Judge reserves decision on day school settlement as former lawyer appeals for

first_imgkmartens@aptn.ca@katmarte Lawyers Joan Jack (left) and Eleanore Sunchild at a rally outside federal court in Winnipeg. (Brittany Hobson/APTN)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA federal judge reserved his decision Wednesday on approving the multi-billion-dollar Indian day school (IDS) settlement agreement.Justice Michael Phelan listened to three days of dramatic and, at times, emotional submissions.At one point, he twice slammed his fist on the desk when someone went over their allotted time to speak.Indigenous lawyer Joan Jack said that flash of anger triggered her trauma as a former Indian day school student.“I started crying at the back of the courtroom,” she told the court while speaking as an objector to the settlement Tuesday.Jack said she filed the original $15-billion class-action lawsuit against Canada in 2008 on behalf of Spiritwind Inc., a non-profit organization of survivors based in Winnipeg.But the leaders of Spiritwind took the case to a new firm – Gowling WLG of Ottawa – Jack said that left her broke.“I had borrowed like half a million dollars,” she said outside court Wednesday during a rally opposing the settlement. “I cashed in my husband and I’s pension.”Read more here.Jack hired her own lawyer to seek compensation for the time and money she spent visiting communities and building a database of survivors to establish the class.Gowling didn’t want to give her “any money,” she told APTN News. “So that’s just bullshit.“If this firm is going to treat me like that how are they going to treat people that don’t have eight years of university?”Her lawyer Clint Docken argued Jack and other lawyers, including Louay Alghoul of Winnipeg, deserve some payment for their time.“Contributions they have made to this should be dealt with,” he told Phelan, explaining the lawsuit stalled under Jack because other firms wouldn’t take it on with her.He also said there was a “lack of political will” in the past to settle the case, something he suggested Gowling is now benefitting from.Phelan said he needed time to review all the material but would deliver his decision as soon as possible.Along with approving the settlement offered by Canada, the judge is being asked to sign off on legal fees of $55 million to Gowling.There are up to 140,000 former day school students eligible for compensation. Canada is making a minimum of $1.27 billion to a maximum of $1.4 billion available for Level 1 claims, and has no financial limit for Level 2-5 claims.Registration form here.With files from Brittany Hobsonlast_img read more

At UN Zimbabwes leader blasts illegal sanctions against his country

Countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) “have made huge sacrifices and given Zimbabwe financial and other support at a time when they, too, are reeling from the effects of the global economic crisis,” Mr. Mugabe told the Assembly’s annual high-level debate.But “regrettably” and “to our surprise, and that of SACD and the rest of Africa,” the US and the EU have refused to remove their “illegal” sanctions, he stressed.The President accused some of these nations of “working strenuously to divide the parties in the Inclusive Government.”Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was sworn in earlier this year as Prime Minister in a unity government with Mr. Mugabe, following months of political tensions after disputed presidential elections in March last year.“If they will not assist the Inclusive Government in rehabilitating our economy, could they please stop their filthy clandestine divisive antics?” Mr. Mugabe asked. “Where stand their humanitarian principles when their illegal actions are ruining the lives of our children?”The UN’s humanitarian arm warned last month that the situation in Zimbabwe remains acute, with not enough food to feed all 12.5 million inhabitants and funding requirements to provide urgently-needed aid only half met.Even with commercial imports, there will be a 180,000-ton cereal deficit for 2009-2010, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.According to a recent assessment by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP) and the Zimbabwean Government, only 1.4 million tons of cereal will be available domestically, compared to the more than 2 million needed. 25 September 2009President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe today strongly condemned the “illegal” sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union (EU) against his country, telling the General Assembly that they are especially harmful in the midst of the current global economic crisis. read more

Relief aid push planned for UNmonitored buffer area in eastern DR Congo

The UN peacekeeping operation in the DRC (MONUC) has deployed more than 280 South African soldiers on the Lubero-Kirumba axis to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance. Additional forces are expected in the coming days, including members of an Indian battalion who will be redeployed from Ituri.The reinforced security has paved the way for humanitarian agencies to assist tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) who emptied out of their villages near Kanyabayonga, in North Kivu, when factional clashes broke out between Congolese government troops and renegade forces late last week.The presence of UN peacekeepers has also encouraged the first returns to the area, with five small groups of about 40 people each reported to have gone back, and MONUC predicts that more will follow now that steps have been taken to improve security.Aid agencies have been meeting in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, as well as in Goma and Beni, to set a humanitarian action plan in motion.”The humanitarian actors are coordinating with the military in order to start providing and delivering humanitarian assistance,” MONUC spokeswoman Eliane Nabaa told the UN News Service. “Efforts are ongoing.”Organized in part by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), meetings brought together representatives of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and numerous non-governmental organizations (NGOs). They hammered out the first phase of a humanitarian action plan for Kanyabayonga, Kirumba, Kayna and surrounding areas.In October, the Security Council expanded MONUC’s mandate and authorized an increase in its troop strength, but stopped short of raising levels to what Secretary-General Kofi Annan said would be needed in the war-torn central African country. Mr. Annan had sought 23,900 troops and 507 civilian, but the Council approved a ceiling of 16,700 in total. read more

