“You see us here together,” said Michael Steiner, the head of the UN Interim Administration in Kosovo, who was flanked by Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi outside the Church of All Serbian Saints in the town of Djurakovac, where three explosions gutted the building’s interior. “We’re all united in condemning these acts.” Mr. Steiner noted that repairs to the church will be financed from the Kosovo Consolidated Budget. “We will start from tomorrow morning to rebuild and to express to the public that we will not tolerate this behaviour,” he told reporters.Noting that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is set to arrive in the province tomorrow, the envoy said those responsible for the vandalism want to undermine Kosovo’s success, especially on the eve of the UN leader’s visit. “They will not achieve their aim,” he stressed.According to the UN, some time around midnight, a series of explosions ripped into two churches which sit about five kilometers apart. The Church of St. Basil, built in 1939 in the village of Ljubovo, was totally destroyed, with only the front façade still standing.Several UNMIK officials who accompanied the envoy to the area will remain there to launch reconstruction work on one of the churches Monday morning. read more
Poland’s PM fires Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski in major government reshuffle WARSAW, Poland – Poland’s prime minister on Wednesday fired Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski in a major government reshuffle aimed at breathing new energy into Poland’s longest-serving team under democracy.The pro-market government of Donald Tusk has guaranteed stability in Poland’s politics in recent years and has boasted of preserving economic growth at a time when European Union nations plunged into recession. But it has been recently losing support due to domestic policy decisions, budget cuts and allegations of corruption among members of Tusk’s Civic Platform party.Tusk said Wednesday that the “need for new energy” was the key to the changes, which he had been planning for months.He said he appointed “very gifted economist” Mateusz Szczurek to be the new head of state finance. Rostowski had been expected to go, as the face behind a number of unpopular reforms, chiefly concerning the pension system and budget cuts. The 38-year-old Szczurek was chief economist for ING Bank in Central and Eastern Europe, and a commentator on the Polish and regional economy.“We need to have … an acceleration of economic growth and we need to act fast on putting EU funds to use,” Tusk said.Tusk also fired Environment Minister Marcin Korolec, who is currently presiding over U.N. talks on preventing global warming that are entering their decisive stage in Warsaw. Korolec is keeping his role at the U.N. meeting and as Poland’s official for global climate talks, Tusk said.The ministry’s foot-dragging on much-awaited regulations concerning exploration for shale gas and other fossil fuels seems to be behind Korolec’s dismissal. The government is placing great hopes on Poland’s shale gas deposits for energy security, but it still needs to approve legislation favourable for the industry.Maciej Grabowski, formerly at the Finance Ministry, is the new head of the environment.Other ministries with new leaders are sports, education, science and administration. The transport and regional development sectors were merged into one ministry, led by Elzbieta Bienkowska, who until now was regional development minister. Bienkowska was also raised to the rank of deputy prime minister.Bienkowska said her aim will be to make Poland a modern and competitive EU nation by 2020.President Bronislaw Komorowski is expected to give his approval, which is required before the new ministers can be sworn in.Tusk, who took office in 2007, said the long-expected changes guarantee an infusion of new energy for the government. Tusk is halfway through his second term, but the Cabinet’s image has suffered from an unexpected budget deficit gap that led to spending cuts, a reform that raised the retirement age and from allegations that local Civic Platform leaders were offering jobs in return for support.Tusk has previously carried out minor government reshuffles. Parliamentary elections are to be held in 2015. by Monika Scislowska, The Associated Press Posted Nov 20, 2013 5:58 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more
Click through to download the February 2014 bus and coach registrations news release and data tables.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Bus and coach market falls 12.1% in February to 356 units.Purpose-built sector drops 44.4% in the month, down 18.6% for the year-to-date.Converted bus market picks up, rising 31.2% in February.“On a rolling-year basis, performance has been gradually improving since mid-2013,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “February registrations were down, primarily due to a decline in the purpose-built bus and coach sector. However, having begun 2014 slowly, converted buses picked up the pace in February, rising 6.7% for the year-to-date to 431 units and the forthcoming plate change in March should help improve overall performance.” read more
