On the hood of the vehicle is large “50” written in white on a black background.The Fort St John RCMP is asking anyone with information about this incident or location of any of the vehicles to call Cst Nicole CAMPBELL of the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or attend the detachment during office hours at 10648 100th St, Fort St John, BC.If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477.A second photo of the truck stolen from Archer CRM Partnership – RCMP a 2018 GMC Sierra pickup with BC licence plate MM3839,a 2018 black trailer with BC licence plate 85805U,a 2015 red Honda Side by Side with BC licence plate 10584X (4 seater) and,a 2017 red Honda Side by Side with an unknown BC licence plate (2 seater).The truck is very unique with “Archer” written in black on the side of the front door panel and a red and black checkered pattern on the rear door panel and onto the box of the truck. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are investigating a break into the yard at Archer CRM Partnership on 109 street.At approximately 2 a.m. on June 27, thieves broke into the Archer yard and stole a truck, trailer and a pair of side by sides. The vehicles taken are described as:
Agartala: The BJP on Friday demanded the removal of Tripura Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti and accused him of being a “conspirator”, a party official said here. State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesman Nabendu Bhattacharjee said that a six-member delegation led by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met Election Commission (EC) officials in Delhi and demanded that Taranikanti be replaced by another senior officer. Bhattacharjee said that the CEO, during the Lok Sabha election to the Tripura West parliamentary seat on April 11, had directed election officials to “escort voters to the polling booths and their safe return at the behest of the CPI-M”. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh “Not only the CEO, a section of officials in the state’s Election Department and in the districts acted in league with the CPI-M and the Congress. The CPI-M-led Left Front was in power in Tripura for 25 years consecutively. Hence, a large portion of the administrative machinery is still under their control,” Bhattacharjee told the media. Reacting to the development, BJP leader and Law and Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath told the media: “The CEO is one of the conspirators against the BJP. He helped the CPI-M and the Congress in the just concluded elections to the two Lok Sabha constituencies in Tripura. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad “The Election Commission must remove the CEO immediately in the interest of democracy and the people of the state.” Meanwhile, the opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist and the Congress, have strongly condemned the BJP for making “unfounded charges” against the CEO. “When the BJP came to power defeating the Left parties in last year’s Assembly polls, Sriram Taranikanti was the CEO that time too. He (Taranikanti) was a ‘hero’ for BJP and now he is a ‘villain’,” CPI-M Tripura state secretary Gautam Das told the media. “The CEO never asks people to cast votes in favour of a particular political party. During the Lok Sabha elections he played his constitutional role.” Das said that the BJP’s “gameplan to rig the elections in the entire Tripura West Lok Sabha seat was now exposed”. “We had on February 21, lodged a complaint against the Returning Officer to Tripura West seat Sandeep Mahatme. Removal of Mahatme and Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Rajiv Singh from election related duties by the EC, vindicated our allegations,” he added. Tripura Pradesh Congress Vice-President Tapas Dey said that the BJP’s demand was “unprecedented and unbelievable”. “It was Sriram Taranikanti, who led the state Assembly election just a year ago when the BJP had won defeating the Left parties in one of their strongholds,” Dey told reporters.
TORONTO – The Toronto stock market tumbled more than 150 points Tuesday amid sliding commodity prices as U.S. earnings disappointments and a fresh round of worry centred on Europe’s debt crisis reminded investors about flagging global growth.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,225.84 -177.70 -1.43%S&P 500 — 1,413.11 -20.71 -1.44%Dow — 13,102.53 -243.36 -1.82%Nasdaq — 2,990.46 -26.50 -0.88%The S&P/TSX composite index closed off the worst levels of the session, coming back from a 262-point slide to fall 177.71 points to 12,225.84 with losses spread across all sectors, while the TSX Venture Exchange lost 18.9 points to 1,289.5.U.S. markets were sharply lower in the wake of disappointments from Dow heavyweights DuPont and 3M.The Dow industrials plunged 243.36 points to 13,102.53, the Nasdaq was down 26.5 points to 2,990.46 while the S&P 500 index fell 20.71 points to 1,413.11.The Canadian dollar pared early losses as the Bank of Canada said it was keeping its key rate unchanged at one% while keeping intact language warning that it will raise rates at some point.The currency dipped 0.01 of a cent to 100.74 US cents. It had earlier traded as low as 100.23 cents, its lowest level since early August, amid speculation that the central bank’s statement would take a less hawkish stance on raising rates.Instead the bank maintained the key message of previous statements – that there will need to be modest rate hikes – with the slight modification that added “over time” to the equation.Meanwhile, chemical maker DuPont reported net income of US$10-million Tuesday, or a penny per share. Excluding one-time items, DuPont earned 44 cents per share, compared with 69 cents per share for last year’s third quarter. The results fell short of the average estimate of 46 cents per share, and DuPont’s stock slid 9% to US$45.25.And conglomerate 3M said its third-quarter profit edged up to $1.16-billion, or $1.65 a share, which met estimates. Sales dipped 0.4% to $7.5-billion, which missed expectations of $7.63-billion. 