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Despite the Southwest monsoon in late May, which triggered flooding and landslides in the country’s southwest provinces, country-wide drought conditions are ongoing with the total affected population reaching over two million people in early September. However, the figures reported by the Disaster Management Centre have reduced due to brief inter-monsoonal rains experienced in mid-September across various districts. The UN however says these rains are unlikely to significantly alleviate the ongoing drought conditions which are predicted to continue in the coming weeks.In March 2017, one-quarter of households were seriously concerned about access to drinking water with levels of water available for general household use declining. According to assessments in August by the World Food Programme (WFP) and Ministry of Disaster Management, 45% of communities have reported that their closest reservoirs are now empty, with overall water levels in reservoirs at 18% in the beginning of August compared to 47% this time last year. Several suicides have been directly attributed to the effects of the drought in Sri Lanka, the Asia Pacific Daily (APD) news quoted the United Nations (UN) office in Sri Lanka as saying.Since late 2016, Sri Lanka has been experiencing a lack of rainfall which has developed into what is believed to be the worst drought in 40 years, with significant impacts on the economic activity, livelihoods and lives of communities. According to the Department of Agriculture, due to the floods in May and ongoing drought impacting the primary and secondary harvests of 2017, the rice production for 2017 is expected to be the lowest paddy production in the last 10 years. The production forecast for 2017 will be sufficient for just over 7 months of household consumption. As a result, over 300,000 households are estimated to be food insecure with many households limiting their food intake and in some cases eating just one meal a day.The inability of farmers to cultivate their land has also caused the availability of agricultural work to decline and consequently in many drought-affected communities, indebtedness is rising. 50% of households surveyed in a recent World Food Programme assessment reported that their debts have almost doubled compared to 2016 due to a lack of agriculture based income.The UN says this is having serious consequences for the health and wellbeing of communities, with several suicides being directly attributed to the effects of the drought. (Colombo Gazette) As of Tuesday, a total of 1,927,069 people were estimated to be affected by the drought across 17 districts, according to the Disaster Management Centre in Sri Lanka. read more

first_imgLong identified as staunch friends of Israel, Democrats are now being accused of anti-semitism The claims have echoes of those against Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Feb 23rd 2019, 6:01 PM Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar. Share20 Tweet Email1 WHILE LABOUR’S PROBLEMS in dealing with anti-semitism have been well documented in the UK, similar issues have been creeping up for US Democrats.The issues haven’t caused the internal upheaval seen in Labour, but they represent a glimpse into a changing party that is fascinating in its complexity.The most high-profile incident led to an apology by Ilhan Omar who, along with Rashida Tlaib, are the first Muslim women elected to congress.Omar was forced to apologise when criticism she made about US politicians’ support of Israel was accused of promoting anti-semitic ideas.In a tweet a fortnight ago, Omar had said this support was “all about the Benjamins baby”. A reference to a hundred-dollar bill, in the style of Puff Daddy.The initial tweet was vague in exactly what she was pointing too, something that posed a problem for the congresswoman.Politicians both inside her own party and out claimed that the tweet was potentially anti-semitic, hinting that Jewish money was having an outsized influence on US democracy.A trope that’s precisely within the definition as laid out by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.Critics pointed the fact that the tweet ignored the myriad of reasons behind US support of Israel, such as geopolitical concerns in the region, and reduced them to money alone. Source: Ilhan Omar/TwitterHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi was among those to condemn the statement and demanded an apology from her Democratic colleague.The apology came from Omar but it was one which also asserted her right to criticise the influence of lobby groups in Washington.“Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes,” she said in her apology, before later reaffirming what she called “the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics”.It was that latter point which garnered Omar support among left-leaning activists and commentators.The role of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or Aipac, has long been a matter of debate in US politics.The lobby group has the stated aim of promoting Israel’s interests to US lawmakers and among other things brings new congresspeople on a sponsored trip to the country.In a follow up tweet to the one that caused controversy, Omar named the organisation as being particularly influential in Washington.Several writers and supporters have defended Omar for naming the organisation, stating that criticism of its lobbying should not be equated to anti-semitism.“We need to be able to examine the money and influence in politics that every special-interest group, including pro-Israel lobbying groups such as Aipac, wields,” Alex Kotch wrote in The Guardian. Notes with messages of support at Omar’s office. Source: PA ImagesWhat’s also noteworthy about the controversy is not the tweet alone but that it coincided with a genuine political debate about the boycott movement in the US.Similar to the ongoing debate in Ireland over the Occupied Territories Bill and the push to boycott some Israeli goods, Omar and Tlaib support the same campaign in the US. Known there as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.When congress met for the first time after the recent midterms, the first bill passed by the Republican-led US Senate was one which attacked the BDS movement.It forced Omar and Tlaib to come out against the legislation, putting them in opposition with the Democratic party leadership, which opposes boycotting.The subsequent controversy over the tweet has led to further concerns that genuine public debate over official policy towards Israel is