Sri Lanka and the Czech Republic renew bilateral cooperation

During the meeting, the existing bilateral relations between the two counties were reviewed and the two sides discussed ways of meaningfully advancing engagements in the areas of trade, investment, tourism, cultural and education. The two delegations also agreed to strengthen existing bilateral relations through mutual cooperation. Sri Lanka and the Czech Republic have renewed bilateral cooperation, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement today.The Junior Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Ivan Jancarekmet with Additional Secretary of Foreign Affairs (Economic Affairs and Trade, Middle East and Africa, and Political Affairs/ West) Grace Asirwatham, on 5th May 2017, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo. Ivan Jancarek was accompanied by Milan Hovorka, Ambassador of the Czech Republic in New Delhi, representatives of the Czech Chamber of Commerce and Honorary Consul for Czech Republic in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) During the visit to Sri Lanka, the Czech delegation also participated at the Czech-Sri Lanka Business Forumwhich was held on 04thMay 2017 at Hilton Hotel in Colombo. The Business Forum was organised by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in New Delhi and the Consulate of the Czech Republic in Colombo in partnership withthe Czech Chamber of Commerce. read more

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Toyota officials say latest recall shows company acted quickly learning from US

by News Staff Posted Oct 11, 2012 5:41 am MDT TOKYO – Toyota executives were unfazed Thursday by the overnight recall of 7.43 million vehicles over faulty power window switches that can cause fires, calling it a sign the Japanese company had learned from its mistakes and was becoming quicker and more transparent.They said the models affected by the biggest single recall in Toyota Motor Corp.’s 75-year history were all made before global quality controls were beefed up in 2010. The change followed a series of massive recalls, mostly in the U.S., over sticky gas pedals, faulty floor mats and defective braking.“We are not proud of recalls. But there is nothing wrong with recalls per se. Hiding anything would be the problem,” Shigeru Hayakawa, a senior executive, told The Associated Press. “We are dealing with problems more expediently.”Hayakawa and other executives were at a gala event in Tokyo to launch the flagship Lexus LS luxury model. The recall was not mentioned anywhere in the formal presentation.But the news of the massive recall cast a shadow over the festivities. The sheer size of the latest recall evoked memories of the fiasco in 2009 and 2010, which had prompted Toyota to pay $48.8 million in fines for its slow response.Another problem was that Toyota initially said the window switch problem hadn’t caused any injuries. But documents filed by U.S. safety regulators showed customers reported 161 fires and nine injuries. There have been no crashes or deaths.Toyota spokesman Keisuke Kirimoto said the public relations division at headquarters that dealt with the recall announcement was not aware of the nine injuries reported at the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It was an embarrassing but honest error, he said.NHTSA began looking into window switch problems with two Toyota models in February after noticing a higher than normal number of complaints. Most fires were minor, although one destroyed a Camry. Several owners reported that they were afraid to drive their vehicles because of the threat of fires. NHTSA said Wednesday the investigation remains open pending a review of recall documents.The recall, spanning more than a dozen models sold around the world produced from 2005 through 2010, include the Camry, the top-selling car in the U.S. It’s bigger than the 7 million vehicles recalled two years ago for floor mats that can trap accelerator pedals and cause unintended acceleration.The new problem centres on the power window switch, which is inside the driver’s door and controls when a window is opened or closed. Toyota said grease wasn’t applied evenly to the switch during production, causing friction and sometimes smoke and fire.The Toyota recall “takes some of the sheen off its recovering brand image and should have a financial impact,” Standard & Poor’s analyst Efraim Levy wrote in a note to investors. Toyota shares shed 1.3 per cent in Tokyo trading.Toyota said it did not know yet how much the latest recall would cost. But it was expected to be smaller than the 170 billion yen ($2 billion) to 180 billion yen ($2.2 billion) Toyota says it shouldered in recall costs for the accelerator, floor mat and brake problem in 2010.Kiyotaka Ise, president of Lexus International, said the company was so intent on avoiding a repeat of the recall mess of two years ago it had held back rolling out models, including the LS, by several months.That’s why the Lexus model rollouts were coming out so quickly, one after the other, in recent months, and Toyota has channeled major resources into quality checks, he said.“We are extremely sorry we have inconvenienced our customers,” he said in an interview with the AP. “But we have been taking action to never repeat that kind of quality problem again.”Most of the complaints were about a sticky feel to the switches while pushing the button to raise or lower the window, but there also were complaints of the smell of smoke, according to Toyota. Using grease bought at a store to try to fix the problem had made the problem worse in some cases, it said.The recall includes 2.5 million vehicles in the U.S., where it covers about half the models sold under the Toyota and Scion brands, but it spans all major regions, including Europe, Japan and the rest of Asia.Analysts said it was too early to tell whether the latest recall would dent Toyota sales, which have been roaring back this year not only from the recall damage, but also from the tsunami and quake disaster last year in northeastern Japan, which had destroyed key suppliers and hobbled global production.Toyota reclaimed the title of the world’s top-selling automaker during the first half of this year, wresting the crown from General Motors Co. Toyota sold 4.97 million vehicles globally in the first half, beating GM by about 300,000.___AP Auto Writer Tom Krisher contributed to this report from Detroit.Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter: www.twitter.com/yurikageyama Toyota officials say latest recall shows company acted quickly, learning from US mistake AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Ethiopian copilot hijacks plane to Geneva to seek Swiss asylum passengers scared

