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Primary school asks parents not to get their kids Grand Theft Auto

first_imgTHE STAFF OF A PRIMARY SCHOOL in Mullingar have written a letter to the parents of their pupils, urging them not to buy their children “unsuitable” video games for Christmas.The letter singled out the recently released Grand Theft Auto V as an area of specific concern, due to the extreme violence and sexual themes of the game.Principal Caroline Mhic Robin wrote to parents: We have grave concerns about certain video games that children have access to, for example Grand Theft Auto (which, we hear, is on several Santa wish lists this year). The general public have been shocked at the level of violence and explicit graphic content in them…Video games and DVDs all have an age classification for a very good reason.Here’s an extract from the letter: To read the full letter, click here.Principal Mhic Robin told that children as young as third class pupils had played the Grand Theft Auto games, and she could see the effects of these games on her students.“The games have a negative impact on children in relation to the language they use and their concentration levels,” she said.“Children can put a lot of pressure on their parents to get these games, but parents should really read up on them before buying them.”h/t The Irish SunWatch Anne Doyle take on her new gig as a quiz show presenter>Irish people abroad WILL be able to watch the Toy Show live>last_img read more

Awesome Google Maps Easter Egg lets you step inside the TARDIS

first_imgThey like to have a good time at the Googleplex, as evidenced by the plethora of gags and Easter Eggs that come out of the company. The most recent discovery comes in the form of a Doctor Who sci-fi treat hidden in Google Maps. At a particular spot in central London — specifically the Earl’s Court neighborhood — there is a very peculiar object. A blue police box, but inside it’s The Doctor’s TARDIS, and you can take a peek.Just head to this link in your browser, and look for the double arrows pointing at the call box. Click through and you’re inside. And yes, it’s bigger on the inside. You can click around and take a look at the console, or swing around the perimeter. It’s a nice little nerd diversion, and the level of detail is impressive.The double arrow might not show up if you’re using the new Google Maps beta, but tapping the up arrow on your keyboard might get it to show up properly. Alternatively, open the link in Incognito Mode (or your browser’s equivalent) to get the classic Maps interface.The call box used as the marker for this TARDIS Easter Egg does actually exist in London, but most of the original units have been removed. They date from the late 1800s through to the late 1900s, when mobile phones finally supplanted the last active call boxes. Police were able to use the boxes to contact the local station when the flashing light indicated an officer was needed. The public could also use the boxes to call police.The Earl’s Court box was actually built in 1997 as a homage to the devices. It has been active on and off, but the phone inside is merely a prop at this point. It also houses a CCTV camera, but most things in London do. Now the police box is mostly known as the TARDIS, especially to younger sci-fi fans that have never had to worry about where to place a call.last_img read more

A pint a day How to make sure your real tree stays

first_img 19 Comments ‘A pint a day’: How to make sure your real tree stays fresh until Christmas this year The Irish Christmas Tree Growers Association estimates 44% of us will buy a real tree this year. Share8 Tweet Email1 Short URL Source: The Killakee Christmas Tree Farm“To keep the tree smelling as nicely as it does, you need to bring it indoors immediately,” she said. “Definitely put it into water and keep it sheltered. Don’t leave it sitting.”Next, the base of the tree has to be cut to allow it to be mounted onto a stand. The best stand for this is a water stand, but a large bowl full of water near the tree can help if you opt for a different stand.“Leave the netting on until it’s in situ on the stand to prevent damage to branches,” Morton said. “Bring it through the door base-first, and make sure it’s submerged in water within eight hours of being cut.”Keeping it away from heat sources is important too, but Morton acknowledges this is not always easy in Irish homes. “It is a plant and it needs to be treated as such. Don’t put it next to a radiator, or at least have it off when people aren’t in the room.”And, as for maintenance to make sure the tree stays green and fresh ahead of the big day, at least a “pint a day” of water is required.“Keep an eye on it,” Morton added. “Make sure the base is covered and make sure the bowl is replenished.”The busiest period for buying Christmas trees is set to take hold over the next week, and Morton expects demand to persist right up to Christmas eve.“Then we’ll put up our own tree,” she said.Read: Poll: When’s the right time to put up your Christmas tree?Read: Gardaí to step up patrols targeting Christmas tree thieves Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article EVERYTHING FROM CHOOSING the right tree, finding the right space in your home and keeping it well watered are just some of the ways we can make sure that our Christmas tree lasts longer. Source: Shutterstock/Peter GudellaAccording to a survey conducted for the Irish Christmas Tree Growers Association, 44% of people will have a real Christmas tree at home this year, while almost two thirds say they like the feel of a real tree in the spoke to Karen Morton, from The Killakee Christmas Tree Farm in the Dublin mountains, to find out how you can ensure that tree stays green and healthy throughout the Christmas period.“There’s a perfect tree for everyone,” she explained, “but getting it home can be a worry”.Wrapping the tree in netting before it gets transported is an effective way to make sure the branches don’t get damaged en route. When you bring the tree home, there’s a few things that need to be done.center_img 19,034 Views By Sean Murray Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 10:00 AM Dec 3rd 2016, 10:00 AM last_img read more

