Apple products may get costlier with new 15 tariff

first_imgSan Francisco: Some Apple products like AirPods, Apple Watch, HomePods and iMac computers were likely to get costlier as the new 15 per cent US tariffs on Chinese products came into effect from Sunday. Apple has its products assembled by Foxconn in China. “For products covered by Annex A of the August 20, 2019 notice (84 FR 43304), the rate of additional duty will be 15 per cent on the current effective date of September 1, 2019. For products covered by Annex C of the August 20 notice, the rate of additional duty will be 15 percent on the current effective date of December 15, 2019,” read the statement from US Federal Register. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Apple iPhones may also be around $100 more expensive in the US once the next set of 15 per cent tariff comes into place from December 15. “TVs, speakers, digital cameras, lithium-ion batteries and flash drives are just a few of consumer electronics that will be subjected to a 15 per cent tariff beginning Sunday,” reports TechCrunch. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently told US President Donald Trump that tariffs on China will help South Korean tech giant Samsung gain more as it does not need to pay any tariffs. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Trump, in a conversation with reporters, said he has “had a very good meeting with Cook.” “I have a lot of respect for Tim Cook, and Tim was talking to me about tariffs. And one of the things, and he made a good case, is that Samsung is their number-one competitor, and Samsung is not paying tariffs because they’re based in South Korea,” Trump recently told the media. The ongoing trade-war between the US and China has caused Apple’s iPhone production costs to rise as much as 3 per cent because of the new retaliatory tariffs imposed by Beijing. Trump earlier met Cook during a dinner, saying that Apple would be spending “vast sums of money in the US.” “It’s tough for Apple to pay tariffs if they’re competing with a very good company that’s not. I said, How good a competitor?’ He said they are a very good competitor. So Samsung is not paying tariffs because they’re based in a different location,” said Trump. Samsung has most of its manufacturing base in South Korea and Vietnam. “iPhone sales in the US, China and other markets could fall by 8 million to 10 million,” CBS News reported earlier this month. Apple XS Max starts at $1,099 and new 10 per cent tariff would mean a roughly $110 hike. In May, Fortune quoted a Wedbush analyst Dan Ives as telling investors that tariffs on the device’s Chinese-made batteries and other components would increase Apple’s manufacturing cost by 2 to 3 per cent.last_img read more

Leonardo DiCaprio Pledges 7 Million To Ocean Conservation

first_imgLeonardo DiCaprio has pledged $7 million through his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to meaningful ocean conservation projects over the next 2 years.Policymakers, ocean scientists, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, and philanthropists from nearly 90 countries – as well as viewers from around the world – joined Secretary of State John Kerry for the June 16-17, 2014, Our Ocean Conference.Participants announced new partnerships and initiatives valued at over $1.8 billion as well as new commitments on the protection of more than 3 million square kilometers of the ocean, an area roughly the size of India.As part of the conference, President Obama announced a commitment to protect some of the most precious U.S. marine landscapes. The Administration will immediately consider how it might expand protections near the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the south-central Pacific Ocean, which contains some of the most pristine tropical marine environments in the world.To find out more about the conference, click here.last_img read more

Innu Elder who is no stranger to standing up for rights and

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsAn Innu Elder says defending his way of life in Labrador doesn’t make him a criminal.Bart Jack was among a group who called themselves land protectors that fought against the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project last fall.He’s now facing criminal charges along with 27 other people.This is just the latest battle the Innu have taken on to protect their Indigenous rights and culture.troache@aptn.calast_img

Colouring Townsend for Maeve

A pair of Haldimand County neighbours are turning an art project into a fundraiser for a Townsend girl injured in a motor vehicle collision.Julie Crawford and Angie Bell, who live in Townsend, are planning an event to colour all of their community with chalk for five-year-old Maeve Field, who was struck by an out-of-control vehicle in Hagersville in March.The Colouring Townsend for Maeve event will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Townsend Lions Park on 58 Forest Park Dr. All donations will go to the Field family. A Go-Fund-Me account has already raised more than $136,000 for the family.Maeve’s recovery is expected to be a long one. Her left arm and right leg suffered irreparable damage from the accident and had to be amputated, her family said. The accident also left her blind in one eye.Crawford said she had to explain what happened to Maeve to her sons, who would see the girl when they got dropped off on the bus from school.“I was very honest with them about what happened with the accident, and they’ve been showing concern of what they can do,” she said. “They’ve been wanting to empty their piggy banks for her.”The idea for Saturday’s event came when Crawford’s sons wanted to colour the sidewalks.She suggested they do it for Maeve to send positive vibes her way. And Bell came up with the idea to get the whole community involved.“I know there were other fundraisers but I just really felt like the kids needed an outlet for them,” said Bell. “They need to know what a community is capable of doing.”Crawford and Bell said they have contacted a lot of people to help with the event, but an equal number of people have contacted them.The event will feature entertainment for children, including the chalk art, a bouncy castle, Ohsweken Speedway cars and OPP cruisers.There will be a silent auction featuring donations from The Urban Parisian Café, Cottage North Soapworks, Broncos, and many more businesses.The Townsend Lions will be running a barbecue, starting at noon, at the pavilion in the park.A craft table will be set up for anyone that would like to make a card for Maeve or her read more

