality financial reports and to provide peer recognition and technical guidance for officials preparing these reports.The 2017 Annual Report is available on the City’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John was recently awarded the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting.This award was given to the City by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the 2017 Annual Report.Mayor Lori Ackerman says this award is a significant achievement as it shows that the City is ensuring open and transparent reporting.last_img read more

Facebook says it removed fake accounts in Philippines

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook says it has removed 200 pages, groups and accounts linked to Nic Gabunada, reportedly the former social media manager of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, for misleading people.The social network says it took down the accounts for “co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour,” the term it uses to describe accounts that work together to mask who is behind them and what their purpose is. In the past, Facebook has removed accounts linked to Russia , Iran and other countries for trying to wreak political havoc or influence elections in the U.S. and elsewhere.The accounts and posts in question posted about elections, alleged misconduct by political candidates and local news. Facebook says they tried to hide their identity but were linked to a network organized by Gabunada.The Associated Press read more

Scotiabank hikes dividend after profit beats Street

TORONTO — Bank of Nova Scotia has joined most of its peers in raising its quarterly dividend following a strong first quarter that beat analyst estimates.The bank says it had $1.625 billion of net income and $5.18 billion of revenue in the three-months ended Jan. 31, both up from last year.Scotiabank says the net income amounted to $1.25 per share before adjustments or $1.27 per share on an adjusted basis.Analysts had been looking for Scotiabank to report $1.25 per share of adjusted diluted earnings and about $5 billion of revenue in the quarter ended Jan. 31.Scotiabank also announced a higher dividend, as anticipated, joining most of the other big Canadian banks in hiking the payout to shareholders.The bank’s quarterly dividend will rise by three cents to 60 cents per share.

