AntiG7 activists plan full day of protest in Quebec City comedy show

first_imgQUEBEC CITY, Que. – Anti-G7 activists are planning a full day of protests in Quebec City today, including a large march through the streets of the historic old quarter as well as a nighttime show featuring popular comedians.Members of the African diaspora in Canada are hoping to grab some attention around 10 a.m. with a protest outside Quebec’s legislature denouncing the invitation to the G7 of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, whom they accuse of war crimes.Activists are holding what they call an “alternative G7” outside the legislature beginning around noon, which will be followed by a large protest march that will include members of labour unions and at least one Quebec provincial politician, Amir Khadir from the left-wing Quebec solidaire.Since Thursday, anti-G7 protesters have taken to the streets in a series of public stunts and actions, but their largely peaceful demonstrations have contrasted in grandeur with the millions of dollars spent on security for the summit.The two-day meeting is nowhere near the protests, taking place about 120 kilometres to the northeast of Quebec City in the Charlevoix region.At most, a few hundred people took part in the largest march so far, held Thursday night, which ended peacefully and with three people arrested.The following day, a tense standoff between protesters and police on a road leading to the summit site of La Malbaie in the early morning also ended calmly.Police chased small pockets of activists through the streets of Quebec City for the rest of the day on Friday, but aside from a few pieces of furniture set on fire in the street, the demonstrations were calm.Quebec City police said four men and two women were arrested Friday for participating in an illegal protest and for disrupting the work of an officer.The protest actions are scheduled to culminate today with a comedy show at a community centre that will include popular performers Fred Dube and Guillaume Wagner.last_img read more

Mother on hook after son crashes rented minivan damage waiver invalid judge

first_imgTORONTO — A woman who rented a minivan is on the hook for thousands of dollars after her son, who had a suspended licence, got behind the wheel and crashed, an Ontario judge has ruled.The Superior Court ruled that Tricia Richards must cover the costs of replacing the vehicle — said to be a write-off — even though she had bought optional insurance coverage at the time of rental.In his decision, Justice Russell Raikes said it was clear that Enterprise Rent-A-Car had not given her son Christopher permission to drive, and the damage waiver she had purchased did not apply.“The agreement expressly says that the waiver is invalidated if someone other than the renter or additional authorized driver operated the vehicle without the owner’s written consent,” Raikes wrote in his ruling. “Once Christopher got behind the wheel of the van and put it in gear, the waiver was invalidated. That is so whether he had Ms. Richards’ permission or not.”Richards had rented the 2017 Dodge Caravan at the Calgary international airport in April 2017 with a view to returning it in Winnipeg. She was the only driver listed on the rental contract. She also bought the optional collision damage waiver, which covers damage for which a renter would have to pay.Days later, with her son at the wheel, the vehicle left the highway and rolled. Enterprise sought $35,311 in replacement costs from her after deciding it would cost more than $82,000 to repair the vehicle.Richards disputed the claim. She argued she had been driving but that, after stopping for gas, she returned to the minivan and found her son behind the wheel. She said she got into the passenger seat and tried to dissuade him from driving, but was tired and gave up when he insisted.“I had absolutely no control of the situation and was wary that my safety was involved if I did anything further to frustrate him,” she said in submissions.She also said she had no idea his licence had been suspended, which led to charges against him after the crash.Raikes, however, said it was irrelevant whether or not Richards had given her son permission to drive. What was clear, he said, is that the rental company had not done so. Raikes sided with the plaintiff.The judge did refuse to order Richards to pay the $35,311 Enterprise was demanding. The rental company, he said, had provided no solid evidence to substantiate the amount claimed beyond providing one repair estimate and one estimate of the value of the minivan.“The information being provided is opinion evidence,” Raikes said. “There is no meaningful way to cross-examine and challenge the authors.”How much Richards should pay Enterprise should be decided at a trial by another judge, who will also rule on how much she owes to cover the company’s legal costs, Raikes said.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Madonna Names Katy Perry As January Guest Curator For Art For Freedom‏

