GIVEAWAY! Win a Blackmagic Cinema Camera

first_imgGiveaway Partners is a curated royalty free music website that provides high-quality royalty music tracks and sound effects for use in new and traditional media projects.  With thousands of tracks in more than 30 music styles, Premiumbeat music is ideal for websites, online videos, mobile apps, television, radio, feature films and other professional applications. UPDATE: THE CONTEST HAS NOW ENDED.  Thanks to all who entered. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook for info on future giveaways!Royalty free music leader, in partnership with, gave away a Blackmagic Cinema Camera!  This new digital film camera is revolutionizing the professional video industry.About the Blackmagic Cinema CameraLarge 2.5K sensor13 stops of dynamic rangeCompatible with EF and ZE mount lensesVariable frame rates: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 & 30 fpsBuilt-in metadata entry via touchscreen displayBuilt-in SSD recorderRecord to 2.5K CinemaDNG RAW 12-bit, ProRes or DNxHDSDI and Thunderbolt connectorsIncludes DaVinci Resolve (color grading) and UltraScope softwareRetail price: $2,995center_img is the premiere online info and inspiration site for photographers and videographers.  With an active and professional readership, FStoppers is a creative community built around talented artists and their work.  Visit Fstoppers to check out the latest gear, learn new tips/tricks and see some of the most exciting photo/video work being created today.last_img read more

Boateng scores winner in Bayern Munich’s 1-0 win over Man City

first_imgJerome Boateng celebrates after scoring the winning goal for Bayern Munich against Man CityJerome Boateng struck in the final minute to give Bayern Munich a 1-0 win over Manchester City in the sides’ opening Champions League game in Group E on Wednesday.Boateng scored with a wonderful half-volley that took a light deflection before flying inside the far post after the visitors failed to clear Arjen Robben’s corner.”We had so many chances to score, but we wasted all of them until the last minute. The ball came absolutely perfectly to me and I thought to myself, this one I will hit into the roof of the net and that’s what I did,” the defender said after scoring against his former side.It was looking like goalkeeper Joe Hart’s inspired performance would be enough to salvage a draw for the Premier League side, which went closest through David Silva’s flying header wide of the post in the 63rd minute.”We fought hard all night against a good team and we had chances all night. We knew we were going to be in for a tough game,” Hart said. “The goal’s come from a deflection in the end, and Jerome has come back to haunt us.”City substitute Sergio Aguero came close to equalizing in injury time, only to poke the ball wide under pressure from Bayern ‘keeper Manuel Neuer.It was the third meeting in four seasons between the sides, with Bayern avenging defeat at home to the City in their final group game last December, when the English side ended the 2013 champion’s competition record ten-game winning run.advertisementIn the group’s other game, Roma defeated CSKA Moscow 5-1 in Rome.Thomas Mueller, Robert Lewandowski and David Alaba all had good chances in a frustrating first half for Bayern, but Hart thwarted their efforts with a series of brilliant stops.”The goal is the most difficult part of the game, to score a score. It’s not easy to create so many chances,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said. “We tried, and deserved the victory. We know how difficult the group is and a victory for the start is very, very important for us.”Mueller almost gave the home side a dream start when Lewandowski played him through in the first minute, but he only hit the side netting after rounding the goalkeeper.”As long as the team wins, I’ll lie in bed tonight with a smile,” Mueller said about his missed chances.City finally enjoyed some possession after Bayern bossed the opening minutes, and Edin Dzeko tested Neuer at the near post in the 13th.The Bosnian striker, familiar to fans from his time at Bundesliga rival Wolfsburg, was to be a thorn in Bayern’s side until his replacement in the 74th by Aguero.Dzeko’s curled shot whizzed past the far post and again went close in the 29th minute. Sandwiched between his two efforts, Hart again came to the rescue for City with Mueller and Goetze denied.David Alaba fired narrowly wide, and then drew another stop from Hart, who was relieved to see the rebound elude a number of waiting Bayern players.Lewandowski then hit the side netting in a similar manner to Mueller. After rounding the goalkeeper he failed to net and those frustrations grew for the home side in the second half.Bayern had a penalty appeal waved away when Bacary Sagna appeared to impede Mehdi Benatia, who was making his competitive debut following his move from Roma for a 26 million euro ($34 million) in the offseason.Silva went dangerously close with his header from Jesus Navas’ cross and Bayern needed the experience of Xabi Alonso to mop up the danger as nerves began to set in late on.There were penalty claims at either end for Robben and Silva, but Boateng was to have the final say.last_img read more

