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Celebrities Doodle For Epilepsy Action

Celebrities Doodle For Epilepsy Action

first_imgCelebrities who put pen to paper to raise much-needed cash for charity have raised over £9,000 for national charity Epilepsy Action.A host of famous faces had their scribbles auctioned on eBay over ten days, with Martin Clunes’ doodle going for the highest price at £500.The celebrities donated their doodles as part of the National Doodle Day fundraising campaign, which kicked off on Friday 7 March. Clunes’ drawing, of an elephant from the rear, ranked highest of the top ten doodles, including those of Eddie Redmayne, Karl Pilkington, former Dr Who Colin Baker, pianist Stephen Hough, Emma Freud, Terry Gilliam, illustrator Axel Scheffler and artist Mark Kaiser.National Doodle Day, supported by Dodo Pad, publishers of the original family ‘doodle’ diary, aims to get as many people doodling as possible. The event raises money to help support the 600,000 people across the UK with epilepsy.Philippa Cartwright, fundraising events manager at Epilepsy Action said: “Every year we are overwhelmed with the positive support that we receive from celebrities and members of the public alike. The celebrity doodle auction is always a terrific success, raising thousands of pounds in much-needed funds for Epilepsy Action. It really does make a huge difference to people with epilepsy and their families.”Members of the public still have until Friday 4 April to get in on the act by creating their own masterpiece and donating a pound to Epilepsy Action. There will be prizes for the best doodlers including arts and crafts vouchers and custom-made 3D doodles. All winners will get a certificate and will have their work displayed in the doodle Hall of Fame on the National Doodle Day website. Information on the celebrity auction and competition can be found at nationaldoodleday.org.uk.Epilepsy affects around one in every 100 people in the UK alone and 87 people are diagnosed with the condition every day. Each year Epilepsy Action directly helps around one million people through a range of services, including its Epilepsy Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050, branch network, specialist nurse scheme and award-winning website, epilepsy.org.uk.last_img read more

Toronto stocks down despite gains in energy sector, U.S. stock markets lower

Toronto stocks down despite gains in energy sector, U.S. stock markets lower

TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was down in late-morning trading as a broad-based retreat more than offset gains by energy stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 42.83 points at 16,353.32.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 105.17 points at 26,319.82. The S&P 500 index was down 4.87 points at 2,887.87, while the Nasdaq composite was down 10.43 points at 7,928.26.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.05 cents US compared with an average of 74.70 cents US on Friday.The May crude contract was up US$1.10 at US$64.18 per barrel and the May natural gas contract was up 3.9 cents at US$2.70 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was up US$8.50 at US$1,304.10 an ounce and the May copper contract was up 3.6 cents at US$2.93 a pound. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) read more

UN nuclear agency meetings inspire American artist

UN nuclear agency meetings inspire American artist

Many artists draw inspiration in nature, but the latest works of American painter Lisa Ruyter have been impelled in an unlikely place: the meetings of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governor’s meetings.Granted access to these gatherings as a journalist, Ms. Ruyter was able to observe the action and take photographs, which she used as a blueprint for her series entitled “Atoms for Peace.”Using bright shades and cool tones, her technique is similar to fellow American artist Andy Warhol’s.Currently, 17 paintings from the series – which has transformed seemingly normal images of IAEA Board of Governor’s meetings into extraordinary artwork – are on display at the Georg Kargl Fine Arts Gallery in Vienna, Austria.“What at first appear simple but giant paint-by-number works slowly reveal themselves to be complex arrangements of flat colours with poignant, powerful subject matter,” the Gallery said in a press release. 30 December 2008Many artists draw inspiration in nature, but the latest works of American painter Lisa Ruyter have been impelled in an unlikely place: the meetings of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governor’s meetings. read more

DR Congo UN peacekeepers meet with traditional chiefs in volatile east

DR Congo UN peacekeepers meet with traditional chiefs in volatile east

The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) has launched a series of meetings with traditional chiefs to strengthen its relationship with communities in the militia-ridden Ituri District, where security remains precarious and humanitarian access has been severely reduced in recent weeks.The meetings, which began on 20 April and have so far engaged 49 such chiefs, are meant to reinforce MONUC’s ability to protecting the civilian population, to streamline the Mission’s support to the election now scheduled for 30 July and to resolve numerous other nagging problems, the mission said today.MONUC added that the discussions are already starting to bear fruit: on the basis of the information exchanged, MONUC’s military personnel in Ituri have proceeded with several joint operations alongside the national Congolese army, FARDC. The operations are at applying pressure on the remaining militamen in Ituri whose illegal activities threaten the sizeable achievements gained in the pacification of the District, which had been the scene of inter-ethnic violence and other clashes following agreements to end a civil war estimated to be responsible for some 4 million deaths. Following the first meeting, the traditional chiefs issued a joint press release stating their full commitment to working in the larger interest of the country, and MONUC’s senior civilian and military management in Ituri said it is encouraged by the good faith and prowess demonstrated by local leaders there. The meetings are to continue throughout the electoral period, coordinated with an awareness campaign just launched by the DRC’s Independent Electoral Commission, designed to inform the local population about the electoral process. In the interest of cementing stability in the country, the preparations for the vote for a president and parliament constitute the largest and most complex UN electoral-assistance mission ever undertaken, the Organization has said. read more