GENEVA – It seemed like a routine overnight flight until the Ethiopian Airlines jetliner went into a dive and oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling. Only then did the terrified passengers — bound for Italy from Addis Ababa — realize something was terribly wrong.The co-pilot had locked his captain from the cockpit, commandeered the plane, and headed for Geneva, where he used a rope to lower himself out of a window, then asked for political asylum.Authorities say a prison cell is more likely.One passenger said the hijacker threatened to crash the plane if the pilot didn’t stop pounding on the locked door. Another said he was terrified “for hours” Monday as the plane careened across the sky.“It seemed like it was falling from the sky,” 45-year-old Italian Diego Carpelli said of the Boeing 767-300.The jetliner carrying 200 passengers and crew took off from the Ethiopian capital on a flight to Milan and then Rome, but sent a distress message over Sudan that it had been hijacked, an Ethiopian official said. Once the plane was over Europe, two Italian fighter jets and later French jets were scrambled to accompany it.Italian Air Force Col. Girolamo Iadiciccio said the order to scramble came from NATO to ensure the plane didn’t harm national security and didn’t stray off-route.The plane landed in Geneva at about 6 a.m. (0500 GMT). Officials said no one on the flight was injured and the hijacker was taken into custody after surrendering to Swiss police.“The pilot went to the toilet and (the co-pilot) locked himself in the cockpit,” Geneva airport chief executive Robert Deillon told reporters. He “wanted asylum in Switzerland.”It wasn’t immediately clear why he chose Switzerland, where Swiss voters recently demanded curbs on immigration. However, Italy has a reputation among many Africans as not being hospitable to asylum seekers.Ethiopian Airlines is owned by Ethiopia’s government, which has faced persistent criticism over its rights record and its alleged intolerance of political dissent.The co-pilot was identified as Hailemedhin Abera, a 31-year-old Ethiopian man who had worked for Ethiopian Airlines for five years and had no criminal record, said Ethiopia’s communications minister, Redwan Hussein, adding that Ethiopia will seek his extradition. Geneva police said he claimed he felt threatened at home.“His action represents a gross betrayal of trust that needlessly endangered the lives of the very passengers that a pilot is morally and professionally obliged to safeguard,” Redwan said.One passenger, Francesco Cuomo, told the Italian news agency ANSA that he and other passengers woke up shortly after midnight when the plane started to “bounce.”“The pilot was threatening (the hijacker) to open the cockpit door and tried to knock it down without succeeding,” said Cuomo, a 25-year-old economist from Italy.“At this point, a message was transmitted by the loudspeakers in poor English, but the threat to crash the airplane was clearly understood,” he added.Oxygen masks then came down, making everyone on the plane very tense.“We got scared because we saw these (oxygen masks) come down and the voice of the pilot, that usually is friendly and mellow, was cracking and worried, saying, ‘Breathe with the oxygen masks! Sit down!’… Then the plane fell sharply two times,” Italian passenger Paola Casale told The Associated Press.“I thought that the co-pilot had gone nuts,” Cuomo told the Corriere della Sera newspaper, adding that “there was a lake below us, and so we suspected that we weren’t landing in Milan.”“I realized we weren’t in Italy any longer when I recognized the Alps,” he said. “When we started circling above Geneva, we were really afraid.”Carpelli said he and his family, returning to Rome from a vacation in Kenya, “had no clue about the hijacking but got scared when the plane suddenly started diving.”The co-pilot later threatened to take away passengers’ oxygen if they tried to leave their seats.“‘If you’re not sitting down and belted, I’ll take away your oxygen,’” passenger Serena Berti quoted the hijacker as saying. She spoke with Italian state TV by phone from Geneva.Among the 200 people on board were seven crew members, as well as 139 Italians, 11 Americans, 10 Ethiopians, five Nigerians and four French citizens.Swiss authorities initially thought the Ethiopian plane wanted to land in Geneva for emergency refuelling before realizing it was being hijacked, Geneva police spokesman Eric Grandjean said.Minutes after landing in Geneva, the co-pilot used a rope to climb out of the cockpit, then approached police forces deployed near the plane and “announced that he was himself the hijacker,” Grandjean said.Police escorted the passengers out of the jetliner one by one, their hands over their heads, and took them to waiting vehicles. Video filmed by passengers showed police inside the cabin as a voice over the cabin intercom instructed them in English: “Your attention please, this is a police operation. Please don’t move. Stay relaxed and keep your hands on your head.”Geneva airport was closed down for about two hours.Geneva prosecutor Olivier Jornot said the co-pilot will be charged with taking hostages, a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison in Switzerland. In Ethiopia, he could face up to 25 years in prison for the hijacking.Jornot said the hijacker’s chances of winning asylum were slim.“Technically there is no connection between asylum and the fact he committed a crime to come here,” he said. “But I think his chances are not very high.”The Swiss federal prosecutors’ office took over the case later Monday.Passengers going to Milan were put on buses, while those going to Rome and elsewhere got alternative flights home. The plane remained at Geneva airport and officials said they did not know when it would be removed.While Italian and French military aircraft were scrambled to accompany the plane, no Swiss fighter jets were deployed because Switzerland does not have round-the-clock fighter jet intervention capability, Swiss air force spokesman Juerg Nussbaum said.The leader of Ethiopia’s opposition Blue party, Yilikal Getnet, said he believed the hijacker was trying to make a statement about the political situation in Ethiopia.“I think he took the measure to convey a message that the … government is not in line with the public,” he said.Human Rights Watch says Ethiopia’s human rights record “has sharply deteriorated” over the years. The rights group says authorities severely restrict basic rights of freedom of expression, association and assembly. The government has also been accused of targeting journalists, opposition members and minority Muslims.There have been at least eight hijackings by Ethiopians or involving Ethiopian planes in the last 25 years.The deadliest came in 1996, when hijackers stormed the cockpit of a flight from Ethiopia to Ivory Coast via Kenya, demanding that the plane go to Australia. The plane ran out of fuel and crashed off the island nation of Comoros, killing 125 of the 175 people aboard.___Moulson reported from Berlin. Associated Press writers Frank Jordans in Berlin; Rodney Muhumuza in Kampala, Uganda; Elias Meseret in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Frances D’Emilio in Rome; Jennifer Clark in Milan and Carley Petesch in Johannesburg contributed to this report. Ethiopian co-pilot hijacks plane to Geneva to seek Swiss asylum; passengers scared but safe Police stand around the aircraft after passengers were evacuated from a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines Plane on the airport in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. A hijacked aircraft traveling from Addis Abeda, Ethiopia, to Rome, Italy, has landed at Geneva’s international airport early Monday morning. Swiss authorities have arrested the hijacker. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by John Heilprin And Geir Moulson, The Associated Press Posted Feb 16, 2014 11:32 pm MDT read more