Italian president asks Renzi to stick around until a budget is passed

first_img 6 Comments Share4 Tweet Email Dec 6th 2016, 7:54 AM Image: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/PA ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER Matteo Renzi formally resigned after a crushing referendum defeat that has sent shockwaves around Europe – though his departure will be delayed by a final task, passing a budget.Renzi handed his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella after Italians resoundingly rejected his constitutional reform proposals in Sunday’s referendum, to the delight of the country’s populist leaders, fresh after Brexit and Donald Trump’s US victory.The departure of the centre-left premier – who had staked his future on the outcome of the vote — plunges Italy into political uncertainty and casts a shadow over the future of the eurozone’s third-largest economy.In an apparent bid to ease investor fears, the presidency said in a statement that Mattarella had “asked the prime minister to postpone his resignation” until the 2017 budget has been passed, a move expected by the end of the week, according to Italian media.The government has already won a vote of confidence on the budget in the lower house of parliament.Difficult daysRenzi, who in 2014 became Italy’s youngest-ever premier, was left with no option but to quit after his proposals to streamline parliament were rejected by voters by a decisive 59-41 percent margin.The 41-year-old former mayor of Florence, who came to power promising radical reform, defended his record.“1,000 difficult but wonderful days. Thanks to everyone. Viva l’Italia,” he wrote on Facebook.Italian media said he told his cabinet he had agreed to see the budget passed before his departure “out of a sense of responsibility”.Landmark moment? Holger Schmieding, at the Berenberg private bank, said the risk that Italy could choose to leave the euro, while still remote, had increased.Capital Economics said: “Italy has taken the first step along a path that could lead it out of the eurozone.”US Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking in Berlin yesterday at the start of his European farewell tour, said the victory for the No camp reflected the “anxieties” sweeping Western democracies.An anti-establishment vote The vote inevitably became something of a referendum on Renzi’s personality and record after his pledge to stand down should he lose, and an opportunity for some to express wider frustrations.Populists across Europe rejoiced at his downfall, with the founder of Italy’s own anti-establishment Five Star movement Beppe Grillo calling for an election “within a week”.Giovanni Orsina, professor of politics at Rome’s Luiss university, said four out of five voters had cast their vote politically rather than on the merits of the reform.“The vote has broad similarities with the Brexit and Trump phenomena,” he said. “The electorate voted against the establishment, against Brussels. They didn’t get into the subtleties.”Poll data showed the No vote was strongest in areas with high unemployment, in the relatively poor south and among young voters, pointing to a correlation with levels of discontent.Britain’s eurosceptic Nigel Farage, who spearheaded the “Brexit” campaign, said the vote appeared to have been “more about the euro than constitutional change”.But Lorenzo Codogno, former chief economist at the Italian Treasury Department, insisted: “The outcome of the referendum is much more complex and nuanced than ‘just another wave of protest across the globe’.”Padoan favourite for new PM Most analysts see immediate elections as unlikely.The most probable scenario is a caretaker administration dominated by Renzi’s Democratic Party taking over before an election that has to take place by March 2018.Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan was installed as the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed Renzi as prime minister, with Senate speaker Pietro Grasso, a veteran anti-mafia prosecutor, running in second place.Renzi, meanwhile, may try to stay on as head of his party, which would leave him well placed for a potential comeback to frontline politics at the next election. But he faces resistance to that scenario from the many enemies he has made while in office.- © AFP 2016.Read: Italian prime minister resigns after crushing referendum defeat>Read: Donald Trump and Al Gore have “extremely interesting conversation” about climate change> 4,129 Views By AFP Image: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/PA Short URL Italian president asks Renzi to stick around until a budget is passed Renzi resigned after a voters rejected his constitutional reform proposals in a referendum on Sunday. Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 7:54 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Embattled bishop resigns

