Govt bus hit in Kabul explosion 4 killed

first_imgKabul: At least four people were killed Monday when a bomb tore through a bus in Kabul, an official said, marking the second day straight that attackers have targeted a bus. The vehicle was taking workers home from a government watchdog agency ahead of the Eid holidays marking the end of Ramadan when the bomb exploded. Farid Ahmad, a spokesman for the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC), told AFP the bomb had been concealed on a bicycle along the side of the road. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”Unfortunately, we have lost four colleagues, nine have been wounded”, Ahmad said. Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi put the toll at five dead and 10 wounded — all of them civilians. He said the explosion had been caused by a sticky bomb, a common threat in Kabul where criminals and insurgents slap explosives under vehicles. No one immediately claimed responsibility. The blast comes one day after two people were killed and dozens more wounded in Kabul as a wave of bombings hit civilian targets — including a university school bus — across the Afghan capital.last_img

Sen Patrick Brazeau acquitted of charges related to drunk driving

first_imgThe Canadian Press  Sen. Patrick Brazeau has been acquitted of drunk-driving charges that date back to 2014.The news was confirmed by the court clerk at the courthouse in Gatineau in western Quebec.Brazeau is still fighting one more criminal charge, stemming from an April 2016 incident when he allegedly refused to submit to an alcohol test.He has pleaded not guilty to that charge.Brazeau has gone through a long judicial saga that began in 2013 during the Senate expense scandal.He and other Senate colleagues were charged with allegedly making inappropriate housing expenses.The charges against Brazeau were eventually dropped.In 2015, he pleaded guilty to reduced charges related to assault and cocaine possession and received an unconditional discharge.Brazeau was kicked out of the Conservative party caucus after the housing scandal broke but returned to the Senate in 2016 to sit as an

Chicken lays full chick

The chick was in good health but the chicken has died, the doctor said.A post mortem was conducted on the chicken and it was found that the chicken died from cut wounds inside the body. (Colombo Gazette) A chicken laid a full chick in Welimada instead of the egg, officials in the area said.The egg was believed to have been stuck inside the chicken and after 21 days the egg has hatched inside the chicken, our reporter in the area quoted a veterinary doctor as saying.

Sri Lankan maids recruited despite instructions

On the other hand, an official at the Labor Ministry stated that negotiations with Jakarta are still ongoing. At the same time, he stressed that the minimum wage for domestic help was fixed at $ 400 (SR 1,500) within the framework of the agreement signed by Manila, which differs from those announced by these offices and brokers.Citizens have been receiving text messages via Watsapp with names, phone numbers, and email addresses of offices that have begun recruiting business from Indonesia, claiming it is a new system instated by the Labor Ministry. “These offices are run by brokers who take advantage of the growing need of citizens for domestic help,” said Nasser Abu Serhud, head of the international company for recruiting. In these messages, they offer contracts for a period of two or three years with a monthly salary of SR 800, Arab News. Brokers and labor offices in Saudi Arabia are continuing to promote recruitment services of housekeepers from Indonesia and Sri Lanka despite an announcement by the Ministry of Labor that negotiations for recruitment are still ongoing, Arab News reported.Recruitment from these countries was suspended following a series of incidents involving housemaid abuse. He called for cracking down on such offices, especially in light of the fact that their main objective is to obtain quick cash illegally.

Haiti Annan chairs high level panel to help prepare for elections development

“Countries in all parts of the world, from time to time, face grave challenges that they cannot address on their own. This is such a time for Haiti, and the country’s people and leaders have turned to the international community for help,” Mr. Annan told a high-level ministerial meeting at UN Headquarters in New York yesterday, which included interim Haitian Prime Minister Gerard Latortue. “The United Nations and its partners must not let them down. And we must work alongside them for the long term,” he added at the session of the Core Group, established by the Security Council last year to help the country recover after an insurgency forced elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile in February 2004. The group includes Mr. Annan’s Special Representative Juan Gabriel Valdés, who heads the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), MINUSTAH Force Commander and representatives of the Organization of American States (OAS), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), other regional and sub-regional organizations and the international financial institutions (IFIs). Mr. Annan said it was essential for the Haitian authorities to work closely with the international community to resolve outstanding technical impediments to the elections. “More fundamentally, we must do our utmost to ensure that the elections are inclusive, and that they contribute to reconciliation and stability,” he added. On promoting security and the rule of law, he noted that MINUSTAH’s military and civilian police components, working with the Haitian National Police, “are tackling difficult tasks with courage,” but the emergence of an effective rule-of-law culture will depend upon Haiti’s leadership. Provision of technical aid by the Core Group must be linked with the development of appropriate professional standards to ensure that abuses of human rights by those charged with law-enforcement will not be tolerated. Stressing the need for development, he said: “Haiti will not achieve stability without a concerted attack on poverty and deprivation. This is a long-term project, of course, but people will be especially anxious for concrete progress in the days after a new administration takes office. Assistance from the Core Group can make an important difference.” MINUSTAH has more than 7,660 uniformed personnel in Haiti, including 6,263 troops and 1,401 civilian police, supported by 423 international civilian personnel, about 443 local civilian staff and 147 UN Volunteers. Its mandate ranges from ensuring a secure and stable environment to helping to organize free and fair elections to promoting human rights.