Talking IoT Standards With the Open Connectivity Foundation

Q: How are standards and standards bodies helping to secure the IoT? Are the standards groups cooperating or competing?Developing IoT security can’t be brought by a single actor in the industry. Standards bodies are here to help build a secure framework that everybody can follow, no matter how large or small your device project or deployment might be. Q: What’s the OCF doing to achieve its goals of providing IoT standards?The OCF has accomplished its first goal of providing a universal, secure communication framework from specifications to source code. This includes a certification program that enables manufacturers to bring OCF-certified products to market. OCF solutions match any device type and offer state-of-the-art security that is tested during certification. Is Your Network Ready for IoT? Gary Audin September 13, 2019 IoT devices come in all shapes and sizes, with varied network requirements. Q: How can interested organizations get involved with the OCF and learn more?The OCF public specifications are available on our website, and even better, an open source implementation of the OCF Specification is available at IoTivity.org. The OCF organizes public events every quarter for developers and potential members to learn more about things like how to build working devices together.Tags:News & ViewsIoT securitystandardsStandardizationinteroperabilityInternet of ThingsContact Center & Customer ExperienceEndpointsEnterprise NetworkingQ&ASecurity Articles You Might Like See All in Internet of Things » Do Your IoT Efforts Match Up to Successful Initiatives? Gary Audin July 26, 2019 A focus on corporate buy-in and enterprise vision, rather than technology only, is a key success factor. The OCF is here to help every organization in making the IoT a reality. We are offering a common place for organizations to deposit their data models and translate from one IoT language to another. We believe in a future built on the cooperation of different industries. The second goal the OCF reached was to build seamless bridges between current IoT devices, legacy systems, and OCF-certified products. To achieve this goal, we leverage existing industry standards and technologies. The OCF applies the security-by-design method (IoT Security by Design) in which IoT security is required from the beginning of device development and throughout its life cycle, implementing identification, network onboarding, communication, and upgrades. Below, I elaborate on these steps:Identification: The foundation for IoT security is a strong endpoint identity – each endpoint must have an identifier that is immutable, globally unique, and attestable. The OCF supports strong identity through the incorporation of digital certificates in each endpoint – IoT devices, gateways, and cloud services. Using the digital certificate, the identity of each OCF endpoint can be verified and attested using asymmetric cryptography and an ecosystem public key infrastructure (PKI) administered by the OCF. The OCF’s PKI adheres to WebTrust’s principles and criteria for certificate authorities, and the OCF will be regularly audited by an independent third party to ensure compliance with the OCF certificate policy.Network onboarding: The OCF provides secure mechanisms for authentication and authorization to minimize the potential for compromising an IoT device or service during the onboarding process. The OCF has defined a common process for onboarding a new device or service that identifies the endpoint (device or cloud service) and determines the access that endpoint will have to the other resources that are part of the OCF deployment and vice versa. Additionally, the OCF Specification supports the use of access control lists to manage authorizations.Communication: Strong confidentially protections ensure sensitive information (rest and in transit) remains private and inaccessible to unauthorized parties. The OCF Specification supports mutual authentication and ensures that communications containing sensitive information are encrypted, using DTLS or TLS. The OCF also requires the use of DTLS and TLS to ensure the integrity of communications between OCF endpoints. A secure IoT device or service is available when it’s needed for its legitimate use and unavailable when it’s not. Moreover, IoT devices and services use restrictive, rather than permissive, default network traffic policies to limit communications to expected norms – guarding against both unintended and malicious denial of service attacks that can disrupt the availability of the device or other devices on the network. By design, the OCF enables access permissions and authorizations to incorporate the principles of least privilege and separation of duties.Upgrade: IoT security requires vigilance throughout the lifecycle of the device. Vulnerabilities can be discovered, and new exploits can emerge after IoT devices or services are deployed. The OCF Specification supports the evaluation of current software as well as triggering updates for software and firmware. Moreover, the OCF maintains an online repository of OCF device certification results called the OCF Conformance Management System (OCMS). The OCMS can be referenced to determine the most up-to-date certification status of an OCF-Certified device, including security attributes of the device and the version of the OCF Specification against which it was certified. Log in or register to post comments Q: What makes IoT security so important and what has OCF done in terms of delivering it?Many instances have occurred in which insecure connected devices such as smart toys or thermostats have fallen victim to hackers. Hackers can use these devices to gain access to what would be secured networks and steal information, demand ransom, or worse. Securing each device in your network greatly thwarts these situations. Currently, the organization has 400 members who develop global standards for the IoT and includes the smart home, smart building, automotive, healthcare, and other industry verticals, said Carmona. Where Are OCF and Standards Today?To learn more about the state of IoT standards and the OCF’s efforts, I recently interviewed Carmona and got his thoughts on the subject and where the field of IoT standards is heading. History of the OCFCreated by merging the Open Interconnect Consortium, AllJoyn, and UpnP, OCF is led by a guiding principle that IoT will only happen if devices can effectively and securely communicate with each other, said Olivier Carmona, board member, Open Connectivity Foundation (OPC), and director business development, Awox. Among the organization’s primary goals include providing connection mechanisms between devices, between devices and the cloud, and managing the flow of information among devices, regardless of form, operating system, service provider, or transport. There are so many variations of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies that standards are necessary if IoT endpoints are to work with multiple network types and interoperate with different vendors’ devices and network services. One organization, the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), has made it its job to provide the means for IoT devices and legacy systems to interoperate with one another, to create a seamless user experience. Aruba Simplifies IoT Adoption with ML Infusion Zeus Kerravala April 03, 2019 New Wi-Fi 6 access points and machine learning-powered device management capabilities to create more manageable and secure deployments. Nyansa Delivers IoT Operational Assurance Zeus Kerravala April 15, 2019 The IoT era is here and it’s going to take cybersecurity complexity to an entirely new level. Mobile Operators Building a New Channel for IoT Michael Finneran January 28, 2019 Mobile operators are positioning themselves as the one-stop-shop for “packaged” IoT solutions. success-2917048_1920.jpg read more