first_imgMadonna has confirmed Katy Perry as the first guest curator for Art for Freedom in 2014 for the month of January.Madonna Names Katy Perry As Guest Curator for Art for FreedomKaty will collaborate with Madonna to select daily submissions to be showcased on Since launching in September 2013, Art for Freedom has received over 3,000 submissions globally via and its social media platforms.“Art can change the world, but first it needs to be seen and heard‎,” said Madonna. “Katy Perry and I are asking you to be that voice and show us how you define freedom in 2014. This will be a year of monumental changes for human rights, and we want you to be a part of that change. Let us hear from you.”“I am so fortunate to have the freedom to express myself through music,” said Katy Perry. “Now I’m calling all of my incredibly creative KatyCats to use their talent to show Madonna and me how they express their freedom. I believe that 2014 can be a year of great social change. Together we can all stand up for Human Rights. Join the conversation, and let your art be your voice.”As part of the Art For Freedom initiative, Katy Perry will work with Madonna to select one artist during the month of January whose creative expression demonstrates a unique view of the fight for human rights. Madonna will then award a $10,000 grant to a nonprofit organization of the winning artist’s choice. All projects must be focused on the values of Art For Freedom. David Blaine served as Art for Freedom’s guest curator for the month of December.Launched in September 2013, Art For Freedom is a global digital initiative, led by Madonna in partnership with VICE Media, designed to fuel free speech – to respond, address and protest persecution and discrimination around the world. It is an online public art project encouraging people to express their personal meaning of freedom and revolution, in the form of video, music, poetry, and photography. Public submissions become part of the Art For Freedom website: contributors can join the project by uploading original artwork or tagging original posts #artforfreedom. The project was launched with the film secretprojectrevolution, co-directed by Madonna and Steven Klein.last_img read more

Enbridge moving towards putting an old pipeline back into service in the

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsEnbridge has plans to put back into operation a pipeline that has been shut down since 2016.Line 21 was closed because it sat on the unstable ground by a riverbed.Now some people are worried about putting the pipeline back into

Charlie Hebdo Blame Unaffiliated Muslims for Terrorism Attacks

Rabat – French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo’s latest controversial editorial places blame for the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks on the complicity of unaffiliated Muslims. Just over a week after attacks in Brussels killed 35, the newspaper is making attempts to answer how we ended up in the situation we find ourselves in today. The newspaper, which was targeted by terrorist attacks last year, claims “The attacks are merely the visible part of a very large iceberg. They are the last phase of a process of cowing and silencing, long in motion and on the widest possible scale”.The newspaper’s latest editorial, “How Did We End Up Here?”, has been regarded by many as an extreme categorization of an entire community; being compared to Trump’s rhetoric and Nazi logic. The editorial initially suggested potential reasons for the attacks, such as widespread Islamism, unemployment and police ineptness. All of that before introducing fictional characters, such as a woman wearing a hijab and a local baker, to illustrate that there is no such thing as an innocent muslim. “Terrorism was fomented”, the editorial claims. It also suggests innocent people died due to the public’s fear of being treated as an Islamophobe or  racist, in addition to the innocent actions of a bearded man in a deli and religious scholar, Tariq Ramadan. The terrorists’ role “is simply to provide the end of a philosophical line already begun”, it added; suggesting that every unaffiliated Muslim contributes to the rest of the “iceberg” and to extremist terrorist actions. In essence, that every living, breathing, practicing Muslim is contributing to terrorism in their own way.Charlie Hebdo concluded: “From the bakery that forbids you to eat what you like, to the woman who forbids you to admit that you are troubled by her veil, we are submerged in guilt for permitting ourselves such thoughts. And that is where and when fear has started its sapping, undermining work. And the way is marked for all that will follow.” The editorial is consistent in making similar comments throughout, suggesting the issue is not that the public isn’t Islamophobic but that they are not Islamophobic enough.So how did we end up here, in a place where a newspaper awarded for “courageous freedom of expression” at PEN American Center’s literary gala, asks the right questions but doesn’t have the appropriate answers? The anger is understandable, after the death of colleagues and friends, but to stimulate such bigotry and prejudice is considered unacceptable by many. “What catharsis does this give you?”, is just one example of recent Twitter reactions to the editorial.Nigerian-American writer, Teju Cole, was also quick to give an extensive response to the editorial. His reasoned criticism of the editorial included “The people of Charlie finally step away from the mask of ‘it’s satire and you don’t get it’ to state clearly that Muslims, all of them, no matter how integrated, are the enemy.” Charlie seems to want to defend “the wish to discriminate freely against Muslims without having to be called out on it”, and somehow portends to characterize the whole exercise as brave and truth-speaking. “This is precisely the logic also of the masses who praise Trump for his ‘honesty’—as though only ugliness could be honest, as though moral incontinence were any more noble than physical incontinence,” Cole states.Photograph: Marc Piasecki/Getty Images read more

