Worn Out Wednesdays – Henri Richter-Werner

first_img Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts Editors’ Recommendations 3 of the Best Teeth Whitening Products For Pearly Whites Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men When was the last time you sent a thank you card? Or a congratulations card? Or any card, really? And we don’t mean an e card. With the advent of all of the emailable options  for party invites and the like, stationery companies are scrambling to keep relevant. Leave it to Connor NYC, one of the world’s finest bespoke engravers and stationers to understand the need and take the e card to the next level of quality.The signature print collection from Connor includes invitations, holiday cards and simple monograms available digitally for the first time with Connor’s uniquely high end yet very humorous engravings. For the client who wants a truly personal digital notecard, Connor can work with you on a custom digital card to wow your friends and coworkers with (and make them twitch with envy).The man responsible for creating this now iconic brand is Creative Director Henri Richter-Werner. Growing up in Czechoslovakia he recalls how amazing his mother’s and grandmother’s handwriting was. He also remembers that to shut him up, his mother would hand him a pencil and paper and encourage him to draw. “Because of that, esthetics are really my thing,” he told us.Henri moved to New York City in 1989 and became a fashion photographer’s assistant  and instantly found access to incredible people, homes, designs and travel. This led him to become Creative Director at brands such as Brooks Brothers, J. Crew and Loro Piana, but  his ultimate dream was to create his own luxury brand. When he worked on a project with Justin Felber at the then ‘it’ stationer John L. Strong, they worked together brilliantly and once Strong folded, they decided to stay in the luxury stationery market. They bought an archive of vintage steel dyes,   brought back fonts that were no longer used, and opened their doors in 2010. “Creatively it was extremely interesting and the right customer realized that overnight,” he explained.Everything at Connor is engraved by hand in Paris, using the same techniques and craft that has been used for centuries. And Henri has not created just a paper company but a true luxury brand with not just cards, but calendars, notebooks and business cards as well as an amazing new app.With Henri’s obvious top tier in taste when it comes to his career, rest assured it relates to his closet. Read on as he tells us more about his personal style.I am probably the worst customer you can find because I am the biggest snob and I am not hiding it. I am very much anti-brand. You would never see me wearing something that flashes the brand. I want to wear either custom made or an Old Navy t-shirt.When it comes to my attire, it typically includes a custom blazer from Principe di Firenze in Florence. A fair amount of the blazers I wear are semi bespoke by Isaia. I also have suits made at Sartoria Partenopea in Naples; the eclectic classic and sportswear choices are right up my alley.For shirts – They range from every New York custom maker to Borelli. Also I like simple button down broadcloths from Brooks Brothers.Sweaters- Lora Piana cashmereTopcoats- Loro Piana to Man Ray in Milan.My shoes are made by George Cleverley in London. They are a very old brand that became famous for making shoes for the European royalty and Fred Astaire. They also make custom shoes for Ralph Lauren.Sneakers – Old Nikes, Tretorn, Superga, some in still unopened in boxes! Im just collecting and storing it, hopefully one day I will wear them all.I collect vintage tennis clothing from Vintage Fila, Ellesse, Sergio Tacchini, Australian, Adidas and Nike as well as vintage ski clothing from Ellesse, Moncler, Conte de Florence, Maser, Silvy Tricot, Nordica and Rossignol.I have a huge watch collection- vintage Patek Philippe, Rolex, Jaeger, Glashütte ( when they were made in East Germany).I also have a thing for Persol glasses which I started collecting in 1984. I have probably 50 or so frames, some still in boxes that it’s time to sell.  I love Ray Ban too. I like Tom Ford but it can be too flashy these days.It’s embarrassing to listen to myself – I am worse than a girl!The Connor iPad app is available now to download for free. The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain The Best Minimalist Wallets for Men Prove that Less Truly is More last_img read more

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Viking Enters Mainstream Offshore Rig Market