Mens Hockey Win streaks on the line when No 6 Ohio State

Ohio State sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski controls the puck during a 4-0 loss to Penn State on Dec. 2. Credit: Nick Hudak | For the LanternThe No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team (14-4-4, 7-4-1-0 Big Ten) will try to keep its win streak intact when it travels to State College, Pennsylvania, for a weekend series against a streaking No. 13 Penn State (12-7-3, 5-4-3-2 Big Ten) team Friday and Saturday.Penn State hasn’t lost in regulation in 10 games, with the lone blemish coming in a 2-2 shootout loss to Michigan State. Ohio State has won its past six games, which include series sweeps of Big Ten rivals Michigan State and No. 9 Minnesota. Ohio State’s last two losses came to the Nittany Lions in a series in early December. The Buckeyes lost in a shootout after a 5-5 tie in the first game and were shut out 4-0 in the next game. “We’re different, they’re different from a month and a half ago and what not,” Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said. “We’re going in there with the expectation that we got to go in there and play better, be better, to go in there and try and beat a good hockey team.”Penn State boasts the top offense in the nation, averaging 4.1 goals scored per game. The Nittany Lion offense is led by junior forward Andrew Sturtz, who has 10 goals and 28 points in 21 games this season. Penn State sophomore forward Denis Smirnov has nine goals and 17 points in 14 games, while leading the team with five power-play goals.Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo said he is ready for a Penn State offense that averages 40 shots per game. “They shoot a lot, so I know what to expect on that front,” Romeo said. “I just have confidence from how we have been preparing and how we’ve been playing, so definitely feeling good going into the weekend.”Rohlik said Penn State has relentless players who frequently push the puck in front of the net, and Ohio State will have to play strong defense to slow down the Nittany Lions’ attack. “Everything is to the net, they crash the net, they’re relentless, they work extremely hard, they stick to their system. They are who they are. That’s what makes them great,” Rohlik said. “For us, we just need to be disciplined with our five-man defense… I think that’s the biggest thing, we can’t control, you know, Smirnov is gonna get loose and some of those guys are gonna get loose, but again, we’re concentrating on five guys, not just one.” Ohio State holds one of the best road records of any team in the country at 9-1-1. “I think for some reason our team just gets a little excited hearing that student section going against us,” Romeo said. “I think that give us a little boost. I know this weekend will be pretty hectic, so I think we’ll come out flying.” Puck drop for the first game of the series will happen at 7:30 p.m. Friday and the second game will begin at 7:00 p.m. Saturday. Both games will take place at Pegula Ice Arena. read more

Who is Gordon Police hunt stalker who sends distinctive threatening greetings cards

first_img“Do you recognise this handwriting, the name Gordon or the signature with the five crosses? Do you know who may be sending these cards?”If you work in a shop which sells cards, or if you work in the postal service, do you recognise the handwriting or the distinctive pattern of crosses? Gordon likes sending cards featuring cats His handwriting and strange pattern of crosses are clues to his identityCredit:Avon and Somerset Police/PA His handwriting and strange pattern of crosses are clues to his identity The woman, who has been receiving the cards, said: “This has been going on for so long – someone out there must know who it is.”Whether it’s the distinctive crosses, the handwriting or the name they call themselves, if you recognise anything that could help the police, please let them know.” Police are on the hunt for a stalker who calls himself  “Gordon”, whose distinctive poison pen letters are written on animal-themed greeting cards.The stalker has waged a six-year stalking campaign against a woman, but police believe his unusual style and consistent stationery choices could hold clues to his identity.Police said the cards have been sent over six years but they have become more graphic and threatening in nature over the past two years and include threats to commit rape.The offences have all happened in Bristol and we believe the offender is sending the cards from somewhere within the Bristol postmark area.Shopkeepers who sell the cards have been asked to be vigilant and to see whether they recognise his handwriting. Detective Constable Patrick Prescott, who is leading the inquiry, said: “We’re releasing extracts of the offender’s handwriting and signature as we believe someone will recognise the style and know who the sender is. “The content is becoming increasingly sexually explicit and aggressive in nature and includes threats to commit rape and stalking offences.”We’ve been working with a criminal profiler at the National Crime Agency to examine and risk-assess the offender’s behaviour and are continuing to progress numerous lines of enquiry.”Thorough analysis of the communications has been carried out and the possibility the offender has sent, or is sending cards or letters with similar content to other people cannot be excluded.” Gordon likes sending cards featuring catsCredit: Avon and Somerset Police/PA The stalker has sent rape threatsCredit:PA/ Avon and Somerset Police The stalker has sent rape threats The detective added: “If you have been receiving similar correspondence then we want to hear from you.”You may recognise one or more of the characteristics but can’t believe the person you have in mind would commit offences like this.”It could be a colleague, friend or even a family member. We’d ask you to please report any concerns or suspicions to help us make this stop.”Harassment offences can cause significant distress to victims and disrupt their daily lives but we’ll do all we can to make sure we investigate crimes, gather evidence and whenever possible, bring offenders to justice.” 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.last_img read more