3M also cut its 2012 profit estimate to reflect “current economic realities.” The variety of 3M’s businesses and its worldwide footprint make it an economic bellwether and its shares fell $3.80 to US$88.73.Some of the disappointing revenue is because of weakness in foreign markets. Multinational companies are having a hard time selling to Europe, which is struggling under a debt crisis and a spreading recession.“The recession in Europe is very real,” said Bernard Schoenfeld, senior investment strategist for Bank of New York Mellon Wealth Management in New York.“It’s not going to disappear very quickly, and it will certainly negatively affect earnings of exporters in the United States.”The red-hot growth enjoyed by emerging markets like China and India is also slowing.Expectations for this earnings season were already muted with analysts expecting the first year-over-year drop since 2009.Analysts at Credit Suisse said in a report Tuesday that “roughly 25% of the way through the U.S. reporting season, annual earnings per share growth is broadly flat.”The financial sector fell 1.3% amid major acquisition news from the Canadian banking sector.Royal Bank of Canada confirmed it will acquire the Canadian auto finance and deposit business of Ally Financial Inc. The bank says its net cost for the deal will be about $1.4-billion but its shares got caught in the overall market downdraft and lost $1.66 to $56.94.And U.S. discount retailer Target is selling its credit card portfolio to TD Bank Group for about $5.9-billion. TD also agreed to a seven-year deal to underwrite, fund and own the retailer’s future credit card and Visa receivables in the United States. TD stock shed 83 cents to $82.09.Commodities weakened amid a move by Moody’s Investor Services to downgrade five Spanish regions to below investment grade.Spain has been the flashpoint of the eurozone’s credit crisis as the country endures its second recession in three years with near 25% unemployment after the property market collapsed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, at the same time crippling the country’s banks.The base metals sector dropped 2.25% as copper prices fell back with the December contract on the Nymex down five cents at US$3.57 a pound. Copper is viewed as an economic bellwether as it is used in so many applications. Teck Resources shed 79 cents to $30.54.Oil prices headed lower as concerns about demand prospects sent the December contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down $1.98 to a three-month low of US$86.67 a barrel.The energy sector lost almost two% as Suncor Energy gave back 72 cents to $32.66.December bullion gave back $16.90 to US$1,709.40 an ounce, its lowest close since early September, and the gold sector lost about 2.5%. Goldcorp Inc. faded $1.13 to US$42.25.Apple Inc. shares closed down $20.67 or 3.26% to US$613.35 after it unveiled the iPad Mini, with a screen that’s about two-thirds the size of the full-size model, and said it will cost US$329 and up. The price fits into the Apple product lineup between the iPad 2 at $399 and the latest version of the iPod touch at $299. But company watchers had been expecting Apple to price the iPad Mini at $250 to $300 to counter the threat of less expensive tablets like Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle Fire, which starts at $159.The Canadian quarterly earnings reporting season kicks into gear this week. Canadian Pacific, Rogers Communications, gold producer Agnico Eagle Mines and energy company EnCana are among the companies reporting Wednesday.Here’s the news investors were watching today: Bank of Canada keeps rate hike on radarRBC to buy Ally Financial’s Canadian armSpain’s economy shrinks again as bailout pressure intensifiesThe 9 best insights from the smartest people in financeON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSBank of Canada releases monetary policy report at 10:30 a.m. U.S. Federal Reserve reveals rate decision at 2:15 p.m. UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Markit Flash Manufacturing PMI (Oct): Economists expect a reading of 51.5, up slightly from last month 10 a.m.New Home Sales (Sept): Economists expect 3.2% rise from month before FHFA House price index (Aug): Economists expect 0.3% rise from month before CORPORATE NEWSCANADARogers Communications Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 89¢ a share Teck Resources Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 69¢ Encana Corp Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 22¢ Celestica Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 20¢ First Service Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 67¢ UNITED STATESAT&T Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 60¢ The Boeing Co Q3 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.12 Bristol-Myers Squibb Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 42¢ Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 77¢ Kimberly-Clark Q3 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.33 Eli Lilly & Co Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 82¢ Lockheed Martin Q3 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.85¢ Motorola Solutions Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 73¢ Nasdaq OMX Group Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 61¢
Garth Brooks has smashed his Hamilton and Toronto ticket sales record combined in 45 minutes.He last played Copps Coliseum, now FirstOntario Centre in 1996 and SkyDome, known as the Rogers Centre, in 1996 and sold a combined 47,910 tickets.On Friday, he has sold 54,048 tickets for FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton and tickets are still selling. In total Garth Brooks has 5 concerts in Hamilton.Thursday, March 24 7:30PMFriday, March 25 7:00PMSaturday, March 26th 7:00 PMSaturday, March 26 10:30PMSunday, March 27 7:00PMTickets can only be purchased at ticketmaster.ca or Ticketmaster Express 1-855-985-5500 or 1-855-985-5000.
