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UN official says Bhutanese refugees in Nepal deserve options

24 May 2007Bhutanese refugees who have been living in Nepal for some 16 years should have the freedom to make informed decisions about their future, a visiting United Nations official has said. Bhutanese refugees who have been living in Nepal for some 16 years should have the freedom to make informed decisions about their future, a visiting United Nations official has said.UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres told residents at Goldhap camp on Wednesday that there was more than one solution to the plight of over 100,000 Bhutanese who have been living in eastern Nepal for the last 16 years. The High Commissioner outlined the options during his first official visit to Nepal to focus on current efforts to alleviate the long-standing situation of some 107,000 refugees who have been living in seven camps since the early 1990s. Mr. Guterres said the agency is “very encouraged by recent interest in resettling some of the refugees,” referring to an offer by the United States to accept some 60,000 of the Bhutanese in Nepal. Other countries that have expressed similar interest, UNHCR said.At the same time, he voiced hope that refugees who wish to return to Bhutan would be able to return home. “Despite 16 years with little success, we will continue to knock on Bhutan’s door to seek a solution for those who want to go back.” Mr. Guterres stressed that everyone must have the freedom to make his or her own informed decision. “The option of resettlement or voluntary repatriation is for them to choose and decide,” he said, adding that UNHCR’s job “is to open as many doors as possible so that they can leave the long years of exile behind them and start a new life as soon as possible.”The UN refugee agency has started a mass information campaign to sensitize refugees in all seven camps on resettlement procedures and their individual right to decide for or against it. In the capital, Kathmandu, Mr. Guterres met with Nepal’s Prime Minister Giriji Prasad Koirala and other senior officials to thank the country for its “very constructive and positive approach” to finding solutions for the refugees before a comprehensive solution is found for all camp residents in Nepal. Myanmar refugees from Thai camp are being resettled, UN refugee agency saysThe second phase of a large-scale resettlement of ethnic Karen refugees from Myanmar has begun with a group of more than 30 leaving a camp in northern Thailand to start a new life in the United States, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today. “These refugees who fled fighting in eastern Myanmar have little realistic prospect of going home and they have been leading a very restricted life in the camp for more than a decade,” said the UNHCR Representative in Thailand, Hasim Utkan, who was at the camp send-off. “So, while it’s hard for them to leave a country just across the border from their homeland, they are excited about a new future in the US.” Between May 16 and the first week of July, 404 refugees are scheduled to depart for the US, with an overall planning figure of nearly 10,000 refugees from Thailand to depart to America by September 30 this year. “The scale of the resettlement operation is really quite amazing,” said Mr. Utkan. “This is something which has rarely been offered in a refugee situation.”Nine Thai government-run refugee camps strung along the border with Myanmar shelter a total of 140,000 refugees. read more

Over 30 fishermen still missing updated

The air force and the navy are involved in the search operations. Strong winds and heavy rain since Friday night had resulted in the disaster. Meanwhile the Department of Meteorology said today that the showery and windy conditions have reduced over the country.However it said showers will occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Southern provinces. Showers may extend to Puttalam and Kurunegala districts too. Deputy Ministetr Gunaratne said that several fishermen had been admitted to hospital as well. Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Sarath Kumara Gunaratna said that 14 fishermen are confirmed dead and 36 fishermen, who had gone out to sea on Friday and yesterday, are still missing.Earlier 17 fishermen were reported missing by the police but by this morning the number rose to 43 including 6 reported missing in Ambalangoda and Modara. Southwest monsoon winds will be strengthen (upto 60km/h) at times over the island and neighborhood.It also said that the sea areas off the coast extending from Mannar to Pottuvil via Colombo and Galle as well as the sea areas off the coast extending from Jaffna to Trincomalee will be rough at times.  (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN Special Envoy on Zimbabwean evictions briefs Security Council

UN-HABITAT Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka’s closed-door briefing was followed by closed Council discussion, requested by British Permanent Representative Emyr Jones Parry.In her report to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Ms. Tibaijuka said that the Government of Zimbabwe should stop the demolition of homes and markets, pay reparations to those who lost housing and livelihoods and punish those who, “with indifference to human suffering,” carried out the evictions.Operation Restore Order, or Operation Murambatsvina, was based on colonial-era Rhodesian law and policy that had been “a tool of segregation and social exclusion” and the Government of President Robert Mugabe should bring national laws into line with the realities of the country’s poor and with international law, she said.She told a news conference at UN Headquarters last Friday that the presence of her entourage kindled hope in those who had been evicted and her visit could be counter-productive, therefore, if the homeless people looking to the UN were not aided. read more