EPAs unprecedented water permit policy threatens economic recovery warn multiple industries

first_imgA new policy proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) poses a threat to thousands of jobs and a sustainable economic recovery, warned a dozen industries in joint comments filed June 4 with the agency.  EPA wants to reverse gears on an existing Clean Water Act discharge permit – halting work not only at the coal mine that filed the permit, but also creating an unprecedented threat for other industries from agriculture to home building. Organizations representing these and other industries protested the far-reaching implications of the agency’s unprecedented plans to “withdraw or restrict” an existing permit.Hal Quinn, president and CEO of the National Mining Association, one of the organizations responding to EPA’s proposal: “Pulling a valid permit out from under a company destroys not only the basis of that project and the jobs its supports, but also the trust businesses must have for future investments in everything from home building and road construction to farming and ranching – all of which require Clean Water Act permits,”. EPA announced on April 2 its plans to veto the Spruce No. 1 Surface Mine claiming authority under the federal Clean Water Act’s Section 404 provisions for regulating “waters of the United States.”In their comments to EPA, the organizations underscored the harm to jobs and the economy from this first-ever veto of an existing permit for an on-going operation. “Businesses regularly invest millions of dollars on property, technology, personnel and machinery on the assumption that their activities can continue unabated so long as they dutifully comply with the terms of the 404 permit,” they said. The permit had been approved by multiple federal and state environmental agencies and was accompanied by a comprehensive environmental impact statement. The organizations also questioned the legality of EPA’s proposed action, doubting Section 404 gives EPA any authority over existing permits.Among the industries at risk from EPA’s veto of existing water quality permits would be:Home building and real estate: About 2.1 million workers are currently employed in residential construction and another 1.2 million in the buying and selling of real estate and rely on home building that requires water quality permits.Manufacturing: Nearly 12 million workers rely on manufacturing businesses requiring such permits and which, in turn, rely on power generation and other upstream industries that also require water act permits.Agriculture: Tens of thousands of farmers and ranchers across the country routinely require Clean Water Act permits for activities such as building roads across their property or barns for animals.Mining and sand and gravel operations: The 135,000 direct jobs supported by coal and metals mining and the approximately 110,000 additional men and women in the sand and gravel industry are employed by companies that routinely require Section 404 permits to operate new or expanded operations.Road and transportation construction: Public agencies and private firms that serve America’s transportation industry sustain more than 2.2 million jobs. Many transportation projects will become impossible if EPA revokes permits after their approval.last_img read more

Armed police in London to wear cameras to record their actions

first_imgARMED POLICE IN London will wear video cameras to record their actions, the force said as it sought today to calm tensions over the inquest into the fatal shooting of a man by firearms officers.Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe was due to meet with community leaders to discuss yesterday’s inquest verdict that the 2011 killing of suspected gangster Mark Duggan was lawful.Duggan’s family reacted with fury to the verdict and vowed to continue fighting for justice for the father of six, whose death sparked nights of rioting across English cities.Hogan-Howe welcomed the inquest jury’s decision but acknowledged the shooting had led to a “significant reduction in trust between London’s black communities” and police.Efforts had been made to improve relations, he said, for example by reforming the use of stop and search so it no longer disproportionately targeted men from ethnic minorities.“But we need to do more, much more, to improve our relationships with black Londoners,” he said.Body-worn video camerasHe added: “We’ll begin a trial this year in which firearms officers are issued with body-worn video cameras to record the actions of officers and those they are dealing with.“We want to see if this is an effective way to record evidence and ensure public confidence.”Police are braced for protests in Tottenham, the deprived area of north London where Duggan was shot, but a demonstration late Wednesday dispersed without any trouble.Supporters had reacted angrily to the inquest verdict after the jury concluded Duggan had had a gun when police stopped the taxi he was travelling in but threw it out of the vehicle seconds before he was gunned down by a police marksman.The coroner in the inquest accepted that the jury was faced with a “stark problem” because police officers’ notes contradicted video evidence from the scene about the location of the gun.Duggan’s brother shouted obscenities at jurors as they left court while other supporters screamed “murderers”.‘Executed’In highly-charged scenes outside the court, Duggan’s aunt, Carole, said he had been “executed” and vowed to fight the verdict, but on Thursday she called for calm.“This has got to be dealt with the right way, through the courts,” she told BBC radio, saying the family wanted to see “no more demonstrations, no more violence”.“We will have to fight this, go through the struggle peacefully, through the right channels, to get justice,” she said.Police believe Duggan was a member of one of Europe’s most dangerous gangs, but he had never been convicted of a major offence.- © AFP 2014.Video: Police shouted down after verdict in London riots case>Related: Killing that sparked London riots was lawful says UK jury>last_img read more