Boxing: Irish Superstar Michael Conlan to return to US to continue his Boxing Career

first_imgAdvertisementWhile Michael Conlan admits his summer homecoming night in Belfast was magical, he is confident there’ll be no hangover when he returns to Stateside business.The former world amateur champion took another step towards titles by outclassing former world title challenger Adeilson dos Santos in front of a deafening SSE Arena on June 30.As he awaits news of his next assignment back in the US – where all but his most recent of fights have taken place – Conlan feels prepared.He said:“It’s not going to be hard to adjust to going back to the States. I boxed all around the world as an amateur.“Back then I saw the full spectrum. I boxed in the Olympics and then in much smaller competitions with hardly anyone there. I know how to adjust.“Venues, atmospheres – they all change. This game is a business and a lot of my business is going to be based in the US. It’s a different feeling to boxing in Belfast.“Looking back on my last fight, as always, I’m critical of myself. I would have liked to have got him out of there but we worked on some new things, which was good.“This kind of performance will set me up for the bigger fights. I wanted to set my feet more and throw harder shots but I was able to do my new things in a real fight against a proper opponent.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Malaika Arora was injured during Chaiyya Chaiyya shoot

first_imgMumbai: Malaika Arora shot to fame with her superhit dance number ‘Chhaiyya chhaiyya’ with Shah Rulh Khan in Mani Ratnam’s 1998 film, Dil Se. After all these years, superdancer Malaika has come out to reveal a shocking incident about the filming of the song. She was bleeding around the waist while dancing, she revealed. “I fell several times while shooting for ‘Chaiyya chaiyya’. I would sway right and left owing to the strong wind, and to avoid that, the team tied me with the train with a rope through my ghaghra. This was meant to help me balance and (stay in) sync with the train’s motion. Unfortunately, when I removed the rope, I discovered I had cuts along my waistline. I was bleeding, and everyone was worried,” she said, recalling the shooting for the iconic number on a reality dance show. Composed by AR Rahman and penned by Gulzar, ‘Chaiyya chaiyya’ made Malaika a dancing star in Bollywood. She would go on perform numerous other blockbuster dances – from ‘Maahi ve’ in Kaante to ‘Munni badnaam’ in Dabangg and the recent ‘Hello hello’ in Pataakha.last_img read more

Christie Brinkley Gives 300 Cleft Children New Smiles

first_imgAs part of her ongoing commitment to help children with clefts, Supermodel, Actress and Smile Train Goodwill Ambassador, Christie Brinkley, held a special event at Smile Train’s global headquarters where she presented a check for close to $75,000 to Smile Train’s CEO, Susannah Schaefer.Supermodel Christie Brinkley Gives 300 Cleft Children New SmilesThe funds raised will help give 300 new smiles to children with clefts around the world. Alongside her skincare line, Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare, the support comes from her commitment to donate 20 percent of the purchase price of each Ageless Beauty Set sold from May 2016 to December 2016 to Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity.“Through Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare, I was able to use our Ageless Beauty Kit to benefit Smile Train. It’s important to me to present this check today, knowing that 300 cleft children will receive the surgery they need and have the opportunity for new lives. I’m excited to continue to help give children new smiles with Smile Train, an organization close to my heart, and see the difference we can make together,” said Brinkley.Brinkley has been a Smile Train Goodwill Ambassador for nearly 10 years and has helped raise much needed awareness of the issues faced by children living with untreated clefts around the world. This marks the second Smile Train initiative from Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare since December 2015. Millions of children in developing countries with untreated clefts live in isolation and, more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Smile Train’s sustainable model provides training, funding and resources to empower local doctors in the developing world to provide 100 percent-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Since its founding in 1999, Smile Train has provided more than one million cleft repair surgeries.“Smile Train is extremely grateful for the continued generosity and support from Christie and Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare,” said Schaefer. “I’m grateful to be here today accepting this check on behalf of the 300 children who will receive their new smiles.”“The Ageless Beauty set was a special edition to the Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Collection as it supported a cause that Christie, and we as a company, support and are passionate about,” said Atlantic Coast Brands and Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare, Co-founders Andrew J. Surwilo and Thomas Shipley. “To be able to give back and actually see that it is making a difference is very special to us and to Christie. We are thrilled that we were able to make such an impact with this donation,” said Surwilo and Shipley.To learn more about Smile Train’s global efforts please visit and to make a donation to Christie’s fundraising page please visit more information on Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare please visit: read more