conflated with a debate around anti-semitism.Or that those who oppose Israeli policies engage in anti-semitic language when doing so.This has proven problematic for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour with party members having been suspended, expelled or forced to resign as a result.Corbyn’s longtime Palestinian activism is popular among an enlarged Labour membership and there are certainly echoes of this among the leftward-moving Democrats.Former president Barack Obama and his testy relationship with Benjamin Netanyahu was one part of this, but changing electoral dynamics are another, as evidenced by the elections of Somali-American Omar and Palestinian-born Tlaib.But while Labour under Corbyn has warmly embraced protest-friendly politics, Democrats are more wary of doing the same. As seen when it dropped sponsorship from the hugely successful Women’s March movement because of its leadership’s links to the Nation of Islam.The controversy served as an example of the complexities inherent when a party expands its support-base and how it may become associated with groups it does not necessarily support or have influence over. Source: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez/TwitterThe charge of guilt by association is one that has become a constant in UK politics in relation to Corbyn and has even made its way across the Atlantic.Much-talked about Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke to Corbyn himself and both shared complimentary tweets, earning her criticism from corners as mainstream as CNN.The primary difference of course between Corbynite Labour and the new breed of Democrats is that the latter have not yet become the dominant voice in their party.They are unlikely to in the same way too, such is the US political system and the lack of political whips.But in a reinvigorated party that is looking towards building a coalition of support for 2020, they can’t afford to be ignored either.The challenge therefore is to make sure when their voice is heard the language they use is appropriate, and not open to being dismissed as bigotry. center_img 16,430 Views Image: Alex Edelman/PA Images Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 6:01 PM 53 Comments Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar. 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first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share41 Tweet Email1 Tuesday 30 Apr 2019, 12:30 PM Provincial Championship schedule to be broadcast by @rtesport for 2019. #TheSundayGame— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) April 30, 2019 59 Comments NINE MUNSTER SENIOR hurling championship games will be televised live this summer as part of RTÉ’s 2019 GAA schedule.The broadcaster announced the list of games it will be covering live today with the action in Munster dominating the provincial programme.A double-header of hurling action opens the live coverage on Sunday 12 May with Waterford taking on Clare in Walsh Park at 2pm and Cork facing Tipperary in Páirc Uí Chaoimh at 4pm. There will be eight round-robin games covered in Munster before the final on 30 June while there will be two Leinster round-robin ties televised and then their decider will be broadcast also on 30 June. 27,553 Views Source: The Sunday Game/Twitter RTÉ’s coverage begins on Sunday 12 May.center_img Image: James Crombie/INPHO Munster hurling dominates as RTÉ announce schedule of 31 live GAA games for 2019 season The season begins with live games from Walsh Park and Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday 12 May. Apr 30th 2019, 12:30 PM RTÉ’s coverage begins on Sunday 12 May. Image: James Crombie/INPHO By Fintan O’Toole Subscribe Short URL In contrast there is a notable lack of live provincial football championship ties on RTÉ. The four finals in Connacht, Munster, Leinster and Ulster will be covered over an eight-day period between 16-23 June with just one other game to be shown, an Ulster semi-final tie on 8 June.The coverage will continue in the All-Ireland series with knockout games in football, hurling and camogie.2019 The Sunday Game Live ScheduleSunday 12 MayMunster SHC: Waterford v Clare, Cork v Tipperary.Sunday 19 MayMunster SHC: Tipperary v Waterford, Limerick v Cork.Sunday 26 MayLeinster SHC: Galway v WexfordSunday 2 June Munster SHC: Waterford v Limerick, Clare v Tipperary.Saturday 8 JuneUlster SFC: Fermanagh/Donegal v Antrim/Tyrone/Derry.Sunday 9 JuneLeinster SHC: Kilkenny v Galway.Munster SHC: Limerick v Clare.Sunday 16 JuneMunster SHC: Clare v Cork or Tipperary v Limerick.Connacht SFC finalSaturday 22 June Munster SFC finalSunday 23 June Ulster SFC finalLeinster SFC finalSunday 30 June Munster SHC finalLeinster SHC finalSunday 7 JulyAll-Ireland SFC qualifier Round 4Saturday 13 July All-Ireland SFC quarter-final Round 1Sunday 14 JulyAll-Ireland SHC quarter-final or All-Ireland SFC quarter-final Round 1Sunday 21 JulyAll-Ireland SFC quarter-final Round 2 (Croke Park)Saturday 27 JulyAll-Ireland SHC semi-finalSunday 28 JulyAll-Ireland SHC semi-finalSaturday 3 AugustAll-Ireland camogie quarter-finalSunday 4 August2 All-Ireland SFC quarter -finals Round 3Saturday 10 AugustAll-Ireland SFC semi-finalSunday 11 AugustAll-Ireland SFC semi-finalSaturday 17 AugustAll-Ireland camogie semi-finalsSunday 18 August All-Ireland SHC final Sunday 1 SeptemberAll-Ireland SFC finalSunday 8 SeptemberAll-Ireland camogie finalsSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here:last_img read more

first_img Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 7:30 PM Developers looking to build 611 apartments and three townhouses on former RTÉ campus The site was purchased from RTE for €107.5m over two years ago. Aug 28th 2019, 7:30 PM 32 Comments Image: Sam Boal via Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share11 Tweet Email1 Image: Sam Boal via By Gordon Deegan 20,982 Views Short URL CAIRN HOMES HAS lodged planning documentation with An Bord Pleanála signalling its intention to build 611 apartments and three townhouses on the site it purchased from RTE for €107.5m over two years ago.The number of units planned is 114 – or 20.6 %- higher than the original 500 apartments and nine homes Cairn initially indicated it would construct on the 8.64 acre site at RTE’s Donnybrook campus after its purchase in June 2017.The site was sold at 43% above the guide price of €75m.In a notice published by An Bord Pleanála, the Cairn plans for the former RTE lands at Stillorgan Road and Ailesbury Close, Donnybrook, D4 is described as “611 apartments, three townhouses, two cafes, one childcare facility, demolition