Of all the lessons two-time world curling champion Marilyn Bodogh learned in her half century on the ice, one that stands out was taught to her by her father when she was 10 years old.“My dad didn’t coach us, but he watched us. The only thing he told us was to be the same when you win as when you lose,” said Bodogh, who won both the Scotties Tournament of Hearts (national championships) and the World Curling Championships in 1986 and 1996 while curling out of the St. Catharines Golf and Country Club, where she first stepped on the ice in 1965.Looking out over that same curling rink Monday morning, Bodogh said she’s looking forward to passing on those same types of simple, yet important lessons to the Brock Badgers varsity curling team.Bodogh will join the Badgers this season as a mentor to skip Terri Weeks and the rest of the squad. For the first time in 51 years, Bodogh won’t be competing this winter, which made the timing perfect to assist Badgers head coach Murray Etherington.“We’re always looking for ways to improve the program. We knew Terri was ready to take on the full role of skip, but what we can’t provide is someone who has been to Canadian and World Championships and won,” he said. “What we’re asking for this season is to help mentor Terri. Help her call a game, read the ice — all the things a true skip needs to do. And also give us that winning attitude.”Brock’s curling program is highly regarded in Canada — with multiple silver medals at both the provincial and national championships since Etherington became head coach in 2009. But a national title still eludes the team.“We haven’t reached the top yet and we think that is what Marilyn can help us with,” he said.We haven’t reached the top yet and we think that is what Marilyn can help us withBodogh has worked with elite curlers, but this will be her first hands-on mentorship role where she will attend some of the Badgers’ practices.“Terri is a bright star just waiting to capture a good win for herself and her teammates. I’m excited to be part of it and to watch Terri develop into her own,” Bodogh said.Weeks, who is in her third year of five at Brock, said she’s thrilled to work with the curling legend.“I’m excited about the support and all the new things we’re introducing into the program this year,” she said. “I’m looking forward to grasping all the little bits and pieces (Bodogh) can tell me and running with them.“I know I’ll use what she teaches me for the rest of my curling career,” said the 20-year-old kinesiology student.In addition to Bodogh coming on board, two former Brock curlers, Ashley DeJonge and Mike Idzenga, are coming back to act as peer coaches to help the younger curlers adjust to life as student-athletes. They will join the existing coaching team of Etherington, Jodi Dickinson, Mike Smith and Karen Heywood.Neil Lumsden, Director, Brock Sports, called the announcement another positive step forward for the University’s varsity program.“There’s no better person to mentor our curling teams and our skips than Marilyn,” he said. “When you aspire to be the best, to have the best as a mentor is spectacular. It says a lot about Marilyn and a lot about our curlers.”Both Bodogh and the Brock varsity team will also be involved with the 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts being held in St. Catharines in February.Bodogh is an athlete liaison, working with the provincial championship-winning teams who will be competing at the Scotties. Brock University is a tournament sponsor, and the varsity curling teams will be volunteering at the event.“We’re looking at it as helping us grow the profile of our curling program,” Etherington said.Brock Curling is working on a community outreach program that will see elementary students from across the region taking field trips to watch the Scotties tournament at the Meridian Centre. read more
agustin vidalcuencadavid jimenezglobalcaja ciudad encantadajimenezvidal ← Previous Story European Handball Masters from 14.-16 June in Brixen (Italy) Next Story → GOG Gudme (Svendborg) back in the top Danish league GlobalCaja Ciudad Encantada, the ASOBAL team that is facing a very bad start of the second part of the season recording defeats only, have signed two players that are supposed to replace the injured players, among them important injury is Adrián Sifré. The more known of the two players that have been signed is Agustín Vidal, now former Torrevieja player that also played for Argentina at the World Championship 2013 in Spain . The other is David Jiménez that played in San Antonio the last year, 24-year old right wing. read more
← Previous Story Christian Prokop to replace Dagur Sigurdsson on German bench! Next Story → RK Celje PL beat Meshkov Brest in direct battle for SEHA Final4 2017! Do you remember Gregory Anquetil? This is nice chance to refresh your memories on fantastic French right wing – World Champion from Bercy 2001, who showed some of magic at HandStar Game 2017 only few days after the end of World Championship 2017.
← Previous Story Rhein Neckar Lowen win German Super Cup 2017 Next Story → IHF TROPHY 2017: Dr Congo and Benin are African winners Qatari NT line-player, Jovo Damjanovic, signed two years contract with Paris Saint Germain. The 21-years old line-player was a member of Qatari El Jaish SPorts Club since he left Montenegro and receive Qatari citizenship in 2013. Damnjanovic was a part of the Qatari team who won the silver medal at World Championship 2015 in Doha, afterwards he was out due problems with health.Paris Saint Germain played at VELUX EHF Champions League Final 2016/2017, what is for now the biggest achievement of the French champions supported by Qatari sponsorship money. read more
When it comes to PC gaming, you’re always going to get the best performance out of a big and powerful desktop. If you want to run games at the highest, eye-melting settings you need a tower that can fit all the graphics cards and coolants and glowing doodads. But if there’s one manufacturer that can make a laptop with as few gaming sacrifices as possible its Razer. And the most recent redesign of the Razer Blade Stealth is the closest they’ve come so far in an ultraportable.A gaming laptop’s priorities are always going to be a little different than a traditional laptop. But even before you get to the games the Razer Blade Stealth impresses as a more professional-looking PC. The smaller bezel makes the 13.3-inch (with 1080p and 4K options) pop more. It’s a little thicker but features a flatter shape for the black anodized aluminum body. The keyboard still lights up but the Razer logo itself is now a much more tasteful etching rather than a neon green brand billboard.The biggest change with the Razer Blade Stealth though is how it handles graphics options. The reason why ultraportable laptops can’t run intense games that well is because the hardware itself can’t fit the discrete graphics cards they require, relying instead of weaker integrated Intel graphics. Before you could plug Stealth laptops into Razer Core external graphics boxes. And that’s still the case with the lower-end version of this year’s model. But now if you’re willing to pay a little extra, you can get a Razer Blade Stealth with an Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics processor.It’s not the strongest processor on the market but the MX150 is definitely a noticeable improvement. Our sister site PCMag was impressed by performance with recent AAA games like Far Cry 5 and Rise of the Tomb Raider. And even with these performance upgrades the Razer Blade Stealth actually manages to have a longer, USB-C powered battery life.For more on the 2019 Razer Blade Stealth check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. And for more on Razer check out the Razer HyperSense force feedback system and the Razer Raptor monitor.More on Geek.com: Stay on target Geek Pick: AmazonBasics Microwave Cooks A Smart DinnerGeek Pick: Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ Is a Cute ComputerGeek Pick: Sonos One (Gen 2) Is a Sleek Smart Speaker for Tech Lovers Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls read more
Trump wants a border wall. Texas may want a smarter alternative At Texas border, tech can’t keep pace with immigrant influx In a Texas border town, a church on the edge and wildlife at risk Texas border triology Post a comment 3:47 Share your voice A high-tech, low-tech game of cat and mouse along the border Tags Martinez and his daughter’s bodies were returned to El Salvador on Sunday and are reported to be buried on Monday. The country’s new president, Nayib Bukele, said in a news conference on Sunday that El Salvador is to blame for the exodus of its citizens.”People don’t flee their homes because they want to, people flee their homes because they feel they have to,” Bukele said. “They fled El Salvador, they fled our country. It is our fault.”President Donald Trump has made it clear that he believes a big part of the solution to stemming immigration is to build an 18- to 30-foot cement or steel wall on the US southern border. Other politicians, like Republican Texas Rep. Will Hurd, say a “smart wall” built with technology would be a cheaper and more effective solution.Border Patrol agents say they’ve already been using technology to police the region for decades. And new innovations are popping up regularly with federal money pouring into border tech. A congressional spending measure, passed Feb. 14 and signed by Trump, awarded $100 million in technology funding to the Border Patrol, with an additional $112 million for aircraft and sensor systems. 0 Texas border sees tense confrontations for immigrants Salvadoran migrant Oscar Martinez Ramirez and his daughter drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande on June 24, 2019. Str/AFP/Getty Images The Rio Grande is the fourth-longest river in the US. It originates in the Colorado Rockies, then bends and winds its way through New Mexico and along the edge of Texas. Nearly 2,000 miles later, it empties into the Gulf of Mexico. For more than half of its length, the silty-green river serves as the official southern border for the entire state of Texas.It’s also a place where migrants drown every year as they try to make it to the US, according to US Customs and Border Protection.Oscar Alberto Martinez, 25, and his 23-month-old daughter fell victim to the river’s currents in late June. A haunting image, captured by photographer Julia Le Duc, shows the two lying face down in the reeds near Brownsville, Texas. Martinez’s daughter is tucked inside his black T-shirt with her arm slung around his shoulder. 