Afghanistan Brahimi returns to New York to meet Annan continue talks

In addition to briefing the Secretary-General on Friday, in the days ahead Mr. Brahimi will attend meetings of the Security Council and the “Six-plus-Two” group, which comprises Afghanistan’s six neighbours – China, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – as well as the United States and the Russian Federation.Mr. Brahimi arrived in New York today from Paris, where he had a working lunch with President Jacques Chirac on Thursday. In a subsequent press conference, the envoy said a solution to the Afghan crisis would not be simple. “There must be no illusion,” said Mr. Brahimi. “It will not be easy – it will be very difficult and it will need a great deal of patience.”Concerning the situation in the country, he said, “When we talk of all factions including the Taliban and their adversaries, we are talking of 50,000 armed men holding hostage a country of 25 million.” Meanwhile in the region, Mr. Brahimi’s Deputy, Francesc Vendrell is winding up a visit to Dushanbe, Tajikistan, where he was pursuing contacts with Afghan parties and individuals, according to a UN spokesman. “Among the Afghan leaders he had hoped to meet was Afghan President Berhanuddin Rabbani,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York. read more

Kosovo UN envoy expresses distress at murder of Serb teenager

Harri Holkeri, the head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, issued a statement yesterday deploring the killing. In his statement, Mr. Holkeri said he was sending his deputy, Jean-Christian Cady, to represent him at the funeral of Dimitrije Popovic today. He also thanked UNMIK Police and the Kosovo Police Service (KPS) for their response to the crime. Mr. Popovic was shot dead while standing with friends in the town of Gracanica. Two suspects were arrested Saturday. In March, Kosovo was rocked by several days of ethnic violence between Serbs and Albanians that left 19 people dead, hundreds injured and homes and Serbian religious and cultural sites damaged or destroyed. Referring to those events in his statement, Mr. Holkeri said, “I had hoped that everyone has learned the lessons of the events of 17 and 18 March: violence will only set Kosovo back. Any provocation with the aim to once more flare up ethnic tensions will be firmly countered.” read more

Business community sighs relief as PQ budget sidelines platform

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – The business community is breathing a sigh of relief after the Parti Quebecois government shelved many of its campaign promises when it produced its first post-election budget.Business leaders praised the three-month-old government for putting much of its left-leaning platform on hold and addressing other economic priorities.The head of Quebec’s federation of chambers of commerce wasn’t sure what to expect before its release. The organization had been critical of the new government but was singing a more positive tune Wednesday.“We hoped — and it was a nice surprise,” Francoise Bertrand said of the previous day’s budget in an interview.“These are signs that are very, very encouraging.”PQ campaign pledges had raised concerns within the business community that the budget would contain things like bigger income-tax increases and additional mining royalties.The complaints became so acute that two major credit-rating agencies warned Quebec they would downgrade the status of the mighty Caisse de depot pension-fund manager. The PQ had promised to allocate a share of its funds to Quebec-only projects, but did not include this project in its budget.The party has also hinted at a moratorium on shale-gas development and tougher language laws, although it’s unclear where either of those projects stand.Bertrand, whose network represents 155 chambers of commerce and 1,200 businesses, said the PQ struck an acceptable balance between fiscal and social obligations, particularly in the tough economic climate.Investor updates prepared by financial institutions after Tuesday’s budget release welcomed the government’s plan to eliminate the deficit in 2013-14, reduce the debt, cut program spending and boost support for businesses.Stefane Marion, chief economist of the National Bank of Canada, applauded Finance Minister Nicolas Marceau’s plan to tighten government spending to slay the deficit rather than adding to the tax burden of Quebecers.“The Marois government has recalibrated its election program to take economic conditions into account and meet the balanced-budget target for 2013-14,” Marion wrote.“We look favourably on the first Marceau budget. Under difficult economic conditions, the government is staying the course on deficit elimination by tight control of spending.”An economist for BMO Capital Markets wrote that the PQ blueprint “serves up a relatively modest dose of fiscal restraint with combined revenue and spending measures.” Robert Kavcic added: “A number of the more contentious potential policy measures also appear to have been dialed back somewhat.”A budget analysis by Desjardins said: “The goals for getting the budget balanced and controlling the debt are maintained, which should make everybody happy, including the rating agencies.”But other observers are warning the PQ’s more-frugal-than-expected budget could potentially alienate its base.“This choice to attain zero deficit starting next year also includes a political price to pay for the PQ,” Josee Legault, a prominent political commentator, wrote on her blog.“The problem is that ‘zero deficit’… always includes a price for public services. But also for the middle class, low-income workers and the least wealthy who are once again asked to make big ‘sacrifices.’ “There are concerns the PQ did not do enough for the middle class as it attempted to build credibility in the business community.Some of the promises that didn’t make it into the budget include a plan to raise mining royalties and pledges to increase spending in certain areas of education and culture.There are also suggestions that the government will seek pay concessions from medical doctors, who were promised large raises by the previous government.The goal was to bring salaries closer to those in other regions of the country and stop the huge outflow of doctors from the province. It’s not clear where those 10 per cent annual pay hikes now stand, and how the salary change might affect the province’s doctor shortage.Premier Pauline Marois had spent much of the campaign promising better services and courting voters of the left-wing Quebec solidaire party.That party is now saying voters have been betrayed by the PQ.The business community, meanwhile, said there is room for improvement in the budget.Bertrand said her federation doesn’t agree with income-tax hikes on people who make more than $100,000 per year — an income level the organization doesn’t consider “super-rich.”The federation also hopes the budget’s plan to reduce spending on infrastructure will not cancel or delay projects that are essential to the province’s economic development.And what about those voters now feeling disappointed that the PQ veered away from some of the promises it made?Bertrand replied: “Frankly, who can claim, whether it’s one government or another, that when we vote for a party we are perfectly satisfied with how the party we voted for behaves?” by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 21, 2012 6:22 pm MDT Business community sighs relief as PQ budget sidelines platform read more

UNbacked partnership support fund launched to end violence against children

“Every day, in every country and every community, children are victimized by violence – and far too often, this violence is accepted as normal, permissible, or a private matter,” said Susan Bissell, Director of the Global Partnership. “Violence against children is not inevitable – if we challenge the status quo that harms the lives and futures of so many children. Every child has the right to grow up free from violence – and we all need to work together to realize that vision,” she added. At the launch event, government ministers from Sweden, Mexico, Indonesia and Tanzania committed to developing specific plans that will combat violence against children, including tackling behaviours and traditions that further violence, making schools and institutions safe for all children, and strengthening data collection about violence and children, among other efforts. The Global Partnership today also launched a new ‘Inspire’ package of seven strategies to prevent violence against children. The package was created with the World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC, End Violence Against Children, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, Together for Girls, UNICEF, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the World Bank. The new strategies include parent and caregiver support programmes, life skills training, the implementation and enforcement of laws, and services for victims. In a separate news release today, WHO highlighted that the seven approaches have all been tested, and all have shown concrete results. “Knowledge about the extent and harms of violence against children is growing, together with evidence about effective strategies for prevention,” noted Dr. Etienne Krug, Director of WHO’s Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention. “Now we need to build on that knowledge to work collectively to create the safe, stable, and nurturing environments that protect children and adolescents from violent harm,” he added. The launch of the Global Partnership includes the premiere of a new public service announcement featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson and international children’s peace prize winners from Liberia and the Philippines. End Violence Against Children – The Global Partnership brings together the United Nations, governments, foundations, civil society, academia, the private sector and young people in driving action towards achieving the targets to end violence by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The Global Partnership to End Violence against Children is mobilizing the world,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “There could be no more meaningful way to help realize the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that in the past year, as many as one billion children around the world have experienced physical, sexual, or psychological violence. Globally, one in four children suffers physical abuse. Nearly one in five girls is sexually abused at least once in her life, while every five minutes, a child dies as a result of violence. “Violence against children is a problem shared by every society – so the solution must also be shared,” said the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Anthony Lake, who serves as founding co-chair of the Global Partnership Board. “When we protect children from violence we not only prevent individual tragedies and support children’s development and growth. In doing so, we also support the strength and stability of their societies,” he added. In coordination with the United Kingdom (UK), a multi-donor trust fund is being established to support the Global Partnership. The UK Government is making a contribution of £40 million to catalyze the Fund in collaboration with the WePROTECT Global Alliance, an initiative created in 2014 by the Government that is dedicated to ending the sexual exploitation of children online through national and global action. The UK funding will be dispersed over the next four years and will focus on ending online child sexual exploitation. Children at Atme camp for displaced people in northern Syria, near the border with Turkey. About 6.5 million Syrians have been internally displaced by violence. Photo: Jodi Hilton/IRIN read more

Sunday Morning Quarterback Evaluating Ohio States win against Wisconsin

Columbus, it’s time to party like it’s 2002. Well, almost time at least. Your Buckeyes still have to beat Michigan next weekend to cap off the program’s first undefeated season since 2002, when the Scarlet and Gray won 14 games and the national championship.  The 2002 squad was notorious for squeaking out wins in close games, and Ohio State seems intent on honoring that team’s 10-year anniversary with an eerily similar season. In 2002 and 2012 OSU entered the season ranked outside the top 10 and was largely an afterthought when talking about the nation’s top teams. Yet week after week they won, sometimes convincingly, but more often by prevailing in nail biters. Such was the case again on Saturday, as OSU overcame Wisconsin in overtime, 21-14. The Buckeyes almost took its connection with the 2002 season too far on Saturday, as the coaching staff channeled its inner “Tressel ball.” It was surprising to see first-year coach Urban Meyer’s staff call such a conservative game. And it was even more shocking how it went about doing it. Sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller never got it going as a runner, but the staff seemed intent on making it happen for the Heisman hopeful. Miller averaged just 2.1 yards while receiving a team-high 23 carries. Meanwhile, junior running back Carlos Hyde averaged 5.8 yards per touch, yet only carried the ball 15 times. Hyde received eight carries on first down, and averaged 6.5 yards on those attempts. Miller averaged less than three yards on his 12 first-down carries. It was as if the coaching staff was trying to jam a square peg into a round hole, with a circular block lying right beside it. OSU’s inability to move the ball forward on first down set up many third-and-long situations. As a result, it punted a season-high nine times. Had Hyde received just a few more first-down touches, that number could have dropped dramatically. But thanks to some superb defense, clutch special teams, timely offensive production and a little bit of luck, OSU was still able to come away with the win. Just like in 2002. Put a fork in it OSU’s undefeated season is still intact, but the same can’t be said for Miller’s Heisman candidacy. Though he’s had a spectacular season, it was always unlikely that Miller would walk away with college football’s most coveted individual award. There was simply too much working against the sophomore. He plays on a team ineligible for postseason play, in a weak conference against a weaker schedule. Still, there was an outside chance that Miller could receive a late surge with statement performances against Wisconsin and Michigan. He effectively ended that hope with a clunker on Saturday, throwing for a season-low 97 yards while looking lost running the football. Surprisingly enough OSU still has a chance to win the Associated Press national title, which not long ago seemed more of a long shot than Miller winning the Heisman. The Buckeyes still need plenty of help to be chosen as the AP’s top team. Without a bowl game it will be out of sight, out of mind after next weekend, and that will hurt its cause. Not to mention there will be a definitive winner in a game designed to crown a national champion. Yes, OSU has to hope for chaos. But chaos is the name of the game in college football, especially in November. Last night alone the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams, Kansas State and Oregon, lost when they were heavily favored to win. There’s still plenty of November football to be played, with the possibility of more contenders falling at the hands of underdogs. Is it likely to happen? No, but it’s certainly possible. And just the fact that we are mentioning OSU and national championship in the same breath this season is fairly remarkable. Give an extra helmet sticker to… The entire OSU defense. Yes, it allowed more than 200 yards rushing. Yes, it surrendered the game-tying score in the final seconds of regulation. And yes, its play redefined the term “bend but don’t break.” The Buckeye defense had plenty of shortcomings on Saturday. You can blame just about every one of the members of the Buckeye offense. OSU’s offense managed a meager 36 yards in the second half, while never sustaining a drive of more than 3 minutes. By the end of the fourth quarter the defense was absolutely gassed. It was unfortunate that they conceded a score to send the game to overtime, but it could have been much worse for the Buckeyes. Senior defensive end John Simon terrorized the Wisconsin offensive line, matching a career-high with four sacks. Sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier made the play of the season, forcing a fumble on the goal line and preserving a late OSU lead. Junior safety Christian Bryant recovered that fumble, and also broke up a pass in overtime to win the game. There were some great individual efforts from OSU’s defense on Saturday. But as a whole, the unit played its most complete game of the season, in a contest in which it was needed the most. read more

Baseball Three Ohio State players selected in MLB draft two recruits also

Ohio State redshirt senior outfielder Shea Murray stands in the box against Purdue on April 1, 2017 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterIt was a down year for the Ohio State baseball team, but three players managed to find success this season as graduates starting pitcher Shea Murray and catcher Jalen Washington, along with junior Tre’ Gantt were selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.The Buckeyes also heard the name of their top two recruits — left-handed starting pitcher Seth Lonsway and right-handed starting pitcher Xavier Moore — called on Wednesday.Though Murray had made the transition from the mound to the outfield this past season, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected him in the 18th round, 538th overall as a pitcher. This marks the second time Murray has been drafted by a MLB team, as he was drafted as a pitcher in the 39th round (1,158th overall) by the Texas Rangers in 2015.On the mound, Murray owns a career 10.95 ERA over 12.1 innings of work. He struck out 17 batters, though 12 walks and overall control issues led to the decision for him to switch to the outfield. In his only season as a hitter, Murray posted a .252/.329/.449 slash line with three home runs and a pair of stolen bases. His three triples on the season were tied for the most on the team, and his .449 slugging percentage was the fourth-best on the team. Ohio State’s starting shortstop this past season, Washington, was chosen by the San Diego Padres in the 29th round with the 858th overall pick. But like Murray, it was not for the position he played in 2017.Washington was drafted by the Padres as a catcher, the position he manned in the 2016 season during the Buckeyes’ Big Ten tournament title run. That year, he caught 59 games and was placed on the Johnny Bench Award watch list on May 18, 2016. However, the team opted to shift him over to shortstop for the 2017 season, in an effort to make the most of his athleticism.Over his career, he has a .254/.357/.393 slash line with 10 home runs and 32 stolen bases. At the plate, 2017 was a career year for Washington as he posted career-highs in doubles (14), triples (five), home runs (seven), batting average (.266) and slugging percentage (.468), while tying a career-high in stolen bases (14).Gantt was the third and final Buckeye drafted on Wednesday after he was selected in the 29th round, 882nd by the Cleveland Indians. He still has one remaining year of eligibility, and could return to the team if he and the Indians do not agree to terms on a contract.In his first year as a regular starter, Gantt maximized every opportunity and spent the bulk of the season batting atop the Buckeyes’ lineup and playing center field.Though he did start in 38 games and appear in 47 games two seasons ago, it was not until the second half of the year when now-Colorado Rockies’ minor league first baseman Jacob Bosiokovic made the switch from right field to first base to free up the position for Gantt to play.Gantt enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2017, posting career-highs in every major statistical category, including a team-leading .426 on-base percentage. He was also tied for the team lead with 14 stolen bases with Washington. His overall slash line of .314/.426/.426 proved valuable for the Buckeye offense as he served as the catalyst for the team’s offense batting out of the leadoff spot in 41 of the team’s 56 games.The Buckeyes also saw a pair of recruits drafted on Wednesday.The first pitcher selected was Xavier Moore, a recruit from Lorain, Ohio, who was drafted in the 16th round with the 494th overall selection by the Texas Rangers. The graduate of Amherst High School is expected to sign with the Rangers.Ohio State’s top recruit, Seth Lonsway, was selected in the 19th round with the 557th overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds.The southpaw out of Celina High School in Celina, Ohio, was ranked as the 148th best draft prospect by MLB Pipeline. He was projected to be a third-round pick in the draft by and Baseball America. Prior to the draft, he told The Daily Standard’s Colin Foster that he would determine the strength of his commitment based on where he was selected in the draft. The amount of days he has remaining until he can reach an agreement with the Reds is still unknown. read more

Grenfell Tower cladding would have burned as quickly as petrol expert reveals

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Victims and survivors groups have voiced their anger at the authority’s actions in the lead up, and in response, to the devastating fire at the 24-storey block that left at least 80 people dead.A public meeting on Tuesday night descended into shouting as residents’ frustration boiled over, with several outbursts about the delay in rehousing survivors.Just 32 of 169 offers of temporary accommodation had been accepted as of Tuesday morning.The petition to be debated by the council said: “The cabinet’s decisions across a series of departments have culminated in the horrifying and completely avoidable loss of life in the catastrophic fire at Grenfell Tower on the 14th of June 2017.”Given the council’s failure to respond to the litany of safety and fire concerns raised by Grenfell Tower residents, we have no confidence in this council’s ability to manage or build public buildings and therefore demand the immediate cessation of all regeneration projects, particularly the construction of new buildings, but including the demolition, or ‘improvement’ of current buildings stock – projects of the kind that the current cabinet have shown themselves grossly incapable of managing.” Elizabeth Campbell, who is to step in as leader of Kensington and Chelsea CouncilCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA Elizabeth Campbell, who is to step in as leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, In a response, interim chief executive Dr Barry Quirk, the head of Lewisham Council, said the council’s response to what he called “the most disastrous incident in the UK since the Second World War” was inadequate. The BBC said it had seen information released by French authorities which indicates the burning cladding would have released 14 times more heat than a European standard of “limited combustibility”.All buildings over 18 metres which have submitted cladding samples have failed combustibility tests rolled out after the fire, the Department for Communities and Local Government said on Tuesday.Meanwhile, a petition demanding the resignation of the entire elected leadership of the council at the heart of the Grenfell Tower disaster will be debated at its meeting later. The plastic core of the cladding used on Grenfell Tower could have burned as quickly as petrol, a fire safety expert has said.The energy output from the burning building would have been equal to burning 51 tonnes of pinewood, research by the University of Leeds has suggested.Dr Roth Phylaktou, an expert in fire investigation at the university, said the cladding combined with insulation was “optimum for vertical fire spread”.He told the BBC: “If you set that on fire near the bottom you can imagine what would happen and how fast the fire will grow.”Before the blaze, Grenfell Tower had been recently refurbished with Reynobond PE cladding, consisting of Reynolux-coated aluminium sheets over a Reynobond polyethylene core.Dr Phylaktou said: “The polyethylene in the cladding would have burnt as quickly as petrol.” More than 1,500 people have signed the petition to Kensington and Chelsea Council, passing the threshold for a debate by councillors.The full council meeting will also see the formal election of its new leader after the local Conservative group nominated Elizabeth Campbell earlier this month, while the new chief executive will be appointed. “This is deeply regrettable and the council needs to provide an apology to those whom it has corporately let down. These failings have served to corrode the public’s trust in the council as a competent public authority.”Trust cannot be commanded, it can only be earned. And the council needs to acknowledge that it needs to deliver quality, reliable, consistent and credible responses if it is to begin to earn public trust.”Of the call for the cabinet to resign, Dr Quirk’s response said Mrs Campbell had selected a new leadership team, which would need to be approved by the full council.More inquests of victims are expected to open on Wednesday, after the coroner said on Monday the number of those formally identified had risen from 34 to 37.last_img read more

Here are the Bus Éireann services cancelled because of strike action

first_imgThe following services ARE NOT operating: No services operating in Cork, Galway, Limerick, Clare or Kerry.Commuter services in Greater Dublin Area are not operating.Expressway Inter-cityRoute 2 Wexford- Dublin and Route 4 Dungarvan-Dublin are currently not operating.Route 5 Dublin-Waterford services are currently not operatingRoute 7 Dublin-Clonmel services are currently not operatingRoute 8 Dublin-Cork services are currently not operatingRoute 12 Dublin-Limerick no services operatingRoute 22 Dublin-Ballina no services operatingRoute 23 Dublin-Sligo no services operatingRoute 30 Dublin-Donegal no services operatingRoute 32 Dublin-Letterkenny no services operatingRoute 33 Dublin-Derry no Bus Éireann services operating. Translink services are operating. Translink services at 10:00, 13:00, 17:300 and 22:00. Services from Dublin will operate from Custom House Quay.Route 64 Derry-Galway no services operatingRoute 66 Westport-Belfast no services operating Updated 9.30am BUS ÉIREANN HAS advised that the vast majority of its services are not operating today as a result of strike action being taken by workers over cost-cutting measures.Workers affiliated to the National Bus and Rail Union went on strike this morning with bus services affected as a result.In an update issued this morning the company said the following services ARE operating: Route 1 Dublin-Belfast No Bus Éireann services operating.Translink services are operating. Translink services are at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00 and 22:00 EX Dublin. Services Ex Dublin will operate from Custom House Quay.Route 30 1500 Donegal-Dublin will operate; 1700 Donegal-Dublin will operateRoute 33 Dublin-Derry no Bus Éireann services operating.Translink services are operating. Translink services are at 10:00, 13:00, 17:300 and 22:00. Services from Dublin will operate from Custom House Quay.GOBE – Dublin Airport-Cork – All services expected to operate with services operating from Dublin city centre will pick up at Georges Quay.Table 492 –0730 Dungloe/Glenties/Ardaghey/Donegal; 1745 Donegal/Killybegs/Ardara/Glenties/Maas/Lettermacaward/Dungloe  ; 2145 Donegal/Killybegs/Ardara/Glenties/Maas/Lettermacaward/DungloeTable 492 and 30 – 1520 Dungloe/Donegal/Dublin; 1345 Glencolmbcille/Killybegs/Donegal/Dublin; 2100 Dublin/Donegal/Glenties Other services No services across inter-city, city, surburan or provincial services are currently operating in Cork.No services across inter-city, city, surburan or provincial services are currently operating in Galway.No services across inter-city, city, surburan or provincial services are currently operating in South-West.GDA Commuter Services100 Drogheda-Newry not operating100X Dublin-Dundalk not operating103/105 Dublin-Ashbourne-Ratoath not operating101 Dublin-Drogheda not operating109 Dublin-Cavan not operating109A DCU-Kells not operating111 Dublin-Athboy-Cavan not operating115 Dublin-Mullingar not operating120 Dublin-Edenderry not operating126 Dublin-Newbridge-Kildare not operating133 Dublin-Wicklow not operating177 Dublin – Monaghan not operating188 Drogheda-Trim not operating190 Drogheda-Laytown not operatingBus Éireann said it apologises for any inconvenience caused by the industrial action. Travelling passengers have been advised to visit its website for further details on disruption to services.More: Bus Éireann workers walk out as passenger services affectedlast_img read more

Roma in France attacked over false white van kidnap rumours

first_img Share112 Tweet Email Mar 27th 2019, 9:51 PM ETHNIC ROMA LEADERS called for round-the-clock police protection for their communities today in Paris after a series of vigilante attacks sparked by false reports of attempted kidnappings.Police arrested 20 people following attacks on Monday night on Roma people in suburbs northeast of Paris following false rumours of abductions spread on messaging apps and social media.Eleven were still in custody today, with three adults and a minor due to be brought before magistrates.“We are calling today on the interior ministry… for immediate protection by way of round-the-clock police presence,” Anina Ciucin, a lawyer and spokesperson for The Voice of Roma group told RMC radio.She said the online claims were “a revival of the medieval stereotype” of Roma in which “gypsies are likened to thieves and child-catchers”. The attacks appeared to have been sparked by the re-emergence of a long-standing online hoax that has circulated in France for years in which people warn of a white van being used in attempted kidnappings of young women or children.Police have renewed their calls on Twitter not to relay the claims. They said there have been no reports of kidnappings in the area. 21,318 Views 29 Comments Wednesday 27 Mar 2019, 9:50 PM Roma in France attacked over false ‘white van’ kidnap rumours Police arrested 20 people following attacks on Monday night on Roma people. ❌Les rumeurs de kidnapping d’enfants avec une camionnette sont totalement infondées. Aucun enlèvement n’est avéré. ❗️Ne relayez plus cette fausse information, n’incitez pas à la violence.— Préfecture de police (@prefpolice) March 26, 2019 Short URL By AFP We’re not sleeping because we’re keeping guard all night.Gheorghe Yasile Ibrahim, a man in his thirties who lives off selling scrap metal, doing furniture removals, and searching bins for discarded food, said he feared “starving to death” because he was too scared to leave the camp.Roma people were also chased in the Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois and had to seek refuge in a supermarket to escape violence, according to Ciucin and judicial sources who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity.Tensions On 16 March, a gang of around 20 young people attacked two people in a white van in the Paris suburb of Colombes, leaving both with light injuries, police said.Rumours appear to have been spread on the Snapchat messaging service and on Facebook, where posts from people claiming their children or family members had been approached by strangers or abducted have been widely shared.In December, police in the town of Versailles, west of Paris, issued a warning about abduction rumours carried online.Police reminded social media users that under French law spreading a false rumour could be punished with fines of €45,000 to €135,000.Tens of thousands of Roma people have lived in France for centuries, but a fresh influx of some 20,000 people, mainly from Romania and Bulgaria, since the 1980s has led to the creation of new slums and increased tensions, according to a 2017 study by the government-sponsored National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).Successive French governments have sought to dismantle the slums and repatriate recently arrived Roma.Although Roma are allowed to travel freely in Europe, they are not eligible to apply for jobs in France unless they meet certain qualifications.Between 10 and 12 million Roma people, also known as Roms, live in Europe, six million of them within European Union borders, according to the Council of Europe human rights group.© – AFP, 2019  Source: Préfecture de police/Twitter Image: Shutterstock/m.mphoto Viral rumours against Roma Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux termed the attacks “unacceptable”, adding that this showed “the absolute need to fight ‘fake news’”.“Spreading such rumours in a highly organised and viral way on social media results in violence (and) the stigmatisation of a community,” he said, calling the process “detestable”.In one attack on Monday night in the suburb of Bobigny, some 50 people armed with sticks and knives set upon Roma living in a nearby slum, setting fire to their parked vans.“Since then we’re constantly scared,” said Georghe Marcus, one of around 150 Roma from Romania, Serbia and Moldova who live in wasteland next to a canal. Image: Shutterstock/m.mphoto Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Rarissime un merle blanc vedette dun jardin anglais

first_imgRarissime : un merle blanc, vedette d’un jardin anglaisDepuis quatre ans, un merle perdant peu à peu sa couleur noire au profit du blanc est le ‘chouchou’ des amis des oiseaux d’un parc public du Nottinghamshire. Atteint de leucisme, une tare génétique, l’oiseau est désormais presque immaculé.Si l’expression “merle blanc” qualifie quelque chose de très rare, c’est bel et bien parce que les oiseaux de ce genre sont justement excessivement rares. L’un d’eux fréquente depuis quatre ans la forêt du Rufford Abbey Country Park, dans le Nottinghamshire, pour la plus grande joie des ornithologues, qui ont pu observer, au fil du temps, sur son plumage, la progression de la couleur blanche au détriment du noir. En cause : une anomalie génétique, le leucisme.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Contrairement aux êtres vivants atteints d’albinisme, chez lesquels la mélanine (pigment noir) n’est pas produite par l’organisme, les individus leuciques synthétisent bien de la mélanine, mais celle-ci ne peut migrer normalement vers les plumes. Si l’œil reste noir, le reste du corps devient partiellement ou entièrement blanc. Un phénomène qui s’amplifie chez ce merle-ci.”Cet oiseau n’a cessé de devenir plus blanc au fil des années et l’été dernier, il était complètement blanc. Il est devenu un sacré personnage dans le parc, ces dernières années ! Il tend à apparaître dans les mois plus chauds et nous ne l’avons pas vu depuis quelques mois, mais espérons qu’il sera de retour bientôt”, a déclaré John Clegg, gérant du parc cité par la BBC. Le 24 janvier 2012 à 20:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Connecting iPhone 7 to MacBook Pro Requires 19 Cable

first_imgApple had the courage to kill off the headphone jack on the iPhone 7. They also had the courage to force you to buy an adapter if you want to hook one up to a new MacBook Pro.That’s right, the phone that Apple just put on sale last month doesn’t plug in to the MacBook Pro they just revealed this month. Instead, you’ll need to purchase an adapter. Don’t worry, though. Apple hasn’t totally hung you out to try. They’ll sell you the adapter you need for just $19.Can drive four 4k displays at once… can’t connect to an iPhone 7 without helpThe adapter is required equipment now because the new MacBook Pro has shed several of the ports the old version had. There’s no Magsafe, no HDMI, and no USB type A ports. They’ve all been ditched in favor of USB-C and Thunderbolt.So… They ditched the headphone jack and throw in the Lightning to headphone adapter with every iPhone 7, but they’re charging you another $19 for a a USB type-C to USB A adapter for a laptop you paid a minimum of $1,499 for? Again, it’s probably all down to being courageous.It’s not really that hard to see what the logic is here. Plenty of people don’t ever plug their phone into their computer any more, thanks to faster in-home WiFi and the rise of cloud services. You might never do it, but then again… the cost to manufacture an adapter like this is dirt cheap and it’s nice to be able to charge your phone from your laptop when you’re in a jam.You don’t have to buy what Apple’s selling; there are much cheaper options out there. You can find a highly-rated third party adapter for around $7. It won’t come in Apple’s packaging, though, and when you’re dropping $1,500 or $2,000 on a laptop there’s a good chance you aren’t all that worried about saving yourself $12.But hey, as long as you’re throwing down extra money for adapters, why not pick one up that brings back one of the MacBook’s best features, the Magsafe charger? Griffin will sell you one of those for another $35.last_img read more

TCIG doubles down on coming Statutory Board Review

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #mismanagementingovernment, #newreviewforboardsofgovernment Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 13, 2017 – Providenciales –  Government boards and statutory bodies will be held more accountable as government now doubles down on talk of a coming review to ensure that there is responsible management.   Governor, His Excellency Dr. John Freeman said the recent challenges at the National Health Insurance Board are an example of how any sort of mismanagement can cost the country big time.   He said,  “The object lessons from the NHIB are particularly acute: it is not beyond the realm of possibility – as I have illustrated – that serious mismanagement of the NHIB or of certain other Boards, could cause a serious run upon the budgetary resources of TCI.”And the Govenror is saying that those entities with the more money to manage and more significant roles to play in running the country will be expected to perform at the highest levels.   The CIA or Chief Internal Auditor completed its report on the NHIP and now the Governor is reiterating that there will have to be reviews and that CEOs and Senior Management will have to accept that not only are they expected to run these entities efficiently and proficiently, but they will be held responsible if there are shortcomings.Firm words from the Governor who shared that as much as $45 million is forked over for medical care by the public purse, “This accounts for a significant proportion of TCIG’s overall expenditure costs and along with the contributions of residents across TCI requires prudent management and accountability,” he said.  Governor Dr Freeman added that he and the Premier are committed to a review.   Zaneta Burton has since rejoined the NHIB as its CEO, Floyd Seymour is no longer on as interim CEO.#MagneticMediaNews#NHIB#mismanagementingovernment#newreviewforboardsofgovernmentlast_img read more

Visible policing to check crime in Telangana

first_imgHyderabad: After the formation of separate Telangana, the TRS government and Telangana Police have adopted the concept of ‘friendly and smart policing’ depending on high-end technology to bring down the crime rate in the state and increase the conviction rate creating a sense of fear among the offenders. But a look back at the achievements seems to have made the police realise that along with its success in the fast detection of crime and quick nabbing of culprits, there has been a flip side of it and that is the incidents of crime are increasing in the absence of visible policing. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us In the recent past, there has been a marked increase in the incidents of murder in broad day light with instances of killers attacking targets by chasing and slaying them brutally with sickles and other weapons and vanish in no time. The recent murder of Vijayawada-based steel trader T Ram Prasad near Panjagutta police station limits which is a highly sensitive area in West Zone with the VIP movement is one such incident that is fresh in everyone’s memory. Hired killers hacked him to death and escaped from the spot. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Despite the CCTV surveillance and having hi-tech patrolling vehicles in its fleet, the police are failing to catch assassins and most importantly they are unable to save even the victims who are running for help in many instances. Cases of increasing number of murders in various police station limits in the Old City and even attacks on police stations were seen recently in Habeeb Nagar police station where families of rowdy sheeters barged into the police station and abused the cops have made the department to look back at its concept of “friendly policing”, which some are taking as an advantage. Advertise With Us Hence the senior police senior officials have decided to intensify the visible policing’ to check crime in Telangana policing” concept more so with the expectation of creating a sense of fear among the offenders. DGP’s ‘Operation Police Stations’ Director General of Police M Mahendar Reddy has launched “Operation Police Stations.” He has been making surprise visits to the police stations. With the surprise visits’ concept of the DGP, the Commissioners and SPs in various cities and districts across the state in turn are following the DGP and reviewing the performance and efficiency of the SHOs. The SHOs have also started clearing pending cases, updation of FIR copies in CCTNS (Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System), intensified patrolling through vehicles, including interior lanes and by lanes and have launched “Operation Rowdy Sheeters” under which they are counselling and warning the rowdy sheeters not to indulge in any offences, settlements, civil disputes and attacks. They are being warned that stringent action will be taken against them and the PD Act will be imposed on them, according to a senior official, who did not wish to be named. In some areas, the SHOs reportedly classified the rowdy sheeters into ‘hyper-active’ and ‘regular’ categories and ordered the hyper-active rowdy sheeters to visit and sign the record every day in the morning hours. All the Blue Colt teams and patrol vehicles were ordered to keep a watch on their activities. The police intensified patrolling in the night times especially in police stations under the Old City since they found that the majority of offences were occurring between 8 pm and 11 pm.last_img read more

Police arrest 11 Narayanganj BNP men

first_img.Police and detectives in separate drives arrested 11 leaders and activists of BNP from different areas of Narayanganj district early Sunday, reports UNB.Rupganj municipality mayor Abul Bashar Badsha and Sonargaon municipality unit BNP vice-president Salauddin were, among, the detainees.A team of detective branch of police raided the house of Badsha early in the morning and arrested him, said Mazharul Islam, inspector of Detective Branch of police.Police arrested ten other BNP men including Salauddin from Sonargaon upazila in connection with carrying out sabotage and attack on police, said Sharafat Ulla, inspector of special branch of police.BNP leaders and activists allegedly attacked a prison van and snatched away two fellows near the High Court area on 30 January. Three separate cases were filed against BNP leaders and activists with Shahbag and Ramna police stations in connection with the incidents.last_img read more