Ontario plans 35 billion in infrastructure spending over three years

by Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press Posted May 2, 2013 4:05 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ontario plans $35 billion in infrastructure spending over three years TORONTO – Ontario’s minority Liberals used Thursday’s budget to clearly signal their dedication to bolstering the province’s infrastructure by allocating $35 billion in spending over three years, one of the largest commitments to a single element in their fiscal plan.The province aims to spend nearly $13.5 billion in 2013-2014 on building transit, highways, hospitals, post-secondary institutions and hospitals.“We will continue to make investments in modern infrastructure,” Finance Minister Charles Sousa said in the legislature.“Because we know that growth in Ontario’s economy is supported by the movement of goods and people.”The government said the planned investments would support over 100,000 jobs on average across the province each year.One of the biggest chunks of the planned spending will go to transit — earmarked at $3.4 billion for the 2013-2014 fiscal year — and provincial highways, which will receive $2.2 billion over the same period.The spending falls in line with Premier Kathleen Wynne’s insistence that she’s not afraid to make transit and road infrastructure a major part of her platform should the opposition trigger an election over the budget.One source of transit revenue detailed by the government was a new plan to allow drivers the option to pay a toll to use high-occupancy vehicle lanes even if they don’t have passengers.The province also plans to increase the number of Ontario’s HOV lanes.Sousa estimated the measures will bring in $250 million to $300 million in “additional revenue” which will be used to pay for public transit in the congested Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.The emphasis on giving drivers a choice was a nod to the New Democrats, who have insisted that no tolls be used to pay for expanding public transit and repairing roads and bridges.The Pembina Institute, which calls itself a sustainable energy think tank, lauded the HOT lanes.“Paid express lanes on major highways can help to ease congestion immediately and allow drivers to bypass traffic,” the institute said Thursday in a statement.“Studies show that low-income drivers are as likely to approve of and use paid express lanes as drivers with higher incomes.”The institute also commended the government on its call for the federal government to implement a national transit strategy which would include long-term funds for municipal transit.The budget also included a boost for municipalities who get a share of the provincial gas tax to fund public transit, with the government promising to permanently transfer two cents per litre of gas to them.The Association of Municipalities of Ontario welcomed that piece of news, saying it was a feature that had been wanted for years.“The permanency of the two cents on the litre gas tax is great, it’s been something that’s been in the works since 2004,” said president Russ Powers.The budget was slim on details of how the province would fund much of its transit spending because the Liberals are waiting for a report due in June from Metrolinx, the transit planning agency.Metrolinx has already said it will consider highway tolls, raising the sales tax and a half-cent-a-litre tax on gasoline to help fund transit, in addition to a per kilometre charge or congestion fees.Wynne has suggested she has no plans to hike property taxes, saying it would not raise enough money to pay for all the transit infrastructure that’s needed in the region.Municipal politicians outside Toronto are concerned about having to pay for improvements to services their residents don’t use, while Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has said he’ll oppose any tax hike to fund transit.The government said Thursday that new investments in transportation will reflect the needs of different communities and would not “unfairly impact one type of commute” over another.Other transit and highway spending highlights include:_ Investing in GO Transit to increase capacity to 50,000 more riders per day._ Investing up to $416 million towards the renewal of Toronto’s streetcars and up to $600 million towards Ottawa’s light rail transit_ Widening key sections of Highway 402 in the GTA, Highway 417 in Ottawa and Highway 11/17 in Thunder Bay and Nipigon.The government also pledged to consult on a permanent program for “critical infrastructure investments” in small and rural municipalities for the 2014 budget.Meanwhile, hospitals stand to receive $2.9 billion in infrastructure spending while schools will get $2 billion. Post-secondary institutions are to get $569 million. read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 30, 2017 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Apr 30, 2017 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Five things to watch for in Canadian business this week:Growing optimism: Farm and fertilizer supplier Agrium releases financial results on Monday and holds its annual meeting on Tuesday in Calgary. The company’s future merger partner, Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan, said last week that it sees better market conditions ahead and raised its 2017 profit estimate.Drugged response: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. holds its annual meeting at its headquarters in Laval, Que. Shareholders will have a chance to respond to the pay strategy for its top executives. Executive chairman Joseph Papa got compensation worth about US$62.7 million in 2016 for eight months of work.Front page news: Torstar releases its first-quarter results and then holds its annual meeting on Wednesday at the home of its main newspaper, the Toronto Star. It’s the media company’s first investor event since John Boynton became Torstar’s CEO and the Star’s publisher at the end of March.Home alone: Home Capital Group releases its first-quarter results Wednesday. The mortgage lender has been in the spotlight since the Ontario Securities Commission alleged the company, two former CEOs and the current CFO broke the law in their handling of a scandal involving falsified loan applications. Home Capital has denied the allegations and vowed to defend itself, but its shares have been hammered and it needed a $2-billion emergency line of credit last week after customers started to pull hundreds of millions of dollars from its Home Trust high-interest savings accounts.Jobs: Statistics Canada releases its latest reading on the country’s job market with the results from its labour force survey for April. Economists will be looking to see if the economy, which has been churning out jobs at a rapid clip in recent months, has been able to continue to add to employment. read more