22 Photos Martinez had traveled north from El Salvador with his daughter and wife Tania Vanessa Avalos, 21, according to Le Duc, who is a reporter for the Mexican newspaper La Jornada. They’d been waiting in Mexico for two months hoping to come to the US and ask for political asylum. Desperate to get to the US, however, they decided to swim across the river instead of continuing to wait in Mexico.Their deaths are a tragic reminder of the lengths people will go to in order to reach the US. Their story isn’t unique. Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are some of the most dangerous countries on Earth because of violent organized crime, cartels and gangs. It’s caused hundreds of thousands of people to flee. Customs and Border Protection says it apprehended nearly 500,000 migrants between January and May, up 117% from the same period last year. To catch these migrants, the agency monitors the border with a complex network of cameras, drones, sensors and surveillance technology.Asylum seekers are considered legal immigrants under US law. And up until last summer, they could simply show up at a US port of entry to begin their application process. But now, under a new government process called “metering,” only a limited number of asylum requests are allowed per day. Immigrants are being forced to wait in Mexico indefinitely.Once a person sets foot in US territory, they have the right to apply for asylum. So, by braving the river, migrants can jump that endless metering line. Now playing: Watch this: Immigration advocates say, however, that neither a physical wall nor a smart wall will necessarily solve the issue.”It’s not gonna fix it,” Jodi Goodwin, a Texas immigration lawyer, said in an April interview. “If you wanna stop people from coming, you have to stop the factors that are pushing them out of their homeland.” Here’s some of the tech the US government is using to patrol the border:DronesDrones range from noisy quadcopters to massive payload-carrying mini-planes. Customs and Border Protection has used military-style Predator drones to monitor the border since 2006. These $16 million unmanned aircraft can fly as high as nine miles and are equipped with radar strong enough to detect footprints in the sand.The Department of Homeland Security is also looking into flying smaller unmanned drones on nighttime border missions in West Texas. Called the RQ-7 Shadow and made by AAI Corporation, this drone uses an array of cameras, lasers and radars to “locate, recognize and identify targets” up to 75 miles away. It then beams that information back to a ground control station. The devices have been used in Iraq and Afghanistan.SensorsBorder Patrol relies on a network of buried seismic ground sensors to detect vehicle movement and people’s footsteps crossing the border. When one of these sensors is triggered, it’ll send a signal to local Border Patrol headquarters. Agents then go to the location and investigate. The sensors, which have been around for decades, aren’t able to tell what exactly set them off. The input is the same from an animal, person or vehicle.Some new Silicon Valley sensor companies are also going after Border Patrol contracts. One such company, Quanergy, has been testing a lidar sensor — the same technology used in self-driving cars — to measure distances, scan for movement, and create 3-D images of people on the Texas border. The company says its sensors can tell the difference between a person and an animal.CamerasThe US southern border is lined with Border Patrol camera towers. In areas of high activity, the 120-foot-tall steel towers are topped with a system of daylight and infrared cameras that point up and down the international boundary. Border Patrol agents back at local headquarters monitor the footage from these cameras. Some displays are in black-and-white, while others are in infrared or color. Along the Rio Grande, the agents are looking for people swimming across the river or traversing it in canoes, inflatable rafts or inner tubes. If they see anything suspicious, they immediately radio agents in the field.In Arizona, an Israeli company called Elbit Systems built 43 high-tech camera towers that can capture images up to 7.5 miles away. Customs and Border Protection awarded the company a $145 million contract for the towers in 2014.Artificial IntelligenceMachine learning artificial intelligence is one of the newest technologies to be introduced at the border. Anduril — named after a magical sword in Lord of the Rings — uses a system it calls Lattice that can process inputs from hundreds of thousands of sensors strategically placed along the border and then use artificial intelligence to instantaneously interpret that data. For example, Lattice can continuously monitor one stretch of desert, and the moment it detects anything out of the ordinary, like a vehicle pulling over or a group of people walking, Border Patrol will be alerted.The company is headed by Palmer Luckey, the 26-year-old co-founder of Oculus VR who was forced out of Facebook. Anduril has a contract with US Customs and Border Protection in California and is testing its tech on a private ranch in West Texas.AerostatsAerostats look like big white blimps floating 5,000 feet up in the sky. They’re one of the surveillance tools Border Patrol uses to monitor the border. Each balloon is attached to the ground by a nylon