In setting the stage for this appeal, Mr. Annan gave members of the Council on Foundations a sketch of the damage caused by the deadly virus, noting that last year alone, AIDS had killed 3 million people. “It is as though the population of two cities the size of Philadelphia had been wiped out in a single year,” he said.The Secretary-General, who just returned from an African summit meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, said he witnessed there a great deal of commitment to fight the AIDS menace, especially among young activists, some of whom had the virus. “Their strength filled me with hope even in the midst of tragedy, but they desperately need help, and we must see that they get it,” he said.Mr. Annan, who has proposed the creation of a $7-10 billion annual fund to fight AIDS and other infectious diseases, said even though that figure “sounded a lot when I said it in Nigeria last week,” the sum was not unattainable. “It is actually less than you, the charitable foundations of a single country, are giving away each year.””The world has the resources to defeat this epidemic, if it really wants to,” he emphasized. Governments and taxpayers in industrialized countries would have to do much of the “heavy lifting,” while the UN system would play a vital role in coordinating the struggle. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as well as the corporate sector would also be key to the effort, he added.For their part, charitable organizations could stimulate others to emulate their generosity, he said, telling the assembled philanthropists, “If you make the fight against AIDS a top priority, I wager that governments and the general public will not be far behind.”Mr. Annan’s intensified efforts to galvanize the fight against AIDS are geared towards producing concrete results at the June General Assembly special session on HIV/AIDS, which he said should agree on a global strategy to defeat the scourge, and have firm commitments of money to finance the effort. “We cannot do it without your help,” he told the Council members.Comprised of over 1,800 foundations, the Council in 1999 had combined assets of some $318 billion and grants totalling an estimated $14 billion.
In a series with MVP candidates like Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard, or even a scorer like C.J. McCollum, Jrue Holiday wasn’t the most likely player to have the biggest impact on the first-round series between the Pelicans and Blazers. Yet that’s what is happening so far, and the New Orleans guard — who has put the Pelicans up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series with clutch play after clutch play — is on the cusp of giving Blazers fans the sorts of nightmares they haven’t had since the Greg Oden era.Perhaps the most fascinating element of Holiday’s performance, though, is how many of the little, often unnoticeable, things he’s done to help seal each victory. A handful of plays in these two games have shown just how underrated the 27-year-old has been at times during his career, one in which many of his best attributes haven’t always been captured by traditional box-score statistics.Take a look at this reel of eight plays from the first two games of the series. Each is an example of Holiday doing something to earn an extra possession for his team while taking one away from his opponent. Also take note of the time of some of these plays: Half occur in the fourth quarter, when the stakes are highest.So far, Holiday has had a hand in basically every facet of this series, which would mark the franchise’s first playoff-round victory since 2008, when it had Chris Paul and was still named the Hornets. Holiday is executing a scary two-man game with Davis, hitting nail-in-the-coffin jumpers and averaging 27 points and 5.5 assists. On the other end of the floor, he’s suffocating Lillard (0-for-4 for zero points and two turnovers when guarded by Holiday on Tuesday night) and McCollum. In fact, the team as a whole is shooting only 25 percent (6-of-24) for the series when guarded by Holiday, according to data from ESPN Stats & Information Group.And then there are the momentum-busting 50-50 plays you just saw in the video above, in which he’s blocking shots and winning crucial loose balls. He’s single-handedly responsible for enough extra New Orleans possessions to potentially tip the scales of the series.But here’s the thing: It shouldn’t be surprising that Holiday is doing all this. He’s basically been doing it all season, despite getting limited attention. Consider, for instance, that he finished the season tied for fifth in the NBA in loose balls recovered per game, with 1.6. He had active hands on defense, ranking seventh in the number of deflections per game he caused. And he blocked 64 shots this past season, more than anyone standing 6-foot-5 or shorter, according to Basketball-Reference.com. He ranks best in the NBA among starting guards in defensive efficiency in guarding pick-and-roll ball handlers, according to data from Synergy Sports Technology.“He’s been really, really good the whole season, so this is not a surprise or anything,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters. “In my opinion, and I may be a little bit biased, but if you can tell me a better two-way player in the league right now — Kawhi’s not playing, and I understand that — I’m willing to listen. What we ask him to do, and the things that we ask him to do offensively? He was just great tonight.”This isn’t to say that Holiday hasn’t ever gotten credit for his play. Once upon a time, he was an All-Star in Philadelphia, before The Process began. And he was certainly paid like a star last summer, when the Pelicans signed him to a five-year, $126 million contract. And he at least figures to be in the mix for an All-Defensive team honor this season.Still, you aren’t alone if you weren’t familiar with his game until this past weekend. Injuries held him back for a couple of years after he needed two surgeries on his right leg. And he drew headlines and well-wishes throughout the league last season when he essentially took a leave of absence to be with his wife, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in the midst of a pregnancy.His offensive game took a bit of a backseat in the wake of the DeMarcus Cousins trade, which forced Holiday to figure out a way to adjust his game to fit with that of two post-oriented stars. (If he maintains this level of play, the Pelicans may be forced to make a difficult choice on whether to re-sign Cousins, the All-Star free-agent-to-be who ruptured his Achilles in the middle of the season.)But in a number of ways, this was a breakout season for Holiday, who shined in his role offensively. He was a fantastic finisher around the basket, ranking inside the top-10 in restricted-area field-goal percentage among guards. Holiday was one of the more accurate midrange shooters in the NBA. And despite playing alongside Rajon Rondo, who sometimes plays so unselfishly and records so many dimes that it can disrupt the flow of the offense, Holiday — one of the NBA’s most prolific long passers — was often the man setting up Rondo first, finishing in the top 10 in the league in secondary assists. That would get him recognized in the NHL but goes unnoticed in the NBA.So even though it has been a shock for many to see Holiday emerge before our very eyes, much of that may be because there weren’t enough eyes being directed on a player of his caliber in the first place.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