Ban condemns horrific bombing of mosque in northern Nigeria

Ban condemns horrific bombing of mosque in northern Nigeria

In a statement issued by his spokesperson late yesterday in New York, Mr. Ban condemned the deadly attack on what media reports are describing as one of the largest mosques in the northern Nigerian city of Kano. Dozens of people were killed and scores mores were injured when gunmen reportedly set off multiple bombs and fired on worshipers at the mosque. The Secretary-General conveyed his deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and to the people and Government of Nigeria and wishes swift recovery to the injured. Calling on the Nigerian authorities to swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice, Mr. Ban in his statement reiterated that there can be no justification for attacks on civilians. “The Secretary-General reaffirms the full support of the United Nations to Nigeria’s efforts to fight terrorism and to provide security to the population consistent with international law and Nigeria’s human rights obligations,” the statement concluded. Yesterday’s attack comes as the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported that an attack earlier this week earlier this week on the northern Nigerian town of Damassak, for which the group Boko Haram claimed responsibility, left 50 people dead and forced at least 3,000 to flee to the Diffa region in neighbouring Niger. The agency says that violence in Nigeria has also pushed more than 39,000 Nigerians to flee to Cameroon since then as well as 2,800 to Chad. In Nigeria, some 700,000 people are internally displaced in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, according to Government figures. read more

Columbus Crew draw English Premier League team Crystal Palace FC

Columbus Crew draw English Premier League team Crystal Palace FC

The Columbus Crew hosted English Premier League team Crystal Palace F.C. in an international friendly at Crew Stadium Wednesday and a game with unlimited substitutions resulted in a 2-2 draw between the American and British sides.Forward Adam Bedell drew first blood for the Black and Gold on an arching assist by defender Eric Gehrig in the 15th minute, but the opposition was not deterred as Palace’s Glenn Murray equalized with a 36th minute strike.The final 10 minutes of the first half saw the visiting Eagles engage a tighter defensive stance of contesting for possession, likely inspired to battle after their forward evened the game for them.“From the start, they sat back a little bit. That’s just the way that they, that’s just their game plan,” Bedell said after the game, speaking to what the Premier League squad did differently from the Major League Soccer defenses the Crew face every week. “A good block of eight, good defending … MLS teams, when the game’s 0-0, you just play. You don’t see that, that block of eight very often so I think that was the big difference.”Another Crystal Palace goal by substitute midfielder Jake Gray in the 70th minute of play occurred following a scuffle in the box, during which Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson pled his case for having been interfered with on the play. The goal stood to give the guests the 2-1 lead after they had been threatening in transition for the majority of the evening.One of the Crew’s three defensive halftime substitutions saw a homegrown player from Bexley, Ohio, in Ross Friedman get his first career action in a Black and Gold kit when he came in for fellow defender Chad Barson.Friedman, 22, had been playing for the USL-PRO affiliate Dayton Dutch Lions but got the call to suit up as a Crew reserve against a top-flight international team.“I think going out at Dayton and trying to do the little things right — not slacking in any way — you know, prepares me for situations like this,” Friedman said. “This opportunity proves to show we can get called at any point. Situations happen and you’ve got to be ready. So I felt happy with my preparation and I’m ready to build off of it.”Columbus notched an 80th minute goal, however, to tie the game once more.Crew center midfielder Agustin Viana delivered a lofting assist from 35 yards away and his attacking counterpart, Daniel Paladini, fought to contact the ball in midair for the equalizing header. The tie game endured through two minutes of second-half stoppage time.“Adam (Bedell) was fantastic. He had a great header and Danny (Paladini) made a nice run trying to get midfielders running into the box. I was pleased over all,” Crew coach Gregg Berhalter said.Berhalter, who played as a defender for Crystal Palace from 2001-02, added that “the defending could have been a bit better.”The game marked the first of three stops on Crystal Palace’s American tour before the Premier League season kicks off in August.The Crew are slated to resume MLS play when they travel to Foxboro, Mass., to take on the New England Revolution in a crucial Eastern Conference matchup Saturday.Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. read more

March Madness Obama Has Lville IU OSU Fla in

March Madness Obama Has Lville IU OSU Fla in

President Barack Obama, a dedicated basketball fan, made his annual NCAA Tournament selections Tuesday, predicting No. 1-seeds Louisville and Indiana along with Florida and Ohio State will make the Final Four in Atlanta in two weeks.Obama filled out brackets for both the men’s and women’s tournaments Tuesday in an exclusive interview with ESPN.The President’s complete men’s bracket will be unveiled at 9 a.m. ET Wednesday morning on “SportsCenter.”This is the fifth consecutive year Obama has filled out a men’s bracket. He correctly picked two Final Four teams — Ohio State and Kentucky  — last season, but his national champion selection of North Carolina lost in the Elite Eight.This year, Obama picked Louisville, the tournament’s top overall seed, to reach the Final Four out of the Midwest Region. Obama believes the Hoosiers will win the East Region as the only other No. 1 seed in the Final Four.Obama likes Ohio State for the second straight year, picking the second-seeded Buckeyes to win the West Region. He went with the third-seeded Gators in the South Region.The President has No 1 Baylor with Brittany Griner, Connecticut, Notre Dame and California in the Final Four of his women’s bracket, which will be unveiled in its entirety Friday. read more