cable that can be extended and reeled in. When in the air, the unmanned aerostats monitor the terrain below. Using radar, along with infrared and electro-optical cameras, they can “see” approximately 20 miles and pick up the movement of people and vehicles. Each blimp’s radar and camera feeds are monitored 24 hours a day by Border Patrol and contractors. The aerostats are only operational 60% to 70% of the time, however, due to weather and maintenance.X-ray imagingCustoms and Border Protection is increasingly using X-ray technology to scan for illegal drugs and smuggled immigrants that may be coming through ports of entry in vehicles. At many of these border crossings, agents have installed drive-through scanners that can detect whether a car or truck is carrying people, bundles of money, weapons or illegal drugs. Agents also have smaller machines, similar to those that luggage goes through at the airport, and portable handheld X-ray devices that can target specific areas on a vehicle. Customs and Border Protection calls this tech “nonintrusive inspection systems” and says it allows agents to investigate more vehicles faster.In all, Customs and Border Protection says it has more than 300 drive-through scanners, 3,500 small-scale X-ray machines and 35,000 handheld devices deployed at US ports of entry. In the 2019 federal budget, CBP received an extra $520 million for additional nonintrusive inspection technology at land border ports of entry.Originally published June 27. Update, July 1: Adds statement from El Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele. Politics Security Artificial intelligence (AI) Drones Donald Trump read more
Download AudioThe Alaska Department of Revenue expects a proposed tax credit for the Agrium fertilizer plant in Nikiski to cost the state between $3 million and $4 million in foregone revenue annually.The credit legislation would allow ammonia and urea plants to reduce their corporate income tax liability if they use Alaska natural gas in the production process. While the bill does not mention Agrium by name, the purpose is to encourage the plant to resume operations after it shut down in 2007 because of a decline in the natural gas supply. With the supply situation improved, Agrium is now considering spending $200 million to reopen the plant.House Speaker Mike Chenault is sponsoring the incentive bill, and the plant is in his district. The Nikiski Republican says the bill would bring hundreds of jobs to the Kenai Peninsula. He adds that credit would have a statewide benefit because it would reduce fertilizer costs for farmers along the Railbelt.“This is about putting more Alaskans to work at good, high-paying jobs that’ll last a long time,” says Chenault. “So, if you want to call it pork, then go ahead, but I’m more interested in putting Alaskans to work.”The bill received its first hearing on Wednesday, and it is structured in such a way that Agrium could only reduce their tax liability — not receive a direct subsidy payment from the state. The credit also could not be applied until the plant is fully operational, and the incentive would sunset in a decade. The Department of Revenue projects the maximum benefit available to Agrium is $15 million annually, but that a credit of $3 million or $4 million is more likely.Chenault attempted to establish the tax credit last year as part of a refinery bill, but the language was removed out of concern that the legislation was turning into a “Christmas tree” with too many amendments. But now the tax credit bill comes as the state faces a major deficit.Anchorage Democrat Les Gara says offering low interest loans might be a more appropriate incentive given the budget climate.“I’m going to have to be convinced at a time of a $3.5 billion budget deficit, that the state needs to engage in more corporate subsidies,” says Gara.Chenault says he recognizes the bill comes at a time of budget cutting. Even so, the state will be collecting zero tax revenue from Agrium if the plant does not repoen.“While I might have wished it happened last year, or might happen five years from now, right now is the opportunity that we have that they’re looking at bringing this facility back online,” says Chenault. “So now’s the time we need to look at it.”At the time it was operating, the Nikiski Agrium facility was the second largest producer of ammonia and urea in the country. read more
Myotis Lucifugus — better know as a little brown bat. (Photo courtesy of ADF&G)Bats are a pretty low priority for most Alaskan biologists, but that could be changing due to a recent uptick in the creature’s population. Add to that a disease that’s been killing millions of bats in the Lower 48, and Alaska might be taking note with the rest of the nation very soon.Listen nowMyotis Lucifugus — better know as a little brown bat. They’re the most widely dispersed bat species in North America. Only weighing about half an ounce, they’re also the most common bat in Alaska.Research here has only started gaining traction within the last 10 years. Biologists are working to gather even the most basic data about the creatures — and now with the added urgency of a deadly threat knocking at the door.Jesika Reimer is an assistant zoologist at the Alaska Center for Conservations Science, based out of the University of Alaska Anchorage. She studies bats in northern latitudes in the U.S. and Canada.