US CEO mocks three hours a day French workers

first_imgTHE HEAD OF US tyremaker Titan has sparked an uproar in France by mocking French workers for putting in only “three hours” a day and saying it would be “stupid” to invest in the country.Titan chief executive Maurice Taylor’s incendiary remarks came as France’s economy is struggling in the face of increasing global competition, with leading companies announcing thousands of job cuts in recent months.The country’s Socialist government has vowed to tackle France’s productivity gap – blamed by critics on high wages and reduced working hours – but is facing opposition from powerful trade unions.The letter from Taylor to French Industrial Renewal Minister Arnaud Montebourg was in response to a request for Titan to consider investing in a loss-making Goodyear tyre plant in Amiens, northern France.“I have visited that factory a couple of times. The French workforce gets paid high wages but only works three hours,” Taylor said in the letter, dated 8 February and obtained by French business daily Les Echos. They get one hour for breaks and lunch, talk for three and work for three. I told this to the French union workers to their faces. They told me that’s the French way!Goodyear said last month it was set to close the plant, which employs 1,173 workers, following five years of failed talks with unions.Taylor said Titan had a long history of buying and turning around troubled factories but in this case was not in any way interested. He wrote:Sir, your letter states that you want Titan to start a discussion. How stupid do you think we are? Titan is the one with the money and the talent to produce tyres. What does the crazy union have? It has the French government.The standard length of the working week in France is 35 hours.Angry responseThe letter drew a furious reaction from unions.“This is an insulting letter,” said Mickael Wamen, the CGT union’s representative at the Goodyear plant, saying it showed Taylor “belongs more in an insane asylum than at the head of a multinational corporation”.He said the union was planning to file a lawsuit in the United States against Goodyear and Titan over the closure of the plant.Titan had one point been touted as a potential saviour of the factory, which produces tyres for agricultural vehicles and which Goodyear says it was forced to close after unions repeatedly rejected efforts to cut costs.France’s Communist Party also expressed outrage at the letter, calling it “an appalling provocation coupled with xenophobia against French workers.”It urged the government to pass a law forbidding profitable companies from laying off workers. ‘Mocking caricature’ Montebourg refused to comment on the letter, telling journalists: “I don’t want to harm French interests.” He said he would provide an answer to Taylor in writing.Government spokeswoman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said that the letter in no way reflected broader US views of investing in France.“I would remind Mr Taylor that France remains the largest recipient of US investment in Europe and there are probably very good reasons for this,” she told journalists.The opposition UMP party’s Bernard Accoyer, who served as speaker of the National Assembly under right-wing ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, said that while the letter was clearly “mocking caricature”, it raised important questions about French labour relations.“It is not completely unfounded,” he told LCI television, saying that France’s “serious competitiveness problem” was linked with the “extremist hardliner” views of some unions.Taylor, who made an unsuccessful run for the Republican nomination in the 1996 US presidential election, said that France’s low productivity was putting its industry at risk from emerging powers China and India.“The French farmer wants cheap tyres. He does not care if the tyres are from China or India and these governments are subsidising them,” he wrote in the letter.“Titan is going to buy a Chinese tyre company or an Indian one, pay less than one euro per hour wage and ship all the tyres France needs. You can keep the so-called workers.”- © AFP, 2013Read: Hello Mr President, I’m the President: Michael D begins French visit > Read: 7 things Ireland has done in the first 50 days of its EU presidency >last_img read more