first_imgProkopios Kanavas, former Bishop of St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Adelaide, and Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia (GOCSA), has resigned. The resignation follows three attempts to quit this position that weren’t accepted by the GOCSA. Yet Friday nights resignation was final and now, Mr Kanavas is no longer serving the parishioners of St Nicholas.Since being ordained as bishop in August 13, 2013, he says that there has been a distinct lack of communication between himself and the executive committee of GOCSA. “I’ve tried hard to solve many issues since my ordination,” Bishop Prokopios tells Neos Kosmos.“I was trying to build good relationships between myself and the executive committee and to have a better understanding of the ecclesiastical issues and how we can work together.”He says he felt as though he was treated as “an employee” and not as a Christian leader of the Orthodox church. “[GOCSA] think the priests, the bishops are employees which is against the Orthodox church standards, a bishop or a priest can not be an employee,” he says, adding that a priest comes to this role as a divine calling and not the work of man. “All the time they tried to push me aside and make their own decisions.”Mr Kanavas says that when he’d try to mentor a priest, and instruct them on how to serve, he would notice they would do the opposite to what he told them, and that the priests would in fact follow the instructions and advice given to them by the president of GOCSA, Mr John Lessos, or someone else from the board.“[GOCSA] don’t understand how a church works,” he says, “they think the employee should obey the employer.”Mr Kanavas says in his 14 years of serving the church he had never felt like “an employee” until being employed by GOCSA. “I serve the office of church and I think I have made the right decision because as a bishop, cleric, as a Christian Orthodox we have to protect our faith and what our church says and our church says to serve the people and Jesus Christ and to follow his commandments – not an employer.”When asked about his parishioners and how they’ve taken the news to his resignation, he says that they are all “very sad”. But he is standing by his decision so as to not bring any further scandal to the church during Holy Week. Mr Kanavas says he may pursue another role with the church in a year, but whether that will be in Adelaide or whether it will be with the Greek Orthodox Community of SA or the Archdiocese, he says he isn’t sure. “‘I haven’t had an offer at the moment,” he says.Mr Kanavas was previously sacked as an SA Police chaplain. Allegations have also been raised about discrepancies over his tertiary qualifications.Neos Kosmos contacted the Greek Community of South Australia’s president Mr John Lesses but by the time this article went was published, Mr Lesses or any members of GOCSA had not responded to the interview requests. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Australias First People to welcome Greek elders on Australia Day

first_imgEven though what most of White Australia recognises as Australia Day is a day of national mourning for the country’s Indigenous people, First People’s representatives have chosen this date to welcome Greek Immigrants to Australia.The Association of Greek Elderly Citizen Clubs of Melbourne and Victoria celebrates its 35th birthday this year and an Indigenous committee will meet the Greek elders at Rye Pier this Sunday, 20 January 2019.In a symbolic move that holds special significance, the Aborigines who have always maintained close relations with the Greek Australian population will mark the connection between the two peoples honouring the long standing relationship.According to the Association’s President Giannis Kostoulias, the Indigenous Committee recognises that Greeks did not come to Australia to conquer it, but as immigrants, out of need, and have always respected first nations.At the moment there are 100 Greek Elderly Citizen Clubs in the state while the overall number of members exceeds 20,000.“There will be something for everyone. Glendi, food, games, fun,” Mr Kostoulias told Neos Kosmos, inviting the Greek Community to attend.“The event takes place to celebrate Australia Day, however, we see to recognise the Indigenous nations as Australia’s first people and we wish to honour them at every opportunity we get.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Elon Musk Renames SpaceXs Monster Rocket–Again