Members of OSU women’s volleyball team celebrate after a point during a match against Nebraska on Oct. 14 at St. John Arena. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team was selected for the NCAA tournament draw and will play Missouri State in the first round of postseason competition in Manhattan, Kansas at 6 p.m. on Friday.The tournament selection tallies 22 NCAA appearances for the Buckeyes during the program’s history. In 2016, OSU advanced to the regional semifinal game before falling to Washington in five sets. The Buckeyes will be going into the match with the Missouri State Bears carrying a 20-10 overall record and 10-10 within the conference. OSU experienced all the emotions that playing in the Big Ten brings during the regular season. Upsets were common on both sides of the net, referred to by senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe as “the nature of the beast” that is the conference’s competition. The Buckeyes stunned the No. 1 Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln on Oct. 1 with a 3-1 victory. OSU also broke a decade-long losing streak to Penn State when they defeated the Nittany Lions in five sets in front of the fourth-largest crowd in St. John Arena history. On an individual scale, Sandbothe and fellow senior Valeria León made their own marks when they broke the career blocks record and career digs records, respectively.Amidst the victories, the Buckeyes also were surprisingly unraveled by other Big Ten foes. They split the series 1-1 with both Maryland and Indiana, two teams ranked at the bottom of the conference standings. OSU faced a tough schedule draw that required the team to adjust to life on the road. The Buckeyes went weeks without seeing the floor of St. John Arena, and on many occasions, the team members said that being away from home was an exhausting factor. Friday won’t be the first time that OSU has battled with the Bears. The Buckeyes traveled to Springfield, Missouri, early in the season and lost a tight five set match to Missouri State as part of the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational tournament. The Bears are currently hitting .238 as a team, led by outside hitter Lily Johnson with 596 kills this season. This marks 12 NCAA tournament appearances for Missouri State. Last year, the Bears were knocked out in the first round by Missouri, 1-3. If the Buckeyes can secure a win against the Bears, they will move on to the next round to face the winner of the Lipscomb and No. 14 Kansas State match.
“Political correctness is getting out of hand, the few are trying to bully the majority,” said Harry Silvers. “There is room in this world for everyone.”Lloyd’s List, a weekly shipping publication which ran in print for more than 250 years, has already abandoned centuries of seafaring tradition by calling all vessels “it”.Julian Bray, the former editor, wrote: “The shipping industry does need to move forward if it is not to risk becoming a backwater of international business.”They are maritime real estate. The world moves on. I can see why ‘she’ would suit a magnificent cruise liner but to a rusting old hulk it could be rather offensive.”However, I don’t think there is anything wrong with calling ships ‘she’ in conversation. It’s a respectable maritime tradition.” A spokesperson for the Royal Navy agreed that the tradition should not be changed, and added: “The Royal Navy has a long tradition of referring to its ships as ‘she’ and will continue to do so.”The row began after the Scottish Maritime Museum near Troon changed its naming policy after vandals scratched out references to boats as “she” on information signs, forcing the charity’s director to scrap the gender-specific term altogether.A 19th century steam yacht called ‘Rifle’, which once carried Queen Victoria across Loch Arkaig while she was visiting Inverlochy castle in 1873, had its display signs defaced last week in the latest attack.Museum director David Mann has vowed to update all signage around the building with gender neutral terms.“We are moving in line with other maritime institutions,” said Mr Mann, who reported the incident to the police.“The debate around gender and ships is wide ranging, pitting tradition against the modern world. But I think that we have to move with the times and understand the way people look at things today.”On social media, supporters of the museum expressed their dismay. “This isn’t how it works. You don’t get to erase history, and like it or not ships have always been referred to as she,” said Jennifer Sorbara. A decision to scrap the “she” title for boats will “insult generations of sailors”, the former head of the Navy says.Admiral Lord Alan West, former First Sea Lord, has spoken out after a British maritime museum began referring to ships it exhibits as “it” in a bid to appear gender neutral.In a rare move, BBC Radio 4’s today programme took a call from a listener, Lord West, after he was so incensed by the news that he rang the show.He said that the move is “stark staring bonkers” and “political correctness gone mad”, adding: “It’s a sort of insult to generations of sailors, the ships are seen almost as a mother to preserve us from the dangers of the sea and also from the violence of the enemy. To change it in this trite fashion is just absolutely stupid.”We’ve done it for centuries as that’s how we refer to them, we have to be very careful with little tiny pressure groups that make people change things. It’s a very dangerous road we are going down.”I don’t think it’s dated at all…sometimes things that are dated are there for very good reasons and I am very proud of some of those facts.” 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.
