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Lesbian love story Below Her Mouth meant to empower not exploit filmmakers

first_img“Within our framework and our lens, it’s not exploitation, it’s so different,” Fabrizi says of the resulting film, which does not shy away from depicting several lusty encounters.“It’s not to get a rise out of you, it’s to break through and to empower and I think to give the female orgasm a voice.”The Toronto-shot “Below Her Mouth” is among the Canadian titles heading to the Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO – In tackling a lesbian love story with plenty of steamy sex and full frontal nudity, striking the right tone was key for the filmmakers behind “Below Her Mouth.”First-time screenwriter Stephanie Fabrizi says she was keen to keep things realistic, bold and “poetic.” Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_img Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Perhaps we should consider it a Canada 150 gift that Canadian author Margaret Atwood declared this week in the Boston Review that she would like to cast Canadian rapper Drake in the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale, the recent Hulu series adapted from her 1985 award-winning novel.The disclosure came when interviewer Junot Díaz asked Atwood if she’s ever met Drake, opening with: “It seems like currently Toronto — and we could say by extension Canada — has two global superstars: Margaret Atwood and Drake.”Atwood responded, “I haven’t met Drake, but I have of course met people who have met Drake. But you have to realize how o-l-d I am. I’m not likely to go to the same parties. Or many parties at all, to be frank.” Advertisement READ MORE Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

A Winter Games sister act

first_imgAPTN National NewsTwo athletes from the Yukon are at the Canada Winter Games.And for the sisters, it’s more than a competition, it’s a family affair.APTN National News reporter Lindsey Willie explains.last_img

Woman files complaint saying she was assaulted by police

The complaint was filed at the Fort police station in the presence of a lawyer.A tense situation arose near the FCID when Weerawansa was arrested and taken to court. A woman has filed a complaint saying she was assaulted by the police outside the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) when former Minister Wimal Weerawansa was arrested today.The woman said that she was pushed by the police and then assaulted while she was holding her uncles arm near the FCID office. Weerawansa’s supporters attempted to prevent the police from taking him away to court. (Colombo Gazette) read more

New campaign launched to contain spread of dengue

A new campaign was launched by the Government to contain the spread of dengue, the Ministry of Health said today.The national campaign will see the Police, military and public health officials inspecting all areas to identify dengue mosquito breeding grounds. He said the government will also implement proposals by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the fight against dengue. (Colombo Gazette) The number of people affected by dengue has risen to 90,000, the Health Ministry said.Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the government alone cannot fight the spread of dengue and public assistance was required. read more

Business report with Mike Eppel

by News Staff Posted Sep 23, 2013 8:31 am MDT BlackBerry shares continue to fall, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Business report with Mike Eppel blackberry|business report|mike eppel

Our cause is just says tribal leader in pipeline protest

In this Aug. 26, 2016, photo, Monte Lovejoy, a member of the Oglala Sioux tribe on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, left, takes a photo with Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II at Cannon Ball, N.D. About 30 people, including Archambault himself, have been arrested in recent weeks for interfering with construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. (AP Photo/James MacPherson) by James MacPherson, The Associated Press Posted Sep 3, 2016 11:03 am MDT Last Updated Sep 3, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Our cause is just,’ says tribal leader in pipeline protest STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. – High on a hill overlooking the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers, Dave Archambault II knelt and touched a stone that bears a handprint worn into it by thousands of his ancestors who have done the same for centuries.There, the leader of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said a prayer for peace.Below, Archambault can see Native Americans from across North America gathered at an encampment a half-mile away, joining his tribe’s growing protest against a $3.8 billion four-state oil pipeline that will cross the Missouri River nearby. It’s a project they fear will disturb sacred sites and impact drinking water for thousands of tribal members on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and millions further downstream.“Our cause is just,” the laconic, soft-spoken 45-year-old said. “What we do today will make a difference for future generations.”His contemporaries say he’s the right person at the right time to lead the fight, which has led to the arrests of about 30 people, Archambault included, for interfering with construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.Since becoming the leader of about 9,000 people in 2013, Archambault has sought to improve housing, health care, employment, education and other grim realities that his 2.3 million-acre reservation that straddles the North and South Dakota border and reservations nationwide face.Now, he’s dealing with added pressure of the pipeline, which he has called yet another “historic wrong” involving tribal sovereignty and land rights.The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sued federal regulators for approving the pipeline, challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to grant permits. The company has temporarily halted construction, and a federal judge will rule before Sept. 9 on whether that break will last.Archambault and others also have been sued by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners for interfering with the pipeline, which will pass through Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota and South Dakota.Former North Dakota U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon, who is representing Archambault and other tribal leaders in that suit, told The Associated Press that it’s nothing more than an attempt to silence the tribal leader.“I think they think he is a voice for the people that no one can control,” Purdon said. “From the first day I met him, I could tell he is a very serious person who really has the best interests of his people — and the people of North Dakota — at heart. What I see now is the same thing: He is focused on what he believes is best.”Archambault has for years spoke of concerns among the leaders of North Dakota’s five American Indian reservations about “the increasing number of environmental incidents” in western North Dakota’s oil patch — far from his own territory. He appealed to lawmakers to do more to protect public safety and the environment.That was before his tribe was aware of the Dakota Access pipeline, for which developers have promised safeguards, noting that workers monitoring the pipeline remotely in Texas could stop any leak within three minutes.It’s not enough for Archambault, who worries a breach would destroy sacred sites and ancestral burial grounds well beyond the reservation’s boundaries.“Anything that is man-made is going to come apart,” he said, pointing to a 2013 spill in northwestern North Dakota that was among the largest inland spills in North America. It was discovered only after a farmer got his tractor stuck in the muck while harvesting wheat; it’s only half cleaned up, despite crews working around the clock since it happened, state health officials say.Archambault has the full backing of the leader of North Dakota’s oil-rich Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.“Standing Rock is standing for something and we’re there standing with them,” Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox said. His reservation produces about 20 per cent of the state’s daily oil output.“We want oil production but we want it done responsibly and respectfully,” Fox said. “Our basic position … is to figure another way around the river and the reservation. There are other ways.”Fox called Archambault a lifelong friend who he says has become “weary but remains strong” and is “under a heavy burden.”Still, Archambault is clearly buoyed by the scores of protesters who have come to help his tribe’s fight. On a recent afternoon, Monte Lovejoy, a member of the Oglala Sioux tribe on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, embraced Archambault and thanked him.“I really couldn’t afford to come up here,” he told Archambault, whom he’d never met before. “But I really couldn’t afford not to, for my kids and for my people.” read more