BoCs Poloz shaves forecast wont rule out interest rate cuts in future

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BoC’s Poloz shaves forecast, won’t rule out interest rate cuts in future by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 16, 2014 8:05 am MDT OTTAWA – Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says he has not ruled out a future cut to interest rates despite evidence disinflationary pressures appear to be waning and his belief that the global and Canadian recoveries are picking up steam.“We are neutral, that mean’s a rate cut cannot be taken off the table at this stage,” Poloz said during a news conference Wednesday. “It will depend on the data flow.”Poloz made the comment after the central bank decided to keep its trendsetting overnight rate at one per cent, where it has been since September 2010.The bank also pared back its estimate for first-quarter economic growth by a full point to 1.5 per cent — mostly because of the severe winter weather that began in December — and full-year 2014 growth to 2.3 per cent from 2.5.Both moves were negative for the Canadian dollar, which slipped 0.37 of a cent to 90.73 cents US following the announcements.That appears to be what Poloz wanted, said Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter, who noted the bank’s report appeared to stress the negative, even while saying a strengthening U.S. recovery should benefit Canada. That’s because one ingredient for economic growth in Canada is a lower loonie that makes exported goods more competitive south of the border.“He basically did not want to come off upbeat. I noticed he downplayed that inflation has been a bit higher than expected,” said Porter.“I think what they (bank officials) were trying to say is … our weaker Canadian dollar will support growth and I think it was that comment that cut the legs out from under the currency today.”In its tone, the Bank of Canada’s new monetary policy report appeared more positive than the bottom line, reflecting a growing confidence in the global economic recovery and less concern about persistent low inflation and an overly hot housing sector.Still, Poloz stressed in a teleconference from Toronto — where he was to attend the afternoon funeral of former finance minister Jim Flaherty — that considerable risks remain, including the possibility that Canadian exports won’t recover fully and the potential for a political shock to the world economy from Ukraine’s difficulties with Russia.While he wouldn’t rule out a rate cut if needed, analyst Jimmy Jean of Desjardins Capital Markets guessed Poloz would likely have also admitted he wouldn’t rule out a rate hike either if he had been asked.“I don’t think we’re close to either scenario,” he said.Most economists are pencilling in a rate increase in the summer or fall of 2015, but say the chances of an actual cut from an already low setting are receding with each month of positive economic data, including more normal levels of inflation. The last reading was 1.1 per cent and analysts are expecting Statistics Canada to report on Thursday an annualized rise of about 1.6 per cent in the consumer price index in March.The central bank has set an ideal target of annual inflation at 2.0 per cent but considers it acceptable within a range of between 1.0 per cent and 3.0 per cent.Poloz went to great lengths Wednesday to say that inflation remains weak — despite expectations it will approach the desired two per cent target within the next few months. He said the near-term return of inflation will be due to temporary factors such as higher energy prices, but underlying inflation likely won’t likely return to the target rate until 2016.Still, the bank’s new outlook as outlined in the monetary policy report suggests Poloz and his deputy governors are becoming a little more convinced in the growth story.The first-quarter slowdown is already looking like old news and the bank expects the second quarter to pick up to 2.5 per cent growth, and for the economy to average 2.5 per cent annual growth in 2015 as a whole.The most encouraging aspect of the report is what the bank’s governing council sees happening to exports.Rising energy prices mean oil and gas exporters will do even better than previously expected, the bank says. But it is also encouraged that manufacturers will soon see a lift, particularly now that the Canadian dollar has lost about 10 per cent of its previous value since February 2013.“Canada’s non-energy range of export sectors are expected to benefit, including those linked to the U.S. construction activity, such as logging and building materials,” the bank says. “As U.S. investment in machinery and equipment strengthens, export sectors such as industrial, electrical and electronic machinery and equipment, computers and aircraft, should strengthen.”“Obviously our story hinges critically on the export outlook,” said Poloz. “We obviously have what looks like a soft landing emerging in housing, so it’s critical we get a pickup of momentum in exports which will then be followed by a pickup of investment. And those two shifts will give us sustainable growth trend.”Poloz said all the ingredients are there for an export sector recovery, but noted those ingredients have been present “for quite a while and we have not seen a response yet.”After highlighting the dangers of high consumer debt and frothy house prices through most of 2012 and 2013, the bank says that while the danger has not fully passed it is now less worried about a severe correction that would sideswipe the economy.“Recent developments are in line with the bank’s expectation of a soft landing in the housing market and stabilizing debt-to-income ratios for households,” it said.In a separate section on the likely impact of the ballooning shale oil extraction activity in the United States, the bank said the increased supply may depress crude prices somewhat but won’t significantly deter Canada’s oilsands production.“Since shale oil is often as expensive to produce as oil from the Canadian oil sands, only the most marginal and costly Canadian projects would be affected,” it says. read more

Building the foundation of a housebuying budget requires resisting temptation

Building the foundation of a house-buying budget requires resisting temptation by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 30, 2017 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Mar 30, 2017 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Whether it’s the sizzling real estate market or the desire for something just a little bit nicer, the temptation to stretch your homebuying budget may be tough to resist.But there are numerous factors to take into account before making the biggest purchase of your life, even if you’ve qualified with your lender for more.John DeRose, who oversees Vancity’s mobile mortgage specialists, says people paying $1,500 a month in rent can’t necessarily afford a monthly mortgage of $1,500.“When you own a home there are extra costs, so that’s why it is important to sit down and talk to somebody,” he says.The maximum amount people can spend on a home depends on the size of their down payment and two key ratios.According to the gross debt service ratio rule, monthly housing costs — which include mortgage payments, property taxes, heating expenses and 50 per cent of any condo fees, if they apply — should not exceed 32 per cent of one’s average gross monthly income.The second rule, called the total debt service ratio, says monthly debt loads should be no more than 40 per cent of average gross monthly income. That includes all housing costs included in the gross debt service ratio as well as other debts like car loans or leases, credit card payments and line of credit payments.However, DeRose says those two ratios likely don’t capture the full picture for many Canadians.“Everyone’s financial situation is different, so just using a calculator is not going to give you all the answers,” he says.“Everyone is in a different part of their life cycle. They have expenses that others may not have, they may have children, they many not.”Planning for the future is important because costs can fluctuate throughout life. Interest rates are near record lows now but will likely rise at some point, as will things like utility costs, property taxes and condo fees. Your paycheque, however, may not keep pace.There’s also the costs of buying a new car, or a family situation could change. For those planning on having children, keep in mind the cost of daycare in a big city can be more than $1,000 a month.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. publishes a step-by-step guide for potential homebuyers including worksheets that help people take a careful look at their household budget now and in the future.It also includes lists of possible costs in addition to the purchase price, such as legal and inspection fees associated with the transaction as well as moving expenses, all of which can add up to thousands of dollars.Ina Wielinga, a knowledge transfer consultant at CMHC, says it is important to be honest when creating a budget and planning for the future.For those planning to have a family, that could mean a drop in household income while one parent takes maternity or paternity leave, Wielinga said.“How would that impact our payments? Can we still maintain the type of lifestyle we want?” she said homebuyers need to ask themselves.“There could be potentially also some things that are unforeseen. Maybe there could be a job loss.”In a hot real estate market, potential buyers need to be realistic about what their budget will allow for today and beyond, DeRose says.“Sometimes renting is better,” he says. read more