US report notes attacks on religious minorities in Sri Lanka continued

The annual report on religious freedom released by the US State Department has noted that attacks on religious minorities continued unabated in 2017 from the previous year.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback released the International Religious Freedom Report for 2017 at the US State Department yesterday (Tuesday). The State Department report noted that the Buddhist nationalist groups such as the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS, Buddhist Power Force) continued to promote the supremacy of the ethnic Sinhalese Buddhist majority and denigrate religious and ethnic minorities, especially via social media.“Local government officials and police reportedly responded minimally or not at all to numerous incidents of religiously motivated violence against Muslim and Christian minorities. There were some reports of government officials being complicit in physical attacks on religious minorities and their places of worship,” the report said. According to the report, the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) documented 97 incidents of attacks on churches, intimidation and violence against pastors and their congregations, and obstruction of worship services. The report also said that the Sri Lankan Muslim Council (MCSL) reported dozens of violent attacks on mosques and Muslim prayer rooms during the year, especially during Ramadan. It was reported that during times of heightened religious and ethnic tensions, the Ambassador urged political leaders to defuse the immediate crisis and called on citizens to disavow religious violence. Embassy officers also met regularly with cabinet ministers with religious portfolios to encourage them to build ties across religions as part of sustainable reconciliation. (Colombo Gazette)Full report:Download (PDF, 127KB) The report also noted that in June last year, the then Justice Minister, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe publicly threatened to disbar and jail prominent human rights attorney Lakshan Dias for giving a media interview in which he stated that more than 190 documented attacks on evangelical Christians had occurred under the current government.Nondenominational Christian churches, often referred to as “evangelical” or “free groups,” continued to report physical attacks and harassment by police and local government officials who often sided with the religious majority in a given community.The report also said that in 2017 the Government continued to enforce the ministerial circular issued by the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs in 2008, which required registration of and permission for construction of new places of worship. The report said that in regular meetings with the President, Prime Minister, and other senior Government officials, the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka had emphasized the need for respect for and inclusion of ethnic and religious minorities in the post-conflict reconciliation process. read more

Middle East Quartet praises Sharon Palestinians on Gaza disengagement

“The withdrawal is an important step towards achieving the vision of two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, living side-by-side in peace and security,” said the joint statement of the diplomatic Quartet – the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States – read out by Secretary-General Kofi Annan.Present at the meeting, beside Mr. Annan, were Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, and top EU officials Javier Solana and Benita Ferrero-Waldner.“The Quartet paid tribute to the political courage of [Israeli] Prime Minister [Ariel] Sharon, and expressed its appreciation for the responsible behaviour of the Palestinians,” the statement said. It also applauded the coordination between the Israeli and Palestinian security services and their cooperation with the US Security Coordinator, General William Ward.“While noting that the Palestinian Authority has condemned violence,” the statement added, “the Quartet further urges it to maintain law and order and dismantle terrorist capabilities and infrastructure, and reaffirms the continued importance of comprehensive security sector reform.”The Quartet encouraged James Wolfensohn, its Special Envoy for disengagement, to facilitate discussion between the parties to build on the withdrawal. The statement said it will continue to lead efforts to support the sustainable growth of the Palestinian economy and to help strengthen the Palestinian Authority to assume its responsibilities through an aggressive pursuit of state building and democratic reform efforts. It urged an easing of the system of movement restrictions that prevent Palestinian economic recovery, consistent with Israel’s security needs.Beyond disengagement, the Quartet called for renewed action in parallel by both parties on their obligations under its Road Map for Middle East Peace, which calls for a series of parallel steps leading to two states living side-by-side in peace, originally by the end of this year. read more

Would Apple really release an iPad 3 without a home button

first_imgNot long after the invitations for next week’s iPad 3 event were sent out yesterday, many people noticed something that was conspicuously missing from the shot of the tablet: a home button.For most companies, this could easily be chalked up to a lazy Photoshop job, but since this is Apple, we have to wonder. The company is known for its excruciating attention to detail, so you can bet that if something made its way into an image, the company was aware of it. The question, then, is: would Apple lose the home button on its next iPad?The obvious counter to the missing home button is that the image must simply show the side of an iPad, which is in landscape mode. At first, this appears to be the case, but the spacing between the icons is wrong. Even if the iPad had six apps crammed into its dock, the spacing is still a bit too far apart.Another strike against the landscape mode argument is that the water droplets in the stock iOS wallpaper are out of place. They’re placed perfectly, however, for portrait mode. So — questions about Photoshopping aside — we can conclude that the image does, in fact, show an iPad in portrait mode.Could the iPad simply be turned upside down? Remember, iPads can rotate their displays in all four directions, so — bizarre as it would be for a teaser image — it could be showing the top of the iPad 3 with the screen flipped. But there’s something missing there too: the front-facing camera. The camera is small enough that it might be cropped out of the lower left part of the image, but probably not.So let’s say that Apple did release a teaser image of an iPad that has no home button — as appears to be the case. Is this something we can expect to see, or was the button just Photoshopped out to draw focus to the iPad’s icons? We’re leaning towards the latter, but, again, Apple’s attention to detail gives us pause. The iPad has allowed for multitasking gestures since iOS 5, so the home button could be removed without losing any functionality (and without adding virtual onscreen buttons, a la Ice Cream Sandwich). Apple also likes simplicity, and subscribes to the “only use what’s necessary” mentality. You could argue that a home button is no longer necessary (Google would agree).For now, though, we’d recommend that you file this one under “probably looking way too much into nothing.” But when you’re dealing with the most detail-oriented company in the world, nothing is to be ruled out.last_img read more