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Viking Offshore & Marine Limited will venture into the mainstream offshore rig-building and rig charter market by partnering Singaporean rig building veteran Mr Chan Kwan Bian to construct a drilling jack-up rig at a cost of approximately US$180 million, the company announced today.The rig is a cantilever drilling jack-up CJ46-X100-D GustoMSC designed for use in water depth up to 375 feet and can accommodate 120 men during operation. SGX Catalist-listed Viking said its newly set up investment holding subsidiary Viking Asset Management Pte Ltd (“VAM”) has entered into a conditional Sales and Purchase Agreement to acquire a 30% – stake, valued at US$5.4 million, in Smart Earl Investment Pte Ltd (“SEI”), an investment vehicle belonging to Mr Chan, that has the rights to build the jack-up rig. The purchase consideration will be satisfied in cash and will be funded partly through the cash proceeds from the rights-cum-warrants issue completed in May 2013.Mr Chan is a renowned industry veteran within the offshore and marine industry with extensive experiences in the rig and shipbuilding space. He was also a co-founder of Labroy Marine Ltd, a then – SGX listed offshore and marine specialist which was sold to Dubai Drydocks World LLC for S$2.4 billion in January 2008. The drilling rig will be built by China Merchant Heavy Industries (Shenzhen/Jiangsu) Co Ltd (“CMHI”), a state-owned Chinese yard with extensive experience in offshore rig building, and which, is one of the best offshore yards in the world.Mr Daniel Lin, Executive Director of Viking and son of Mr Andy Lim, Chairman and controlling shareholder of Viking, has been appointed the Chief Executive Officer of VAM, responsible for the success of this partnership.Mr Daniel Lin commented, “Viking has been offered an exceptional opportunity to participate in the fast growing rig building and rig charter market with an attractive proposition. The contractual terms extended to SEI and Viking give us the opportunity to build and co-own a jack-up rig without straining our cashflow and funding ability.”Mr Daniel Lin added that, “Through this investment, Viking has initiated its move into the mainstream offshore and marine business, in line with the asset – based strategic growth initiative it had planned for. This foray into the offshore rig market is timely to capitalize on the market view that jack-up rigs of this capacity are expected to see demand outstripping supply in the next few years.”“Our investment and partnership allows Viking to leverage on the rig building experience and track record of our partner – people who have been there, done it successfully and still have the fire to do it again,” he further added.The contract to build the jack-up rig is expected to complete with in 26 months, with Mr Chan’s team to provide the overall project management of the rig contract with CMHI. This also opens up the opportunity for Viking to participate in providing the complementary equipment and engineering services to the rig construction. The joint venture intends to resell or charter the rig to prospective Viking customers in the South East Asia region. The acquisition by Viking is subject to shareholders’ approval at an extraordinary general meeting to be convened. Viking Offshore & Marine, November 5, 2013 Print  Closelast_img read more

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Aadhaar Amendment Bill to be introduced in coming Parliament session

first_imgNew Delhi: The Cabinet on Wednesday cleared a Bill to allow voluntary use of Aadhaar as identity proof for opening bank accounts and procuring mobile phone connections.The Bill — which will be in form of amendment to Aadhaar Act 2016 and other laws and will replace an ordinance issued in March, 2019 — also proposes stiff penalties for violation of norms. The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 will be introduced in the ensuing session of Parliament, beginning June 17. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”For the convenience of general public in opening of bank accounts, the proposed amendments would allow the use of Aadhaar number for authentication on voluntary basis as acceptable KYC (Know Your Customer) document under the Telegraph Act, 1885 and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002,” an official release said. Put simply, this means it will allow voluntary use of Aadhaar number for authentication and identity proof in opening of bank accounts and procuring of mobile phone connections. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe Bill seeks to giving a child an option to exit from the biometric ID programme on attaining 18 years of age, while stipulating stiff penalties for violation of norms set for the use of Aadhaar and violation of privacy. “The decision would enable UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) to have a more robust mechanism to serve the public interest and restrain the misuse of Aadhaar…Subsequent to this amendment, no individual shall be compelled to provide proof of possession of Aadhaar number or undergo authentication for the purpose of establishing his identity unless it is so provided by a law made by Parliament,” the release said. The move is aimed at making Aadhaar “people friendly”, it added. The amendments proposed are the same as those contained in the Ordinance promulgated by President on March 2, 2019. The changes provide for voluntary use of Aadhaar number in physical or electronic form by authentication or offline verification with the consent of Aadhaar number holder. It will also pave the way for use of alternative virtual identity number to conceal the actual Aadhaar number of an individual.last_img read more