Russias Mutko returns to football body after stepping aside

MOSCOW — Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned from the Olympics for life over his country’s doping scandals, has returned to a senior role in Russian football.Mutko said late last year he would step aside temporarily as Russian Football Union president after the International Olympic Committee imposed the ban. FIFA welcomed that decision ahead of Russia hosting the World Cup this year.The RFU says Mutko, who is still formally considered president, took part in a meeting on Wednesday to back Gianni Infantino’s re-election bid next year as president of FIFA. The RFU didn’t immediately respond to a question on clarifying Mutko’s status.Even after formally stepping aside, Mutko remained closely linked with Russian football and attended Russia national team training.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Two prisoners escape from HMP Pentonville after cutting cell bars and leaving mannequins

first_imgTwo prisoners who escaped from HMP Pentonville by reportedly using diamond-tipped cutters and homemade “mannequins” have been named as an attempted murderer and a man facing a burglary charge. James Anthony Whitlock, 31, and Matthew Baker, 28, were discovered missing from the north London prison on Monday morning after officers found the “mannequins”, thought to have been made out piles of clothes, in their beds.  In a plot similar to the notorious 1962 Alcatraz prison break, the pair cut the bars on their 5th-floor cell window before scaling a 25ft perimeter wall, leaving the dummies behind so nobody would suspect they were gone. Yesterday’s escape sparked fresh questions about the state of jails in England and Wales. It comes less than a month after Pentonville inmate Jamal Mahmoud, 21, died after being stabbed in an attack on October 18 and just 24 hours after officers had to be transferred to HMP Bedford to control hundreds of inmates who had taken over two wings of the prison on Sunday night. The latest news prompted Emily Thornberry, the Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury, to call for Pentonville to be shut. She tweeted: “Two prisoners have escaped Pentonville using diamond cutters & mannequins in their beds. Same wing as murder last week. This prison must close.” Shadow justice minister Yasmin Qureshi said the past 24 hours had “provided yet more evidence of the crisis in our prison estate”.  Police revealed on Monday evening that Whitlock was on remand having been charged with conspiracy to burgle, namely 19 offences of theft from ATMsCredit:Metropolitan Police Show more Baker was found guilty of attempted murder two weeks ago having stabbed a man in Dagenham 25 times with a broken glass following a dispute. He had been remanded for sentencing on 11 November.Officers warned members of the public not to approach either man as they could become violent. Whitlock is described as a white man of slim build with the word “Tracy” tattooed on his torso. Baker is described as a white man with ginger hair. It is not known what clothing either male had when escaping from the prison. HMP Pentonville in north London is a category B Victorian prisonCredit:Anthony Devlin/PA Wire A Ministry of Justice spokesman confirmed two prisoners were missing. She added: “Public protection is our top priority and we take escapes from custody extremely seriously. We are working closely with the police and are urgently investigating the matter.”A Metropolitan Police spokesman said officers were called to the prison just before 11.45am yesterday. Enquiries are ongoing. HMP Pentonville is a category B Victorian prison, which opened in 1842 and holds more than 1,200 adult men. It was singled out by former justice secretary Michael Gove last year as “the most dramatic example of failure” within the estate. HMP Pentonville in north London is a category B Victorian prison 2 prisoners have escaped Pentonville using diamond cutters & mannequins in their beds. Same wing as murder last week. This prison must close— Emily Thornberry (@EmilyThornberry) November 7, 2016center_img Ms Poulton said: “Clearly this is a regrettable incident. As we reported in the summer to the Secretary of State for Justice, HMP Pentonville will remain a soft target for contraband and other security breaches as long as its dilapidated windows are in place, notwithstanding the efforts of management and staff.”Figures showed that in 2015/16 there were two escapes from prisons. The number has not exceeded two in any financial year since 2007/08.In 2012 convicted murderer John Massey escaped from Pentonville by climbing over a wall using a makeshift rope made out of bed sheets. The killer, who was sentenced to life for shooting a man with a sawn-off shotgun at a pub in Hackney, east London, in 1975, was recaptured after 48 hours on the run. Unconfirmed reports suggested they then used bedsheets to climb down from their window in the middle of the night. In Escape from Alcatraz, the film based on the 1962 escape, US inmates make papier mâché dummies to act as decoys and fool prison guards.Police revealed on Monday evening that Whitlock was on remand having been charged with conspiracy to burgle following 19 offences of theft from ATMs. Police revealed on Monday evening that Whitlock was on remand having been charged with conspiracy to burgle, namely 19 offences of theft from ATMs Unconfirmed report says 2 inmates escaped by using diamond-tipped cutting equipment to cut through the cell bars— Danny Shaw (@DannyShawBBC) November 7, 2016 Dave Todd, the Prison Officers Association representative for London and Kent, confirmed that the inmates had escaped using cutting tools, possibly a wire. Others suggested the pair had used an electric saw.Mr Todd said: “The prisoners used a cutting tool to cut through the bars, possibly a wire, before they escaped over the wall. The mannequins were probably made from everyday items that they have access to, like clothes or papier mâché. We don’t know at this point if they had outside help, but that will come out in the investigation.”A visitor, who declined to be named, said they had heard the prisoners used bedsheets to lower themselves down from the 5th floor. “It was two white guys who were in the same cell but no-one knows how they got over the wall,” they said. A source told The Telegraph that the incident had raised questions about whether the prisoners had been helped by someone both inside the prison, such as a member of staff, and outside.  Mr Todd blamed the Pentonville escapes on staff shortages, low morale and insecure exercise yards in the 1,300-capacity prison.”Exercise yards are not secure, which results in contraband routes being established into the prison, with no technology to stop drones making drops,” he said. Meanwhile, the head of the prison’s independent inspection watchdog said Pentonville was “a soft target” because of the “dilapidated” state of its windows.Camilla Poulton, chairwoman of Pentonville’s independent monitoring board, said one of its members had been to the prison on Monday. 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Shoreham Airshow pilot denies being cavalier as he speaks for first time