first_imgStay on target So Starship + name of each rocket?— Kim Paquette (@kimpaquette) November 20, 2018 Super Heavy Accelerated Zenith Ascent Machine would be better.— Jonathan McDowell (@planet4589) November 20, 2018 Starship has a nice ring to it. — Nick (@NickEllis) November 20, 2018 Starship Elonprise— ฿Ɽ₳Đ ⱧɄ₦₴₮₳฿ⱠɆ (@bhunstable) November 20, 2018One eagle-eyed follower pointed out that the name is erroneous, “unless this ‘starship’ is sent on a mission to another star system.”“Later versions will,” Musk wrote in a response, teasing a future in which the spacecraft may leave the Solar System. Our closest known neighbor is Alpha Centauri, some 4.3 light-years from Earth. As no one else has asked, is this named after 1980’s band Starship and will the first mission be called Knee Deep In The Hoopla. Please say yes.— jackson ryan (@dctrjack) November 20, 2018 Name changes so far:MCT (2015) → ITS (2016) → BFR/BFS (2017-2018) → Starship (?)— Pranay Pathole (@PPathole) November 20, 2018The BFR, er, Starship, is designed to be a sustainable interplanetary spaceship.A whopping 387 feet tall, the monster vehicle could one day make obsolete the rest of SpaceX’s fleet.Built for up to 100 people, its first trip will carry only a skeleton crew—including Yusaku Maezawa, the first private citizen to travel beyond low-Earth orbit.The 42-year-old Japanese billionaire will assemble a band of virtuosos—painters, photographers, musicians, film directors, fashion designers, architects—to accompany him on a round-the-Moon mission.“All our resources will turn toward building BFR,” Musk said in 2017, estimating the company will need about $5 billion to get the ship off the ground. An undisclosed chunk of that money comes straight from Maezawa’s ticket.More SpaceX coverage on Rehearses Recovery of Astronauts During Ocean LandingsWhy SpaceX’s Next-Gen Rockets are Powered by MethaneSpaceX Nails First West Coast Falcon 9 Rocket Landing When you own four companies and are the 54th-richest person in the world, you can do whatever you want—including change the name of your space-bound rocket.Elon Musk this week announced he is “renaming” SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket (also known as Big F*****g Rocket, or BFR) to Starship.He tweeted the news on Monday, later clarifying that “Starship” is the name of the spaceship itself; the rocket booster will be called Super Heavy.— Mike Mongo (@MikeMongo) November 20, 2018 Later versions will— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 20, 2018Another suggested this may not be the last time this spaceship is rebranded. Yep, new name sucks. Flat out cheesy and makes me much less enthused than BFR.— Sad Universe News (@TruthSeekerZach) November 20, 2018 ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas Technically, two parts: Starship is the spaceship/upper stage & Super Heavy is the rocket booster needed to escape Earth’s deep gravity well (not needed for other planets or moons)— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 20, 2018Fans responded with requests for more information, queries about the change, and a few choice words for the South African entrepreneur.last_img read more

Oregon joins effort to solve crimes against Native women

first_imgSALEM, Ore. — Native American women have gone missing or been killed at alarming rates, federal and private studies show, and there is growing concern that confusion by law enforcement over who has jurisdiction can lead to lax pursuit of cases and insufficient data.Oregon, home to nine federally recognized tribes or confederations of tribes, has now joined a movement to account for and solve more of the crimes.Patricia Whitefoot, whose sister disappeared in 1987 in an unsolved case, watched as Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill Thursday that directs the state police to study how to increase and improve criminal justice resources on these cases.“As families, we simply seek justice and healing of the heart,” Whitefoot told lawmakers in written testimony last month.After Brown signed the bill, Whitefoot told a reporter her sister, Daisy Mae Heath Tallman, was 29 when she went missing.She was Whitefoot’s youngest sister and lived with her in Washington state. She would be gone for long periods, fishing for salmon in traditional spots along the Columbia River that divides Washington from Oregon and visiting relatives on the Warm Springs reservation in Oregon. Then, in the autumn of 1987, she never returned to her home in White Swan, Washington.“She was just a very self-reliant, self-sufficient individual who could take care of her business and what needed to be done, fiercely independent,” said Whitefoot, who wore a red dress — representing missing and murdered indigenous women — otter furs, shell jewelry and moccasins to the bill signing ceremony.last_img read more