Referee stands by penalty decision in Bayerns 31 defeat in cup

Referee stands by penalty decision in Bayerns 31 defeat in cup

first_imgReferee Felix Zwayer has revealed that he does not have any doubts over his decision to not award Bayern Munich a penalty and, critically, the opportunity to equalise in their 3-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB Pokal finalThe German official controversially denied Bayern a late penalty with the score at 2-1 after Kevin-Prince Boateng appeared to have fouled Javi Martinez in the penalty area.Zwayer took the final decision after reviewing the incident on VAR.“I originally decided to give a corner, despite seeing Martinez fall to the ground. However, the challenge looked odd and it wasn’t clear why. Therefore, I decided to consult Video Assistant Bastian Dankert and he told me that TV pictures showed contact and I should look again myself,” he explained, according to ESPN.“I saw there was contact but, in my view, it wasn’t a serious contact since Martinez put the foot that was hit stably on the ground without changing its motion, before lifting his other leg, flying forward and to the ground.”rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Asked if the contact was sufficient enough to award a penalty: “Not for me because I could not see via the TV pictures any contact that in my view could have caused Martinez to fall. The impact and effect did not match for me. I did not see any contact on the TV pictures to convince me to change my original perception and decision. Even after two days, I stand by this decision.”Frankfurt immediately took advantage of the aftermath of the incident by breaking free and scoring the third goal of the game that ended any hopes Bayern may of had of pulling off a comeback.Frankfurt boss Niko Kovac, who will take charge at Bayern for next season, agreed that it was a penalty.“Kevin [Prince Boateng] wanted to clear the ball but he makes contact with his [Martinez] foot.”He added: “In my opinion, yes, that was a penalty.”last_img read more

Gerrard not looking beyond Hamilton game

Gerrard not looking beyond Hamilton game

first_imgAhead of the biggest week of his reign so far, with Rangers set to be tested on three fronts in the quest for silverware, manager Steven Gerrard insists he focus lies solely on the Scottish Premiership game against Hamilton on Sunday.After the game against Hamilton, Gerrard’s men host Spartak Moscow in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday knowing that a win will move them closer to their goal of qualifying from their group.Three days later, a clash against Aberdeen is all that stands between them and a League Cup final.The former Liverpool youth team coach paid Hamilton the respect of refusing to look beyond today’s game, explaining, as quoted by Daily Mail:“While we always try to get a head start on future opponents, I think the wrong thing to do is speak about certain games and get ahead of yourself.”“I didn’t like doing that as a player. I always felt it was best to focus on what was right in front of you, because it’s not a nice feeling when you take your eye off an opponent and it goes wrong.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“I was disappointed with us at Livingston, so I’m expecting a good performance against Hamilton – and that’s the only thing on my mind.” Gerrard cannot provide an explanation as to why his team have struggled at times on the road, but he pointed out: “Our away form wasn’t a problem against Aberdeen in the first game.”Meanwhile, Rangers will have to find a way to get past Aberdeen without the services of strikers Alfredo Morelos and Kyle Lafferty.Morelos is suspended, while Lafferty is ineligible, leaving Gerrard with a selection problem.But he claimed: “I’ve got a plan in mind. I’m not sure whether that will come out in the next couple of fixtures. We’ll have to wait and see.”“But it’s something I’ve had on my mind since I knew it was going to be happening. We’ll see on that one, but yes, it is on my mind.”last_img read more

Kamara has been suspended by Fulham after a fight

Kamara has been suspended by Fulham after a fight

first_imgThe French striker was arrested by the Metropolitan Police after he had a fight at the club’s training ground on Monday.French forward Aboubakar Kamara joined Fulham in the summer of 2017 after only one year with Amiens in the Ligue 1.But since then he has not had a good time at the English Premier League club.He has only scored ten goals in 45 matches played.Kamara made a fool of himself a few weeks ago when he fought a teammate for the penalty ball, and failed to score.And now, he was arrested after a fight in the club’s training grounds.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.“Police were called to a training ground in New Malden, shortly after 17.00hrs on Monday, 21 January to reports of a fight,” read a statement from the Metropolitan Police published by the AFP.“Officers attended. One man, in his 20s, was arrested on suspicion of ABH and criminal damage.”“The club is grateful for the swift attention and action by the Metropolitan Police immediately following our reporting of the incident on Monday,” said Fulham in a statement.“The subject who was arrested is banned indefinitely from Motspur Park and all club activities.”“We will refrain from further comment but will stress that we will fully cooperate with any new or continuing investigation or legal proceeding in the name of providing everyone a secure and safe working environment,” the club added.last_img read more