Tom Clonan Ireland never rewards whistleblowers like Maurice McCabe and me it

first_img Feb 11th 2017, 6:00 AM By Tom Clonan Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 6:00 AM Security specialist and columnist, Short URL Tom Clonan: Ireland never rewards whistleblowers like Maurice McCabe and me – it punishes us Ireland treats whistleblowers differently to most other countries – as I found out, writes Dr Tom Clontan. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTERS HAVE over the past day revealed details of false allegations of child sexual abuse leveled at garda whistleblower, Sergeant Maurice McCabe. After initially being reported by Mick Clifford in the Irish Examiner, Thursday’s Prime Time report by Katie Hannon gave the Irish public a shocking and deeply disturbing insight into the torment and vilification endured by Irish whistleblowers.It is impossible to imagine what Maurice McCabe and his family have suffered since he made the simple – but momentous – decision to blow the whistle on garda wrongdoing.Maurice McCabe’s motivations, actions and findings have been comprehensively vindicated by a series of official enquiries and reports. There is no doubt as to Maurice McCabe’s probity and integrity. However, as is the case for anyone who speaks truth to power in Ireland, Sergeant McCabe has not been rewarded. Instead, he has been punished.He has endured prolonged hostile scrutiny from sections within the political establishment, senior gardai and – I’m ashamed to say it – some journalists. While it may be impossible to fully comprehend the level of suffering endured by this man and his wife and children, it is all too easy to identify the toxic dynamic of whistleblower reprisal that operates in Ireland.In other democracies, the social value of whistleblowing is widely recognised and rewarded. For example, in the United States, whistleblowers are often awarded financial incentives – sometimes multi-million dollar rewards – for calling a halt to unethical, illegal or dangerous practices in the workplace. Maurice McCabe Source: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ieIreland, however, is different. In almost every case – whether the whistleblower is in An Garda Siochana, the Army, the HSE or the banking and financial services sector – the outcome of whistleblowing is inevitably whistleblower reprisal of the most appalling nature.What happened to meI have personal experience of whistleblower reprisal. As a young army officer and captain, between 1996 and 2000 I conducted a PhD study into the experiences of female soldiers, sailors and aircrew in the Irish Defence Forces. I was given formal written permission by the military authorities to conduct this research. Furthermore, I was instructed in writing by the general staff to comply with the regulations of the university and lodge the thesis to the library of Dublin City University, where it remains as a published document in the academic repository.Unfortunately, like Sergeant Maurice McCabe in An Garda Síochána, I found evidence of widespread wrong-doing within our Defence Forces. I found evidence of explicitly discriminatory and illegal policies and practices within the Defence Forces as they applied to women. Some of these sexist policies and practices were in breach of international law, including the Geneva Conventions, EU law and Irish equality legislation. Indeed, some of the policies were in contravention of some of our Irish constitutional guarantees around equality. The senior officers who promulgated and implemented such policies were in breach of their solemn oath of allegiance to Bunreacht na hEireann.My research also found evidence of shockingly high levels of bullying and harassment of female personnel within the Irish Defence Forces. There were extreme levels of sexual violence against women with female soldiers reporting experiences of sexual harassment, sexual assault and allegations of rape.Like Sergeant Maurice McCabe – an idealistic and committed garda – as a young officer, I was completely devoted to the Irish Defence Forces. The day I was commissioned as an officer was the proudest day of my young life.Targeted character assassinationWhen I uncovered the systematic and systemic regime of misogyny and violence towards women within the Defence Forces, in my naivety I fully expected my superiors to act upon my findings and bring an end to this toxic and dysfunctional culture. However, this was not the case. Instead, I was promptly sent to Coventry by the majority of my former colleagues and friends.I was immediately isolated and my findings completely ignored. I retired from the Defence Forces in December 2000 to pursue an academic career. In the summer of 2001, when my research findings were reported in the national newspapers, I was fully introduced to whistleblower reprisal – Irish style.Like Maurice McCabe, I was targeted in a sustained campaign of character assassination. Amongst other things, I was physically assaulted by a former colleague – in front of my infant children – in the city centre. I was subjected to months of constant abusive texts, phone calls and silent calls by former colleagues. I was threatened by staff officers at Defence Forces Headquarters with a campaign of ‘dirty tricks’. I was told that my research findings constituted a ‘threat to the reputation’ of the organisation. One senior officer – to whom I turned for advice and support – informed me that ‘when the reputation of the organisation is at stake, character assassination is a legitimate tactic’. He further warned me that when the organisation can’t go for the ball, they’ll go for the man.Eventually however, at my behest, the then-Fianna Fail Minister for Defence, Michael Smith, launched an independent government enquiry into my research, called the Study Review Group. It reported in 2003 and fully vindicated my research findings, conclusions and recommendations. Thankfully, the Defence Forces are now a better place to work for both men and women and considered to be an example of best practice for equality, diversity and dignity by the international military.The effects of a whispering campaignOver the years, I still encounter the negative consequences of reprisal for being a whistleblower. For example, in 2008, I had to enlist the support of the NUJ when I was informed by officers at DFHQ that they ‘could not guarantee my physical safety’ if I attended a press conference in McKee Barracks. Over the years, I’ve had time to reflect on the ruptured friendships and the loss of my relationship with the organisation – an extension of my family. It is a traumatic, upsetting and bewildering experience. To this day, I still get phone calls from duty editors and producers who have received negative briefings about me. The whispering campaign endured by Maurice McCabe is all too familiar to me.However, my experience pales into insignificance compared to that of Sergeant McCabe – and other brave Irish whistleblowers who have tried to the right thing in our dysfunctional and toxic polity. I often wonder how Ireland would have fared if there had been enough brave whistleblowers in our banking and financial services sector during the so-called Celtic Tiger. If they had been listened to, perhaps our children and grandchildren would not have been burdened with €85 billion in debt.I would appeal to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Frances Fitzgerald to follow the example of a previous Minister for Defence in dealing with the concerns raised by Maurice McCabe’s case. A root and branch reform of An Garda Siochana is required – with at a minimum, the levels of oversight and governance that we expect of the PSNI. And I would appeal to all right-thinking Irish citizens: please cherish our whistleblowers. They embody the change that is required in order for Ireland to survive as a political, economic and social entity.Read more from Tom:‘In all our years attending Temple Street, I have never before seen so many sick children and parents’ > All signs suggest 2017 will bring more of these lone wolf terror attacks >  Share1562 Tweet Email5 49 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 1,331 Views Tom Clonan last_img read more