The jury of seven women and four men listened as he told the court he sometimes held back from flights he was not comfortable with carrying out, adding: “We have our strengths and weaknesses.”Referring to Hill’s final display which ended with “catastrophic” consequences, Mr asked if he intended to cause risk to anybody.Hill replied: “Absolutely not, for a multitude of reasons.”It was the primary aim of the display to avoid risk.”Before being called to give evidence, the defendant – who gave his full name as Andrew Grenville Hill – spent much of the morning bending down in the dock, moving around and making notes.As he began speaking in his defence Hill paused before telling the court his current state of health was “good”.The jury previously heard of three incidents in 2014, a year before the crash, when there were concerns over Hill’s flying.”This included one of his displays which was halted with a stop call because he had performed a “dangerous manoeuvre”.But some witnesses since described him as “safety conscious” and an “absolutely gentleman”.The court was told he experienced “cognitive impairment” shortly before the crash and does not remember what happened. 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. Training in combat, he took part in active service for a month in the 1990s monitoring no-fly zones in northern Iraq.Hill also started to fly a Harrier – capable of vertical take-off and landing – and won an award for his work and ideas on improving aircraft safety procedures, the court heard.Then he went into civil aviation, becoming a commercial pilot starting with Virgin Atlantic before moving to British Airways and progressing to the most senior position of captain.The victims of the crash are: Maurice Abrahams, 76; Dylan Archer, 42; Tony Brightwell, 53; Matthew Grimstone, 23; Matt Jones, 24; Graham Mallinson, 72; Daniele Polito, 23; Mark Reeves, 53; Jacob Schilt, 23; Richard Smith, 26; and Mark Trussler, 54, who all lived in Sussex.The trial continues. The moment prior to the crash during the Shoreham AirshowCredit:PA/Sussex Police/CPS He was thrown from the burning plane and told medics he “blacked out in the air” after he was found with blood on his face lying in undergrowth beside the cockpit.The trained Royal Air Force instructor, who was a British Airways captain at the time, was taken to hospital with serious injuries and placed into an induced coma.He had a fractured nose, ribs and part of his lower spine, a collapsed lung, and serious bruising among other injuries.Hill had passed medical checks before the crash. Tests and scans carried out afterwards did not show any sign of a medical condition – including cognitive impairment – which may have affected his health leading up to the crash, the court heard.Describing himself in court as an A-grade student, he grew up in Kent where he attended Tonbridge School – the private boarding school which counts Norman Heatley who turned penicillin into usable medicine among its alumni.Telling the court he was “reasonably academic”, Hill was then able to enrol at Cambridge University without taking the entrance exam and studied at Christ’s College. He began studying engineering and then transferred to computer science, graduating with an honours degree in 1985. “I believe I took a very structured, disciplined approach to it (display flying).” He went straight into the RAF, winning a competition when flying a Jet Provost and was ranked a top performing student so was selected – or as he called it “creamed off the top” – to become an instructor. The moment prior to the crash during the Shoreham Airshow The pilot whose plane crashed during the Shoreham Airshow, killing 11 men, has dismissed claims he ever had a “cavalier attitude” to flying.Speaking for the first time in public since the 2015 crash, Andrew Hill stood in the witness box as he gave evidence at his trial in the Old Bailey on Wednesday.The 1950s Hawker Hunter fighter jet plunged to the ground and exploded in a fireball on the A27 in West Sussex after Hill attempted a loop on August 22.The 54-year-old, of Sandon, Buntingford, Hertfordshire, denies 11 counts of manslaughter by gross negligence.Prosecutors previously told the court the crash was due to “pilot error” and although Hill was normally considered “careful and competent”, he had taken “risks” in the past, suggesting he sometimes played “fast and loose” with the rules and may have had a “more cavalier attitude to safety than was appropriate”.Karim Khalil QC, defending, asked Hill if he was a “cavalier” pilot.Dressed in a black suit, white shirt and dark blue tie, he replied: “I would say I was probably one of the least people that applied to, in the sense that there are ways to be cavalier and some people are, some people are not. read more

Death threats hit Maes School classes suspended

Parents are being asked to pick up their children from the Mae’s School in light of death threats, which have already affected several schools in the city.According to the school’s administration, “in llight of the recent threat on social media over the weekend, Mae’s Schools has no other alternative but to issue an immediate cancellation of classes from Playgroup to the Secondary department.”The school said no devices have been cited but the safety and security of the children and staffs are of the utmost importance.The extent of this shutdown is uncertain at this time, the school said, noting that as soon as the logistics are in place for the resumption of classes, you will be informed accordingly via print and electronic media . Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIndigenous attire was not snubbed, says Mae’s as picketers call for apologyMay 29, 2018In “latest news”Angry parents protest outside Mae’s Primary SchoolMay 12, 2016In “Local News”Indigenous wear matter being investigated, says subject MinisterMay 30, 2018In “Business” read more

Barca put on silence Orange army in Kristianstad

7. IFK Kristianstad132110379:416(-37)5 1. FC Barcelona Lassa131012397:352(45)21 It was easier than expected! FC Barcelona came even closer to the first place, which guarantee direct place to the VELUX EHF Champions League quarter-final, after Swedish adventure in Kristianstad, where “Orange army” couldn’t save their guys from convincing defeat against reigning champions – 31:24 (19:12). Kiril Lazarov and Wael Jallouz exploded in opening 15 minutes to show home team who are the bosses on playing court, while Danijel Šarić had very good first half to secure +7.On the other side, attack was a real problem for Ola Lindgren guys, while only young Montenegrian goalie Nebojša Simić (14 saves) was on the level necessary to challenge Barca…24. IFK Kristianstad (12+12): Larsson (Simic, m.14-60); Bjornsen (1), Lagregren (3), Linskog (3), Jamali (3), Gudmundsson (1), Tollbring (4), Jepson (-), Pettersson (3), Erikssen (3), Dahlin (2), J. Larsson (1) y Hanisch (-).31. Barcelona Lassa: (19+12): Saric; Víctor Tomás (2), Sorhaindo (1), Raúl Entrerríos (4), Viran Morros (-), Jallouz (5), Sigurdsson (2) -Lazarov (9,3p), Sarmiento (3), Syprzak (1), Ariño (2), Ruesga (1), Gurbindo (1) y Aleix Gómez (-).STANDINGS: 3. Rhein-Neckar Löwen12714325:307(18)15 FC Barcelona ← Previous Story HAMBURG CALLING: Rhein Neckar Lowen book DHB Cup Final4 place! Next Story → Isaias Guardiola joins MVM Veszprem 8. KIF Kolding Kobenhavn122010307:375(-68)4 5. HC Vardar12705351:318(33)14 4. MOL-Pick Szeged12714349:332(17)15 6. Montpellier HB12318319:347(-28)7 2. KS Vive Tauron Kielce12732366:346(20)17 read more

Geek Pick Blue Snowball Ice Microphone

first_imgStay on target Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls It’s not just enough to consume content on the internet these days, you also have to create it. And whether you’re livestreaming yourself playing a video game, recording a true crime podcast, or cutting a sick mixtape demo, a lot of the best content out there involves recording your voice.For professional quality voice recording, you need a professional quality microphone, not the cheap little one in your phone or headset. But that doesn’t means you need to spend the hundreds of dollars a pop star might just to get something nice and listenable. According to our sister site PCMag.com, the Blue Snowball Ice is one the best microphones you can get at just $50.center_img The Snowball Ice is definitely a budget microphone. It’s limited to 44.1kHz/16 bit quality with cardioid unidirectional recording, and unless you have your own tripod the short stand doesn’t give you a lot of room to angle or maneuver the nifty looking metallic 12.7-inch sphere of a microphone itself. There are more professional options out there if you’re willing to spend more money.But what you get with the Snowball Ice for just $50 is still pretty impressive. There’s no digital signal processing (DSP) so you have a raw signal to balance however you please. It easily connects over USB. You of course have to speak close to the mic for your voice to come through over room sound, but audio quality is very high. And if you speak off-axis you may not even need to get a pop filter, although you probably still should. It’s a solid entry point to more serious audio recording.For much more on the Blue Snowball Ice microphone, be sure to read the extensive review over on our sister site PCMag.com. And for other audio or streaming needs, check out our Geek Picks on the Anker Soundcore Flare and AverMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus.last_img read more