In a world first, the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) and Australian Federal Government held the Inaugural Women and Mining Symposium on May 29 as a critical input to the development of a five year strategic agenda to increase the participation of women in the minerals industry.“The business case for increasing the numbers of women working in the minerals industry is compelling at any time, let alone when there is – as now – an acute and prospective chronic people shortage in our industry, most notably in the professions and trades. In addition to the business case, the industry considers it is simply the right thing to do”, MCA Chief Executive Mitchell H Hooke said, as he opened the Symposium.The Hon Julie Bishop, MP, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Women’s Issues delivered the keynote address at the Symposium, launching a new report: Unearthing New Resources – attracting and retaining women in the Australian minerals industry. The report was commissioned by the Minerals Council of Australia and the Australian Government’s Office for Women and prepared by the Women in Social and Economic Research at Curtin University and the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the University of Queensland.The report makes a number of recommendations, key among them, that the industry: Demonstrate stronger leadership regarding women’s participation in the industry Address the negative image held by prospective women employees through a range of attraction strategies Establish a comprehensive university program to facilitate transition from education to employment Review recruitment strategies to increase female applicants across all categories of professional disciplines Implement operational systems/processes to directly address identified gaps in workforce management for gender diversity Implement ‘special measures’, such as dedicated mentoring, to assist in the attraction and retention of Indigenous women Improve current work practices in relation to flexibility in rostering and the provision of part-time career opportunities Improve current work environments from a quality of life perspective Address the strong masculine culture through awareness raising and effective senior leadership Support all employees to achieve a balance between work and family commitments Provide a range of initiatives aimed at developing women’s careers.The Symposium was the first event of a busy week of activities during Minerals Week 07, which is designed to showcase the Australian minerals industry’s strategic direction and achievements as well as to engage with key opinion leaders and stakeholders in the industry.“The Inaugural Symposium is the culmination of the MCA’s Women and Mining Dialogue which was established in 2004 to identify and address the key structural and cultural barriers limiting the participation of women in the minerals industry and to examine how best to optimise the social and economic benefits of the industry’s activities to women in the communities in which we operate”, Hooke told the Symposium.In promoting the business case for increased participation of women in the minerals industry, Hooke said: “the statistics are stark – women comprise 18% of the minerals industry workforce, compared with a national participation rate of 45%. Women represent 3% of all employees at mine sites and minerals processing operations and Indigenous women represent 12% of all Indigenous employees”.“As an industry we can increase the gender and cultural diversity of our workforce if we improve the methods we use to engage women in operational decision making, create a working environment that is non-discriminatory and that values diversity and develop structures to maximise the community development benefits to women resulting from mining activities.”
Construction of the Tanami Gas Pipeline is complete, and Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Paul Kirby, has granted pipeline owner AGI Tanami conditional consent to commission and operate the infrastructure. Consent to commission means AGI Tanami can now test the pipeline by introducing gas at the pressure under which it will operate. Once testing is successfully completed and independently verified, the pipeline will be able to go into full operational mode.The Tanami Gas Pipeline will provide gas to Newmont’s Granites gold mine located approximately 550 km north-west of Alice Springs in the Tanami Desert. Historically the mining operations have had to rely on diesel to operate, which meant a pause in production if roads became impassable and diesel could not get through.Kirby stated: “The Territory Labor Government supports the delivery of job-creating infrastructure, so I am pleased to approve the next stage of works for the Tanami Gas Pipeline. Newmont’s Territory mining operations are some of the most successful gold operations in Australia. This pipeline will provide year-round, cleaner power – supporting existing jobs and creating the potential for more jobs. The Territory Labor Government will continue to focus on attracting private sector investment across the Territory, and on getting job-creating projects out of the ground as quickly as possible.”
When it comes to its Office suite of programs, Microsoft certainly has bigger fish to fry than the relatively puny OpenOffice. Foremost among its opponents is the venerable Google Docs, which is free, fully featured, and built into every Google account. This free, in-browser alternative to MS Office is never downloaded, so its dissemination cannot be blocked. But a small-time competitor like OpenOffice, one that distributes itself through pirate-heavy channels like torrent sites, is an easy target for surreptitious attacks.In this case, the attacks seem to come from poorly aimed auto-takedown bots, programs written to trawl the Internet for pirated copies of Microsoft software and deliver legal takedown requests to search engines and the pirate sites’ administrators. It’s arguably an understandable mistake for a simple program to make, the distinction between Microsoft’s Office programs and the open-source alternative that has a similar name. Still, this comes as part of a growing series of mistaken or simply false accusations of copyright infringement under the DMCA laws first passed back in 1998.With the introduction of automated complaint programs, the number of complaints has skyrocketed.For instance, it was only a few weeks ago that HBO began demanding torrent sites remove download links for VLC media player, the most popular media player with pirates — and one of the most popular, period. This was also ostensibly the result of faulty DMCA takedown programs, as were the numerous requests to take down websites listing the takedown requests themselves.Though the impact of these poorly aimed notices is small, it is also growing. There seems to be a fundamental problem, one which should have been easy to foresee, with putting the power to mete out legal notices to a program with no human oversight to check for basic errors such as these ones. With the recent spike in the number of takedown notices being sent out, it’s becoming ever more likely that a particular site will be harassed in error.The burden of sending all these requests ought to be on the sender, in this case Microsoft, rather than the recipient, as it currently is. As things stand, websites must either remain vigilant about the sometimes staggering number of requests that arrive, or else end up censoring non-infringing content and undercutting their commitment to their own basic premise. There is currently no disincentive for these companies to err on the side of scatter-shot tactics that catch more offending content, but also attack more innocent parties. For those programs which rely on torrenting as a distribution method, such attacks can be very damaging, indeed.