The three landmark cases that shaped assisted suicide law in Ireland

The three landmark cases that shaped assisted suicide law in Ireland

first_imgYESTERDAY, DUBLIN WOMAN Gail O’Rourke was charged with assisting the suicide of another woman between 10 March and 6 June 2011.The case was sent forward for trial which will begin on 13 December.There is very little precedence for these kinds of cases in Irish law though it is made clear that assisting another person to end their own life is a criminal offence.The sentence for this can be up to 14 years in prison. While O’Rourke’s case is the first of this kind – where a person is actually being prosecuted for assisting a suicide – there have been three landmark cases both here and in the UK that are likely to have a bearing on her case.Natural deathThe first time a court made a ruling on this was in 1995 when the Supreme Court decided that the right to die included the right to die a natural death. In this case, the woman involved had been in a near-persistent vegetative state for over two decades.Though permission was given to remove the woman’s feeding tube so she could die naturally, the court stressed that it would not condone any attempt to end a person’s life through positive action.Debbie PurdyTen years later, a case in the UK set the agenda for Ireland with a woman with Multiple Sclerosis, Debbie Purdy, attempting to ensure her husband would not face criminal charges if he played a part in her death. She argued that she had a right to know whether he would be prosecuted if he accompanied her to a Swiss clinic where she wished to die if her condition worsened.Debbie Purdy with her husband, Cuban violinist Omar Puente, at the High Court in 2008 (Image: Tim Ireland/PA).She won on appeal in 2009 and, in response, the Director of Public Prosecutions issued guidelines recommending that a person assisting another in committing suicide should not be prosecuted. The full list can be read here but they include an examination of the motivation of the person assisting the suicide.However the DPP made it clear at the time that relatives actively helping a person to die would not be covered by the guidelines and individuals could still be expected to be charged with murder or manslaughter.Marie FlemingThe most recent case and the one that has been described as the most significant in this area of law in Ireland was that of Marie Fleming, a former UCD lecturer. The 58 year old had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and was in the terminal stages of the illness when she and her partner Tom Curran mounted a legal challenge against the State.Fleming no longer had the use of her limbs and said she wished to die at the time of her choosing and with the assistance of her partner as she was not physically capable of taking direct action herself. However she did not want to risk the potential legal repercussions for her partner, who could have faced 14 years in prison for assisting her.At the end of Fleming’s court battle earlier this year, the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution does not contain either a right to suicide or to arrange for the end of one’s life.Gail O’Rourke’s caseSharon O’Connor, who is a solicitor with Beauchamps Solicitors, told TheJournal.ie that Fleming’s case was “hugely significant” and “really shaped where we are at the moment”.“This will be the first type of case before the courts like this so it will be interesting to see what happens, ” she said.O’Connor said the UK guidelines are also likely to be considered this case as the court looks at O’Rourke’s motivations and at the capacity of the woman she assisted, Bernadette Forde, to make the decision.There are very few countries in which assisted suicide is legal but groups have been lobbying for years for a referendum on the issue and the government is considering bringing legislation into being. O’Connor said this case will now play a part in shaping Irish law on assisted dying in Ireland.Read: Woman charged with assisting suicide in Dublin>Supreme Court: Ireland has a right to life, not a right to die >Poll: Do you think the law should be changed to allow for assisted suicide? >last_img read more

Geek deals Dell Vostro 3555 quadcore laptop for 524

Geek deals Dell Vostro 3555 quadcore laptop for 524

first_imgAt one time you were about as likely to find a pot of gold on your doorstep as you are of finding a quad-core business laptop under $600. But, as excellent configurations become more commonplace (and slimness and weight become the true PC bargaining chips), it’s not nearly as hard as it once was. Meet the Vostro 3555.This deal on a 15.6-inch Dell Vostro quad core laptop represents this shift in priorities. It’s not light — despite being a “business portable,” it currently sits at the not-so-travel-friendly weight of 5.24lbs. However, that extra weight does get you a few goodies such as a backlit keyboard, a two megapixel webcam, and Bluetooth 3.0. In short you’ll get a heavier machine, but it’ll carry tools for conference calling, travel, and multi-tasking that mobile professionals need.The display, while HD (1366×768) could use a 1080p upgrade, but then again, this PC is meant for business, not gaming or kicking back and watching Game of Thrones. It’s use of AMD’s quad-core A6 processor is a powerful incentive, but the dearth of internal memory (only 4GB) keeps this machine from achieving its true multitasking potential. The 320GB hard drive isn’t exactly huge, but it’s enough. And there’s always the one free year of DataSafe Online Backup (granted, only 2GB), if the built-in space doesn’t cut it.This Vostro works as a desktop replacement and but for $524 it’s one of the cheapest travel laptops for small businesses available.Check out this deal at LogicBuy.last_img read more

Video shows how quickly a fridge fire can spread when it gets

Video shows how quickly a fridge fire can spread when it gets

first_img Tuesday 28 Feb 2017, 4:45 PM Video shows how quickly a fridge fire can spread when it gets set alight The one minute video shows a plastic-backed fridge quickly being engulfed in flames. Share60 Tweet Email2 Feb 28th 2017, 4:45 PM By Sean Murray 14,662 Views Source: London Fire Brigade/YouTubeMAKE FRIDGES FIREPROOF was the call from the Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association (IFESA) today, as they shared a video from the London Fire Brigade showing the difference between a plastic and metal backed fridge when it catches fire.The video – which lasts just over one minute – shows how quickly a fridge with plastic backing can get set alight, and how quickly that fire can spread.The creators of the video urge manufacturers to make their fridge freezers fire-resistant to reduce the damage that could be caused through a fire in the home.There is a sharp risk of white goods – including fridges – catching fire and spreading across homes according to London Fire Brigade, which said that one fire a day is started in the UK capital due to a household item such as a fridge or dryer.The London Fire Brigade has started a campaign called Total Recalls, which aims to reduce the number of deaths attributable to kitchen appliances.Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety Dan Daly said: “We have written to UK fridge and freezer industry representatives calling on them to urgently review their proposals so they don’t compromise public safety.“Currently, they still allow for a large area of the highly flammable insulation foam inside to be unprotected from flames.”IFESA’s Ros Mac Cobb told TheJournal.ie that fire brigades in Dublin and across the country are often called to attend such scenes caused by fridges and freezers in homes, as well as dryers and other electrical goods.“Malfunctions in electrical appliances can happen,” he said. “They can even happen in your hot press. It’s really important to heed any product recalls and make sure your product is safe to use.”Just over a week ago, several people were rescued by Dublin Fire Brigade after a washing machine caught fire in a utility room at a house in Donaghmede.Mac Cobb added that a good, working smoke alarm was essential in the areas where electrical goods are often left plugged in overnight, like fridges often are.Read: Customers warned over fire-risk tumble dryersRead: Warning over tumble dryers after London high-rise blaze 11 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3263721 Short URLlast_img read more