Controllers going back to work Congress acts to end airport delays after

WASHINGTON – Furloughed air traffic controllers will soon be heading back to work, ending a week of coast-to-coast flight delays that left thousands of travellers frustrated and furious.Unable to ignore the travellers’ anger, Congress overwhelmingly approved legislation Friday to allow the Federal Aviation Administration to withdraw the furloughs. But the vote left many Democrats upset that it weakened their leverage to lift budget-wide cuts that are hurting Head Start and other programs with less lobbying clout and popular support.With President Barack Obama’s promised signature, the measure will erase one of the most stinging and publicly visible consequences of the $85 billion, across-the-board cuts known as the sequester.Friday’s House approval was 361-41 and followed the previous evening’s passage by the Senate, which didn’t even bother with a roll call. Lawmakers then streamed toward the exits — and airports — for a weeklong spring recess.White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama would sign the bill, but Carney complained that the measure left the rest of the sequester intact.“This is a Band-Aid solution. It does not solve the bigger problem,” he said. Using the same Band-Aid comparison, Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., said that “the sequester needs triple bypass surgery.”There was no immediate word on when the controllers’ furloughs would end. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who helped craft the measure, was told by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Friday that the agency is “doing everything they can to get things back on track as quickly as possible,” said Collins spokesman Kevin Kelley.In the week since the furloughs began, news accounts have prominently featured nightmarish tales of delayed flights and stranded air passengers. Republicans have used the situation to accuse the Obama administration of purposely forcing the controllers to take unpaid days off to dial up public pressure on Congress to roll back the sequester.“The president has an obligation to implement these cuts in a way that respects the American people, rather than using them for political leverage,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a written statement.“Unfortunately for this administration, the term ‘sequester’ has become synonymous with fear,” Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., said during the debate.Halting the furloughs was the latest example of lawmakers easing parts of the sequester that became too painful.They previously used a separate, wide-ranging spending bill to provide more money for meat and poultry inspectors. Attorney General Eric Holder cited extra funds in that same bill as the reason the Justice Department would be able to avoid furloughs. Transportation Security Administration employees also have gotten relief.The Obama administration and congressional Democrats — backed by many fiscal experts — say the sequester law gives agencies little manoeuvrability, requiring them to spread cuts evenly among most budget accounts. The Federal Aviation Administration was achieving about a third of its required $637 million in cuts by furloughing nearly all its workers — including the 15,000 air traffic controllers — one day every two weeks.Obama and his Democratic allies want to roll back the entire sequester, with the White House proposing a substitute mix of spending cuts and tax increases that Republicans have rejected. The GOP has proposed replacing the across-the-board spending cuts with others, many of them aimed at programs Democrats defend.That has left many Democrats reluctant to ease across-the-board cuts for individual programs that cause a public outcry because they worry that would relieve pressure on Republicans to undo the entire sequester.“While there is a little bit of leverage and pressure, let’s broaden it to the sequester as a whole,” Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., told reporters before voting against the bill.Said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.: “How can we sit there and say, ‘Four million Meals on Wheels for seniors gone? But that’s not important. Over 70,000 children off Head Start. But that’s not important.’ What is important is for Republicans to hold a hard line” on budget cuts.Even so, the complaints about flying delays became too intense, and in the end only 29 Democrats and 12 Republicans voted against the measure Friday in the House. The FAA said there had been at least 863 flights delayed on Wednesday attributed to the furloughs, with hundreds of others daily since the furloughs began last Sunday.The bill would let the FAA use up to $253 million from an airport improvement program and other accounts to halt the furloughs through the Sept. 30 end of the government’s fiscal year. The money can be used for other FAA operations, too, including keeping open small airport towers around the country that the agency said it would shut to satisfy the spending cuts.But Democrats were bitter Friday that cuts in many read more