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Leonard Cohen buried quietly on Thursday in Montreal

first_img Facebook The evidence of his burial lies beneath a conspicuous covering of fallen brown leaves in front of an unmarked gravestone, which cover the unsettled earth, wet cement and the tracks of an industrial digger. Advertisement Leonard Cohen had already been buried at a Montreal cemetery before his death became publicly known.The legendary singer-songwriter received a graveside memorial service on Thursday, according to a statement released by Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, an Orthodox synagogue in Montreal’s Westmount neighbourhood of which he “was a beloved and revered member.”Cohen died on Monday in Los Angeles, though his death at age 82 was only made public on Thursday night in a post on Facebook. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Moroccan Royal Marines Rescue 62 Migrants From Drowning Near El Hoceimas

Rabat – Moroccan Royal Marines rescued 62 migrants from a sinking boat in the Mediterranean Sea, today, August 27, reported Spanish news agency EFE. The boat was about 15 miles (24 kilometers) to the North of Sidi Abed Beach, near Al Hoceima (north of Morocco). The boat was damaged and full of water when the Royal Marine reached it.Read also: Spain Grants Morocco €32 Million to Support Morocco’s Efforts to Curb Irregular MigrationThe rescued migrants, including three women, originating from the sub-Saharan countries of Nigeria, Guinea, Gambia, and Cameroon. The Royal Marines took them directly to the city of Al Hoceima. Many of the irregular migrants needed medical attention. According to official statistics, the Moroccan authorities prevented more than 40,300 migrants attempts to cross the Mediterranean Sea in the first half of this year alone. Last year, the authorities aborted around 89,000 undocumented migrants making similar attempts. read more

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New US government consumer watchdog to oversee credit reporting agencies

by News Staff Posted Jul 16, 2012 5:26 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The companies that determine Americans’ credit scores are about to come under government oversight for the first time.The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Monday that it will start supervising the 30 largest firms that make up 94 per cent of the industry. That includes the three big credit reporting firms: Equifax Inc., Experian and TransUnion.In remarks prepared for a speech Monday, Richard Cordray, the government agency’s director, said that scorekeeping by credit bureaus plays such a large role in Americans’ financial lives, it requires scrutiny.The CFPB said its oversight may include on-sight examinations, and that it may require credit bureaus to file reports.“It’s a wonderful thing for the American public,” said Pamela Banks, the senior policy counsel for Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports. “Now there’s somebody on their side.”Banks said she expects that when people dispute details on their credit reports, credit bureaus will now act more quickly to fix any problems. “They won’t want the CFPB breathing down their necks,” she said.The announcement Monday wasn’t a total surprise, according to industry observers, because the CFPB had hinted earlier this year that it was considering supervising the industry.Gerry Tschopp, a spokesman for Experian, said the government already oversees the industry, because the Federal Trade Commission has been responsible for enforcing the Fair Credit Reporting Act since it became law in 1970.“We’re not a stranger to regulation,” he said. “We’ve been regulated for four-plus decades.”Tschopp said he had “no concerns” about the agency’s oversight. A statement from Experian said the company and the CFPB both shared the goal of helping consumers get “access to fair and affordable credit.”Jon Ulzheimer, president of consumer education at SmartCredit.com and a former Equifax employee, said the CFPB may soon clarify what the Fair Credit Reporting Act requires of credit bureaus, a constant source of debate in the consumer credit world. When people challenge what’s in their credit report, the Fair Credit Reporting Act requires the bureaus to investigate.“But what exactly constitutes a reasonable investigation?” Ulzheimer asks. “The act doesn’t say.”What often happens is that the credit bureaus simply double-check their original numbers, he said. “There’s really no quote-unquote ‘investigation.’”Each of the three major credit reporting agencies maintains files on more than 200 million Americans. These reports are filled with a history of loan payments, credit card accounts and other financial details. Past behaviour, from late payments to credit-card balances, is used to create a credit score.Banks and other lenders use these scores to measure eligibility for mortgages, credit cards and a wide variety of other consumer loans. Some landlords check them to screen prospective renters, and some companies check credit reports — but not scores— before hiring a new employee. Low scores or problematic credit histories can mean higher interest rates or rejected applications.There have been thousands of complaints about credit reports from consumers who claim they are unsuccessful getting credit reporting agencies to correct inaccurate information.The protection bureau will start regulating the industry after the new rule takes effect on Sept. 30. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New U.S. government consumer watchdog to oversee credit reporting agencies read more