50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation Stay on target This week, Google’s been hosting their I/O conference. It’s an annual event where the giant shows off the best they’ve got cooking. And throughout the show, one theme has been clear — Google loves AI and wants you on board.Google made its billions by being the people’s search engine. While it was far from the first, more robust algorithms and software helped the company build an empire. Now it’s looking to take the next step and replicate past success, this time, by mastering AI.Machine learning, cloud computing, etc. are the way of the future. They can already best humans in all kinds of tasks, and the exponential speed of development shows no signs of letting up. A good chunk of that progress can be attributed to Google’s TensorFlow software — one of the most advanced AI tools available. It’s so useful; it’s practically ubiquitous.“There’s hardly a way around TensorFlow these days,” Samim Winiger, head of machine learning design studio Samim.io, told The Verge. “I use a lot of open source learning libraries, but there’s been a major shift to TensorFlow.”The software works wonders. It’s fast, scalable, and effective, plus it integrates into Google’s own cloud services so that you can easily take advantage of the tech giant’s server farms for storage or computing power. And the company has an array of specialized chips that mimic neural networks and work well with the kind of parallelized software that AI and machine learning use.Everyone, of course, is at least working on AI. Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook, all have their own tools and services and software, but Google’s ease of use, and willingness to buy up third party competitors and integrate those systems and techniques into their own have allowed them to subsume just about everyone else in the game. And that mean’s the search giant is leap-frogging just about everyone else. The Android Now personal assistant now has two billion monthly users — a significant chunk of the planet’s internet users. Plus, Google has no qualms about launching their services on rival platforms.We may not have heard too much from the Big G in a while, but it’s clear the company’s been hard at work fighting the next major battle for tech dominance years before everyone else.
“It was kind of breathtaking, to be honest. It didn’t sink in until today. I had a couple [of] lifelong harpoon guys contact me and tell me I saw a unicorn,” Zimmerman told The Boston Herald. “They said 35 years of being on the water almost every day, they’ve never seen one.”In the video, which was captured from Zimmerman’s vessel, the killer whale is shown swimming side-by-side with the pod of dolphins in a peaceful formation. Zimmerman said he wished the killer whale could have been seen during a charter trip tour, since it would have been awesome for “more people to have witnessed it.”According to OceanConservancy.org, the killer whale, also known as an orca, is a very powerful hunter that eats fish, seals, sharks, and other marine animals. Killer whales use echolocation to communicate with each other and capture prey for meals.More on Geek.com:Watch: Humpback Whales Swim With Dolphins Off Irish CoastWatch: ‘Russian Spy’ Whale Saves Woman’s Phone That Dropped in OceanDead, 37-Foot Humpback Whale Washes Up on New York Beach Stay on target Rare, Gray Orca Calf Spotted in CaliforniaWatch: Orca Performs ‘Belly Roll’ During Close Encounter With Boat Three fishermen recently spotted an enormous killer whale swimming with a pod of dolphins off the coast of Cape Cod and it was a beautiful scene.Kelly Zimmerman, a Got Stryper Fishing Charters captain, along with two other fishermen, Greg Gibbs and Charlie Whitcomb, spotted the whale roughly 50 to 70 miles east of East Chatham, Massachusetts, while they were trying to catch giant bluefin tuna on June 9, The Boston Herald reported. Got Stryper Fishing Charters shared a video of the rare sighting on Facebook, which has racked up more than 140,000 views so far.
One of the three men accused of burglarizing a Ridgefield house had driven from Texas to Vancouver to visit a friend a day prior to the alleged crime.Jean Carlos Bachemolina, 31, told investigators that he had only been in Vancouver for one night when he, Edgar Bulles Torres, 43, and Omar R. Ortega, 35, both of Monroe, La., went out driving around in a van at about 2:45 a.m. Thursday, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case.Ortega, who was driving, stopped at a dark house in Ridgefield, 2021 S. Osprey Drive, and he stayed in the car while Torres and Bachemolina pushed on a glass door, broke it and went inside, the affidavit states.They didn’t think anyone was inside the house, but Bachemolina found a 31-year-old woman hiding in an upstairs bedroom closet, according to the court document.The woman had called 911 and was talking with a dispatcher, who reportedly heard “a female scream, the sound of a struggle and then the line went dead,” the affidavit states.