Syria UNbacked task force seeks aid access to besieged areas without delay

The task force held its initial meeting at the UN headquarters in Geneva less than 24 hours after it was by the ISSG, the group that has been working since November to secure a broader ceasefire and Syrian political negotiations and is comprised of the Arab League, the European Union, the United Nations, and 17 countries, including the United States and Russia. Late yesterday, it agreed on two key steps forward: a cessation of hostilities in Syria and establishing a humanitarian task force.According to the ISSG agreement, “to accelerate the urgent delivery of humanitarian aid, sustained delivery of assistance shall begin this week” in seven besieged areas inside Syria, including the town of Madaya, which drew worldwide attention recently after UN and Red Cross relief workers reported people starving to death or being killed trying to flee.Today, chairing the regular bi-weekly press briefing in Geneva, Ahmed Fawzi, interim Director of the UN Information Service in the Swiss city, said the first meeting of the task force on humanitarian access in Syria would take place today and would include the ISSG co-Chairs, relevant UN entities, and members of the ISSG with influence on the parties to the conflict. The UN system, particularly the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), would be organizing and the meeting, and representatives of the UN system in Damascus would participate through video-conference, he explained.“The UN system has been geared to deliver this aid all along, especially to besieged areas, and that’s precisely what’s going to be discussed today: how to start, and when to start,” said Mr. Fawzi, responding to questions, adding: “We hope to start as early as tomorrow, immediately after the meeting, decisions will be taken to roll the aid in, especially to besieged areas that need it.” Later in the day, a statement issued by a spokesperson for Steffan de Mistura, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, said the meeting had been chaired by his Senior Advisor Jan Egeland. The purpose of this initial meeting was to agree on how the task force and its members could ensure that immediate access is granted to the civilian populations in besieged and hard to reach areas in line with the agreement reached by the ISSG at Munich.The statement said that in order to accelerate the urgent delivery of humanitarian aid, sustained delivery of assistance is expected to begin this week to besieged areas where civilians are in desperate need of assistance. Humanitarian access to these most urgent areas will be a first step toward full, sustained, and unimpeded access throughout the country.“Once we get clearance by concerned parties, the UN and its humanitarian partners will be able to reach the civilians in need within the coming days,” Mr. de Mistura said. “Next week, we plan to have a second meeting of this task force, in order to assess the progress made, and maintain the pressure for incremental and unimpeded aid deliveries,” he explained.According to the statement, Mr. Egeland, who is the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council and formerly head of UN OCHA, said that humanitarian actors had already submitted requests for access to the parties surrounding besieged areas. “We expect to get such access without delay. Finally, the civilians who have been deprived of their basic right of humanitarian access for so long, will have hope,” he added. “Let us not fail them.”Separately, Stephen O’Brien, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, statement welcomed news that the members of the ISSG agreed to a cessation of hostilities in Syria and he urged the parties to the conflict to ensure full, sustained and unimpeded humanitarian access, including to besieged and hard-to-reach areas, in accordance with their obligations under international humanitarian law.“The people of Syria – in Aleppo, Madaya, Foah and Kefraya, Deir ez-Zor and elsewhere – need an end to the brutal violence and bombing, the sieges, denial of free movement, food and medical care,” he said, emphasizing that the United Nations and its partners need safe, sustained access for humanitarian workers throughout the country.He went on to stress that the UN remains committed and ready to deliver aid and protection for civilians in desperate need, whoever and wherever they are. “Above all we need to see meaningful action on the ground, so that Syrians and their neighbours can start to rebuild their lives and their country,” he concluded.

Adopting new resolution UN Security Council moves to thwart terrorists access to

Weixiong Chen, Deputy Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), addresses the Security Council meeting on ‘Preventing Terrorists from Acquiring Weapons.’ UN Photo/Kim Haughton The Council “strongly condemned” the continued flow of weapons, military equipment, unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and their components, and improvised explosive device (IED) components to and between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), Al-Qaida, their affiliates, and associated groups, illegal armed groups and criminals. UN Member States were encouraged to prevent and disrupt procurement networks for weapons, systems and components between and among such groups and entities. Member States were specifically urged to ensure the ability to take appropriate legal actions against those who are knowingly engaged in providing terrorists with weapons and to ensure proper physical security and management for stockpiles of small arms and light weapons. It also encouraged the implementation of marking and tracing procedures of small arms and light weapons to improve traceability of such weapons which could be provided to terrorists through illicit trafficking. UN Member States were also urged to strengthen their judicial, law enforcement and border-control capacities, and develop their capabilities to investigate arms-trafficking networks in order to address the link between transnational organized crime and terrorism. The Council also called on all States to consider becoming party to the related international and regional instruments, with a view to help eliminate the supply of weapons to terrorists, and to fully implement their respective obligations under those to which they are a party. Before the adoption of the text, three leading UN officials involved in counter-terrorism, briefed the Council on the complex efforts being undertaken by multiple agencies and committees to fulfil the Organization’s promise to take an “all-of-UN” approach to tackle terrorism and prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons. Emmanuel Roux, Special Representative of INTERPOL to the United Nations, addresses the Security Council meeting on ‘Preventing Terrorists from Acquiring Weapons.’ UN Photo/Manuel Elias Yury Fedotov (shown on screen), Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) addresses the Security Council meeting on ‘Preventing Terrorists from Acquiring Weapons.’ UN Photo/Kim Haughton Mr. Jehangir Khan, Officer in Charge of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism addresses the Security Council meeting on ‘Preventing Terrorists from Acquiring Weapons.’ UN Photo/Manuel Elias ‹ › Jehangir Khan, the Officer-in-Charge of the newly created UN Counter-Terrorism Office, told Council members that “the spectre of terrorists acquiring lethal technologies and new weapons, including weapons of mass destruction, poses a serious threat to international peace and security.”This initiative goes to the heart of the Secretary-General’s efforts to make prevention the core mission of the United Nations.Jehangir KhanWelcoming the consideration of the resolution before the Council today, he said “this initiative goes to the heart of the Secretary-General’s efforts to make prevention the core mission of the United Nations.” For his part, the Deputy Director of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), Weixiong Chen, explained how the resolution would add further tasks to CTED’s mandate.Citing a wide range of vulnerabilities in the mechanism to prevent terrorists’ access to weapons, he stressed the need for further efforts, such as reviewing and strengthening national legislation on countering the supply and trafficking of weapons to terrorists and preventing the flow of weapons to conflict-affected regions and conflict zones.“Preventing and eliminating the supply of weapons to terrorists is a complex task,” he said. “But please rest assured that CTED will continue to strengthen its engagement with its UN and international and regional partners, in accordance with the relevant Council resolutions, to assist Member States to deny terrorists access to weapons.” Preventing and eliminating the supply of weapons to terrorists is a complex taskWeixiong ChenSpeaking via video-teleconference from Vienna, Austria, Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), stressed the importance of cross-border partnerships.He cited many challenges with preventing, detecting, investigating and successfully prosecuting illicit trafficking in weapons, including inadequate regulatory environments and data collection; lack of specialized skills and equipment; and lack of coordination within and between countries and regions.“Looking ahead, we need to further read more