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Its not delivery Its DiGiorno Pizza … spilled on I30

It’s not delivery. It’s DiGiorno Pizza … spilled on I-30 by The Associated Press Posted Aug 10, 2017 5:51 am MDT Last Updated Aug 10, 2017 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas highway officials shut down westbound lanes of a cross-country interstate for four hours so crews could pick up pizza.An 18-wheeler containing DiGiorno and Tombstone frozen pizzas scraped a bridge support and sliced open its trailer Wednesday, spilling the pies across Interstate 30 in front of the Arkansas Department of Transportation office just south of Little Rock.Agency spokesman Danny Straessle said the bridge suffered only cosmetic damage. He says “there were some people shaken up” but that no one was hurt.The westbound section of I-30 was closed for four hours and was closed eastbound for an hour too while crews cleared away the mess.Straessle says the pizza sauce, the cheese and pepperoni, plus some spilled diesel left a “slippery spot.” read more

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New members – July 2016

Find out who has joined the premier automotive trade association and what they get from membership. New members – July 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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New book explores antiunion sentiment in Niagara and beyond

A Niagara casino and the closed John Deere plant in Welland are among the case studies used in a new book co-edited by a Brock University labour expert examining the challenges faced by unions in Canada today.“There is no doubt that overt anti-union sentiment, policy and practices are on the rise in Canada,” says Larry Savage, Professor in the Department of Labour Studies. “Workers in all sectors of the economy are facing aggressive anti-union employers emboldened by an increasingly anti-union political climate.”Labour Under Attack: Anti-unionism in Canada explores both external and internal difficulties faced by unions in Canada today.“Beyond employers’ union avoidance strategies, an even more troubling trend for the labour movement is the rise of anti-union sentiment amongst workers themselves,” Savage points out.He says the “tendency of working-class people to direct their anger at better-off union members rather than wealthy corporations and the financial elite” can be exploited by anti-union forces in ownership and government, in spite of the quantifiable benefits enjoyed by unionized workers that non-unionized workers rarely see.“While it is fairly obvious why employers, concerned with relative loss of power and profits, would be anti-union, explaining worker anti-unionism is trickier,” Savage says.To explore these issues, the book’s contributors use case studies to illuminate the difficulties faced by unions across sectors.Several of the contributors are from Brock. Savage’s case study, which examines attempts to organize labour at a local casino, was co-authored with Nick Ruhloff-Queiruga, a recent Brock Labour Studies graduate. Assistant Professor Simon Black and Associate Professor Kendra Coulter, also from the Department of Labour Studies, look at major junior hockey and labour in the retail sector, respectively.Dennis Soron, Associate Professor of Sociology, discusses how unions are represented in popular culture, while June Corman, Professor of Sociology, offers insight into the now-closed John Deere plant in Welland.“Living in a region where access to jobs and working conditions are set by multinational corporations leaves Niagara residents vulnerable to the whims of outside investors,” says Corman, whose chapter was co-authored by Professor Emeritus Ann Duffy, also of the Department of Sociology, and Norene Pupo-Barkans of York University.“Those who devoted their lives to making John Deere equipment in Welland are a classic example of foreign owners making momentous decisions with no regard for the impact on people’s lives,” says Corman.Savage says the greatest challenge to labour is common across Niagara and nationally.“The labour movement’s biggest challenge is to successfully organize workers in the low-wage, precarious private service sector,” he says. “This is where most jobs are, but unions have not had much success organizing workers in those jobs. Part of this is explained by hostile employers and inhospitable labour laws.”Labour Under Attack: Anti-unionism in Canada was co-edited with Stephanie Ross of McMaster University and published by Fernwood Publishing this spring. The book is the third that Savage and Ross have contributed to the publisher’s Labour in Canada series. read more