of one existing sports & social club, change of use of Mount Errol from existing office use to private residents member’s club & gym and associated site works”.Before the 2017 deal, Cairn Homes CEO, Michael Stanley stated: “If an opportunity like the RTE site comes along, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to acquire a site of that quality.”The planning documentation lodged by the building firm starts a nine-week long pre-planning consultation with An Bord Pleanála (ABP).The consultation will involve Dublin City Council planners and at the end of the consultation, An Bord Pleanála will provide an ‘opinion’ on the development.It is then open to Cairn Homes to take into account of the views expressed by ABP before lodging an application directly to it under Government fast track planning rules.Speaking in March, Stanley said that Cairn Homes hopes to commence construction on the former RTE site in 2020.Last November, the appeals board initiated pre-planning consultation for Cairn’s then plan for 619 apartments and three townhouses at the RTE site but Cairn Homes withdrew the proposal on December 20th last.The Strategic Housing Development (SHD) rules allow developers to by-pass local authorities and have their applications decided by the appeals board. The new rules can save a year or more in the time required to have large-scale planning applications decided upon.Last year, Cairn Homes’s revenues increased by 125% to €337m as its pre-tax profits increased six fold from €6m to €37.6m.Third parties cannot make submissions on pre-planning consultations but when Cairn lodge its planning application, all documentation in relation to the pre-planning will be available to view and third parties will then be able to lodge submissions.Cairn is currently building on 15 sites in the greater Dublin area, which will deliver more than 5,250 new homes.last_img read more

first_imgLe piratage aurait coûté 172 millions de dollars à SonyLe piratage des services en ligne du géant japonais, notamment celui de son Playstation Network, aurait eu un coût qui s’élèverait à 172 millions de dollars.Pour la première fois, Sony a livré une estimation du coût du piratage dont ont été victimes ses services PlayStation Network, Qriocity et Sony Online Entertainment. Les “coûts connus” sont ainsi estimés à quelque 172 millions de dollars pour l’exercice 2011-2012, qui se termine le 31 mars 2012, explique ZDnet. En revanche, on ne sait pas ce que cette somme recouvre exactement, notamment le manque à gagner dû à l’interruption des services durant un mois.En plus du piratage, le tremblement de terre qui a secoué le Japon en mars a considérablement augmenté les pertes du géant nippon. Durant son année fiscale 2010-2011, Sony a indiqué qu’il avait enregistré une perte de 3,2 milliards de dollars, dont 280 millions pour le seul séisme. Un chiffre qui pourrait même être revu à la hausse lors du prochain exercice. Une année vraiment noire…Le 24 mai 2011 à 11:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgBefore ilani even opened in April 2017, the Cowlitz Tribe promised it would fund therapy for compulsive gamblers.That service became a reality this summer. Anyone struggling with a gambling addiction can seek help from three certified counselors who work for the Cowlitz Tribe.Kara Fox-LaRose, ilani president and general manager, said the counseling will operate autonomously from casino influence.“The tribe has been involved in health and human services for many years,” said Fox-LaRose. “In anticipation of the (casino) opening, the tribe made a formal commitment to the state of Washington by way of their compact to dedicate a portion of gaming revenue to programs and services in support of its dedication to fostering healthy communities. … This is a new service available to those seeking assistance with compulsive gambling.”The Cowlitz Tribal Treatment Program is at 7700 N.E. 26th Ave., Vancouver. Fox-LaRose said that staff at ilani won’t seek to refer gamblers who appear to have a problem, but will be able to give information to anyone who inquires.Fox-LaRose said the main emphasis is in training casino staff so that they are properly educated on all of the services if someone does want help. There is a Player Services area at the casino that can provide assistance. People may also call the Washington State Gambling Helpline: 800-547-6133. Cowlitz Tribe counselors can be reached at 360-947-2247.“We train our team members to be prepared if one of our guests are inquiring about programs that may be available or if they want to seek help,” Fox-LaRose said.last_img read more

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed he’s a little disappointed following his team’s 1–1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday.The Gunners took an early lead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but a goal from Brighton’s Jurgen Locadia ensured the home side took a share of the spoils at the Amex Stadium.Unai Emery’s men failed to turn their first-half dominance into a victory, meaning they have now just one win from their last five Premier League away games.“I’m a little disappointed,” Emery said, according to Goal.“I think the key today was the first half. We controlled the match like we wanted to, we scored and had two good chances from Aubameyang to get the second, but then they equalised.”kanu, arsenal'Report: Kanu makes bold claim about Pepe George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Former Arsenal superstar Kanu claims the Premier League teams fear Nicolas Pepe.The Ivory Coast international Pepe, made an 80 million Euro move to Arsenal…“It gave us the second half to try again to control the match, create chances and be able to win, but we didn’t do that.”“In the second half we couldn’t do our ideas on the pitch to impose [ourselves]. We created less chances in the second half.”“Today was a very important three points, but football is like that and in 90 minutes we draw.”last_img read more