Homicide detectives investigating fatal shooting in Valencia Park

first_img Updated: 6:47 PM Posted: January 21, 2018 Homicide detectives investigating fatal shooting in Valencia Park VALENCIA PARK (KUSI) — One person was killed in a shooting in the Valencia Park neighborhood Sunday.It happened just before 4 p.m. in the 5500 block of Bonita Drive, according to Officer John Buttle of the San Diego Police Department.No information on any potential suspects was immediately available.This is a developing story, check back for more updates. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter , January 21, 2018last_img read more

San Diego drug maker producer first FDA approved Parkinsons drug

first_imgSan Diego drug maker producer first FDA approved Parkinson’s drug September 27, 2018 Updated: 9:25 AM Lauren Phinney, Posted: September 27, 2018center_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Parkinson’s Disease psychosis affects nearly 50% of patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease. A San Diego drug maker now makes the first FDA approved medicine to help combat the disease.Acadia Pharmaceuticals President and CEO, Steve Davis, told us more about it on KUSI’s Good Morning San Diego. Lauren Phinney Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Become More Water With Neural NetworkGenerated Affirmations

first_imgStay on target “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.”Move over, Stuart Smalley: Janelle Shane taught her neural network to generate daily affirmations.When the research scientist discovered Sound Health’s self-healing affirmations on Spotify—marketed under titles like “I Will Become a Good Pickup Artist,” “I Will Be Funny,” “I Will Overcome Premature Ejaculation”—she was inspired.AdChoices广告“Clearly, more names for this talk are needed,” she wrote in a blog post. “Fortunately, advanced machine learning is up to the task.”Starting with a list of 4,510 South Health track titles (including “Lord Help Me to Improve My Trainspotting Skills” and “Learn Welsh”), Shane taught her character-level recurrent neural network to find patterns in the data.The result is hilarious, if not oddly satisfying:“I Will Improve Otter Skills”“I Will Overcome Fear of Stanks”“I Will Boost My Hat”“Improve Your Scab”“Lord Help Me to Improve My Boots”(Personally, I know I could benefit from “Improve Your Tater Skills” and “Improve Your Spud Training Skills.”)Some less likely options include “Become Less Snorty,” “I Will Become More Hay,” “I Will Overcome Fear of Hair Address.”And, as Shane suggested, a few of the AI’s ideas should probably come with a discount:“I Will Find Headaches”“Become More Dirty”“I Will Become Less Carefree”“Become Less Discreet”It seems the deeper you dig, the more fragmented and altogether weird the neural network gets. A number of skills “seem more suited to a Dungeons and Dragons campaign” (“Improve Your Lore Skills,” “I Will Overcome Fear of Blanders”), while others can sound like the ramblings of a madman (“Stock Crocking Your Loter,” “I Will Become Less Snortanite,” “Lord Help Me to Learn Hind Thinking”).“You may not be surprised to hear that the self-affirmation talk was originally marketed to help with all sorts of sex-related things, and that the neural network followed along,” according to Shane.For titles like “I Will Become a Star Sex Addicient,” sign up online to receive an emailed list. MIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven GarmentsResearchers Train AI To Feel Emotion, Too center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

A film will find its own audience Srijit Mukherji


In movies, we enter a world that’s entirely the reflection of a director’s imagination, and there are only a few who can strike the right chord, making them linger on our minds even after the usual duration. Having drawn inspiration from a variety of fields such as literature, painting, movies, and music, he has emerged as one of the most innovative filmmakers of the age who managed to enthrall us with his very first film ‘Autograph.’ Mukherji has changed the course of Bangla film industry with films like Jaatishwar, Baishe Srabon, Chotushkone, Rajkahini, Hemlock Society, Mishawr Rawhoshyo among several others and has given his audience the scope to reflect on cinema that goes beyond the 70 mm screen.last_img

