AP Explains Nissans exchair spending Christmas in custody

first_imgTOKYO — Nissan Motor Co. former chairman Carlos Ghosn, charged with financial improprieties and detained in Tokyo for more than a month, has also been accused of a breach of trust that caused a multi-million-dollar financial loss for Nissan.Speculation that he could leave on bail surged on Thursday after a court rejected prosecutors’ request for extended detention. The fresh allegation dashes his hope for a quick release, forcing him to spend Christmas at Tokyo’s main detention centre. A look at what is going on and what could happen next:Q: WHAT IS THE NEW ALLEGATION?A: Prosecutors on Friday accused Ghosn of a breach of trust causing Nissan a financial loss of more than 1.8 billion yen ($16 million). The allegations represent a third potential charge in Ghosn’s case. Prosecutors say Ghosn allegedly manipulated a contract to shift a loss from a private investment during the Lehman crisis onto Nissan’s books. He also allegedly had Nissan transfer $14.7 million to another company owned by someone who helped him in that manipulation in a breach of the company’s trust, prosecutors say. The latest allegation does not affect Greg Kelly, another Nissan board member charged with underreporting Ghosn’s income by about 5 billion yen ($44 million) in 2011-2015.Q: HOW MUCH LONGER WILL HE BE IN FOR?A: Adding an allegation to an existing case is called “saitaiho” in Japanese, or to re-arrest, even when a suspect is already in custody. Japanese police and prosecutors routinely add new allegations to lengthen a defendant’s time behind bars, since each allegation may add up to 20 days. The tactic is criticized from inside and outside Japan as “hostage justice.” Friday’s new allegation would allow prosecutors two days before seeking a likely court approval of extending Ghosn’s detention up to 20 more days, meaning he would have to stay in the Tokyo Detention House until Jan. 11, way past Christmas and New Year holidays, most likely without turkey or pumpkin pie. But his right-hand man, Kelly, may be released as early as Christmas, with a request for bail filed Friday by Kelly’s lawyer pending court approval.Q: WHAT ARE CHARGES HE ALREADY FACES?A: So far, Ghosn and Kelly are charged with underreporting Ghosn’s pay by about 5 billion yen ($44 million), in violation of the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act. They also face a second allegation of underreporting another 4 billion yen ($36 million) for 2016-2018, for which their first 10-day detention expired on Thursday. Prosecutors have been criticized for separating the same allegations into two parts as a tactic to double their detention time.Q: HOW COMMON ARE LONG DETENTIONS IN JAPAN?A: Ghosn’s more than a month in detention is still short compared to some past high-profile cases. Critics say defendants who refuse to admit to the allegations tend to be detained longer. In 2002, parliamentarian Muneo Suzuki was detained for 437 days over bribery charges before he was released on bail. In 2009, a senior health ministry bureaucrat, Atsuko Muraki, was detained for 164 days in alleged violation of postal services law. She was later acquitted. In 2006, an internet startup maverick Takafumi Horie, charged with fraudulent accounting, was detained for 95 days.___Follow Mari Yamaguchi on Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/mariyamaguchiMari Yamaguchi, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Governments should include refugees in national HIVAIDS treatment programmes – UN

2 March 2007United Nations agencies are calling on governments everywhere to include refugees in their national HIV/AIDS policies and programmes and give them the same access to treatment as their own citizens. In a newly released four-page policy brief focusing specifically on actions needed to address the spread and effect of HIV on refugees and their host communities, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) also urged civil society to tackle popular misconceptions about refugees and the spread of the disease. “Far too often refugees face an untenable situation: they are no longer guaranteed the protection of their country of origin and do not receive assistance from host countries,” the brief says, noting that they often face the stigma of both their status as refugees and the common misconception that HIV prevalence is higher among them than in host communities. “Stigma and discrimination need to be tackled as an integral part of responding effectively to HIV among refugees and host communities,” it adds. “We advocate for refugees to access HIV services in the same manner as that of the local population,” UNHCR HIV/AIDS unit head Paul Spiegel said, noting that that some southern African countries already provide both refugees and the host population free antiretroviral drugs using government services. The brief also called on governments to ensure the protection of women and children from sexual or physical violence and exploitation. “Women and girls are often disproportionately affected by displacement. They need special attention in terms of HIV,” Purnima Mane, director of policy, evidence and partnerships at UNAIDS, said. The two UN partners also urged civil society to challenge stigmatization and discrimination against refugees, increase communication and cooperation between refugees and host societies, and strengthen the capacity of refugee community leaders and groups, including those of people living with HIV, for their rights. “The realization of human rights is central to reducing vulnerability to HIV infection and addressing the effects of HIV,” the policy paper notes, adding that international partners should lobby governments to meet their legal obligations towards refugees and implement strategies that reflect best practices in responding to HIV-related needs. In a related development, UNAIDS, the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson have announced grants to organizations in five countries to address links between gender-based violence and the spread of HIV/AIDS. “Violence against women and HIV are pandemics that deny women’s human rights and devastate individual lives and societies,” UNIFEM Executive Director Noeleen Heyzer said. “We welcome the opportunity to work through public-private partnerships to invest in innovative strategies. Scaled up, they can become part of national development strategies to achieve lasting change.” The grants to organizations in Botswana, the Dominican Republic, India, Nigeria and Vietnam will foster innovative strategies to raise awareness, uphold laws, provide medical assistance, train service providers and reduce stigma and discrimination to empower women. “Violence makes women more susceptible to HIV infection and the fear of violent male reactions, physical and psychological, prevents many women from trying to find out more about HIV, discourages them from getting tested and stops them from getting treatment,” UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot said. The grants will be provided by Johnson & Johnson through the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, a multilateral funding mechanism administered by UNIFEM that became operational 10 years ago and has so far awarded some $13 million to 226 initiatives in more than 100 countries. read more