The parallels between Irish and American controversies in a wild week for

first_img https://jrnl.ie/3249878 Share24 Tweet Email1 The parallels between Irish and American controversies, in a wild week for politics Those who say they know what lies ahead – in either country – are either clairvoyant or just plain wrong, writes Larry Donnelly. Larry Donnelly 150 Views 20 Comments By Larry Donnelly Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article POLITICAL WATCHERS ON both sides of the Atlantic have had more than enough to occupy their attention as of late with extraordinary developments unfolding at breakneck pace.Here in Ireland, additional troubling revelations about the shocking treatment of the Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe resulted in serious unrest within the Fine Gael-led Government and provoked Sinn Féin to table a motion of no confidence in the Government.A contrary motion prevailed, but the controversy has badly damaged the reputations of some key figures and exposed very deep divisions. Although it seems that the Government will survive, it now is clear that Enda Kenny will not be Taoiseach for much longer. Source: Niall CarsonMeanwhile, in the United States, President Donald Trump fired his National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, purportedly because he misled Vice President Mike Pence by claiming that he had not discussed sanctions imposed on Russia in the waning days of the Obama administration when he spoke with that country’s US Ambassador in late December.Having denied that any such conversation took place repeatedly in the national media, Pence was furious to learn – evidently through the media – that it had. Yet it also has emerged that President Trump was informed by then Acting Attorney General Sally Yates weeks ago that the topic of sanctions came up.So, two scandals have come to light in two very different nations that are 3,000 miles away from one another. They are not entirely dissimilar, however. Each is a “who knew what and when did they know it?” episode of high political intrigue that – for the present moment, at least – has dwarfed the far more important crisis that precipitated it.The potential longer term political consequences and the impact on these overarching crises of the recent, frenetic days on both sides of the Atlantic merit further examination.Fine Gael is at a fork in the road. Like him or loathe him, Enda Kenny has been at the helm of the party for many years. And his track record, in many ways, is unassailable. As such, choosing a new leader – always a big decision – is hugely significant.Leo Varadkar has long been considered his probable successor. Yet his near celebrity status as a politician will certainly take a hit in the weeks and months to come. Critics call him mercurial; even his allies say the cut and thrust of politics is an unwelcome feature on his radar screen. Varadkar’s will not be a coronation, and Simon Coveney will prove a difficult opponent. The outcome could eventually result from the rather labyrinthine system the party has for selecting its leader.At the same time, Fianna Fáil, though seemingly holding all the cards in the wake of a very solid opinion poll this month, is also in uncharted territory. How much longer will the party endorse the “confidence and supply” arrangement? How will it react to a new Fine Gael leader? If a fresh face appeals to the public, might some in the party argue that Micheál Martin should have pushed for a vote against the Government and that his unwillingness to do so is just the latest evidence of his indecisive nature?These complex twists and turns, however, won’t solve any of the obvious problems within An Garda Síochána or ameliorate the plight of Sergeant McCabe and his family (and others). With yet another public inquiry regarding the conduct of the country’s police force upon us, it’s only logical to question if anything will ever change. Some advocates posit that external voices are needed. Others assert that they will be drowned out. It is hard to know who is right, but it is distressing to think of where things stand.Stateside, President Trump appears determined to obscure the sentiment that brought him to the White House. His “America First” message, in a country where the dominant mood is isolationist and pessimistic, is a political winner. But the president’s outsized ego cannot withstand even the most superficial of questioning. Reasonable doubts are castigated as “fake news”. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesThe Trump administration’s posturing on Russia and other issues is so bizarre because it is so unnecessary. The reality is that most Americans do not want more military interventions, which they believe are futile, and deem Russian incursion in Eastern Europe as a problem that does not implicate vital US interests. They think difficulties in a region 4,000 miles away are a matter for Europeans to resolve. Accordingly, why the Trump administration would resort to back channels with Russia and invite cogent criticism from conspiracy theorists, rather than openly engage diplomatically, defies logic.An improved relationship with Russia would be a good thing for the US and for the rest of the world. That this truism – not to mention the sudden, Damascus-like conversion that the global left has had to the moral probity of the CIA and FBI – is the subject of denial is another sad consequence of what Americans decided last November. That Donald Trump, who espoused views that are impossible to classify or reconcile ideologically, was elected president, in itself, suggests that strict adherents on the right and left need to get over themselves.Here and there, this was a wild week in politics. And those who say they know what lies ahead are either clairvoyant or just plain wrong.Larry Donnelly is a Boston attorney, a Law Lecturer at NUI Galway and a political columnist with TheJournal.ie and IrishCentral.com.Larry Donnelly: ‘Listening to Trump voters, I am surprised, disappointed, bewildered, fascinated and enlightened’ >Also: ‘After Trump and Brexit, the centre ground of Irish politics shouldn’t take their position for granted in 2017′ > Law lecturer, NUI Galway Monday 20 Feb 2017, 7:58 PM Short URL Feb 20th 2017, 7:58 PM last_img read more