Winston Churchills top hat and cigars liberated from a rubbish dump and

Cigars, a cigar case and a top hat once belonging to Sir Winston Churchill have been found on a rubbish tip.The items were authenticated by an expert on Antiques Roadshow, the long-running BBC programme, after they were brought along by a member of the public who worked at the dump. David Rose, who claimed to have three sheds of salvaged antiques and other artefacts, said: “I’ve worked there for like 15 years and I get to pull out whatever I like, mostly antiques.”Mr Rose refused to tell the programme-makers the location of the dump where he found the Churchill memorabilia, preferring to keep the secret to himself.In the episode staged at Eltham Palace in south east London and broadcast on Sunday night, Mr Rose explained how he discovered the cigar and hat along with more than 200 letters written by a mother, who worked as a cook for Winston Churchill, to her son.In the letters, she gave a detailed insight into Churchill’s everyday life. “She used to write to her son every day about the daily goings of Winston Churchill, what he was getting up to, how he was feeling and just interesting stuff about him,” said Mr Rose. The items he found in the dump appeared to be gifts from Churchill to the mother, including a signed photograph. 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. Mark Smith, the Antiques Roadshow specialist who viewed the memorabilia, said the authenticity would have been in doubt had it not been for the detailed letters that came with the hat and cigars.Mr Smith valued the whole collection at £10,000, an amount Mr Rose then described as “crazy”. Mr Rose remained tight-lipped about the location of the dump, claiming “dozens” of people had asked but no-one had been told. read more

EHF CL Cocks take points home from Switzerland

← Previous Story LADIES IN CHARGE IN SKOPJE: Crvenkoska assistant coach at RK Vardar, Blazevska overtakes Metalurg Next Story → EHF CL SATURDAY: Veszprem in Barcelona, RNL in Kielce Riihimäen Cockswacker thun The Finnish champions, Cocks, as newcomers at VELUX EHF Champions League have two points from two draws at the start of the season.Cocks played 26:26 in Switzerland against home team Wacker Thun to make another nice surprise for their fans in European elite competition.Wacker Thun (SUI) vs Riihimäen Cocks (FIN) 26:26 (11:15)In the opener, Cocks drew against Spanish team BM Ademar Leon. read more

Crowd gathering at Lock the government out of the Dáil protest

first_imgA SMALL CROWD has already gathered outside the Dáil this morning for a protest against austerity, as TDs get back to work.Speaking to, one of the organisers, former hunger striker Tony Rochford said the ultimate aim of the demonstration is to get TDs to step down.A livestream of the protest shows about 50 people are already there this morning but larger crowds are expected later, to greet TDs as they return to the Dáil. Over five thousand people have joined the protest Facebook page. Originally, the plan was to form a human chain around the entrance but this is proving difficult as protesters have been moved away by gardaí.“The main message is for them to look at the country and look at what’s going on,” he said. “They’re walking all over people, increasing our bills when they haven’t cut their own wages.”He said protesters will not be using physical force to lock TDs out of the Dáil but added that left-wing politicians who walk by will “show their true colours”.A garda spokesperson said there is a “sufficient presence” today to deal with the crowd which is expected to reach up to a thousand.It is understood that an extra garda unit has been detailed to work. Rochford said that protesters have already been pushed back, off Kildare Street  onto Molesworth Street, and claimed gardaí had been heavy-handed with some people.Read: Three thousand sign up to ‘lock the Government out of the Dáil’>Read: Tony Rochford ends hunger strike>last_img read more