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UPDATE Charred remains of elderly businessman found on back step of

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related1 dead as Main St. business/residence destroyed by early morning fireSeptember 18, 2017In “Crime”Update: Police confirm man burnt house with wife, four childrenMarch 15, 2014In “Crime”Man perishes as home goes up in flamesJuly 29, 2018In “latest news” The flames engulfing the building on Monday morningPolice are now investigating the circumstances surrounding a fire which occurred early Monday morning on Main Street, Georgetown, leaving a 77-year-old businessman’s body charred on the back steps of his home.Dead is Yusuf Sankar of lot 51 Main Street, Georgetown. He resided on the upper flat of his premises while two businesses were located on the lower flat.INews understands that Sankar was asleep in his room when he was alerted by the care taker of his home-“Claire” only name given- that the house was on fire.Based on eyewitness reports at the scene, the fire reportedly started at around 05:30hrs. “Claire” was sleeping at the time when she was awoken by the sounds of persons pounding on the back door located south of the three story wooden and concrete building.Upon inspecting, the caretaker realised that it was security guards –attached to the home of the Prime Minster- that were pounding on the door to alert her of the fire which had already spread throughout several wooden sections of the building.“She [Claire] said she run to Mr Sankar’s room and told him about the fire, then she run down the back stairs and tell the guards that her boss in there. She said she begged them to save him,” one woman affiliated with the family said.However, at the time, the flames were too much for anyone to re-enter the house.The fire fighters were called to the scene, and after an hour, the fire was contained, leaving only sections of the concrete lower flat standing.What remains of the buildingAccording to the now dead man’s son, Riyadh Sankar, he and another brother had left home earlier to take another sibling to the airport. He noted that it was only upon their return that they learnt of the disastrous fire and their father’s demise.“The fire started around 05:30hrs this morning because we were actually out and when we came, half the house was on fire…We tried to get the vehicle out…nothing else could be saved,” he said, while noting that his father’s body was later found on the back stairs, indicating that the elderly man- who had recently undergone a surgery- was attempting to save his own life.Moreover, information gathered at the scene of the fire suggests that there was a power outage at the home during the wee hours of this morning, and at sometime before the blaze, there had been load shedding.Sankar leaves to mourn five children, among other family and friends.Investigations are ongoing. read more

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Angry Birds Throwable Plush Toys Let You Recreate the Game

first_imgAdChoices广告 The Angry Birds train rolls on, and while you can buy all manner of Angry Birds swag, nothing has been quite as cool yet as these adorable, palm-sized Angry Birds 5″ plush toys from ThinkGeek. Just tap one of the birds’ heads, and then throw him across the room to hear him make the sounds from the game while flying through the air. All of the birds are accounted for, and they all make sounds – you can collect all of the individual birds and build your own pig crushing arsenal. The best part is that the pigs are available too: the piglet, the helmeted pig, the mustached pig, and yes, even the Pig King himself are all up for sale. With enough of them, you can recreate your own Angry Birds level using plush toys that actually make all the right noises when you throw them or things fall on top of them. Each of the birds and pigs are available now for $9.99 retail price directly from ThinkGeek. A number of them are on back-order, so make sure you check back if the one you want isn’t available. Check out a video of the little guys in action behind the jump.last_img read more

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Manager Tedesco analyzes Schalkes opponents

first_imgThe German club will play against Portuguese team Porto in Matchday 1 of the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League tomorrowGerman Bundesliga club Schalke 04 is set to start its 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League season tomorrow.Their opponent will be Portuguese League Porto.And manager Domenico Tedesco spoke to the club’s official website about the analysis he did of his team’s rivals.Sergio Ramos, Champions League, Real MadridSergio Ramos would love a fifth Champions League trophy Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, winning a fifth European trophy with his club would be crazy, but he wants to do it before retiring.“Obviously the recent results are playing on our mind, but the Champions League is a fresh start for us and we have earned the right to play these games with our performances last season,” he explained.“Our opponents are always compact, whether that’s in a 4-4-2 or a 4-2-3-1 formation. They have two big strikers with a real presence in the box which makes them especially dangerous from crosses.”“Their style of play is comparable with that of Atletico Madrid,” he added.“Fortunately there haven’t been any more injuries.”last_img read more