Troublesome landfill fire caused by copper wire thieves says Minister

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#copperwirethievescausedfire, #Jubileedumpfire, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 3, 2017 – Nassau – Investigations into the fire at the New Providence Landfill reveal that the fire on March 5th was caused by arson; according to government officials.  Minister of Environment and Housing, Kenred Dorsett said, “[Regarding] the fire at the dump, we have found the material right in the back of epic Battery where it is clear that men were trying to light wires to get to copper.”  “That’s how the fire started in the bush, which then spread to the forest and jumped to the dump.”This news comes almost a month after residents of Jubilee Gardens, Victoria Gardens and surrounding areas were asked to evacuate their homes due to the fumes of smoke that covered parts of New Providence, and even landed some residents in the emergency room.Dorsett is unsure if anyone will ever be charged for the matter because “it would be difficult to prove their identities”, but assures that it will be investigated.  As the fire fight continues, heavy smoke still rests around the homes of some residents in Jubilee Gardens and other surrounding areas.#MagneticMediaNews#Jubileedumpfire#copperwirethievescausedfirelast_img read more

Child wounded in accidental shooting in Fallbrook

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsFALLBROOK (KUSI) – A child was wounded today in an apparently accidental shooting in a rural North County neighborhood east of Camp Pendleton, authorities reported.The gunfire in the 900 block of Santa Margarita Drive in Fallbrook was reported shortly after 1:30 p.m., , according to sheriff’s officials.Medics airlifted the victim, believed to be 9 years old, to a hospital for treatment of injuries of undetermined severity. Her name was not released.The circumstances of the shooting were unclear, Lt. Christopher May said.No arrests in the case had been announced as of mid-afternoon. April 19, 2019 Child wounded in accidental shooting in Fallbrook KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 19, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Massive fire causes catastrophic damage in San Francisco

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — A huge, out-of-control fire caused catastrophic damage to a quarter-billion-dollar apartment complex under construction at Fourth Street near China Basin in San Francisco on Tuesday evening, according to the San Francisco Fire Department.The massive blaze broke out shortly after 5 p.m., spreading through the building quickly and sending embers floating toward nearby buildings as fire crews worked to contain the blaze. Shortly before 6 p.m., one side of the building collapsed, and a fire dispatcher with the department confirmed the structure was collapsing internally.“Everybody is heading there,” the dispatcher said. “We don’t go past five alarms in this city.”The fire appeared to totally destroy MB360, a $227 million apartment complex being developed by San Francisco-based BRE Properties Inc. The project was slated to open sometime later this year.Representatives for the development company were not available for comment.There were no reports of injuries as of 7 p.m. Fire crews pulled back from the building around 6 p.m. to stay clear of possibly spreading flames or collapsing walls.While initial reports suggested high winds may have played a factor in the spread of the smoke and flames, the National Weather Service said downtown San Francisco experienced wind speeds of no more than 10 mph Tuesday, and that heavy winds were not expected Tuesday night.last_img read more

CMPMedica Reorganizes Shutters Two Titles

first_imgAnother United Business Media group has undergone a reorganization resulting in layoffs.CMPMedica U.S. this week ceased print production of two monthly magazines—Infections in Medicine and the AIDS Reader—resulting in an undisclosed number of layoffs. A spokesperson, who declined to say exactly how many employees were let go, attributed the cuts to the “industry-wide decline in print advertising.” She said the two magazines will continue to publish online.A source familiar with the cuts told FOLIO: nearly 30 staffers lost their jobs.“We’re seeing positive growth in our custom business, digital advertising as well as live events,” the spokesperson said. “This reorganization will allow us to better align our resources within the growing areas of our business.” Last week, UBM’s TechWeb also reorganized, resulting in a number of layoffs as well as management changes. London-based UBM has undergone numerous reorganizations over the last several months. In December, TechInsights announced a “leadership reorganization” which resulted in the elimination of roughly 10 percent of its global workforce. It also reorganized East Windsor, New Jersey-based Commonwealth Business Media unit—which publishes several magazines targeting the global trade and transportation market—into UBM Aviation and UBM Global Trade.CMPMedica U.S. continues to publish 11 trade magazines, including Psychiatric Times, Physicians Practice and Diagnostic Imaging.last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For June 22 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, June 22, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 74. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5 to 8 mph in the morning.In The Community: Act 10 of Wilmington will present its 3rd Annual Cabaret at 7pm in the Wilmington Middle School Auditorium. Enjoy an evening of performances from Wilmington High School and Tewksbury High School students. The entire show is directed, produced and choreographed by the students. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, and free admission for ages 3 and under. Refreshments will be for sale for $1 each. All proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project, a national 24-hour toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. Please come and support these talented kids with big hearts to make their fundraiser a success!At The Library: The library is holding a touch-a-truck event for kids from 10am to noon. Needleworkers will also meet from 10am to noon. [Learn more HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Sewing Class at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.Live Music: Pacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting karaoke with Winnell Entertainment beginning at 8pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 5, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington Week of October 7 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are several opportunities to catch live music in Wilmington this week:Counterfeit CashFriday, October 12, 7pmWilmington Middle School25 Carter Lane, WilmingtonKaraoke with Winnell EntertainmentFriday, October 12, 8pmPacific Grove211 Lowell Street, WilmingtonTom ColantuoniSunday, October 14, 10am-1pmWilmington Farmers MarketSwain GreenNOTE: Know of any other musical performances happening in town this week or in the coming weeks?  Let me know at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of July 8, 2018)In “Business”LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of September 23, 2018)In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 11In “Community”last_img read more