Security Council hears criticism over inaction and paralysis in Darfur crisis

In its resolution 1593 (2005), the Council asked the Hague-based Court to investigate war crimes in Darfur, and in 2009, ICC judges issued arrest warrants against Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir and other top officials for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Darfur.“The time has come for this Council and States Parties to seriously devise strategies for arresting those alleged to be responsible for these crimes,” Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the 15-member body during her office’s latest briefing on the conflict between the Government and various armed groups which led to the deaths hundreds of thousands of people and displaced two million more since it first erupted in early 2003.“This is the only way to stop the seemingly endless suffering of the Darfur victims,” she said, calling it a “serious indictment on this Council and on States Parties” that Mr. Bashir and others have been able to show “blatant disregard” for the Council’s resolutions and travel to various countries without fear of arrest.“The situation in Darfur continues to deteriorate and the plight of Darfur victims continues to go from bad to worse,” she stressed noting that this year alone 460,000 people have been newly displaced, with the numbers of people killed, abducted and displaced growing each year. “This Council’s silence even when notified of clear failures and/or violations by UN Member States of their obligations to comply with this Council’s resolutions only serves to add insult to the plight of Darfur’s victims.”Giving an overview of alleged crimes which continue to be committed and “cry out for full investigations,” Ms. Bensouda cited allegations of Defence Ministry attacks targeting civilians as well as attacks by rebel movements; criminal acts against displaced persons and abductions of, and attacks on humanitarian aid workers and peacekeepers. She also noted aerial bombardments and “the pervasive and corrosive effect of organized sexual and gender-based violence” on women and girls, which remains seriously under-reported.Ms. Bensouda said Resolution 1593 represented hope for Darfur’s victims: “hope that there would be an end for their suffering; hope that there would be accountability for crimes and that justice would not only be done but would be seen to be done; and above all, hope that lasting peace and security would return to Darfur.“That hope was strengthened even further when this Council mandated my Office to report on progress every six months to enable the Council to remain actively seized of their plight. Sadly, with each report provided by my Office to the Council, the hopes of the victims of Darfur have faded. With this eighteenth report, it would be an understatement to say that all hope is lost.”She noted that the 10-year conflict has cost UN and humanitarian aid organizations more than $10.5 billion and led to the deaths of 47 aid workers, with many more injured and abducted, and with attacks on peacekeepers appearing to become the norm, with a record number of 57 killings. “In spite of the frustrations, challenges and obstacles, my Office’s determination to carry out the mandate given to it by Resolution 1593 has not and will not waver,” she stressed.But, she added, “Without stronger action by this Council and States Parties, the situation in the Sudan is unlikely to improve.” read more

Final call for United Way donations

Brock University is looking for one final boost in donations for its 2016 United Way campaign.Fundraising efforts have yielded 97 per cent of the University’s $145,000 goal in support of United Way St. Catharines and District.Donations will still be accepted until end of day Friday.For more information or to make a contribution, visit

Robot creates its own spray foam body then starts walking

first_imgA team at the University of Pennsylvania is experimenting with something called foam synthesis, the process of creating solid foam “body parts” from a compact spray package. It could create a new generation of self-forming robots.Students and researchers working out of the Modular Robotics Laboratory at the university looked at the fact that traditional robotics development was problem based. Meaning you had a group of experts eyeball a task to be done, then work with engineers to create a robot for that specific purpose.Development like that is static, and the robot is used just for that purpose and nothing else. What about situations where you cannot predict what problems need to be overcome? This is where the foam synthesis enters in, and the team’s creation of the Foambot .Without going into the deep technical speak that the team uses to explain the Foambot, it is a pretty simple thing to understand. Basically, there are 4 (or more) modules, plus a parent robot armed with spray foam. The operator can assess what shape the robot needs to be to fit the task and then use the foam spray to create the appropriately-shaped parts around each module. As the foam builds up it hardens, allowing for the creation of limbs that are connected to each other in a makeshift foam body. Combine that process with movement, and you have a robot that can change shape and then travel over or through different terrain and obstacles.The clever bit isn’t just the use of foam to create structures, though. The robot has software on board that analyses how the modules are positioned and where the joints are. It then uses that information to figure out how to make it move efficiently.This method allows the ultimate in flexibility since the robot can be designed on the fly, making it useful for the situation the operator is in. The video below shows the team creating both a four legged robot, and a worm/snake out of the hardened foam.More at University of Penn Modlab, via New Scientistlast_img read more