Yellowstone Geyser Shoots Out DecadesOld Trash During Rare Eruption

first_imgStay on target This Apartment-Like Camper Van Could Be the Future of Van LifeMarriott Swaps Tiny Toiletries For More Sustainable Options A pacifier, a Dr. Pepper can, a beer bottle.No, these are not the contents of your refrigerator. They’re just some of the strange things that blew out of Ear Spring, a thermal spring in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park, when it erupted on September 15.A Dr. Pepper can was one of the items shot out by the Ear Spring geyser during the September eruption. (Photo Credit: Jacob W. Frank/NPS)Located near Old Faithful, Ear Spring on Geyser Hill was a long-dormant thermal spring and the September eruption was only its fourth in 60 years. It shot water, rocks and trash upwards of 20 feet, according to the United States Geological Survey.Yellowstone National Park staff found the items, which included a pacifier that dated back to the 1930s, around the vent of the geyser.Aerial view of Yellowstone National Park, Grand Prismatic Spring. (Photo Credit: DEA / A. ATTINI/De Agostini/Getty Images)Other items that shot out of the pool included a cigarette holder, hair comb, hair pins, a Grizzly bear warning sign, and science equipment, said park rangers during a  Facebook Live earlier this week.Most of the items will be cataloged and stored in Yellowstone’s Heritage and Research Center, according to museum curator Colleen Curry.A grizzly bear warning sign was was one of the items that blew out of Ear Spring. (Photo Credit: Jacob W. Frank/NPS)Although the items provided a glimpse into the park’s past and the type of visitors that visited the popular tourist destination, park rangers made sure to stress that visitors should not to throw things into any geysers or springs.“When the vent becomes completely plugged, then the spring can actually plug up to the point where it’s not a hot spring any more and it’ll go dormant or it’ll die,” park ranger Rebecca Roland said.Click through the slideshow to see more images of the items that blew out of Ear Spring.View as: One Page Slides1/121. Items that Blew Out of Ear Spring When it Erupted in September 2018Photo Credit: Jacob W. Frank/NPSA piece of science equipment was one of the items found after the Ear Spring geyser erupted.2. Items that Blew Out of Ear Spring When it Erupted in September 2018Photo Credit: Jacob W. Frank/NPSGrizzly bear warning sign3. Items that Blew Out of Ear Spring When it Erupted in September 2018Photo Credit: Jacob W. Frank/NPSHamm’s beer can4. Items that Blew Out of Ear Spring When it Erupted in September 2018Photo Credit: Jacob W. Frank/NPSZip top-style can5. Items that Blew Out of Ear Spring When it Erupted in September 2018Photo Credit: Jacob W. Frank/NPSPackfilm case6. Items that Blew Out of Ear Spring When it Erupted in September 2018Photo Credit: Jacob W. Frank/NPSPackfilm case7. Items that Blew Out of Ear Spring When it Erupted in September 2018Photo Credit: Jacob W. Frank/NPSPenny imprint on sinter8. Items that Blew Out of Ear Spring When it Erupted in September 2018Photo Credit: Jacob W. Frank/NPSEroded penny9. Items that Blew Out of Ear Spring When it Erupted in September 2018Photo Credit: Jacob W. Frank/NPSCan with significant sinter buildup10. Items that Blew Out of Ear Spring When it Erupted in September 2018Photo Credit: Jacob W. Frank/NPSConcrete block11. Items that Blew Out of Ear Spring When it Erupted in September 2018Photo Credit: Jacob W. Frank/NPSDr. Pepper can12. Items that Blew Out of Ear Spring When it Erupted in September 2018Photo Credit: Jacob W. Frank/NPSPacifier from the 1930sMore on Incredible Images of Earth from Space33 Surreal, Alien-Like Landscapes on EarthWinners of Nikon Small World Photography Contestlast_img read more

Kickstart a Career in Tech With Discounted Training Bundles
Kickstart a Career in Tech With Discounted Training Bundles

first_imgThe Complete CompTIA Certification Training Bundle: Lifetime AccessYou may be surprised to learn that an expensive college degree is not required to become an IT pro. In fact, there are many successful professionals that have done just fine with only a certificate or two. And that’s exactly what this economically priced bundle affords: The opportunity to learn skills that could help you to earn valuable, industry respected credentials.We’ve just price dropped this bundle to $39, so you’ll save even more. This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves Stay on target The Complete CompTIA Certification Training Bundle: Lifetime Access – $39See Deal The Microsoft PowerShell Certification BundlePowerShell is a Windows command line and scripting language that gives system administrators the ability to automate tasks. And now virtually anyone can learn to use it with this heavily discounted bundle. It includes three web courses that can be taken at any time and, since they are accessible for life, you are free to go at your own pace.Save $581 off the original fee and enroll today for $19. Complete Project & Quality Management Certification Bundle – $39.99See Deal The Complete 2019 CompTIA Certification Training Bundle – $69See Deal Like this deal? Check out Vault — you’ll get four premium tools, including NordVPN and Dashlane, to supercharge your online security. Try it free for 14 days now!Prices subject to change. Complete Project and Quality Management Certification BundleProject managers have become a vital component of day to day business operations. Want to get into a career with a lot of upside? Then train to become one of these well-paid professionals with this eight-course package. It introduces students to the most popular methodologies like Six Sigma and Scrum, and you’ll even earn valuable certificates that could help you secure a job.Enroll now for only $39.99 and save hundreds off the original value. The Microsoft PowerShell Certification Bundle – $19See Deal The Complete Microsoft & Oracle SQL Certification Bundle – $39See Deal The Complete Microsoft and Oracle SQL Certification BundleBusiness is driven by data. Want a career that’ll be around for many years? Then consider purchasing this economical bundle. It includes lifetime access to 11 beginner-friendly courses that’ll introduce you to data management fundamentals. And, by the end, you’ll have the knowledge required to earn valuable certifications from Microsoft and Oracle that could help you get a lucrative job.Save 98 percent off the original value and enroll today for only $39. Pay What You Want: The IT Service Manager Certification BundleService managers are a respected and well-paid component of any IT team. And now virtually anyone can train to become one of these professionals with this flexible and low-cost bundle. Simply go to the deal page at the Geek Shop, check out the average price, and enter any higher value to get lifetime access to all five courses.But don’t take too long to buy in, as the average price will trend upward over time. Pay What You Want: The IT Service Manager Certification Bundle See Deal Few careers are as future-friendly as those found in IT and Project Management. And, contrary to popular opinion, a fancy schmancy university education is not always required to get into these areas. Want a flexible and less expensive method of training for the career of your dreams? Then check out these training bundles, each offered with huge discounts.The Complete 2019 CompTIA Certification Training BundlePrepare for a lucrative IT career and prep to earn valuable, industry respected CompTIA certifications at the same time with this twelve-course package. Students can expect to receive an in-depth look at IT fundamentals, discover cloud computing skills, learn how to use a Linux system, and more. It’s the perfect way to train for a long career without having to invest a lot of time and cash.Save 97 percent off the original value and enroll today for just $69.last_img read more