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Zika UN agriculture agency provides expertise to help curb spread of virus

“FAO with its resources and expertise, is ready to do its part in addressing this emergency which continues to evolve,” said the agency’s Director-General, José Graziano da Silva in a statement issued today.Zika virus is transmitted to humans primarily by Aedes mosquitoes; a critical measure to combat the spread of the disease is to intensify control of mosquito populations in affected and at-risk areas.As the leading UN agency on animal health and pest control, FAO highlighted today that it can assist affected nations with targeted interventions while ensuring that people and the environment are not exposed to health and other risks stemming from the inappropriate use of potentially dangerous chemicals.It also emphasized that it is likely, at least in the short term, that there will be a dramatic increase in the use of insecticides to spray mosquito populations or treat waters, adding that a more immediate and relatively simple set of actions that can be taken to combat the spread of the Zika virus is to ensure the removal of stagnant water used by mosquitos to breed.“Affected communities need to be encouraged and assisted to ensure that animal drinking water containers are emptied, cleaned and scrubbed weekly. Ponds and other areas where stagnant water collects should also be drained and removed,” advised Mr. Graziano da Silva. The agency further urged that if the intensive use of insecticides is indeed required, then it is essential that it be done with great care to promote safety for humans and to protect the food chain from contamination. “On this we are in a strong position to provide support to affected countries and regions combating the spread of Zika,” the Director-General stressed.FAO, in a joint programme with WHO, has developed a set of recommendations on the sound management of insecticides. For example it is important that high quality pesticides are used and mixed according to the manufacturer’s instructions, to promote both efficacy and safety.“FAO’s work on agriculture and health threats of animal origin due to climate change, agro-ecosystems and land use policies, early warning of possible disease events, such as what is done with partners on Rift Valley fever – a disease also transmitted by mosquitoes in Africa – can be useful to forecast and ensure countries have their preparedness plans in place in the Americas,” Mr. Graziano da Silva added.Through its work in monitoring weather patterns, it is possible for FAO to analyze the movements and changing habitats of the Aedes mosquito vectors which can be important in mitigating or preventing the disease.Mr. Graziano da Silva underscored that the agency’s proven record in animal disease control – as it has done with rinderpest, avian influenza or tsetse-borne trypanosomosis – can be beneficial for countries in Latin America and Caribbean to address this problem together.But besides the use of insecticides, there are reportedly other ways to combat the spread of the Zika virus. One possible longer term solution being highlighted is the Sterile Insect Technique that has been developed at the FAO-IAEA Joint Programme on Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture.This is a form of pest control that uses ionizing radiation to sterilize male insect pests that are mass-produced in special rearing facilities. It has reportedly been successfully used worldwide for over 50 years for various agricultural insect pests, such as fruit flies, tsetse flies, screw worms and moths. Its deployment against disease-transmitting mosquitoes, such as the carrier of the Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue viruses, is ongoing with some pilots already successfully completed and others showing promising results.“FAO can contribute to these and other measures. For instance our vast network of workers at field level who for decades have worked with communities and families and have built trusting relationships can bring the right health and safety messages to the people who need them most,” concluded the head of the UN agency.“The human toll from this emergency is potentially devastating and we must work closely together to ensure it is brought under control,” he warned. read more