first_imgOn Tuesday, Commodity Classic launched an all-new mobile app allowing attendees to access information, receive messages and engage in social media from their smart phones and tablets. The free Commodity Classic convention and trade show mobile app gives show-goers the ability to make their own schedules, lookup session, event and shuttle times, navigate with maps, fill out surveys, and much more. Visit “We’ve seen first-hand how more people are turning to smartphones and tablets for information they need on so many things, and this new app makes sure you’re up-to-date on what’s going on at such a large event,” said Commodity Classic Co-Chair Rob Elliott.  “Each year, the technology gets better and better – not just for farm equipment, but for mobile devices, and our farmers are always very interested in using the best tools available.”In less than two weeks, a record-breaking number of soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum growers from around the country will gather at the 19th Annual Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas for an experience that will educate, enlighten and entertain. From new product rollouts to thoughtful discussion of important agricultural issues–education is a key element of Commodity Classic.Commodity Classic is the largest farmer-run agricultural convention and trade show in the nation. Each year, acres of displays, equipment and technology fill the trade show floor and 2014 is no exception, with the largest trade show in the event’s history. Exhibitors bring their most knowledgeable people to Commodity Classic, giving attendees access to the best problem solvers in the industry.The event is presented annually by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers. The event offers a wide range of learning and networking opportunities for growers in the areas of production, policy, marketing, management and stewardship—as well as showcasing the latest in equipment, technology and innovation.For more information or to register for Commodity Classic, which kicks off Wednesday, Feb. 27, visit read more

first_imgFirefighters quelled a fire Monday night in The Vision Clinic, 7600 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave. That is the office of Dr. Frank R. Mossman, a longtime optometrist.Fire District 6 was alerted at 8:42 p.m., with the headquarters station only several blocks from the clinic.Firefighters hooked a hose to a hydrant and, just before 9 p.m., reported the fire was knocked down, including in the attic.No one was reported injured, said Dawn Johnson, spokeswoman for Fire District 6.No flames were seen but there had been heavy smoke, especially in the rear of the building.The Vancouver Fire Department also sent engines and crews to help, Johnson said.Firefighters were using powerful fans to ventilate the building and checking for hidden hot spots.About 9:05 p.m., a fire commander asked that a deputy fire marshal be sent to the scene to investigate. The cause and a dollar damage estimate were not available at The Columbian’s press time.Mossman has been at the clinic for 30 years, a family member said.John Branton: 360-735-4513 or read more

first_img Folio: Like most magazines, Men’s Health has a formulaic approach in its design, and it inarguably works. What changes have you already made to that formula? Folio: So what brought you back to Men’s Health? This story originally appeared on Folio:’s sister site, minonline. Schnaidt: The limitations prevent us from doing things for sure. What’s great about digital is it allows us to do things we can’t in print, like video. It enables us to expand upon our content. Folio: Anything exciting in the pipeline you can share? Schnaidt: My approach is to simplify. When you present a simple solution it shows you have really thought through the problem and it shows the reader that you understand. That takes a lot of work. When I’m asking editors questions I’m asking for more and more. I’m trying to get to a visual nugget and have a light bulb moment. I try to think like an editor. A designer is not just a designer and the same is true for an editor. Schnaidt: It’s funny because on the surface people think of Men’s Health as guys who only eat chicken breasts. But we did a reader survey and found the readers are more complex. They want actionable advice. That informed my redesign. We want to make the magazine look as easy as possible but also seem actionable. One of the changes we’ve made is the photography. We didn’t want to just do studio shots, we wanted more contextual shots in natural environments so readers can relate. Going forward, we really have to think about different kinds of readers and plan around our writing and visuals. It’s about striking the right balance. When Matt Bean was named editor-in-chief of Men’s Health in October 2016, he had a new vision for the brand, including a redesign of the magazine that reaches nearly 14 million readers. To execute that vision, he called on Mike Schnaidt to take over the reigns as creative director. Schnaidt is an MH alum, but also has a diverse résumé that includes stints at Entertainment Weekly, Popular Science, and Esquire. We wanted to get a better sense of how that background will play a role in MH’s new look, so we caught up with Schnaidt to find out.center_img Folio: What principles and philosophies are anchored in your approach, regardless of what publication you’re designing for? Folio: Can those limitations sometimes cause headaches that don’t exist in the digital space? Schnaidt: When I’m working in print I’m working within limitations. That makes you more creative. You think about page count, which is finite and dimension, which is also finite. It forces you to come up with new ideas page by page. And it pushes us to come up with new visualizations. Folio: What do you love about designing in a print medium? Mike Schnaidt: Matt’s excitement and vision. Before I accepted the offer, I knew he wanted to do a redesign and reinvigorate the brand. It’s energy I didn’t see when I was here before. Working my way up the ranks and seeing the magazine through different iterations, I had thoughts on what the magazine should be. Matt and I are similar in that way and are right in the middle of the audience in that we are into the same stuff our audience is. I joke around that it’s the one job I’m qualified to do. Schnaidt: One of our upcoming issues is on innovation and we’re shaking up the structure of the feature well. We’re really ready to make some changes to the classic magazine structure. The next issue will have some surprises.