Wenger questions Ozils commitment

first_imgFormer Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels Mesut Ozil’s long-term contract may have pushed the star into his “comfort zone”.Wenger was still the Gunners boss when Ozil penned down a new contract that would run out in the summer of 2021.However, the former Madrid man has endured a difficult spell under Unai Emery with the Spaniard appearing not to be a big fan of his style of play.Wenger on Ozil’s huge contract: “He has a contract but the problem is that if you want to buy a player like him you have to spend £100m. So the decision you have to make is whether you re-sign the player who costs us nothing, or do we have the money to buy a new player?” #Arsenal pic.twitter.com/vqLTK50GGU— Gurjit (@GurjitAFC) February 19, 2019Ozil has started just one game for the Gunners since Boxing Day, leading to yet more speculation about whether he will stay at the Emirates beyond the end of this campaign.“I feel that the length of the contract has nothing to do normally with the selection of the team. But sometimes there are special cases,” Wenger told Sky.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“Most of the time now we think when we sign a player for five years we have a good player for five years. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they practice, they play their best. Because they might be in their comfort zone.“He has a contract but the problem is that if you want to buy a player like him you have to spend £100m.“And to maintain the value of the player, beyond the Ozil case, it is more about the way football is structured.Wenger reveals why it was important to give Ozil a bumper deal https://t.co/GFaozUnsMY pic.twitter.com/wBLc1Z2mhO— ARSENAL TRUE FANS (@arsenal_true) February 19, 2019“To buy players of top, top quality you need £100m. So the decision you have to make is whether you re-sign the player, who costs us nothing, or do we have the money to buy a new player?”Wenger was speaking after being honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Laureus World Sports Awards.last_img read more

House of Assembly convenes questions to probe SIPT more money request

first_img TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Aug 2015 – The House of Assembly convenes today in Grand Turk and it is expected to be a heavy hitting two days of debates with significant bills and probing parliamentary questions on the agenda. The Immigration Bills, despite current public consultation, are being pushed through preliminary readings. The HOA agenda also reveals there will be a couple of questions on the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team and its request for more money. There will be report from the Public Accounts Committee, the Appropriations Committee and the Finance Minister who is seeking a budget supplementary. The meeting will be carried live on national radio from 10am. Recommended for you Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds TCI: Judge rules there is ‘a case’; all nine defendants will go to trial in September Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:appropriations committee, convenes, house of assembly, immigration bills, NJS Francis, prosecutions team, public accounts committee, Siptlast_img read more


first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 11, 2017 – Providenciales – The Maritime Department is hereby advising the general public, in particular the Boating Community that as of August 11th 2017 the Windward Development Company (Blue Cay Estate Project) will be carrying out Construction for PR 12518 to create canal access, beach creation, site grading, creation of pier structures and docks and approach dredging in Block 60903 – Providenciales.The works are expected to be completed on or about November 30th, 2017. Due to this, we are asking all water sports operators; specifically captains, skippers, charter companies, and jet ski operators to please take note of the project and to be vigilant whilst operating in the designated area.We ask all persons to adhere to the wake speed of five (5) MPH, as speeding may move the turbidity curtains around.Persons with questions may contact the Maritime Department at (649) 338-4171 or 338-4179 or email HWilson@gov.tc or CSkippings@gov.tc.last_img read more

Mahmood Ali holds meeting with Thai princess

first_imgForeign minister Abul Hasan Mahmood Ali holds a bilateral meeting with Thai princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at Hotel Radission Blu in Dhaka on 29 May. Photo: PIDVisiting Thailand’s princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on Tuesday evening held a meeting with foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and discussed various issues of mutual interest.Sirindhorn who arrived in Dhaka on Monday on a four-day visit also visited Mariali Government Primary School in Gazipur.She will visit Thailand and Bangladesh collaborative project on Vetiver Grass Development near Tiger Pass Area in Chattogram on Wednesday. She will also visit Ethnological Museum in the port city.Sirindhorn will meet prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday morning and exchange views with agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury and culture affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor and other dignitaries, officials said.She will also inaugurate a new environmental conservation project taken in collaboration with the environment and forests ministry titled “Bangladesh-Thailand Vetiver Grass Development Project to prevent hill erosion in Chattogram” on Wednesday at Tiger Pass in Chattogram city.The princess is leading an 11-member high-profile Thai government delegation to visit philanthropic projects she set up in Bangladesh in 2011 under her father late King Bhumibols’s Royal Chai Pattana Foundation.On the first day, she visited Liberation War Museum in the city and took a tour of different galleries of the museum.Officials at the museum described the brutalities carried out by Pakistan army during the 1971 Liberation War.She will also attend dinner to be hosted by foreign minister Mahmood Ali in her honour.last_img read more

NZ mosque attack Bangladesh mission in contact with authorities

first_imgA forensic official works at the Masjid al Noor mosque after a shooting incident in Christchurch on 15 March, 2019. Photo: AFPFollowing the gruesome terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday, Bangladesh high commission in Canberra has intensely engaged with the New Zealand authorities for safety of members of Bangladesh diaspora and early safe exit of the Bangladesh national cricket team from New Zealand, reports UNB. There are reports of death of three Bangladeshis among 49 and a few are critically injured, said the foreign ministry in a statement. “We still await details of them from the New Zealand security officials and hospital authorities officially,” reads the statement. The two attacks were made on Masjid Al Noor and Deans Avenue Mosque during Friday prayers. The incident had happened minutes before the Bangladesh cricket team arrived at the mosque. The team members are safe at hotel, though traumatised. New Zealand police has assigned dedicated security personnel for the team. New Zealand Cricket, in consultation with Bangladesh Cricket Board, is making arrangement for their safe exit early. Meanwhile, the cricketers will return home from New Zealand on Saturday night, said team manager Khaled Masud Pilot. The high commission directly and through the honorary consul of Bangladesh in Auckland disseminated message to the Bangladeshis and diaspora living in New Zealand in general and Christchurch in particular to remain calm, be indoor, avoid places of congregation and to obey the instructions of the law enforcers. The honorary consul of Bangladesh Shafiqur Rahman will arrive at Christchurch on Saturday morning to extend support to the Bangladeshi victims. He may be contacted at his mobile phone number at +64 21024 65819. Deputy high commissioner Tareq Ahmed along with a Consular officer of the high commission will also proceed to Christchurch at the earliest possible time on Saturday to provide all kinds of support. Ahmed may be contacted at his mobile phone number at +61 450 657 046. Additionally, all the diplomats at Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra are available round the clock for information and assistance. Two additional numbers for emergency contact are +61 424 472544, +61 450173035.last_img read more

Dell XPS 15 Owners Complain of Battery Drain Overheating

first_img Phillip Tracy, Author Bio Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoForbes.comLebron’s Home Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndo247 SportsRanking The Highest-Paid NBA Players In 2019247 SportsUndoAdvertisementcenter_img The Dell XPS 15 is one of the best laptops you can buy, but the notebook’s problematic standby mode is reportedly spoiling the experience for some users. Now XPS 15 owners, who are experiencing overheating and battery drain, are pleading with Dell to do something about it.The problems, which were first reported on by Notebookcheck, appears to stem from a Windows 10 feature called Modern Standby, which replaced the previous S3 power state that signified when a laptop was in a deep sleep but some components remained powered.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/dell-xps-15-modern-standby-issues?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Credit: MicrosoftAccording to Microsoft, the benefits of Modern Standby include faster wake times and that background activities resume even when the system is “Off.” Dell also wrote about Modern Standby in a support article, claiming the feature allows the XPS 15 and Precision 15 5530 to resume from sleep faster from lower power states than they would in S3.Email While You Sleep: How to Use Windows 10’s Modern StandbyDell’s post goes into more detail, explaining that this pair of laptops default to “Disconnected Standby” mode instead of the Connected Standby option that is set by Microsoft. The difference is that Disconnected Standby stops all Wi-Fi traffic, which should, in theory, reduce battery drain and overheating.However, numerous online complaints say otherwise. A Google search reveals dozens of forum and Reddit posts from frustrated users asking about how to fix the Dell XPS 15’s power management issues that arise when the laptop is asleep. In one Reddit post, an XPS 15 owner says their laptop’s battery drains at 1.5% to 2% per hour, and claimed that a Dell representative said the rate was acceptable. The problems also apply to the Precision 15 5530, not just the XPS 15.Many users are pleading with Dell to revert back to the S3 power mode as Lenovo did with the X1 Carbon following customer complaints. However, Dell has been accused of being dismissive of these issues, particularly by Notebookcheck, a tech review site that blamed Dell of being “intransigence” and diverting accountability onto users. Dell appears to be aware of these complaints, and listed ways in which to improve battery life for those who “have a concern about battery capacity or the power consumption issue.” Those suggestions include updating the latest drivers and disabling Wake on Wireless LAN, among other things.We have reached out to Dell for more information and will update this article if we hear back.Best Dell and Alienware Laptops Phillip Tracy,last_img read more

Chromiumbased Microsoft Edge to support HD and 4K Streams Netflix

first_imgChromium-based Microsoft Edge to support HD and 4K Streams (Netflix) by Martin Brinkmann on April 03, 2019 in Internet Explorer – 11 commentsOne of the advantages of running Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 is that you may play certain streaming content in HD or 4K resolutions. All other web browsers that you may use for that, be it Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or any Firefox or Chrome based browsers such as Opera, Vivaldi, or Pale Moon, can’t play certain media streams, e.g. those from Netflix, in 1080p or 4K officially.While there are extensions available for Chrome and Firefox to raise the 720p default to 1080p, nothing emerged up until now to unlock 4K streaming in those browsers on Netflix as well.The only other option on Windows, any version or edition of Windows, to play Netflix in 4K is to use the official Windows 10 Netflix app.While there is a possibility to run Windows 10 in a virtual machine to play streams in unsupported resolutions, it is not the best of options.Microsoft’s announcement that upcoming versions of the Microsoft Edge browser would use Chromium as its core may have left some users puzzled whether the new browser would also support 4K streams on Netflix.The answer is yes, as it turns out. The latest leaked version of the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser supports WideVine and PlayReady, and thus 4K Netflix streams. The browser is still in active development and the option to unlock HD and 4K streams is found behind flags currently.Users who have access to the leaked version of Microsoft Edge or official access on Windows 10 may enable the flags in the following ways (note that it requires build *.111 or later).Install HEVC Video Extensions from Device Manufacturer from the Microsoft Store.Load edge://flags in the browser’s address bar.Search for Windows 10.Set “PlayReady DRM for Windows 10” to Enabled.Set “PlayReady Experimental HEVC Decoding” to Enabled.Restart Microsoft Edge.The feature is only available on Windows 10 and there is no sign that Microsoft will bring it to earlier versions of Windows or versions of the new Microsoft Edge browser for Linux or Mac OS X.Closing WordsMicrosoft needs features that differentiate its Chromium-based Edge browser from the world’s most popular browser Google Chrome. Features like this, 4K playback on Netflix, may appeal to a small but dedicated audience. If Microsoft manages to support enough features that make it unique, it could become more popular than the current version of Edge.Whether that is enough to usurp Google Chrome remains to be seen.Now You: What would you like to see supported in the new Edge? (via Deskmodder / Reddit)SummaryArticle NameChromium-based Microsoft Edge to support HD and 4K Streams (Netflix)DescriptionThe upcoming Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser will support 1080p and 4K stream resolutions on Netflix (and probably other services).Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Despite Inventory Lows Homebuyer Demand Skyrockets