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Wallaby among animals killed on major roads Highways England says

first_img194 deer were found dead on England’s roadCredit:Niall Carson/PA Wire 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. The 10 most frequently killed animals also included cats, dogs, otters and swans.The figures, released in response to a Freedom of Information request by the Press Association, included road death totals for 19 different animals.One wallaby – a kangaroo-like creature primarily found in Australia – was among the fatalities.The location of the death was not given, but there have been several sightings of wild wallabies in recent years, including in Devon, Norfolk and the Peak District.Steve Gooding, director of motoring research charity RAC Foundation, said: “When it comes to hazard perception, drivers might not give much thought to animals straying into their path, but these figures show why they should. A wallaby, a pig and a cow were among the animals killed on motorways and major roads in England last year, new figures show.Highways England said 2,143 dead animals were found in 2015 on the 4,300 miles of motorways and major trunk routes that form the Strategic Road Network.Partial data for the types of animals killed suggests deer were the most common, being involved in around one in four cases. The M1 motorwaycenter_img “Many of the animals hit will be family pets, and both Highways England and animal owners need to do their best to keep them off our roads – which have never been busier.”The Deer Initiative charity estimates that up to 74,000 deer-vehicle collisions occur on Britain’s roads each year, injuring as many as 700 drivers and passengers.Wildlife expert Dr Jochen Langbein said: “There’s obviously a significant problem.”He explained that a range of potential measures can be deployed to protect deer – including enhanced fencing, better signage to warn drivers and building animal overpasses and underpasses.But he warned: “There’s not a simple solution.”Department for Transport figures show that eight people were killed on Britain’s roads last year in accidents where the presence of an “animal or object in carriageway” was a contributory factor.’Tried and tested plans’A further 179 people were seriously injured, with a total of 1,363 casualties.The most common region for animal-related crashes was south-east England with 211, followed by the South West (133) and the east of England (126).A Highways England spokesman said: “The safety of road users and road workers is our top priority, which is why keeping roads as clear as possible is essential.”The number of incidents involving animals on our roads is extremely low.”We have tried and tested plans to deal with animals which come into difficulty while being transported. When building and improving roads, we also include measures to prevent wild animals getting on to our roads.”She added that the organisation is working with a number of charities to provide further training for traffic officers handling and recovering animals.The animals found dead on motorways and major roads in England last year:Deer (194)Badgers (180)Foxes (126)Cats (71)Dogs (47)Owls (41)Otters (29)Pheasants (29)Swans (15)Birds (10)Sheep (five)Polecats (nine)Rabbits (three)Ferret (two)Cow (one)Duck (one)Horse (one)Pig (one)Wallaby (one) The M1 motorwayCredit: Source:  194 deer were found dead on England's roadlast_img read more

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Cottage Grove mine honoured with Presidents Safety Award for top performance

first_imgPeabody Energy’s Cottage Grove mine in Southern Illinois has earned both the Chairman’s Award and the President’s Award for achieving the company’s safest US performance for surface operations in 2014. The Chairman’s Award for Safety Excellence recognises employees at operations who end a calendar year with zero reportable incidents.  The award was created in 2013 and employees at Cottage Grove have earned the award two consecutive years.As a three-time winner of the President’s Award, Cottage Grove achieved the best safety performance for Peabody Energy surface mines in 2012, 2013 and 2014.  Employees have operated free of a reportable incident since July 2011. Cottage Grove employees worked more than 437,500 hours in 2014. Cottage Grove is located in Saline County, Illinois and has a workforce of some 200.“Cottage Grove shows an excellent example of a long-term commitment to excellence in safety,” said Peabody Energy – Americas President Kemal Williamson. “Our goal is for all workers to go home safely each day, and Cottage Grove employees have consistently met that benchmark for 41 months. I am very proud of their achievement and commitment to safety. Honouring the team with these two awards is our way of thanking them for what they achieve each day in the workplace.”Strong communication and looking out for one another are hallmarks of the safety culture at Cottage Grove. John Keller, Operations Manager at Cottage Grove, credited his team’s success to strong camaraderie and a commitment to safety innovation. “The awards bring recognition for what I witness every day amongst our workforce,” said Keller. “Our team prides itself on safety both in the workplace, at home, and in our communities.”  He expressed appreciation to the miners and support staff at Cottage Grove for their safety success. “We have a great team at Cottage Grove. Our workers take care of one another like family.”Globally, Peabody achieved a 1.44 safety incidence rate per 200,000 hours worked, driving the best safety performance in the company’s 132-year history.last_img read more

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Icelandic tests reveal beef pie has no meat content whatsoever

first_imgHERE’S ONE you probably weren’t expecting — meat pies with no meat.When officials in Iceland began hearing about horse meat being secreted into beef products around Europe, they decided to run tests to ensure the same thing was not happening in Iceland.Icelandic meat inspector Kjartan Hreinsson says his team did not find any horse meat, but one brand of locally produced beef pie left it stumped.That’s because… it contained no meat at all.“That was the peculiar thing,” Hreinsson said in a telephone interview.It was labelled as beef pie, so it should be beef pie.Hreinsson said it appeared to be some kind of vegetable matter. He said the mystery pie was traced to a firm in western Iceland and the case had been handed to municipal authorities.Read: UK: Four new products found to contain horsemeatlast_img read more

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Εκλογική νίκη για το κυβερνών Εθνικό Κόμμα στη Νέα Ζηλανδία

