Australia warns illegal Sri Lankan asylum seekers

Australia today warned Sri Lankans attempting to seek asylum in Australia illegally.The Australian High Commission said that Australia remains committed to protecting its borders, stamping out people smuggling, and preventing people from risking their lives at sea. “Australia’s borders are closed to illegal migration. The tough border protection policies that have secured Australia’s borders against the threat of people smuggling and prevented people from dying at sea remain in place.”“Australia maintains a robust operational capability to detect and respond to any people smuggling boat to ensure that no illegal maritime venture makes it to Australia. If you attempt to come illegally by boat, you will be caught.” “By working together with our regional partners, we are shutting down people smuggling syndicates operating in our region and preventing people from getting on dangerous and pointless boat ventures,” High Commissioner Hutchesson said. “Every Sri Lankan people smuggling boat that has entered Australian waters in the past four years has been stopped, and all those on board returned to Sri Lanka,” High Commissioner Hutchesson said.Australia continues to work closely with regional partners, including Sri Lanka, to identify and disrupt people smuggling ventures before they even get on the water.In the past five years, international authorities, with the assistance of Australia, have disrupted 78 people smuggling ventures, preventing 2525 people from travelling illegally by boat and leading to more than 614 arrests. Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Bryce Hutchesson warned Sri Lankans not to be fooled by false advertising through social media or by people smugglers. The Australian High Commission is aware of rumours circulating on social media inSri Lanka that it is possible to get to Australia illegally by boat. Since the implementation of Australia’s toughest ever border protection measures in 2013, Australia has returned 827 people from 34 people smuggling ventures to their country of origin or departure, including 166 Sri Lankans. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Choosing the winners and losers of Ohio States NFL Combine participants

Then-OSU quarterback Cardale Jones (12) on Oct. 3 during a game against Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorFor the past week, Indianapolis was transformed into the football capital of the world. More than 300 players, every NFL team and its army of scouts and a heavy media contingent descended on the Midwestern city for the league’s marquee pre-draft event: the NFL Combine.The combine, which officially concluded Monday, gives players a chance to show off in on-field workouts while also presenting front offices the opportunity to conduct preliminary interviews with prospects. Many on the outside seem to wonder how much stock to place in drills and other measurables, yet the reality is scouts do pay attention. Of the 332 NFL hopefuls in attendance, 14 played college football for Ohio State, the most of any school this year. Here’s a look at some Buckeyes’ performances, and what happened to their draft stock after a week in Indianapolis. Winner: Darron Lee Picking a clear-cut winner from the pool of OSU products is slightly challenging, as no one Buckeye really stole the show. With that said, a handful of players performed well. Darron Lee is one such guy. The linebacker, who left two years of eligibility on the table to turn pro, is slightly undersized, measuring at 6-foot-2 and 228 pounds. But it’s his athleticism that made him so effective as a two-year starter. He showcased his freakish ability in Indianapolis, turning in the fastest 40-yard dash time for linebackers with a 4.47-second sprint. His 33.5-inch vertical was No. 5 and his 11-foot-1 broad jump was the third longest of any player. The knock on Lee is his frame isn’t typical for a physically imposing linebacker, which leads to missed tackles. That plagued him at times at OSU and likely will at the next level if he doesn’t add weight. But with NFL teams committing to the spread offense, Lee’s athleticism makes him valuable in pass coverage. If Lee didn’t show scouts that he’s a top-tier athlete, he would’ve plummeted down draft boards.Since the opposite happened, and he confirmed his top-flight athletic ability, Lee solidified himself as a late-first-round talent, which is why he leaves Indianapolis as a winner. No change: Bosa and Elliott For both Ezekiel Elliott and Joey Bosa, the combine presented a high-risk, low-reward opportunity. Many considered them to be the best players at their respective positions, which meant their workouts could, essentially, do nothing but hurt their stock.After running the 40-yard dash in a solid 4.47 seconds and catching the ball well in on-field drills, Elliott cemented himself as the most well-rounded running back in the draft. He didn’t hurt his stock, nor did he help it, which is why Elliott falls under the “no change” category.The same argument can be made for Bosa, with a slight caveat. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native posted a 4.86 in the 40, which was slightly slower than many expected — including himself, he later admitted on NFL Network. But in the other aspects, Bosa performed really well. His times in the three-cone and the 20-yard shuttle were second among defensive linemen, showcasing his agility. In the broad jump, he jumped 10 feet, tying him for fifth among D-line prospects and displaying more-than-adequate explosiveness. Questions about whether he is best suited for the 4-3 or 3-4 schemes are beginning to swirl, but most experts, including NFL Network’s Gil Brandt, still rank Bosa as one of the draft’s best players, which is all he can ask for on his way out of Indianapolis. Loser: Cardale JonesCardale Jones was hoping to use the combine to showcase to the NFL all the hard work he had been putting in with quarterback guru George Whitfield since the Fiesta Bowl. A pulled hamstring during his second run of the 40-yard dash desolated those plans. Instead of risking further injury, Jones opted to end his combine early, having completed only the vertical jump and 40-yard dash. He did tie for first among quarterbacks with a 36-inch vertical, while his time of 4.81 in the 40 is respectable for a 6-foot-5, 250-pound player. But after losing his starting job midway through the year following a raft of pedestrian performances, Jones’ draft stock could’ve really benefited from dazzling scouts in throwing drills. There is no confusion surrounding whether Jones has NFL arm strength — he does. The questions about Jones are predicated on his intermediate accuracy and if his mechanics are refined enough. He would’ve had the chance to exhibit the progress made in both categories had it not been for the hamstring injury. Jones, who many experts project has a mid-round pick, will now regroup and hope to cash in at OSU’s Pro Day on March 11. Out of all 14 Buckeyes in attendance, it was Jones who arguably had the most to prove, which is why him having to cut short his workout hurts.  Loser: Jalin Marshall When H-back Jalin Marshall added his name to the ever-growing list of Buckeyes forgoing remaining eligibility, head-scratching was at an all-time high. It was a move few saw coming. The combine was a perfect opportunity for Marshall to prove to the world that he’s a polished enough receiver with enough athleticism to get the job done in the NFL. Marshall falls into the category of “losers” solely based on the fact those questions remain. On top of starting the combine at a disadvantage from being only 5-foot-10, he posted a slower-than-expected 4.60 in the 40-yard dash.In the two agility-testing drills — the three-cone drill and the 60-yard shuttle — Marshall performed well, ranking in the top 10 for receivers. Even so, his overall performance wasn’t eye-popping enough to move the needle, keeping his stock relatively low. Marshall, along with his former teammates hoping to keep their value rising, are next set to take part in OSU’s Pro Day. The NFL draft is scheduled to begin April 28 in Chicago. read more