Hyundai Motor Plans to Sell SelfDriving Cars by 2020

first_imgHyundai Motor Co on Tuesday said that it plans to sell cars with autonomous driving capabilities by 2020, in a bid to compete with other major players who plan to bring in self-driving technology to their showrooms by the end of this decade, Reuters reported.The South Korean automaker already carries autonomous features in luxury vehicles like the Genesis, which can be programmed to identify an unsafe closing speed with a pedestrian.Automakers such as Mercedes and General Motors Co and technology giants like Google Inc and Apple Inc are already working on driverless technologies which will enable the vehicles to complete journeys without human intervention.In May 2014, Google unveiled a prototype of the self-driven car and said it aims to introduce it in the markets within five years.”We’ve made some pretty exciting progress and at this point we’re pretty convinced this technology is going to come to the market,” said Chris Urmson, director of self-driving cars, Google, to The Globe and Mail.Driverless cars are expected to provide better safety than cars driven by humans as the software is designed to react quickly in case of emergencies.However, some analysts expect self-driving cars are unlikely to make inroads into global markets until the early- or mid-2020s. “We see the widespread adoption of AVs (automated vehicles) as being a matter of ‘when,’ not ‘if’,” the Conference Board of Canada said in a report, to thestar.com.Mercedes unveiled its autonomous car concept F 015 ‘Luxury in Motion’ at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year. The F 015 is designed with cameras, sensors and displays to communicate effectively with the surroundings.”The car is growing beyond its role as a mere means of transport and will ultimately become a mobile living space,” Dieter Zetsche, chairman of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz cars, told Tech Times.last_img read more

Uber raises 35 billion from Saudi Arabias Public Investment Fund

first_imgIn a bid to expand its global operations, taxi aggregator company Uber has said it had turned to Saudi Arabia for fundraising. On Wednesday, Uber announced it had raised $3.5 billion from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.The new round of fundraising puts Uber’s valuation at $62.5 billion. This cash infusion was part of the taxi services company’s latest round of financing. Uber views the Middle East as an important area of expansion, although Saudi Arabia is not known for investing in venture capital, the New York Times reports.”We appreciate the vote of confidence in our business as we continue to expand our global presence. Our experience in Saudi Arabia is a great example of how Uber can benefit riders, drivers and cities and we look forward to partnering to support their economic and social reforms,” Travis Kalanick, one of Uber’s founders, was quoted as saying by NYT.The San Francisco-based company has reportedly raised about $11 billion ever since it began operations. In addition, it has managed to raise hundreds of millions in cash at a rapid pace.Uber plans to invest about $250 million in its Middle-East operations.At present, the taxi aggregator operates in 460 cities across 69 countries. Uber provides taxi services in 15 cities in the Middle East alone (which includes Saudi Arabia), the Sydney Morning Herald reports.”We have seen first and how this company has improved urban mobility around the world, and we’re looking to being part of that progress. As the kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign investment arm, we’re focused on achieving attractive long term financial returns from our investments, while supporting Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, the blueprint for diversifying our economy away from oil,” Yasir Al Rumayyan, a managing director of the Public Investment Fund, was quoted as saying by the publication.last_img read more