BAHAMAS Road Paving Project begins in New Providence

BAHAMAS Road Paving Project begins in New Providence

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 22, 2018 – Nassau – Motorists in New Providence can look forward to “smoother” drives.  The Ministry of Works has embarked on a road paving project in New Providence which encompasses main arteries and some side streets.The project’s scope of works entails all New Providence streets that have been in a “poor” state for a while and which are on the paving schedule.  They include Farrington Road, Culbert’s Hill, Bernard Road, Eastern Road, Village Road, Nassau Street, East Bay Street, West Bay Street, a portion of Tonique Williams Darling Highway and more.Ryan Rahming, General Manager, Bahamix, said, “We want to focus on those streets so that we can provide a ‘trafficable’ road for motorists.  The project is trying to zero-in and focus on making the streets smoother to drive on.”Bahamix, the Government’s road paving contractors, recently completed road paving on Providence Avenue and Russell Road. It is anticipated that other side streets will be included.  In addition to a major construction overhaul by Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC), road paving was recently carried out in Willow Tree Avenue, Pinewood Gardens.“They changed old lines and upgraded services throughout pinewood Gardens,” said Mr. Rahming.Following the work by WSC, Bahamix conducted a milling process prior to paving Willow Tree Avenue.  The process included removal of the old layer of asphalt and the addition of overlay of  1-1/2 thickness of new asphalt.“There are more streets within Pinewood that we have to address but we particularly focused on Willow Tree Avenue.  That street was milled and unpaved for a while,” he said.Bahamix will resume paving in Pinewood Gardens once WSC has completed ongoing utility work there.  The road paving is being conducted simultaneously with utility companies.  Mr. Rahming said the traffic plan for Willow Tree Avenue worked very well and the intent for road paving in other areas is to use a shift work system during evening and early morning hours to minimize delays.  Residents will receive advanced notice of upcoming road works.Approximately $7 plus million are being pumped into paving New Providence roads.  Utility companies and the road paving contractors are expected to coordinate work prior to paving of roads.  Mr. Rahming underscored that once Bahamix has completed paving, no company should “disturb” the work as a result of poor infrastructure planning.By: Kathryn CampbellPhoto caption:  Road paving being carried out in Willow Tree Avenue.(BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Monroe County sets up checkpoints across Keys as residents return

Monroe County sets up checkpoints across Keys as residents return

first_imgDistrict 1 – Big Pine Key to Stock Island:Long Beach Road: Mile Marker 33Key Deer Boulevard/Wilder Road: Mile Marker 30.5New Found Harbor: Mile Marker 30Ship’s Way: Mile Marker 29.5Barry Avenue/Pirates Road: Mile Marker 28.5State Road 4A: Mile Marker 28West Indies Drive: Mile Marker 27.5East and West Shore Drive: Mile Marker 25Caribbean Drive: Mile Marker 24.5Spanish Main Drive: Mile Marker 23Ocean and Cutthroat Drive: Mile Marker 22.75Drost Drive: Mile Marker 21Crane Boulevard: Mile Marker 19Sugarloaf Boulevard: Mile Marker 17South Pointe Drive: Mile Marker 16.5East and West Circle Drive: Mile Marker 15Blue Water Drive: Mile Marker 14.5Boca Chica Road: Mile Marker 11Active Patrol – Blue Water Drive to Long Beach RoadActive Patrol – West Indies Drive to Ramrod KeyActive Patrol – Stock Island to Big Coppitt KeyDistrict 4 and 5:Coral Key: Mile Marker 63Duck Key: Mile Marker 60Coco Plum Drive: Mile Marker 54Sombrero Beach Road/Anglers Drive: Mile Marker 50Sombrero Boulevard/53rd Street: Mile Marker 50For more information, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Residents, business and property owners may return to the Lower Keys and Key West beginning tomorrow at 7:30 a.m.— Florida Keys Sheriff (@mcsonews) September 17, 2017In a news release issued on Saturday, officials listed a series of checkpoints that will be in place beginning Sunday. They will limit access to parts of the Keys to residents, business owners, disaster workers and supply vehicles.The Florida City checkpoint along U.S. 1 will remain in place. Residents and business owners must show either proof of residency or proof of business ownership.While there will be no checkpoints along U.S. 1 in the Keys, there will be checkpoints at 21 neighborhoods in the hardest hit areas in the corridor between Marathon and Key West. Due to unsafe conditions, only residents or business owners, or people contracted to do work for those property owners, will be allowed to enter those locations.The checkpoints are located as follows: KEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – Monroe County removed the road block from the north end of the Seven Mile Bridge, Sunday morning, allowing residents and business owners to return to the Lower Keys.last_img read more

Wilmington Animal Control Officer Issues Reminders To Dog Owners Asks Residents Not