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Crack skull arraigned for mans murder in Craig

A 21-year-old implicated in the murder of 42-year-old, Purcell Moore-a father of two who was vacationing in Guyana- outside of his mother’s Craig, East Bank Demerara (EBD) home was on Friday arraigned at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Murdered: Purcell MooreSelwin Dawson called ‘Crack skull’ of 1st Field, Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara (EBD) stood before the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan to answer to the indictable offence.He denied that on December 20, 2018, at Old Road, Craig, he murdered Moore during the course of a robbery.He was remanded to prison to return on January 22, 2018.INews was informed that another accused in the robbery, Kevin Persaud will be charged for the offence shortly.On December 20, Moore had just left his mother’s home and was walking through an alleyway when he was reportedly attacked by three men attempting to steal a gold chain that he was wearing.Moore reportedly refused to hand over the chain and a scuffle ensued. He was pushed into the drain where he fell and one of the bandits reportedly whipped out a firearm and shot the man multiple times.Moore was taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Police in a subsequent release detailed that Moore’s body bore a suspected gunshot wound to the right side chest and lacerations to the head, while investigators have retrieved two spent shells of a small caliber weapon, at the scene. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: Father of 2 murdered in Craig, two suspects in custodyDecember 20, 2017In “Crime”Suspect in Craig murder confesses – Crime ChiefDecember 21, 2017In “Crime”Teen accused of attempted murder remandedFebruary 20, 2018In “Court” read more

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Cummins moves technology innovation into the realm of Stage V

first_imgCummins revealed a selection of next generation innovations at its recent Intermat 2015 press conference, attended by IM, showcasing “the full spectrum of its expertise in component technologies for the commercial diesel engine.” These component innovations, which are capable of improving the fuel efficiency of modern diesel engines by at least 10% while also improving emissions reductions performance, were unveiled to the mining and construction market for the first time.Cummins Turbo Technologies, a global engineering leader in turbocharger technology, unveiled its Next Generation Holset VGT™, designed to improve turbo efficiencies and deliver greater fuel economy. This latest innovation in VGT technology offers multiple benefits, such as enhanced integration with the engine system due to a new actuator, improved durability and optimised performance through the patented moving shroud variable geometry mechanism. The Next Generation series 300 variable geometry turbocharger is capable of improving turbo efficiencies by up to 12% at low engine speed as well as delivering reduced CO2 emissions. In addition, this latest solution is 10% lighter than its existing counterpart, creating greater fuel economy.Cummins Emission Solutions, a leader in aftertreatment technologies, introduced the first of its next generation of aftertreatment platforms for future emissions regulations, the EcoFit Single Module. This platform product is a potential solution designed to meet Stage V requirements in a small, light-weight, simple and robust advanced aftertreatment system package. The EcoFit Single Module, designed for heavy-duty and midrange engine applications, is up to 60% smaller and 40% lighter compared to today’s combined SCR and DPF systems while achieving advanced emissions reductions levels. The system enables easier equipment integration for OEM customers, and its lower weight minimises the impact on equipment weight, which will contribute towards improving fuel economy.Advancements in catalyst technologies are enabling efficiency improvements throughout the entire system and Cummins Emissions Solutions has invested in diesel particulate filter technologies with higher ash capacities, allowing for more time between cleaning intervals for its customers. The SCR catalysts, coupled with the EcoFit UL2 Liquid-Only Urea Dosing System, offer enhanced NOx reduction and, linked with improved thermal management capability, deliver the optimum solution for emissions reduction and minimised fuel and AdBlue usage.Speaking at the event, Suzanne Wells, Executive Director – Sales and Marketing, Components Business, said: “These Next Generation component technologies deliver a number of technical advances to satisfy market and customer demands. Over the last few years we have seen continued demand for smaller, lighter, high quality components to drive diesel engine efficiency improvements, as well as the industry requirement from manufacturers for equal and higher power outputs. The latest technological enhancements enable us to meet these demands, as well as offer greater versatility, which allows the development of tailored customer solutions.”Other component solutions from Cummins introduced to the mining and construction market for the first time at Intermat included Electric Wastegate Turbocharger, Electric Waste Heat Recovery Turbine Expander, Next Generation EnviroGuard™ Crankcase Ventilation Technology, Next Generation Heavy Duty Fuel Pump and the CorePlus™ Flywheel Motor Generator. As the industry rapidly shifts to greater efficiency and reduction in CO2, components are becoming increasingly desirable.last_img read more

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Pharmaceutical firm GSK shuts Cork facility with 94 jobs lost

first_imgDRUGS COMPANY GSK is to shed 94 jobs in Cork with the closure of a unit which provides financial services to the rest of the group.GlaxoSmithKline Trading Services Ltd, which is currently based close to Cork Airport, will move the unit to Britain.The transfer will continue throughout the year, with staff given the option to relocate if they wish.Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, whose Cork South-Central constituency includes the business park where the unit was based, called for an “immediate and interagency response” to tackle the job losses.“The 94 families affected by this terrible news will rightly expect that the response from Government is swift and co-ordinated,” he said.“Many of those working with GSK will have skill sets that are much in demand. It is important that every effort be made by the government agencies to ensure that these skills are matched with what opportunities exist as soon as possible.”The pharmaceutical giant – formed by the merger of Glaxo Wellcome and Smithkline Beecham in 2000 – employs over 1,500 people at its Irish facilities in Dublin, Cork and Dungarvan.The company’s other Cork base in Carrigaline, which provides R&D services and production, is not affected.last_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_img 5,709 Views Short URL Jun 14th 2017, 8:46 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The 9 at 9: Wednesday Here’s everything you need to know this morning. No Comments http://jrnl.ie/3442885 Wednesday 14 Jun 2017, 8:46 AM Image: Shutterstock/Elena Veselova Share Tweet Email1 EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #TAOISEACH VARADKAR: Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar is expected to be voted in as Taoiseach this afternoon.2. #LONDON FIRE: At least 30 people have  been injured after a massive fire ripped through a 27-storey apartment block in west London. Dozens of people are feared trapped.3. #COALITION OF CHAOS: Theresa May is hoping to seal the deal with the DUP today as she attempts to clinch a deal which will mean her Conservative government will survive.4. #ON THE UP: The back to school clothing and footwear allowance is increasing by 25% from 1 July. It will be paid at a rate of €125 for children aged 4-11 and €250 for children aged 12-17.5. #HELP NOT HARM: A community drug treatment centre is being closed down in Blanchardstown, west Dublin. Staff at the Adapt centre have requested a meeting with new Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar in a bid to save it.6. #THE COST OF CARE: A new study has found that close to two out of every five people caring for a spouse with dementia suffer from some form of clinically significant depression.7. #AN ARGUMENT FOR CHANGE: Gerry Edwards of the Termination for Medical Reasons Ireland shares his opinion on why the Eighth Amendment should be repealed.8. #SO LONG FAREWELL: Enda Kenny has finally stepped down as Taoiseach after six years in the top job and 42 years in politics.9. #THE FULL MONTY: A convict scaled the roof of Mountjoy Prison yesterday and stripped off naked. It took prison officers over an hour to get him down. By Garreth MacNamee Image: Shutterstock/Elena Veselovalast_img read more

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Stranger Things Duffer Brothers Accused of Stealing Idea from Short Film