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,On Saturday April 28th, the Town of Wilmington will be holding the Annual Town Elections, a week prior to the Annual Town Meeting on Saturday May 5th. One of those elected contests is for the position of Town Moderator.The primary job of the Town Moderator is to manage the business of the Annual Town Meeting efficiently, fairly and without bias. The individual must be articulate, respectful, and organized, with a thorough understanding of Roberts Rules of Order.Rob Peterson has filled that role admirably for the past three years. He has fulfilled all of the requirements of that position with decorum and an understanding of the process. Whether or not you agree with an expenditure or a specific article on the warrant, Rob will provide an individual the opportunity to express a viewpoint, question the proponent of an article, and moderate courteous and civil discourse as the process requires.I have know Rob personally for about seven years and I can think of very few young professionals or family people who have donated as much time and talent to organizations and causes that help to make Wilmington a better place to live. He has proven himself to be personally and ethically above reproach.Although Town Meeting is open to all registered voters, the reality is that Saturday May 5th is likely to be a busy day for many families. Perhaps it will even be a nice day outside! Please consider those who will be an attendance that day, giving up their time, serving your Community. Please get out to support and elect Rob Peterson for the position of Town Moderator on Election Day, Saturday April 28th, hoping for a fair, respectful and expeditious Town Meeting.Respectfully,Chris NevilleNOTE TO CANDIDATES & CAMPAIGNS: Got announcements, press releases, letters to the editor, etc.?  Email 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Former Town Moderator Jim Stewart Endorses Rob PetersonIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Former Selectwoman Judy O’Connell Endorses Rob Peterson For Town ModeratorIn “Letter To The Editor”TOWN MODERATOR RACE PREVIEW: Everything You Need To Know Before You VoteIn “Government”last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, June 5, 2019:An Avalon Drive caller believed someone went through his truck overnight, but he had to leave for work. Police responded and located 11 additional vehicles that appeared to have been rummaged through. An emptied wallet was found with no cash or credit cards. A handful of items found outside vehicles were taken to the station and logged. (3:49am)——–An Andover Street caller reported someone excavated onto his property. He’d like a no trespass order delivered. (6:55am) Police later issued a no trespass order. (8:42am)Fire Department responded to smoldering mulch in front of CVS. (10:52am)Animal Control Officer removed an injured gopher from Deming Way and brought to Tufts Veterinary Hospital. (11:15am)A caller reported her car was entered overnight at Avalon Oaks. The door was left unlocked. Nothing appeared to be taken. Vehicle was being borrowed from her nephew. (4:14pm)A Main Street caller reported 2 male parties were on her property, possibly trying to break into their utility trailer. Individuals took off towards Silver Lake area. Homeowner doesn’t believe anything was taken, but noted it was the second consecutive night they heard people in their yard. Police advised homeowner to call police if they hear people in their yard. Police checked the area, but were unable to locate anyone. (10:35pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 12: 2 Drivers Issued Summonses; Drone FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 9: Man Peeing In The Woods?; Neighbor DisputeIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 14: Unlocked Vehicles Entered Overnight; Trouble At Group Home; Street Sign & Mailbox VandalizedIn “Police Log”last_img read more

first_img More about 2019 Porsche Macan AWD Yes, you read that correctly. The Macan — Porsche’s compact SUV and the company’s best-selling model — will be an electric-only affair in the not-too-distant future.The next-generation Macan will go into production “early in the next decade,” Porsche confirmed in a statement Tuesday, and will be built at the same facility as the current Macan, in Leipzig, Germany. The Macan will ride on the PPE (Premium Platform Electric) architecture being co-developed by Audi, which will underpin a number of EVs across Volkswagen Group brands.Specific details are slim as of now, Porsche only confirming the Macan will have 800-volt charging technology. For reference, Audi says the 800-volt system will allow its upcoming E-Tron GT to achieve an 80-percent charge — good for about 200 miles — in just 20 minutes.Enlarge Image”Green” will soon apply to more than just the Macan’s paint. Steven Ewing/Roadshow The Macan EV will arrive on the heels of Porsche’s Taycan hatchback and Taycan Cross Turismo high-riding wagon, formerly known as the Mission E. “By 2022 we will be investing more than 6 billion euros in electric mobility, and by 2025, 50 percent of all new Porsche vehicles could have an electric drive system,” Oliver Blume, chairman of the board of management for Porsche AG, said in a statement.As of now, the Macan is Porsche’s best-selling model by a long shot. The company sold 23,504 Macans in 2018, more than doubling the sales of its second-best-selling model, the Cayenne SUV. In fact, last year, the Macan outsold the entire Porsche 911, 718 and Panamera model ranges combined.Whether or not this will be a smart move remains to be seen. The global EV charging infrastructure will no doubt get more robust over the coming years, and by transforming its most popular model into an electric-only offering, Porsche is indeed jumping on that bandwagon something fierce.”Our aim is to take a pioneering role in technology,” Blume said, “and for this reason we will continue to consistently align the company with the mobility of the future.” Porsche Porsche Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice 0center_img More From Roadshow 22 Photos Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Preview • 2019 Porsche Macan: Why mess with success? 2019 Porsche Macan S: As lovely as ever Electric Cars Luxury cars SUVslast_img read more