Wilmington Animal Control Officer Issues Reminders To Dog Owners Asks Residents Not

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Animal Control Officer Christopher Sullivan recently posted the following reminders to residents on social media:1. It’s May 1, which means dogs are not allowed anywhere on Silver Lake beach or grass areas adjacent to the beach on Grove Avenue and Main Street.2. If you have yet to do so, please register your dog(s) with the town through the Town Clerk’s Office.3. Please remember there is a leash law in town and please abide by it.4. Please pick up after your dog.5. Lastly, I have been working on keeping the geese off of the fields in Wilmington. Please do not feed them. This is especially prevalent at Rotary Park. Feeding them can make them sick and will encourage them them to stay in the area.As always, feel free to contact me at the station at 978-658-7988 x 5400 or via email at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Animal Control Officer Reminds Residents: No Dogs On Town Beach, Dog Registration Late Fee Kicks In June 1In “Government”(GOOSE) POOP HAPPENS: Town Beach Has Successful Season Despite 16-Day Swimming Ban Due To High BacteriaIn “Government”LETTER: Dog Owners Need To Do Better Job Cleaning Up After Their Dogs At Town Dog ParkIn “Government”last_img read more

National security expert warns of Asian space race

National security expert warns of Asian space race

first_img More information: Technology: Asia’s space race, Nature 480, 171–173 (08 December 2011) doi:10.1038/480171a Journal information: Nature China Xichang Satellite Center; The launch of Tianlian I-01 satellite (a Data Relay & Tracking Satellite); The newly developed Long March 3C Carrier Rocket. Image: Wikipedia. Explore further Moltz writes that despite denials by the major Asian players, there exists the beginnings of a space race among the most technologically advanced countries in the area. In the lead of course is China, which besides the United States and Russia, is the only country to have put a person in space on its own. Other Asian countries actively involved in space technology include India, South Korea and Japan, though others such as Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan are working on building a presence as well.Japan of course, has been actively involved with the International Space station, and India has been putting nerves on edge by mixing its space technology with military goals by building rockets capable of carrying a payload all the way to Beijing. The country has also launched its own rockets into space to deliver satellites, though it’s not yet achieved the broad range of successes of the Chinese program.The problem with an Asian space race, Moltz contends, is that it builds an arena of unhealthy competition bred out of historic geopolitical rivalries. It also wastes resources, but that’s not something that should concern other countries. What should he writes, is the possibility of an Asian space race morphing into an Asian arms race, something that could impact virtually every nation on Earth.The current situation, he explains, is a collection of Asian countries who are unwilling to work together to meet mutual goals such as can be seen with the European Space Agency (ESA). Instead, individual countries work independently, quite often duplicating work done by other countries both in Asia and in the west, resulting in secretive programs that have as a goal beating one another to the next level, rather than building programs that serve the national, or international good.What is perhaps most chilling about an Asian space race is the way China, which is the clear leader, has gone about its space program, highlighted not by its triumphs in manned exploration, but in it’s destruction of one of its dead weather satellites by an anti-satellite weapon back in 2007. Not only did that action contribute to the vast collection of space junk, but it sent shock waves through the entire international community as it demonstrated very clearly the types of technology China has been secretly working on. And because of its leadership role in the Asian community, the action has likely set other countries to develop their own such weapons.One other worrisome offshoot of the space race is the impact it might have on those Asian countries unable to join in. Pakistan, for example, a country with nuclear weapons, has voiced concerns over the missile technology that India has developed and has repeatedly made it clear that any actions by India it deems a threat to its own survival would be met with all out war, including the use of nuclear bombs. ( — James Clay Moltz, an associate professor in the department of national security affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, has published a commentary paper in the journal Nature where he warns of a possible space race involving many Asian nations, possibly leading to an arms race.center_img 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. Citation: National security expert warns of Asian space race (2011, December 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Bangladesh, Pakistan Team Up With China On Space Cooperation © 2011 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