first_imgΤην επανεκλογή του πέτυχε το Εθνικό Κόμμα στη Νέα Ζηλανδία το οποίο επικράτησε στις εκλογές του Σαββάτου και θα επιδιώξει να ηγηθεί και πάλι σχήματος συνεργασίας.Τα επίσημα αποτέλεσμα δείχνουν ότι το Εθνικό Κόμμα εξασφάλισε 60 από τις 121 έδρες της Βουλής, δύο περισσότερες από την προηγούμενη αναμέτρηση, αλλά και πάλι χωρίς αυτοδυναμία.Το αντιπολιτευόμενο Εργατικό Κόμμα είχε πτώση στα ποσοστά του. Συγκέντρωσε το 27% και θα έχει 43 έδρες, εννέα λιγότερες σε σχέση με την απερχόμενη Βουλή.Αντιθέτως, άνοδο κατέγραψαν οι Πράσινοι που έφτασαν το 11%, όπως και το εθνικιστικό κόμμα Πρώτα η Νέα Ζηλανδία, που έφτασε το 7%.Το Εθνικό Κόμμα, υπό τον Τζον Κέι, επιδιώκει τώρα να σχηματίσει κυβέρνηση με τα κόμματα ACT και United Future, που έχουν από μία έδρα.Ο πρωθυπουργός θα έχει συνομιλίες και με το κόμμα των Μαορί, αν και είχαν εκφράσει την αντίθεσή τους στην πρόθεση της κυβέρνησης να πουλήσει μεγάλο μέρος της κρατικής περιουσίας για να μειωθεί το δραστικά το χρέος.Νωρίτερα, μέσα στη χρονιά οι οίκοι αξιολόγησης είχαν υποβαθμίσει τη πιστοληπτική ικανότητα της Νέας Ζηλανδίας.Μαζί με τις εκλογές έγινε και δημοψήφισμα για την διατήρηση ή όχι του αναλογικού εκλογικού συστήματος, τα πρώτα αποτελέσματα δείχνουν ότι οι εκλογείς ψήφισαν υπέρ της διατήρησής του με περίπου 54%. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Swatting Attack Targets Fortnite World Champion

first_img With ‘Borderlands’ Crossover, ‘Fortnite’ Just Ad…Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits In yet another example of cyberpunk future becoming cyberpunk present, teen gamer Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf was recently swatted during a livestream just weeks after becoming the first Fortnite World Champion. Swatting is the criminal attack where trolls mislead law enforcement into bursting in on a target while they are streaming.Fortunately, Giersdorf wasn’t hurt seeing as he was friendly with a local officer. Plus, he’s still got all that Fortnite money. But other victims aren’t so lucky when armed police come to their doors. Swatting has already led to at least one death and 20 years of jail time for the perpetrator. So don’t do it!The world of esports already has tons of shady money flowing around from suspicious sources. And with Fortnite, you already know that millions of players are constantly pumping in cash, enough money for Epic to woo more and more developers to its PC games store with generous profit-sharing. So it should come as no surprise that there was a substantial amount of dough on the line for the first ever Fortnite World Cup here in New York. And now that it’s over, meet the teen who survived the battle royale and made way more money than all of us.Your first Fortnite World Cup Champion is 16-year-old Pennsylvania native and first-time tournament entrant Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf. He took home $3 million for winning the Solos championship pretty definitively with 59 points. With $30 million in a pool though, we’re sure runner-up Harrison “Psalm” Chang didn’t go empty-handed with his 33 points.Here’s the full final score and prize money payout.The real winner here though is Epic Games for cementing Fortnite even further into the pop culture consciousness. It’s one thing to hear about millions of kids playing a game online and doing some dances. But packing them all into a stadium makes Fortnite feel on par with football and basketball and other sports that definitely aren’t just fads. And like a real sports tournament, there was even some drama as a pair of known Fortnite cheaters were booed during the doubles competition. The crowd then cheered when they were eliminated.This is just the start. After the World Cup Epic Games revealed the Fortnite Championship Series offering millions more dollars to contenders. So we’ll who’s the next teen to build, shoot, and floss their way to financial independence. For more on video game tournaments get ready for EVO 2019 this weekend by refreshing yourself on its fighting game lineup. And start training for the next Fortnite World Cup by learning how to hire a coach from Gamer Sensei. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Morning Press Fatal boat crash nuisance property fire Camas astronaut

first_imgSay hello to the sun. Check out our local weather coverage.Here are some of the stories that grabbed our readers’ attention this week.Woman killed when boat strikes Interstate 205 BridgeA woman was killed after her boat rammed into one of the pylons under the Interstate 205 Bridge Monday night.Firefighters and officers blocked the highway over the bridge as fire and police boats headed to the crash, following a report of a collision on the water around 8:15 p.m. near the Washington shore.Although information was scarce, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Lt. Chad Gaidos said the boat, which reportedly was traveling at a good clip, struck a pylon.Companion injured in Monday evening crashRelated story: Pair in fatal Monday boat crash ID’d as Oregon residentsShop at Orchards nuisance property destroyed in fireA two-story shop located at an Orchards residence that county officials have for years called a nuisance property was destroyed in an early morning fire.Firefighters were called to 6114 N.E. 112th Ave., across the street from Covington Middle School, at about 3:15 a.m. Thursday for a report of a blaze.last_img read more

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Evacuations ordered as bomb squad investigates suspicious device in Lemon Grove

first_imgEvacuations ordered as bomb squad investigates suspicious device in Lemon Grove January 17, 2018 Posted: January 17, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom center_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Evacuations were ordered in Lemon Grove after a suspicious device was found Wednesday near a U-Haul center.A bomb squad was sent to a self-storage business in the 1800 block of Massachusetts Avenue, near Main Street in Lemon Grove, where a caller reported finding what appeared to be a “military practice device,” a sheriff’s lieutenant says.Bomb squad personnel have safely impounded that possible piece of military equipmentDeputies evacuated the immediate area and shut down some traffic lanes as a precaution pending resolution of the situation.Officials have reopened the area to the public. KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 3:21 PMlast_img read more