Benghazi chairman State Dept blocking Clinton testimony

first_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Men’s health affects baby’s health too WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, said Thursday that he can’t set a date for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton to testify before his panel because the State Department has been slow in producing needed documents.In a letter Thursday to Secretary of State John Kerry, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., complained that the department has delayed providing emails and other documents involving Clinton, a former secretary of state. “Simply put, the committee must have the records of communication requested more than six months ago before the secretary’s appearance can be scheduled,” Gowdy wrote.The State Department pushed back, saying the department has provided 300 emails from Clinton, 19 witnesses and more than 40,000 pages of documents from the initial State Department investigation.The Benghazi committee “doesn’t know how to take ‘yes’ for an answer,” said State Department spokesman Alec Gerlach.Gowdy had initially called for Clinton to testify next week on the attacks that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, but he told Kerry that no longer appears possible.Democrats have complained that Gowdy and other Republicans are drawing out the Benghazi hearings in order to disrupt Clinton’s presidential campaign, but Gowdy said the State Department is to blame for any delays. The committee must have a complete record before lawmakers can effectively question Clinton, Gowdy said.“The only thing standing between the committee and the former secretary being able to discuss her tenure as secretary of state as it relates to Libya and Benghazi is the Department of State’s failure, in more than half a year, to produce a single, solitary email responsive to our request and subpoena,” Gowdy wrote. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img Comments   Share   Top holiday drink recipes New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Gerlach called that claim inaccurate, citing the 300 Clinton emails and at least 40,000 pages of documents at the committee’s disposal.To underline the seriousness of his complaint, Gowdy told Kerry the committee has “shared its concerns” with lawmakers responsible for the agency’s budget “in the event reprogramming” of some department spending is needed to ensure compliance with the committee’s request.Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, senior Democrat on the Benghazi panel, said Republicans were on “a fishing expedition for anything they can use against Secretary Clinton in her presidential campaign,” adding that “every time they come back empty-handed, they extend their trip at taxpayer expense.”Cummings said the Benghazi committee has had Clinton’s emails for months.“This new claim that the department has not produced a single responsive document is completely baseless and appears to be yet another excuse to drag out Secretary Clinton’s testimony until closer to the (2016) election,” Cummings said.___Associated Press writer Bradley Klapper contributed to this report.___Follow Matthew Daly: Top Stories last_img read more

AntiBrotherhood judge named justice minister in Egypt

first_imgCAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Wednesday named a controversial senior judge known for his deep hostility toward the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood as justice minister.Ahmed el-Zind, the forceful chairman of the Judges Club, a powerful association of members of the judiciary, was sworn in before el-Sissi Wednesday. He has been an outspoken supporter of the 2013 military takeover that ousted the Islamist Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president who hails from the Brotherhood. El-Sissi, Egypt’s defense minister at the time, led Morsi’s ouster and was elected president last year. As justice minister, el-Zind replaces Mahfouz Saber who quit last week in the face of an uproar over comments he made in a television interview. Saber said that the children of sanitary workers should not be allowed to be judges, who must come from an “appropriate” background.El-Zind takes the key justice portfolio at a time when criticism is growing in Egypt and abroad of police abuses and the perceived but informal alliance between the large militarized police force, prosecutors and judges against critics of el-Sissi’s government, particularly Islamists. The latest wave of criticism followed the passing on Saturday of the death sentence against more than 100 Islamists, including Morsi, in two separate cases. They were the latest in a series of wholesale death sentences passed by judges since shortly after Morsi’s ouster, almost all against Islamists.The choice of el-Zind suggests that there will be no let-up in the crackdown by el-Sissi’s government on members of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists, of whom thousands have been thrown in jail and hundreds killed since Morsi’s ouster.Several hours after Morsi’s sentencing, three judges were gunned down in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula in what appeared to be a revenge killing. Earlier this month, a judge in Cairo who has been involved in high-profile Brotherhood-related cases escaped unharmed when his car was blown up outside his home. Policemen, like army troops, have also been a primary target for attacks blamed on Islamic militants. The new justice minister personally takes credit for some of the controversy lately surrounding the Egyptian judiciary besides the mass death sentences. He has, for example, doggedly defended the decades-old practice of giving the children of judges and other members of the judiciary priority over others when they apply for jobs in the judiciary.When asked in a TV interview about a Brotherhood protest in which images of some judges were burned, he said: “We (judges), on the soil of this nation, are masters, while others are slaves. We will burn the heart of anyone who burns a judge’s photograph.”He has also called on Egypt’s wealthy to pay a special tax to bolster the police force’s security efforts.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Men’s health affects baby’s health too Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 0 Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

