Rain falls in the Eaton Centre mall as storm hits downtown Toronto

first_imgTORONTO – Even the iconic Eaton Centre mall wasn’t a refuge from the rain as a storm rolled through downtown Toronto on Wednesday afternoon.Numerous people posted videos on Twitter as water poured from the ceiling of the shopping centre.One person tweeted “It’s raining inside Eaton Centre,” and video showed pools of water on the floors and a woman continuing to shop as water poured from the ceiling of a store.Security guards were putting down barriers to keep the water from flowing into other shops.A spokeswoman for mall operator Cadillac Fairview says a water leak, believed to have been caused by the rain, started on the third level of the shopping centre at about 4:30 p.m. and flowed down to the lower levels.Michele Enhaynes says the source of the leak has been found and part of the mall is closed off, affecting some stores.“The shopping mall is operational but there a few retail clients closed for the evening including Ted Baker, Guess, Marciano and Massimo Dutti,” Enhaynes said in an email.The areas affected by the flood were closed “in order to ensure the safety of our tenants, guests and staff,” she said.Much of southern Ontario was under severe thunderstorm watches and warnings on Wednesday afternoon. Electrical utility Hydro One said about 26,000 customers were without power Wednesday night, many due to storm-related outages. That was down from 47,000 earlier in the day.Toronto Hydro reported early Thursday that approximately 3,600 customers were without power, down from 16,500 at the height of the storm.last_img read more

Orange Is the New Blacks Poussey immortalized on Toronto wall

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Spoiler alert: This story contains spoilers for Season 4 of Orange Is the New Black.Actress Samira Wiley has moved on from Orange Is the New Black — she now has a role in must-see series The Handmaid’s Tale, which began Sunday on Bravo — but her OITNB character, Poussey Washington, is the face of a promotional campaign for the new season.Murals went up in eight cities around the world last week with depictions of Poussey, the words “Stand Up” and the hashtag #OITNB. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Netflix, which airs the prison drama, has described the murals as both a tease for the fifth season, which begins June 9, and a tribute to Poussey, who died at the end of Season 4 when she was accidentally suffocated by a guard.last_img read more

Oscar Nominations The 10 Biggest Snubs and Surprises

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter With Paul Thomas Anderson’s surprise appearance in best director came the snub of Martin McDonagh, the writer and director of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which earned an impressive seven nominations—including the all-important best picture bellwether of best editing. McDonagh‘s absence doesn’t necessarily doom Billboards—it was Ben Affleck’s famous snub in director that helped propel Argo to best picture—but it‘s possibly a sign that the Academy may like Three Billboards a lot without being bowled over by its craft. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Oscar nominations are out, and with them the usual selection of gasp-inducing moments for the would-be nominees who found themselves shut out. Below, a look at some of the morning‘s biggest snubs and surprises, from the Academy‘s depth of affection for a movie about a cranky costume designer to the best-cinematography nominee who made two different kinds of history.FRANCO, MAKE ROOM FOR WASHINGTONThe lingering question in the best-actor category was whether the allegations of sexual misconduct against James Franco, published days before Oscar voting ended, were widely read enough to deny the Disaster Artist star a best-actor nomination that had been widely expected. Apparently, it was. Even though Roman J. Israel, Esq. had a dismal box-office run and middling reviews, the still-electric star power of Denzel Washington seemed to be enough to push him into this category—even over Tom Hanks, who still has not had an Oscar nomination since Cast Away. With Gary Oldman still the likeliest winner—though he has his own tricky history—Oscar’s potential brush with controversy could still be coming . . . but they dodged a major bullet by leaving Franco out of the conversation.THE PHANTOM THREAD SURGEThe moody period piece released late in the year seemed destined to be a critical favorite that flew under the Academy’s radar, having earned two Golden Globe nominations and little else. (Daniel Day-Lewis was even snubbed by SAG!) But the film showed up strong on nomination morning, earning not just the expected nod for Day-Lewis and the hoped-for nod for composer Jonny Greenwood (his first nomination!), but attention for Lesley Manville in supporting actress, the exquisite costume design, and most surprising of all, best director for Paul Thomas Anderson—as well as best picture. None of this means any guaranteed wins; even Day-Lewis is an underdog. But what a pleasant surprise for the film‘s fans as well as for Focus Features, which has another best-picture nominee with Darkest Hour.THREE BILLBOARDS IS TRIUMPHANT, BUT WHERE’S MARTIN MCDONAGH? Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