UNbacked test shows need to improve Caribbean tsunami warning system

The simulated tsunami alert, dubbed Caribe Wave 2011, was carried out on 23 March and involved 34 countries. Under the test scenario, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake was signaled off the coast of the Virgin Islands, which generated a tsunami with waves reaching of up to ten metres.The exercise tested the Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (Caribe EWS), which was set up in 2005 under the aegis of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).”The exercise highlighted a number of gaps in the transmission of information,” UNESCO stated in a news release, noting that in several areas, the message was not received by the Global Telecommunications System (GTS). In other cases, reception of messages via the Emergency Managers Weather Information Network (EMWIN) failed. At national level only a few mobile telephone operators joined the exercise.Populations and media throughout the region keenly followed the exercise, which also allowed for an evaluation of evacuation plans and the role of the private sector in the case of a catastrophe, the agency added.”I am delighted with the level of participation in this exercise and the interest that has been shown by local populations,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. “Such drills are essential to evaluate the efficiency of warning systems and ensure their efficient operation when catastrophe strikes.”Similar exercises have been held in the Pacific (2008) and Indian Ocean (2009) regions. 26 March 2011The first full-scale test of the tsunami warning system in the Caribbean has highlighted the need to reinforce preparations as well as improve communication, evacuation plans and the role of the private sector, the United Nations said today. read more

Security clearances and devastation hinder urgent UN aid to Middle East conflict

“All our agencies are mobilized to the best of their abilities to help the people of Lebanon and of Gaza and the West Bank, but the process is very ‘stop-and-start’ because of the conditions on the ground,” Ahmad Fawzi told reporters in New York.“The conditions are treacherous, some of the roads are not functioning and also because of the security situation, we’re not getting security clearances for our convoys to go through as regularly as we would like them to go through,” he added, highlighting also a chronic fuel shortage in Lebanon.“We hope that in the next 24 hours we’ll be able to re-supply Lebanon with fuel – fuel is so critical. I’ll give you one example: three hospitals in the south have had to shut down because of lack of fuel.”The World Food Programme (WFP) said today that it had suffered another setback in its huge efforts to bring much-needed aid to the beleaguered inhabitants of southern Lebanon.Out of three convoys planned for the villages of Tebnin, Rmeish and Naqoura, WFP only received concurrence from the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) to proceed to Tebnin, so only six trucks of food and other supplies are being sent instead of the 18 that had been planned.“We are increasingly frustrated that our convoy movements are being hampered, leaving people in the south stranded for what is now nearly three weeks. We have no time to waste – they are running out of food, water and medicine. Many are poor, sick, or elderly and could not be evacuated earlier,” warned Amer Daoudi, WFP Emergency Coordinator. “We ask all parties to this conflict to allow these convoys to move – otherwise we are going to see even more tragedy and more suffering than we’ve seen so far.”WFP also had to cancel a planned convoy to the southern Lebanese town of Marjayoun on Sunday, after the IDF refused to give their agreement to this shipment.The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy also highlighted the difficulties faced in getting emergency aid to those most in need and she again emphasized the importance of a cessation of hostilities.“According to reports from our monitors on the ground, an estimated 177 children have been killed in Lebanon to date. The guns must stop firing to give all parties time to reflect on the impact of this war on children and to provide the space necessary for the formulation of a political framework to ensure a more permanent peace,” she said.Regarding the UN’s overall humanitarian appeal for Lebanon, which last week called for $149 million in emergency assistance, Mr. Fawzi said today that nearly $25 million has been received so far in pledges and commitments, although large quantities of bilateral aid – outside the appeal – have also been pledged. read more

