Saskatchewan to invoke notwithstanding clause for Catholic school funding

first_imgREGINA – The Saskatchewan government says it will invoke the notwithstanding clause of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms so it can keep funding for non-Catholic students attending Catholic schools.Premier Brad Wall says the move is about protecting the rights of parents and students to choose schools regardless of their faith.“I think the notwithstanding clause is used very sparingly and should be used in unique circumstances, and this one is unique,” Wall said Monday at the legislature.“This is now a matter of school choice for parents. And we’ve had the separate-school system say they don’t mind the fact that parents who may not be Catholic are choosing — maybe sometimes for convenience or location or just preference — to have their kids enrolled in those schools, and we think that choice is healthy.”A Court of Queen’s Bench ruling last month said provincial government funding of non-minority faith students attending separate schools infringes on religious neutrality and equality rights.The government has said that allowing that decision to stand would force about 10,000 non-Catholic students out of Catholic schools. It has also said the ruling could jeopardize provincial funding for 26 other faith-based schools.“Justice is sort of poring through the ruling still to determine the impact on some of those schools,” said Wall.“I think it’s fair to say that there is risk there.”The notwithstanding clause gives provincial legislatures the authority to override certain portions of the charter for a five-year term. Invoking the clause requires an act of the Saskatchewan legislature, which Wall said is in the works.“Legally, the province can do this,” said Dwight Newman, a constitutional law professor at the University of Saskatchewan.“Education is in the jurisdiction of the province and it is a provincial law that has been struck down on charter grounds. The provincial government can use the notwithstanding clause to keep that law in place.“It sounds like that’s what they’re doing and … there’s no role for the federal government.”The court ruling stems from a lawsuit over the province’s policy of funding separate schools based solely on student enrolment without regard to the student’s religious affiliation.The dispute started in 2003 when the Yorkdale School Division, now Good Spirit School Division, closed its kindergarten-to-Grade 8 school in the town of Theodore due to declining enrolment. The division planned to bus its 42 students to another community.In response, a local group created its own Catholic school division and opened St. Theodore Roman Catholic School. That prompted Good Spirit to file a lawsuit that claimed the creation of the new school division was not to serve Catholics in the community, but rather to prevent students from being bused to a neighbouring town.Wall said last week that the decision “simply cannot stand.” There could be greatly overpopulated public schools and empty or near- empty separate schools, he said, and the viability of community schools would be at risk.Public Schools of Saskatchewan has said the province is ignoring that the ruling says government funding of non-Catholic students to attend Catholic schools violates Canada’s Constitution.It also said any disruption caused by students moving from separate schools “is a product of the unilateral decision of Catholic schools to admit those students.”The Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association has said it will appeal the court ruling.last_img read more

9 employees fired from Quebec special needs care facility after violence complaints

first_imgLAVAL, Que. — Quebec’s health minister is hailing the decision by a special needs care facility north of Montreal to fire nine employees accused of violence and harassment towards patients and colleagues.Alexandre Lahaie, spokesman for Health Minister Danielle McCann, said Wednesday the administration of the care facility for disabled people sent a “clear message” by firing the employees.Mistreatment and harassment are “extremely serious and unacceptable,” Lahaie said in an email.The facility offers services to people with mental disabilities and autism. A spokesman for the health authority confirmed Wednesday the nine employees were fired following allegations they abused patients and colleagues.The majority of patients at the centre in the Montreal suburb of Laval are adults, but minors are also treated there.The spokesman, who didn’t want to be identified because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said police had begun investigating the allegations last January following a complaint.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Baloney Meter A lot of baloney in Scheer statements on energy independence