Opinion Ray Rices actions were unacceptable but provide lesson for society

Then-Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, right, and his wife, Janay, made statements to the news media May 5, at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Md., regarding his assault charge for knocking her unconscious in a New Jersey casino. On Sept. 8, Rice was let go by the Ravens after a video surfaced from TMZ showing the incident.Credit: Courtesy of MCTWhen my eyes first saw the video of Ray Rice slugging his then-fiancée with a vicious left hook, knocking her to the floor of that elevator, I thought not of the NFL.Instead, I thought of the women in my life — my mother, my sister, my aunts and my grandmother.I imagined them falling to the ground, unconscious after a man — any man — hit them the way Rice hit his fiancée.Vitriol coursed through my veins just imagining this hypothetical situation, in which a faceless, nameless man hit one of the women I love so dearly.Then something else came to mind.This wasn’t a random woman in the middle of the street that Rice knocked out. This was a woman who Rice, supposedly, loves, and has since married.They even have a daughter together, so I would hope that he loves her, but after watching that video, I’m somewhat unsure.How on earth could Rice — no matter how drunk, how angry or how out of his right frame of mind he was for any given reason — hurt a woman that he truly, wholeheartedly loves so much?It baffled me.I then thought of his daughter.How could a sweet, innocent child be raised well by a man who beat the woman who birthed her?Another question unanswered.Then, and only then, my thoughts turned to the NFL.Clearly, it would do something about this, and later it did by announcing Rice would be suspended indefinitely from the league.That was a no-brainer, which is why I spent so little time thinking about it.The NFL was given a second chance to right its wrong following the initial two-game suspension Rice got in July and made the necessary move.If there is indeed “no room” or “no tolerance” for domestic violence against women in the NFL, then the league needed to prove it, and what better way than to essentially kick out the most egregious example?Again, the NFL wasn’t my main concern, as it was so blatantly clear that the removal of Rice was the move it needed to make.Instead, my thoughts turned again, this time to the family of Rice and the family of his wife.Do they still they support the relationship between the two, following this?How did they feel as they watched their daughter, or daughter in-law, or sister or friend, fall unconscious to the floor?How could Rice’s teammates and his coaches have — even for a second — respected him enough to want him to rejoin the team?Again, these questions might go unanswered.With all of these unanswered hypotheticals festering in my brain, here is what I do know.Things are much easier said than done.It’s easier to say, “I’d never hit a woman,” than to be faced with a circumstance, in one way or another, that requires the mindset necessary to avoid doing so. My point is that I think there are many men who don’t have the self-control necessary to avoid becoming “victims of the moment.”There are men who habitually beat women and do so with no remorse. Those men are the scum of the earth.I don’t believe Rice was one of those men.Rather, I believe Rice was one of those “victims of the moment” and will forever be rightfully vilified for his actions.My hope is that men all over the world take Rice as an example.While the reasons for not hitting a woman have been seemingly etched in stone since the beginning of time, let Rice and his actions be added to the list.I hope Rice’s actions force men to take a long, hard look at themselves beneath the “I would never hit a woman” layer and ask themselves, “Would I ever hit a woman?”The answer in most cases would be no, but maybe those who are unsure, or not completely solid in their answers, should work toward the point.It’s easy to dismiss this story, call Rice “scum” and move on.I’d rather we, as a society, take a deep look at this and use it to our advantage.Rather than to dismiss it, use it.Use it, when we find ourselves in that moment of anger, that moment of unclear mind, just as Ray Rice did, to avoid the violence, not only to women, but to children or other men as well.Rice was wrong and because he was wrong, maybe next time we won’t have to be.

