TORONTO — A 95-year-old man who has had his citizenship revoked several times for lying about his membership in a Second World War Nazi death squad has lost yet another bid to have his case revisited.The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed the latest legal action from Helmut Oberlander, whose case dates back to the 1990s.Courts have repeatedly ruled that Oberlander’s Canadian citizenship should be revoked on the grounds that he lied about his participation in a Nazi squad responsible for the deaths of nearly 100,000 people, although there has never been any evidence that he took part in atrocities.The latest ruling had come from Federal Court Judge Michael Phelan last September, but Oberlander alleged the judge was biased because of previous involvement in the case and took the matter to the higher court.A three-judge panel with the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed Oberlander’s motion to have his case revisited in a written decision released Thursday.“There is a strong presumption that judges will comply with their solemn judicial oath to administer justice impartially,” the decision reads.“This presumption is not easily rebutted, particularly where the previous decision in question which forms the foundation of the bias allegation took place a decade ago, under a different legal regime, and on a different record.”In June 2017, the federal government revoked Oberlander’s Canadian citizenship for the fourth time since the mid 1990s. In doing so, the government maintained he was complicit in war crimes by belonging to Einsatzkommando 10a, known as Ek-10a.The Ukraine-born Oberlander, who came to Canada in 1954 and became a citizen in 1960, has long argued he was conscripted into the unit as a 17-year-old and risked execution had he tried to leave. He has insisted he acted as an interpreter and took no part in its savagery.Phelan was asked to rule on the government’s citizenship revocation decision in September 2018. He found it reasonable to strip Oberlander of his Canadian citizenship for misrepresenting his war-time activities when he immigrated.In reaching his conclusion, Phelan said a 2000 ruling from Federal Court Judge Andrew MacKay found Oberlander to have been aware of the unit’s brutality and complicit in its war crimes by acting as an interpreter.However, Oberlander’s lawyers Ronald Poulton and Barbara Jackman argued that Phelan misinterpreted MacKay’s decision and was in fact leaning on his own previous ruling from 2008 — one that was upended on appeal.“Justice Phelan sat in judgment on his own previous finding,” the lawyers argued.The Federal Court of Appeal said judges frequently need to revisit their own work, adding that the lengthy amount of time that had elapsed between Phelan’s two rulings was relevant.The judges also noted that Phelan had to rely on different legal procedures in his two rulings, since the Supreme Court had changed the test for war crimes complicity in 2013.“The Supreme Court changed the test … from participation or indirect complicity to complicity based on a knowing, significant, and voluntary contribution,” the decision reads. “The judicial review before Phelan in 2018 involved a different legal test than that which governed in 2008.”Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press
LONGUEUIL, Que. — Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques is set to return to Earth late Monday as his six-month mission comes to an end.Speaking to reporters today from the International Space Station a final time before his return, Saint-Jacques says returning to gravity will take some getting used to, but he’s looking forward to seeing his wife and three children.Saint-Jacques’ first space mission, with NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, began Dec. 3 when the trio arrived aboard a Soyuz capsule.Among his highlights in orbit was a six-and-a-half hour spacewalk on April 8 — the first Canadian to walk in space since David Williams in 2007.In May, he used the station’s Canadarm 2 for a “cosmic catch” of SpaceX Dragon cargo — the first time the feat was performed by a Canadian using the Canadian-built technology aboard the space station.Saint-Jacques has also performed numerous science experiments while aboard the station.The Canadian Press
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Hulu is dropping the free TV episodes that it was initially known for as it works on an online television service to rival cable TV.Free episodes — typically the most recent four or five episodes from a show’s current season — will be gone from the site within a few weeks. Instead, Hulu is making free episodes available through Yahoo .While Hulu started as a free site, supported by advertising, free video has become increasingly more difficult to find as Hulu tries to lure viewers into a subscription — $8 a month for a plan with ads, and $12 without. In recent months, visitors to Hulu.com have been presented with prominent links to subscribe, with links to free video buried in a menu after signing in.And free episodes haven’t been available on Hulu’s mobile apps or streaming-TV devices, just on Hulu.com from a traditional computer. Now, they won’t be on Hulu.com at all.Devotees of Hulu’s free on-demand videos will be able to find them by visiting the new Yahoo View site from a computer. The Yahoo site will not have free episodes of CW shows such as “Arrow” and “The Flash,” as Hulu has been offering, because CW has a broader deal with Netflix instead. Yahoo says it will have the past five episodes of ABC, NBC and Fox shows available. The Fox shows will appear eight days after their TV airing, as is the practice at Hulu.com now. Yahoo will also have some older CBS shows.The episodes on Yahoo are not currently available on a phone, although Yahoo is working on a mobile web version and an app. Yahoo says the mobile version will be free, but it may not have all the same video as the desktop computer site because of content licensing restrictions.Hulu says relatively few people watch the free videos. It now has about 12 million subscribers who pay for original shows, the entire current seasons of some network shows and access to Hulu’s library on mobile and streaming-TV devices like Roku.Hulu also plans to launch a live online TV service next year. It would show broadcast and cable channels in real time, without making viewers wait until the next day for episodes. In a move that