Passengers stage protest at Barasat station

first_imgKolkata: Male passengers of Sealdah-Barasat section put up a blockade at Barasat station demanding permission to board the ladies special trains. However, Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel were able to clear the track within a short time.On Friday morning, some male passengers boarded the ladies special train and despite the women passengers raised an objection, these passengers didn’t move out the train. RPF and GRP personnel were informed. RPF asked the male passengers to leave the compartments. Soon the GRP personnel also arrived. But, as the RPF and GRP personnel were less in number they could only request the passengers. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaLater, a large police force comprising RPF and GRP personnel forced the male passengers to evacuate the compartments. This created an unrest situation. Within minutes, a huge mob of male passengers put up a blockade obstructing the ladies special protesting the action by RPF and GRP personnel. Male passengers claimed they had to face immense trouble as general trains ran packed while many seats in ladies special trains remained vacant. Therefore, male passengers must be allowed to board the ladies special, they said. A source informed that though male passengers demanded permission to board ladies special trains, railway authority clearly stated that the demand will not be granted as such trains were meant for the female passengers for their safety. After sometime, RPF and GRP personnel forced the male passengers to withdraw the blockade.last_img read more

Rabat Firefighters Stop Womans Suicide Jump

Rabat – An elderly Moroccan woman attempted to commit suicide by climbing up an electricity pole in the neighborhood of Hassan in Rabat.Staying on the pole for two hours, the woman eventually climbed down after being convinced by a fireman.As soon as news of the incident spread, police and emergency workers rushed to the scene to ensure the woman’s safety. While on the top of the electricity pole, the woman was heard to cry, ”Long live the King…live long Mohammed VI…I want my rights…I want my own property back.”Initial reports have not determined what motivated the woman to climb the pole. read more

UNP raises strong suspicions Audio

The main opposition UNP today raised suspicions on the break-in and entry into the house of journalist Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema on Saturday.UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said that the government had got agitated soon after the incident and was doing all it can to prove that it was robbery. The UNP General Secretary also hailed the actions of the police and the 119 service saying the speedy response to the call made by Mandana’s husband Romesh may have saved the family from disaster. (Colombo Gazette)Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/TTTTTTUNP.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Attanayake said that since investigations were ongoing he did not want to assume anything but yet there were still questions raised on the suspects. He said that the government wanted to show that the incident was nothing serious and had even released a special statement to that effect. read more

Heat killed a 3 year old boy found dead inside a

Autopsy results have confirmed that the three year old boy found dead inside a car in Burlington yesterday was killed by the heat.An autopsy performed on Thursday May 24th determined the child died from hyperthermia from being left in the hot vehicle for an extended period of time.Last July, Dr. Anthony Crocco sat inside a parked car to show what happens to your body on a hot day“Just being in that car for the first 30 seconds, was a physically uncomfortable experience for me. I started to sweat, my heart racing a bit, felt really uncomfortable, didn’t want to be there”.Crocco says it’s even more dangerous for a child.“With children they’re in a car seat, it acts as an insulator when they’re in a car. It’s like wearing a blanket in a hot car”.Under the province’s good Samaritan act, you are legally allowed to break a car window if you’re trying to save a life but you should always call 911 first. read more

Judge rules SNCLavalin headed to trial on charges of fraud and corruption

MONTREAL — A court of Quebec judge has ruled that SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is headed to trial on charges of fraud and corruption.The decision is the latest step in criminal proceedings that began last fall after the Montreal-based engineering and construction giant failed to secure a deferred prosecution agreement, a kind of plea deal that would have seen the firm agree to pay a fine rather than face prosecution.Over the past four months, SNC-Lavalin has found itself in the centre of a political controversy following accusations from former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould that top government officials pressured her to overrule federal prosecutors, who had opted not to negotiate a deferred prosecution agreement with the company. SNC-Lavalin’s sale of 407 hits new obstacles — including an $81-million bill and litigation SNC-Lavalin CEO Neil Bruce in the spotlight as ‘reputational hits’ keep coming for embattled company “SNC-Lavalin to step back from 15 countries, swear off fixed-price mining bids after $17 million loss” is locked SNC-Lavalin to step back from 15 countries, swear off fixed-price mining bids after $17 million loss SNC-Lavalin and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have argued that a criminal trial could trigger the company’s exit to the United States and the loss of thousands of jobs.The RCMP has accused SNC-Lavalin of paying $47.7 million in bribes to public officials in Libya between 2001 and 2011. The company, its construction division and a subsidiary also face one charge each of fraud and corruption for allegedly defrauding various Libyan organizations of $129.8 million.The company can choose a trial by jury or by judge alone. Prior to that, it can opt to apply within 30 days to the Superior Court of Quebec to have Wednesday’s lower court decision quashed. read more

Officers say speeding driver was too fast but he smelled good a

LEBANON, Ore. – Officers in western Oregon say a suspect they tried to collar at a traffic stop drove too fast for pursuing officers, but eventually he was just too fragrant.The Albany Democrat-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1ywUlp0) that the driver gave officers in Linn County the slip in a high-speed chase before dawn Sunday, doing better than 100 mph in a red Honda Prelude whose hood flew off.But Lebanon police later saw the car parked and launched a search by foot.That’s when officers caught a “strong scent of cologne” in the darkness and soon found their suspect hiding in shrubbery.Thirty-five-year-old Charles V. Agosto was jailed on charges including probation violation and trying to elude officers. Officers said he told them he regretted using the cologne.There was no immediate indication he had a lawyer. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Sep 29, 2014 4:43 pm MDT Officers say speeding driver was too fast, but he smelled good, a little too good read more

If the US were to wage war on North Korea what shape

first_img 39 Comments By AFP Short URL 34,280 Views If the US were to wage war on North Korea, what shape would it take? The US Secretary of State has already said that diplomacy has failed. Mar 17th 2017, 9:29 PM Friday 17 Mar 2017, 9:29 PM US SECRETARY OF State Rex Tillerson says diplomacy has failed and military action against nuclear-armed North Korea is an “option on the table,” and President Donald Trump insists a long-range nuke from Pyongyang “won’t happen.”While war with North Korea may be unlikely for now, Pentagon planners and private analysts have given deep thought to how US military intervention with the reclusive country would play out.Hint: There are no easy options, and the risks are enormous.Surgical vs. all-in The US ‘shock and awe’ strike launched against Iraqi targets in 2003. Source: JEROME DELAYPreemptive military action against North Korea would mean the United States and its allies won’t wait until a North Korean nuclear ballistic missile is launched, even though dense defence networks could likely shoot one down.So first question would be whether to go all in — a la Iraq — and push for regime change, or whether to limit intervention to surgical strikes on nuclear program targets.Stratfor, a US private intelligence firm that recently published a paper looking at possible Pentagon options, said Washington does not want a long-term intervention in North Korea, meaning “levels of violence would be limited.”A broader military campaign would risk full-scale war, and Pyongyang would inevitably be forewarned, making it more likely it would carry out its own preemptive strikes.Bruce Klingner, who formerly worked for the CIA and now specializes in Korean and Japanese affairs for the Heritage Foundation think tank, warned that any preemptive allied strikes or missile shoot-downs should only occur in the event of an imminent North Korean attack.War hardwareThe United States has an “ironclad” alliance with South Korea and has stationed thousands of troops there since the end of the Korean War, with about 28,000 currently based in the South.The two countries are also currently running joint military drills called the Foal Eagle exercises.A strike on the North would likely come via US stealth bombers, which can penetrate deep into enemy territory without leaving a significant radar trail.While North Korea has good air defences, these would be no match for stealth planes like the B-2 bomber, the F-22 fighter and, eventually, the F-35.America also has ships and submarines in the region, so firing cruise missiles from unexpected locations is also an option.What to strike USAF B-52 bomber, fully laden with it’s complement of bombs en route to the Gulf in 1991. Source: Gerald Penny/PA ImagesB-2 stealth bombers carrying Massive Ordnance Penetrator bombs and other armaments could easily incapacitate North Korea’s known nuclear production sites and weapons storage facilities.Stratfor says an initial wave of bombing could be followed up by a massive barrage of F-22 strikes and cruise missiles that would focus on wiping out North Korea’s weapons delivery vehicles.Pyongyang has about 200 of the so-called Transporter Erector Launchers (TELs) dotted around the country.But destroying Pyongyang’s obvious military targets does little to prevent North Korea delivering a nuclear device through other means — perhaps via a civilian fishing boat — that would be detonated by a suicide operative.The North’s response North Korean soldiers parade through Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang. Source: Wong Maye-E/PA ImagesLeader Kim Jong-Un is well aware he has limited — but powerful — options when it comes to retaliation.An all-out attack on South Korea, Japan and US military bases would most likely bring about a massive international response and hasten the end of his regime.But even a limited response would be devastating.North Korea has amassed artillery units along its border with South Korea.The capital, Seoul, is only about 55 km away and some of the canons could rain shells onto the city of 10 million.Even limited shelling and rocket fire would likely lead to mass casualties.But that would end badly for the North, said Stratfor analyst Sim Tack, who co-authored the report.It would put “the United States and its allies into a position where they have no choice but to come in and try and destroy the entire military capability of North Korea,” Tack told AFP.Unknowns Stratfor warns the US and its allies lack perfect intelligence on North Korea, so they would not be certain they had destroyed all nuclear devices and delivery vehicles.“The longer the North Korean program evolves, the more this becomes a reality,” the Stratfor report states.Realistically, absent the use of nuclear weapons or the invasion and occupation of North Korea, the United States and its allies are already at a point where they cannot guarantee the complete removal of the threat of a North Korean nuclear attack.Another big unknown is China.Beijing likes having North Korea as a buffer between itself and US-allied South Korea, but also has shown signs of impatience over North Korea’s continued nuclear testing.© – AFP 2017Read: North Korea says it’s launching missiles as training for real-life strikes on US bases >Read: North Korea is holding at least 11 Malaysians ‘hostage’ > Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/3293940 last_img read more