Dying Army veteran facing final years of total hell as trial over

But with his health failing, Mr Hutchings, a 78-year-old Army veteran, is also facing trial for attempted murder over the death of a man shot during the Troubles 45 years ago. Mr Hutchings, a former staff sergeant in the Life Guards Regiment, is now facing the prospect of a trial held in Northern Ireland, interrupted every two days for him to attend hospital to be hooked up to a dialysis machine.  Dennis Hutchings is dying; his heart is failing and now his kidneys have packed up. Since last week, he has been on kidney dialysis, travelling an hour to hospital to spend the next five hours having his blood cleaned, wired up to a machine that is keeping him alive. Just. The disclosure that a former…

The 9 at 9 Friday

first_imgEVERY MORNING brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1. #BE SAFE: From today, drivers caught speeding will get more penalty points and those who have just passed their tests will have to display ‘N’ plates to let other drivers know they’re relatively new to the roads.2. #WATER: The Society of St Vincent De Paul warned that proposals for water charges published yesterday will have serious implications for low income households. If you missed it yesterday, here’s how much you’ll be expected to pay.3. #GAZA: A 72-hour ceasefire has begun and Israeli and Palestinian representatives, including those from Hamas, will meet in Cairo for truce talks.4. #BALLYFERMOT: A human leg has been found at a recycling plant in Dublin overnight.5. #GAFFS: The ESRI has said fewer homes are in negative equity but this is just another indicator of house prices rising.6. #RACISM: New figures this morning show young black African men in Ireland are most at risk of racist attacks and confidence in gardaí to deal with it is still very low.7. #HEALTH: Minister Leo Varadkar told last night’s Tonight with Vincent Browne that he thinks the government “bit off more than we could chew” trying to introduce universal healthcare so quickly.8. #JUSTICE: The woman who was sexually assaulted by Anthony Lyons has said she will never come to terms with his brutality but hopes now she can move on with her life, the Irish Daily Mail reports.9. #NOT DRUNK: Repeat offenders in London whose crimes were alcohol related may be forced to wear a ‘sobriety tag’ which monitors their sweat to see if they have had any alcohol.last_img

Welcome to the new Geekcom

first_imgAs many of you know, has needed a new coat of paint for some time now. The site’s last major redesign happened years ago, before mobile browsing was much of a factor, before tablets were anything but bad laptops, and before Chrome stole our hearts. Now has been rebuilt from the ground up for the internet of 2013.From the perspective of the site’s readers, a lot has changed. We wanted to bring you a site that was cleaner, faster, and better looking. One that was more visual, easier to navigate, and more fun to sit back and browse. We wanted to distill down what was working, and get rid of as much of the rest as we could.While the overhauled content management system should be completely transparent to the readers, you won’t be able to miss the new front end. We’ve removed our circa-1995 Propeller head logo — something so old that it was threatening to become cool again — and cleaned up all the other site assets. The gradients and other vestiges of the internet of 2007 have been replaced with big, fast text and an emphasis has been placed on images.Past the logo, the two biggest changes to hit the new are the front page and the updated image galleries. posts a lot of stories each week, but the front page is going to slow down and highlight what’s big, what you shouldn’t miss. Scroll down a little (or flick your finger) and you’ll get the story stream. As for the gallery feature, we wanted a way to show off lots of images, with as little interruption as possible. We’re using lightbox, so you can stay on the page, but also link off to a specific image if it’s something you’d like to share.Another notable change is our share bar, which we chose to stick to the bottom of the browser window. This was one of the more experimental design choices, so we’ll test it out for a few weeks and see how it does. Sharing is super important to the site so putting these tools right in front of readers was important to us, even if it does cut down on the view window a bit. I’m especially curious to see how everyone likes it.As with any release, we couldn’t include everything we wanted this time around. The main feature that got pushed to the next point release (think weeks, not years) is a fully responsive design. This will ensure that looks great on your 24-inch display, your 10-inch tablet, and your 5-inch smartphone, without you having to do anything. You’ll get a customized experience that’s suited to whatever device you are using.Over the next few weeks we’ll be tweaking and updating fairly continuously to address anything that got left out, bugs, and any usability issues. If you have questions, comments, or feedback please drop me a note at thanks for stopping by. This took a bit longer than we planned!(Oh and, since it’s going to come up, this is not an April Fools’ Day joke.) VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Geek 1999Geek 1999This is the oldest shot of in the archives. The site was actually founded in 1996.Geek 2001In 2001 Geek moved to it’s super fast, super awesome PERL site.Geek 2005The PERL site was reskinned once, but saw multiple smaller updates.Geek 2007The big 2007 WordPress update.Geek 2009The previous reskinning in 2009. This template was used until today.This is the oldest shot of in the archives. The site was actually founded in 1996.last_img