The Latest UN official voices concern about Syria safe zone

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Jean Paul Laborde, executive director of the Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee, told reporters Tuesday the threat posed by such foreign fighters is global and the world’s response must involve all levels of society.Laborde spoke after ministers and representatives from some 70 countries met in Madrid to discuss ways of stemming the flow of foreign fighters and countering their recruitment.The committee estimates there are some 25,000 foreign fighters from more than half the countries in the world involved with jihadi extremists such as the Islamic State group.___5:25 p.m.Turkey’s military says it used fighter jets to target Kurdish rebels after its soldiers were attacked near the country’s border with Iraq.In a statement, the military said Kurdish militants fired on Turkish soldiers with heavy weaponry prompting the response in Sirnak province.The exchange of fire appears to be further escalation between the Turkish government and the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK. The spike in violence has prompted concerns that a promising peace process is falling beyond repair.___4:40 p.m.The spokesman of one of the main factions fighting the Islamic State group and Syrian government forces says a U.S.-Turkish agreement to establish a zone free of extremists in northern Syria is in their interest. Ahmad Qara Ali of the ultraconservative Ahrar al-Sham says his group, Turkey and its allies have a joint enemy in IS and “weakening, attacking and targeting” it would help change the situation on the ground.Ahrar al-Sham and its allies have been fighting IS in Syria since January 2014. Most recently, the fighting was concentrated in Aleppo province where the free zone is expected to be set up.Qara Ali said via Skype Tuesday he hopes that airstrikes against IS will be more serious and can help in defeating the extremists.___4:30 p.m.Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has affirmed his country’s support for Turkey’s military actions against the Islamic State group and its right to defend itself against terror acts.The Saudi Press Agency reported that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a phone call on Tuesday to Salman, who is currently on holiday in France.Salman reportedly told Erdogan that recent terrorist acts in Turkey confirm that the IS group and other terror organizations pose a threat to peace and security in the region and must be eliminated.___4:05 p.m.A NATO official says that alliance members have used the closed-door meeting in Brussels to call on Turkey not to use excessive force. Speaking after preparatory meetings Monday, committee executive director Jean Paul Laborde said international cooperation was imperative in combating the problem.The committee estimates there are some 25,000 foreign fighters from more than half the countries in the world involved with listed Al-Qaida affiliates such as Al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State armed group.___10:00 a.m.NATO ambassadors are gathering for an emergency session to gauge the threat the Islamic State extremist group poses to Turkey, and the actions Turkish authorities are taking in response.The extraordinary meeting Tuesday at NATO headquarters is only the fifth such emergency meeting in the 66-year-history of the alliance. Turkey requested the session under Article 4 of the treaty, which empowers its 28 member states to seek such consultations when they consider their “territorial integrity, political independence or security” to be in jeopardy.Turkey’s request followed an IS suicide bombing near Turkey’s border with Syria that left 32 people dead and an IS attack on Turkish forces, which killed a soldier.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories The agency says the soldier was fired on by a man wearing a mask on Tuesday in the mainly-Kurdish town of Semdinli.The attack comes amid increased violence between Turkey and Kurdish rebels and Turkish airstrikes against the militants’ bases in neighboring Iraq.A day earlier, a military police major was killed in an ambush of his car in the southeastern province of Mus. Ten people were detained for questioning.Earlier, an explosion at a natural gas pipeline between Iran and Turkey — blamed on Kurdish rebels — caused a large fire and shut down the flow of gas.___11:20 a.m.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey is asking NATO to be prepared to help his country as it battles Islamic State militants in Syria and Kurdish rebels in Iraq.Speaking at a news conference Tuesday before leaving for China, Erdogan also said it was impossible to advance a peace process with the Kurds as attacks on Turkey continue.Erdogan spoke as NATO convened for a special meeting to discuss threats to Turkey.Erdogan said Turkish and U.S. officials were discussing the creation of a safe zone near Turkey’s border with Syria, which would be cleared of IS group presence and turned into a secure area for Syrian refugees to return. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Khoja says a safe zone would be a “significant first step.”___12:40 p.m.Turkey’s NATO partners say they stand “in strong solidarity” with the nation, and that the security of the U.S.-led alliance is “indivisible.”Ambassadors from NATO’s 28 member states issued a joint statement following a rare emergency meeting at NATO headquarters held to hear Turkey describe the threat it faces from the Islamic State extremist group and the actions it’s taking in response.The NATO ambassadors say they “strongly condemn the terrorist attacks against Turkey, and express our condolences to the Turkish government and the families” of victims killed in recent terrorist actions.The NATO statement added: “Terrorism poses a direct threat to the security of NATO countries and to international stability and prosperity,” ”It is a global threat that knows no border, nationality or religion_a challenge that the international community must fight and tackle together.”NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg is scheduled to speak to the media soon about the meeting’s conclusions.___12:35 p.m.Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency says a soldier has been seriously wounded in an armed attack near Turkey’s border with Iraq. ___11:15 a.m.NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has opened a rare emergency meeting at NATO headquarters, requested by Turkey, by expressing condolences to the Turkish people and government for recent deadly attacks there. He said that “terrorism in all its forms” can never be justified.Tuesday’s meeting is only the fifth of its kind since the U.S.