Ecoli quatre nouveaux cas à Lille

first_imgE.coli : quatre nouveaux cas à LilleDepuis le début de la semaine, quatre nouvelles personnes dont un bébé ont été hospitalisées à Lille. D’après les symptômes qu’elles présentent, la bactérie E.coli serait bien responsable de la contamination qui pourrait à nouveau provenir de la consommation de steaks hachés. La bactérie E.coli a de nouveau frappé. Hier, l’Agence régionale de santé (ARS) a annoncé que quatre nouveaux cas ont été recensés et hospitalisés au CHU de Lille en début de semaine. Il s’agirait de trois enfants, dont deux appartiennent à la même famille, et d’un bébé âgé de 7 mois. À lire aussiGrève des médecins : 70% des cliniques privées seraient touchéesPour l’instant, les médecins n’ont pas déterminé avec certitude l’agent responsable de l’infection. Mais au vu des symptômes des patients, la bactérie E.coli est fortement soupçonnée. Ainsi, l’ARS a indiqué que “des investigations alimentaires et microbiologiques étaient en cours” pour déterminer s’il s’agit bien d’une infection par E.coli, mais qu’il existe de “fortes chances” que ce soit le cas. Entre le 14 juin et le 1er juillet, 9 enfants ont en effet déjà été hospitalisés à Lille pour des diarrhées sanglantes et des insuffisances rénales après avoir consommé des steaks hachés de la marque “Steaks country” commercialisés par l’enseigne Lidl. Ceux-ci étaient porteurs de la bactérie E.coli O157, une souche distincte de celle responsable des décès en Allemagne et en Suède. Selon l’ARS, la famille du bébé hospitalisé a justement consommé des steaks hachés de cette marque, mais deux des autres cas ne semble pas avoir mangé de viande hachée. L’origine de la contamination reste donc encore incertaine.  Le 7 juillet 2011 à 12:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Geek Deals Humble Strategy Bundle 2019

first_imgThis year’s Humble Strategy Bundle is too good to pass up. For $15, you’ll get eight excellent games that will put your brain to work. All told, that’s $247 worth of digital goodies that can be redeemed on Steam. • Humble Strategy Bundle 2019One dollar in, and you’ll get an adorable gene-based survival game, a 64-player real-time strategy game, an online title that’s heavily influenced by the ever-popular party game Werewolf.Spend at least $1Niche – a genetics survival gameAshes of the Singularity: EscalationThrone of Lies The Online Game of DeceitBONUS: Niche SoundtrackSpend more than the average bundle price to unlock Dungeons 3, Offworld Trading Company, and an expansion to OTC. Beat the averageDungeons 3Offerworld Trading CompanyOffworld Trading Company: Jupiter’s Forge Expansion PackHit $9, and both Stellaris and Plague Inc will be yours. The former is designed by the folks behind Crusader Kings, and the latter puts you in control of making an ultra-deadly disease to wipe out humanity.Spend at least $9StellarisPlague Inc: EvolvedWilling to go up to the top tier? That will also unlock a copy of Civilization VI. And considering the MSRP is still $60, this is a big discount by itself.Spend at least $15Sid Meier’s Civilization VIThe very best part of this bundle is that a portion of your purchase price will go to a participating non-profit of your choosing. Heck, you can even decide how much is allocated by using the “Choose where your money goes” dropdown.Sale Ends: March 26th, 2019 at 11:00AM PTNote: Terms and conditions apply. See the Humble site for more information.For more great Humble deals, go to TechBargains.last_img read more