How much money is this Henry Street building going for Its the

first_img 11,657 Views Image: Tony Healy Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 6:30 PM By Cormac Fitzgerald EVERY WEEK, offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.€18 million: The amount of money this Henry Street building is going for.600: The number of jobs Microsoft says are up for grabs as part of major investment in Ireland.€10 million: The amount of money the Moriarty Tribunal will cost the State this year, despite it having begun in 1997.16: The number of Tesco stores that began an indefinite strike this week.25%: The percentage reduction in staff at Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement in the past six years.€600,000: The amount of money a Carlow teenager raised to help her travel to Texas to receive specialised cancer treatment that is not available anywhere else.€1,111: The average cost of rent nationwide, according to the latest Daft report.11: The number of kilometres beneath the ocean where human pollution has reached.€9 million: The amount of money being allocated to 56 arts and culture centres across the country.10: The number of formal complaints RTÉ had received by Monday in relation to its Late Late Show Valentine’s Special last Friday.1st: Dunnes Stores’ position in Ireland’s supermarket rankings.Read: Like our weekly numerical breakdown? Check out more > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 18th 2017, 6:30 PM 1 Comment Short URL Share1 Tweet Email How much money is this Henry Street building going for? It’s the week in numbers Plus: How much are average rents now across the country? Image: Tony Healylast_img

Trailer Watch Which movie should you go see this weekend

first_img Red Joan (432) By Aoife Barry Trailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend? What’s a must-watch, and what’s a miss? We tell you. Apr 18th 2019, 8:30 PM 18,984 Views Poll Results: Dragged Across Concrete (830) Source: Focus Features/YouTubeWhat we knowIn this Neil Jordan film, Isabelle Huppert and Chloe Grace Moretz star as two women who meet when Huppert leaves a bag behind on a train. But is all what it seems with this nice older lady?What the critics say“And when the worm turns, fasten your seatbelts. Jordan squeezes the plot for every ounce of campy, disreputable fun.” – Rolling Stone“Greta is far more silly than sinister, but is partially saved by Isabelle Huppert’s gloriously theatrical performance as the film’s titular character.” – Screen Rant 14 Comments None of them (1766) What’s it rated? Share Tweet Email center_img RottenTomatoes: 57%IMDB: 6.2/10Dragged Across Concrete Source: Lionsgate Movies/YouTubeWhat we knowVince Vaughn and Mel Gibson star as two detectives who are after a Spanish drug dealer. Expect lots of violence.What the critics say“The movie is generally watchable, even at its slowest and ugliest, simply because the actors are solid even when their characters are repellent.” – New York Times“Dragged Across Concrete comes in at a zeppelin-esque two hours and 39 minutes, about an hour longer than the average B crime movie. There’s not more action, only more talk. Small talk. Or chewing.” – Vulture RottenTomatoes: 74%IMDB: 7.2/10Which one would you go see first? RottenTomatoes: 30%IMDB: 6.2/10Greta Short URL Red JoanGretaDragged Across ConcreteNone of themVote Greta (461) What’s it rated? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article PLANNING ON HEADING to the cinema this weekend?There are a few new movies out, but which is a must-watch, and are there any you should avoid?We take a look.Red Joan Source: LionsgateFilmsUK/YouTubeWhat we knowDame Judi Dench stars as the real life ‘granny spy’ Melita Norwood, who was unmasked in 1999.What the critics say“Red Joan has a valid point to make: some spies were not pro-communist so much as pro-balance, pro-Mutually Assured Destruction, pro-peace.” – The Guardian“Think of the subversives as the “darling” comrades so beloved of Linda in Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love and the long minutes may crawl a little less slowly.” – The Irish Times Thursday 18 Apr 2019, 8:30 PM What’s it rated?last_img