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Border Patrol Agents in the San Diego Sector arrest illegal alien with

first_img March 19, 2019 Border Patrol Agents in the San Diego Sector arrest illegal alien with active homicide warrant #USBP agents in San Diego Sector arrested a group of 6 men who entered the US illegally, including a man who was wanted for murder in Mexico. Learn more: https://t.co/HFrfpuMnA3 pic.twitter.com/IyKYrQ6jHS— CBP (@CBP) March 19, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom center_img Posted: March 19, 2019 United States Border Patrol Agents in the San Diego Sector arrested a group of 6 men who entered the United States illegally, including one man who was wanted for murder in Mexico. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection‘s detail of the arrest is below.SAN DIEGO—Last week, Border Patrol agents arrested a group of six men who entered the United States illegally.  One man was wanted for murder in Oaxaca, Mexico.The incident occurred on Friday, March 8, at approximately 3:30 p.m., near Imperial Beach, Calif., when a scope operator notified agents that six individuals climbed the primary border fence and passed through a cut in the old secondary border fence.Agents responded and apprehended six men just north of the secondary fence breach.  With no documentation allowing them to remain in the U.S., the men were placed under arrest and transported to a nearby station.Border Patrol agents ran record checks on the men which revealed that one of them, 26-year-old Mexican national Antonio Santiago-Ruiz, possessed an outstanding warrant for homicide issued by the State of Oaxaca, Mexico.On March 13, in coordination with Mexico’s General Office of the Republic, Santiago-Ruiz was turned over to Mexican government officials at the San Ysidro port of entry due to his outstanding warrant.San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott stated, “While criminals persist in their illegal activity, we too are persistent.  The arrest of Antonio Santiago-Ruiz illustrates this well.  We can be thankful that agents arrested this individual who attempted to escape justice.”The five remaining men, three from Mexico, one from Honduras, and one from Guatemala, were processed for expedited removal.To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders.  To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900. Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Columbia closes in on flood stage

first_imgThe Columbia River is nearing its 16-foot flood stage, likely crossing into the threshold sometime today, according to the National Weather Service. That means there could be flooding in low-lying areas along the river’s bank.Some area parks and trails near the water have already flooded.As of 6:48 a.m., the river was 15.91 feet above sea level, according to the weather service. The river spent much of Monday at about 15.7 feet. The Columbia fluctuates about six inches during its high to low tide cycle. That, along with light rain, was enough to flood a 60-foot section of Vancouver’s Waterfront Renaissance Trail Monday evening after it had spent most of the day dry. “Wet weather anticipated midweek may result in additional river rises late in the week,” the weather service wrote in a bulletin. Here’s the rest of the week’s forecast:Wednesday: Rain. High near 58. Calm wind becoming southwest between 5 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.last_img read more

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Third Eye Blind And Jimmy Eat World Announce Joint North American Tour

first_img“We couldn’t be more excited to spend our 25th summer as a band touring the country of our birth to play music for our American fans,” Jimmy Eat World tweeted out.Third Eye Blind, who went on a Summer Gods tour with Silversun Pickups in 2017, tweeted: “Excited to head out on the Summer Gods Tour 2019 with @jimmyeatworld!”Both bands were founded in the ’90s and released major hits. Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle,” peaked at No. 5 on the Hot 100 in 2002 and Third Eye Blind’s “Ursa Major” peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in 2009. Pre-sale ticket information for the tour can be found on the Ticketmaster website.Where Does Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale Keep Her GRAMMY? Twitter News Facebook Third Eye Blind And Jimmy Eat World Announce Tour third-eye-blind-and-jimmy-eat-world-announce-joint-north-american-tourcenter_img Third Eye Blind And Jimmy Eat World Announce Joint North American Tour Email Both bands have been together for more than twenty years Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Jan 25, 2019 – 5:06 pm Alternative rock bands Jimmy Eat World and Third Eye Blind are joining forces and bringing along indie band Ra Ra Riot for a trek across North America this summer.The bands will embark on the Summer Gods 2019 tour that will have its first stop in Los Angeles in June and play shows in Seattle, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Houston and more before returning to Irvine, Calif., to end the tour in August.last_img read more

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Presidential hopeful Yang becomes the crypto candidate

