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NZs new gun laws get final assent to take effect

first_imgWellington: New Zealand’s governor general on Thursday formally signed into effect sweeping gun laws outlawing military style weapons, less than a month after a man used such guns to kill 50 people and wound dozens at two mosques in Christchurch. Governor General Patsy Reddy signed the bill as police said a gun buyback program will be announced to collect the now-banned weapons. The weapons will be illegal starting at midnight, but police said a brief amnesty program will be in effect until details of the buyback are announced. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”For people who find themselves now in possession of a prohibited firearm, we ask you to please notify us,” Police Deputy Commissioner Michael Clement said. “The collection of firearms will occur at a later stage. ” He added that “for now, there is an amnesty in place and we ask people to please notify us,” he added. Anyone who retains such a weapon now faces a penalty of up to five years in prison. Exemptions allow heirloom weapons held by collectors or weapons used for professional pest control. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe House of Representatives on Wednesday passed by a final vote of 119 to 1 legislation banning the weapons after an accelerated process of debate and public submission. “The Government acted quickly to change New Zealand’s firearms laws and Police is now responsible for implementing and enforcing these new laws,” Clement said. Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, was charged with 50 counts of murder and 39 counts of attempted murder. The royal commission set up to investigate issues surrounding the massacre is examining how he obtained a gun license in New Zealand and purchased weapons and ammunition. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke emotionally during the bill’s final reading of the traumatic injuries suffered by victims of the March 15 attack.last_img read more

Egypt bars 572 Brotherhood leaders from accessing funds

first_imgCAIRO– The Egyptian government designated the Brotherhood a terrorist group last week.An Egyptian government’s panel has barred a total of 572 Muslim Brotherhood leaders from accessing their personal funds  and property.The panel also froze the assets of 87 Brotherhood schools, Judge Abdel-Azim al-Ashri, head of the Justice Ministry’s media committee, said in a statement on Tuesday. Last week, the panel barred 132 Brotherhood leaders from accessing their funds and property under a court ruling banning the Islamist group.The interim authorities earlier froze the assets of 1,130 NGOs and 137 schools on the same grounds.In September, Egypt’s Court for Urgent Matters ordered the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood Society, the banning of the Muslim Brotherhood and all affiliated bodies, and the confiscation of all the group’s offices and funds.The Egyptian government designated the Brotherhood a terrorist group last week.Egyptian authorities have launched a massive crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood following the army’s July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.Thousands of the Brotherhood’s leaders and members have since been arrested on incitement-to-violence charges.last_img read more

Mens swimming Buckeyes defeat Wright State on Senior Day

Ohio State concludes its dual meets with a victory over Wright State. Credit: Sydney McNulty | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s swimming team won its final dual meet of the season against Wright State, picking up a 153-103 victory at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.Some of the highlight swims for the Buckeyes included a win for sophomore Michael Salazar in 200-yard freestyle (1:39.79), along with senior Mark Belanger and junior Jack Barone both taking home first in their respective events, the 100-yard backstroke (48.62) and 100-yard breaststroke (55.96).Sophomore standout Mossimo Chavez glided to victory in the 50-yard freestyle by matching his time last week against Michigan, touching the wall in a time of 20.73 seconds.“I felt good today,” Chavez said. “Dual meets are just another opportunity for us to race and to prepare for the next couple of weeks.”The Buckeyes seized the opportunity by sweeping every single event, but for the seniors, the meet meant more than just another win.“It’s been a pretty emotional meet for me,” senior Matt Moen said. “ It’s definitely different because all these years we saw the older guys go through it, and you never think of you going through it yourselves. We were over there and talking, and we were like, ‘Wow this is pretty real that we are going to be in the real world soon,’ so that adds a little bit of energy too, which is always good.”Moen finished 3rd in the 200-yard breaststroke behind two fellow Buckeyes.Moving forward, however, the Buckeyes as a unit are focused on the rest of the season, using every meet as a chance to get ready for the Big Ten Championships in Columbus on Feb. 22-25.“It is a rehearsal for Big Tens,” Moen said. “The next couple of weeks are just trying to work on the details. We put in a lot of work the last couple of months, so at this point it’s just working on technique so we can perform as well as we need to.”Up next the Buckeyes will host the OSU Winter Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 11. read more

Captain Nash leads Jackets on West Coast road trip

Despite a 6-3 loss at Calgary Tuesday night, Columbus Blue Jackets fans have plenty to get excited about watching captain Rick Nash. The 25-year-old dazzled Calgary (6-2-1) goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff with his team-high fourth goal of the season. Down two men, Nash sped into the Flames’ zone, beating defenseman Dion Phaneuf to a loose puck. Sweeping past Kiprusoff, the Jackets’ star sent the puck to the back of the net as Calgary fans sat in a daze looking on.Calgary was outworked by the Blue Jackets (5-2-0) in the second period, but mustered three unanswered goals against second-year goaltender Steve Mason to complete the win. Nash commented on Mason’s play after the game.“Everyone will have bad nights,” said Nash, who has collected a point in each of his last six games. “[Mason’s] won us a lot of games by himself and we didn’t give him much support.”Columbus will need to forget about the loss quickly as the Blue Jackets return to the ice in Edmonton at 9:30 p.m. Thursday. The team will wrap up the four-game road swing in six days with night matchups at Anaheim Saturday and at Los Angeles Sunday.Special teams successSpecial teams have been a strong point this year for the Jackets.The team collected two power play goals against the Flames and have converted 7 of 28 opportunities (25 percent) this season, which is ninth in the league.“We’ve done a lot of work on the power plays,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “I think the players are comfortable with the transition we’ve had with it.”The Jackets continued their dominance shorthanded against Calgary and have now killed 28-of-29 (96.55 percent) opponent power plays this season, which is first in the NHL.“We made some significant changes in killing penalties,” Hitchcock said. “That’s been the most consistent, solid part of our game. We’ve tried to incorporate six forwards and be more comfortable doing that, rather than just using the four. We’re trying to have harder, more competitive reads in the penalty kill, and so far, it’s working.”Scouting the Oilers, Kings and DucksThe Jackets will have their hands full against the Edmonton Oilers (5-2-1), who have scored 29 goals in eight games. Oiler forward Dustin Penner has collected five goals with four assists to collect nine points early in the 2009-10 campaign.Columbus is 3-3-2 in the past eight games against Edmonton and will hope to take down the squad from the Northwest Division.Looking ahead to Anaheim (3-3-1), the Blue Jackets will need to take advantage of a struggling Ducks team at home. In the past three home games, Anaheim is 1-2-0 and has been outscored 11 to four. Right wing Corey Perry leads the Ducks with four goals and three assists in seven games.Rounding out the weekend in southern California, the Jackets will meet the Kings for the second time this season. Columbus defeated LA, 4-1, at home Oct. 17.During that game, forward Raffi Torres broke a tie on a power play goal late in the second period, while Nash contributed with a shorthanded goal.The Jackets won three consecutive meetings against the Kings and hope to return to Columbus Monday with a winning state of mind.“If we’re going to be a better team, we need better play from those top six guys if we’re going to get to the next level,” Hitchcock said. read more

Report Real Madrid consider a move for Aaron Ramsey

first_imgReal Madrid are reportedly contemplating a move for Arsenal’s unsettled midfielder Aaron RamseyThe Wales international’s decade-long stay at the Emirates Stadium appears to be nearing its end with Ramsey out of contract in the summer.Arsenal are understood to be resigned to losing Ramsey after withdrawing a contract offer and they will be open to offers for him in the January transfer window.The 27-year-old has no shortage of admirers with Liverpool the latest team to express an interest in him along with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.But TEAMtalk claims that an unlikely suitor in Real has emerged as they seek a potential long-term replacement for either Toni Kroos or Luka Modric, who continues to be linked with Inter Milan.Apparently, Los Blancos have even consulted Ramsey’s friend and Wales teammate Gareth Bale about the player.Ramsey will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club at the start of 2019.last_img read more

Rooney says Pochettino should join United

first_imgAccording to the Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney, the team should do everything in its power to hire Mauricio Pochettino.Mauricio Pochettino is the number one option for many to get the Manchester United manager job.For the Red Devils’ legend Wayne Rooney, the team should do everything it can to secure his services.“First of all you have to give Ole an opportunity and that’s a discussion that has to take place with the Glazers,” Rooney was quoted by ESPN.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“But if I had the opportunity to appoint someone, I’d go all out for Pochettino.”“I think Manchester United – certainly over the last 20, 30 years, since Alex Ferguson – have based themselves on youth players, young players, bringing players through,” he added.“I think [Pochettino] gets the best out of his players whether they are younger or older.“You see some of the young players he has brought through at Tottenham, at Southampton that have gone on to play for the national team, so I think he ticks every box in terms of his quality as a coach, but also his willingness to give youth a chance,” he explained.last_img read more

The New Childrens Museum wins National Medal Award

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The New Children’s Museum won the National Medal in Washington D.C. recently.The museum was one of five museums selected as winners and the only children’s museum. June 17, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 11:25 AM Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom, The New Children’s Museum wins National Medal Award Posted: June 17, 2019last_img read more

Microsoft Surface Headphones are 100 off

first_img Microsoft Surface Headphones Now playing: Watch this: $349 Share your voice Microsoft Surface Headphones from all angles Preview • Microsoft Surface Headphones: Hands-on with Microsoft’s new Bose-buster noise-canceling headphones Amazon CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 35 Photos $243 See It Abt Electronics Best Buy Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It Amazon Bose Microsoft Sonycenter_img 0 $349 $240 Tags See it See It Enlarge ImageMicrosoft’s Surface Headphones are available in only one color. David Carnoy/CNET When Microsoft released its Surface Headphones last year, I thought it might have trouble selling its first noise-canceling headphones for the same price — $350 — as highly regarded competing products from Bose and Sony. Well, now Microsoft has chopped the price on the Surface Headphones by $100, bringing them down to $250.It’s unclear how long the deal will last but the headphones are $250 at both Amazon and at the Microsoft Store. They’re great headphones, but I gave them a 3.5-star rating partially because they cost a little too much. You can read my full review here.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.Read more: CNET’s Best Headphones for 2019See it at Amazon Mentioned Above Microsoft Surface Headphones Post a comment Microsoft Surface Headphones: The surprise noise-canceling… Review • Surface Headphones review: Microsoft’s first noise-canceling headphones are almost great 2:38 Mobile Accessories Headphones News • Microsoft Surface Headphones are $160 off for Prime Daylast_img read more

Protesters Disrupt City Council Meeting

first_imgProtestors disrupt a Baltimore City Council meeting on May 4, 2015, holding a banner and chanting. (Screenshot from CharmTV YouTube video)On May 4th about a dozen protesters stood up during a regularly scheduled City Council meeting and unfurled banners demanding people arrested during the protests last week be freed from jail. About 20 minutes into the meeting the group began chanting, “Drop the charges, drop the bail, protesters shouldn’t go to jail,” while holding a white banner that read, “Free All Protesters Drop The Charges” On the second floor viewing gallery  the group hung a banner reading, “Locked In, Locked Down, Locked Out.” The entire episode can be viewed on the City Council’s YouTube channel CharmTV.As the protesters continued to chant a visibly annoyed City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, who was leading the meeting, banged his gavel several times and said, “I’m going to ask you to respect the council and move out of the chambers, please.” As the chants continued he repeated, “This is not the way to do it.”Hundreds of people were arrested during the riots and protests following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray on April 19th while in police custody. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan extended the amount of time a person could be held in custody before seeing a judge. Bails have been set as high as $500,000, an astonishing amount given that the police officers charged in Gray’s death had bails ranging from $250,000 to $350,000.After a recess the protesters were removed by police but not arrested. They refused to give their names to reporters who were at the meeting. Young then took a few moments to address the audience. “I apologize to those who came here for a peaceful council meeting. I understand the frustration of the people but this is not the way to do it. I think that State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has done her job and justice has to take its course. For people to come in here and be disruptive to what we’re trying to do here–and that’s to take care of the business of the city of Baltimore—is really troubling to me. You can protest. But do it in the right way. This was not really the right forum to do it in. We’re not the justice system. We’re the legislative body of the City Council of  Baltimore,” he said.last_img read more

Facebook Exec Fidji Simo Restricting Facebook Live Could Hurt Minorities

first_imgFacebook vice president Fidji Simo told the audience of Variety’s Silicon Valleywood presented by PwC on Tuesday that the company was carefully evaluating how to increase the safety of its live streaming feature in the wake of the New Zealand massacre. “We know that we need to do more to protect people on live,” she said, while also cautioning that the company wasn’t rushing to easy solutions.One of those easy solutions would be to restrict live streaming to verified users with large audiences. Such an approach could harm minorities who often used the feature to document possible instances of police brutality, argued Simo. “They go live whenever they get pulled over by a cop,” she said. “These are normal people that go live every day, these are not celebrities.”Simo said that much of Facebook’s work these days was focused on safety and security. “This is priority number one, for sure,” she said. And while the company was still struggling with issues like how to police live streams, Simo argued that Facebook had undergone a major transition since the 2016 election. “We are fundamentally not the same company that we were a year ago,” she said. Related ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Silicon Valleywood: Content Creators Discuss if Storytelling is Driven by Data Popular on Variety Simo’s fireside chat at Silicon Valleywood was her first public appearance since a major transition among Facebook’s senior executives in March, when chief product officer Chris Cox left the company alongside Whatsapp head Chris Daniels. At the time, Simo was elevated to lead the core Facebook app, after previously overseeing the company’s video business.On Tuesday, Simo joked that she hadn’t forgotten about her content roots. “You don’t upend all your video and gaming roots that fast,” she quipped. Simo went on to argue that video could play a key role for Facebook to bring people together. “Entertainment is uniquely positioned to do that,” she said.Her remarks came just as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been positioning the company on a path towards more private, one-to-one interaction in Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp, with a smaller emphasis on its legacy newsfeed. Simo argued that both would be part of Facebook’s future. “Both the town square and the living room are important,” she said.Simo said that a big focus of her organization going forward were groups and Stories, as well as new services that could be layered on top of Facebook’s public and private conversations, including Facebook’s marketplace and dating.Asked about the company’s video business, Simo said that Facebook was cautious in its investments in original content. Facebook was primarily focused on building products like Facebook Watch that made video more social, and not spending as much as Apple and others — in part because of the hefty price tag for scripted content. “It’s pretty damn expensive,” she admitted. Facebook Reportedly Working on New Snapchat-Like Messaging App for Instagramlast_img read more

DR announces new safety measures including more FB inspection

first_imgD.R. announces new safety measures including more F&B inspection By: The Associated Press SANTO DOMINGO — The D.R. has announced new safety measures that include stricter controls on food and beverage inspections in resort areas.The D.R.’s Minister of Tourism, Francisco Javier Garcia, announced the new measures yesterday. The destination is working to allay concerns in the wake of the high-profile deaths of more than half a dozen U.S. tourists.According to reports, D.R. properties will have to “provide inspectors with detailed food handling protocols as well as comprehensive information on all food and beverage suppliers.”When guests check in, front desk staff will review emergency procedures, plus an emergency centre is being established in Bavaro in Punta Cana. There will also be closer monitoring of the medical services provided by resorts including the qualifications of doctors, nurses and other medical team members.The D.R. has seen its visitor numbers drop in the wake of the publicity surrounding the tourist deaths. In June, Garcia said the deaths were not part of a mysterious wave of fatalities but a medically and statistically normal phenomenon that has been lumped together by the U.S. media. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Dominican Republic, Minister of Tourism Friday, July 19, 2019 Sharelast_img read more

November 26 2014HAPPY THANKSGIVING to family and

first_imgNovember 26, 2014HAPPY THANKSGIVING to family and friends near and far.Much to be grateful for! Here are a few snapshots by photographer Ivan Pintar of the very early years at Arcosanti. Ivan was part of the Cosanti Foundation from the early 1960’s until his death at Cosanti in 1994. The Soleri Archives at Arcosanti houses his enormous slide collection.Here we see silt preparation of the panels for the South Vault.The side panels of the Vaults are in place, also the foundations of the Ceramics Apse.The South Vault.This photo is by Annette Del Zoppo.View from the top of the Vaults to the Ceramics Apse and Foundry.Silt work on the Foundry Apse.The Foundry Apse roof pour.Paolo Soleri on the silt for the Foundry apartment roof.last_img

Rep Cole Reforms needed to protect retiree benefits for police firefighters in

first_img Categories: Cole News,News State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona today voted in favor of legislation to safeguard the retirement benefits of police and firefighters.The bills approved by the Michigan House will help identify local governments most at risk of bankruptcy or severe financial hardship due to underfunded retirement plans. The legislation is designed to help local governments avoid financial crisis, so they can continue to pay for promised retiree benefits and public services.“Our goal is to protect the benefits promised to the people who spent their careers protecting us. We want to preserve retiree benefits – not take them away,” Cole said. “That’s why we must do something to address this developing crisis. If we do nothing, police and fire department retirees will be at far greater risk of losing the benefits they’ve worked hard for and deserve.”Michigan’s local government employee retirement systems have unfunded liabilities fast approaching $20 billion.The legislation approved by the House seeks to help communities improve their plans’ finances, mirroring recommendations from a task force assembled by Gov. Rick Snyder earlier this year.The legislation calls for communities to make a minimum level of payments related to retirement systems for new hires. It creates a reporting system with uniform financial and accounting standards for local government retirement plans. An early detection system will help identify potential funding problems so local governments act quickly to mitigate them. Communities will be vetted through a state treasurer’s fiscal impact evaluation and retirement systems will be flagged as underfunded when municipalities aren’t meeting set criteria to alleviate their debts.“The state is not intervening in local plans through this proposal,” Cole said. “Instead, we are working to give local communities the tools they need to fix the financial situation on their own.”House Bill 5298 and companion legislation advance to the Senate for consideration. 07Dec Rep. Cole: Reforms needed to protect retiree benefits for police, firefighters in Michiganlast_img read more