could make that service more appealing, Time Warner Inc. recently took a 10 per cent stake in Hulu, joining the TV and movie conglomerates — Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox and Comcast’s NBCUniversal — that already owned it. Time Warner plans to contribute some of its channels, including TNT and TBS, to the new service.Several other companies already offer live, paid TV over the internet, including Sony and Dish. DirecTV plans a service for later this year as well.Yahoo also has broader ambitions for View. It wants to add video from other Yahoo properties and from other networks and studios. However, its previous attempt at an online video hub, Yahoo Screen, shut down in January, despite having new episodes of the cult comedy “Community” after its cancellation by NBC.Verizon, which is buying Yahoo to help the phone company grow a digital advertising business , makes TV episodes and short videos available on its go90 mobile app. Phil Lynch, the head of media and content partnerships at Yahoo, says that as the deal gets closer to closing early next year, it “makes sense that we have integration discussions.” Hulu dropping free video as it prepares cable TV alternative by Tali Arbel, The Associated Press Posted Aug 8, 2016 9:30 am MDT Last Updated Aug 8, 2016 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This June 27, 2015, file photo, shows the Hulu logo on a window at the Milk Studios space in New York. Hulu said Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, that the company is dropping the free TV episodes that it was initially known for as it works on launching a skinny bundle of streaming TV. (AP Photo/Dan Goodman, File)
“The Secretary-General is outraged by the attacks perpetrated by suspected anti-Balaka against civilians and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA),” his spokesperson said in a statement. He added that the Secretary-General reiterated that attacks against UN peacekeepers may constitute a war crime.Armed assailants attacked civilian populations overnight on 12 and 13 May, targeting in particular Muslims, in the Tokoyo neighborhood of Bangassou, in south-eastern CAR, according to MINUSCA. Preliminary information reported that displaced civilians sought refuge at a mosque, a Catholic church and a hospital.“These attacks led to significant population displacement, an undetermined number of civilian casualties and the death of one Moroccan peacekeeper, bringing to six the number of peacekeepers killed in the Central African Republic this week,” the spokesperson said, noting that Mr. Guterres offered his condolences to the family of the bereaved peacekeeper and the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco. In today’s statement, the Secretary-General reaffirmed the UN’s support for MINUSCA, which is in CAR to protect civilians and stabilize the country, and extended his appreciation to the Governments whose troops and police contribute to MINUSCA peacekeeping. CAR is emerging from civil conflict which began in 2013, with clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian.“These recent incidents amply demonstrate that the situation in the Central African Republic is still fragile hence the need for continued and sustained regional and international support to overcome the challenges at hand,” the Secretary-General’s spokesperson said.The attack came just hours after the UN held a memorial ceremony to honour five peacekeepers killed on 8 May in a nearby village of Yogofongo. People connected with the anti-Balaka group are also suspected in the attack. UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, and other senior UN officials, took part in the ceremony.
For example, of the 24 wild-card-round veterans who made it to the conference championships since 1994, eight have gone on to win the Super Bowl (including seven of 20 who faced a top-2 seed in every round). For a road team, having a 1-3 chance of winning the Super Bowl with two games to go is ridiculous: Road teams in the playoffs normally have only about a 1-3 chance of winning their next game.After two solid victories against strong teams (beating the Cincinnati Bengals — a fellow five-loss team — and the heavily favored Peyton-Manning-led Broncos in Denver, each by double digits), the Colts’ stats suddenly look a lot better than they did when they were getting thrashed by the Dallas Cowboys a few weeks ago.You can see how those wins have changed the Colts’ fortunes in the chart below. I plotted winning efficiency vs. scoring efficiency — generally the two main modes of statistical analysis in football.3Using expected wins added per game from offense and defense (similar to “WPA,” calculated using ESPN’s expected win percentage model) against the net expected points per drive (from “EPA” of offense and defense). I’ve then compared where each playoff team stood at the start of the playoffs to where they stand now (upper right is better):As you can see, the Colts have made the biggest positive move by a long shot. This is what the “trial by fire” phenomenon is all about: Since the Colts have taken the hardest road to get where they are, we’ve learned more about them.And what’s crazy is that this movement may underestimate what we’ve really learned. Unlike Elo ratings or SRS, these EPA and WPA metrics don’t account for strength of opponent (though ESPN’s model does account for playing on the road). It also treats the Colts’ playoff games as being just as important as their regular-season games, which empirically doesn’t seem to be the case (as I mentioned last week, we’re going on at least 20-plus years now where playoff games have been between two and five times as important as regular-season ones, depending on your assumptions).Of course, the other remaining playoff teams have won to get where they are as well. But think of it like this: If the chart underestimates each team’s movement, each arrow could be twice as long, and then we’d see a very different picture — the Colts might even leapfrog the Patriots. As it stands, the Colts have closed much of the gap between themselves and the favorites anyway, and may very well deserve to be right there with them.But are they good enough to win a Super Bowl? Here’s a plot of every team that had positive WPA and EPA stats entering the playoffs since 1994. I’ve marked Super Bowl winners in dark gray and present-year (eliminated) teams with empty circles:The Colts are well