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 11 Best Monsters Made From Dead People PartsOriginal ‘Stranger Things’ Plan May Confirm Will Byers’ Sexuality Stay on targetcenter_img Our favorite nostalgia-based sci-fi/horror series may or may not be as original as we all thought it was. The Duffer Brothers, creators of Netflix’s hit Stranger Things, are being sued by a filmmaker named Charlie Kessler. Kessler claims that the Duffers stole the idea for their series from a short film he released in 2012. The six-minute film is called “Montauk,” and according to the BBC, Kessler claims he discussed the film wiht the Duffer brothers at a party for the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014. At the time, Kessler was trying to make it into a full-length feature, and his lawsuit claims he and the Duffers discussed the “script, ideas, story and film.” The suit alleges the Duffers have made “huge sums of money” from Kessler’s ideas. He’s suing for breach of an implied contract, and seeking unspecified damages.The Duffers have denied the allegations, saying Kessler has no connection to the development of Stranger Things. An attorney for the brothers called Kessler’s claim meritless and said, “The Duffer Brothers have neither seen Mr. Kessler’s short film nor discussed any project with him. This is just an attempt to profit from other people’s creativity and hard work.”It’s not entirely clear which themes and ideas Stranger Things is said to copy from “Montauk,” nor is it even easy to confirm how similar the two projects are. “Montauk” was uploaded to Vimeo back in 2012, and Slashfilm published an interview with Kessler about it. At some point, that video was made private, and is no longer available to watch. The Wayback Machine will show you a snapshot of the page with the film still there, but the video itself won’t load. Right now, there’s no way to determine for yourself just how much, if at all, Stranger Things copied “Montauk.”All we have at this point is some descriptions from that interview. We know it was a found footage-style movie because hey, it was 2012 and those were still all the rage back then. The story was told through news reports and just characters filming everything. The videos overlapped to tell the story of an unexplained violent incident in the Long Island beach town of Montauk. In the interview, Kessler talks about where the idea came from, and it does sound kind of Stranger Things-y.“I did grow up on Long Island, I had spent a lot of time going out to Montauk. Was always fascinated with urban legends in general and specifically local folklore. So having loved the area, I especially got fascinated with one called The Montauk Project, which was a supposed set of highly classified government experiments in Camp Hero State Park out in Montauk. It’s based on that, if it’s real or not is certainly up for debate. If people on the site are curious, there’s a ton of literature out there in print and online, a lot of which helped inform the events in the short.”According to Deadline, Kessler’s short film involved a missing boy, a government facility performing experiments on children, and a monster from another dimension. The only footage I could find was this 47-second trailer on YouTube. The effects are impressive, though it looks like it leans a little more into the horror than Stranger Things does. (The same uploader also has another Stranger Things-like short film called “Montauk,” but it’s 20 minutes long and by a different person altogether. It’s a popular idea, it seems.)So here’s where it gets complicated. Kessler says that the Duffer Brothers originally developed Stranger Things for Netflix under the working title The Montauk Project. And that appears to be true. Deadline says that when the originally reported on the Duffers’ then-new series, it was called Montauk. Other than that, it was very much the series we know and love. It described itself as a “love letter to the ’80s classics that captivated a generation.” The logline mentioned story beats like a mysterious girl, top-secret experiments and supernatural forces. The only difference is that it took place in 1980s Montauk, Long Island. As production began, the setting was moved to Hawkins, Indiana.Now that sounds bad, but before either came out, there was a book published in 1992 called The Montauk Project: Experiments in Time, about secret government experiments in Long Island. It launched a bunch of conspiracy theories, which could have easily formed the basis for both Stranger Things and “Montauk” whether the Duffers ever met with Kessler or not. At this point, we can’t make any kind of judgment though, because there’s no way, at least not one I can find, to watch the original short film. Too bad too. The scene in that trailer makes it look pretty cool.last_img read more

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Pogba speaks on Mourinho rows

first_imgThere were many speculations regarding Mourinho and Pogba’s relationship at a certain point of time a while back, and most of them claimed it had fallen off and they are not really having normal contact.However, after that Mourinho was the first to deny such events. Now, Pogba has joined him as he admitted he has rows with his manager, but they are for good.Pogba has been inconsistent for the most of the season, which was rumoured to be the reason for his problems with the coach, beside him not being happy with instructions and not following them.“People want to hear about the manager and the player. You see some images of me talking with the coach,” Pogba said, according to the Mirror.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We can disagree but he is still the manager and I am the player.”“Sometimes I see things he doesn’t and sometime he sees things I can’t. But it doesn’t mean anything is bad.”“It’s good. He is the coach. He decides and I accept and I respond on the pitch,” Pogba added.last_img read more

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Border Patrol agent shot at near San Ysidro Port of Entry

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: September 9, 2018 SAN YSIDRO (KUSI) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent was shot at Sunday while sitting in his marked patrol car near the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.It happened shortly after 2:15 a.m. about one-and-a-half-miles west of the border crossing, just north of the U.S.-Mexico border.The agent was not wounded and then drove to a safer location after the shooting, CBP officials said. Several bullet holes were found on the driver’s side of the vehicle.CPB officials then contacted their Mexican counterparts about the attack.Mexican authorities took two people into custody.The FBI also was investigating the shooting. September 9, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Border Patrol agent shot at near San Ysidro Port of Entrylast_img read more

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Vancouver man accused of threatening to bomb Americans

first_imgA Vancouver man who is serving a 90-day jail sentence for intimidating a police officer now faces felony charges in connection with alleged threats to kill the officer, to bomb Clark County buildings and to bomb the White House.Nikolay I. Kalachik, 27, appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of making a bomb threat, two counts of felony harassment, two counts of intimidating a public servant and two counts of intimidating a witness. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on the charges.There was no evidence in court documents that Kalachik attempted to act on any of the threats.The threats allegedly were made from the Clark County Jail. Kalachik was serving 90 days in jail for threatening Vancouver police Officer Ilia Botvinnik after Botvinnik stopped him for driving without a seat belt.Botvinnik found out during the traffic stop that Kalachik also lacked a valid driver’s license and insurance. Botvinnik attempted to give him a traffic citation, but Kalachik refused to accept it. Instead, he got out of his vehicle and confronted the officer.“Do you know who you are messing with?” Kalachik said, according to a court probable cause affidavit. “I’m going to get my brigade, and then I’m coming after you.”last_img read more