Internet au sommet de lEverest

first_imgInternet au sommet de l’EverestGrâce à un nouveau réseau de téléphonie à haut débit installé dans la région népalaise de l’Everest, les alpinistes vont pouvoir passer des appels vidéo et surfer sur Internet depuis le sommet le plus haut du monde. La station télécoms de technologie 3G se trouve à une altitude de 5.200 mètres. Elle a été installée par Ncell, une filiale du géant suédois de la téléphonie TeliaSonera.Son directeur au Nepal a annoncé aujourd’hui avoir “réussi à passer l’appel en vidéo le plus haut du monde depuis le camp de base du mont Everest. La couverture du réseau va atteindre [son] sommet”. Celui-ci se trouve à 8.848 mètres d’altitude. Jusqu’à présent il dépendait d’une couverture téléphonique par satellite aléatoire et coûteuse, installée par China Mobile en 2007.Au total, huit stations 3G ont été installées dans la région, dont quatre seront alimentées à l’énergie solaire. Elles permettront aux alpinistes de rester en contact avec leurs organisateurs d’expédition et leur famille. Ces installations seront également utiles en cas d’accident.Environ 3.000 personnes ont gravi le sommet de l’Everest depuis la première ascension en 1953. Le 29 octobre 2010 à 17:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Wilmington Farmers Market On June 18

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA – Looking for an excuse to eat out?The Wilmington Farmers Market Association is holding a “Dining For A Cause” Fundraiser at the 99 Restaurant (144 Lowell Street) on Monday, June 18, 2018, from 4pm to 11pm.Bring the flyer below and 15% of your bill will be donated to the Farmers Market.  Applies to both dine-on AND take-out orders.  (No coupons, discounts or promotions are accepted during the fundraiser.)At the restaurant, Farmers Market organizers will also be raffling off a gift basket that includes some goodies, products from its vendors, and gift certificates to local restaurants and farmers market vendors. Tickets will be $2 each or 3 for $5.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Local Heroes Club To Hold Fundraiser To Benefit Veterans At 99 Restaurant On Sept. 11In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Cops With Kids For Cancer On June 5In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Northside PAC On May 29In “Community”last_img read more

Elon Musk SpaceX Starhopper lifts off a little bit

first_img Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship Starhopper is undergoing tests with a single Raptor engine attached underneath it at SpaceX’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas. The hopper first fired up on April 3. The tethered prototype isn’t meant to reach space. Musk’s declaration that Starhopper hit the end of its tether indicates the second hop was likely higher than the first. Space aficionados are on the ground in Boca Chica watching the test hops from afar and discussing them on the forum. The site posted another look at the hop from outside the road blocks around the facility. Post a comment 16 Photos 0 Enlarge ImageSpaceX’s Starship hopper originally had a nose, which is currently not on the prototype. SpaceX SpaceX isn’t wasting any time between tests of its prototype Starship “hopper,” now known as the Starhopper. Founder Elon Musk shared some fresh fiery test footage this weekend, declaring that “Starhopper just lifted off and hit tether limits!” Sci-Techcenter_img Starhopper just lifted off & hit tether limits!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 6, 2019 Share your voice Tags SpaceX is developing Starship with the goal of getting humans off this rock and some day around the moon and all the way to Mars. Musk already set an ambitious timeline for launching a Starship full of artists around our lunar neighbor in 2023.The tethered rocket engine tests are important, but just a hint of what could come. Starship itself should end up sporting seven Raptor engines, but it’s also meant to be paired with a SpaceX Super Heavy rocket, which could use up to 31. That would be a big show. Elon Musk Space SpaceXlast_img read more