first_img See It 6:33 Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements A few design upgrades on the Active 2 The Watch Active 2 is a bit bigger and thicker than the Watch Active, but it now comes in two sizes:  40mm ($280) and 44mm ($300) models. It still manages to be more compact than the 2018 Galaxy Watch, which Samsung is also going to keep selling alongside these models. It comes in black, silver, gold and “lily gold,” which replaces the green option in the previous model. You’ll also have the choice between an aluminum frame with rubber straps or a stainless steel frame with leather straps. I wore the Watch Active 2 in both sizes and peeked at the LTE model. Aside from these small changes, it still has the same appeal as the original: It’s compact, well-built, minimal and attractive.  Now playing: Watch this: See It I like the haptic touch bezel more than a physical bezel Using the new touch-sensitive edge controls on the Active 2, I could swipe around easily with minimal finger motion. Of course, you can also just swipe the screen, making the edge control a bit redundant. But the edge control feels easier for certain tasks. The haptics are nice and strong, and the clicking feel gives some solid feedback to make it feel “real.” 33-samsung-galaxy-watch-active-2Touching the bezel to give the watch a spin. It has a definite “click” feel thanks to haptics. Sarah Tew/CNET ECG… when? Samsung’s built an electrocardiogram into Watch Active 2, which will allow timed one-lead readings of heart rate and heart rhythm to spot for possible arrhythmia, much like the Apple Watch Series 4. Note that doctors in the US usually call these EKGs, rather than ECGs, but it’s the same thing. The feature isn’t active on the watch, or medically cleared yet, so it’ll essentially be useless for most people for the time being. Samsung is inviting medical institutions to start doing research with it, but there’s no concrete timeline for an official launch or for any kind of FDA clearance.  13-samsung-galaxy-watch-active-2The redesigned health sensors on the back of the Watch Active 2. Sarah Tew/CNET Revamped heart rate and fitness Samsung’s moving from four to eight LEDs in its optical heart-rate monitor on the new Watch Active 2 models. There’s also a new accelerometer that measures 32G of force, vs 16G on the older model. According to Samsung this will allow the watch to detect heart rate data faster and yield more accurate results. This upgrades seem similar to what Apple did on the Apple Watch Series 4 last year, which made the fall detection feature possible. But Samsung hasn’t explained how these improvements will come into play in fitness and health tracking on the Active 2. The added LEDs on the heart-rate sensor could be helpful for Samsung’s research into blood-pressure tech, though. While Samsung hasn’t revealed any results from its ongoing blood-pressure study with UCSF, My BP Lab, Samsung executives admitted adding additional LEDs could improve future blood-pressure measuring efforts, and the company remains confident that FDA clearance for blood-pressure tech could come sometime in the near future. Samsung’s also added new coaching features, including a real-time running coach that measures pace. I didn’t get a chance to test that in my brief demo in a conference room, but I’ll report back when I do.  LTE model has a stainless steel design Samsung’s LTE-enabled Watch Active 2, much like other cellular-equipped Samsung smartwatches, should work standalone for core features including calls and notifications. Apps such as Spotify will be able to stream music over LTE, and you could potentially even watch a movie trailer on Youtube on your wrist with no phone involved. Google Translate comes aboard Samsung’s including Google Translate on the Watch Active 2, a tool that’s new to Samsung smartwatches, but one that was already available on Google’s Wear OS watches. Frankly, all things Google Assistant would be better than Bixby, and the more Samsung allows, the better off the Watch Active 2 will be. 24-samsung-galaxy-watch-active-2 Sarah Tew/CNET The watch matches your shirt  Samsung’s added a “My Style” feature that will take a photo of your clothing (a tie or a pair of socks, for example) and generate a set of unique watch face wallpapers to color-match. I was oddly charmed by it. As much as I like finding new watch faces to add, I get bored quickly and picking a new color scheme is fun. This feature should be on all smartwatches. Apps will use a single sign-in The Watch Active 2 still runs Tizen OS, Samsung’s software and app ecosystem that stands alone from Google’s Play Store and Android, but it’s getting a bit better in this model. Samsung won’t require you to sign in to apps on the watch that you’ve already signed in to on your phone, which is one of my biggest pet peeves about previous models.  We’ll probably know more about the Watch Active 2 at Samsung’s Unpacked event this week. And we’ll be back with a review as soon as we can get one on our wrists for more than a half hour. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? $349 How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app See it Apple What it’s like to wear Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch Active… Commentscenter_img Adorama Big screen, small bezel. Sarah Tew/CNET Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Watch Active 2 smartwatch just six months after the Galaxy Watch Active was released at the Galaxy S10 event in February, and two days before its expected Note 10 launch event. It’s not common to get a sequel in the same year as the original, but Samsung is bending the rules. Just like the company’s Note phone and Galaxy S phones have two different launch cycles, so too do Samsung’s watches. The Active 2 may cost $80 more that the first-gen Galaxy Watch Active ($279 for the cheapest 40mm non-LTE version vs. $199 for the original), but it definitely seems like the better deal. Though they look similar, the Active 2 has more features. It has new ECG sensor (which isn’t medically cleared yet), improved heart rate and an accelerometer. There’s an LTE option (price pending), and it brings back the spinning outer dial that we loved on older Galaxy watches. But in this watch it’s a haptic-response touch bezel instead of a physical one. The newest Active watch goes on sale Sept. 13, likely right up against the next expected Apple Watch, and Samsung will continue to sell the discounted Active until further notice.  Best Buy Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) Apple Watch Series 4 44 Photos $399 Share your voice Wearable Tech A look at Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 in all sizes 9 $349 $399 See It Fitness Google Samsunglast_img read more