OTTAWA — “The fact is Canada has more than enough oil — not only to displace imports from … rogue states, but to put an end to all foreign oil imports once and for all. That is part of my vision: a Canada fuelled exclusively by Canadians by 2030. An energy-independent Canada would be a Canada firing on all cylinders, across all sectors and regions. If the United States can do it, so can we.”— Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer in a May 16, 2019, speech on his economic vision———Andrew Scheer is touting energy independence as a path to economic prosperity for Canada, a goal he says could be achieved through a dedicated, coast-to-coast right-of-way specifically set aside for energy infrastructure projects like pipelines and long-distance electricity transmission lines.Further, Scheer indicated the United States is headed toward such energy independence.  How accurate were Scheer’s statements?The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).Spoiler Alert: This one earns a rating of “a lot of baloney.” The statements are mostly inaccurate but contain elements of truth. Here’s why:“Energy independence” is a term with varying definitions. Some consider it to apply when a country becomes a net exporter of energy, while others interpret it literally, meaning a country that imports no energy. In such a scenario, the state would meet all of its own energy needs and possibly export surpluses.Scheer’s statement clearly refers to ending “all foreign oil imports once and for all” and a Canada “fuelled exclusively by Canadians by 2030.” He says this sort of energy independence would see all regions of Canada “firing on all cylinders.” He says this is where U.S. policy is taking Canada’s closest neighbour.Daniel Schow, a spokesman for the Conservative leader, elaborated on the final point, saying that with respect to the United States, Scheer is speaking of how Washington “champions its energy sector.”“Investments in energy are going up in the U.S., fuelling economic growth and activity. They have capitalized by increasing exports while simultaneously reducing their reliance on imported energy. If the U.S. is going to benefit from an expanding energy sector, why can’t Canada?”Figures and Forecasts:The United States, a net energy importer since 1953, is poised to become a net energy exporter next year and it is expected to remain one through 2050 due largely to increases in crude-oil and natural-gas production coupled with slow growth in U.S. energy consumption, according to a projection from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. However, the U.S. is also expected to import and export energy commodities throughout this extended period.On the other hand, Canada has long been a net exporter of oil. It imports about one barrel of crude oil for every 7.5 barrels it produces, according to the National Energy Board. (In 2018, Canada’s crude imports primarily came from the U.S., followed by Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Norway.)In addition, Statistics Canada data indicates Canada enjoys a trade surplus with the United States in both natural gas and electricity — it sells more of each to the U.S. than it buys back.The Experts:An economist and a business professor who reviewed Scheer’s statements questioned the benefit of Canada pursuing a goal of absolute energy independence.“I’m puzzled by it,” said David Detomasi, an associate professor at Queen’s University’s business school in Kingston, Ont.Canada has the oil and gas resources to be self-sufficient, but the notion of building a separate energy market “kind of flies in the face of pretty much everything that we’ve done economically for the past 50 years.”“To me energy is a market just like anything else.”Patrick Baylis, an environmental economist at the University of British Columbia’s school of economics, said reducing foreign imports of oil to Canada would likely require construction of expensive and ecologically risky cross-country pipelines — something Scheer seems to acknowledge.Since the value of oil would still depend on the world market price, over which Canada has limited influence, it is not obvious that this kind of investment would spur a dramatic overall increase in economic growth, he said.Building pipelines would provide tremendous benefit to oil producers in western Canada, since they would be able to sell their product at a higher price, Baylis said. However, consumers who currently benefit from lower oil prices would lose out.“Overall, there’s no strong reason to think that it would benefit the country more than other kinds of infrastructure investment,” Baylis said. “And given the local and global environmental costs from the production and consumption of oil, it’s not apparent to me that this is the right move.”Finally, Detomasi is skeptical of the notion the U.S. will become an island of energy self-sufficiency.“I don’t think they’re going to do that. I don’t think that’s really something we ought to be doing, either.”The Verdict:The United States is becoming less dependent on foreign energy but is expected to continue importing oil and gas in coming decades. At the same time, Canada is already a net energy exporter. And experts question the economic and environmental wisdom of ending all oil imports to Canada. For these reasons, the claims contain “a lot of baloney.”Methodology:The Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney – the statement is completely accurateA little baloney – the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney – the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney – the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney – the statement is completely inaccurateJim Bronskill , The Canadian Press read more

Situation in DR Congo fluid and volatile despite recent gains warns Ban

The eastern provinces of DRC, particularly North Kivu, have witnessed months of fierce fighting involving Government forces (FARDC) and various militia groups, displacing some 250,000 civilians, on top of 800,000 uprooted in earlier violence. Then last month, the Government and the National Congress for People’s Defence (CNDP), one of the main combatants in the fighting, signed a peace accord. Meanwhile, DRC and Rwanda launched a joint military operation to root out the mainly Hutu Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) from the east. A similar endeavour is under way in Haut Uélé province by Congolese and Ugandan forces to end the threat of the Uganda rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in DRC.“The integration of CNDP and other groups into FARDC and the efforts under way to end the lethal presence of FDLR provide a unique prospect for the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” Mr. Ban writes in his latest report on the UN peacekeeping mission in DRC, known as MONUC.“However, the situation remains fluid and volatile, and sustained engagement will be required to ensure that emerging gains are consolidated,” he adds.The Secretary-General notes that despite the progress registered so far, both the integration process and the operation against FDLR still face significant hurdles. “Those initiatives have yet to be completed and will require sustained political commitment, adequate financial resources and effective military capacities if they are to succeed.”The voluntary disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, reintegration and rehabilitation (DDRRR) programme for the ex-militia is managed by MONUC. The ex-combatants surrender to joint patrols of the mission and the FARDC, while civilians are repatriated by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Mr. Ban repeats his call on Security Council members and troop-contributing countries to come forward with the necessary means, including air and intelligence assets and military trainers, to strengthen MONUC, which he says has succeeded in protecting numerous civilians, but is overstretched.“There is a pressing need to mobilize those additional capacities for MONUC in order to help consolidate and build on the gains made in recent weeks,” he states. The Secretary-General also urges the Government and its partners to make security sector reform an “overriding” priority. “Without a thorough transformation of the military and the police, including rigorous vetting of security personnel, allied to the rebuilding of the justice system, the prospects for lasting peace and stability will be greatly diminished, even after the current armed confrontations in the Kivus and Haut Uélé have been brought to an end.”In addition, Mr. Ban calls on the international community to help the Government in weathering the current economic crisis, which poses a “considerable” threat to the country’s stability.In a related development, Nicola Dahrendorf, the UN Special Advisor on sexual violence in the DRC, yesterday presented a comprehensive strategy on combating the scourge to the Congolese Government and national and international partners.“The objective is to bring together all the existing initiatives on sexual violence and to find a way of creating a better platform for common action, in a much more organized and focused way, locally, provincially and nationally. This also applies to donors in terms of where they could channel their funds,” Ms. Dahrendorf said in an interview with the UN mission.The strategy includes four main components relating to tackling impunity; the security forces, security sector reform and sexual violence; protection and prevention; and multi-sector assistance. “This strategy is not the bible, but a living document that people are supposed to be working with, changing, adopting and prioritizing depending on the situation on the ground. There is now a basis to move forward to tackle the problem,” said the Special Advisor.“I think there is more awareness of the issue and more dialogue, and this means that some of the taboos have gone. They have not disappeared completely but the door has been opened.” 2 April 2009Despite recent positive gains in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), including action against armed groups and the integration of rebels into the national military, the situation remains “fluid and volatile” and requires continued international attention, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report. read more

Ethiopia faces large food shortfall for over 6 million drought victims –

“Given current trends in Ethiopia, the humanitarian situation in the country is likely to deteriorate further in scale and complexity in 2010,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.“In the Somali Region, the area worst affected by drought, access for humanitarian workers in conflict-affected zones remains extremely difficult.”The number of those in need has been increasingly steadily since January when 4.9 million required assistance, rising to 5.3 million people in May and 6.2 million currently due to the failure of successive rainy seasons in 2009, according to a humanitarian requirements document unveiled in Addis Ababa today. The document is based on multi-agency needs assessments carried out in June and July.The food security situation was already weakened by poor rains in 2008 and the impact of the high food prices globally.Total food requirements are estimated at 346,915 tons, including 280,903 tons of cereals, 29,495 tons of blended food, 28,090 tons of pulses and 8,427 tons of oil. At present, resources available to meet these requirements, including confirmed pledges, amount to 187,505 tons, leaving a net shortfall of 159,410 tons, worth approximately $121.3 million.An additional $8.9 million is required to address targeted supplementary food requirements and $45 million to address non-food requirements in the health and nutrition, water and sanitation and agriculture and livestock sectors. 22 October 2009Ethiopia needs an additional $175 million this year to help feed 6.2 million people ravaged by prolonged drought and crop failure, about 8 per cent of the population, the United Nations humanitarian arm reported today, citing the Government and aid agencies. read more