Ten candidates apply to fill Washougal City Council vacancy

first_imgTen applicants are looking to join the Washougal City Council, filling in for Dan Coursey, who resigned effective March 31.Interested residents had until Friday to apply, and the current city councilors will interview the 10 applicants at the next council meeting, which is 7 p.m. Monday at Washougal City Hall, 1701 C St.The applicants are:• Paul Godin, who launched a write-in campaign to run for Washougal mayor in 2017 against Coursey and eventual-winner Molly Coston. Godin received 121 votes, or nearly 4 percent, in the November mayoral election.• Adam Philbin, who also ran for office in that election, dropping his bid for Council Position No. 6 to Julie Russell, who won the seat with 54 percent of the vote.• Janice Ferguson, a member of the Washougal Parks Board for 20 years and chairwoman of the Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance.• Lori Rose, a volunteer with the city’s salary commission who most recently worked as a financial services manager and treasurer for Dublin San Ramon Services District in Dublin, Calif.• Ernie Suggs, director of the Camas Community Education for 35 years and a co-founder for the Washougal Schools Foundation.• Donald Lowe Jr., a former enterprise continuous improvement manager/director for Insitu in Bingen, who volunteered with Washougal High School Parent Advisory Council and Columbia River Gorge Elementary School planning.last_img read more

Sega Genesis Mini Retrostyle ad reminds us of antiNintendo 90s slogan

first_img It was always a very pretty console. Sega As Sega Genesis Mini’s Sept. 19 release date draws near, reviews are out and its “Genesis Does” trailer harked back to a ’90s rivalry Wednesday. Sega celebrates the 30th anniversary of the original console’s US release with a retro-style commercial, but removes the iconic “what Nintendon’t” because the companies are pretty friendly these days. We’ve embedded the new and old commercials below so you can get both versions of the catchy jingle stuck in your head. Remembering the Sega Dreamcast at 20 The new device will be based on the original Model 1 Sega Genesis — not the second version that made the rounds toward the end of the console’s lifespan — and 55% of that console’s size. It comes packaged with two replica three-button USB controllers, one USB-to-Micro-B power cable and one HDMI cable. US customers will also get a power cable as part of the package.1-1559642098-virtua-fighter-2-3You can battle it out in Virtua Fighter 2. Sega The trend of rereleasing “mini” versions of once popular consoles was kickstarted by Nintendo with the NES Classic (and later the SNES Classic). Sony followed suit with the less well-received PlayStation Classic. Ever since those consoles were announced, the countdown was on for Sega to jump in.You can find out more and preorder at Sega’s official site.Originally published March 31.Update Aug. 14: Adds Genesis Does trailer. Comments 4 27 Photos Now playing: Watch this: The Sega Genesis Mini is so rad 5:49 The console will come preloaded with 42 games:Sonic the HedgehogEcco the DolphinCastlevania: BloodlinesSpace Harrier 2Shining ForceDr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean MachineToeJam & EarlComix ZoneAltered BeastGunstar HeroesCastle of Illusion Starring Mickey MouseWorld of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald DuckThunder Force IIISuper Fantasy ZoneShinobi IIIStreets of Rage 2Earthworm JimSonic the Hedgehog 2Contra: Hard CorpsLandstalkerMega Man: The Wily Wars (This is a compilation of the first three Mega Man games)Street Fighter 2′: Special Champion EditionGhouls ‘n GhostsAlex Kidd in the Enchanted CastleBeyond OasisGolden AxePhantasy Star IV: The End of the MillenniumSonic the Hedgehog SpinballVectormanWonder Boy in Monster WorldTetrisDariusVirtua Fighter 2Alisia DragoonMonster World IVKid ChameleonRoad Rash IIEternal ChampionsColumnsDynamite HeaddyStriderLight Crusadercenter_img Take a look at Sega’s beautiful, doomed Dreamcast (pictures) Share your voice Genesis Mini Sony Nintendo 4:21 The retro mini-console costs $80 in the US, £70 in the UK and $140 in Australia. If you’re in a territory where Genesis was known as Mega Drive, Sega released a trailer for you too.The Europe and Middle Eastern launch will be delayed by two weeks “due to unavoidable logistical challenges,” Sega said last month.CNET sister site Gamespot was among the first to report about the Sega Genesis Mini, which was first announced in late March at Sega Fes 2019 in Tokyo. Now playing: Watch this: Tags Culture Gaminglast_img read more