“I think that the spread of white-nose syndrome — this fungus that’s killing millions of bats out east — people have become more interested in bats and as more people start to look at bats in Alaska and realize that they’re here and that they’re surviving and persisting, there’s more interest in other people kind of jumping on the bandwagon and looking at them as well,” Reimer said.Caused by a fungus growing and spreading in the confined spaces of bat colonies, white-nose syndrome can have a mortality rate of 90 or even 100 percent and little brown bats are especially susceptible to the disease.Over the last decade, white-nose syndrome killed over five million bats in the Lower 48 and has been working its way across the U.S. and Canada.In 2016, researchers found the fungus in Washington state and it might only be a matter of time before it reaches Alaska. With such minimal data available, it could be difficult to know if or when white-nose syndrome arrives and what the effects might be. Bats just haven’t been a high priority species to research.“Alaska’s a huge place and so if you’re going to pick something to study, you’re gonna go for the ones that people are really interested in or that need to be harvested or that contribute to the local economy in some way,” Reimer said. “And so bats are kind of this novelty species that may be a luxury item — when money becomes available you can can look at them, but until then they’re not really on the radar for most people.”A bat with white-nose syndrome (National Park Service photo)Doing research in Alaska can be tough — access, weather, geography— but a little technology goes a long way. Using specialized recording devices that can pick up bats’ high frequency echolocation, researchers can collect all sorts of general information about their subjects.“And so by putting out these passive recorders, we can record those high frequency echolocations, bring that back to the office and tell what type of bat was there, what were they doing, when where they there and start matching that with climate data to say, ok, what sort of environmental factors were dictating whether we were catching bat noise or whether we got radio silence,” Reimer said.Bat audio can even allow researchers to determine some specific behaviors like drinking or hunting. There’s a steady consistent tweeting noise in the bat’s screech. That’s what’s called a search phase. The bat is flying around, sending out pulses of sound that might bounce off a mosquito or some other other insect.There’s also what’s called the terminal buzz. At this point, the bat’s zeroed in on a meal and is essentially locking on with echolocation.The recorders do have their shortcomings though. Jessica Faust is a masters student at UAA studying bats in the Chugach National Forrest.“You know, they have a directional microphone, so it can’t pick up everything and just because we didn’t record a bat in a certain area, doesn’t mean that bats never use that area,” Faust said. “On that note, you can also have 100 sound files from one night and you can’t tell the difference between if it was 100 bats that passed by or if it was one bat that passed by 100 times.”Faust says the recorders can’t really give researchers a solid population estimate, but the typical method of netting and tagging bats isn’t always that effective either. Since bats are nocturnal, the best time to find them is at night. Summers in Alaska provide a unique challenge for researchers.“I’ve had so many nights in the field where I’ve seen so many bats just go by and you can see them flying near the net, they see it, and fly right around it,” Faust said.Not to mention when they do catch a little brown bat, they need to tag the tiny thing.“I thought it was so funny, when I first held one, it’s like they’re holding their mouth like wide open and they look like they’re just like smiling and happy and then you realize that they’re screaming, but it’s too high pitched for you to hear,” Faust said. “I think they’re hilarious to handle.”While researching bats in Alaska can be an uphill battle, organizations like the Alaska Center for Conservation Science and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game have been enlisting the public’s help. In Southeast where bats are more abundant, Fish and Game have a program where the public can borrow a recording device, attach a microphone to their car and record bats while driving along an established route.Citizen scientists can also get involved by turning in dead bats to Fish and Game or letting the Center for Conservation Science know if you have bats roosting in your house.This story was previously reported by the author for the University of Alaska Anchorage newspaper, The Northern Light. read more
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Logo of GunfightYet another man was killed in what the members of police called a gunfight in Fulgazi upazila of Feni district on Friday night.The deceased is Kazi Ekram Hossain alias Saiful, 28, a resident of Pathannagar village of Chhagalnaiya upazila in Feni.Ten more including eight members of police sustained injuries in the incident, police claimed.Police said a local gang of criminals regularly extorted from a brick field near GM Haat Bazar area in the upazila.Upon receiving the allegation from the owner of the brick field , a team of police consisting of sub inspector Selim Ullah and constable Abul Khayer went there on a motorcycle, according to police.At one stage, a gang of 10-12 criminals attacked the policemen with sharp weapons.Locals rushed to the scene as they cried out, criminals left the scene leaving two policemen injured. Locals rescued and got them admitted at Feni sadar hospital. A case was filed in connection with the incident.Police of Fulgazi and Chhagalnaiya jointly conducted a raid in Pathannagar village of Chhagalnaiya on Friday night and detained some Ekram, Yunus Ali and Emdadul. The detained persons were first taken to Chhagalnaiya police station and later to Fulgazi police station. Fulgazi police station officer-in-charge Muhammad Humayun Kabir said police along with the detained persons and as per their information conducted a drive around 4:00am to arrest other members of the gang and recover arms.Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, other criminals opened fire at police, prompting them to fire back, triggering a gunfight which left three criminals and eight police members wounded, the police official claimed.Later, the bullet hit criminals were taken to Feni sadar hospital, where physicians declared Ekram dead.Ekram was accused in 12 different cases filed with Fulgazi and Chhagalnaiyya police stations in Feni. Eight police members were also admitted in Fulgazi upazila health complex, police officials said.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the police’s version of the incident independently as no version of the incident was available immediately either from any witnesses or from any member of the victim’s family. read more
.The High Court on Monday ordered the authorities concerned to explain why the practice of government officials greeting ministers through media advertisements should not be declared illegal.Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and justice Razik-Al-Jalil’s bench issued the rule after hearing a writ petition filed in the form of public interest litigation.The concerned authorities, including the cabinet and public administration secretaries, have been asked to respond within the next two weeks.Advocate Manzill Murshid stood for the petitioner while deputy attorney general Mokhlesur Rahman represented the state.Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh filed the writ petition on Sunday. read more
In this file photo taken on 21 June a temporary facility set up to hold immigrants is pictured at a US Border Patrol Station in Clint, Texas. Photo: AFPThe acting head of the US Customs and Border Protection agency announced his resignation on Tuesday amid a public outcry over alarming detention conditions of migrant children in Texas.John Sanders, appointed to the post just two months ago, said in a letter obtained by several US media outlets that he planned to step down as acting CBP commissioner on 5 July.Sanders’ departure coincides with the revelation of unsanitary detention conditions for children at an overcrowded Border Patrol facility in Clint, Texas, a sign of the increasing strain on resources due to soaring numbers of arrests at the US-Mexico border.The conditions at the center in Clint were described by a team of lawyers, doctors and others who visited the facility about 20 miles (30 kilometers) southeast of El Paso.Nearly 250 children were transferred out of Clint on Monday but a CBP official said Tuesday that some 100 were being sent back there.”The three-year old before me had matted hair, a hacking cough, muddy pants, and eyes that fluttered closed with fatigue,” wrote Clara Long, a researcher with Human Rights Watch who accompanied the team.”His only caretaker for the last three weeks in a United States Border Patrol chain-link cage and then a cell… his 11-year old brother,” Long said.”Children at Clint told us they don’t have regular access to showers or clean clothes, with some saying they hadn’t been allowed to bathe over periods of weeks and don’t have regular access to soap,” she said.Untenable positionSanders has led CBP since April, when President Donald Trump tapped CBP chief Kevin McAleenan to replace Kirstjen Nielsen as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.In a message to staff, Sanders did not give a specific reason for quitting and officials told The Washington Post and The New York Times it was not clear if his resignation was directly related to the handling of underage migrants at the border.Trump told reporters Tuesday he did not ask Sanders to step down but “knew there were going to be changes there.”According to the Post, Trump plans to name Mark Morgan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), to replace Sanders.In an interview with CBS News on Tuesday, Morgan said he does not believe there is a “systemic problem” at detention facilities.”I just don’t agree that it’s egregious conditions, like a systemic problem,” Morgan said. “Are there issues that we can improve and get better? Absolutely.”US law requires unaccompanied minors to be returned to their parents or transferred to Health and Human Services facilities within 72 hours.But many of the children held by the Border Patrol in Clint had been there for three or four weeks, according to the team which visited the facility on June 17.”The Border Patrol claims that high numbers of border arrivals are causing these delays as they wait for space to open up in the somewhat more child-friendly detention centers and shelters,” said HRW’s Long.Arrivals of undocumented migrants at the southern US border have surged in recent months, with 144,000 taken into custody in May alone.”Everybody understands it is not the Border Patrol’s job to take care of children,” said Warren Binford, a Willamette University law