Poll Should the fouryear time period for divorce be reduced

Poll Should the fouryear time period for divorce be reduced

first_img No, it should stay the same  (1563) Yes, to one year (8175) Tuesday 26 Mar 2019, 9:29 AM Mar 26th 2019, 9:30 AM 46,261 Views https://jrnl.ie/4561147 31 Comments Share333 Tweet Email1 Yes, to two years (4484) Image: Shutterstock/ThiagoSantos Image: Shutterstock/ThiagoSantos By Órla Ryan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Poll Results: THE CABINET WILL today agree on the wording of what the Irish electorate will be asked to vote on in the upcoming divorce referendum.If the referendum is passed, the government would introduce primary legislation on the time period before you can get a divorce, rather than having it in the Constitution which must be put to a public vote when changes are proposed.Under the current system, married couples need to have lived apart for at least four years during the previous five years. The new proposals would see that reduced to two years, with the Oireachtas providing the legislation for this.The referendum is due to take place on 24 May, the same day as the local and European elections.What do you think: Should the four-year minimum time period for divorce be reduced? I’m not sure (340) Poll: Should the four-year time period for divorce be reduced? Under the current system, married couples need to have lived apart for at least four years during the previous five years. Yes, to two yearsYes, to one yearNo, it should stay the same I’m not sureVote Short URLlast_img read more

Trump Administration Aims To Loosen ObamaEra Truck Safety Rules

Trump Administration Aims To Loosen ObamaEra Truck Safety Rules

first_img Share Don Ryan/APEarly morning traffic backs up on Interstate 5 during a Jan. 11 snowstorm in Portland, Ore. Truck drivers say such conditions, combined with limitations on their working hours, cost them a lot of money because of their mileage-based pay.The Trump administration is hitting the brakes on a range of Obama-era trucking safety regulations, and some truckers are hoping for a last-minute reprieve from another safety mandate scheduled to take effect next month.But advocates worry this rolling back of safety rules will make highways more dangerous.Truckers, who complain they work in one of the nation’s most over-regulated industries, will make the case for deregulation at a House Small Business Committee hearing today that is meant to “explore ways to provide regulatory relief to the industry.” Dubbed “Highway to Headache: Federal Regulations on the Small Trucking Industry,” the hearing will feature testimony from individual owner-operators as well as owners of small trucking firms.“Federal regulators simply don’t have a clue,” says Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association, a trade group. “They don’t have a clue what truckers do, how they go about doing it, the environment that they live in, the schedules and things like that, the demands of the job.”Take the federal hours of service rule, for example, which limits truckers to driving for 11 hours per day within a 14 hour period, followed by 10 hours of rest.“Once your work day starts, then 14 hours later, it has to end,” Spencer says. “It doesn’t take into account delays that you may encounter at a shipper or receiver, or as a result of construction or congestion, or maybe a crash on the road.”Such delays can waste several hours while a driver is on the clock — and that’s a huge problem for truckers because most are paid not by the hour, but by the mile. So while most truck drivers are working around the schedules of everyone else, Spencer says “the regulations sort of fly in the face of that. It’s just nuttiness.”And in a few weeks the government may be able to better track truckers’ hours, because they’ll be required to use electronic logging devices, or ELDs. In the process, the industry will eliminate the use of old paper log books to track hours, a system that dates back to the Roosevelt administration in the 1930s. The documents sometimes are called “comic books” because they’re so easily fudged.Many midsize and bigger trucking companies are on board and already use ELDs across their fleets, but many independent drivers and owner-operators balk at the mandate, citing the cost of the devices — the most popular of which run nearly $500. They’re asking the Trump administration for a delay and exemptions for drivers with good safety records.Safety advocates say there is good reason for the ELD mandate: Fatigue is a common factor in truck-related crashes.“We see these issues in crash after crash, and we’re tired, yes we are tired, of seeing commercial drivers being tired,” said Robert Sumwalt, chairman the National Transportation Safety Board. He made the comments at a recent NTSB hearing on a horrific crash involving a tour bus and a semitrailer outside of Palm Springs, Calif., in October of 2016.Rodrigo Pena/APWorkers prepare to haul away a tour bus that crashed into a semitrailer in October 2016 on Interstate 10 near Palm Springs, Calif. Officials believe the accident, which killed 13 people, involved the drivers of both vehicles falling asleep behind the wheel.In the pre-dawn darkness, police briefly stopped traffic for crews doing some utility work. When the highway reopened several minutes later and traffic started moving again, the semi remained still. Investigators say the truck driver fell asleep at the wheel.Two minutes later, a tour bus heading back to Los Angeles from a nearby casino with 43 people on board crashed into the truck, killing 13 people and injuring 31 others.It’s a crash the NTSB’s Sumwalt says should have never happened.“On that October morning, on I-10 outside of Palm Springs, the system failed and we had one of the most deadly highway crashes we’ve seen in recent times,” he said.The truck driver allegedly had falsified his log book to indicate he’d slept more in recent days than he actually had.Investigators say the bus driver, who was killed in the crash, may not have seen the stopped truck in front of him because he too may have dozed off. They found that both drivers likely suffered from undiagnosed, obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder that often causes fatigue.Under the Obama administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulators were drafting a rule to mandate that drivers be screened and treated for sleep apnea, but in August the Trump administration abruptly reversed course.“It is unacceptable that they have pulled this rule back,” Sumwalt says, referring to the FMCSA. “And here’s a case where people just riding on a bus, just paying money to go to a casino and back — they died because of obstructive sleep apnea in two drivers in two separate vehicles.”The sleep apnea rule is not the only safety regulation halted in recent months. The FMCSA also killed a revamp of the motor carrier safety rating system and and halted development of a rule requiring speed-limiting devices on trucks. Efforts to require underride guards on trailers — which would stop a car in a collision before the passenger compartment could wedge under the trailer — and automatic emergency braking on trucks are also now on hold.“I find the current climate troubling,” says John Lannen, executive director of the Truck Safety Coalition, who says the Trump administration is undermining safety at a time when the number of serious truck-related crashes, injuries and fatalities are on the rise.“All the numbers are trending the wrong way,” Lannen says. “We’re over 4,000 deaths a year now in truck crashes. It’s been going up steadily and we need to do something now.”Whether more safety provisions could be cut once a new FMCSA administrator takes office isn’t yet clear. President Trump’s nominee Ray Martinez is expected to be confirmed by the Senate in coming weeks.But with the president vowing to repeal two regulations for every new one that’s approved, even more rules designed to improve highway safety could wind up on the chopping block.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Baltimore Homicides Reach 200 for the Year So Far