Ukraine as Kiev protests build UN chief calls for calm urges meaningful

“The Secretary-General has been closely following events in Ukraine,” said a statement issued by a spokesperson for the United Nations chief. “He appeals to all parties to act with restraint, avoid any further violence and to uphold the democratic principles of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.”According to media reports, tensions are on the rise in and around the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, with thousands of demonstrators marching on municipal buildings in protests sparked by an earlier Government decision not to sign an agreement on broader integration with the European Union. “The Secretary-General encourages meaningful dialogue between all concerned, in the pursuit of a prosperous future for Ukraine and mutual agreement among Ukrainians on the path forward for the country,” the spokesperson’s statement said. read more

Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 23 November 2012

DOWNLOAD1. EU budget negotiations commence2. EU and Canada move towards conclusion of trade negotiations3. Commissioner Hedegaard speaks at EUCAR annual conference4. Tonio Borg secures MEP backing to replace Commissioner DalliClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Uh Did The Selection Committee Actually Get It Right

Embed Code FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the return of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast! On today’s episode (March 19, 2019), we discuss Mike Trout’s deal before we jump into March Madness. It looks like conference tournament wins didn’t help out with bracket seeding for a few key men’s teams, and Jay Williams of ESPN’s “First Take” makes the case that the tourneys shouldn’t be considered. We also ponder why UConn was awarded a second seed in the women’s tournament — and if geographic advantage is an appropriate consolation.In our second segment, we weigh recent moves in NFL free agency and hear Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports Radio contemplate the role of culture in structuring a young team.Finally, our Rabbit Hole of the week is a deep dive into Geoff’s very specific ideas of what makes a great NCAA mascot.Here’s what we’re reading this week:In the wake of Mike Trout’s new historic deal, we’re looking back at Neil’s piece reflecting on Mike Trout’s dearth of championships.Our March Madness guides for both the men’s and women’s bracket — which wouldn’t be complete without our full predictions for the tournaments.Kevin Clark put together a great retrospective on the NFL free agency period for The Ringer. read more

Peru looking for closer Australian links in mining

first_imgA target of new mining investment worth $14 billion has been set by Latin American mining powerhouse, Peru, as the country moves to grab a higher stake in the global resources sector. Addressing the second day today of the sixth Paydirt Latin America Downunder conference in Perth, Peru’s Vice Minister for Mining, HE Ricardo Labo, said the new investment target was one of three central planks for Peru to achieve its redefined mining goals by 2021.“Our overriding objective is to capture at least 8% of global exploration budgets,” Labo said. “We have also set out on a path to increase our copper production by 30% or some 3 Mt of fine copper concentrates over the next four years,” he said.“But to do this, we need to better promote exploration, make the pipeline for new projects feasible and guarantee the continuity of existing mining operations in Peru.”The Minister’s push is in line with Peru’s top tier status in the world’s resources commodities, accounting for the largest reserve inventories in gold, silver, zinc, lead and molybdenum, as well as being the world’s second largest copper host and third largest tin reserves.It is the world’s largest gold, zinc and lead producer, and grew its mining sector last year by 21%.“We particularly are keen to build on our Australian miners’ involvement in Peru,” Labo said. “With the Australian Embassy re-establishing there in 2010, there has since been a rapid growth of resident Australian companies, with around 90 such representations.“In terms of future co-operation, we seek to involve Australian expertise in blending the academic sector into our mining industry, bring the Australian skillsets and best practices in mine closure and environmental rehabilitation and attract increasing numbers of Australian mining services companies to establish in Peru.”last_img read more

The UK has a major shortage of sperm

first_imgBRITISH FERTILITY CLINICS are relying on imported sperm to satisfy demand.That is the warning from the British Fertility Society (BFS).However, the BFS chairman, Dr Allan Pacey, told the BBC he was “worried” that some clinics may be setting a lower bar to “get donors through the door”.He added the quality of the sperm used has a direct impact on the invasiveness of the procedure on the woman.The UK removed the right to anonymity for donors in 2005, a decision that has been attributed to the fall in donations.Added to that, the demand for donors has been falling as advances in fertility treatment let more men father their own children.Figures from the UK’s fertility regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), show nearly one in four donated sperm samples are from abroad.Generally, these samples come from clinics in the US and Denmark.Larger version here.Egg donors have risen year-on-year, however.Pacey said:“We do still have a major sperm shortage in the UK.The worry is clinics might decide to change the quality of sperm they are willing to accept in order to get donors through the door and I think that’s a very dangerous road to go down.“My worry is clinics may be tempted to bend the rules, I have no evidence that they are, but I think when we have a national sperm shortage they’re the kind of things we need to be looking for and warding against.”Read: Oireachtas committee says children should have a right to know who their biological parents arelast_img read more