Two UN blue helmets killed in attack in northern Mali

“A pedestrian patrol of MINUSMA was attacked in an ambush around 6:30 am this morning, five kilometres from Aguelhok,” the Mission announced. Strongly condemning “this murderous attack,” MINUSMA, chief Mahamat Saleh Annadif, who is also the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Mali, said the Mission immediately deployed a rapid response force at the scene and proceeded to evacuate the wounded and the deceased.”This attack adds to a wave of violence that, over the past few weeks, has targeted the civilian populations, the Malian Armed Forces and the international forces without distinction. The violence is aimed only at undermining […] efforts to bring stability and unity to Mali,” Mr. Annadif said. He went on to reiterate the solidarity and determination of the Mission to support the efforts of the Malian Government, other signatory parties and the people of Mali in the implementation of the Peace Agreement.“MINUSMA is prepared to make all its contribution to the identification of the perpetrators of this attack so that they are promptly brought to justice,” he said.Later in the day in remarks to a meeting on Force generation for MINUSMA, Mr. Guterres paid tribute to the courageous peacekeepers who lost their lives in the ambush, calling it “a dark reminder of the dangers facing MINUSMA on the ground.” According to the UN chief, since the establishment of MINUSMA four years ago, Malians have made significant progress towards peace and reconciliation. However, tragically, this progress has not been translated into peace. Violent extremist groups are actively seeking to spoil and halt the peace process. New armed groups emerged, while some existing groups were divided into different factions. Instability has spread from the north to the center of the country and beyond the borders of Mali in neighboring countries, he explained.Peacekeeping operations, continued Mr. Guterres, must be equipped to meet the requirements of the new operational environments. “Mali is a test for the international community […] we cannot deploy MINUSMA peacekeepers to areas where terrorist groups and transnational criminal networks operate, without providing them with the means to cope with the difficulties they face.”As such, he said MINSUMA must be given the means to support the Malian institutions to gradually exercise their responsibility to restore stability. “We need armored personnel carriers and helicopters for peacekeepers to be able to intervene more effectively. We need the rapid reaction force and its integrated helicopter support team in Mopti to respond quickly to incidents, protect civilians and counter the spread of violent extremist elements.” read more

New Brock mentorship program partners studentathletes with business leaders

A sponsorship program at Brock University launching this fall will provide student-athletes with both mentorship and financial support.The Brock Sports Mentorship Program will provide donors with the opportunity to become a part of students’ lives by acting as mentors throughout their time at the University. That connection could be as simple as supporting the athletes by cheering for them from the sidelines, or by providing advice and friendship when the task of trying to balance school and sport seems overwhelming.The Brock Sports Mentorship Program is about connecting people in our community who have the drive, passion and vision to make our world a better place with our strong, determined and talented student-athletes.“We want to extend the reach of our sponsors’ support and create an opportunity that will expose our student-athletes to different business environments that will expand and support their learning curve,” said Brock Sports Director Neil Lumsden.“This program is a tremendous initiative that allow us to support our student-athletes with the financial resources they need while also providing them with an opportunity to develop citizenship and professional skills right from their first year,” said Jesse Barraza, Co-ordinator, Student-Athlete Services.Anyone interested in taking part in the Brock Sports Mentorship Program are asked to contact Lorraine Snihur at lsnihur@brocku.ca or 905-688-5550 x6656.The new Brock Sports Mentorship Program was officially announced at the Brock Badgers basketball games at the Meridian Centre Jan. 27. The program will launch this fall with business leaders providing sponsorship and mentorship to Brock student-athletes. read more

False news stories about schools and teachers shared by thousands

first_imgFalse claims against schools and teachers are being published on hoax news websites and shared on social media, threatening to ruin careers and reputations.Teachers and parents are growing increasingly concerned over the sites, which allow users to published false stories in a news format which are then being shared thousands of times on other social media sites.In one case a false article claimed that a teacher had sex with a pupil and had taken selfies of the incident after it happened.The story was subsequently shared over 73,000 times on social media and included a picture of the school building.Head teachers at the targeted schools said many parents and pupils had believed the hoax stories.One head teacher said that dealing with the aftermath of a false report took up to 20 hours a week.In another incident false news articles had reported that a teacher from Bridge Learning Campus, Bristol, had kidnapped a pupil.Keziah Featherstone, head of the school, said that children as young as eight had seen and believed the story.She told the Times Educational Supplement (TES) that dealing with the aftermath had required up to 20 hours work a week and that the schools receptionists had been “taking calls from parents and children, who didn’t understand it was a prank.” Head teachers have also had to deal with false news stories claiming schools had been shut due to gas leaks or had been “set on fire”.The growing concern comes after Facebook and other social media networks were criticised for publishing fake news on their platforms, widely thought to have helped Donald Trump win the US presidential election.Andrew Minchin, head of Robert Napier School in Gillingham, Kent, said it was essential that schools responded by acting quickly to tackle false online reports.He said his school had been subject to two hoax news stories; the first, published on Bonfire night, claimed that part of it had been set on fire, while a second article reported the school’s closure due to a burst pipe.Mr Minchin told The Telegraph: “It was crucial that the school addressed the social media hoax news article as it had left some parents misinformed about whether the school was open.  “We had to contact parents over a weekend at the end of a half term holiday to ensure that students attended school as normal the following day    “These news articles have a very real look to them and in our case reached 50,000 people.”The same story was also published about nearby The Thomas Aveling School in Rochester.Paul Jackson, head teacher at the school, said: “A post was put up on Facebook to say the school was closed for a month due to a gas leak.”We were made aware of it by a parent and we quickly communicated with all parents that this was not true through our own website, Facebook page and emails to all.”To upload a news story on the hoax news websites users fill out an online form which is then published on the site and can be shared instantly to social media.The sites invite users to “create false news and prank your friends” and “share them on social networks!” but both add that “any bullying, racist, homophobic or pornographic jokes are prohibited”.Mr Minchin said: “Our experience shows there is no verification process from the news provider and, as such, they can be malicious in nature.  “Our job as teachers is to educate the next generation of students to have the skills to check whether news stories come from reputable news providers and to always question the validity of what they read.” Pupils are sharing false news stories about their schools to thousands of social media usersCredit:Alamy Pupils are sharing false news stories about their schools to thousands of social media users Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

TT woman 60 found dead with throat slit

(Trinidad Guardian) Valencia residents were left in shock yesterday, after a senior citizen was found dead on her bed, naked and with her hands tied behind her back and her throat slit.Steve Miguel, second from left, and his wife Christine look on as undertakers remove the body of Elizabeth Lewis from her Valencia home last night. Lewis was found nude with her hands tied and her throat slit. PHOTOS: RALPH BANWARIEElizabeth Susan Lewis, 60, of Old Valencia Road, Valencia, was found around 6 pm by her son-in-law Steve Miguel and daughter Christine, who had gone to drop food for her and clean the surroundings of her wooden house. On their arrival at the house, her son-in-law and daughter found the front door partially opened.When they went inside they found Lewis dead on her bed and called the Sangre Grande police.Lewis was reportedly living by herself in the wooden house, which has no electricity or pipe-borne water. She was the mother of three, two boys and one girl.Police who arrived on the scene cordoned off the crime scene to prevent villagers and other relatives, who had gathered after news of the killing spread, from interfering with their investigation. However, Homicide officers gave up their search for clues because of the darkness and are expected to return today.Lewis eldest son, Mario, who lives in west Trinidad, told T&T Guardian he had tried several times to get his mother to move in with him but failed to convince her.“My mom was a decent, quiet and loving lady, she will always advise us to stay away from trouble and live a life where we will be loved,” he said.“My mother never wanted to leave Valencia because of her roots in Valencia. If my mother was murdered I want swift justice. My mom does not deserve to die in this cruel manner.”Miguel described his mother-in-law as a humble and jovial woman. He said he and his wife visited her every evening to take food for her.“She never seemed to be lonely and always in good frame of mind. I will deeply missed her,” he said.Her daughter was too distraught to speak with the media.District Medical Officer Fogarola viewed the body and ordered its removal to the Forensic Science Center for a post mortem today.Visiting the scene were Snr Supt Garth Nelson, ASP Mario Robain, Insp Ken Lutchman Sgt Harper and officers from Homicide Region II Arouca.Homicide officers are continuing the investigation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedT&T woman killed by partner after years of abuseJuly 27, 2017In “latest news”Jilted Daughter – in – Law is main suspect in Agricola murderFebruary 1, 2014In “Crime”T&T woman brutally stabbed to death, attacker kills selfJanuary 25, 2017In “latest news” read more

Fessenheim Sortir du nucléaire veut empêcher les travaux prévus à la centrale

first_imgFessenheim : Sortir du nucléaire veut empêcher les travaux prévus à la centraleL’ONG Sortir du nucléaire a déposé un recours en référé auprès du Conseil d’État afin d’empêcher la centrale de Fessenheim de réaliser les travaux de renforcement prescrits par l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN) et qui l’autoriseraient à poursuivre son activité pendant encore dix ans.Lundi, le Conseil d’État a examiné un recours en référé du réseau d’associations Sortir du nucléaire. L’objectif : empêcher la réalisation de travaux de renforcement à la centrale de Fessenheim, la plus vieille centrale nucléaire de France située dans le Haut-Rhin. Ces travaux avaient été prescrits par l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN) en juillet 2011, suite au débat relancé par l’accident de la centrale de Fukushima au Japon. L’Autorité avait jugé que si le renforcement du radier (la dalle de béton sur laquelle est construit le réacteur) était mené d’ici le 30 juin 2013, le réacteur n°1 de la doyenne des centrales françaises pourrait prolonger son activité pendant encore dix ans. Elle précise que ce renforcement consistera à épaissir la dalle mais aussi à en augmenter la surface pour permettre un étalement du corium (mélange de produits en fusion) en cas d’accident grave. L’ASN a indiqué que les travaux, autorisés depuis décembre dernier, doivent débuter “courant avril” et durer quelques semaines pour un coût estimé de 20 à 30 millions d’euros.Mais Sortir du nucléaire ne l’entend pas de cette oreille et a décidé de s’opposer à ce renforcement en saisissant le Conseil d’État. Au vu “de l’ampleur” des travaux prévus, cette modification aurait dû être précédée d’une enquête publique, estime Marie Frachisse, juriste de Sortir du nucléaire, pour justifier le recours de l’ONG. Le Conseil d’État, doit rendre sa décision dans les 48 heures, ont indiqué conjointement l’association et l’ASN, citées par l’AFP. Un argument pour prolonger la durée de vie de la centrale À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylSortir du nucléaire juge qu’”alors même que le gouvernement s’est engagé à fermer la centrale durant le quinquennat [d’ici fi 2016], autoriser ces travaux revient à donner un argument à EDF, qui ne manquera pas [par la suite] d’invoquer leur rentabilisation pour justifier la poursuite de l’exploitation du réacteur”. L’ASN a toutefois tenu à préciser que ses décisions “étaient fondées en droit”, les modifications prévues par l’exploitant EDF entrant dans le cadre du décret d’autorisation de la centrale, comme l’a rappelé à l’AFP Sophie Mourelon directrice générale adjointe de l’Autorité.Le 9 avril 2013 à 18:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

My Arcades Micro Players Pack Big Fun in a Small Package

first_imgMiniature retro consoles are all the rage these days. Thanks to the NES and SNES Classic Edition consoles, many companies are hopping aboard the mini retro train. It therefore makes sense someone would eventually miniaturize the biggest gaming machines of all: arcade cabinets. My Arcade, who create retro gaming devices, has teamed up with Data East to produce tiny arcade units featuring the latter’s classic titles. I recently had the chance to try out two of the latest units and put them through the proverbial paces. Are the Micro Player Arcade cabinets worth the $34.99 asking price? Read on to find out.I was sent two units for this review. One for Heavy Barrel, and another for Caveman Ninja (Joe & Mac). The boxes each machine comes in look gorgeous. The front and sides have transparent plastic, which allows you to see the tiny arcade cabinets. On the right-hand side, you can read about the game’s history. The back of the box tells you about the cabinet’s features. The left-hand side has a larger window; giving you a better look at the machine. Adorning each box are pictures featured on the original arcade units. It’s understandable if you wish to keep the tiny arcade machine in its box since the whole thing looks so slick. However, the real fun happens once you take the machine for a spin.The arcade cabinets are 6 inches tall and have a 2-inch screen. Adorning each cabinet is the actual art from the original arcade machines. Despite the size, the graphics really pop on both devices. The screen comes covered with an overlay of the game. You need to peel this off to play. Both machines have reset and start buttons on the dashboard, along with two bigger buttons for playing the game. If you wish, you can remove the small joystick and play using the d-pad. Personally, I preferred using the joystick (I’ll get into why shortly). I really love the way the arcade cabinets look sitting on my desk. It’s like My Arcade took a shrink-ray to the original cabinets and started selling them. If that isn’t awesome, then I don’t know what is.To power the cabinet, you need four AA alkaline batteries which go into the back of the unit. You can also power the device via a mini USB cable connection just below where you insert the batteries. You’ll have to provide your own batteries or USB cable since the machines do not come with those. Directly below the joystick and buttons is the device’s power button. Simply pressing it turns the machine on or off. The fun part is that this is the area where one would insert coins into the arcade machine. I appreciate how the two coin slots light up when the device is on. It gives it that authentic arcade feel.The game sounds come out of a small speaker right above where the batteries go. Right above that is a headphone jack. This is a good option for those who want privacy and who desire better sound quality. There are volume buttons on either side of the headphone jack. Both of the games sound decent, though they aren’t in stereo. This is typical of old-school titles, but it’s something one should know, especially if they’re big audiophiles.Despite the tininess of the controls, they are surprisingly easy to play with. Thanks to the two rubber pads on the bottom of the unit, the machine stays in place while you play. I used the bottom of my thumb to control the joystick. I would also sometimes move it by “pinching” the joystick with my thumb and index finger. You can carry the machine with both hands since it doesn’t weigh much. Though I found playing on my desk more comfortable, playing the unit as if it were a handheld is a viable option. As mentioned above, you can remove the joystick and use the d-pad instead. Controlling games like this works well enough, but it’s better suited for when you’re holding the unit with both hands. I personally gravitated toward using the joystick since it feels more arcade authentic and easier to control.Both Caveman Ninja and Heavy Barrel looked great on the unit’s 2-inch screen. Neither has the scanlines of arcade games, nor is there an option to enable that visual filter. Still, the titles looked true to their arcade counterparts and were easy to read despite being so small. I’ll don’t have much experience with either Heavy Barrel or Caveman Ninja, but the emulation software each game runs on gets the job done. I’m sure old-school fans of the games can spot any differences between these and the originals. To my eyes, they were pretty perfect representations.I don’t have any complaints related to the machines’ design or function. In fact, I think they’re rather fantastic. The only critique I can think of is that $34.99 is a tad steep for just a single game. Yes, I realize you’re paying for the entire package. At the end of the day, however, you’re still spending 35 bones for an old game. With that said, I’m sure the price isn’t an issue for those who want to have one of these cool-looking units on their desk or shelf. You could certainly spend $35 on something that isn’t nearly as bad-ass.Though I’m not a fan of the price of these Mini Players, I love what they represent. If this keeps retro gaming in the public’s mind, then I say keep ‘em coming! Hopefully, companies like Capcom, Konami, and more will decide to team up with My Arcade and release some of their classic arcade titles. If this isn’t already in the works, then I say it’s time to make that happen.For more information, please check out My Arcade‘s website. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Slowmoving landslide has Union Gap on high alert