Baltimore Homicides Reach 200 for the Year So Far

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Eight months into the year, Baltimore’s homicide count has hit 200.In this July 30, 2015 picture, a man walks past a corner where a victim of a shooting was discovered in Baltimore. Murders are spiking again in Baltimore, three months after Freddie Gray’s death in police custody sparked riots. This year’s monthly bloodshed has twice reached levels unseen in a quarter-century. In May, Baltimore set a 25-year high of 42 recorded killings. After a brief dip in June, the homicide is soaring again. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)August’s 11th slaying, the fatal shooting of a man Monday, pushed the city’s homicide total to 200 — a dramatic rise from 2014, when the city saw 211 killings for the year. This grim milestone comes on the heels of another: with 45 homicides in July, Baltimore saw its bloodiest month since 1972.Killings began to spike dramatically in May, with 42 in a single month. There was a brief dip in June, with 29, then another rise in July. The uptick comes after rioting in the spring over the death of Freddie Gray, the black man critically injured in police custody.The rise has prompted interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis to form a task force with 10 federal agents imbedded with homicide detectives.last_img read more

Oni Press Announces Brand New Rick and Morty Presents Miniseries

Oni Press Announces Brand New Rick and Morty Presents Miniseries

first_imgIf you’re a fan of the profoundly absurd and highly beloved Rick and Morty, start getting excited [about] what Oni Press has up its sleeves for the fans next. The comic publisher has announced that Rick and Morty will be back in comic form with Rick and Morty Presents.Rick and Morty Presents will focus on learning ” the secret stories and hidden pasts of your favorite Rick and Morty characters, each issue will focus on a different side character in the franchise.” Rick and Morty Presents will be a quarterly series, containing one-shot 40-page issues.The line-up for the series includes some incredible talent that’s come together to tell the stories of the characters that we don’t get a lot of in the show. Krombopulos Michael (#2) will be written by Mallory Ortberg, Sleepy Gary (#3) by Mags Visaggio, and Pickle Rick and Jaguar (#4) written by Delilah Dawson. These issues will have the creative team of CJ Cannon (I), Nick Filardi (C) and Crank! (L) throughout. However, the first out of the gate will be The Vindicators! (#1).RICK & MORTY PRESENTS: THE VINDICATORS #1 – … COVER B SOLICIT WEB_1RICK & MORTY PRESENTS: THE VINDICATORS #1 – … COVER B SOLICIT WEB_1via Oni Press RICK & MORTY PRESENTS: THE VINDICATORS #1 – … COVER B SOLICIT WEB_1via Oni Pressvia Oni Press J. Torres helms the first issue of this new series with Rick and Morty Presents: The Vindicators! joined by longtime series artist CJ Cannon and colorist Nick Filardi. The Vindicators first appeared in the episode “Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender” where the team recruited Rick and Morty to fight against their archnemesis, The Worldender.In Rick and Morty Presents: The Vindicators! J. Torres will focus on the superhero team as they travel through time. They seek to develop a team when the heroes make a terrible mistake and create a villain. Oops… The comic promises to have you will “gasp in shock and awe as the plot twists and previously irrelevant characters revive the dead” and “frown in frustration as you forget the complicated backstory of suddenly important mythic items.” How’s that for a range of emotions?Torres is psyched to write the Rick and Morty Presents one-shot, and as a fan of the show, that excitement is tenfold:“The Vindicators episode was my favorite of the past season. I love the superhero genre, so this send-up was a blast to write!” Oni Press is the exclusive publisher for Rick & Morty comics with talented artists and writers such as Kyle Starks, Sarah Graley, Pamela Ribson, Tom Fowler, Zac Gorman, Marc Ellerby and more helming the series or spin-offs, making the Rick & Morty comic life just as popular as the show itself.Rick and Morty Presents: The Vindicators is set to make its debut March 7, 2018. Other issues in the line-up will be released in June, September, and November of the same year. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

New Lego Minecraft packs let you show some skin

New Lego Minecraft packs let you show some skin

first_imgYour Lego Steve and Alex minifigs are great, but you’re pretty limited when it comes to faithful Lego clothing options. Fortunately the new Minecraft Skin Packs have arrived to address that little problem.Sure, you could easily just pop Steve’s head onto one of the numerous extra torsos you have laying around, but that wouldn’t look very Minecraft-y, would it? There’s just too much non-pixelated printing on most minifigs… though Steve could probably get away with slipping on the video gamer’s or DJ’s t-shirts.Now, though, Lego’s got some authentic options for you. They’ve put together a pair of skin packs, and they’re pretty much the minifig equivalent of the ones you’ve been buying for your digital Minecraft characters for years.Each Lego Minecraft Skin Pack comes with four complete(ly pixelated) minifigs. They’re skinned head to toe, and Lego throws in an accessory for each, including shovels, picks, swords, axes, and bows. These are regular minifigs, too, so you’re free to take them apart and reassemble them as you please. They aren’t frustratingly fused like Lego’s magnets are.The Skin Packs are on sale over on Lego’s official online shop, and you’ll probably be able to find them at your favorite brick(no pun intended)-and-mortar stores soon, too. They go for $14.99 each, which makes them the cheapest way you can pick up a handful of Minecraft minifigs to add to your collection by five bucks.Minecraft and Lego have proved to be a perfect fit, so you can probably count on additional skin packs launching in the future. You know, until the franchise stops printing money.last_img read more