Share your voice Amazon,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. 4:00 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $210 at Best Buy Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Now playing: Watch this: HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See It The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read Google Home Hub review See It Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $155 at Google Express Read DJI Osmo Action preview Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $6 at Tidal $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay Rylo 7 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $520 at HP Share your voice Chris Monroe/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS Read the AirPods review DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $999 Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 1 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $299 at Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview Amazon Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Amazon is expanding its Denver tech hub. Amazon Amazon is opening a new office in downtown Denver and adding 400 new high-tech jobs, the company said Tuesday. This expansion of its Denver hub will more than double Amazon’s tech workforce in the area. The e-commerce giant opened an office in Boulder last fall. The new jobs will be in fields such as software and hardware engineering, cloud computing and advertising.”We’re excited to continue to grow and invest in the Denver area,” said Dave Wood, site lead for Amazon’s Denver tech hub, in a statement. “Our new office will offer our teams the convenience of a downtown location with an array of outdoor adventures just up the road.”The Denver office will be part of a network of 17 development centers across North America, in addition to the company’s main headquarters in Seattle, Washington, and its future second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. These hubs employ more than 20,000 in total, according to Amazon. In November, Amazon said it’d build two 25,000-employee campuses: one in Long Island City in New York’s Queens borough and another in Arlington. In February, Amazon canceled its plans to build the New York City campus, but said it’d continue with the Virginia location. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See It $999 Turo See at Turo Best Buy Comment Sarah Tew/CNET Tags Sprint $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Amazon kills plans for NYC headquarters DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. The Cheapskate Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See it Comments Tech Industry Boost Mobile
At least two people were killed and seven injured when a Russian passenger aircraft made an emergency landing at an airport in Buryatia region in Siberia on Thursday.The incident occurred when an Antonov An-24 aircraft carrying 48 passengers, including five crew members, was on its way from Ulan-Ude to Nizhneangarsk. The plane overshot the runway after landing, hit a small building and caught fire, according to the regional emergency situations ministry.The aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing when one of its engines failed, Reuters reported.Authorities said the accident killed a pilot and technician and the passengers had been safely evacuated before the fire destroyed the plane, reported the global news agency.The deputy head of the North Baikal District, Tatyana Prokhorova, told Russian news agency Interfax that around 31 people sought medical assistance after the crash. It is also reported that four passengers, including two children, were hospitalised.The transport investigation department of the Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case on charges of violating air traffic safety and air transport violations, reported Moscow Times.In 2018, at least 71 people were killed after a Saratov Airlines plane crashed in the south-east region of Moscow after taking off from the Domodedovo Airport.
bograMiscreants hacked an officer of local passport office at Koigali in Bogra town on Thursday, reports UNB.The victim is Shahjahan Kabir, assistant director of local passport office.Witnesses said some miscreants obstructed Shahjahan around 1:30pm while he was returning home from the office.They chopped him indiscriminately in the head, right leg and a hand. Locals took him to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital.Shahjahan, who joined the passport office 6-7 months ago declared a war against corruption and organised brokers in the passport office which might have led to the attack, police said.Shahjahan also introduced a transparent complaint box in the office for passport seekers, additional police superintendent (Media) Sonatan Chakrabarty said, adding that they were trying to arrest the offenders.Meanwhile, in-charge of Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital police camp Abdul Aziz Mondal, quoting the victim, said some young men on Tuesday demanded extortion from him.
A Rohingya refugee man pulls a child as they walk to the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, on 10 September 2017. Photo: ReutersAuthorities in Myanmar have seized a boat carrying 93 people, apparently Rohingya Muslims, fleeing displacement camps in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State and hoping to reach Malaysia, an official said on Tuesday.The boat is believed to be the third bound for Malaysia stopped in Myanmar waters since monsoon rains began to subside last month, bringing calmer weather, raising fears of a fresh wave of hazardous voyages after a 2015 crackdown on people smugglers.Moe Zaw Latt, director of the government office in Dawei, a coastal town in southern Myanmar, said fishermen had reported a “suspicious” boat to authorities.The navy stopped the boat on Sunday and detained the 93 people, who said they had come from the Thae Chaung camp in the Rakhine State capital of Sittwe, he said.Thae Chaung is about 900 km (560 miles) northwest of Dawei and holds internally displaced people, most of whom are stateless Rohingya.”They said they ran away from the camp. They said they intended to go to Malaysia,” said Moe Zaw Latt, adding authorities were preparing to send them back to Sittwe on Tuesday.Photographs in media showed police standing by as passengers – many of them women in headscarves and children – huddled on the deck.The boat resembled vessels the Rohingya typically use to escape the apartheid-like conditions in Rakhine State, where their movements and access to services are severely curtailed.The U.N. refugee agency has said Myanmar must “address the root causes of displacement”, including the lack of citizenship for the Rohingya, who consider themselves native to Rakhine State.Myanmar regards Rohingya as illegal migrants from the Indian subcontinent and has confined tens of thousands to sprawling camps outside Sittwe since violence swept the area in 2012.More than 700,000 Rohingya crossed into Bangladesh last year fleeing an army crackdown in the north of Rakhine State, according to U.N. agencies.U.N.-mandated investigators have accused the Myanmar army of “genocidal intent” and ethnic cleansing. Myanmar has denied most allegations of atrocities, blaming Rohingya insurgents who attacked police boats for sparking the exodus.Myanmar officials say they are ready to accept Rohingya who want to return from Bangladeshi refugee camps. But refugees themselves and aid agencies oppose a repatriation plan that was due to begin on Nov. 15, saying conditions in Myanmar were not safe.Myanmar detained 106 Rohingya men, women and children on a boat near the commercial hub of Yangon on Nov. 16, when their engine failed on their way from the Sittwe camps to Malaysia.Those people have been returned to the camps, along with another group of more than 80 people whose boat was seized off the coast of southern Rakhine last week also bound for Malaysia, according to an aid worker in Sittwe monitoring the boat movements.