first_img Presidential candidate Andrew Yang talks geo-engineering,… Comments Tags Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: What the heck is blockchain? Blockchain Bitcoin Cryptocurrency Donald Trump 12:10 Cryptocurrencies are far more complicated than the rise and fall of bitcoin. People have mostly treated them as assets to invest or speculate in. Cryptocurrencies can also serve a purpose similar to plain old money used to buy and sell things, or to store value.The accounting mechanism behind cryptocurrencies, called blockchain, can be used for all sorts of record keeping, like the sale of houses or the tracking of inventory. “The blockchain has vast potential,” Yang wrote.Yang: Not every crypto asset is a securityYang argues that US regulations must differentiate between cryptocurrencies used as money and cryptocurrencies used as securities, like company stock, that you can invest in. He also calls for consumer protections for cryptocurrency transactions, as well as simpler tax rules for buying and selling digital assets.Today, the IRS treats cryptocurrency largely as a security. If you buy some cryptocurrency and it rises in value, you have to pay tax on any profits you make when you sell it. That tax treatment is at odds with the idea that cryptocurrency can function as money. 1:49 Andrew Yang, son of an IBM researcher and university systems administrator, is a techno-savvy candidate for president. What’s with the MATH hat? He told CNBC: “One of my supporters said something to me — that the opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math.” Alex Wong/Getty Images Cryptocurrency is now an official issue in the US presidential election.You’re probably most familiar with cryptocurrency by way of bitcoin, which soared in value in 2017 then mostly collapsed in 2018. But the technology spreads far beyond that, and presidential candidate Andrew Yang says now’s the time for clearer government rules to encourage its development in the US.Yang, a tech entrepreneur and now one of at least 18 Democratic challengers to Donald Trump, is far from the frontrunner for an election that’s still a year and a half away. But the fact that he’s weighing in at all shows that cryptocurrency and related technology, like blockchain, isn’t just an obsession of crypto-anarchists who want a high-tech alternative to a safe full of Krugerrands.If Yang gets his way, cryptocurrencies could become more useful and move beyond early problems like initial coin offering (ICO) scams and criminal payment uses. Maybe they’ll even be something you use in your daily life.Today’s rules, including federal and some state laws, have had “a chilling effect on the US digital asset market,” and laws haven’t kept up with cryptocurrency developments, Yang said in policy paper published Thursday. “Uncertainty in what regulatory framework will develop is causing US investment in the area to lag behind the investment of other countries.” Politics Tech Industry 3 Though Yang shows a certain enthusiasm for cryptocurrency issues, at least compared with his Democratic rivals, that doesn’t mean everybody in the cryptocurrency world is a fan. One person’s clear regulation and consumer protection is another person’s government meddling.For example, one person in Reddit’s cryptocurrency forum assessed Yang’s cryptocurrency proposal as an effort to “tax it to oblivion” and require us to report all past and current cryptocurrency holdings to the IRS.Andrew Yang, cryptocurrency candidateYang had already staked out a claim as the cryptocurrency candidate in his 2018 announcement, in which he said he’d accept donations in bitcoin, ether and other cryptocurrencies. The process isn’t simple, though, and requires “a 15-minute phone call with a member of the compliance team.”Meanwhile, Yang also would like to see the US get rid of a financial instrument he sees as obsolete: the penny.Andrew YangYang during an interview at CNET in March. Jesse Orrall/CNET “It costs more to make a penny than it is worth,” which means taxpayers have to pay $70 million a year, Yang argues. “Getting rid of them will save us money and time. Good for the environment too.”Yang, the son of an IBM researcher and university systems administrator, is a techno-savvy candidate. In an interview at CNET in March, Yang discussed everything from drones to deplatforming people on social media to Trump’s Space Force. Among other technology related stances in his policy positions, Yang wants to:Create a Department of Technology to regulate AI from its headquarters in Silicon Valley.Pay all adults $1,000 a month in a universal basic income designed to “prevent the massive disruption” that’s coming as technology like AI automates people’s jobs.Restore net neutrality through FCC oversight of internet service providers.Shift to new security algorithms that quantum computers can’t crack and research those potentially radical machines to “develop our own systems ahead of our geopolitical rivals.”Modernize the US electrical grid, with smart meters in houses and tariffs to encourage renewable energy.Pay for body cameras on all police officers.Move to a value-added tax system, common in other countries, which Yang believes will function better as technology automates today’s jobs.Combat climate change by investing in technology to capture carbon dioxide and geoengineering, such as attempts to have the atmosphere reflect more of the sun’s energy back into space. He also is in favor of nuclear energy.Invest in more technology to monitor border security.Appoint a news ombudsman to find and banish fraudulent accounts on social media in order to curb misinformation and foreign intervention in elections.It’ll be difficult to finding political consensus on any of those issues, much less to win an election on them. But as the digital revolution spreads to every corner of our lives, expect more politicians to acquire Yang’s taste for tech.last_img read more

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New Delhi Sanskrit teaching varsities told to adopt villages

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to promote Sanskrit, the government has advised Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan (RSKS), Delhi, Sri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha (SLBSRSV), Delhi and Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha (RSV), Tirupati to adopt two villages each, and make the dwellers conversant in the language. The information was provided by Union Human Resource Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ in a written reply to the Upper House on Thursday. His reply added that Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan has already adopted five villages — Jubatara (Mohanpur), Tripura, Masot (Pragpur), Himachal Pradesh, Chittebail (Shimoga), Karnataka, Adat (Puzhakkal), Kerala and Barai (Huzoor), Madhya Pradesh. Also Read – Maharashtra government schools for tribals to turn English medium Advertise With Us He added that the Centre has taken several steps for promotion of Sanskrit including financial assistance to NGOs and higher educational institutes of Sanskrit for various projects, financial assistance for publication and reprint of rare Sanskrit books and engaging retired eminent Sanskrit scholars under the Shastra Chudamani scheme for teaching. Also Read – How do germs spread? Advertise With Us In another reply to Lok Sabha earlier, the Minister had said that over 800 posts of teachers of the total 1,748 are lying vacant in Sanskrit universities and institutions funded by central and state governments. He had said the government has launched a special drive to fill up vacancies and is currently engaging the guest and part-time faculty to meet the shortage.last_img read more

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BNP seniors in the dark about party decisions

first_imgLogo of BNPSenior leaders of BNP have not been taken into confidence about several recent decisions of the party, including joining the parliament and participation in the Bogura election.They have no idea how these decisions were taken either. These leaders are unhappy with the situation but remain silent as the decisions have come from the top level leadership.A number of seniors in BNP have told Prothom Alo, on condition of anonymity, that the party leaders and workers are in a state of confusion over the issues of taking oath, joining parliament and contesting in the Bogura election.Questions loom large as to where these decisions are being taken, at what level and through what process. The leaders are even uncertain whether the incarcerated party chairperson Khaleda Zia has any say in this process. These doubts were furthered when the party’s Bogura-6 election nomination form did not have Khaleda Zia’s signature.The senior leaders are in a dilemma as to whether Khaleda Zia was at all agreeable to the party men taking oath and whether she had actually given any message about joining the Bogura polls.The party’s standing committee had not discussed any of these vital issues, not even about putting forward candidates for the women’s reserved seats. The decisions reportedly came from the party’s exiled acting chairman Tarique Zia in London. Some of the leaders may have had an idea of what was transpiring, but most of these matters had been kept under covers.However, BNP’s standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury said to Prothom Alo, “Nothing has taken place without Khaleda Zia’s consent. Anyone saying this, does not know the facts.” He added that there were differences within the party, but that was part and parcel of the party’s democracy.Confusion, nevertheless, persists about the logic behind joining the parliament or taking part in the Bogura polls. The leaders ask, what could justify contesting in the seat where the party’s secretary general had refused to take oath? Also, nomination form for this seat had been taken in Khaleda Zia’s name, but she refused to sign. It had previously been speculated that Khaleda Zia would be freed on bail in exchange of their party men taking oath to parliament, but that did not happen.Addressing a press conference on Friday, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir ruled out any link between the party joining the parliament and Khaleda Zia’s release. He said, “We went to parliament due to the prevailing political circumstances, in the interests of democracy and in the interests of our party. Begum Zia’s release will not be conditional, it will be done legally. She is entitled to be released on bail.”Political scientist and former vice chancellor of Dhaka University Emajuddin Ahmed feels that it was foolish to consider nominating Khaleda Zia for the Bogura 6. He told Prothom Alo that it would be inappropriate to nominate the party chief to the seat where the secretary general had refused to take oath. That was a foolish and bad decision.A number of central leaders try to justify the recent spate of decisions, saying that other than the secretary general, the other MPs-elect would have gone ahead to take oath, even against the party decision. If they were expelled, they would have formed a separate faction of BNP along with others. They would have put forward a candidate for Bogura too. That is why the party’s top leadership took these decisions, they maintained.In this regard, two senior leaders of the party told Prothom Alo, if there were such apprehensions, the matter could have been discussed at the party forum. The manner in which the decisions were taken has left the leaders feeling redundant.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more

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Mario in Unreal Engine 4 makes us want a Super Mario 64

first_imgEveryone has their favorite Mario game, and mine is Super Mario 64 on the N64. I didn’t enjoy Super Mario Sunshine anywhere near as much, and know I am in the minority when I say I really did not like the Super Mario Galaxy games. My perfect Mario game would be a re-imagining of Super Mario 64 on modern hardware using a mature game engine, and a modder looks to be making that come true, at least in demo form.YouTube user Aryoksini is clearly a big fan of Super Mario 64. Early last year he posted footage on YouTube of a Super Mario 64 remake using the Blender Game Engine. He’s also spent time implementing the animations Mario requires to run around and do his signature jumping moves. That work has paid off, as his latest project sees Mario injected into an Unreal Engine game, complete with a number of stunning locations.Mario does look out of place in some of these scenes, appearing far too simple for the environments he’s running and jumping through. But still, it shows what is possible for a modern Mario game using the same game mechanics of the classic Super Mario 64.Aryoksini used environment assets available from the Unreal Engine marketplace to create the scenes, combined them with his own Mario animations, and relied on the simple Unreal blueprints scripting system to get the demo working. It shows you just how mature modern game engines and their tools are that he could do this without any programming being required.Is an official Super Mario 64 remake ever likely to happen? I doubt it, but I can guarantee Nintendo a lot of positive feedback from fans if they ever did decide to re-imagine this game. I’d also point out that we’d pretty much given up on Final Fantasy VII ever being remade, so never say never.last_img read more

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Update Pool table saves lives after grenade explodes

first_imgThe attack was purely related to a drunken brawl and had no links to the current taxi or political violence.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! It’s business as usual at a tavern in Bergville, Rookdale, after a grenade explosion which saw at least 10 people injured last night (Saturday).The incident took place after an argument between two people over a beer in the tavern.“The man who threw the grenade into the tavern had argued with another person after demanding that he buy him something to drink (alcohol). After he refused to buy him a drink, the man went home and fetched a grenade. After throwing it (the grenade) into the tavern, he closed the door and the grenade exploded inside,” said a bystander who asked not to be named.Tavern owner Lindi Madonsela explained how the grenade rolled under a pool table in the tavern before exploding underneath, which saved many people’s lives.But it was business as usual this morning (Sunday), as people could be seen happily drinking alcohol at the tavern as if nothing had happened.According to police, an arrest was made and the suspect will appear in court either on Monday or Tuesday. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Delhi Chief Ministe

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. with no free throw attempts in the fourth quarter. I have been hesitant about my plunge since I thoroughly know the dynamics of politics and its depth. who is up for reelection in 15 months, who joined Pruitt in suing the Obama administration." He added that the system "was far too dangerous to be tested off a closed track. Minister to the sick." the Armys just-released ninth Mental Health Advisory Team report says. Blue Bell production was shut down earlier this year after it was determined that Americans were getting sick with listeriosis from consuming Blue Bell products.000 and comprises the villages of Fatehullahpur.

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