Bacon and Drooling Face Are Among the 38 New Emojis Arriving Next

Bacon and Drooling Face Are Among the 38 New Emojis Arriving Next

first_imgMay 22, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min readcenter_img If you haven’t already familiarized yourself with the 300 new emoji that debuted last month — including a more racially diverse array of hands and faces — there’s still time to brush up before yet another batch of characters arrives in June 2016. Unicode, a nonprofit organization that governs the representation of text in software products, has announced the addition of 38 new emoji, including ‘drooling face,’ ‘hand with first and index finger crossed,’ ‘shrug,’ ‘wilted flower,’ ‘avocado’ and more. Check out the full list here.In some cases, the additions serve to equalize a “missing gender pair,” as Unicode puts it. A ‘man dancing’ will now complement the ever-popular sashaying woman, for instance, as ‘Mother Christmas’ will accompany Santa and the crowned princess emoji will finally get her ‘prince.’Other emojis are being added to meet demand. A ‘selfie’ emoji, which shows a hand taking a selfie, has been requested by many top tech media outlets, Unicode noted, and is also the subject of hundreds of millions of Google searches.Emojis may be fun and games, but Unicode takes its mission seriously. For three new bird emojis, including ‘eagle,’ ‘duck’ and ‘owl,’ the organization said it consulted with the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology to study bird-sighting data and determine the most desired species.Related: For the First Time, an Emoji Has Been Named the Most Popular Word of the Year Register Now »last_img read more

Sick of Sitting Tired of Standing Take a Load Off With This

Sick of Sitting Tired of Standing Take a Load Off With This

first_img When you can’t stand to sit and don’t want to stand, don’t lean in — lean back. That’s the chill idea behind LeanChair, a new portable reclining desk and chair combo that aims to take the pain out of standing while you work. Now you can slouch like you mean it.Think of it as a standing chair of sorts, a creature comfort contraption to lay your weary bones against, like an upright stretcher. You lean back on LeanChair’s padded backrest at a slight angle in a standing position, but you’re not quite fully standing, so it takes a load off your feet, literally.    Related: In This Vision of a Healthier Workplace, Sitting Is Not AllowedHere, see what we mean:Lest you should get too comfy, doze off and fail to do your work, LeanChair conveniently comes with its own adjustable swiveling minidesk. Pull the lightweight worktable up to just the right height and you’re in business. There’s even an inclined footrest for your extended standing pleasure.There are some downsides, however. LeanChair’s built-in desk provides ample space to hold a keyboard, tablet or laptop, but not necessarily enough for a full-sized computer monitor on top of all of that.Wayne Yeager, of Lexington, Ky., is the enterprising mind behind the LeanChair. The serial inventor-entrepreneur knows something about back-breaking hard work. He’s run a 440-acre farm for 14 years, all while holding down several other tech-related jobs, many involving sitting and staring at a computer screen for hours on end.Related: What’s Really Killing You (and It Isn’t Ebola)He created the quirky recliner after seeing scads of articles damning sitting as the new smoking. He wanted to stand and work but couldn’t stand standing at a standing desk. You get the idea.Yeager’s first version of the LeanChair featured a hard wooden plank backrest, similar to the stiff “leaning boards” early Hollywood starlets used to keep their elaborate costumes from wrinkling whilst they rested between takes. Not so comfy. Yeager’s latest model, which looks pretty close to a product you’d find in The Sharper Image catalog, launched on Kickstarter four days ago. The campaign has raised some $9,000 so far with 26 days to go toward a $25,000 goal. To get your own LeanChair lean on, you have to pledge $245 or more.    Wayne testing LeanChair prototypeImage credit: LeanChair Related: 5 Reasons to Get Off Your Butt at Work June 16, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min readcenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

UK flash crash trader I was just good at my job

UK flash crash trader I was just good at my job

first_imgSarao appeared at a London court Wednesday, where he failed in a bid to have the payment of a 5 million pound ($7.5 million) security payment removed from his bail conditions. The sum is equivalent to what his legal team said he has in his trading account. His parents also have to provide a security of 50,000 pounds.Lawyer James Lewis, defending Sarao, told the hearing that it was impossible to supply the security because the trader’s assets have been frozen. But Judge Elizabeth Roscoe ruled that the bail conditions should not be changed.As he was being led away from the dock Sarao turned to the public gallery and said: “I haven’t done anything wrong apart from being good at my job. How is this allowed to go on, man?”Sarao, a former bank employee, is charged with fraud, commodities manipulation and other offenses. He was arrested in London in April. U.S. authorities claim Sarao and his company, Nav Sarao Futures Limited, made 26 million pounds over five years.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   LONDON (AP) — A British financial trader accused of helping to set off a “flash crash” on Wall Street in 2010 from his London home claimed Wednesday he was just good at his job as he fights extradition to the U.S.U.S. authorities have accused Navinder Singh Sarao, 36, of contributing to the dramatic falls seen five years ago to the day through his use of lightning-fast software. They claim Sarao used a bluffing technique that allowed him to make nearly $880,000 on the day that the Dow Jones industrial average plunged 600 points in less than seven minutes. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The vital role family plays in society Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous ofcenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

The Latest Greek banks to stay closed until Monday

The Latest Greek banks to stay closed until Monday

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies People line up to withdraw cash from a bank machine in central Athens, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Frustrated and angry eurozone leaders fearing for the future of their common currency gave the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras a last-minute chance Tuesday to finally come up with a viable proposal on how to save his country from financial ruin. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) Sponsored Stories ___7:35 p.m.The European Central Bank has decided not to increase the amount of emergency credit that Greek banks can draw on.A banking official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision was not made public, said the ECB’s emergency liquidity assistance was left unchanged.The official said the bank is waiting to see how Greece’s creditors respond to its financial aid request and its reform agenda, due to be published by Thursday.The Greek banks have needed increased credit to deal with the daily drain of deposits. The ECB’s failure to increase so-called ELA in line with Greek requests is one of the reasons why capital controls have been imposed in Greece, including the 60-euro a day withdrawal limit.— By Elena Becatoros in Athens.___6:20 p.m.U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says Greece came within a whisker of narrowing differences with creditors before negotiations broke off and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a referendum on creditor proposals.The gap, he said, was just a “couple of billion euros” — negligible when compared to the “hundreds of billions of dollars” potential damage the global economy faces if Greece leaves the euro. Ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger said Wednesday that “this application must be comprehensive.” He said it won’t be enough simply to write a letter stating that Greece wants help from the European Stability Mechanism.Jaeger says an “integral part” of the application must be a detailed account of what reform measures Greece plans in exchange for an aid program.He is stressing that Athens can’t simply return to proposals that were on the table before Greece’s previous bailout expired June 30.“We need a future-oriented, comprehensive reform program,” he said.Jaeger says he hasn’t yet seen the initial request for aid that Greece submitted and can’t assess it.___1:50 p.m.The head of France’s central bank says he fears the “collapse” of the Greek economy and “chaos” if Greece doesn’t strike a deal by Sunday with European creditors.Christian Noyer told Europe-1 radio that the European Central Bank has been supporting Greek banks for months, but that there is a limit to its support.He said that “we are resolutely committed to maintaining Greece in the eurozone” and that’s why emergency liquidity has been provided. ___4:25 p.m.Greece’s main business and tourism associations have warned of an “explosion of unemployment” if the government fails to find a deal with creditors soon and reopen banks.In a joint letter to the government Wednesday, five associations urge Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras not to risk the country’s place in the euro.Their letter says that “Unless business activity resumes soon, with a restoration of liquidity, there will be an explosion of unemployment that will be dramatic and will wipe out all the sacrifices made by the Greek people over the past five years.”More than one-in-four Greeks remain out of work, with the crisis and bailout austerity measures costing roughly a million jobs, mostly in the private sector.___3:55 p.m.France’s government spokesman says his country is trying to play mediator between Germany and Greece.Stephane Le Foll said French President Francois Hollande’s goal is “to find a sort of middle ground between the position of Germany and the position of Greece.”France, he said, is listening to those countries that accept the idea of a Greek exit from the euro but that it’s important for his country “to facilitate, and above all keep a broad perspective” on the fact that the idea of European unity is also at stake. ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest on the Greek financial crisis (all times Athens local):___11:05 p.m.The Greek finance ministry says the government has extended bank closures in the country up to and including Monday, maintaining the daily withdrawal limit at 60 euros ($66).Banks were closed and restrictions imposed on June 29, after a heavy volume of withdrawals by depositors threatened lenders with collapse. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Greece’s aim, the letter went on, was to regain “full and affordable market financing to meet its future funding requirements as well as sustainable economic and financial situation” by the time the loan ends at the latest.The letter also says the country is committed to honoring its financial obligations to its creditors on time.“We trust Member States appreciate the urgency of our loan request,” it said.___2:45 p.m.Greece’s prime minister insists he has “no hidden agenda” to drive the country out of the eurozone amid criticism over his government’s handling of negotiations for a new bailout deal.Alexis Tsipras told the European Parliament that his only goal was to strike “a fairer, more sustainable agreement” with the other 18 eurozone countries.Tsipras said he wouldn’t have said that Sunday’s referendum result was a mandate for a fairer deal rather than “a break with Europe” if he had really wanted Greece to ditch the euro.Over 60 percent of Greeks voted in the referendum against an austerity plan demanded by the country’s creditors.___2:40 p.m.Germany’s Finance Ministry is stressing that Greece must deliver a detailed list of reforms in its application for aid from Europe’s bailout fund. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Patients with chronic pain give advice European leaders have readied a “Grexit scenario” about a possible exit from the euro.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Athens has to follow the request up with a detailed plan by the end of Thursday of how the government plans to reform its economy if it is to receive fresh bailout cash to stave off bankruptcy and a possible exit from the euro.Greece has been effectively told it has to have a deal in place Sunday when the leaders of the 28 EU nations meet in Brussels.___12:55 p.m.Donald Tusk, who chairs meetings of European leaders, has harked back to one of Greece’s famous sons to urge a resolution of the country’s crisis: The historian Plutarch.“‘To find fault is easy, to do better may be difficult,’” Tusk said in a speech to European lawmakers. “I hope doing better is not so difficult as Plutarch once thought. Let us prove him wrong.”Tusk says the European Union is in a “race against time to rebuild trust” as it frantically searches for a way out of months of impasse.Tusk warned that “our inability to find agreement may lead to the bankruptcy of Greece and insolvency of its banking system.”In a tweet, he added that if a deal can’t be brokered this week, “Everyone will lose.”___12:35 p.m.European stock markets were solid as guarded optimism over the prospects of a deal between Greece and its creditors in time to avoid a Greek exit from the euro. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility At a summit of the eurozone’s 19 leaders Tuesday, Greece was effectively told it must have a reform plan agreed by Sunday or face an exit from the euro. Sunday’s summit will involve the leaders of all 28 European Union nations.“The support for eurozone membership in Greece is clear and the political and economic costs of capital controls are rising,” said George Saravelos, an analyst at Deutsche Bank. “But it is a close call.”That seems to be the general view in markets with the Stoxx 50 index of leading European shares and Germany’s DAX both up 0.1 percent. The euro rose 0.3 percent to $1.1043.___12:05 p.m.Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says his country has submitted a broad proposal to get another rescue plan and will present details in the coming days.His government faces a Thursday deadline to present the detailed plan on how to save Greece from financial ruin, before a European Union summit Sunday.Tsipras says his country wants a deal that will mean a definitive end to Greece’s protracted financial crisis, and that last Sunday’s referendum result does not mean a break with Europe.Speaking to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday, Tsipras says Greece’s troubles date to long before he took office five months ago. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk “But we are in an abnormal situation that can no longer last,” he said.And in unusually strong language, the French central bank chief also predicted “riots” in Greece if no deal is reached.__1:40 p.m.A teleconference of the eurozone’s 19 finance ministers about the Greek crisis will not be held later.Michel Reijns, the spokesman for the eurozone’s top official Jeroen Dijsselbloem, tweeted that Greece’s request for support from Europe’s bailout fund will be dealt with by officials from the eurogroup working group instead.Greece submitted a request for a new support program from the European Stability Mechanism Wednesday morning. It is due to follow up with a detailed plan by the end of Thursday of how the government plans to reform its economy.___1:10 p.m.Greece has submitted its request for a rescue deal from Europe’s bailout fund.Michel Reijns, the spokesman for the eurozone’s top official Jeroen Dijsselbloem, says Greece submitted the request for a new support program from the European Stability Mechanism Wednesday morning.The government’s request is the first step in a process toward a new bailout for the debt-laden country. Lew said a solution was still possible but that it wasn’t entirely clear one will be found.Lew insisted that the Obama administration has been engaged, helping both sides understand the options available but that the solution rested with Europe.“They will have to solve it,” Lew said in an appearance at the Brookings Institution in Washington.At the moment, he said the risks to the U.S. economy were not immediate.___6:05 p.m.French Prime Minister Manuel Valls thinks Greece’s new request for aid is a “positive” move as the country battles to maintain its euro future.Valls told the lower house of Parliament that France “refuses” to consider a Greek exit from the euro.He said Greece’s earlier request for help shows “real advances” toward dialogue in the latest crisis — even though the Greek government has yet to submit details of its proposed economic reforms in exchange for the new aid money.Valls warned of geopolitical consequences if Greece sinks into financial catastrophe, such as trouble dealing with high flows of immigrants from outside the European Union or worsening tensions with Russia.He said France is pushing for compromises between Greece and creditors, because that’s “how Europe was built.” The European Central Bank has maintained its level of emergency assistance — but has demanded higher collateral — after Greece’s bailout program expired on July 1 and the country failed to cover repayments due to the International Monetary Fund.The bank closures have piled pressure on Greece’s left-wing government to reach a new agreement with bailout creditors, and abandon a pledge to end austerity measures following a six-year recession.___10:45 p.m.IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said Greece’s national debt requires restructuring for bailout programs to work.Speaking in Washington D.C., Lagarde said Greece needs to continue cost cutting reforms.And she added: “The other leg is debt restructuring, which we believe is needed in the particular case of Greece for it to have debt sustainability. That analysis has not changed. It well may be that numbers may have to be revisited but our analysis has not changed.”The IMF and lead eurozone lender Germany are at odds over whether Athens should be offered debt relief — a request renewed Wednesday by Greece’s government.Athens is trying to negotiate a third bailout program — worth an expected 50 billion euros ($55 billion) — as it faces the risk of losing its euro membership. France’s Socialist government has been one of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ few allies and is using France’s role as a key, founding member of the European Union to try to gain a bit more flexibility.___3:40 p.m.Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is using a musical metaphor to describe a seeming change of approach by the Greek government as it tries to convince creditors to lend it money soon.Rajoy told a press conference in Madrid that the “tune” being played by Greek has changed “and that’s a good thing.”Rajoy said he’s looking forward to seeing the “lyrics” on Thursday — a reference to the time when the Greek government has been asked to provide substantive reform proposals that underlies its request earlier for a three-year financial rescue from Europe’s bailout fund.“I hope things work out,” he said. “Greece has lost a lot of time in recent months.”___2:50 p.m.Greece has made a request for a three-year loan from Europe’s bailout fund and has pledged to “immediately implement” tax and pension related measures as of Monday.In the letter sent to the European Stability Mechanism earlier, the government said it will “set out in detail its proposals for a comprehensive and specific reform agenda” on Thursday at the latest. 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This new class of ships will represent an evoluti