Ordinance declares hotels in Japanese IRs must cover minimum 100000 square meters

first_img Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR RelatedPosts Load More Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move The Japanese government has drafted and announced the IR Development and Promotion Ordinance in anticipation of the establishment and development of integrated resorts, including a stipulation that the total floor space of any hotels within IRs must exceed 100,000 square meters.This ordinance draft was created based on the basic concepts summarized last December by the government’s IR Promotion Council, made up of influential people. Specific numbers for the standards and requirements of the core IR facilities were presented. The standard hotel floor space of hotels within IR properties is calculated taking into consideration the total number of guest rooms and minimum guest room floor space, percentage of suites and other factors and clearly states, “The total floor space of all guest rooms must substantially exceed 100,000 square meters.”For reference, Tokyo Dome Hotel, with 43 aboveground and three underground floors, has a total floor space of 105,856 square meters. With this in mind, the hotels will be very large indeed.Regarding MICE facilities, “The total capacity of the largest international conference room must be significantly more than 1,000 people, and the total capacity for the entire facility must be at least double that of the largest conference room.”If the international conference room capacity is less, it may be combined with larger exhibition facilities. The space of the exhibition facilities combined with the international conference rooms must be between 120,000 and 200,000 square meters.Furthermore, the maximum gaming floor space remains at 3% of the total floor space of the IR facility. Transactions exceeding JPY1 million between casino operators and customers will be subject to cash transaction reports.The IR Development and Promotion Ordinance will serve as the platform for regional development plans created by local municipalities in the race to win the bid for an IR location. Based in part on public comments, the government will appoint the cabinet at the end of March and plans to implement it from 1 April 2019.Public comments regarding this ordinance will be accepted until 4 March.last_img read more

Injured Stoneman Douglas student returns home in Coral Springs

first_imgCORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – A Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor is finally back home in Coral Springs.Kyle Laman was welcomed home by family and even the Coral Springs Fire Department, Thursday.A 7News viewer sent in a video of Laman as he arrived on a stretcher.The 15-year-old spent several weeks in the hospital after he was shot in the leg during the Stoneman Douglas shooting on Feb. 14.Laman’s mother also snapped a picture of him and Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brenda Louis.She prayed with him after he got out of an eight-hour surgery several days ago.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Here is Reliance Jio 4G special offer on Prime membership and monthly

first_imgReliance Industries took the Indian telecom industry by storm and sent all the major telecom operators like Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea into a dizzy in October last year with its Reliance Jio that offered free unlimited access of 4G data (4GB per day). It is raining offers from the company, as it has come up with yet another one to keep its millions of subscribers hooked to the network.As part of its Welcome Offer, Reliance Jio first offered free unlimited access to high-speed 4G data, HD voice call, HD video call, SMS, and Jio apps from October 1 to December 31 last year. Many thought it was just a publicity stunt but the company came up with Happy New Year plan for three more months (till March end ), almost identical to the Welcome Offer except for decrease in the daily data usage from 4GB to 1GB at 4G speed.Also read: Will Reliance Jio 4G data users switch to Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and others soon?The Mukesh Ambani-owned company once again introduced Reliance Jio Prime before the end of Happy New Year plan for its current subscribers who want to continue using the network and those who enrol before March 31. According to the new plan, subscribers can avail the Happy New Year plan till March 2018 by opting for Jio Prime membership with a payment of Rs 99 and monthly recharge of Rs 303.Many could be disappointed by the move after enjoying free data for six months but Rs 303 per month for 30GB data is the best as translates to just Rs 10 per GB per day.Well, here is a deal you can use. You can avail Rs 50 cash back if you recharge Reliance Jio Prime using Jio Money. You can get avail another Rs 50 cash back by recharging for a month (Rs 303) with the phone number that is used in Jio Money. That means you can get Rs 100 cash back or discount in total.last_img read more