Dbacks president Derrick Hall Franchise still f

first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Kolb left Sunday’s game with a rib injury and had been questionable for their next game until now. Whisenhunt also said that while he’s not sure if he will play Friday or not, rookie running back Ryan Williams has shown significant signs of improvement.“He played well today. I was very impressed with Ryan. His knee was bothering him a little bit but he pushed through it today,” Whisenhunt said. “That’s what you have to do when you’re going back from one of these injuries. I saw Ryan grown up as a pro a little bit today and that was encouraging.”With Skelton getting the start in Friday’s game, look for Kolb to come off the bench and try to make a better impression than his 1-for-4 night with four yards and an interception on Sunday. Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt had some good news for fans of the quarterback competition, letting reporters know after Tuesday’s practice at Missouri Western State University that he expects Kevin Kolb to be able to play on Friday.“I think he’ll be fine, today he was a little stiff,” Whisenhunt said. “It’s only two days from the game, so I think as we progress he’ll probably do something tomorrow and I expect him to play Friday night.” Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_img by Regina Garcia Cano, The Associated Press Posted Jun 4, 2018 4:01 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 4, 2018 at 4:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A union for Las Vegas casino-hotel workers is shifting its attention to negotiating contracts with smaller casino operators after reaching tentative labour agreements with two companies that employ most of the 50,000 employees threatening the first citywide strike in more than three decades.The Culinary Union said Monday that it was now focusing on 15 properties on the Las Vegas Strip and in downtown not covered by the deals with Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts International. The workers without new five-year contracts could walk out of properties including the Tropicana, Treasure Island, Golden Nugget, The D and Downtown Grand at any time after authorizing a strike last month.“The agreements with MGM and Caesars have historic language regarding immigration, technology and automation, and safety, from sexual harassment language to safety buttons,” said Bethany Khan, spokeswoman for the Culinary Workers Union Local 226. “We always have one standard for our contracts, and we are going to negotiate that one standard with other properties.”The largest labour organization in Nevada has declined to provide details of the tentative agreements with the two largest casino operators in Sin City because workers have not approved them. But generally, both sides agreed to wage increases and to equip housekeepers with “panic buttons” — wireless devices that workers can use to alert managers if they are in a threatening situation.The contracts of 50,000 employees, including bartenders, housekeepers, bellmen and kitchen workers, at 34 casino-hotels expired at midnight Thursday. After talks began in February, the union reached deals with Caesars on Friday and MGM on Saturday.Khan said the agreements include language addressing the beneficiaries of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and immigrants allowed to live and work in the U.S. under temporary protective status. The Trump administration has sought to end DACA, but court orders have kept the program open. It also has announced it will terminate the special protections of thousands of immigrants from several countries.Under the tentative agreements, workers who lose their work permit and are later able to readjust their immigration status will be able to get back their casino jobs and seniority, Khan said.“We are pleased that all economic and personal security issues have been resolved with this new contract and that employees will continue to provide guests superior service and experiences,” Tom Jenkin, global president and lead negotiator for Caesars, said in a statement. “This historic agreement ensures that our union team members will continue to be a crucial part of the Las Vegas dream.”No date has been set for a possible strike, but workers have started signing up for strike pay, financial assistance and picketing shifts. If there is a strike, visitors could see workers picketing outside casino-hotels still in negotiations.The last citywide strike was in 1984, and it cost the city and workers millions of dollars.The union said negotiators will focus first on casino-hotels on the Strip and then on those in downtown Las Vegas.The average worker on the Las Vegas Strip makes about $23 an hour, including benefits such as premium-free health care, a pension and a 401(k) retirement savings plan.___Follow Regina Garcia Cano on Twitter at . FILE – In this May 22, 2018, file photo, Culinary Union members exit a university arena after voting on whether to authorize a strike in Las Vegas. The union representing Las Vegas casino-hotel workers has reached tentative agreements for new contracts with two companies that employ more than two-thirds of the 50,000 workers threatening to strike and is now focusing on negotiations with smaller casino operators. The Culinary Union on Monday, June 4, 2018, said it is turning its attention to 15 properties that still need contracts, including Tropicana, Treasure Island, Golden Nugget and SLS. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File) center_img Union negotiates with smaller Vegas casinos to avoid strikelast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Feb 20, 2019 7:32 am PDT CHICAGO — “Empire” actor and R&B singer Jussie Smollett told Chicago police last month that two men physically attacked him and yelled racial and homophobic slurs. Some key moments in the story:Jan. 29— Jussie Smollett tells police he was physically attacked by two men in downtown Chicago while out getting food from a Subway restaurant at 2 a.m. The actor says the men used racial and homophobic slurs, wrapped a rope around his neck and poured an “unknown substance” on him. Police say Smollett, who is black and gay, told detectives the attackers also yelled he was in “MAGA country,” an apparent reference to President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan that some Trump critics have decried as racist and discriminatory.Jan. 30— Chicago police say they’ve reviewed hundreds of hours of surveillance camera footage, including of Smollett walking downtown, but none shows the attack. Police obtain and release images of two people they would like to question, calling them “persons of interest.”— Reports of an assault on Smollett draw outrage and support for him on social media from some politicians and celebrities.Jan. 31— Trump tells reporters at the White House that he saw a story the night before about Smollett, saying, “It doesn’t get worse, as far as I’m concerned.”— Smollett’s family issues a statement calling the attack a racial and homophobic hate crime. Smollett’s family says he “has told the police everything” and “his story has never changed,” disputing assertions levelled on social media that he had been less than co-operative and changed his story.Feb. 1— Smollett issues a statement telling people he’s OK and thanking them for their support. He says he’s working with authorities and has been “100 per cent factual and consistent on every level.”Feb. 2— Smollett gives a concert in West Hollywood, California, opening with an emotional speech, saying he had to play the show because he couldn’t let his attackers win.Feb. 12— Chicago police say Smollett turned over some, but not all, of the phone records detectives requested as part of their investigation. Police say the heavily redacted files aren’t sufficient. Smollett says he redacted information to protect the privacy of contacts and people not relevant to the attack.Feb. 13— Chicago police pick up two men they identify as Nigerian brothers at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on their return from Nigeria after police learn at least one worked on “Empire.” Police question the brothers and search the apartment where the men live.Feb. 14— Chicago police say local media reports that the attack against Smollett was a hoax are unconfirmed .— Producers of “Empire” dispute media reports that Smollett’s character, Jamal Lyon, was being written off the show.Feb. 15— Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielimi says the two “persons of interest” are now considered suspects. He says the men — identified previously by police as two brothers from Nigeria — are in custody but have not been charged with a crime.— Chicago police release the two men without charges after arresting them on suspicion of assaulting Smollett and holding them for nearly 48 hours. A police spokesman says the two are no longer considered suspects and that investigators have new evidence to consider as a result of questioning them.Feb. 16— Police say the investigation has “shifted” after detectives question the two brothers about the attack and release them without charges. Police say they’ve requested a follow-up interview with Smollett. Smollett’s lawyers say the actor feels “victimized” by reports that he played a role in the assault.— Smollett’s account of what happened is met with some skepticism on social media in the wake of the new developments.Feb. 17— Chicago police say they’re still seeking a follow-up interview with Smollett after receiving new information that “shifted” their investigation of a reported attack on the “Empire” actor. Guglielimi says police reached out to Smollett’s attorney, but says an interview has not been conducted.— Guglielimi declines to address reports that a grand jury may hear evidence in the case. “We’re not confirming, denying or commenting on anything until we can talk to him and we can corroborate some information that we’ve gotten,” he says.Feb. 19— Chicago police say investigate a tip that on the night Smollett reported being attacked, he was in an elevator of his apartment building with the two Nigerian brothers. Police later dismiss the tip, saying it’s not credible based on video evidence.— Chicago’s top prosecutor, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, recuses herself from the investigation. Her office said the decision was made “out of an abundance of caution … to address potential questions of impartiality based upon familiarity with potential witnesses in the case.” No details were provided.___Check out the AP’scomplete coverage of the Jussie Smollett case.The Associated Presscenter_img Key moments since Jussie Smollett reported Chicago attacklast_img read more

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