This new class of ships will represent an evoluti

first_img“This new class of ships will represent an evolution of the Oceania Cruises experience with all of the elements our guests treasure: a warm, intimate, residential style; the most spacious standard staterooms afloat; amazing suites; and, of course, the finest cuisine at sea,” said Bob Binder, President and CEO of Oceania Cruises.“This new successful project for Oceania Cruises is yet another demonstration of our ability to capitalise on product innovation and diversification to meet the needs of every type of customer, a capability that distinguishes us in the world,” said Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri. “The order we are announcing today, indeed, reiterates not only our first place in the luxury sector, but at the same time it further strengthens an unprecedented leadership in the cruise sector, with a backlog of 55 vessels to be built for most of the brands operating on this market and deliveries extending all the way to 2027.”The contract price for each of the two vessels is approximately €575 million per ship.Just last month, Oceania Cruises’ Vice President of Sales Australia and New Zealand, Steve McLaughlin, told LATTE the company  “always have a burning desire to have more” ships.With the announcement, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has ten ships on order for delivery through 2027 including seven ships on order for Norwegian Cruise Line, two for Oceania Cruises and one for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The Company will take delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, later this year.Image credit: Mike LouagieGo back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterNorwegian Cruise Line Holdings has announced an order for the next generation of ships for Oceania Cruises. The two Allura-Class ships mark the next phase of the line’s OceaniaNEXT initiative and will be designed and built by Fincantieri for delivery in 2022 and 2025.“We are excited to expand the Oceania Cruises fleet with our new Allura-Class ships to meet the strong demand for upscale culinary- and destination-focused cruise vacations around the globe,” said Frank Del Rio, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.“This new class of ships will further elevate the already best-in-class guest experience at Oceania Cruises and meaningfully strengthen demand from both new and loyal, returning guests.”The names of the ships have not been revealed, however the two 67,000-gross-tonne Allura-Class ships will each accommodate approximately 1,200 guests. This new class of mid-size cruise vessels will retain all the warmth, popular design elements and signature amenities of the line’s award-winning Marina and Riviera while affording guests an elevated level of comfort and convenience with the addition of new luxury offerings.last_img read more