USled coalition downs Iranmade drone in Syria

first_imgA US Air Force ground crew inspecting an F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet at the Bagram AirBase, in the Parwan province some 50kms north of Kabul. AFP file photoA US warplane shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by pro-regime forces in Syria early Tuesday, officials said, prompting growing international concern over rising tensions between the two sides.Russia, a key ally of the Syrian regime, accused the US-led coalition of “complicity with terrorism” after the drone was downed in southern Syria.It comes days after a US warplane shot down a Syrian government fighter jet in the north of the country, prompting a furious reaction from Russia.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the incidents could be “very dangerous” and lead to an escalation of the war.Moscow has now suspended a hotline intended to prevent confrontations in Syria’s crowded air space, and warned it could consider US-led coalition planes “targets”.The rising tensions prompted Australia to announce it was suspending its participation in air missions over Syria as part of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group.The jihadists are under major pressure in Syria and neighbouring Iraq.The US-led coalition said Tuesday that it had killed IS’s self-proclaimed top cleric, Turki Binali, in an air strike in May on the Syrian town of Mayadeen near the Iraqi border.It described Binali as “a close confidant” of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and said he “had a central role in recruiting foreign terrorist fighters and provoking terrorist attacks around the world”.In Tuesday’s incident, the US-led coalition said an F-15E Strike Eagle jet destroyed an armed Shahed-129 drone in the early hours of the morning as it neared the Al-Tanaf base along Syria’s eastern border.“It displayed hostile intent and advanced on Coalition forces,” the statement said.A US military official told AFP the drone was “on a run toward our folks to drop a munition on them” and was shot down in self-defence.US presence ‘illegal’: RussiaCoalition forces are using the Al-Tanaf base by Syria’s borders with Jordan and Iraq to train anti-jihadist Syrian fighters and stage attacks against IS.But their presence there has led to a series of confrontations with pro-regime forces, including on June 8 when a US plane also downed a drone after it dropped munitions near Al-Tanaf.That incident followed two others involving US fire against pro-regime forces on the ground as they came close to the garrison.Tensions have also flared between US forces and the Syrian regime further north, where the coalition is supporting an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters battling to oust IS from the city of Raqa.On Sunday, a US fighter jet downed a Syrian government warplane for the first time in the country’s conflict south of Raqa, sparking an angry reaction from regime ally Russia.Moscow said it was suspending an incident hotline set up two years ago and warned that it would consider international aircraft operating in central Syria “aerial targets”.Washington said it would “work diplomatically and militarily… to reestablish deconfliction” but Moscow continued to take a hard line even before the latest incident.“It is absolutely illegal,” Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Tuesday of the presence of American forces in Syria.“There has been neither a Security Council decision, nor a request from the official authorities of the Syrian Arab Republic as a sovereign state,” Russia’s Interfax news reported.Risk of escalationThe growing tensions come as the coalition supports the Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting to take Raqa from IS.The SDF now control four neighbourhoods in the city, and on Tuesday also advanced along its southern outskirts, moving closer to completely encircling Raqa.Syria’s government is not involved in the operation and is instead looking further east to the largely IS-held oil-rich province of Deir Ezzor.Despite the increasing number of incidents, analysts say neither Syria’s regime nor Washington currently wants a major confrontation.“It doesn’t look like anyone currently intends to deliberately escalate further, but when you’ve got these little skirmishes… the risk is that you can end up in an escalation by accident,” said Sam Heller, a Syria expert at The Century Foundation.More than 320,000 people have been killed since Syria’s conflict began with anti-government demonstrations in March 2011.It has became a complex war drawing in multiple foreign players, including Russia, which launched a military campaign to support the regime in 2015 that has helped the government recapture large swathes of territory.Guterres played down expectations of a breakthrough in the next round of UN-led peace talks on Syria starting on 10 July.He said that given the “complexity of the situation… I don’t want to create false expectations about immediate results” from the upcoming round of negotiations.last_img read more

Putin says had good conversation with Trump

first_imgUS president Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump look on after greeting Russian President Vladimir Putin during a commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War at the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, France on 11 November. Photo: ReutersRussian president Vladimir Putin said on Sunday he had a brief but good conversation with US leader Donald Trump at World War I centenary events in Paris, Russian media reported.When journalists asked Putin whether he managed to speak to Trump, he said: “Yes,” Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported. Asked how it went, Putin said: “Well.”He did not provide further details but the French presidency said the pair had a wide-ranging discussion during lunch after the Paris commemoration.Host and French president Emmanuel Macron was there and German Chancellor Angela Merkel took part in some of the exchanges, the presidency said.Subjects discussed included the situation in the Middle East, notably Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia, and North Korea.Around 70 leaders including the Russian and US leaders travelled to the French capital to mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice.Arriving last for the event, Putin made for his US counterpart to shake his hand before giving him a thumbs up sign, while smiling.Speaking in an interview with the Kremlin-backed channel RT France earlier in the day, Putin confirmed they did not want to steal French president Emmanuel Macron’s thunder.”… we agreed not to violate the host’s work schedule, we will not organise any meetings here at their request,” he said.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the pair agreed to hold a more detailed discussion on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina at the end of the month.The Kremlin said earlier that the prospect of a full meeting between the US and Russian presidents had prompted huge international media interest, leading to concern from the French organisers this could overshadow the commemorations.Expectations have been growing for a new Trump-Putin meeting as tensions pile up over the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) and US sanctions against Moscow.Last month Trump sparked concerns globally when he said he would ditch the INF pact.Putin warned that abandoning the treaty would unleash a new arms race and put Europe in danger.last_img read more