US urges Venezuela military defections mulls new sanctions
US urges Venezuela military defections mulls new sanctions

first_imgVenezuelan colonel Jose Luis Silva, Venezuela’s Military Attache at its Washington embassy to the United States, is interviewed by Reuters after announcing that he is defecting from the government of president Nicolas Maduro in Washington, US on 26 January. Photo: ReuterssThe United States is holding direct communications with members of Venezuela’s military urging them to abandon president Nicolas Maduro and is also preparing new sanctions aimed at increasing pressure on him, a senior White House official said.The Trump administration expects further military defections from Maduro’s side, the official told Reuters in an interview, despite only a few senior officers having done so since opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president last month, earning the recognition of the United States and dozens of other countries.”We believe these to be those first couple pebbles before we start really seeing bigger rocks rolling down the hill,” the official said this week, speaking on condition of anonymity. “We’re still having conversations with members of the former Maduro regime, with military members, although those conversations are very, very limited.”The official declined to provide details on the discussions or the level at which they are being held, and it was unclear whether such contacts could create cracks in the Venezuelan socialist leader’s support from the military, which is pivotal to his grip on power.With the Venezuelan military still apparently loyal to Maduro, a source in Washington close to the opposition expressed doubts whether the Trump administration has laid enough groundwork to spur a wider mutiny in the ranks where many officers are suspected of benefiting from corruption and drug trafficking.Members of the South American country’s security forces fear they or their families could be targeted by Maduro if they defect, so the US would need to offer them something that could outweigh those concerns, said Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the Council of the Americas think tank in Washington.”It depends on what they’re offering,” Farnsworth said. “Are there incentives built into these contacts that will at least cause people to question their loyalty to the regime?”Guaido says the May 2018 vote in which Maduro won a second term as president was a sham and on Jan. 23 invoked a constitutional provision to declare himself president, promising free and fair elections.Venezuelan AssetsThe US government also sees European allies as likely to do more to prevent Maduro from transferring or hiding Venezuela government assets held outside the country, the US official said.Major European countries have joined the United States in backing Guaido but they have stopped short of the sweeping oil sanctions and financial measures that Washington has imposed.At the same time, the Trump administration is readying further possible sanctions on Venezuela, the official said.Previous rounds have targeted dozens of Venezuelan military and government officials, including Maduro himself, and last month finally hit the OPEC member’s vital oil sector. But the administration has stopped short of imposing so-called “secondary” sanctions, which would punish non-US companies for doing business with the Venezuela government or the state oil monopoly PDVSA.The US official said that Washington had every tool available to apply pressure on Maduro and his associates “to accept a legitimate democratic transition.”The US government is also weighing possible sanctions on Cuban military and intelligence officials whom it says are helping Maduro remain in power, a second US official and person familiar with the deliberations have told Reuters.Maduro’s government has accused Guaido, who has galvanized Venezuela’s opposition, of attempting to stage a US-directed coup.General Francisco Yanez of the air force’s high command became the first active Venezuelan general to recognize Guaido, but he is one of about 2,000 generals. Venezuela’s chief military attache to the United States also said he was defecting late last month.Guaido has actively courted members of the military with promises of amnesty and preferential legal treatment if they disavow Maduro and disobey his orders, and Washington this week raised the prospect of dropping sanctions on senior Venezuelan officers if they recognize Guaido.Maduro still has the support of the military high command, and now routinely appears in pre-recorded events at military bases where officers stand behind him and chant triumphal slogans such as “Loyal always, traitors never.”last_img read more

Death toll in New Zealand mosque shootings reaches 49
Death toll in New Zealand mosque shootings reaches 49

first_imgA view of the Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue in Christchurch. Photo: ReutersNew Zealand’s police commissioner said on Friday 49 people were killed in Christchurch at two mosques and one man of four people arrested had been charged with murder.As many as 41 people died at one mosque, seven at another and one person died in hospital, Mike Bush told reporters, describing the attack as a “very well-planned event”.The man charged with murder is in his late 20s and should appear in Christchurch court on Saturday, Bush added.last_img read more

Backup your GNULinux system with CrashPlan
Backup your GNULinux system with CrashPlan

first_imgBackup your GNU/Linux system with CrashPlan by Mike Turcotte-McCusker on June 18, 2017 in Linux – 12 commentsBackup, backup, backup…This is the biggest thing that I wish everyone would follow when messing around with your computer, regardless of operating system but especially with GNU/Linux.GNU/Linux is fairly stable nowadays, but anyone who uses it regularly knows that this can change in the blink of an eye, and so…backup!There are plenty of different ways to backup your system, but one that I have found very easy to use is a piece of software called CrashPlan. CrashPlan is one of very few user-friendly graphical tools to create backups, and it does it’s job well. CrashPlan is available for Windows,Linux, and MacOS.Installation of CrashPlanInstalling CrashPlan is fairly straightforward:Arch / Manjaro users can install it via the AUR, and other distribution users can install it manually. Visit – your download will start automatically.Next, we extract the archive:tar -xf CrashPlan_4.8.2_Linux.tgzAnd then we run the installation script: ./install.shFollow the on screen instructions and install away!There are some notes included in a ReadMe file that I’ll paste here, that you should be aware of:Installation Notes:The CrashPlan app uses the Oracle Java Runtime Environment (JRE) to run. If you do not have a compatible Oracle JRE installed, the installation script downloads and installs it alongside CrashPlan. This does not overwrite your system’s installed Java.Once installed, the CrashPlan app can be launched by using the command ‘CrashPlanDesktop’, which is linked from a directory chosen during installation (default: /usr/local/bin/CrashPlanDesktop).The CrashPlan service is installed and configured to run from a directory chosen during installation (default: etc/init.d/crashplan) and linked from ‘/etc/rc2.d’.On some Linux distributions, you may need to add the following to ‘/etc/init.d/boot.local’: /etc/init.d/crashplan startStarting up CrashPlan and backing up the systemOne CrashPlan was installed, because my OS uses SystemD I had to start the service a little differently:sudo systemctl start crashplan.servicesudo systemctl enable crashplan.serviceOnce that is done, start up CrashPlan either via your applications menu, or via terminal by typing CrashPlanDesktopOnce the application has started, you’ll need to register a free account which only takes a brief moment, and then we can get started.CrashPlan has numerous options for where to backup your system, and includes a 30 day free trial giving you the option to backup your system to the CrashPlan Central remote servers.You can check out the feature comparison of free and subscription-based CrashPlan accounts here.The core differences are:Pro users get unlimited online storage space for backup, free users may only back up locally or offsite to other computers.Pro plan support multiple backup sets, and back up continuously (free once daily).Pro plan retains unlimited file versions, and supports web browser and mobile app access, and web browser restore.However, you also have some other options at your disposal which are always free:Back up your system to a friends computerBack up your system to another machine of your ownBack up your system to a local folder or removable driveThe idea of using a friends computer is pretty neat I have to say. I, for example, fix numerous friends machines on a regular basis and so having them back up their systems to my machines could be handy, so if they break something I can restore their system, and they know that I have a copy of their system for safekeeping. This is done by using a code that is given from one friend to another, entered into the application, and then starting the backup.The method of backing up to “Another computer” is pretty straightforward too; simply sign into the other machine with the same email address used for CrashPlan, and then select that second computer from the list of computers inside CrashPlan, and start the backup.Overall, I highly recommend it, it’s fairly fast at what it does, and is extremely straightforward and user-friendly with very little configuration needed!What about you? How do you back up your files?SummaryArticle NameBackup your GNU/Linux system with CrashPlanDescriptionFind out how to set up the free backup software CrashPlan on a GNU/Linux machine to use it for local backups of your Linux system or files.Author Mike TurcottePublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Jacó Happenings