Gardaí believe missing teenage girl may be in Donegal

first_img Short URL Mar 14th 2017, 2:39 PM Share Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3287025 Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 2:39 PM No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 26,946 Views GARDAÍ HAVE ASKED for the public’s assistance in finding a 17-year-old girl who has been missing from the Limerick area since last month.Tara Cox, who was last seen on 24 February, is described as 5’3″ in height, with light brown hair, blue eyes and of medium build. It is believed she may be in the Letterkenny area of Donegal.Anyone with information is asked to contact gardaí at Henry St on 061 212 400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Read: First casualty of Coast Guard helicopter crash named as Captain Dara Fitzpatrick By Órla Ryan Gardaí believe missing teenage girl may be in Donegal Tara Cox was last seen in the Limerick area on 24 February. last_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Greninja

first_img Greninja Makes A Splash!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Greninja. Stay on target ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… center_img Who Are They?Greninja is yet another late-period Pokemon, the final evolution of sixth generation water-type Froakie. It’s a suave amphibian ninja who wraps its tongue around its neck like a scarf. It’s so cool you forget how gross that is. I guess it only makes that the best starter Pokemon in a game set in a fake version of France is a wet dark frog man who can absolutely get it.Smash HistoryOnce again, there was such a long gap between Smash Bros. games that an entire generation of Pokemon had to be skipped. It’s a shame, too, because Pokemon Black and White are better than Pokemon X and Y. With only Charizard returning from Pokemon Trainer in Smash Wii U/3DS there was an opening for a new water-type. And Greninja managed to sneak in.What Looks New in Ultimate?Greninja is a frog ninja who controls water. So of course its playstyle revolves around being slippery. Its water shuriken keep you at a distance. It can counter and travel through the shadows. Even just its general movement and traction have an appropriate looseness. Not much has changed in Ultimate aside from mild general buffs. It uses water knives now instead of water swords?Our Hopes?With Charizard and Greninja, all we’re missing is a final evolution of a grass-type Pokemon, my preferred starter. We already missed one opportunity by picking Incineroar over Decidueye. Maybe the next generation of Pokemon on Nintendo Switch next holiday will have a cool grass Pokemon finally worthy of joining the battle.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guidelast_img read more

CTran Express routes back to normal Monday

first_imgVancouver – All C-Tran Express routes will resume normal operations through downtown Portland starting Monday. C-Tran routes running downtown have been detoured due to construction work on MAX rail lines. The project is expected to be finished this weekend.For more information or for trip planning help, call C-Tran at 360-695-0123.last_img

Hackers leak personal data trove on Angela Merkel top German politicians

first_img Share your voice Comment Hackers released personal data on top German politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel. Dan Kitwood/Getty / Getty Images Hacked personal data of hundreds of German politicians was trickled out on Twitter for more than a month before government officials caught wind of it. The data, posted by a Twitter user named @_0rbit, included personal information on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as phone numbers, documents and email addresses for top German politicians.The hack affected members of all German political parties with the exception of Alternative for Germany (AfD), the country’s far-right political group. The first post published on Dec. 1 and the hacker was posting daily updates until Friday, when Twitter suspended the account. It’s unclear why no one was aware of the data leak until Friday. Though the Twitter account was suspended, the hacker provided multiple back-up links for people to download the breached files. The takedown is part of a new Twitter policy, announced last October, that bans accounts involved in posting hacked material. “Posting a person’s private information without their permission or authorization is a direct and serious violation of the Twitter Rules,” a company spokesperson said in an email. Twitter is investigating the issue and will take action if necessary.The hack affected German politicians at every level, from those in city government to European parliaments, Martina Fietz, a spokeswoman for Chancellor Merkel, told CBS News. “The German government takes this incident very seriously,” Fietz said.Germany’s federal office for information security, the BSI, said in a tweet on Friday that it was investigating the hack with the National Cyber Defense Center. It hasn’t found any evidence that the government’s network was affected by a cyberattack.While the documents contain personal information, such as credit card numbers and private conversations, no politically scandalous documents have surfaced from the leak. The German government warned that some of the leaked documents could have been doctored, and said it’s still verifying all the leaked data. The BSI is investigating whether the data came from a single attack or multiple attacks over several years. Germany’s parliament was hacked in 2015, which it attributed to the Russian government. Hacking politicians has become a tactic for disrupting democracy, as the 2016 US presidential election demonstrated. Last July, the US Department of Justice charged 12 Russian hackers for stealing emails from the Democratic National Committee. The hacked emails were posted on WikiLeaks and included speeches from Hillary Clinton and conversations from John Podesta, her campaign manager.  “Following Wikileaks, and the hacking of Hillary Clinton’s emails, we are seeing cyberattacks become a serious method to meddle in democratic processes,” said Max Heinemeyer, the director of threat hunting at cybersecurity company Darktrace. “However, the real motivations behind this attack currently remain unclear.”  Politics Securitycenter_img Tags 1last_img read more

The MercedesAMG GTR Pro has huge performance and a price to match

first_imgEnlarge ImageThere’s no doubting that the AMG GT-R Pro is a special car, but at nearly $200k, it’s up against some seriously stiff competition. Jake Holmes/Roadshow Mercedes-AMG’s GT is one hell of a lovable grand touring car. It’s attractive, easy to live with, and packs one of the best engines in the business: the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 from AMG. In some ways, though, it leaves some performance on the table.The AMG GT is softer than some of the more hardcore products from its rivals, and for those owners who want to take their car to the track, that’s a problem. Thankfully, Affalterbach launched a solution to that in the form of the Mercedes-AMG GT-R Pro which has all kinds of fun suspension tweaks to make it just that much more of a weapon on track.While we’ve known about the GT-R Pro for a while now and even driven it — we weren’t sure just how much of a premium AMG was going to charge for it over and above what it asks for the standard non-Pro GT-R, which starts at just a hair under $160,000. That changed on Monday when Mercedes announced pricing for the Pro, which almost immediately made our eyes water.If you’re lucky enough to convince your friendly local dealer to sell you one of the 750 GT-R Pros, you can expect to pay $199,650 before destination or any kind of dealer markup, according to an announcement made Monday by Mercedes. So then, what exactly does your extra $40,000 buy you?Lots of extra carbon fiber, mostly. You get a bigger wing, different splitter and diffuser, carbon-fiber fender vents and an adjustable front anti-roll bar that made from — yep, you guessed it — carbon fiber. You also get a manually adjustable coil-over suspension. What you don’t get is any more power, not that the AMG GT-R really needed it anyway with its already healthy output of 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.So, now knowing the GT-R Pro’s price in addition to its performance specs, is it worth the small premium you’d pay over a Porsche GT3 RS? Maybe — if you really wanted something that makes a V8 roar rather than a flat-six howl and if exclusivity was super-important. Mercedes-Benz 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 review: The lovable lunatic Tags 5 things you need to know about the 2018 Mercedes-­AMG… 43 Photos 2:02 Sports Cars Performance Cars Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Audi Q3 second drive: More for the masses Share your voice 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro has extreme looks to match its performance Mercedes-Benz Post a comment More From Roadshow 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise inside 0last_img read more

Old age pensions scholarships distributed Walkers Yoga Club

first_imgRajamahendravaram: Walkers Yoga Club distributed scholarships and old age pensions at its meeting held at Ananda Gardens of SKVT College here on Friday. The club distributed Rs 1 lakh worth of scholarships to 20 students studying engineering, degree and Intermediate courses and old age pensions of Rs 350 each to 100 persons. Club founder president P Gopala Rao has said that the club is giving old age pensions as well as scholarships to poor students every year with the help of club members and others. Moreover, the club is actively participating in social service activities, he added.Vice-presidents M Appa Rao, A Madhu, treasurer S Rama Krishna and other members were present.last_img

The Resurrection of State Center

first_imgMany argue a large swath of Old West Baltimore –once one of the most vibrant Black communities in America – was dissected and diminished by the city’s attempts at urban renewal from the 1950’s to the early 1970’s. Now the State Center Project some say once the sight of failed public policy hopes to breathe new life into some West Baltimore neighborhoods. In the early 1920’s when young Thurgood Marshall honed his formidable debate skills at the old Colored High School (which would become Frederick Douglass High School), the future Supreme Court Justice and his family resided at 1838 Druid Hill Avenue in the heart of what is known as Old West Baltimore, the hub of the city’s Black community. It was one of the most vital Black enclaves in America; home to other prominent families including the Mitchell’s (political and civil rights dynasty) and the Murphy’s (newspaper publishing, law and civil rights legacy).In 2014, those neighborhoods now stand as a fragile shell of what once was, ravaged by myriad urban ills over generations including – many argue – misguided urban renewal policies.“How do we embrace this incredible place that hasn’t had an economic investment really in a generation,” said Caroline Moore of Ekistics LLC, the lead developer of the $1.5 billion State Center Project. The massive redevelopment project of the 28-acre State Center Office Building Complex, which originally began construction in the 1950’s, was recently rejuvenated after a protracted legal battle had placed its future in jeopardy. “How do we knit all of this together and reverse the unintended consequences of a failed urban renewal plan back in the 50’s and 60’s and really do something incredibly special,” Moore added.The 10-year project just a few blocks from the once mythic neighborhood where Thurgood Marshall and so many other legendary figures were born and raised, promises thousands of new jobs for West Baltimore. Moore and her supporters hope it can help rejuvenate a community plundered by various forces including urban planners.“In my mind I saw it (State Center Project) as turning back public policy…correcting what I thought was a mistake. I think a lot of that mistake was racially oriented 40, almost 50 years ago,” said the Rev. Alvin Hathaway, pastor of Union Baptist Church, a historic focal point of the Civil Rights Movement which has been on Druid Avenue since 1905.Hathaway was born in 1951 at 1211 Druid Hill Avenue just a few doors from Union Baptist and he remembers the neighborhoods isolated and torn asunder by urban renewal. That area where State Center (was) was a neighborhood and community and we used to go to the market that was our market,” Hathaway said.“So, as a child I didn’t realize the impact of public policy that now transformed that West Baltimore community. Now you get public housing there where you once had housing, you get a state office complex where once it was a neighborhood and a community gets wiped out,” he added.Hathaway also recalls another infamous albatross of West Baltimore urban renewal, the truncated stretch of Route 40 along Mulberry and Franklin streets built in the early 1970’s known as, “the highway to nowhere.”“Then you get the highway to nowhere. If you think about West Baltimore we had free flow east and west…the design of our community was a beautiful design and then you get these public policy actions that literally cuts the community off from downtown, from east west creates barriers between neighborhoods,” he said. “What happens many times is…we would get to the game late and by getting to the game late all of the transactions, all of the agreements have been already agreed upon or the model has already been,” he added.The developers claim the overarching plan of the State Center Project is to reconnect the nine neighborhoods surrounding the redevelopment, utilizing sustainable residences, offices, commercial spaces, street level retail and restaurants. The transit-oriented development plans to incorporate the State Center Metro stop, the light rail at Mt. Royal as well as Amtrak and MARC services at nearby Penn Station.Hathaway along with his group Community Churches for Community Development has been an integral part of the State Center Project process since 2005. This time around he believes things will be different from the attempts at urban renewal decades ago.“This might be my opportunity to pay everybody back. To be able to put in place processes that generations from now will benefit,” he explained. “You can take a middle school student right now who is 13 and they can now begin to think, ‘I can work in my local community in terms of a government job or a management job or some type of business opportunity directly in my community.’”last_img read more

Latest Humble Indie Bundle works on Android

first_imgIt’s been just over two months since the last Humble Indie Bundle was launched in time for Thanksgiving, but this time around we’ve got a new platform supported. Mobile users may now be enticed to pick up some cheap games and donate money to charity because all the games in the new bundle work on Android.There are four games on offer including Anomaly, Edge, Osmosis, and if you pay more than the average you get World of Goo thrown in for good measure. As usual, you can also use the slider bars to give some of your donation to the Child’s Play charity and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.If you don’t have Android, or want to play the desktop versions of the games too, that’s easily done. Each of the titles work on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux too. So all bases are covered, unless you want iOS, of course.The Humble Indie Bundle will be available for the next 14 days. If past bundles are anything to go by then more games will be added as time ticks by. The graphic you see above has three empty spaces, so I suspect they will be filled at regular intervals. And if you buy now you don’t miss out on anything that gets added later on, you can go back and download the new additions.The video below has been produced to help anyone who wants to put the games on their Android device:Purchase the games now at the Humble Indie Bundle websitelast_img read more

Its August 2016 and we have a new Game Boy Color game

first_img <> Since the ROM’s release many have asked why the team didn’t just put it up on Steam or some other modern platform, but it’s not so easy. It’s 100% programmed for the GBC, with half of the code written in Z80 assembly language. It’s not like they can just flip a switch or add a few lines of code and make it work flawlessly on a new platform- it would take a huge amount of work to do so, changing code, modifying assets for screen resolution, etc.The game’s composer Eric E. Hache is fully behind this release and used his blog to talk about how he composed these 8-bit, 4-track songs way back in 2000 and 2001. Eventually he crafted 47 songs for a game that never got released. He’s uploaded them to Soundcloud so you can enjoy them.The source code as well as the assets (graphics, music) have been provided under Creative Commons non-commercial licensing. So you are free to grab them and use them in any way you see fit, except for commercial endeavor. The developers do advise against modifying the source code to play beyond the stopping point unless you want to help develop the game further, of course.Does Infinity sound interesting to you? Head on over to the official site to find download links for the game! Could this release be the trigger for a publisher to finally show an interest in the game? That would be a nice end to this story. The Game Boy Color was discontinued in 2003, but that’s not preventing you from being able to play a brand new game for the platform today. Allow us to introduce to you Infinity, an RPG that’s been in development for 15 years. And we thought Final Fantasy XV had a long development cycle…Since development on Infinity has effectively been abandoned, developer Affinix Software decided to release what they have in unfinished form, uploading a ROM file as well as the source code on Github.The reason the RPG languished for so many years was due to some mistakes made when the developers were younger, the largest of all probably being not securing a publisher prior to starting development. They were told that RPGs just didn’t sell, despite Infinity looking better than most any game on the platform. It didn’t help that as they started working on it gamers and developers started moving their attention to the Game Boy Advance.That’s the reason Infinity hasn’t been seriously worked on since 2001, although they recently dove in for a little bit of polish, doing bugfixes and adding assets. The Infinity ROM file can be played in a Game Boy Color emulator, many of which are available online (they recommend RetroArch or OpenEmu with the Gambatte core.) You can also burn it onto a cartridge if for some reason you have the equipment to do so.There’s just one caveat- it’s still not complete. While they say that the game is 90% complete, that doesn’t just mean that the last 10% of the game is missing. Portions of the entire game haven’t been finished, so if you actually start to play it you’ll find it ends fairly quickly. The ROM is configured to end about a quarter of the way through the game, which effectively stops it before you get to any incomplete sections.“Our plan is to finish the game eventually, but given how many years it has been, we can’t make any guarantees,” say the devs. “We’ve made the source code available to ensure that Infinity can live on regardless of what we do. Maybe if we don’t finish the game anytime soon, someone else can. Or maybe what’s playable can be ported to other platforms. We hope retrogamers will enjoy this little bit of history.” last_img read more

January 7 2015There is a whole series of reports

first_imgJanuary 7, 2015There is a whole series of reports on the upgrade work in the East Crescent Keystone area starting with the plans in our report from August 15; the beginning of the work is reported on 8/20/2014. Continuing reports were posted on 9/1, 9/3, and on 9/10, 9/12, 9/15, 9/22 9/26, 10/1 – 10/6, 10/22, 10/24, 12/3, 12/12 and 1/5/2015.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]There is a design change where the keystone walkway intersects with the main walkway around the amphitheater. Here we can see the crew disconnection a railing and opening up a concrete utility box.All of the utility lines are capped or rerouted and the concrete box is demolished.Here are workshop participants Marco Alteri and Evan White placing a form for another curb, this time right next to the grey-water canal that is under ground and skirts the walkway around the theater.Workshop participants Marco and Felipe are distributing concrete and finishing the curb.More to come.last_img read more