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Kazuo Okada blames Steve Wynn divorce on 2012 Wynn Resorts ouster

first_img 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan RelatedPosts Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts Wynn Resorts co-founder Kazuo Okada says he was kicked out because Steve Wynn feared losing control of the company due to ongoing divorce proceedings with ex-wife Elaine.In the second part of his lengthy interview with Inside Asian Gaming, to appear in the upcoming November edition this week, Okada details the fractured relationship with his former business partner and the background of their sudden split in 2012, when Wynn Resorts removed him as a director and forcibly redeemed his shares at what Okada says was a US$900 million discount. Load More The Japanese businessman points to a range of factors as being behind that decision, including his questioning of a proposed US$130 million donation by Wynn Resorts to the University of Macau, but first and foremost Okada blames Steve Wynn’s divorce for his eventual ouster.“The initial discussions that took place with Mr Wynn was with the understanding that we would go 50-50 – 50% on the funds and 50% on the number of directors,” Okada recalls.“The discussions were relatively simple and I welcomed that. I wanted to keep the story very simple.“At the beginning, things were working very well. I think he appreciated the fact that I was a relatively silent investor, not complaining very much, not putting too much input into things.“But in 2011, with his divorce taking place, his wife was going to take 50% of his shares. Initially it was 50-50 shares between him and me, but with his wife about to take half of Steve Wynn’s 50%, I would then become the controlling shareholder.”Despite Wynn’s concerns, Okada tells IAG he never had any plans of taking over Wynn Resorts and, long before Okada Manila became a reality, had instead hoped Wynn would join him in developing a Philippines IR.“I had no initial plans of wanting to take over, but Steve Wynn – basically fearing that he was going to lose control – did anything within his power, including using the Freeh report [a report by ex-FBI director Louis Freeh which found that some former Universal employees of Okada’s Universal Entertainment made alleged payments to a PACGOR official] to basically slander and rub dirt and make me look negative and a criminal, in order to drive me out so that he would not lose control.“Even when I initially started asking him to get involved, I had thought that if the Philippine project was successful, having 50% of Wynn Resorts alongside that success was enough. Wynn Resorts would profit from an expanded operation in the Philippines and so Wynn Resorts would be a bigger and stronger company. Having a 50% share of a bigger and stronger company would be enough for me.“I think the situation was also compounded by the fact that, up until then, I was the silent investor – I didn’t really raise any issues, didn’t raise any challenges – but now I raised a question regarding his thoughts about making the donation to University of Macau. I suspect it was also compounded with the timing that he was about to split with his wife.”Okada said that he saw a noticeable change in Steve Wynn in the years after they first came together.“When we first met, he was more down-to-earth, more laid back. He was very respectful. There are things [he’s] being accused of that in the early times, he wasn’t like that,” Okada says. “Granted, after the explosive success that Wynn Resorts had, perhaps it went a little to his head … he became a little full of himself.”The full interview with Okada will be published in the upcoming November edition of Inside Asian Gaming.last_img read more

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Salmon Signs Appear And Disappear In Bethel

first_imgSalmon signs began appearing along Bethel roadsides in June. (Photo By Daysha Eaton, KYUK – Bethel)Brightly colored wooden fish signs have been posted along Bethel roads this summer. The signs, with conservation messages, come in a year of king salmon closures never seen before on the Kuskokwim River. But just as quickly as the signs went up, they’ve been disappearing.Download AudioReyne Athanas’ white Subaru is loaded full of colorful salmon-shaped signs as she heads towards Bethel’s boat harbor. Kids painted one side during a recent Saturday market. On the back are messages that she hopes will build awareness about conserving Kuskowkwim King salmon.“Well, we’re at Watson’s corner and we’re heading toward the boat harbor and we’re passing some fish right now that say, ‘save today, more tomorrow’. Just meaning that if you conserve a little bit now and let there be some escapement, eat some of the other fish that we have like whitefish that are in the river we’ll have more fish in the future for my grandson.As we pull up to the boat harbor, Athanas’s grandson, Landon, and her son, Ryan Burke jump out to help her put up the signs.After 2013 showed the weakest King salmon run on record, and not having made escapement in two of the past four years, managers of the Kuskokwim River fishery are not allowing directed king salmon fishing. They’ve been trying to get enough Kings to spawning grounds before opening the fishery to nets targeting salmon. Many in Bethel, like Athanas, and her son support the conservation measures.Burke says the message of the guerilla public art project is important.“I’m helping my mom out as a volunteer to put up these signs to let people know we should conserve our fish for future generations cause I think if we overfish em and they’re all gone and they won’t come back there’s not gonna be any more fish for people, especially Kings. From what I’ve been told we’re running low on Kings and we’ve got to conserve them or they’re gonna be gone forever.”The mother-son-grandson team nail the wooden fish onto small posts and pound them into the sandy bank, placing rocks at the base of the signs to keep them from blowing over. When they’re done, the four signs they’ve pounded in read: “Let’s Save Kusko Kings.”Just then a truck pulls up from Bethel’s Tribe, ONC.“My name is Roberta Chavez and I’m the partners fisheries biologist for ONC. We were just talking about who was putting up these fish signs cause ONC is really supporting the conservation measures of the Chinook Salmon so we’re happy that these fish signs are going up.”But not everybody likes the signs.Critics of the closures say that Alaska Natives subsistence fishers who depend most on the fish are unfairly burdened with the brunt of conservation measures and believe that managers should do more to crack down on commercial bycatch. During a recent tribal fish forum of the Yupiit Nation, a consortium of federally recognized tribes pushing for more tribal sovereignty, Ed Johnstone, a leader with Quinalt Indian Tribe and the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission said the signs are divisive.“I see the signs out her that are along the road that say, you know, that King salmon are important and let ‘em grow. I’m gonna say that’s not really a good thing. It pits people against each other. It starts the talk about, ‘oh well, if you just don’t catch any King salmon then things are gonna be good. That’s not true. We don’t know what the problem is, as I hear it. We don’t know whether it’s the upriver habitat and the spawning grounds or the marine survival rate in the ocean.”Whether it’s people who agree with Johnstone or simply vandals, many of the signs have gone missing in the past couple of weeks. Some have been strategically removed to reverse the message — like one along the highway that used to read ‘Eat More Chicken’ and then read ‘Eat More’. Another said Extinction Is Forever’, but the only remaining sign now says just ‘Forever’. And the ones that Athanis put up with her son and grandson near the boat harbor went down four or five days after they put them up.Athanis says she’s done putting signs along the roads and instead plans to make them into a more permanent art installation in a more protected location.last_img read more