within “contender” range, and the teams ahead of them aren’t historically dominant.And the Green Bay Packers, tops in each metric, shouldn’t get complacent. Only three of 14 teams with better EPA have won championships, and two of 16 teams with higher WPA have won, and just one of the unlucky nine teams that were better on both axes won. Now, obviously the Packers are already into the third round of the playoffs, so we’d probably expect their chances to be a bit better than other teams in their neighborhood — but even accounting for that, a team of their strength at this stage hasn’t done any better than the average “trial by fire” team in the same spot.So things are looking up for Luck and crew: They’re a stronger-than-normal wild-card-round veteran playing against slightly weaker-than-normal dominant teams. Great.And now for the bad newsThe bad news is that the Colts have to play the Patriots, who eliminated them from the playoffs in last year’s divisional round, 43-22, and then dropped another 40 points on the Colts in their 42-20 Week 11 victory in Indianapolis (to add insult, the Colts were also coming off of a bye).So in the past year, in one home and one away game, the Patriots have won twice and outscored the Colts 85-42.But does this matter? Figuring out just how predictive “prequel” games can be (relative to other metrics) is a surprisingly thorny issue. Here are a few of the difficulties:The home team in the playoffs generally has the better record or holds tiebreakers against a team it has already played. This means it’s more likely to have won any regular-season matchup.We know that home-field advantage in the playoffs is generally stronger than it is in the regular season, and a big part of that is due to the fact that stronger teams tend to host playoff games. But part of the effect may also be because a team that can regularly beat another team it plays will also be more likely to play that team in the playoffs at home.Because of the aforementioned “trial by fire” effect, away teams in later rounds of the playoffs may be stronger than we would expect. This may actually mean that the home-field effect is stronger than it appears — such as if the home team won a regular amount of the time against teams that were stronger than average.The Super Bowl is weird. Again perhaps partly because of “trial by fire,” teams that lost to their Super Bowl opponents in the regular season actually have a winning record in the championship game. The possible causal link here4This is only 13 Super Bowls, and so, speculative.: A team that won the matchup in the regular season is more likely to have the easier road to get to the rematch.I tried to run some regressions, but because there are so many distinct scenarios that are very different from each other, the samples are too small to detect persistent trends, much less statistically significant ones.That said, there are a few things that we can probably extrapolate — at least as being supported by the data, if not proved by it — from looking at the equivalent scenarios. So let’s start with teams that played each other twice in the regular season vs. teams that didn’t play each other at all:Cases where the home team in the playoffs lost both regular-season games are too rare to give them any weight (though they do favor the regular-season victor). The most salient point is that playoff home teams that beat their opponents twice (as opposed to just once) in the regular season win about 9 percentage points more often (68.8 percent vs. 59.5 percent). This also doesn’t appear to have anything to do with the relative strength of the teams, because the sweeping teams have had a lower difference in margin of victory.5Why don’t teams that beat their opponents twice win more often than teams that haven’t played their opponent at all? I don’t know — perhaps some of the reasons above, or maybe there’s truth to the idea that divisional rivalries are different. In the baseline category — a game between teams that never played in the regular season — the home team has won in the playoffs 68 percent of the time.This suggests that matchups matter, at least in cases where a team goes 2/2 against their opponents. But what about cases where they only played one game? These have the added wrinkle that someone (almost always) had home-field advantage in that game. So the scenarios look like this:The differences here are smaller — as we would expect, and they comport pretty closely with the relative overall strengths of the teams in question — though there’s still some causal complexity (a single road win vs. a home loss can pretty much account for the observed difference in strength). You can contemplate the road/home performance and its relationship to margin of victory in the playoffs and ensuing results all day (I’ve spun my head around it plenty). But the bottom line is that playoff home teams that won their regular-season matchups against their playoff opponents on the road have won close to 75 percent of the time in the playoffs — the highest of any of these scenarios.tl;dr: The Patriots beat the Colts 42-20 in Indianapolis this year. That’s not good news for Indianapolis.But I’ll offer the same point I made about Carolina last week: While the situation looks bad, it will be especially meaningful if the Colts manage to win. If they pull off the upset against New England, not only will they have taken out the top two seeds in the AFC on the road to the Super Bowl, but they’ll have done it by avenging two losses from earlier in the year.Charts by Reuben Fischer-Baum. The NFL is down to its final four Super Bowl contenders, and it’s quite a group. All of them are division winners, and each has 13 wins on the ledger. Picking a favorite is tricky. The New England Patriots are a tempting choice, having led the NFL in SRS (“Simple Rating System,” or margin of victory adjusted for strength of schedule), as well as having been one of the greatest dynasties in NFL history. Yet the other three teams have all won championships more recently. The AFC championship game features an old rivalry with a new face. And the NFC championship arguably features the league’s best offense against the league’s best defense. So, you know, this weekend should be boring.According to bookmakers, the weakest of these teams — by a healthy margin — is the Indianapolis Colts. Futures markets give them about 15-2 odds to win it all. After accounting for house advantage, that implies that gamblers thinks the Colts have about a 10 percent chance of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 1.It’s fitting that the biggest underdogs left in the playoffs are led by Andrew Luck — the Hacker Gods’ vicar on Earth — who seems to be on a mission to prove that you have to be willing to lose to win.Last week, Luck even made the interceptions he threw while in the lead (normally a big no-no) look good, throwing deep on third-and-longs — 43 yards downfield on third-and-12 in the second quarter, and then 37 yards downfield on third-and-13 in the third. No one throws deep interceptions quite like Luck, and after he casually shrugged them off on Sunday, even old-guard commentators noted how downfield interceptions are really just like punts.1But with more upside!Whether Luck’s relentless approach will translate into playoff glory remains to be seen. But in the meantime, there’s good news and bad news for the Colts.The good newsThe Colts have faced the toughest road of the teams left standing. Last week in this column, I examined the “trial by fire” effect in the NFL playoffs — the phenomenon by which wild-card-round veterans appear to get stronger and stronger the deeper they go into the playoffs.2Note, this doesn’t mean they are actually getting stronger; it means that only the strongest of them survive the trials.
The life expectancy of girls living in the poorest areas of England has fallen by almost 100 days in the past five years, official figures show.The Office of National Statistics (ONS) yesterday released data showing that girls born in deprived areas in 2017 are expected to die more than three months earlier than those born in the exact same areas in 2012.Researchers said that the data revealed “a significant widening in the inequality of life expectancy”. Women in the most deprived areas in England can expect to live for 78.7 years, while women in the least deprived areas can live for 86.2 years – a gap of 7.5 years.In total, the data shows that women born in the most deprived areas of England had the biggest drop in their life expectancy. Between 2012 to 2014 and 2015 to 2017, the life expectancy at birth of women living in the most deprived areas in England fell by 98 days. In comparison, the life expectancy of women living in the least deprived areas increased by 84 days.Meanwhile boys born in the wealthiest areas of England can expected to live 95 days longer during the same period.Ben Humberstone, Deputy Director for Health Analysis and Life Events at the ONS, said: “We’ve found a large fall in life expectancy at birth among women living in the most deprived areas in England when comparing the periods 2012 to 2014 and 2015 to 2017. “This is in contrast to the continued increases in life expectancy for women living in the least deprived areas. This has led to a significant widening in the inequality in life expectancy at birth in England. Wales mirrored this pattern, although significant changes were not detected.”Mr Humberstone said that the analysis shows that life expectancy in the UK has stopped improving at the rate that was expected before 2011 and that further research is needed to analyse the factors contributing to this trend and the impact of deprivation. 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 bipartisan vote of 256 to 160, the US House Republicans has passed HR 4402, the National Strategic and Critical Mineral Production Act of 2012. This legislation is seen by some in the industry as long overdue, however, its safe passage through the US Senate is very unlikely due to staunch Democratic opposition. It is controversial, as it is seen by some as effectively elevating mining above all other uses of public lands, like grazing, recreation, fishing and other activities.It would allow the federal government discretion to withdraw its environmental reviews of mining projects and accept state reviews instead. It would also curtail the time for environmental reviews by limiting the review period to 30 months unless mining companies and the government agreed to an extension. While it has wide support for the promotion of more rapid development of materials such as rare earths in the US, for other less scarce and less strategic materials, some feel it is unnecessary.The following is the official supporting statement released by the National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn upon the passage of the Act on July 12:“The ‘National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act’ approved today by a bi-partisan vote in the House would establish a 21st Century permitting system for US mining and prepare us for the 21st Century challenges of minerals supply chain reliability and security. While few countries can rival the US when it comes to an abundance of mineral resources, we remain cursed with a third-world permitting system that discourages investment and the downstream industries, related jobs, innovation and technology that depend on a secure and reliable mineral supply chain.”“Rep Mark Amodei (R-Nev) and his colleagues have carefully and credibly addressed the pitfalls of our current outdated and underperforming permitting system by providing efficient, timely and thorough permit reviews and by incorporating best practices for coordination among state and federal agencies, clarifying responsibilities, avoiding duplication, setting timeframes and bringing more accountability to the process. These are all steps other resource-rich countries such as Australia and Canada have already taken and are consistent with President Obama’s executive order to streamline the permitting process for infrastructure projects-all of which rely upon a ready supply of the very materials HR 4402 addresses.” “Our dependence on mineral imports has doubled over the past 20 years. Today, less than half of the mineral needs of US manufacturing are met from domestically mined minerals. These trends will only get worse if we do not advance policies that enable US mining to perform to its potential. Other countries have clearly demonstrated the willingness and urgency to act to meet the challenges of a new global reality in which demand for mineral resources will soar while supplies become increasingly difficult to obtain. We must do so as well, otherwise we place our long term economic growth and security at risk. NMA urges continued support for this important and far-sighted legislation.”
http://jrnl.ie/3098340 18,170 Views These are matters that take up our time and take up our interest. Vice-President Pence did say to me that the President Elect had spelled out, down in Phoenix, Arizona, his priorities in respect of securing borders and dealing with undocumented immigrants who had criminal record against them. He set out a priority there.He said he hoped the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Paul Ryan – whose ancestors hail from Graiguenamanagh in Kilkenny – and others in the Senate and Congress will make a very strong pitch for the Irish in America.The Taoiseach said the undocumented “have had to live in the shadows for too long”.Read: Enda Kenny orders Guerin Report be removed from government website>Read: First time buyers no longer need 20% deposit on properties> What I said in the message about my conversation with Vice President-elect Pence is true. I had a very good conversation with him. He does understand Ireland very well. He has parents on both sides, people on both sides from Sligo and from Clare, he’s been here in 2013 with his wife Karen and the children. Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Source: Niall CarsonKenny reiterated the points he made in the Dáil this week that the world has to deal with the decision the American people have made.The new reality “It’s not a case of wringing hands here. This is a case of dealing with the reality of a new regime and a new administration taking up office in the United States. And my conversation, both with the President Elect and the Vice-President Elect, was on the basis of the relationship of this country with the United States.“And as part of that, I mentioned the traditional economic, social, historic and political links that we have; the way things have changed, from an Ireland where we relied very heavily on remittances from the United States to keep families alive here, to where Irish-owned firms now employ over 100,000 people across 50 states,” he said.The question of the 50,000 undocumented Irish was raised with Trump, said Kenny, who said he mentioned to the president-elect that a number of years ago, John McCain (a Republican) and the late senator Ted Kennedy (a Democrat) had a very comprehensive piece of immigrant legislation, which was turned down by the Republicans. Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, 7:26 PM He is very much acquainted with the issues about the country here. He is also clear about the turnabout in our economic situation after coming through a very difficult period.The Taoiseach clarified that “brief conversations” like the one held with Pence don’t go into “all the details”. Short URL “The J-1 visa jobs program for foreign youth will be terminated and replaced with a resume bank for inner city youth provided to all corporate subscribers to the J-1 visa program.”The J-1 visa allows full-time third level students to enter the US on a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa. Students are allowed to travel to the USA and work there legally for up to four months. Source: Evan VucciTelephone conversationsWhen asked by TheJournal.ie today if Kenny had raised the matter during his telephone conversations with President-elect Trump and Vice-President-elect Mike Pence, the Taoiseach said that he did not have time to raise the J-1 issue.“I hope the J-1 doesn’t end. It has been a very valuable scheme and given young people an opportunity to travel, an opportunity to see different places, to meet new people to get a sense of what America is and in a different way follow on the footsteps of so many other forefathers,” said Kenny.He said the theory behind the J-1 was that young people would have an opportunity to get a flavour of the personality in America in different states.One of the Dáil’s youngest ministers, Health Minister Simon Harris, previously spoke about Trump’s threats to scrap the scheme stating:“Mr Trump clearly doesn’t understand the programme or it’s purpose.”A Trump visit With Trump taking a tough line on Ireland’s much loved visa programme, will he making a trip to these shores soon?“He said himself he would like to visit Ireland sometime so let us see when the administration takes up office what his schedule might be,” Kenny said.“I don’t have any indication of his coming at an early date.”Today, the Taoiseach was also asked by TheJournal.ie about his recent tweet about his conversation with Pence.Enda’s tweet Kenny came in for some harsh criticism online from people who criticised his wording and for stating that Pence “knows Ireland and the issues that matter to our people”. Source: Enda Kenny/TwitterPence has been a consistent opponent of LGBT rights and has previously advocated so-called “conversion therapy” for gay people.When asked did he regret the wording of that tweet and if he could, would he go back rephrase the tweet, he said: TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has said he hopes the J-1 visa doesn’t get scrapped following the election of Donald Trump.During his election campaign, Trump said he wanted to end the visa scheme, which has seen thousands of young Irish people travel and work in America.As part of a range of immigration policies he wants to introduce, Trump said: By Christina Finn You speak as politician to politician – it’s about the policies of Ireland, the policies of America, obviously we were the first country in the world to have a Citizen’s Assembly of which came a recommendation to have a referendum to change a fundamental law in respect of introducing marriage equality and I was very happy to be part of that campaign. 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Mozilla is trying to rebuild its browser reputation with Firefox Quantum. Mozilla A year and a half after introducing its first Quantum-branded version of Firefox, Mozilla is still working to speed up its web browser.The new Firefox 67, released Tuesday, concentrates its attention on important parts of website code, speeding up Instagram, Amazon and Google by 40% to 80%, the nonprofit said. It also puts background tabs on hold when you have less than 400MB of free memory to try to avoid slowdowns.Speed is crucial to life online. Statistically, you’ll perform more searches, read more news and do more shopping when websites load faster. But for all Mozilla’s effort, the number of people using Firefox monthly continues to dwindle — down from about 300 million when Mozilla released the first Firefox Quantum in November 2017 to about 257 million today, according to Mozilla statistics. Firefox users spend more time using Firefox per day, though, up more than 20 minutes in that same time frame to about 4 hours and 50 minutes.Mozilla’s mission — to keep the internet open and a place where you aren’t in the thrall of tech giants — may seem abstract. But Mozilla succeeded in breaking the lock Microsoft’s Internet Explorer had on the web a decade ago, and now it’s fighting the same battle again against Google’s dominant Chrome. Now playing: Watch this: Tags Computers Post a comment Share your voice Firefox Mozilla 0 Among other features in Firefox 67:Firefox now blocks cryptocurrency mining and fingerprinting software that’s used to give websites and advertisers a way to track you even if you shut down more conventional means like cookies. Safari and Brave already try to block fingerprinting scripts that websites try to run. Fingerprinting uses scripts to test what your browser can do and how it’s configured; with enough parameters your browser can be distinguished from others’. And cryptocurrency mining scripts sponge off your computing power and electricity bill so other people can create digital money.Firefox includes a faster new AV1 video decoder called dav1d. Mozilla joined companies including Amazon, Google and Microsoft in 2015 to found an effort to create the royalty-free AV1 compression technology. It’s part of a plan to sidestep patent fees for the top competitor, HEVC. AV1 helps make 4K video more practical and shrinks network usage for lower-resolution video, and it already accounts for 12 percent of streaming video in the Firefox beta, Mozilla said.If your computer runs Windows 10 and uses an Nvidia graphics card, you’ll get access to new technology called WebRender that has the potential to significantly speed up web site display on your screen. That’s the kind of thing that can make websites feel much more responsive. Mozilla is starting with a limited population of Firefox users but will spread WebRender to other people over 2019.If you’ve customized Firefox with an extension, the browser should restart more quickly.Mozilla delayed Firefox 67’s release because of a security certificate problem that broke the ability to customize Firefox with extensions.Originally published May 21, 6 a.m. PT.Update, 9:54 a.m.: Adds more details about the new browser version. How Chrome changed web browsers 10 years ago CNET Apps Today 2:24
The State of Alaska has a commission whose sole purpose is to eliminate and prevent discrimination, but it can’t do anything when it comes to gender identity or sexual orientation. Alaska is one of 28 states that allows workplace discrimination against these classes.Download Audio:Rachel Pettijohn says she was discriminated against by two Juneau employers. The State of Alaska has no law protecting discrimination based on sexual identity or gender orientation. (Photo by Lakeidra Chavis/KTOO)Rachel Pettijohn believes she was discriminated against and humiliated at two tourism companies she’s worked at since moving to Juneau two years ago.“They didn’t fire me, they just cut down my hours to where I wasn’t getting any hours,” she said.Since she still works in the industry, Pettijohn declined to name them.During her first job, a supervisor implied that she was a pedophile, according to Pettijohn.Her boss was horrified after she made an innocent comment about a coworker’s toddler. “I said, ‘Hey, your little girl is really cute,” Pettijohn said. “’And she went, ‘You said that? I can’t believe you said that.’ She thought I was meaning it, in that way,” she said, “and it was just because I was gay. She wouldn’t think it if I was a straight person.”But Pettijohn didn’t make a big deal about it.“I think I was kind of embarrassed about it, to be honest,” she said.Even if she could prove she was discriminated against because of her identity, she wasn’t protected by the law. Despite the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage across the country, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer are not consistently protected under federal law from workplace discrimination.Former Juneau Rep. Beth Kerttula, a Democrat, tried in 2011 and 2013 to outlaw this type of discrimination. Republican Rep. Cathy Muñoz is carrying the bill this time around.The Alaska Human Rights Commission documents discrimination complaints each year in their annual report, but doesn’t include data on gender identity or sexual orientation discrimination.“Very few people contact us because they’re concerned about discrimination based on lesbian, gay, transgender or queer issues because they know we don’t cover those,” according to Paula Haley, the commission’s director.“So they don’t reach out to us, because they know we don’t have the ability to help them.”In the past few years, Haley’s only seen a handful of cases. However, the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission is beginning to accept some LGBTQ claims, according to Haley.But this area of the law is complicated.LGBTQ employees who work for the State of Alaska do have workplace protections, according to Department of Administration Commissioner Sheldon Fisher.“If someone claimed they were not hired or fired due to reasons other than their ability to do the job, whatever those reasons are, that’s something we would work with,” Fisher said.Some private sector employers may have their own policies.Drew Phoenix is director of Identity, Inc., an Anchorage-based nonprofit that provides resources for the LGBTQ community. One of the services Identity provides is workplace cultural competency training, also referred to as sensitivity training.“There’s no legal recourse, which is the really sad part. It’s like our hands are tied, so we can’t even report things at any point,” Phoenix said.Requests for the training have doubled in the past year. Identity has administered more than 20 since January, according to Phoenix.Rachel Pettijohn is now at her third company, where she says her employers are welcoming and respect her sexual orientation.
The Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan is due to begin Saturday in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, religious authorities in both countries announced.The announcements came after religious authorities in the two Gulf Arab countries failed to sight the crescent moon on Thursday night, state media reported.The Sunni mufti of Lebanon, Abdullatif Deryan, also announced that Saturday would be the start of Ramadan.There was no immediate announcement from other Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa.During Ramadan, Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex from dawn to dusk.They break the fast with a meal known as iftar and before dawn they have a second opportunity to eat and drink during suhur.Ramadan is sacred to Muslims because tradition says the Koran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed during that month.Ramadan is followed by the feast of Eid al-Fitr.
Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Riva Ganguly DasIndian high commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla has been appointed the next Indian ambassador to the United States of America (USA), reports UNB.He is expected to take up the assignment shortly, said Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday.Senior Indian diplomat Riva Ganguly Das, now serving as director general of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), is likely to be the next high commissioner of India to Bangladesh, said a diplomatic source.However, there is no official announcement yet.Shringla was appointed Indian high commissioner to Bangladesh in November 2015.
Twitter via @BCMHoustonBaylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.Federal officials have ended greater oversight of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center that began following a the death of a patient.The Houston Chronicle reports the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in late July notified Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center that it’s again in compliance with agency requirements and supervision was transferred back to the hospital’s accrediting body.Jen Rice/Houston Public MediaDoug Lawson, president of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.Doug Lawson, president of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, said in a statement Wednesday that successfully completing the CMS review within six months is “a tremendous accomplishment.”CMS earlier this year took more aggressive oversight of St. Luke’s after investigating the patient death and finding numerous safety and patient-care deficiencies.A yearlong investigation by the Chronicle and ProPublica had documented a number of deaths and unusual complications following heart transplants. CMS’ previous termination of federal funding for heart transplants at St. Luke’s remains in place.___Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com Share
Project staff recording carved Muslim gravestone that was displaced by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Credit: Patrick Daly. More information: Patrick Daly el al., “Archaeological evidence that a late 14th-century tsunami devastated the coast of northern Sumatra and redirected history,” PNAS (2019). www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1902241116 Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Strong quake hits east Indonesia; no tsunami threat Project staff recording carved Muslim gravestone that was displaced by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Credit: Patrick Daly. Project staff recording a stone defensive fortification built by Iskandar Muda along the Aceh coast. Credit: Patrick Daly. Project staff recording a stone defensive fortification built by Iskandar Muda along the Aceh coast. Credit: Patrick Daly. A team of researchers with members from Singapore, Indonesia, Ireland and the U.K. has found more evidence of a tsunami approximately 600 years ago that destroyed communities in the same part of Sumatra as the 2004 tsunami. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study of gravestones and pottery in the area and what they found. © 2019 Science X Network The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 was devastating, killing over 280,000 people and displacing millions. The tsunami was caused by an earthquake just off the coast of Sumatra, one of the islands that make up Indonesia. One of the hardest-hit areas was the province of Aceh—fatalities there were approximately 160,000. In this new effort, the researchers have found more evidence of a similar tsunami striking the same region in 1394.Geologic evidence uncovered after the 2004 tsunami showed that there had been another tsunami 600 years earlier, but there was little evidence indicating how powerful or devastating it had been. The work by the new team began when one of its members came across several Muslim gravestones that had been uncovered by the 2004 tsunami. The researchers began searching in earnest for other evidence of people living in the area before and after the earlier tsunami.The researchers report that they found evidence of 10 settlements in the area, nine of which had been completely destroyed by the 1394 tsunami. The 10th settlement was on a hilltop beyond the reach of the giant waves. Study of ceramics from the period showed the destroyed communities dated back to the 11th and 12th centuries. Study of the surviving settlement showed that the ceramics in the area from that time period came from as far away as Syria and China. It, too, suffered from the tsunami, however, as it went into decline after the tsunami. The researchers also found evidence that showed Muslim traders moving in to establish new communities where the old ones had stood. The researchers believe these people eventually established an Islamic kingdom known as the Aceh Sultanate. They further suggest that studies like theirs could provide more information regarding what happens to regions that are destroyed by tsunamis. Explore further Project staff member recording broken medieval carved stone grave marker. Credit: Patrick Daly. Citation: Researchers find more evidence of 14th-century tsunami that wiped out Sumatran villages (2019, May 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-evidence-14th-century-tsunami-sumatran-villages.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
BookingcomSabre Corporation Sabre Corporation has signed a new agreement with Booking.com that will give Sabre agency customers access to all Booking.com listings, including its alternative lodging listings, through the Sabre Content Services for Lodging.Sabre Content Services for Lodging is an industry-first technology solution that integrates multi-source, multi-representation of GDS, aggregator, and agency-sourced hotel content into the Sabre GDS. TMCs and corporations will be able to more efficiently shop, sell and service millions of hotel options as active GDS bookings.“We’re constantly working to expand our lodging offerings and bring even more options to our agency customers,” said Traci Mercer, senior vice president of lodging, ground and sea for Sabre Travel Network. “Our collaboration with Booking.com allows us to offer a comprehensive set of interesting and unique properties to our systems. Adding the Booking.com portfolio to Sabre’s lodging offering will allow travel buyers to meet the growing demand for alternative lodging options and deliver even more value to their travelers.”Officially launching later in 2018, the new lodging solution will be available via Sabre APIs as well as the Sabre Red Workspace, GetThere and TripCase. The solution will help drive more efficiency and revenue with increased lodging choice as well as enable improved optimization capabilities to better manage chain, property, and rate-level preferred content.
Award-winning architect Joyce Wang has brought her contemporary design to The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong in the form of the new Apartment Suite. Located on the top floor, it has all the elements of a private, luxury residence: an entrance foyer with sliding glass doors; an open-plan living room with a spacious sofa; a study area; a dining space featuring a cocktail bar, pantry and table for six; a Gaggenau kitchen, perfect for catering while entertaining; walk-in wardrobes in the bedrooms; and sleek marble bathrooms.Wang’s aesthetics are also apparent in the sophisticated colour palette of gold, caramel and blue, the bespoke artwork, and the hand-tufted rugs on hardwood floors. State-of-the-art tech abounds, from the high-definition televisions to the Bluetooth-connected entertainment system.Guests are invited to enjoy the new suite to the full with the Central Retreat package, which includes chauffeured transfers, flexible check-in and out, credit for use at The Oriental Spa and at two-Michelin-starred restaurant Amber, plus a tailor-made spa experience in the deep, round soaking tub.
President of The Recording Academy Neil Portnow arrives at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Recording Academy head walks back comments on women in music by The Associated Press Posted Jan 30, 2018 6:26 am PDT Last Updated Jan 30, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Recording Academy President Neil Portnow says his comments following the 60th annual Grammy Awards were taken out of context after he was criticized for saying women in the music industry need to “step up.”Portnow, in a statement Tuesday, says he regrettably used the words “step up” and that they were taken out of context and neither convey his beliefs nor the point he was trying to make. The show ended Sunday with only two female winners onstage. Lorde, the only woman nominated for album of the year, didn’t perform.“Our industry must recognize that women who dream of careers in music face barriers that men have never faced,” Portnow said. “We must actively work to eliminate these barriers and encourage women to live their dreams and express their passion and creativity through music. We must welcome, mentor and empower them. Our community will be richer for it.”His initial comments after Sunday’s awards show in New York angered some female musicians who felt his statements put the responsibility on women.Pink, who performed on the Grammys, was nominated with three other women in the best pop solo performance category but lost to Ed Sheeran. She wrote on Twitter on Monday that “Women in music don’t need to step up — Women have been stepping since the beginning of time.”Katy Perry also chimed in on Twitter to say, “We ALL have a responsibility to call out the absurd lack of equality everywhere we see it. I’m proud of ALL the women making incredible art in the face of continual resistance.”
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