first_imgNo related posts. The Jacó Library and Learning Center thanks everyone who showed up to support the Save the Library charity fundraiser dinner at EAT! in July. The event was a huge success and raised more than $1,000. Many thanks to EAT! for hosting the dinner and creating a delicious three-course meal; the restaurant was an excellent venue.The library would also like to thank those who could not attend but donated anyway. With the funds raised, the library hopes to move to a new location. If anyone knows of an available first-floor facility in Jacó, contact Liana Robinson at 8378-9978.Costa Rican Mother’s Day is Aug. 15, and there are many promotions going on in Jacó Beach. Jacó’s theater will feature La Tía Maricucha, Elodia, Juana, Lucerito, Farra Fauces, and other characters in “Las Mil Caras de María” Aug. 14-16. Tickets cost ₡5,000 ($10) or ₡10,000 ($20) for VIP. Alice Veillon and Leandro Luján from Sabores Lejanos, the Panadería Artesanal, have been open for three years. She’s originally from France and he’s from Argentina. Together, they make everything by hand, using all-natural ingredients from local producers. The hours are 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. They are joined by Maurice and Vida Martínez, who are serving lunches every day but Wednesday from noon-4 p.m. Lunches feature salads, sandwiches and natural frosty lemonades. Catering service and to-go are both available. Stop by their local across from Chuck’s WOW surf shop or call 2643-6413 to place an order.If you need your chocolate fix, drop by The Costa Rica Coffee Experience next to Panchi’s Pan. The store sells organic chocolate from four artisanal producers. Both Caribbean and Pacific cacao are featured, and more flavors arrive each week. New chocolate disks in four flavors, including Mumbai Chai and Mountain Mocha, makme amazing hot chocolate and can be used for baking chocolate as well. Manager Greivin Quirós will be more than happy to help you find your favorites.  For more info, contact 2643-6197. Services at the local area spas are always a good choice. Check out Never Better Beauty Center, Nazareth Spa, Serenity Spa or Acqua Spa for gift ideas. Decoglobosyfiesta Jacó can meet all of your decoration, party favor and gift-wrap needs. Stop by their locale in the Pacific Center #6 or call 2643-1806. The Credomatic Music Festival takes place at Villa Caletas tomorrow night and next Saturday night. Tomorrow: José Adán Pérez from Mexico with Michiyo Morikawa on the piano from Japan with songs from Spain and Latin America at 5:30 p.m. For more info, call 2630-3000. Mark your calendars for the end of August, when the National Surf Circuit’s Olympus 2012 Contest comes to Playa Hermosa. The event will be held Aug. 24-26.  For more info, visit–Christina Facebook Commentslast_img read more

APT wins river cruise awards

first_imgAPT are pleased to announce that they won both river cruise categories at last night’s  Cruise Passenger Readers Choice Awards  — Best River Cruise Operator and Best River Cruise Ship, ms Amabella.  APT’s ms Amadagio, which won the award last year, was runner-up to the ms Amabella.The highly-contested awards are voted by travellers , travel agents and industry partners in Australia.   APT’s Emma Coburn (Marketing Executive) and Craig Brown (Marketing Executive) represented APT at the awards ceremony.APT’s General Manager Marketing, Debra Fox said the awards demonstrated the commitment and passion of all people involved in the River Cruise program, from Product to Sales & Marketing, Reservations, Operations and all the supporting areas. “Continual product innovation and delivering outstanding experiences to the cruise passenger is our core focus. Working together, the APT team continue to set and deliver only the highest standards, which are acknowledged in these awards,” she said.Best River Cruise Line 2010 Winner: APT  Australian-owned company APT, is the pioneer of luxury Europe River Cruising in Australia and New Zealand, with over 16 years cruising experience, offering unmatched expertise and insight. APT’s European river ships present the largest range of onboard dining experiences and more space per guest than any other. They are the only ones that feature revolutionary Twin Balcony Suites, and over 80% of suites in their fleet’s ships boast innovative AMA Private Balconies. APT offers fully-inclusive cruising along the some of the most spectacular waterways throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt and AsiaBest River Cruise Ship 2010 Winner:  ms AmabellaAPT’s luxurious 162-passenger ship was launched this year and features twin-balcony suites, three decks, swimming pool, three specialty restaurants (including the unique Erlebnis Chef’s table), a wine room and open fireplace in the library.  On board, there are seven different dining experiences available, including three different speciality restaurants, as well as a large number of unique lounges in which to unwind. The ms Amabella is a very special vessel with innovative, state-of-the-art design features, and takes the river cruising experience in Europe to a whole new level Source = APTlast_img read more