professor who visited the Clint facility.”They are as upset as we are that these children are being put into their care because they don’t have the ability to care for them,” Binford said on MSNBC.”These children need to be with their families.”Form of slaveryTrump, asked about conditions at the detention centers, said he was “very concerned” and urged Democrats to approve $4.5 billion in emergency humanitarian funding for the southwest border.He said “bad people” were using children to take advantage of lax US immigration laws. “It’s a form of slavery what they’re doing to young children,” he said.Trump also said Mexico “for the first time in 50 years is helping us” prevent border-crossing — after he threatened steep tariffs on Mexican goods unless it did more to slow migration.Following a week of tense negotiations, Mexico agreed to reinforce its southern border with 6,000 National Guardsmen and expand its policy of taking back migrants while the US processes their asylum claims. Mexico has also deployed 15,000 troops to the US border.”They’ve done a great job,” said Trump. “Hopefully they can keep it up.” read more
Game developers these days have taken to pushing each title a little further in the form of expansions and downloadable content. While Battlefield 3 is about to get quite a lot of these add-ons, DICE has announced a good deal as far as expansions go. The $49.99 Premium pass gets you everything BF3 has to offer over the next year. Some content is out now, and more will be rolling out over the coming months.That $49.99 fee gives players access to all the announced Battlefield 3 expansions including Back to Karkand, Close Quarters, Armored Kill, and End Game. In addition, that one-time charge grants access to the just-announced Aftermath. If all these expansions were purchased individually, it would work out to about $75.All told, the BF3 expansions add 20 new maps, 4 gameplay modes, new weapons, and more camo skins. DICE and EA are also promising early access to all the expansions as they come out, including the new pack, Close Quarters. Players that don’t get the Premium pass will have to wait 2 weeks longer for each pack. The next release is coming in September with Armored Kill.The Premium purchase also adds unique features that other gamers buying content individually won’t have access to, which makes me a little uncomfortable. You’ll get additional XP at certain times, experience unique in-game events, and more advanced statistics. All the standard Battlelog features remain in place for non-Premium players, though.For those that are still very into Battlefield 3 online play, the Premium pass seems like a good deal (provided you keep playing as the expansions come out). Content will be downloaded via PlayStation Store, Xbox Live, or EA’s Origin service.via Battlefield 3 read more
In this image released by ABC, Viola Davis appears in a scene from “How To Get Away With Murder.” ABC said Thursday that the show’s upcoming sixth season will be its last. (Mitchell Haaseth/ABC via AP) by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Jul 11, 2019 8:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ABC’s ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ to end after next season LOS ANGELES — It will be case closed next season for “How to Get Away with Murder,” with the show’s upcoming sixth season to be its last.The series and its star, Viola Davis, are leaving behind history: In 2015, Davis became the first African American to win an Emmy for best lead actress in a drama series.In a statement Thursday announcing the show’s end, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke praised Davis for her unforgettable portrayal of a female antihero.Davis plays Annalise Keating, a brilliant attorney and professor at a Philadelphia law school, where she teaches her no-holds-barred views of justice and life and enlists her students in her cases and misadventures.A three-time Academy Award nominee, Davis won the best supporting actress Oscar in 2017 for “Fences.”Series creator and executive producer Pete Nowalk called ending the show a “brutal decision,” but said the story demanded it.“For me, Annalise Keating’s journey has always had a clear ending,” Nowalk said in a statement. “Knowing I have 15 episodes left to finish her story, and the chance to give all the characters their own killer endings” is a rare gift.He advised fans to “buckle up” for the show’s final twists when it returns on Sept. 26.The show’s ratings have softened, with viewership dropping from more than 10 million weekly in its early years to about half that last season.“How to Get Away with Murder” debuted in 2014 as part of ABC’s hit Thursday night programming block from prolific writer-producer Shonda Rhimes, including the long-running “Grey’s Anatomy” and now-ended “Scandal.” Rhimes created multi-dimensional female characters and rare opportunities for actresses of colour, including Davis and former “Grey’s Anatomy” star Sandra Oh, who became the first actress of Asian ethnicity to get an Emmy nod for best drama series actress (for “Killing Eve”).Rhimes’ long partnership with ABC Studios ended when she signed a lucrative deal in 2017 to make series for Netflix, which became the new home for her Shondaland production company as part of the streaming service’s talent hunt. She retains an executive producer credit for “How to Get Away with Murder.”Lynn Elber, The Associated Press read more
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