Jury Finds Officers Negligent in Death of Baltimore Woman

first_imgWhen Baltimore resident Kendra Diggs called police to her Northeast Baltimore home on Parrish Street in May of 2013, she was desperate. Her face was bruised and bloodied, the result of a beating administered by her fiancé, James Smith.  Her five-year-old son cowed in terror.  The walls of an already strained relationship were closing in.(Courtesy photo)Police arrived, but instead of removing Smith from the premises, they directed Diggs, who had fled the premises to stand next to a fence in the front yard. She told them Smith had a gun.   And then as one of the officers tried to talk to Smith, a shot rang out, striking Diggs in the head.That’s because Smith, a veteran Baltimore police officer and sharpshooter, had scurried to the second floor of their row home to shoot at Diggs. The police officers had placed her directly in the line of fire.As she laid splayed against the fence seriously wounded, witnesses testified, the officers took cover.  And then Smith fired another shot, a fatal one, hitting Diggs in the head killing the 37-year-old mother of two as neighbors looked on in horror.James Smith, once a veteran Baltimore police officer, was charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of his fiancé Kendra Diggs. He later committed suicide in his jail cell. (Courtesy Photo)After releasing his son, Smith temporality barricaded himself inside the home.  He was later arrested and charged with first degree murder.These are the facts which emerged during a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of Diggs’ family against the two Baltimore city police officers who responded to the call.  The case recounted a sequence of events that lawyer A. Dwight Pettit, who represents the family told the AFRO was “gut wrenching.”“The officers left her by the fence,” Pettit said.Last week a circuit court jury sided with the plaintiffs and awarded $850,000 for negligence.   The suit alleged that police failed to protect Diggs, or take adequate steps to insure her safety, and failed to disarm her husband who police knew had a gun.Pettit says the case hinged upon the implicit responsibility outlined in the department’s internal rules that police officers must protect people in their custody.“It’s a progressive victory in terms of the law that police do have responsibility to protect you when they assume control of an incident,” Pettit said.“In this case they were on the scene and allegedly had control of the situation.”According to Pettit, the testimony from a neighbor of Diggs was critical to the case. She told jurors she watched Diggs cling to the fence after being wounded by the first shot, while officers took cover. Seconds later Smith delivered the fatal shot.Smith, 49, was jailed without bond.  However, the 20-year veteran officer, who was assigned to the city’s motorcade unit, was found unresponsive in his cell in August of 2013.  Corrections officials later determined Smith committed suicide by hanging himself.The jury declined to award damages for the arrest of Diggs’ oldest son who was taken into custody shortly after he arrived on the scene the night his mother was murdered. He was released three hours later without charges. Police said the arrest was for his own protection.The $850,000 award will most likely be reduced, because state law caps municipal liability to $200,000 per victim for lawsuits filed prior to 2016. Pettit filed the lawsuit on behalf of Diggs’ family in 2014.  The limit has since been raised to $250,000. Pettit says he does not know if the city will appeal the verdict.The AFRO called city solicitor David Ralph for comment, but he did not respond by press time.last_img read more

This Lord of the RingsThe Hobbit collection costs a cool 800

first_imgHopefully by now you all own The Lord of the Rings trilogy. If there were any films that needed to be owned by the discerning geek, it’s these. You need a demo disc to show off your home theater setup? There are moments in each and every film to choose from. You want to see how an entire film is made? You can watch hours upon hours of documentaries.The Extended Editions did a tremendous job of selling us all little statues and trinkets over the course of their numerous home video releases, but they’re not done with us just yet. Now that The Hobbit Extended Editions are available as well, Warner Bros. has announced the Middle-Earth six-film collection containing both trilogies. It’s a set that will offer every single bit of Middle-Earth ever created and it carries a frankly obscene price- $800.How can they justify that price tag? Let us count the ways, as you can see in the unboxing below. Dominic Monaghan was convinced to appear in the video to sell them, perhaps by being offered a set of his own as a fee.As you can see the set comes with the three Lord of the Rings films so you can reminisce upon greatness, and the three Hobbit films so you can ponder what went wrong while watching Peter Jackson self-destruct in real-time. They come in frankly gorgeous faux-leather-bound hardcover books that are full of art chosen by the fans as their favorite scenes from the movies, and it even contains a wooden shelf to place them on.There are a staggering 30 Blu-ray discs containing every version of every film, as well as the incredible special features that made previous sets must-owns. The collection also contains a replica of Bilbo Baggins’ Red Book of Westmarch that features some stunning artwork from the series.So yes, this is a truly great-looking set and any true fan would love to own it, if not for that astronomical cost. Fortunately you can currently get it on sale for the low, low price of $599!For those of us on a budget WB is also releasing a barebones six-disc movies-only set that costs a mere $60 or so, but it’s weirdly only with the theatrical versions. Strange of them not to release an Extended Edition set.Here’s a better idea- pick up both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit extended edition box sets. You won’t get the artbook or shelf but you’ll have saved almost $600 in the process, which you can use to buy all manner of Tolkien memorabilia to decorate your home with.last_img read more

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Nintendo Switchs Superhero Smackdown

first_img Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 on Nintendo Switch, like previous games in the series, is basically a superheroic reskin of Blizzard’s legendary action-RPG Diablo. And like many games inspired by Diablo (most infamously Destiny) you’ll either become completely addicted to the loop or question why you’re doing any of this as the numbers go up. What makes you fall into one camp or the other depends on game quality for sure but also personal preference. And it turns out fun but mostly brainless team-up action just feels so much more appropriate to me for a superhero blockbuster.Subtitled “The Black Order,” Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3’s story mode is supposed to be about hunting down the Infinity Stones so Thanos can’t have them. But just like in the movies, that’s more of a framework for a bunch of rip-roaring self-contained adventures full of colorful but throwaway villains to vanquish and an ever expanding assemblage of superheroes to recruit. Daredevil even jokes about hallway fights. The snappy pacing and slick frequent cutscene transitions between levels make it tough to find a natural stopping point in the breezy ten-hour crossover campaign.As I said in my preview, the roster here is quite impressive, not weirdly limited like Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite and thankfully not rendered in bootleg photorealistic art style like the upcoming Square Enix Avengers game. The story also does a good job of grouping characters in different “families” like classic Avengers Iron Man and Captain America, street-level ninja Defenders Iron Fist and Elektra, X-Men Wolverine and Nightcrawler, the Guardians of the Galaxy, mystical Midnight Sons Ghost Rider and Elsa Bloodstone, and young Spider-People Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy.AdChoices广告Beyond giving your team some aesthetic cohesion, characters in the same groups also receive extra team bonuses. I was going to go for an all-Black cast no matter what, like I did in the first game. But I also got a resiliency bonus for playing as members of The Crew: Black Panther, Storm, Luke Cage, and Falcon.That’s just the start though when it comes to customizing characters. You can spend currency you earn on global team bonuses. Eventually you’ll also start gathering Infinity Stone shards called ISO-8 that buff characters you equip them to. They’re basically the game’s loot and can be enhanced or broken down into component parts. It makes the game’s downtime feel a little more involved than like a Lego Marvel Super Heroes game or something.But ultimately Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is about smashing your way through waves of henchmen and bosses in combat encounter barely broken up by an environmental puzzle or two. It’s no Bayonetta or anything but Team Ninja’s combat does have some appreciated Japanese depth along with the Dynasty Warriors ridiculous spectacle. Characters have light, heavy, and jumping attacks that combo into each other pretty well depending on the character. You can spend energy to use four different special attacks as well you upgrade over time.You’ll quickly fall into effective rhythms with your teammates and their skills as you swap between them. A typical tactic for me involves freezing hordes with Storm’s ice barrage, slicing through them with Black Panther’s quick light claw attacks, and using Luke Cage’s nonstop punching special on weakened bosses since his bulletproof skin shrugs off weak hits. Also Falcon flies around.You’re supposed to sync up complementary special moves for synergy attacks but I found the controls for activating this too awkward in the heat of battle. More often I just waited for another meter to charge that lets you use an explosive screen-filling ultimate attack with all four characters at once.The enemies aren’t geniuses but there’s a nice variety to them that makes you reconsider your approach at times. Take out lethal distant snipers before you worry about crowd control. Stagger heavy enemies by breaking their guard gauge. Toss explosive power cores back at towering Sentinel robots. Absorb and redirect dark dimension energy. And of course the generous supply of over-the-top bosses have their own gimmicks like Kingpin’s sumo charge or Doctor Octopus’s vulnerable tentacles.By design the combat isn’t all that complicated. The varied but relatively simplistic character movesets encourage you to swap your team around more often to see something new. The nifty new zoomed-in single-player Heroic camera angle makes this look more like a third-person action game and better shows off the simple but slick levels and character models. The performance holds up even when things get wild. But you can still feel the game’s top-down roots and that’s okay. Again, this is Diablo but with all-ages superheroes instead of M-rated demons.Fortunately, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 also realizes that messing around with buddies in the post-game is the real fun of Diablo. You can play locally with other Switch players or hop online. And the Infinity Rifts, along with extra campaign difficulties, give you plenty to do with your maxed-out team. These are collections of little gauntlets remixing content from the main game. Beat a wave of bosses. Kill enemies to replenish the timer as it runs out. Rely exclusively on special moves. They’re tough but you get great rewards for your troubles like new costumes, extra currency, and even a handful of unlockable characters. They make a part of the game that could have otherwise been a grind still feel meaningful.So whether you want to marinade in a stylish rendition of the Marvel comic book universe or just chill out and plow through a bunch of fleeting but flashy fights with cool characters, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is pretty honest and unpretentious about what it offers. For more, here are some other cool Switch games to play and remember how Iron Man was completely right in Avengers: Endgame. Stay on target ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Director Explains Thanos’ Faceoff With Captain America‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast Universe last_img read more