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, journal, News Spill-over buyers and record-breaking industry lows are creating one of the most competitive buying seasons in years, according to a survey released by Realtor.com, an online real estate listings website, based in Santa Clara, California. Statistics from February 2018 indicated, inventory was moving 8 percent more quickly than in February 2017. The median age of properties listed through the database was 83 days.”We’re only a few weeks into March and already seeing the market heat up,” said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com. “Holdover buyers hoping for greener pastures this spring are likely to find sparse options that require them to pay top-dollar or make other concessions.”Even as prices continue to climb—increasing by 10 percent year-over-year—and are predicted to reach new record highs this spring and summer, buyer demand is booming. A portion of this demand is originating from buyers who are considered holdovers from last summer and previous buying seasons. The survey shows that 40 percent of today’s buyers have been searching for more than seven months, 34 percent for four to six months, while only 26 percent of those surveyed have been searching for three months or less. Inventory is down 8.5 percent from a year ago, and 35 percent of respondents indicated they anticipate “a lot of competition,” while 36 percent expect only “some.” When asked about strategies heading into the spring buying season, 42 percent responded that they were checking listing sites every day, while 40 percent of buyers plan to put more than 20 percent cash down. Additionally, 33 percent are setting price alerts, 31 percent plan to put a larger earnest money deposit down, while 26 percent are willing to offer above asking price.Despite the bleak outlook, 53 percent of buyers expect to close on their future homes in less than six months, while 18 percent expect the process to take four seven to nine months, 15 percent have estimated their buying process to take  ten to twelve months, and only 15 percent expect the process to exceed more than a year. Despite Inventory Lows, Homebuyer Demand Skyrocketscenter_img March 22, 2018 528 Views 2018-03-22 Staff Writerlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter SWISS will be servin

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >SWISS will be servings its premium travellers the best in culinary delights from Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland, starting this December. The latest offering from the award-winning airline’s SWISS Taste of Switzerland programme offers cuisine devised by top chef, Marcus G. Lindner of the boutique Alpina Gstaad hotel. Lindner, who is the executive chef of the hotel’s 18-GaultMillau-point and Michelin-starred Sommet gourmet restaurant, its 16-GaultMillau-point MEGU restaurant and its Swiss Stübli, expresses his appreciation, “It’s a particular honour for my team and I to create meals for SWISS and its guests…we’re truly delighted to be on board.”From 2 December 2015 through to 1 March 2016, SWISS First and SWISS Business passengers on long-haul flights from Switzerland will enjoy culinary creations with an international slant that combine the three hotel restaurants’ differing ingredients and aromas into a sensual gourmet experience. SWISS First Winter travellers can look forward to lobster medallions, Thai red curry soup with fried duck wonton, beef tenderloin with red wine sauce and Belper Knolle cheese served with herbed mashed potato, and Bernese meringue with mixed berries and vanilla ice cream. For SWISS Business customers, Marcus G. Lindner has created mildly smoked char with horseradish and buttermilk timbale, veal ragout with arugula spätzle, pike perch with cider compote and chestnut cake with lingonberry compote.All the meals are accompanied by selected wines from Cantons Valais and Bern, with both reds and whites from Switzerland’s biggest wine-producing canton and the small but excellent Spiez winegrowing area by Lake Thun. SWISS First customers can enjoy a fruity Spiez Pinot Noir or an elegant Petite Arvine Réserve Spéciale Maître de Chais white; and SWISS Business guests can delight in a Cornalin Clos de Montibeux or a Spiez Riesling-Sylvaner.A selection of these latest SWISS Taste of Switzerland in-flight meals will also be served in the SWISS Lounge at the 86th International Lauberhorn Ski Races, which will be held in Wengen in the Bernese Oberland in mid-January. Chef, Marcus G. Lindner will even be at the Lounge, which is located in the finish area, on Saturday 16 January to personally present his creations.SWISS will also be taking its Business Class guests into a winter culinary wonderland this January on selected European flights. The latest feature in its SWISS Traditions programme focuses on the annual World Snow Festival in Grindelwald, when ice artists from all over the globe descend on this small Bernese Oberland village to present their skills and sculptures. To mark the event, SWISS will be serving – depending on the flight length – regional specialities as Emmental veal ragout with spinach and herbed puréed potato, stuffed wild-mushroom crêpes with vegetables, or meringue with vermicelles and pear compote.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more