David Drumm begins his six year jail term in Mountjoy Prison

first_img David Drumm Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 29,985 Views Short URL Share28 Tweet Email David Drumm begins his six year jail term in Mountjoy Prison Drumm was yesterday sentenced for his part in a multi-billion euro bank fraud scheme. By Paul Hosford center_img 50 Comments Jun 21st 2018, 12:06 AM Image: Leah Farrell/ David Drumm Image: Leah Farrell/ CONVICTED FRAUDSTER DAVID Drumm is beginning his six year jail term in Dublin’s Mountjoy Prison.The former Anglo chief was yesterday sentenced for his part in a multi-billion euro bank fraud scheme in 2008.Earlier this month, a jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court returned unanimous verdicts of guilty on one charge of conspiracy to defraud and one of false accounting, after just over ten and a half hours of deliberations.After his sentencing in Dublin yesterday, Drumm would have been taken to the committal area of Mountjoy Prison to be admitted to the Irish prison system. His photograph and fingerprints would have been taken and his previous medical history recorded.It’s standard protocol for a prisoner to then undergo medical tests before being advised of his rights by prison staff.A member of prison staff would then have told Drumm, who has already spent five and a half months in a US prison while awaiting extradition, what to expect from life in prison.Sources said that unless there was knowledge of any threats against the former Anglo Irish Bank executive, he would have been put into the prison’s general population, likely taking up a bed on one of the landings with the least violent prisoners.He will also likely have been advised to stay away from the prison’s gym, which is frequented by some of the more notorious figures in the prison. Because it is his first time in an Irish prison, Drumm will be subject to monitoring.Drumm was kept under observation in Mountjoy on Wednesday night. He is expected to be transferred to Wheatfield Prison in west Dublin today.While unable to comment on a specific case, the Irish Prison Service says this is how prisoners can expect to spend their days:“In general, prison cells are unlocked at approximately 8.15am each morning for breakfast. Prisoners collect breakfast and return to cells, which are then locked from 8.45am to 9.15am. Cells are again unlocked for prisoners to attend work, school, visits and exercise.“Prisoners return for lunch at 12pm and cells are locked at 12.30pm. Afternoon unlock commences at 2.15pm, prisoners return to structured activities in schools, workshops and visits. Evening tea is served from 4pm and cells are locked from 4.30pm to 5.20pm when evening recreation commences until all cells are locked at 7.30pm. This allows for total out of cell time of up to 8 hours.”Mountjoy is no stranger to convicted bankers – former Anglo Irish Bank executives John Bowe and Willie McAteer and the former chief executive of Irish Life and Permanent, Denis Casey all served part of their sentences there.With reporting by Garreth MacNamee Thursday 21 Jun 2018, 12:05 AMlast_img read more

End of the line for Nicholas Building gatekeepers

first_imgThe beloved gatekeepers to one of Melbourne’s iconic art hubs, Swanston Street’s Nicholas Building, will soon lose their jobs as the building’s property management company, Gross Waddell, moves to convert the antique elevators to automatic. Dimitri Bradas and Joan McQueen are the jovial lift attendants who accompany visitors and the building’s tenants as they go up and down the ten-storey buildings. Their equally cheerful lifts are famous for the colourful decorations which includes photos donated by the tenants, fake plants and the not-so-conventional elevator music coming from a CD player hooked up in one corner of the lift. Mr Bradas is an artist who has worked on lift No.3 for six years and who used to have his own studio in the building. Meanwhile, Ms Mcqueen has worked there since 1977 and is very much a stalwart of the charming building. Both are dearly loved by visitors and tenants alike, which includes 100 artists, small galleries and quirky small businesses. Both attendants have come to terms with the removal of the rickety yet charming lifts, although they have declined to comment. In fact, the removal of the antique lifts has resulted in a petition called Keep the Lift Attendants in the Nicholas Building. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Debt settlement Closer than ever says Tsipras

first_imgPrime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Sunday declared that Greece was “closer than ever” to a settlement to its debt problem while underlining that a rift between the European Union and the International Monetary Fund on that issue was damaging for the country.Addressing a media conference in Thessaloniki, the day after his speech to entrepreneurs at the city’s annual international fair, Tsipras said the disagreement between the IMF and the EU over Greece’s debt “is creating delays in regaining the trust of markets.” The dispute was also preventing Greece’s participation in the European Central Bank’s quantitative easing program, he said.Despite the obstacles, Kathimerini reports, the Prime Minister said that Greece would approach “critical negotiations on the debt with a plan and a goal.” “We believe we have allies in Europe,” Tsipras said, apparently referring to the leaders of southern European countries who met in Athens on Friday for talks on shifting away from austerity policies and promoting a more comprehensive European approach to tackling the refugee crisis.On the refugee issue, Tsipras called on the EU to speed up a dragging relocation program and said Greece’s aim is to “stop illegal flows and create legal flows.”The Greek premier insisted that Greece’s economy would “rebound” and described the country as “an oasis of stability in an unstable region.” He also doused speculation about snap polls, noting that Greece “needs stability, not elections” and ruled out cooperating with conservative New Democracy or political forces that support it. He repeated Greece’s commitment to extracting war reparations from Germany.In a tense exchange with journalists of television channels that failed to secure one of four licenses in a recent auction, Tsipras underlined the government’s commitment to fighting corruption and vested interests in the media sector, and remarked that staff at private channels had not protested when the previous government shut down the state broadcaster ERT, leading to job losses there. To a journalist at Alpha channel who said she held him responsible for her losing her job, Tsipras said “there are no more free lunches.”The night before, in a speech before Greece’s political and business elite, Tsipras said that 246 million euros, the proceeds of the TV license auction, would go toward the “needs of the welfare state.” He promised 10,000 new jobs at state hospitals, thousands more free meals at schools, more kindergarten places and a program aimed at bringing back young Greeks who left the country due to the crisis. “Every last euro of the 246 million euros will go the people,” he said.He also announced a five-year action plan – “a realistic road map for the recovery of the economy and reduction of burdens” – that would bring about a “new Greece” by 2021, and promised to freeze the social security contributions of self-employed Greeks as well as reducing taxes in two years time.Heralding positive growth in the second half of the year, Tsipras appealed to foreign and local entrepreneurs to invest “without hesitation” in the Greek economy. “It will be mutually beneficial for you and the economy,” he said, noting that authorities were offering a stable tax environment for 12 years to companies investing more than 20 million euros. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Balotelli blames his skins colour for his problems

first_imgMario Balotelli has had a lot of problems during his career in numerous clubs – and he believes that would have had much fewer problems if he had been white and blames this fact for most of his struggles.The former Italy international insisted that a lot of his problems were caused by the fact that some people are not willing to accept today’s diversity and it made the situation more difficult for him.The Nice striker spoke about his career as he said, according to Football Italia:Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…In some stadiums, people chanted ‘There are no black Italians’ at me, yet I am the proof that there are.”“Even if I am Italian, born and raised in Italy, the law states I only became Italian once I reached the age of 18. The law is wrong and that is perhaps why to this day some people see black as the colour of diversity, of inferiority of an error in the middle of a team photograph.”“I think that if I had been white, I’d have had fewer problems. Perhaps I did cause some of my own problems and had the wrong attitude at times, but would I have been forgiven quicker? Absolutely yes.”last_img read more

Coast Guard approves CRC bridge permit

first_imgThe U.S. Coast Guard on Friday granted a crucial permit allowing the Columbia River Crossing to build a new Interstate 5 bridge between Vancouver and Portland.The agency’s blessing had been one of the major hurdles still standing in front of the project, declared dead three months ago. Instead, the $2.7 billion effort appears to be gaining momentum with Oregon now in the lead. Washington largely pulled out of the CRC financially earlier this year after lawmakers in Olympia adjourned without authorizing any money for the project.The Coast Guard’s blessing clears the way for a new Columbia River span with 116 feet of clearance over low water. CRC planners scrambled to reach that number last year after initially designing a fixed span at just 95 feet high — a level dismissed as too low for the economic and navigational needs of the river. The existing I-5 Bridge offers up to 178 feet of head room when lifted.The revised height of 116 feet still isn’t high enough to accommodate all existing traffic on the river. Earlier this year, the CRC reached mitigation deals with three upriver manufacturers whose largest products wouldn’t fit under the proposed bridge. The agreements would pay the companies a combined $86.4 million.Vancouver-based Thompson Metal Fab would receive the largest share of that, at almost $50 million. But the manufacturer has supported the CRC, and Thompson President John Rudi said Friday he welcomed the news of an approved bridge permit.last_img read more

Mass market growth at Tigre de Cristal sees Summit Ascent move into

first_imgMass market table drop at Tigre de Cristal increased 21% to HK$700 million in 2018, with mass win up 26% from HK$132 million to HK$167 million, becoming “the main contributor to the profitability of the group for the year.” Hold percentage also increased from 22.9% to 23.9%. Likewise, slot win grew 19% year-over-year to HK$143 million in 2018 on the back of a 30% increase in slot handle.Summit Ascent announced last September that it was turning its focus away from VIP and towards mass and premium mass.On the back of this change of focus, rolling chip turnover declined 17% year-on-year to HK$15.6 billion, with net win down 35% to HK$109 million. Gross win percentage also fell from 3.69% to 3.11%.In property update, Summit Ascent also revealed that it had pushed back the opening date of its planned Phase II development from late 2020 to early 2021. However, Chairman Kuo Jen Hao added that it has begun preparatory works for the construction of villas and serviced apartments beside Tigre de Cristal, which are expected to come online early next year and will increase accommodation capacity by around 50%.“The group remains fully committed to continuous enhancement of Tigre de Cristal,” he said. “We plan to finalize the revised designs and financing for our Phase II project in the coming months and are now targeting an opening in the summer of 2021.“Accelerated construction by other integrated resort operators in the Primorye Integrated Entertainment Zone are further validating our business proposition, and we believe that the cluster effect will enable the area to achieve critical mass in the coming years.” RelatedPosts Jeju gaming decline sees Landing International fall into loss in 1H19 Hong Kong-listed Summit Ascent International saw its Russian integrated resort, Tigre de Cristal, move into profit in 2018, driven by a substantial increase in its mass and premium mass gaming business.The group announced a profit for the 12 months ended 31 December 2018 of HK$4.1 million compared with a loss of HK$10.0 million in 2017, despite revenue declining 1.6% to HK$463.2 million. The revenue fall was primarily due to a weak Russian ruble negatively impacting revenue reported in Hong Kong dollars, Summit Ascent said. RGB expecting strong 2019 despite second quarter revenue, profit decline Load More South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in Augustlast_img read more

Apple wants Mac Pro parts excluded from Trumps China tariffs

first_img Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple Share your voice Mac Pro: Everything you need to know Politics 5:40 Comments Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumorscenter_img • Tags Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See All Apple wants relief from the Trump administration’s import tariffs. James Martin/CNET Apple has requested that the Trump administration exclude parts for its new Mac Pro from import tariffs. The company will reportedly build the $5,999 computer, which was unveiled at this year’s WWDC, in China instead of the US. The computer’s previous model from 2013 was one of the company’s few products made in the US.The iPhone maker is seeking relief from 25% duties on parts including the computer’s stainless steel and aluminum frame, internal cables and circuit boards, according to filings from the Office of the US Trade Representative. Though the documents don’t explicitly name the Mac Pro, the features mentioned are similar to those of the computer. The requests were posted July 18 and will be reviewed following a public comment period. Bloomberg earlier reported the news.Apple is also asking for tariff exclusions for its Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad and a USB cable, according to the filings.China said in May that it would impose a 25% tariff on US goods in retaliation against President Donald Trump’s plan to increase tariffs on products imported from China.Products like the Apple Watch and AirPods have reportedly been exempt from tariffs before. Last month, Apple said in a letter to the Office of the US Trade Representative that tariffs from a US trade war with China would hurt the company’s ability to compete globally. The tech giant has reportedly considered moving 30% of iPhone production out of China.Apple declined to comment. The White House and the Office of the US Trade Representative didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.  Now playing: Watch this: reading • Apple wants Mac Pro parts excluded from Trump’s China tariffs 6last_img read more

2020 Ford Explorer Lincoln Aviator already recalled for missing park release covers

first_img Comments 72 Photos Recalls Lincoln Ford Preview • 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid first drive: A new kind of Explorer 5:41 Share your voice More about 2020 Ford Explorer ST Hustle along in the 2020 Ford Explorer ST Enlarge ImageIf your cover is missing, maybe slap down some tape or something so you don’t have an inadvertent rollaway on your hands. Emme Hall/Roadshow You probably haven’t seen too many 2020 Ford Explorers on the road yet, but already, the SUV and its kissin’ cousin, the 2020 Lincoln Aviator, are already subject to a voluntary safety compliance recall.Ford on Wednesday announced a recall for 13,896 examples of the 2020 Ford Explorer and 2020 Lincoln Aviator. The Fords carry build dates between March 27 and July 24, 2019. The Lincolns carry build dates between April 10 and July 24, 2019. Both were built at the Chicago Assembly Plant in Illinois.The issue comes from the cover that hides the manual park release function — that’s what you use when your car won’t start, if you have a dead battery for example, and need to get the car from Park to Neutral to roll it somewhere else. The recalled vehicles might be missing this cover, which puts it in violation of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, which mandate a cover that can only be released with a tool. If the cover isn’t there, someone may accidentally disengage Park, which could lead to an unintended rollaway.There’s another potential problem, too. The recalled vehicles might also have their instrument clusters in a factory mode, which reduces battery drain but also disables warning alerts and chimes, in addition to hiding the PRNDL gear position. That last bit again violates the FMVSS, which requires gear positions and the selected gear to be displayed whenever a vehicle isn’t in Park.Thankfully, the majority of the recalled vehicles aren’t yet in owners’ hands, so dealerships will have everything buttoned up before releasing them for sale, because it’s against the law to sell a new vehicle with an open recall. For those unlucky early adopters with recalled vehicles, technicians will accept the vehicles, install any missing covers and, if necessary, put the instrument clusters in the correct mode. 3 2020 Lincoln Aviator first drive: Stylish SUV takes flight with smart techcenter_img More From Roadshow Review • 2020 Ford Explorer ST review: A midsize SUV with a focus on fast 2019 Audi TT Roadster review: The exit interview Tags 2020 Lincoln Aviator plug-in hybrid first drive: This changes everything Now playing: Watch this: SUVs Car Industry 2020 Ford Explorer ST shows us the power of the EcoBoost Lincoln Fordlast_img read more

DirtBike Dermatology For Army Medics Real Specialty is Adaptability

first_imgLast week the Army announced it’ll be removing more than 2,631 positions from the 4th Brigade Combat Team’s 25th Infantry Division stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. It’s part of the military’s nation-wide force reduction. Amid the cuts, the rarely mentioned role of military medicine is also changing.Download AudioMajor Kim Edhegard is trained as a subspecialist in immunodermatology, but his work within the Army includes mending broken bones and jumping out of airplanes. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)By Army standards, Major Kim Edhegard (“It means ‘old garden’ in Swedish.”) is a bit of a weird egg.We spoke in the shower-room of a wooden outbuilding near a military training ground in Northeast Australia. Edhegard is a ranking officers on a multinational training operation here, two hours by dirt-roads from Shoalwater Bay. He’d been up for a few hours after sleeping in the open air that night. “For breakfast this morning I had some sort of jalapeno meat thing out of an MRE,” he laughed, “in the dark.”Though sturdily built enough to fill out his fatigues, his careful demeanor and bright green eyes mark him slightly apart. Edhegard came to the Army by way of medicine.“I trained as a dermatologist at UNC Chapel Hill,” Edhegard recounted, “and then I trained in immunodermatlogy at Duke.”He spent his formative years in southern Alabama, then signed up for the military after 9/11–in part to help pay medical school. In 2011, Edhegard deployed to Afghanistan, followed by a stint at Walter Reed before getting attached to the 4-25th Brigade Combat Team at JBER.“Now I jump out of airplanes and do combat medicine in Australia, I guess,” he added.Doctors are scarce in the Army, and often inhabit a different world than the troops they repair. But like every other airborne soldier on the mission, Edhegard jumped out of a low-flying cargo plane after 19 hours in transit from Anchorage.Though mostly safe, parachuting from just a thousand feet in the air strapped to a hundred pounds of equipment is far from easy. On the ground, Edhegard felt hot and vaguely disoriented. “By the time I figured out where I was,” he said, “it was 10:30 in the morning in Australia.”That’s when he got to work: checking soldiers for broken bones and sustained during the jump.“Nobody was really moving like I wanted them to,” Edhegard said. He saw some Australian soldiers on a dirt-bike, asked to borrow it, then began zooming around the landing zone to check on patients. Rigging up a sled, he transported a small number of injured troops to a field hospital the Australians had set up nearby.This is a far cry from Edhegart’s trained specialty: immunodermatology. Basically, skin diseases.“My brigade kind of understands that I’m a little bit of a special flower,” Edhegard explained, “so they let me go back to Walter Reed and read biopsies every few months.” In the clinic at JBER, he sees enough rashes, moles, and hair-loss problems to stay occupied. But these are fairly conventional dermatology cases–not the advanced and abnormal anomalies he studied to to treat.Since World War 2, airborne units have been marked by their machismo: one part bravery, another part reckless abandon, with reputations for ego and hard-drinking. Not exactly the characteristics that come to mind when one thinks of a dermatologist.“They were a little worried when I showed up,” Edhegard said of his brigade. “They said ‘we thought you were gonna have inch-thick glasses and be 110 pounds.’”Partly from self-consciousness, and partly from intrigue, Edhegart leapt in with both feet. Literally. It gave him credibility, along with first-hand knowledge about the injuries he regularly treats.“When I first got here I was like ‘why are these guys always getting themselves injured?’” Edhegard recalled.  “And now, I mean, I’ve had my first airborne concussion–and a few other injuries.Though new to parachuting, at 35 Edhegard feels the damage it does the knees, hips, and back–especially for soldiers that have been doing it for years. As we spoke, evidence of the physical toll makes itself known.“Excuse me I knocked a tooth out a couple weeks back, so that’s a fake tooth there,” Edhegard said, turning away to adjust a piece of his mouth. It had been giving him difficulty talking, recently.“It’s getting replaced,” he laughed. “I’ll be a bionic dermatologist.”The military does not have enough doctors, and that is how a skin specialists ended up doing combat medicine. As the Army contracts in the current draw-down, it is trying to figure out how to do more with less.“Doctors–they cost a lot,” Edhegard said, “so there’s some push to reduce the medical force.”But there are personality differences, too. After years of grueling post-grad study, not many doctors clamor to go through basic training. The Army has incentive programs, but Edhegart thinks the organization might have more luck if they refined the profile of who they’re after.“More soldiers than scientists,” Edhegard explained, citing ex-athletes with sports-medicine experience as one potential pool. “Those people do exist, but they see the Army as super regimented.”And that, Edhegard said, is merely a problem of perception. “Like I said, I’m getting paid the same as my dermatologist friends at Walter Reed, and I’m skydiving into Australia and camping out.”As a C-130 transport plane hummed to the ground nearby, Edhegard tossed in one last thing, almost as an afterthought.“I’ve got one life to live, and (my motto is) make the most of it,” he said. “I say ‘special flower,’ but at the end of the day I’m just another soldier”And with that, the dirt-bike dermatologist hustled out to pack his bag and catch a plane.last_img read more