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Provide better medical facilities to patients Collector Bharati

first_imgMancherial: District Collector Bharati Hollikeri instructed the medical officers to provide better medical facilities to the patients at government hospitals.Addressing the medial officials at a meeting at the Collector conference hall in Mancherial on Wednesday, she directed them to setup ward-wise notice boards, footware stands, vehicle stand for parking, dustbins etc. she also told them to maintain cleanliness in the rooms and wards once the patients get discharged. Hospital Superintendent Yashwanth, medical officer Neeraja and others were present.last_img

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Establishment of board for social forestry farmers demanded in

first_imgOngole: The Andhra Pradesh Social Forestry Farmers Association demanded the government to set up a board like tobacco board for them to respond and provide solutions to the problems of the social forestry farmers and see the sale of wood go on smoothly as per the government promises. The Andhra Pradesh Social Forestry Farmers Association members from various districts in the state met at Ranga Bhavan in Ongole on Tuesday and elected a new body to spearhead their agitation for a better price for their wood. They elected Talluri Baburao as president, Vadde Hanumareddy as general secretary, TV Seshaiah as secretary and other prominent farmers in various positions in the new committee. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us In the meeting, the association leaders demanded the government to form a board for the subabul, eucalyptus, casuarinas, Malabar neem, bamboo and other social forestry farmers and provide better price to them. They demanded the government to establish a paper and pulp industry in Prakasam district to utilise the wood locally. Their other demands include the purchase of wood through the market committees and provide revolving fund, announce compensation of Rs 25,000 to farms which went dry due to drought or burnt down due to the high heat wave. They demanded the government to impose cess on paper pulp being imported from other countries and see the officials implement the government approved prices for wood in the market. They also demanded the officials to conduct a review meeting with the farmers at least once in two months to know the issues and settle them after hearing the voices of all farmers’ associations.last_img read more

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11 killed in Syria government raids

first_imgGovernment air strikes on northwest Syria killed at least 11 people overnight, most of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday.”Government warplanes carried out air strikes after midnight on several areas in the town of Ariha” in Idlib province, said the monitoring group’s head Rami Abdel Rahman.”The preliminary toll is 11 killed, including at least seven civilians,” three of them children, he said.Others were still missing and rescue teams were searching for anyone trapped under the rubble, Abdel Rahman added.Leith Fares, a rescue worker in Ariha, told AFP his team had pulled at least 20 wounded people out of the rubble.”We’ve been working since 3:00 am (0100 GMT) to rescue victims still under the rubble of two four-storey buildings that totally collapsed on the residents inside,” he said.”We’re still looking for two families, estimated at eight to 10 members each, that are still trapped,” Fares said.The deaths come two days after 10 civilians were killed in government air strikes on Ariha, held since spring 2015 by an anti-regime coalition dominated by jihadists.Idlib province has been battered by heavy air strikes in recent weeks, with intensifying bombing raids by regime warplanes in particular, according to the Observatory.It has also been rocked by infighting between rebel and jihadist factions, including Al-Qaeda’s former Syrian affiliate, Fateh al-Sham Front.last_img read more