Katy Hayward 50 days out from Brexit could a Northern Irelandspecific backstop

first_imgKaty Hayward: 50 days out from Brexit, could a Northern Ireland-specific backstop be the key to a deal? What was anathema yesterday is apparently the favoured option today, writes Katy Hayward. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Wed 12:46 PM Related: Northern Ireland-only backstop ruled out by Boris Johnson, says DUP > Put simply, the backstop meets the need to avoid a hard Irish border after Brexit by avoiding the need for checks and controls on goods moving across that border. Those checks and controls are necessary if the UK and Ireland apply different rules in relation to customs and standards for goods.The Northern Ireland-specific backstop, as was proposed in the early version of the withdrawal agreement, managed this by keeping Northern Ireland in the EU’s customs union and in the EU’s single market for goods.It also has Northern Ireland in the EU’s VAT and excise regime, to keep things as smooth as possible on that front too. No declarations, no tariffs, no quotas, no new checks, no new controls across the Irish border. But the flip side of this is that these things would apply to goods moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.The reason May gave at the time for objecting in such forceful terms to this proposal was that it undermined the ‘constitutional integrity’ of the UK. Given that the security of Northern Ireland’s place in the UK is the very essence of unionism, it is unsurprising that the DUP quickly followed her out in virulent opposition to it.As May’s team went back to Brussels to continue to work on the withdrawal agreement, the DUP continued to feel unnerved by the very premise of a backstop for Northern Ireland/Ireland.By the time May and Juncker shook hands on the withdrawal agreement – and its all-UK version of a backstop – the DUP were far from ready for compromise.The all-UK version of the backstop was clearly intended to reassure unionists. It did this by lifting the possibility of a customs border in the Irish Sea by constructing a shared UK-EU customs territory.In so doing, it disgusted hardcore Brexiteers in Britain as it contradicted a primary reason for Brexit in the first place. If the UK was in a customs territory with the EU then it was constrained from jetting off to make its own trade deals purely on its own terms.For many other areas of the backstop, however, things remained as originally conceived: Northern Ireland in the single market for goods (including agriculture) and the EU’s VAT and excise regime, with state aid rules applying.Circular debate The degree to which differences between Britain and Northern Ireland expand after Brexit (including in the rather specific areas of toy safety, exhaust emissions or beefquality) was always going to depend on how close London was willing to stay to the EU.Hence the nervousness of unionists on the very notion of a backstop.Whilst this all-UK backstop gained broad support from the public, business and civic community in Northern Ireland (all of whom are keen for certainty as the UK leave the EU), many unionists remained firmly unconvinced.Even though the backstop was stressed to be an insurance policy rather than a landing point, in essence it seemed to prioritise keeping the region close to Ireland over that of its closeness to Britain.In the win-lose logic of Northern Ireland politics, the whole debate has thus become less about the technical gains and risks of the legal clauses of the Protocol concerned and much more about the sovereignty and integrity of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.Hence the circular debate.So why is a Northern Ireland-only backstop once again in vogue?Partly it is because of time.Johnson’s plan of forcing an election prior to Brexit day has been kiboshed. He has hung his reputation on getting the UK out of the EU on 31 October.If this is without a deal, the ensuing economic and political upheaval could well see his premiership be one of the shortest in British history.If it is with a deal, he needs to go for one that the EU could agree to quickly – and it is more than ready to blow the dust off its original backstop plans. Related Read 02.08.19 Cast-iron and vital, or an anti-democratic bureaucracy: what is the Irish backstop? Related Read 15,103 Views Share19 Tweet Email3 Political sociologist By Katy Hayward Katy Hayward The bigger question – as always – is whether UK MPs would be prepared to vote for it.Key to this is whether they agree with (or even care about) the previous Prime Minister’s read more

Boy George returns icon

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Eighties pop icon Boy George has returned a Cypriot church icon that he bought in the eighties, after a Bishop saw it hanging on the singer’s wall on a TV show.The discovery was made by the Cyprus Orthodox Church’s representative in Brussels, Bishop Porfyrios of Neapolis while watching an interview with the former “Culture Club” and “Jesus Loves You” front man.Porfyrios told the BBC’s PM show “On left side of fireplace at his house during the interview we located in Boy George’s living room an icon of the Jesus Christ Pantokrator.”Suspecting the icon to be one of the many stolen and sold on after 1974 invasion, Porfyrios decided to delve deeper.He said: “Afterwards we researched the story with expert accounts, and we found it stems from Cyprus, specifically from the church of St Charalambous in the occupied village of New Chorio Kithrea.”After verifying this with the priest from St Charalambous, he contacted the singer and told him about the icon’s provenance and he was happy to return it to its original owners without payment.“He bought it from an art dealer in 1985, but did not know it came from occupied Cyprus, and it was bought in good faith… After our contact he gave it back to Cyprus with pleasure.” said Porfyrios.The singer told BBC that he was “happy the icon is going back to its original rightful home” adding, “I have always been a friend of Cyprus and have looked after the icon for 26 years…I look forward to seeing the icon on display in Cyprus for the moment and finally to the Church of St Charalambos from where it was illegally stolen.”Bishop Porfyrios spoke of his “joy and gratitude” as the singer handed over the icon at the St Anagyre church in north London saying that it “contributed to the efforts of the Church of Cyprus for the repatriation of its stolen spiritual treasures”.The icon is a 300-year-old image of Jesus, produced in the Byzantine style in the Heraclidios monastery near Nicosia, which produced icons for most of the churches in Cyprus in the 18th century.The left side is missing due to the aging and deterioration, and the background is gold leaf.Asked about the monetary value of the icon, Porfyrios said: “In the Orthodox church never value our icons. We venerate them as spiritual icons for worship, and it is in his favour that he did not ask for money.The icon will now travel back to Brussels, then to Cyprus. “We wish very soon for it to be put again in the church from where it was illegally taken,” the Bishop said.Source: Cyprus Maillast_img