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WATCH Ice Dancing Houston Teens Prepare For US Figure Skating Championships

first_img Share Two Texas teens just got their first big break: qualifying for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.After more than a decade of training as single’s competitors, Vanessa Pham and Jonathan Rogers were paired together about a year ago. Since then, they’ve been training as an ice dancing duo under the guidance of their coach, two-time Winter Olympian Roman Zaretsky.Watch the video above for a glimpse into one of their practice sessions.The 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships take place January 18-27, 2019 in Detroit. Vanessa Pham and Jonathan Rogers will be competing in Juvenile Dance.last_img

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Hundreds Attend Funeral For Corrogan Vaughn

first_imgMany of the Baltimore’s most prominent religious and political figures gathered at venerable Sharon Baptist Church, 1375 N. Stricker St., in West Baltimore Aug. 28, for the funeral of Corrogan R. Vaughn, a Republican candidate for multiple offices over the years.Vaughn is the son of Dr. Lillian Purnell Bowser Vaughn and Rev. Dr. Alfred C.D. Vaughn, the long time Pastor of Sharon Baptist. He died Aug. 17 at his family’s home at the age of 51.Hundreds gathered at Sharon Baptist Church, Aug. 28, to say goodbye to Corrogan R. Vaughn, who died Aug. 17. (Photo by J.D. Howard)During Vaughn’s funeral, words of comfort were provided by Bishop Douglass Miles of Koinonia Baptist Church, Bishop Frank Madison Reid, III, of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church, and Dr. Francis “Toni” Draper, Pastor of Freedom Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, among others.The eulogy was delivered by Dr. Harold A. Carter, Jr., Pastor, New Shiloh Baptist Church.Vaughn was born March 8, 1966, in Lynchburg, Virginia, but grew up in Baltimore and graduated from Northwestern High School in Northwest Baltimore in 1983. Vaughn attended Virginia Union University and Catonsville Community College.Vaughn was a frequent Republican candidate for political office, challenging Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-7th) for his storied Congressional seat in West Baltimore in 2014 and 2016. “He challenged Elijah more than once and of course, Elijah is a great friend of mine,” Rev. Dr. Vaughn said of his son’s political forays.Vaughn also ran for Maryland’s U.S. Senate seat in 2012, losing in the Republican Primary to Dan Bongino. According to the Vote Smart website, which provides information on political candidates, Vaughn also ran for the U.S. Senate seat as a Republican in 2000, 2004 and 2006 and was a Republican candidate for president in 2008.Vaughn was also known as a local radio host, co-hosting with former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele, “Lunchtime With the Maryland GOP,” on WOLB in the early 2000’s.Vaughn worked for several years for US Air in different capacities, and also worked for several Baltimore area funeral homes.On the occasion of his parents 50th wedding anniversary and his father’s 75th birthday, Vaughn told the AFRO in 2013, “Because of my parent’s involvement in the community, it’s good to see people come out and appreciate them.”“The Lord loaned him to me…but, the Lord now has reclaimed him,” Rev. Dr. Vaughn said.Corrogan Vaughn leaves to mourn: his mother and father, two sisters; Rev. Dr. Lynette Vaughn, assistant pastor at Sharon Baptist Church and Cassandra Vaughn-Fox, a media professional, both of Baltimore; two nieces, Lauren and Crystal Fox and a nephew, Caleel Fox; four godmothers, Dr. Bertha Wilson, Mrs. Olis Bartley, Mrs. Carrietta Ivey (aunt) and Mrs. Geraldine Perry (aunt), along with many other family members and friends.last_img read more