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HHS Considering Housing Immigrant Children At Military Bases

first_imgAP Photo/Jacquelyn MartinHomeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testifies to the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington.The Health and Human Services Department is considering housing at military bases those children picked up crossing the U.S. border illegally either alone or after being separated from their parents by the government, according to two U.S. officials.One official said the department is looking at four bases in Texas and Arkansas. The officials discussed the plan Tuesday on condition of anonymity because it has not been made public or made final.Health and Human Services, which oversees about 100 shelters in 14 states for children who are caught at the border, said in a statement that it routinely evaluates additional locations for temporary housing. It did not elaborate on specific plans.Health and Human Services takes custody of children who cross the border alone within 48 hours, as well as children who are separated from their families when their parents are charged with crimes or the child’s welfare is in doubt.During a surge in children from Central America in 2014, Health and Human Services temporarily used military bases in California, Oklahoma and Texas to house children.The Department of Homeland Security has limited space to house families that are kept together — only about 2,700 beds at three family detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania. In April alone, people who came as families accounted for nearly 10,000 Border Patrol arrests. Another 4,300 were unaccompanied children.Nearly 1 in 4 Border Patrol arrests on the Mexican border from October through April was someone who came in a family. That means any large increase in prosecutions will likely cause parents to be separated from their children while they face charges and do time in jail.Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from parents when the family is being prosecuted for entering the U.S. illegally, telling a Senate committee Tuesday that removing children from parents facing criminal charges happens “in the United States every day.”Nielsen, who has led the agency since December, came under attack from Democratic senators days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions said a “zero tolerance” policy toward people entering the country illegally could lead to more families being split up while parents are prosecuted.In a contentious exchange with Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Nielsen said her department was not taking children from parents as a way to deter illegal immigration. Rather, Nielsen said, if a person crosses the border illegally: “We will refer you for prosecution. You’ve broken U.S. law.”When Harris pressed her about what that would mean for a 4-year-old child whose family faces charges of entering the country illegally, Nielsen said, “What we’ll be doing is prosecuting parents who’ve broken the law, just as we do every day in the United States of America.”The children are transferred to the custody of Health and Human Services within 48 hours, she said. That department then finds people for the children to stay with while the parents are in custody, she said.“They will be separated from their parent,” said Harris, who’s considered a possible contender for her party’s 2020 presidential nomination.“Just like we do in the United States every day,” Nielsen replied.But she did not dispute criticism by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., that the government could do a better job of monitoring the children it places in a family’s custody to make sure they’re safe.“I could not agree with your concerns more, period,” Nielsen said.Nielsen told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that her agency and HHS have procedures aimed at making sure the people caring for the children are not criminals.“It is our duty to protect them, to keep them in a safe environment,” Nielsen said.DHS has said it would refer all arrests for illegal entry to federal prosecutors, backing up Sessions’ policy, announced last month, to expand criminal prosecutions of people with few or no previous offenses. A conviction for illegal entry carries a maximum penalty of six months in custody for first-time crossers — though they usually do far less time — and two years for repeat offenses.Just last week, President Donald Trump criticized Nielsen at a Cabinet meeting for not doing enough to stop illegal border crossings. He discounted her explanation that her department faces legal restrictions on what it can do, according to people familiar with the exchange.The agency has denied a report by The New York Times that the confrontation left Nielsen close to resigning. Sharelast_img read more

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Bungie to tweet Destiny beta codes all this week

first_imgBungie is set to open beta access to Destiny in early 2014. Gaining access to that beta requires you to pre-order the game and then follow the instructions to reserve your spot. However, this week there’s another way to gain access, and it doesn’t require a pre-order.Bungie has tweeted using the official Destiny The Game Twitter account, that all this week they will be randomly sending out beta codes for the game. Each day, tweets will appear at random from that account containing a valid code. To use it you just need to be quicker than anyone else at copy-pasting it into the sign-up page.In order to make the process of entering the code as fast as possible, you need to visit the Bungie code redemption page and join ASAP. This will take at least several minutes to complete as your newly created profile has to be verified, which will include waiting for an email with a verification link in it I’d imagine. Once that’s done you should be able to login and remained logged in for when those all important codes start appearing. Then it’s just going to be a case of who is fastest with their mouse and CTRL-C, CTRL-V actions.Bungie has been accepting beta requests since March of this year, but signing up just put your name into a hat from which the developer selected a lucky few participants. The player count is going to ramp up quickly as we head into next year, though.Is Destiny for you? It’s described as an open world shooter with gameplay footage showing a heavy emphasis on playing with friends. So it’s almost like an MMO FPS.last_img read more