Zacharias Kunuk gets award from Toronto Film Criti

first_imgZacharias Kunuk gets award from Toronto Film Critics Association by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 28, 2017 9:07 am PDT Last Updated Nov 28, 2017 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk has won this year’s Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award from the Toronto Film Critics Association.The honour allows the director, producer and writer to endow a filmmaker of his choice with $50,000 to spend with Technicolor Creative Services.The TFCA says Kunuk will announce his designate in the days to come.The award honours a Canadian industry figure whose work has enriched the advancement and/or history of Canadian cinema.Kunuk’s credits include his 2001 Inuktitut-language debut feature, “Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner,” which won the Camera d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival and six Genie Awards.Last year’s winner was Indigenous filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin.The TFCA will announce the bulk of its 2017 awards on Dec. 10.An awards gala will be held in Toronto on Jan. 9.last_img read more

Driver caught doing 180kmh on highway
Driver caught doing 180kmh on highway

first_imgA 48-year-old driving at 180km/h on the Nicosia-Limassol highway on Monday night also tested positive for drugs, police announced on Tuesday.The permitted speed limit on highways is 100km/h.Despite the ongoing campaign against speeding, “some are continuing to play deaf and play with their lives,” the police announcement said.Police launched a new speeding clampdown on Monday that will last until Sunday, promising a zero-tolerance policy toward speeders.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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https://tco/V3rVAKsv1J Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) June 29 2017 Personal attacks & character assassination yield a culture of social & political violence in which people can become radicalized & dangerous Carlos Curbelo (@carloslcurbelo) June 29 2017 Let’s all remember the lessons from the Congressional shooting just a couple weeks ago We must treat one another with decency & respect Carlos Curbelo (@carloslcurbelo) June 29 2017 This is not okay As a female in politics I am often criticized for my looks We should be working to empower women https://tco/sV6WDE0EUD Lynn Jenkins (@RepLynnJenkins) June 29 2017 Inappropriate Undignified Unpresidential https://tco/6iZFIfA5Hn Jeb Bush (@JebBush) June 29 2017 Democratic Rep Barbara Lee also called on more Republicans to condemn Trump’s remarks “I want my GOP colleagues to explain to my 3 granddaughters why they think these viciously sexist comments are acceptable from our President” Lee said on Twitter “This isnt just about Trump We already knew he has no respect for women Its also about the GOP which continues to defend & support him President Trump acts like his words dont have consequences Why Because others in his party come to his defense every single time” Write to Katie Reilly at KatieReilly@timecomPresident Donald Trump endorsed South Carolina Gov Henry McMaster for being “with me from the beginning” While backing Rep Lou Barletta for re-election Trump noted that he was "one of my very earliest supporters" and "a friend of mine" Before the Texas primary Trump tweeted that Texas Land Commissioner George P Bush “backed me when it wasnt the politically correct thing to do and I back him now” While many politicians have rewarded supporters with endorsements few have been as transparent about their reasoning as Trump A review of endorsements he’s made over the past years shows that Trump places a high premium on personal loyalty often explicitly citing it in his tweets speeches and statements as a main reason that he’s supporting a candidate "I think [loyalty] is probably the most important factor in the presidents agenda" said Leah Askarinam a contributing reporter at a prominent campaign analysis newsletter called Inside Elections (formerly the Rothernberg Political Report) "Because he probably wouldnt endorse a candidate who doesnt support him" In his tweets Trump often argues that a candidate is “strong” or “tough” on a handful of issues typically crime taxes and immigration before noting that they "will help me" or have been “a great supporter" Before getting into politics Trump was quite open about how much he values loyalty In his book “Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again” Trump wrote "loyalty is extremely important to me My family and close friends will say that I am loyal to a fault" In his book “Think BIG And Kick Ass in Business and in Life” Trump stated "I value loyalty above everything else more than brains more than drive and more than energy" As president Trump has also talked about the importance of loyalty He reportedly suggested that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should protect him the way he believes Attorney General Eric Holder protected President Obama As reported by the Washington Post Trump aids would verify potential Cabinet members adherence to the president by checking their social media profiles for anti-Trump posts And former FBI Director James Comey testified to Congress that Trump asked him for loyalty over dinner at the White House a claim Trump denies Experts say he’s hardly the first politician to prize loyalty During her 2008 bid for president Hillary Clinton staffers kept a list of allies who supported her and defectors who "burned her" by endorsing Barack Obama according to Politico But as he has in other ways Trump has taken that subtext and made it explicit "I think that loyalty has always been a hidden consideration [in endorsements] . Was that part of Cirque de Soleil? "We knew if we lost we could be out. read more