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Apex Court appoints 5 judges for Calcutta HC

first_imgNew Delhi/Kolkata: In a major development, the Supreme Court collegium has finalised the names of five judges for the Calcutta High Court. According to Law Ministry officials, the top court collegium has approved the names of five advocates as judges of Calcutta HC, while the decision over the selection of two other judges has been deferred as of now.The SC collegium has approved the names of Biswajit Basu, Amrita Sinha, Sutanu Kumar Patra, Abhijit Gangopadhyay and Jay Sengupta as the judges of HC, while the collegium has disapproved the names of Tirthankar Ghosh and Hiranmay Bhattacharya for their elevation to the post of judge. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn the matter of appointment of Ghosh, the collegium has stated that it needs further information to assess the suitability. The acting chief justice of Calcutta HC may be requested accordingly, the collegium said in its order.The proposal for the elevation of Hiranmay Bhattacharya has been deferred for now, the order stated.”For the purpose of assessing merit and suitability of the recommendees for elevation to the High Court, we have carefully scrutinised the material placed in the file, which includes the views of the Chief Minister as forwarded by West Bengal Governor, etc,” the SC collegium said in its order.According to a law ministry official, the notification in this regard would come soon. It may be mentioned that out of the total 73 posts of judges, 39 are lying vacant.last_img read more

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These Mysterious Cave Drawings Used Modern Techniques of Perspective and Movement

first_imgIf you visit Chauvet Cave in the Ardèche region of France, you will be witness to an art site that dates back over 30,000 years. According to the website Experience Ardèche, the caves were discovered by accident in 1994. Local men were caving when they came across what has now been identified as one of the oldest pre-historic art caves in the world. Christian Hillaire, Eliette Brunel-Deschamps, and Jean-Marie Chauvet stumbled upon the cave one day. Once inside, they discovered the over 1,000 unique cave paintings. Experience Ardèche tells us that the drawings were of animals, such as horses, lions, and bears. More interesting, they say, is that the paintings used modern techniques such as perspective and movement.Chauvet cave. Photo by Nachosan CC BY-SA 3.0In her article from 2007, Emma Groeneveld explains that researchers have confirmed the caves were inhabited on at least two occasions by humans. The first period was between 33,500 and 37,500 years ago. Humans again occupied the cave some 27,000 to 32,000 years ago. Scientists have determined that after that, the cave remained unopened for at least the past 21,000 years.According to Groeneveld, the artists made paint from charcoal or manganese dioxide along with red pigment. They painted on the cave walls by firelight and this likely enhanced the use of shadowing and technique. Artists in that time would paint using rocks, brushes or even their hands.Handprint. Photo by Claude Valette CC BY-SA 4.0What makes the paintings in Chauvet Cave unique is that you can tell the walls had been prepared as a natural canvas before applying the paint.  The walls were flattened and smoothed to make them ideal for painting.Replica of Painting of Lions.In their piece on the Chauvet Cave, ThoughtCo tells us that the cave is divided into two rooms, joined by a common hallway. The front room contains painting mostly in red paint while the back room primarily consists of darker painting, in black or charcoal.Engraving of an owl from the Chauvet cave.There are complete drawings of animals, including an entire pride of lions. The technique is almost three-dimensional, making it appear as if the animals are perched to leap off the walls at any moment.In the very back of the cave, Groeneveld reveals that intricate drawings were discovered. There was a scene of a pride of lions, tensely posed, staring at a pack of bison. You can tell that the artist was drawing a hunting scene. Strangely, there are paintings of more than just animals in this back section.Cave hyena (Crocuta crocuta spelaea) painting found in the Chauvet cave and made public on January 17, 1995, by the Minister of Culture Jacques Toubon.There are pictures of something called the “Sorcerer.” Groeneveld describes it as the lower half of a woman’s body with the top half of a bison, with a horned head. There is no concrete explanation for what this represents.Amazing Mountain Top MonasteriesHumans were in these caves as they expressed their visions on the cave walls. Evidence of both human and animal life includes, according to ThoughtCo, animal bones, iron spearheads and even a human footprint. There is, of course, a debate over just how long-ago humans occupied the caves.Horse engraved by finger into the soft wall. Pont d’Arc cave. Photo by Claude Valette CC BY-SA 4.0Some researchers have used radiocarbon measurements to try to calculate the age of the caves. They can test radiocarbon on the animal and human bones as well as on the paint found on the walls. Some scientists argue that the radiocarbon existed in the caves before the paintings.Hands (including a trace of a curved little finger: this character is found in various places in the cave), enigmatic signs, red and yellow drawings. Pont d’Arc cave (copy of the Chauvet Cave). Photo by Claude Valette CC BY-SA 4.0The radiocarbon — a molecule that helps in determining the age of organic material — could have attached themselves to fossils and materials, thus skewing the actual age of the items.Read another story from us: “Hobbit” Island: Where Humans and Animals ShrinkWhile all of this testing has been taking place, mostly for over 20 years, the cave has been sealed off to the public.  However, in 2014 the cave received UNESCO heritage status. People were excited to see the cave and its paintings. Experience Ardèche tells us that to let people get an idea of what had been discovered, they created a reconstitution of the Chauvet Cave to preserve the original and opened it up to the public in April of 2015.last_img read more

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Authorities detain Cuban migrants boat captain in the Southern Zone