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Number of noshow airport security screeners soars in shutdown

first_img Tuesday, January 15, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Number of no-show airport security screeners soars in shutdown ATLANTA — The number of airport security screeners failing to show up for work around the country is soaring as the partial government shutdown goes into its fourth week.No-shows among screeners jumped Sunday and again Monday, when the Transportation Security Administration reported a national absence rate of 7.6 per cent compared with 3.2 per cent on a comparable day a year ago. Monday marked the first business day after screeners did not receive a paycheque for the first time since the shutdown began.At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest, some passengers waited more than an hour to get through checkpoints. The airport reported the long lines on its website Monday morning, showing the hour-plus waits at all three checkpoints in the domestic terminal.“It’s chaos out here,” passenger Vincent Smith said as he stood in a line that snaked through the Atlanta airport’s atrium and baggage claim areas. “This line, I’ve been here about 15 minutes and it has moved 2 feet.”TSA is working with the Atlanta airport and airlines “to maximize all available operational resources at the airport,” TSA spokesman Jim Gregory said.The agency is working with airports and airlines nationwide to consolidate operations and get the most out of resources, Gregory added. He declined to provide absentee figures for Atlanta or other airports, saying that would compromise security by exposing possible vulnerabilities.“Screeners will not do anything to compromise or change their security procedures,” he said.But Smith said he could relate to government workers who don’t show up so they can find other ways to make ends meet.“If I was a government worker, yes, I would probably call in and try to do something else because creditors don’t care if you’re furloughed or not,” Smith said. “They just want to get paid and with a family of six, you have to do what you have to.”More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongAtlanta’s wait times stretched well beyond what the TSA says most passengers have encountered since the shutdown began.Delta Air Lines, the dominant carrier in Atlanta, and other airlines said they were advising passengers to get to the airport at least two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international trips. A Delta spokeswoman said airline employees were pitching in by helping manage TSA lines.TSA said that it screened 1.97 million people on Sunday and that 99.1 per cent waited less than 30 minutes, and 93.1 per cent less than 15 minutes. Precheck lines for people who pay a fee for expedited screening averaged less than five minutes, TSA said.A combination of a busy Monday travel day combined with some security lines being closed led to the long lines, airport spokesman Andrew Gobeil said. He said he didn’t know how many security lines were down.A statement from TSA attributed the long waits in Atlanta to “anticipated high volume.”Meanwhile, TSA said it would move officers around the country to deal with local shortages. A few airports are making changes to deal with the shortage of screeners.At Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, a security checkpoint and ticket counter that were shuttered Sunday afternoon in Terminal B will remain closed through Tuesday, a spokesman said.The terminal handles United Express flights. Passengers must go through checkpoints in other terminals, then walk or take a train to planes parked at Terminal B. A spokesman for United Airlines said flights were not affected.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsMiami International Airport closed one of its concourses for part of Saturday and Sunday, shifting about a dozen afternoon and evening flights each day to other concourses so that TSA workers could adequately staff the other checkpoints. Airport spokesman Greg Chin said TSA was staffing the Concourse G checkpoint on Monday, but airport officials were monitoring the situation and would make more adjustments if necessary.An official with the union representing TSA workers said TSA cancelled employees’ vacation requests about a week ago.“Since nobody is getting paid, (TSA officials) don’t want them to take annual leave,” said Cairo D’Almeida, president of a government workers’ union local in Seattle. He said he was asking local food banks if they can help the workers.Gregory, the TSA spokesman said that was not a TSA decision. Under guidelines from the federal Office of Personnel Management, paid time off is cancelled for employees, including the airport screeners, who are exempt from certain federal labour laws.In Atlanta, Monday’s long wait times come with less than three weeks remaining before the city hosts one of the world’s biggest sporting events. Super Bowl 53 on Feb. 3 is expected to bring hordes of travellers to Atlanta for the game and days of concerts and related events.“We’re confident that we will be as efficient and as welcoming as people expect the city of Atlanta to be here at Hartsfield-Jackson for the Super Bowl,” Gobeil said. Tags: Atlanta, TSA By: The Associated Presslast_img read more

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