23 bn IdeaVodafone merger gets conditional goahead from exchanges

first_imgREUTERS/Shailesh AndradeThe Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) and its exchanges have given their conditional approval to the merger between Kumar Mangalam Birla-owned Idea Cellular and Vodafone India. It will be subject to the regulator’s ongoing probe and approvals from public shareholders and the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), a PTI report said on Tuesday.Vodafone India and Idea Cellular had announced the merger of their operations in March this year to create the country’s largest mobile phone operator worth more than $23 billion with a 35 per cent market share.The $23-billion merger deal would be subject to the outcome of an ongoing probe by the regulator and approvals from public shareholders and National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLT). The multi-layered deal was announced in March and recently got clearance from the fair trade regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI).In their no-objection letters on “draft composite scheme of amalgamation and arrangement among Vodafone Mobile Services, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular and their respective shareholders and creditors”, BSE and NSE said that all the conditions put forth by the regulator need to be placed before NCLT while seeking its approval.The regulator said Idea has given a voluntary undertaking to Sebi that it will not dispose of shares that were purchased by one of its promoters before the merger announcement, till further directions from Sebi.In its detailed comments on the draft scheme, Sebi said it had received a complaint alleging that one of the promoters of Idea Cellular had purchased 0.23 per cent shares of the company before the announcement of the draft scheme of amalgamation and these transactions by the purchasers were in violation of securities laws, PTI reported on Tuesday.Sebi has also received complaints about alleged violation of takeover norms as the shareholding of Idea would increase from about 21 per cent to about 26 per cent pursuant to the scheme.”The said allegations are being examined by Sebi,” the report said, quoting the regulator.Idea has also submitted a voluntary undertaking stating that it will comply with the directions of Sebi in respect of the ongoing examination. It has also undertaken that any liability eventually held to be valid against it shall be borne by Idea, PTI said in its report.”The acquisition pursuant to draft scheme of arrangement is exempt from the obligation to make an open offer…if the acquisition is pursuant to a scheme of arrangement, inter- alia, including amalgamation, merger or demerger, pursuant to an order of a court or a competent authority under any law or regulation, Indian or foreign. Thus, the said exemption is applicable only if NCLT approves the draft scheme,” Sebi said.The regulator further said an ‘abridged prospectus’ about the deal will need to contain a risk factor (at number 1) detailing the risks associated with the outcome of the examination by Sebi of the allegations in the complaint. The company will need to ensure that the scheme clearly provides for voting by public shareholders and that the scheme of arrangement is acted upon only if the votes cast by the public shareholders in favour of the proposal are more than the number of votes cast against it.The explanatory statement to the notice to shareholders need to disclose prominently that Sebi is examining the allegations with regard to transactions done by the purchasers in the shares of Idea before the announcement of the scheme.”All the above facts shall be brought to the notice of NCLT,” Sebi said.last_img read more

Washingtonian Magazine Ad Campaign About DC Manages to Include Zero Black People

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comAlthough White residents may now make up 44 percent of the District’s population, Washington, D.C., once coined “Chocolate City,” is still majority African American with 47.7 percent of residents identifying as Black, according to the U.S. Census.Washingtonian Magazine completely disregarded the District’s majority population in a recently launched social media campaign.  In a series of photos located in various places around the city, people are seen wearing shirts that read, “I’M NOT A TOURIST.  I LIVE HERE.”  Every single person featured in the campaign- a campaign about living in a predominantly Black city- is White.A screenshot of the from Tony Lewis Jr.’s Instagram account admonishing the Washingtonian Magazine campaign “I am Not A Tourist.” (Screenshot)As soon as the campaign dropped, Black Twitter and Washingtonians immediately chastised the magazine and its tone deaf marketing.“PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT [Washingtonian Magazine’s] DEPICTION OF WHO ‘LIVES HERE’… NOT ONE BLACK FACE IN THE ENTIRE PIECE,” social media influencer and community activist, Tony Lewis Jr. wrote on Instagram and Twitter.  Lewis wrote in all capital letters similarly to the campaign t-shirts.“BLACK PEOPLE STILL MAKE UP [47 percent] OF THIS CITY.  THIS IS DISRESPECTFUL, CARELESS, AND RACIST (YEAH I SAID IT, RACIST). THIS IS VERY REPRESENATIVE OF HOW WE FEEL IN OUR OWN CITY, THAT WE ARE INVISIBLE, THAT WE DON’T EXIST.  THAT PEOPLE MOVE HERE HAVE MORE VALUE THAN THOSE BORN HERE.  THAT WHEN WE DIE IN THE STREETS IT ISN’T IMPORTANT, THAT THE NEW RESTAURANT OR CONDO SUPERCEDES OUR EXISTENCE,” Lewis wrote.He then encouraged Washingtonians to not support the magazine.The controversy surrounding the shirts and campaign quickly escalated, prompting Washingtonian to delete the campaign and apologize.“As a native Washingtonian, I am very sorry that our latest  ‘I Am Not A Tourist’ marketing campaign did not represent the wonderfully diverse city in which we live,” Washingtonian Magazine CEO and president Catherine Merrill Williams wrote in  a statement.“This was the very beginning of a campaign in which all intentions are to include the many communities that make up our city.  We solicited pictures from a diverse group of people and put the pictures up in the order they came in.  People who saw the initial gallery of pictures had no way of knowing that it was not, in fact, the entirety of the marketing campaign. We took down the initial post because it created an impression that was inconsistent with our values and standards. We’re confident that when the campaign is complete it will reflect the diversity of the readership that we serve,” she wrote.Despite the apology some Washingtonians are still outraged.In response to Washingtonian’s campaign, Lewis is putting together a photoshoot on May 20 at Union Market for residents “born, raised and educated” in D.C.“We will provide a counter narrative that there are still folks who were born, raised, and educated in this city still here.  We will provide a counter image that not every person living in the city is a [White] millennial,” Lewis wrote on Instagram.The dress code for the photo shoot is all black.last_img read more