MatSu Salmon Symposium brings salmon advocates together

first_imgMatanuska Susitna Borough’s annual Salmon Symposium brings together researchers and conservationists for updates on how to better manage and protect salmon habitat. The event got underway last Thursday in Palmer. Howard Delo is vice-chair of the Borough’s Fish and Wildlife Commission, which is organizing a salmon research plan for the Borough. Delo said there are many reasons to protect the Valley’s salmon runs. One is economic, because healthy fish runs add to the area’s economy.Listen Now“That’s the tourism effect,” Delo said. “The bed and breakfasts, the gas stations, the grocery stores, the restaurants, the fishing tackle shops the guides. It’s like coffee, if you can’t get your coffee here, you’re going to go somewhere else. If you can’t get your fish in the Mat-Su, you’re going to go somewhere else. And that has a decided economic impact.”Poor King salmon and silver salmon returns in recent years have worried state and Borough officials. In fact, Delo said the measurement of sport fishing activity in the Borough has decreased by about half since 2008. Delo said informational meetings like the Salmon Symposium can help bridge the divide between sport and commercial fishing interests,.The Symposium does not take a political stance for or against any of the salmon fishery user groups. Setting fishery allocations is the job of the state Board of Fisheries, which has to balance the health of the salmon resource with the demands of the various user groups for a share of the resource.“But where they can actually help groups like the Commission, when we’re going to the Board of Fish, if they’ve got some science, that says look, we need to do this for the health of the resource, they’re not advocating, they are just making a flat scientific fact,” Delo said. “And that’s how the Board should be moving ahead, protecting the health of the resource first. Then you can fight over who gets how much of it.”The Borough in recent years has had to advocate for more help for area salmon stocks that are in decline. Of the 13 salmon stocks of concern designated by the Board of Fish, half are in Valley streams.A stock of concern is one that fails to maintain specific yields or harvest-able surpluses despite management measures. Delo pointed out that Susitna-Yentna sockeye have been on the stock of concern list for about 8 years.last_img read more

Amateur astronomer claims to have discovered alien life on Mars and it

first_imgSteve Martin/NASAAn amateur astronomer named Steve Martin has claimed to have discovered a solid proof of alien life on Mars. Martin made this revelation after spending many hours trawling through the images taken by NASA from the Red Planet. After a deep search, Steve Martin spotted a Humboldt penguin sticking its head out from behind a rock, and he claimed that it is irrefutable proof of alien existence.It should be noted that Humboldt penguins are usually found in South America, and it came as a real surprise to see a structure very similar to a living creature on the Red Planet.”I’ve always thought there was life on Mars and now I think I might have proved it. I have spent hours looking at Nasa images but I never thought I would find a penguin. I don’t know how it got up there but I hope Nasa carefully study the picture and can work out how and why,” said Steve, the Sun reports.The new discovery comes just a few days after scientists released the first ever picture of a black hole.Recently, a study published in the Journal of Astrobiology and Space Science had suggested the possible presence of alien life forms on Mars. During the study, researchers analyzed several pictures snapped by NASA’s Curiosity Rover, and discovered algae and fungi growing on the Red Planet.Dr Regina Dass, of the Department of Microbiology, School of Life Sciences, India who is the lead author of the study revealed that there are at least 15 NASA images that show fungi and algae growing on the Martian surface.A few days back, Scott C Waring, another extraterrestrial researcher who operates from Taiwan had claimed that he discovered an alien base, tunnel and a pyramid on Mars. However, experts soon dismissed his claims and classified it as a case of pareidolia. As per experts, pareidolia is a peculiar capability of the human brain to form recognizable images on unknown patterns.last_img read more

Indias medal haul in Commonwealth Games likely to fall drastically Shooting not

first_imgShooting will not be part of 2022 Commonwealth GamesReutersIn a major blow to Indian sports, shooting, the discipline which has produced a rich haul of medals for India over the years, has been removed from the roster of sports that are going to feature in the next Commonwealth Games – to be held in Birmingham, England in 2002.The decision was revealed on June 21 by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF). The enormity of impact this move will have on India’s standing in the medals tally can be gauged by looking at how many golds the country has been winning since the 2002 edition of the games in Manchester. That year, 14 of India’s 30 golds were from shooting and stars like Abhinav Bindra and Anjali Bhagwat arrived on the scene.In 2006 at Melbourne, the percentage was even higher with 16 of 22 golds put into India’s kitty by the shooters. The champions of that time included famous names like Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang and Jaspal Rana. At home in 2010 New Delhi edition of the quadrennial event, the haul from this sport came to 14 golds. The number dipped considerably in 2014 to just 4 golds and in 2018, it rose marginally to 7. Apart from these, there were a good number of silver and bronze medals also that Indian marksmen and women clinched for the country. Abhinav Bindra first made a name for himself at the 2002 Commonwealth GamesReutersSpeaking to IANS, silver medallist at the 2014 Games, Anjum Moudgil, expressed her disappointment at the decision. “This issue has been going on for quite some time. It is not good because this is a very big event for Indian shooting. We have no choice but to go with the CGF’s decision. The NRAI (National Rifle Association of India) did whatever they could to prevent this but there is little one can do once the higher authorities have made their minds. They have their reasons which is why this decision has been made,” the shooter said.There was even a suggestion by Raninder Singh, President of NRAI, of boycotting the entire CWG in 2022. But such a drastic step is unlikely to be taken. Indian shooters, it seems, will not be on show in Birmingham.last_img read more