first_imgJohn Pugh’s last day as chancellor of the University of Alaska Southeast is Friday. He’s retiring after almost three decades with the college. Pugh leaves a legacy of being much more than a chancellor to students — he was a teacher, adviser and friend.Listen now:John Pugh joined UAS in 1987. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Valerie Davidson was 19 when she met John Pugh. She was interning for the Alaska Legislature and studying elementary education at UAS. He was her college adviser.“As many 19-year-olds are, I had these grand visions of how I was going to change the world and what I so appreciated about John was he enthusiastically accepted all of my grand visions of the world, but helped me to establish more realistic timelines,” Davidson says.Davidson is commissioner of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, a position Pugh formerly held. When she was appointed, Davidson and Pugh saw each other at a governor’s reception and they reconnected. She says he continues to be her adviser.“You know there are just times in your life when you meet people who are there at exactly the right time, exactly the right place and for exactly the right reason. And I was very fortunate because I got not only one of those experiences with John but I got two, at times in my life that were really critical decision points for me,” Davidson says.Pugh arrived in Juneau in 1978 to work for health and social services. Afterward he worked briefly as a legislative staffer before joining UAS in June of 1987 to help with the budget. By fall, Pugh was the dean of Arts and Sciences.Since then the number of full-time students has grown from 300 to more than 800. Several facilities, like the Egan Library and residential housing, have been built on the Juneau campus.Pugh was also part of the 1987 reorganization to integrate what was then Ketchikan Community College and Sitka Community College into campuses of UAS. Pugh says that was a hard transition.“We worked constantly getting to Sitka and Ketchikan and making sure they felt a part of this, and I’d say it took a good ten years to get to where there was a real comfort level of trust,” Pugh says.Ketchikan Campus Director Priscilla Schulte has been at the school for 35 years, back when it was a community college. She says Pugh has done a great job of being inclusive.“We get the feeling that he understands our community. He has always kept us in mind so that when issues came up he was always, ‘What does Ketchikan think?’” Schulte says.She says Pugh really supported the bachelor of liberal arts distance program, which helped UAS Ketchikan evolve.“Once the pulp mill closed and we were losing the local students, moving into the e-learning was really important for us,” Schulte says.When he was a dean, John Pugh was duct taped to a library pillar for a student fundraiser.Pugh was appointed chancellor in 1999. He says his biggest challenge was making sure UAS got enough funding to be a quality institution. With UAS representing less than 10 percent of the entire University of Alaska budget, Pugh says it was never about competing with the bigger schools for resources.“We’re not UAF, we’re not UAA. We’re UAS. What is it that we can do? What can we do for our region? What can we do for the state?” Pugh says.Pugh is known for walking around campus with a smile. He’s a self-proclaimed “glass half full” type of person, but if he ever did find himself down, “I would find where the students are and it always picked me up.”UAS Student Body President Callie Conerton says Pugh would do anything to make the students laugh.“John did the dunk tank at Spring Carnival and students, of course, lined up. How many students can say that they dunked their chancellor,” Conerton says.He’s had pies in his face. He’s jumped into frigid water for the polar plunge. Pugh has even been duct taped to a library pillar.Conerton says having an approachable college leader has made a difference in her academic career.“It makes me want to attend school. It makes me realize that people care about me. One thing that UAS is great about is that it’s a community and so John was great about making sure that students knew that they were a part of something bigger than themselves,” Conerton says.Pugh says he got just as much from the students as they got from him.“Those interactions really buoyed me and gave me strength and it made me understand why I’m doing what I’m doing, helped me to really push harder to advocate for higher education,” Pugh says.He says his departure from UAS is filled with mixed emotions.“I often wonder what I’m going to do when I get up in the morning. I’ve said that to my wife. So not coming out here – that will be very different,” Pugh says.Pugh became Chancellor Emeritus as UAS’s recent commencement ceremony. Pugh says that means he’ll have a permanent connection to the college. He doesn’t see the rank as just a title, but as a responsibility.UAS is hosting a retirement party for John Pugh this Saturday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lakeside Grill in UAS’s Mourant Building. The public is invited.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 3 : Former BJP leader and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue K.N. Govindacharya on Saturday moved the Supreme Court seeking live streaming of the upcoming day-to-day proceedings in the Ayodhya dispute case. The Supreme Court had on Friday announced that the mediation proceedings on resolving the Ayodhya dispute have failed and no amicable solution was found and as a result, the apex court will begin day-to-day hearings from August 6. Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us Govindacharya’s advocate Virag Gupta said he would seek an urgent hearing on the plea from the apex court on Monday. In his plea, Govindacharya has cited the Supreme Court’s September 2018 judgement which had ruled that SC proceedings must be live streamed. Gupta said that ruling came on a petition moved by the think tank Centre for Accountability and Systemic Change (CASC), and he himself had argued for the petitioner. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us According to the petition, despite around a year having gone by, the implementation of the SC ruling in the matter was yet to take place. Govindacharya, in his petition, said: “This case is a matter of national importance. There are crores of persons, including the petitioner, who want to witness its proceedings before this court, but cannot do the same due to the present norms in the Supreme Court.” Advertise With Us He said that people were desperate for early justice in the Ram Temple matter, wherein Lord Ram was kept in a makeshift tent for the past many years. “This matter has been pending in the Supreme Court for the last nine years, and the public at large is interested in knowing the reasons behind the delay in deciding the cases,” the petitioner further added. Govindacharya said as a digital super power, India has the means to arrange for live streaming of the Ayodhya matter.last_img read more