Ubuntu 1910 will now support experimental ZFS root filesystem install option

first_imgLast week, Ubuntu announced that the upcoming Ubuntu version 19.10 will support ZFS as a root file system, and should be used as an ‘experimental’ installer. The ZFS support will enable an easy to use interface, provide automated operations and offer high flexibility to Ubuntu users. Initially, Ubuntu 19.10 will be supported on desktop only, however, the layout has been kept extensible for servers, later on. Ubuntu has also warned users not to use ZFS on production systems yet; users can use it for experimental purposes and provide feedback. Ubuntu develops a new user space daemon – ‘zsys’ In order to make the basic and advanced concepts of ZFS easily accessible and transparent to users, Ubuntu is developing a new user space daemon, called zsys, which is a ZFS system tool. It will allow multiple ZFS systems to run in parallel on the same machine, and have other advantages like automated snapshots, separating user data from system and persistent data to manage complex zfs dataset layouts. Ubuntu is designing the system in such a way that people with little knowledge of ZFS will also be able to use it flexibly. Zsys’s cooperation with GRUB and ZFS on Linux initramfs will yield advanced features which will be made official by Ubuntu, later on. Users can check out the current progress and what’s next with zsys on the Ubuntu projects Github page. Progress update of Ubuntu 19.10 ZFS has already been shipped on Linux version 0.8.1. It supports features like native encryption, trimming support, checkpoints, raw encrypted zfs transmissions, project accounting and quota and many performance enhancements. Some post-release upstream fixes has been backported, to provide a better user experience and increase reliability. A new support has been added in the GNU GRUB menu. All existing ZFS on root user can enjoy these benefits, as soon as version Ubuntu 19.10 is updated. The post states that “We still have a lot to tackle and 19.10 will be only the beginning of the journey. However, the path forward is exciting and we hope to be able to bring something fresh and unique to ZFS users.” Users are very happy with Ubuntu 19.10 supporting ZFS. A user on Hacker News comments, “Having been a ZFS fan since the twilight of OpenSolaris, I’m very glad to see ZoL taking off. Rolling it into Ubuntu and making it officially supported was a great move – after some frustration with trying to run ZFS on a CentOS box and having it occasionally break after a kernel update, having it easily available on Ubuntu was like a breath of fresh air. Having it readily available as a root filesystem, and having TRIM support at long last, is great news.” While few users are not happy with Ubuntu 19.10 supporting ZFS due to its high maintenance. A Redditor says, “I’m a big fan of Ubuntu, use it on one of my own machines and recommend it to people. But almost every time they have decided to go it alone and make something a unique selling point it has backfired (Upstart, Mir, Unity, bzr, CouchDB, Ubuntu one). No other mainstream distro is going to adopt ZFS. Probably ubuntu will drop it in a few years when they realize they can’t carry the maintenance burden. If you use ZFS for your file system then you won’t be able to use standard recovery tools or access it from a dual boot. You won’t be able to revert back to and older ubuntu version. You won’t be able to install upstream kernels.” For more details, head over to the Ubuntu blog. Read Next Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, was hacked; Ubuntu source code unaffected Ubuntu has decided to drop i386 (32-bit) architecture from Ubuntu 19.10 onwards Xubuntu 19.04 releases with latest Xfce package releases, new wallpapers and morelast_img read more

Nicaragua exits from US military school

first_imgFrom the print editionBy David Hutt | Special to The Tico TimesMANAGUA, Nicaragua – Latin American support for the School for the Americas (SOA) has been falling like dominos over the past decade. Based in Fort Benning, Georgia, in the United States, the military academy for Latin American soldiers, which now is titled the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, has been associated with a number of human rights abuses committed by its graduates. From Southern Cone “dirty wars” to Central American civil wars, many graduates from the “school of assassins,” as some human rights groups refer to it, have been accused of rape, murder and massacres. Former Panamanian President Jorge Illueca called the school the “biggest base for destabilization in Latin America.” In 2004, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced that his country would no longer send soldiers to be trained there. Two years later, Argentina made a similar announcement, and neighboring Uruguay took the opportunity to affirm its removal of troops from the school. Bolivia was added to the list in 2008 and Ecuador in 2012. In 2007, Costa Rica juggled with the idea. At one point, then-President Oscar Arias stated he would stop sending his country’s police officers to the school (since Costa Rica has no military). He later reversed the decision, citing the need for training to combat international drug trafficking and organized crime. This month, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced he would no longer send soldiers to the school. After a Sept. 4 meeting with a delegation from the activist group School of the Americas Watch (SOAW), Ortega called the SOA “an ethical and moral anathema.”“All of the countries of Latin America have been victims of its graduates,” Ortega said. “The SOA is a symbol of death, a symbol of terror.”Ortega noted that Nicaragua gradually has reduced the numbers of troops that are trained at the school, sending only five soldiers last year and none this year. “We have now entered a new phase, and we will not continue to send troops to the SOA. This is the least that we can do,” Ortega said.He said he expected backlash from the U.S. over the decision. Ortega praised Latin American unity and economic solidarity, but said aid from other Latin American countries is “still not sufficient to allow Nicaragua to be totally independent of the U.S., a nation that continues to punish Nicaragua for any slight step out of line by withholding funding.”The SOAW delegation has been touring Nicaragua for two weeks, meeting with government officials, rural community leaders and other groups. Cold War Context Stirred to action after the assassination on March 24, 1980, of Archbishop Óscar Romero by a right-wing death squad in El Salvador, Father Roy Bourgeois founded the U.S-based SOAW, and has been campaigning since 1990. He has called the school a “symbol of United States foreign policy whose role is always the same: to protect U.S. economic interests and control the natural resources of Latin American countries.” Opponents of the school point to a number of figures in Latin American history who have received training and then committed human rights abuses. Recently, graduate Pedro Pimentel Ríos of Guatemala was sentenced to a symbolic 6,060 years in prison for his actions during the 1982 Dos Erres Massacre that resulted in more than 200 deaths in that country. In total, 11 dictators have attended the school, from Argentina’s Leopoldo Galtieri, to Guatemala’s Efraín Ríos Montt, whose scorched earth campaign has been classified as genocide by a U.N. commission. In 1996, the U.S. Pentagon was forced to release training manuals from the school that advocated attacking civilians, executions, torture, false imprisonment and extortion. All of these manuals had been distributed to Central American military personnel during the 1970s and ’80s, when the U.S. was funding counterinsurgency groups in the region. However, according to a statement by the SOA, “no school should be held accountable for the actions of its graduates.” Its mission statement promises a high moral standard. According to the statement, the school provides: “a professional education and training to eligible military, law enforcement and civilian personnel of nations of the Western Hemisphere within the context of the democratic principles set forth in the Charter of the Organization of American States.” Of the 64,000 soldiers the school has trained, only a small number has been convicted of human rights abuses. In an attempt to distance itself from the past, the SOA underwent rebranding and remerged in 2001 as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. Yet a former director at the school, Maj. Joseph Blair, said, “There are no substantive changes besides the name. They teach the identical courses that I taught, changed the course names and use the same manuals.” In 2009, attempts to forget its past were further quashed when two-time graduate Gen. Romeo Orlando Vásquez Velásquez toppled Honduras’s democratically elected president, Manuel Zelaya, in a coup that received condemnation from around the world. The eventual fate of the SOA is unknown. Fewer and fewer Latin American nations are sending their soldiers for training, and there is growing pressure in the U.S. to disband the school altogether. In 2007, the McGovern/Lewis Amendment was put before the U.S. Congress with the aim of cutting off the school’s funding. It failed to pass by just six votes. In a few days, another delegation from SOAW will meet with President Barack Obama’s administration and put their case forward for the closure of the school. But for Nicaragua, its stance on the SOA has now become clear: It aims to become the first Central American nation to withdraw its soldiers from the school. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Service road study a minor setback for 1 billion Moín Port project

first_imgNo related posts. Construction for the billion-dollar Moín Port expansion project on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast could be delayed following the postponement of a request for construction of a crucial service road.Costa Rica’s National Technical Secretariat of the Environment Ministry (SETENA) requested additional environmental studies for the road, which will pass through a protected wetland.“The description we received is very different then what was originally proposed,” SETENA’s Secretary General Uriel Juárez told The Tico Times. “We need a new document that includes an in-depth environmental impact study.”The National Roadway Council (CONAVI) is required to build the road, per the concession agreement with the port’s management company, APM Terminals. The road needs to be in place before port construction can begin, which, prior to SETENA’s decision, was set for February.“Worst case this would affect the timetable, but it’s not a drastic change,” Paul Gallie, APM’s managing director of the project, said. “If we lost a few days that’s not as important as having everything done according to the law. We still expect to start construction early next year.”While SETENA awaits CONAVI’s paperwork, the organization is approaching the end of the much larger decision regarding the environmental impact report for the mega-port itself. SETENA has finished reviewing the 3,000-page report and will hold a public hearing on Nov. 9 in Limón to explain the project’s environmental impact to the community. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Toys for Joy at Engen garage

first_imgStaff  of the Ladysmith Gazette, together with ABI and Sharaj Ambulance Services have gathered at the Engen service station at the bottom end of Murchison Street to collect funds for the annual Toys for Joy campaign.The Ladysmith community is encouraged to make a turn and donate whatever they can spare towards this very worthy cause.The Gazette team will be here for the morning and possibly into the afternoon. Get into the Christmas spirit of giving, and put a big smile on a child’s face. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

Thailand to be first Asian country to host 4th UNWTO World Forum

first_img4th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy TourismThailand to be first Asian country to host 4th UNWTO World ForumThailand’s strategy to promote gastronomy tourism will take a huge step forward with the 4th UNWTO World Gastronomy Forum to be held in Bangkok between 30 May – 1 June 2018. It is the first time this event will be held in Asia.Organised annually by the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the Basque Culinary Centre, the event is being supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports with more than 567 delegates registered to attend (as of 18 May 2018).This fourth edition will specifically focus on harnessing the power of technology as a driver for sustainable growth. The event will include a symposium, workshops and seminars in which leading experts in gastronomy tourism will discuss current trends and challenges in the sector, exchange best practices and inspire discussion on intercultural dialogue, gastro diplomacy, and the importance of technology for sustainable gastronomy tourism.H.E. Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports said, “This is going to be a landmark event in the annals of Thai and Asia-Pacific tourism. We will take full advantage of this gathering of leading experts in the field of gastronomy tourism to strengthen the connections between Thailand’s two bedrock industries, agriculture and travel and tourism.”One unique part of the programme is on-site visits for international delegates to four Bangkok districts, each of which have their own unique culinary characteristics. These include Bang Rak, Nang Loeng, Trok Khao Mao and Phra Nakhon route. Another four route visits will help delegates enjoy the best culinary experience combined with culture and the community. These include: Talat Phlu, Talat Noi, Kudi Jeen, and Klong Bang Luang.The first edition of the event was held in San Sebastian city of Spain, the 2nd time in Lima, Peru and 3rd in San Sebastian, Spain again. Over 250 international participants attended each event.A press conference will be held on 30 May 2018 after the opening ceremony. It will be addressed by H.E. Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Minister of Tourism and Sports, H.E. Mr. Zurab Pololikashivili, Secretary-General, UNWTO, and Mr. Joxe Mari Aizega, Director, Basque Culinary Centre.In 2016, international visitors to Thailand spent an estimated 326 billion Baht on food and beverage consumption, representing 20 percent of the tourism revenue.TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said, “TAT has made gastronomy tourism an important part of its marketing strategy under the Thailand 4.0 socio-economic development plan.”“Thai cuisine is famous all over the world. It is rare a major city in the world that does not boast a Thai restaurant, be it in the form of fine-dining or takeaway. All our culinary delights have their roots in Thai agriculture, which was our bedrock source of economic livelihood well before tourism. Now, the Royal Thai Government is more firmly linking both.”In December 2017, TAT celebrated the opening of an exciting new chapter in Thailand’s dynamic culinary evolution with the launch of the first Michelin Guide Bangkok.A total of 98 Thai, Asian and international restaurants, including for the first time 28 Thai street-food stalls, are featured in the inaugural Michelin Guide, which was launched at a gala ceremony in the Thai capital on 6 December. The selection of the Michelin Guide Bangkok 2018 features three two-star restaurants, 14 one-star restaurants and 35 Bib Gourmand restaurants.The Michelin Guide Bangkok 2018 will be followed by similar guidebooks covering the food, service and catering sectors in other popular destinations.In 2018, TAT also supported the publication of a bilingual Thailand guidebook Gault and Millau Belux 2018 edition.Source = Tourism Authority of Thailandlast_img read more

Farhana Kaloo buried after sudden death

first_imgThe sudden death of Farhana Kaloo has sent shock waves throughout Ladysmith.She was unwell when she was found by family members on Wednesday evening. She was rushed to hospital, but could not be saved.A postmortem has been done to determine the cause of death. The results have not been officially released.According to Muslim tradition, she was buried yesterday (Thursday).Related stories:Sudden death of Ladysmith resident WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img