first_imgUNION GAP — A slow-moving landslide in a fertile farming region in Washington state has forced evacuations as officials prepare for what they say is inevitable — the collapse of a ridge that sits above a few dozen homes and a key highway.People in Washington are especially wary of landslides following one in 2014 north of Seattle that swept through a tiny community and across a state road, killing dozens.Experts say the slide could happen as soon as late January or early February above Union Gap, a small agricultural town in the rolling brown foothills of the Cascade Range. A chunk of one ridge about the size of 24 football fields is expected to break off, spilling an estimated 4 million cubic yards of rocks and dirt.Opinions on the impact vary widely, ranging from little damage to widespread flooding, especially in Union Gap. Some worry floodwaters will stretch into Yakima, which has 94,000 residents and sits just a few miles away.Also nearby are the Yakima River and Interstate 82, which connects Oregon to busy Interstate 90.I-82 is the main route through central Washington’s Yakima Valley, which produces many of America’s hops, cherries, apples and mint. The state has deemed it safe to remain open but has placed 44 shipping containers — filled with concrete barriers and weighing 9 to 14 tons (8,164 to 12,700 kilograms) each — at the bottom of the ridge to keep random rocks from tumbling into traffic.last_img read more

Minimal snow impacts expected in Clark County

first_imgDon’t break out the snow shovels just yet.While snow showers were expected to begin early Monday morning, it likely will not stick for long in most areas of Clark County, according to the National Weather Service.Below 500 feet in elevation, little to no snow is expected, Amanda Bowen, a meteorologist with the weather service, said Sunday night. Less than 2 inches of snow are expected above 500 feet, and as much as 4 inches are expected above 1,000 feet.“There might be a little bit on grassy surfaces, dirt areas and things like that, but we’re not going to see much in terms of impact,” Bowen said. “It’s going to be in that hit-or-miss variety and in little bursts.”Snow showers are expected to taper off by Monday night, Bowen said.The weather system originated in the Gulf of Alaska. Because it traveled over the Pacific Ocean, it will not be as cold as it could have been, Bowen said.“It’s relatively cold for us, but not anything like what the Midwest was seeing last week,” Bowen said.The cold weather is expected to last through Tuesday or Wednesday, followed by rain and then more possible snow showers toward the end of the week.last_img read more

Clark instructors help Larch inmates earn GEDs

first_imgYACOLT — Posted on the walls in the Larch Corrections Center’s education building are photos of inmates, beaming in blue caps and gowns.These are men who have earned their General Educational Development certificates, or GEDs. These are the men who came first.In a nearby classroom, other men in beige and burgundy uniforms huddle over textbooks and worksheets. These are the men who hope to come next.Clark College’s GED program at Larch Corrections Center is a cornerstone of the educational offerings at the 480-inmate prison. For many, it means more than passing the four-part test, earning the equivalent of a high school diploma. It means becoming a better partner, a better father, a better man. It means opening job opportunities, earning degrees — and never winding up back here again.The Columbian spent three days over two weeks at Larch Corrections Center talking to students, their tutors and their teachers.One of them was Howard Seaworth, who, when we first visited, was just one successful test away from completing his GED.“This is the start of a new beginning for me,” he said.A unique certificationOn May 14, students were working through practice GED worksheets and questions with peer tutors.Clark College recently received international recognition for its GED tutoring program at Larch, which pairs inmates preparing to take their tests with trained peer tutors. The program is now certified by the College Reading and Learning Association, which recognizes tutor-training programs across the globe.It may be the only prison-based program to have received the certification.GED teacher Lauren Zavrel spent long hours applying for the recognition after working with inmate teaching assistants for several years. She recognized the rapport the TAs were able to build with students, and she wanted to take that a step further. She started the lengthy application process last summer, working closely with inmates to develop the tutor-training curriculum.They learned on May 2 that the program had been certified.“These guys, they really want you to be successful,” said Joseph Jazwiec, a student in Zavrel’s class. “We all have a DOC number. They’re not better than me, and I’m not better than them.”last_img read more

The Role Of A Commission Of Inquiry

first_imgSection 200 subsection (1) of the Constitution empowers the President to constitute a Commission of Inquiry and appoint one or more Commissioners to make inquiry for the public good. The National Assembly may also request the President to establish a Commission of Inquiry.Section 202 subsection (1)empowers a Commission of Inquiry to –“(a)      make a full and impartial investigation into the matter in respect of which the Commission is established; and(b)      furnish  in writing  a  report  on  the  results  of the  inquiry,  including a statement  of the reasons  leading  to the conclusions of the Commission.”Hence the first task of a Commission of Inquiry is to investigate into the subject matter. The second task is to write a report of its findings and submit it to the President. This is why it is necessary to have a secretary to record all the evidence to enable the Commission to prepare its final report for submission to the President.Furthermore, Section 203 adds that, “On receipt of the report of a Commission of Inquiry –(a) The President shall within six months publish the report and his or her comments on the report, together with a statement of any action taken, or the reason for not taking action, thereon; or(b) Where the President refuses to publish the report for reasons of national security or otherwise in the public interest, he or she shall, within six months publish a statement to that effect.”Section 204 adds that “(1) Where a commission of inquiry makes an adverse finding against any person, it shall, at the time of submitting its report to the President, inform such person of the finding and the reasons therefor.(2) A person against whom any such adverse finding has been made may appeal against such finding to the Court of Appeal as of right as if the finding were a judgment of the high court; and on the hearing of the appeal the report shall be treated as if it were such a judgment.”(3) An appeal under this section shall be made within three months of the appellant being informed of the adverse finding provided by subsection (1) or such later time as the Court of Appeal may allow.”last_img read more

Blazers winning streak reaches five games

first_imgPORTLAND — Last week, LaMarcus Aldridge said that the Trail Blazers have been stuck in a “horror movie” because of their perpetual string of injuries. Candid quote, but he got the genre wrong. These past few games have been more like science fiction — really, it just doesn’t seem possible. The Blazers extended their winning streak to five on a night when Andre Miller left the game after three minutes due to gastroenteritis. They moved to five games over .500 Saturday despite being without their starting center for the past three games and last year’s leading scorer for the past 19. They beat Indiana 97-92 after trailing by 16 points in the second quarter and playing more than half the game without a true point guard or center. So either Portland (25-20) has become the most resilient in team in the NBA … or the Force is with it.“It gets tough, I’m not going to lie. Emotionally, I’m not trying to get sensitive, but every time you suit up and you hear a key guy isn’t playing it’s like ‘what are we going to do now?’ ” said Aldridge. “But guys keep stepping up. Seems like every week we’re talking, ‘how’d you do it again? This guy’s not in.’ It’s nothing new. Guys keep stepping up.” Whether it’s throwing a dart or drawing out of a hat, Blazers tradition these days seems to consist of Aldridge choosing a teammate or two to join him for four quarters of excellence.last_img read more

Colorado to implement zero emission vehicle mandate

first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 27 Photos Electric vehicles: Charge into the future.Hybrids: Not ready to take the full plunge? Hybrids are plenty good, too. More about 2019 Chevy Bolt EV Review • 2019 Chevy Bolt: No longer unique, still something special Electric Cars Car Industry Share your voice 2019 Nissan Leaf E+ ups the power, ups the range Colorado is preparing to follow in California’s footsteps in the hopes of increasing ownership of zero-emission vehicles.Colorado governor Jared Polis announced on Thursday that he signed an executive order “supporting a transition to zero-emission vehicles.” The plan includes an adoption of the zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate that California and several other states have also implemented, in accordance with section 177 of the Clean Air Act, which allows other states to adopt California’s stricter emissions requirements.That’s easily the biggest part of the executive order. Governor Polis has asked Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment to get a plan established by May. Colorado would become the 11th state to implement such a plan, which requires automakers to achieve certain sales targets for ZEVs. Enlarge ImageColorado already offers a $5,000 state-level incentive for EV purchases. Walter Bibikow/Getty Images The order also creates an interagency task force to flesh out and implement programs meant to push more people toward electrified vehicles. It’ll report back to the governor once a year on its progress. All the aforementioned departments will also figure out what to do with the $70 million the state received as part of Volkswagen’s Dieselgate settlement. The order requests that the funds be used to support electrification, including larger vehicles like school buses and trucks. The executive order, which is available to read online in full, also mentions the state’s desire to utilize 100 percent renewable energy by 2040. In addition, it claims that, based on work from a consulting firm, transitioning to EVs by 2050 on a large scale could save billions of dollars in lower vehicle operating costs, health savings and reduced electricity bills.ZEV mandates are responsible for the term “compliance cars,” which you might have heard in relation to certain electric vehicles. These are electric vehicles that exist only in states that have ZEV requirements. Some examples include the Chevrolet Spark EV, Ford Focus Electric and Kia Soul EV. But as electrification takes hold in other states without requirements, we’re beginning to see more nationwide rollouts instead. Preview • 2019 Chevy Bolt EV: Model overview, pricing, tech and specs Comments 8 Tags More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Chevrolet Ford Kialast_img read more

This Sailor Moon Dress Can QuickChange Into Princess Serenitys Outfit In

first_imgStay on target The Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All TimeThe Best Anime On Hulu Love Sailor Moon’s gorgeous transformation sequences? They’re impressive whether you like magical girl anime or not, and it’s always breathtaking to see her standing in her Sailor Moon costume after minutes before clad in her normal school uniform. Ever wish you could transform from Sailor Moon work outfits to Princess Serenity in the blink of an eye just like that? This dress by Nephi Garcia, also known as Designer Daddy, can do just that. If you think that sounds amazing, then you’ve got to see it with your own eyes.The costume begins life as Super Sailor Moon’s outfit, but Designer Daddy unpins the sailor collar from the top of the dress, and moves it out of the way. He then pulls down the front of the dress, including the bow, and something amazing happens. The dress cascades downward toward the floor, a gorgeous display that transforms Sailor Moon’s combat outfit into Princess Serenity’s gown. It really has to be seen to be believed.Garcia’s creation is the first anime-themed dress he’s created that’s up for sale through his personal website. Typically he’s created dresses for children in the past, but this is made for adults. And the price tag shows it, with the dress costing $1,800. It’s made to order, however, and it transforms from one entirely different look to another. Whether you’re planning on cosplaying or going to a dressy event, this dress has you covered, even for a wedding.You can order your dress via Designer Daddy Studio’s site here, but allow up to five weeks for the dress to come together. If you’re planning on wearing it as a wedding gown, you may want to plan around that construction timeline. If you do plan on picking up the dress, make sure to come back and let us know how it worked out, because we’re certainly interested in strutting around in one.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Air Canada WestJet could face class action lawsuit alleging baggage fee collusion

first_imgTags: Air Canada, WestJet Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Air Canada, WestJet could face class action lawsuit alleging baggage fee collusion Share Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — Collusion or competition? Air Canada and WestJet are facing a proposed class action lawsuit alleging the two carriers teamed up to introduce baggage fees within days of each other in 2014.WestJet brought in its $25 checked bag fee on Sept. 15, 2014. Three days later Air Canada followed suit. The challenge will be proving Air Canada and WestJet were in cahoots, and not just reacting to pricing moves in a competitive environment, both in Canada as well as the U.S. where fees for checked bags had been in place for some time.According to the CBC, the class action suit must be certified by the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan before it can proceed. Filed by lead plaintiff and Regina resident Lorne Hoedel, the suit will cover all Canadian passengers who flew with Air Canada or WestJet after Oct. 29, 2014 and paid the fee for either domestic or U.S. flights.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps up“It’s a wink, wink, we’ll get together and do the same thing,” says lawyer Tony Merchant, in the CBC’s report. “As soon as they had the announcement from WestJet, then [Air Canada] acted. We think we can establish they were acting in concert.”Airlines have long argued that scaling air ticket prices back to a base fare and then allowing passengers to customize with add-ons is in the best interest of the customer.Ancillary fees cover everything from baggage fees to seat assignments to onboard meals. The latest edition of the CarTrawler Ancillary Revenue Yearbook by IdeaWorksCompany shows a total of US$40.5 billion in ancillary revenue, comprising nearly 8.7% of total sales, for 67 airlines covered by the survey.A similar class action lawsuit charging U.S. airlines with collusion over baggage fees is making its way through the courts process in the U.S. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Nigeria torture victim to be free after decade on death row

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A man condemned to hang when he was 16 because of confessions extracted under torture has been pardoned after 10 years on death row, Nigerian and international human rights activists said Monday.The rights groups, who say his sentencing was illegal, describe his case as one of many examples of the injustices visited on Nigerians by a system tainted by corruption.Nigeria’s new President Muhammadu Buhari, who was inaugurated Friday, has promised to reform the justice system. Comments   Share   In response to the campaign by the human rights groups, Delta State Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan signed a pardon for Moses Akatugba and three other death row inmates as one of his final acts before leaving office last week.“Moses Akatugba has been living each day of his life in prison under trauma and agony … expecting the hangman’s visit,” Justine Ijeomah, executive director of Nigeria’s Human Rights, Social Development and Environmental Foundation, wrote in one of many letters over months of campaigning.Together with London-based Amnesty International, activists gathered hundreds of thousands of signatures requesting the victim’s freedom.Akatugba was a schoolboy when soldiers arrested him for allegedly stealing three cellphones. He was delivered to police officers who tortured him, including tearing out his finger and toe nails with pliers, until he signed confessions admitting to armed robbery, the activists said.Armed robbery carries a mandatory death sentence in Nigeria, but minors are supposed to be exempt. Police often use torture to extract confessions which are used in courts despite laws prohibiting both, according to the latest U.S. State Department report on human rights in Nigeria. Torture in prisons also is common, it said. Top Stories More than 1,500 people are on death row in Nigeria, including juvenile offenders, according to Amnesty International. In 2013, Nigeria resumed executions despite an official moratorium and hanged five people.“Nigerian governors should commute the death sentences of all death row prisoners … including many who are at imminent risk of execution after similarly flawed criminal investigations,” said Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s Africa director.Ijeomah said she is traveling to Port Harcourt, the Delta state capital, to complete formalities for Akatugba’s release, hoped for later this week.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The vital role family plays in society Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more