-led political and military alliance was founded 66 years ago. The NATO treaty empowers member states to seek emergency consultations if they deem their territorial integrity, political independence or security to be under threat.In public remarks, Stoltenberg said it was right to hold the meeting since there is instability on Turkey’s border and NATO’s southeastern doorstep. The meeting of the North Atlantic Council, NATO’s principal political decision-making body, then went into closed session.___11:05 a.m.The U.N. Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee is meeting in Madrid with ministers and representatives from some 70 countries to discuss ways of stemming the flow of foreign fighters to countries such as Iraq and Syria.The committee says the meeting Tuesday is aimed at discussing strategies and techniques to help member states address the foreign fighter threat. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   O’Brien did not yet have details on just where the zone would be or how it would affect the delivery of humanitarian aid into Syria.He spoke to reporters Tuesday after briefing the Security Council. He has proposed a visit to parts of Syria next month, but his office says that all depends on the Syrian government.The U.N. special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, will brief the council on Wednesday.___8:25 p.m.Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says his council of ministers views Turkish airstrikes in his country as “a dangerous escalation and a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty.”In a three-part message posted on his official Twitter account Tuesday, al-Abadi said that the council is committed “not to allow any attack on Turkey from Iraqi territory and called on Turkey to respect good relations.”Turkey launched a wave of airstrikes in Iraq last week targeting militants with the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, in the country’s northwest.___6:30 p.m.A U.N. panel says the threat of foreign jihadi fighters traveling to countries such as Iraq and Syria is a fluid and rapidly-changing problem and the response of governments must be stepped up. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories The Kurds have held the government responsible for an Islamic State suicide attack earlier this month saying it had not done enough to stop the group.Atalay said: “It can resume from where it stopped, but until we reach that point, there will be a pause.”___3:20 p.m.A spokesman for the main Syrian Kurdish force fighting the Islamic State group says he does not view a U.S.-Turkish agreement to establish a safe zone in northern Syria as a threat.Redur Khalil of the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, says it is still not clear how Turkey will fight IS and adds Turkey has no interest in sending ground troops to Syria.The U.S.-backed YPG controls most of the 910-kilometer (565-mile) border with Turkey. It has warned Ankara against military intervention in northern Syria.Khalil however struck a diplomatic tone Tuesday saying the Turkish plans were not a threat.Many Kurds are concerned Turkey is using the war against IS as a pretext to limit advances by the YPG and to steer Washington away from it.___2:40 p.m.Turkey’s military says a soldier who was seriously wounded in an armed attack near Turkey’s border with Iraq has died.A military statement said the infantry sergeant died in a hospital Tuesday after being shot in the head by Kurdish militant in the town of Semdinli. Although public statements from the NATO meeting stressed unity, the official said members also urged Turkey to continue peace efforts with representatives of the Kurdish minority.The official spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak on the record.Ambassadors from NATO’s 28 member states met in Brussels for an emergency session Tuesday to gauge the threat the Islamic State extremist group poses to Turkey, and the actions Turkish authorities are taking in response.The extraordinary meeting Tuesday at NATO headquarters is only the fifth such emergency meeting in the 66-year-history of the alliance.— John-Thor Dahlburg, Brussels.___3:35 p.m.A senior Turkish ruling party official says Turkey’s peace process with the Kurds is not over but has been placed on hold.Besir Atalay, a spokesman for the ruling Justice and Development party, says the peace negotiations can restart when Kurdish rebel fighters withdraw from Turkish territory and lay down arms.Turkey launched peace talks with the Kurdish rebels’ imprisoned leader in 2012 with the aim of ending the 30-year conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people. The rebels declared a cease-fire in 2013 that had largely held until last week. The rebels claimed responsibility for killing two policemen and Turkish jets pounded rebel positions in northern Iraq. BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest from NATO meeting on Islamic State group and related developments (all times local):9:50 p.m.The U.N. humanitarian chief, Stephen O’Brien, has warned against calling a proposed buffer along the Turkey-Syrian border a “safe zone,” saying it could risk attracting vulnerable people to an area without “sufficient protection.”Turkish and U.S. officials are discussing the creation of a safe zone near Turkey’s border, which would be cleared of Islamic State group presence. The attack comes amid increased violence between Turkey and Kurdish rebels, including Turkish airstrikes against the militants’ bases in neighboring Iraq.A day earlier, a military police major was killed in an ambush in the southeastern province of Mus. Ten people were detained for questioning.Earlier, an explosion at a natural gas pipeline between Iran and Turkey — blamed on Kurdish rebels — caused a large fire and shut down the flow of gas.___1:50 p.m.The leader of Syria’s main political opposition group is urging NATO partners meeting in Brussels to support the establishment of a “safe zone” in northern Syria.Khaled Khoja, who heads the Syrian National Coalition, says that would ensure civilians are protected from the Islamic State group and President Bashar Assad’s indiscriminate aerial bombardment.NATO ambassadors are gathered Tuesday for an emergency session requested by Turkey to gauge the threat IS poses to Turkey and the actions Turkish authorities are taking in response.Turkish and U.S. officials are discussing the creation of a safe zone near Turkey’s border, which would be cleared of IS group presence and turned into a secure area for Syrian refugees to return. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

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