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica winds down humanitarian mission for Cuban migrants with presidential send-off Cuban migrants storm Costa Rica-Panama border demanding to pass Carta a nuestros lectores Panama drops off Cuban migrants on Costa Rica’s doorstep Costa Rican authorities detained five Cuban migrants who entered Costa Rican waters in a launch without complying with Immigration controls, the Public Security Ministry anounced Wednesday.The Cubans were arrested along with the captain of the boat, a Costa Rican by the last name of López, when they arrived at a dock in the southern coastal city of Golfito, according to a news release from the ministry. López could face charges for human trafficking.The detention took place one day after another six Cubans were detained in southern Costa Rican; they were being transported in a truck full of gas tanks.Thousands of Cubans have passed through Costa Rica in the past two years in hopes of reaching the United States.Read also: Costa Rica ends year with more than 26,000 ‘irregular migrants’ on the books  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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1600 Rohingya others land in Indonesia and Malaysia

first_img Four benefits of having a wireless security system KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — About 1,600 Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees have landed in Malaysia and Indonesia in the past day, apparently after human traffickers abandoned their virtual floating prison ships and left the passengers to fend for themselves, officials said Monday.One group of about 600 people arrived in the Indonesian coastal province of Aceh on four boats Sunday, the same day a total of 1,018 landed in three boats on Malyasia’s northern resort island of Langkawi. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Rohingya Muslims have for decades suffered from state-sanctioned discrimination in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, which considers them illegal settlers from Bangladesh. Attacks on the Rohingya by Buddhist mobs in the last three years have sparked an exodus by sea to nearby countries.Police found a wooden boat late Sunday night trapped in the sand in shallow waters at a beach in Langkawi that was capable of holding 350 people, said island deputy police chief Jamil Ahmed. Since 865 men, 52 children and 101 women have been counted since then, he said at least two other boats have not been located yet.Jamil said a Bangladeshi man told police that the boat handlers gave the passengers directions on where to go once they reached Malaysian shores, and escaped in other boats. The migrant said they have not eaten for three days, Jamil said, adding that most of them were weak and thin.“We believe there may be more boats coming,” Jamil said. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Comments   Share   New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

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Aussie Hotel Recognised Internationally At Los Angeles Awards Evening

first_img(L-R)  Patrick Pacious (Executive Vice President – Global Strategy and Operations, Choice HotelsInternational), Trent Fraser (CEO Choice Hotels Australasia), Steve Ryan (GM at Comfort Inn & SuitesRobertson Gardens, Brisbane), Steve Joyce (CEO Choice Hotels International) and Mark Pearce(Vice President International Operations, Choice Hotels International)Choice Hotels Australasia is celebrating a major international award win following Comfort Inn & Suites Robertson Gardens winning Comfort Hotel of the Year, at the 2013 Choice Hotel’s International Hotel of the Year awards evening.Held at the Choice Hotels International Convention in Los Angeles last week, the Brisbane based property competed against Comfort Hotels from around the globe, each recognised for demonstrating excellence in hospitality, guest service and operations.Choice Hotels Australasia CEO, Trent Fraser, who was in Los Angeles for the award ceremony, said he was delighted to see an Australian property take out an award that sets the standards for the entire industry.“Comfort Inn & Suites Robertson Gardens has long been a leader in the Australian hotel industry and I am so pleased to see the property recognised internationally for its excellence.“This is the very first time an Australasian Comfort property has taken out the coveted international award and the entire team at Choice Hotels Australasia is very proud of this achievement,” said Fraser.Steve Ryan, General Manager of the 133 room property, who was also present at the awards evening, said he is honoured by the accolade and delighted to collect the award on behalf of the hotel owner Mrs Duncombe“From humble beginnings 23 years ago, as a result of the vision of the Duncombe family, the property has continued to grow and has become a very successful part of the Brisbane accommodation scene.“We employ over 60 staff and this award is a testament to every member of the team, all who have worked tirelessly over the years to ensure the property’s continued success,” said Ryan.Comfort Inn & Suites Robertson Gardens has been part of the Choice Hotels franchise group for the past 12 years. Sitting amongst ten acres of landscaped gardens in an area of Brisbane most famous for sporting games, the property is a popular wedding reception venue and also offers superior meeting and conference facilities for its guests. Source = Choice Hotels Australasialast_img read more

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competitionhotelsphotographyShangriLa

first_imgcompetitionhotelsphotographyShangri-La Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has launched #MyShangriLa, a global photography contest that invites participants to share images of what their Shangri-La looks like on Instagram with #MyShangriLa and @shangrilahotels, or upload them on shangri-la.com/myshangrila.Shangri-La will be giving away the ultimate grand prize to one winner who shares the most inspiring #MyShangriLa moment. They will be awarded a 2-night getaway inclusive of flights to one of 10 Shangri-La destinations of their choice, including exotic destinations such as Kota Kinabalu, Muscat and Istanbul.The contest runs from 15 July 2019 to 10 January 2020. Photos must be taken at one of Shangri-La’s hotels, resorts or destinations where Shangri-La properties are situated.“Shangri-La is both a feeling as well as a place. It’s about an unexpected moment of happiness which can happen to anyone at anytime, anywhere,” said Anthony Wong, Executive Vice President Brands. “We taste it at our favourite table. We hear it in a child’s laughter. We discover it in our travels. And it’s different for each one of us. In our hotels and resorts, we strive to go the extra mile to connect our guests with their own Shangri-La through our thoughtful service that comes from the heart.”last_img read more

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