San Diego Police plan bike pedestrian scooter safety enforcement in Mission Beach

first_img October 14, 2018 KUSI Newsroom San Diego Police plan bike, pedestrian, scooter safety enforcement in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach Posted: October 14, 2018 Updated: 3:59 PMcenter_img PACIFIC BEACH (KUSI) – Bike riders, scooter users and pedestrians — and bad drivers — in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach will be targeted for safety enforcement by San Diego police Sunday.Increased ticket-writing started at 9 a.m. and was to extend to 5 p.m. in the beach neighborhoods, an officer said.Police have mapped out locations throughout San Diego where pedestrian- and bicycle-involved collisions have occurred over the last three years, and will focus routine traffic patrols on known “trouble spots,” according to a statement from the department.Special targeted patrols will also be deployed to crack down on drivers who violate traffic laws, as well as pedestrians, bicyclists and scooter riders who cross the street illegally or fail to yield when traffic has the right-of-way.San Diego police have investigated thousands of fatal and injury collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians over the past three years, the statement said.Officers were conducting the safety operations along Mission Boulevard in Pacific Beach Sunday morning, San Diego police Officer Mark McCullough said.Funding for the enforcement operations program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

Port of San Diego Sweetwater Bicycle Path and Promenade project

first_imgPort of San Diego Sweetwater Bicycle Path and Promenade project December 21, 2018 Posted: December 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, center_img FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsConceptual rendering (KTU&A)SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Port of San Diego says it is moving forward on a new bicycle and pedestrian multi-use path for the Chula Vista Bayfront.The Board of Port Commissioners and the City of Chula Vista have authorized issuance of Coastal Development Permits for the Sweetwater Bicycle Path and Promenade project (Sweetwater Pathway), clearing the way for construction, which is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2019.The Sweetwater Pathway will wind through the northern portion of the Chula Vista Bayfront, providing beautiful views of San Diego Bay, F and G Street Marsh and adjacent Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, and link the regional Bayshore Bikeway to waterfront amenities and future development sites, according to the Port of San Diego.It will directly connect the future Sweetwater Park and Harbor Park and provide improved access to the waterfront. It’s scheduled to open in the spring of 2020.The Sweetwater Pathway is being primarily funded through a $4.8 million Urban Greening Grant awarded to the Port by the California Natural Resources Agency in 2017.For more information click here. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News last_img

Weston doctor accused in fathers murder transferred to Broward County Jail

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Weston doctor accused of killing his father last month has been transferred from the hospital to the Broward County Jail.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Dr. Rafael Azulay is accused of fatally gunning down his father, 67-year-old Asher Azulay, in a home inside a gated community off South Post Road, May 12.Deputies also reported that he tried to take his own life.Azulay is being held without bond. He has been charged with premeditated murder.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

BREAKING NEWS Election Results Are In — Eaton For Selectmen Ragsdale Byrnes

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The voters have spoken!  Below are the unofficial results of the Wilmington’s 2018 Annual Town Election.  These numbers were announced moments ago by the Town Clerk Sharon George. The numbers will be officially certified on Monday.  Winners are bolded in red.Contested Races:Board of Selectmen (1 seat, 3-year term)Jonathan Eaton — 1,449Rob Fasulo — 1,105Wilmington School Committee (2 seats, 3-year term)MJ Byrnes (incumbent) — 1,675David Ragsdale — 1,325Jesse Fennelly — 926Wilmington Town Moderator (1 position, 3-year term)Rob Peterson Jr. (incumbent) — 2,152Kevin MacDonald — 419Uncontested Races:Shawsheen Tech School Committee (1 seat, 3-year term)Jim Gillis (incumbent) — 2,102Wilmington Housing Authority (1 seat, 5-year term)Robert DiPasqaule (incumbent) — 2,061Turnout was a little over 2600. “Slow and steady, but more steady towards the end…. I was happy with the turnout. We did better this Annual Election than last year.” — Town Clerk Sharon GeorgeTomorrow: Look a full recap on Wilmington Apple tomorrow!Wilmington’s Hannah Bryson holding signs for the winning candidates earlier today outside the Boutwell Early Childhood Center. (Courtesy Photo)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTOWN ELECTION UPDATE: Ragsdale Pulls Nomination Papers To Run For School CommitteeIn “Government”TOWN ELECTION UPDATE: Ballot Is Set With Contested Races For Selectmen, School Committee & Town ModeratorIn “Government”Wilmington Election Results — Peterson Edges Martinson; Champoux Crushes MacDonaldIn “Boutwell”last_img