first_imgAt least 13 people were killed when a passenger bus collided with a truck parked on a road in southern Afghanistan on Saturday and overturned, officials said.Another 25 were wounded in the accident in Zherai district of Kandahar province, provincial police spokesman Abdul Bashir Khaksar told AFP.The truck was stationary when it was hit by the bus at around 6:00 am (0130 GMT), said Kandahar governor spokesman Mohammad Aziz Azizi.The bus was carrying around 40 passengers from neighbouring Helmand province to Kandahar and overturned after the collision, he told AFP.Azizi put the death toll at 15. Women and children were among the casualties, he added.It was unclear how many of the casualties were on the bus.Traffic accidents are common in Afghanistan where drivers often flout rules and roads are in poor condition.last_img read more

first_imgReleased on July 28, the seven-country survey of more than 7,000 people about smartphone habits by Motorola, now owned by Chinese electronics giant Lenovo, found that 60 per cent of those surveyed slept holding their handsets —with the highest percentages in India (74 per cent) and China (70 per cent).While one in six smartphone users said they used their phones while taking a shower, 54 per cent said they would reach for the smartphone before saving their cat in a fire, reported. Around 40 per cent tell secrets to their phones they would not reveal even to their best friend. But the relationship is not perfect.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Only 39 per cent said they were ‘happy’ with their smartphone, and 79 per cent felt bothered that their devices interrupted them at inopportune moments. The survey was conducted online by global public opinion research consultancy KRC research with a total of 7,112 smartphone owners in the United States, Britain, Brazil, China, Spain, Mexico and India.In a similar survey last year, it was found that 57 per cent of Indians can not live without their smartphones. The findings showed that 98 per cent of Indians sleep with their smartphones and 83 per cent keep it on their body or within reach throughout the day.last_img read more

first_imgThe federal government have released the long awaited aviation white paper today in Canberra outlining the needs of Australia’s aviation industry for the next decade.Speaking at the National Press Club today, Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said there needed to be investment in state-of-the-art air space management technology, including satellite technologies, to cope with ever growing air traffic. Such ever-growing traffic has been recognised at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport, prompting the government to look for a second airport site.However, the white paper did not recommend a second airport site and instead ruled out the anticipated site of Badgerys Creek. “[Badgerys Creek] has been overtaken by years of urban growth in the area and is inconsistent with future NSW spatial planning and land use development for the south-west region of Sydney” the paper said.In regards to security, the government will implement less stringent rules, allowing passengers to take “low-risk” items on to planes such as knitting needles, crochet hooks and nail filesIt will also allow the use of metal cutlery knives on aircraft and at airport facilities.The new rules will allow security screeners to focus on items of real risk, it said. <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.Llast_img read more

first_imgRight to left: Ana Paula Martins, Cabin Crew; Ramiro Alfonsín, CFO; Oscar Aguayo, Fleet Director; and Margarita Medina Riveros, Onboard Service Manager, receive the award in ParisLATAM is named the ‘Best Airline in South America’LATAM Airlines Group was named as the ‘Best Airline in South America’ in the Skytrax World Airline Awards, at a ceremony held during the Paris Air Show yesterday 18 June.The awards are organised annually by aviation research organisation Skytrax and are based on a passenger satisfaction survey of the world’s airlines. This year’s survey included over 21 million eligible entries from passengers representing more than 100 nationalities.LATAM was also awarded for the ‘Best Business Class’ and ‘Best Economy Class’ in South America.“This is one of the airline industry’s most prestigious accolades because it reflects the opinions of millions of passengers worldwide. In recent years, we have focused on strengthening the company and maintaining our position as industry leaders in Latin America in a new competitive environment. We have worked to offer an unparalleled travel experience for the 70 million passengers we transport each year, significantly improving our punctuality, investing in the transformation of the cabins of over half our fleet, as well as incorporating technology and digital tools to provide greater autonomy. Without doubt, this award encourages us to maintain this course and continue listening to our passengers to be their preferred choice,” said Ramiro Alfonsín, Chief Financial Officer, LATAM Airlines Group, who received the award in Paris. Edward Plaisted, CEO of Skytrax, added: “We are delighted to see LATAM being so well recognised in the World Airline Awards. The airline was well supported by customers in this year’s survey and has shown good progress in the global ranking. In what has been a challenging market, LATAM management and staff should be very proud of this great achievement.”LATAM’s awards in 2019This year, LATAM has received other important accolades for its travel experience and operational performance, including: ‘Best Global Airline in South America’, ‘Best Seat Comfort’, ‘Best Cabin Service’, ‘Best Entertainment’ and ‘Best Wi-Fi’ in South America in the APEX Passenger Choice Awards; ‘Outstanding Food Service by a Carrier South America’ in the PAX International Readership Awards 2019; and the most punctual ‘Mega Airline’ in the 2018 Official Airline Guide (OAG).Annual Skytrax World Airline SurveyThe Skytrax World Airline Awards are based on the results of its World Airline Survey, which is recognized as the main reference tool for satisfaction levels among global airlines, serving as a single, independent analysis of passenger opinion. Between September 2019 and May 2019, more than 21 million passengers, representing over 100 nationalities, were surveyed.The ceremony: Paris Air Show 2019The award ceremony was held during the 53rd Paris Air Show, which takes place June 17-23 at the Le Bourget Parc des Expositions in the French capital. Founded in 1909, it is the world’s largest and longest-running aerospace trade show. At this year’s event, more than 2,300 exhibitors from 48 countries will convene in meeting space of 192,000 m2.For more information about LATAM’s in-flight experience visit latam.comSource = LATAM Airlines Grouplast_img read more