If you haven’t pre-ordered Resident Evil 6 for the Xbox 360 yet, Microsoft has a tempting offer that may give you a reason to do just that. When you buy RE6 directly from Microsoft, you’ll receive $30 worth of coupons, $20 of that is 1600 Microsoft points, while the other $10 is a gift card for Microsoft’s site.Capcom on the other hand announced their pre-order bonus a while ago: gamers get an Umbrella umbrella when they pre-order through Capcom’s official website. That $30 looking good now?Earlier this week Microsoft and Capcom announced Xbox 360 Best Price at Amazon gamers get to play three new multiplayer modes before they land on PC or PS3, giving you a further incentive to take Microsoft up on this offer. The new modes are Survivors, Predator, and Siege – Survivors has dead players turn into zombies who try and kill the humans in order to become human again, Predator has one player play as Ustanak and the other players must kill it or simply survive, and lastly Siege has one team protecting an NPC as the other team try to kill him or her.Microsoft’s coupon deal is pretty good, since the game is $60 on their site and you’re effectively getting half of that back. Even if it is in coupons, 1600 Microsoft points will come in handy when that timed exclusive DLC comes out after the games release, and the $10 voucher could go towards another game or an accessory for your console.Either way, Microsoft is really pushing Resident Evil 6’s release with their timed exclusives, the DLC, and the demo. Let’s hope all the money going into marketing it is rewarded with a solid gameplay experience.Get the deal at Microsoft, via Destructoid
@geekgirldiva If you need more (or you’re just bored later): Easter Eggs from PT1 https://t.co/GDmLyPIYEh My theory: https://t.co/dqbaOrDJpS— •Thoughts|in|Nate• (@WriteMyWrong) July 14, 2016Nate, my man, I can’t tell if I love you or hate you right now.I’m sure many of you reading caught all of this, but I’m more than willing to admit that I didn’t. Now that I do know about it, I have a feeling I’m going to be doing a lot more research, so feel free to share your theories with me anytime.Oh and, check out http://i239.bxjyb2jvda.net/. It’s counting down to… something. I guess I’ll just have to keep watching Mr. Robot season two to learn the truth. I’m okay with that! Mr. Robot is back! And just like you’d expect from a show about hacker conspiracies, it has sent this writer down a digital black hole of clues, theories, and possible alternate reality games.I have a confession to make. I was late when it came to watching Mr. Robot. I watched the first episode when it aired and then life got crazy and, next thing I knew, I had missed season one and season two was coming out in less than a month.I was pretty much fine with that until I wrote about Mr. Robot Decoded and watched it out of curiosity. What followed was a three-day binge watch of all of season one and my getting a screener of part one of last night’s season two premier episode.All of this explanation has a point, I swear. See, I was so caught up by the show itself; the twists, the turns, the stories, the characters, the “Oh my God!” moments that I’ve been processing what I’m watching on that level. And I’m sure Sam Esmail and the folks at USA Network are perfectly happy to let me process it at that level. I mean, I love the show, I talk about the show, I want to watch more of the show, so they’re happy.Except, I’ve now had my happy little bubble burst because of one single tweet last night. @geekgirldiva Did you catch this? https://t.co/jp82VjoMDo pic.twitter.com/SFwu2WUP26— •Thoughts|in|Nate• (@WriteMyWrong) July 14, 2016Okay, so I’m looking at the apple peeling, which I knew they went to all this trouble to focus on and the QR code on Elliot’s notebook. That’s great and all but… so?Next thing I know, I’ve fallen into a Google and Reddit hole and learning about Confictura Industries and learning that the QR code resolves to conficturaindustries.com, which looks just like one of the first websites I ever built. I even figure out that the site itself is connected to USA and I’m following these crumbs and now I’m starting to get confused because I can’t figure out what the hell the apple peeling is.Then I see this:Suddenly, that apple peeling made a lot more sense.This is all surface scratching. People are theorizing on Elliot’s routine. They’re finding all sorts of websites, including to E-Corp and Elliot’s Evil Corp. There’s a hell of a lot happening. I had no idea.Then there’s this: