Over 2200 Lankans sought refugee status in Japan last year

The greatest contingent of 2017’s applicants came from the Philippines, the figure climbing 250% to 4,895 people. Vietnam came next at 3,116, followed by Sri Lanka with 2,226. The record number of applicants risks slowing down the review process that identifies true refugees. The average screening took 9.6 months last year, growing by about a month from 2016. The sum of backlog applications still awaiting review also climbed to some 18,000 cases at the end of last year. Over 2,200 Sri Lankans sought refugee status in Japan last year, the Ministry of Justice in Japan said.Japan approved only 20 out of a record 19,628 applicants for refugee status last year as authorities reject appeals they suspect come from job-seekers, Nikkei Asia reported. Japan put into effect refugee status rules on Jan. 15 that sort applicants into four categories within two months of their initial filing. Those who obviously fail to fit the description of a refugee, as well as those who resubmit applications giving the same reasons, will be not be granted work eligibility nor extended residency. Those denied approval will face deportation when their initial stay expires. (Colombo Gazette) A total of 81 Syrians fleeing the civil war applied for status between 2011 and 2017. Among the 76 who completed their screenings, 70 were allowed residency as refugees or on humanitarian grounds. The other six withdrew their applications.Under Japanese law, people who are recognized as legal refugees must have valid reasons to fear persecution in their home country for such reasons as ethnicity or religion. A 2010 amendment allows applicants to start working in Japan six months after filing.That work provision was implemented to let those waiting for approval of their applications make a living. But there are also more cases where the refugee process is abused as a loophole for legal employment, including cases of repeat filings to maintain work status. But among applicants from the top 10 nationalities, none were approved as refugees. Total approvals fell from 28 in 2016 to 20.Among the 20 people recognized as full-fledged refugees, Egypt and Syria were the top nations of origin at five each. An additional 45 were granted Japanese residency for humanitarian reasons, although they are not recognized as refugees. Last year saw an increase of 8,727 people applying for refugee status from 2016 levels, the Ministry of Justice reported. The total number set a record for the seventh year in the row. read more

Final trial results confirm Ebola vaccine provides high protection – UN health

“The vaccine is the first to prevent infection from one of the most lethal known pathogens, and the findings add weight to early trial results published last year,” WHO said in a news release, noting the results of the latest trial, published earlier today in the medical journal The Lancet.According to WHO, the vaccine, rVSV-ZEBOV was studied in a trial involving 11,841 people in Guinea during 2015. Among the 5,837 people who received the vaccine, no Ebola cases were recorded 10 days or more after vaccination. In comparison, there were 23 cases 10 days or more after vaccination among those who did not receive the vaccine. “While these compelling results come too late for those who lost their lives during West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, they show that when the next Ebola outbreak hits, we will not be defenceless,” said Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO’ Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation, and the study’s lead author. The Ebola virus was first identified in 1976 and caused sporadic outbreaks in Africa. However, the 2013-2016 outbreak in west Africa, that killed more than 11,300 people, underlined the urgent need of a vaccine. Guinea, along with Liberia and Sierra Leone, was one of the worst affected countries.Noting the significance of the latest results, Dr. KeÏta Sakoba, the Coordinator of the Ebola Response and Director of Guinea’s National Agency for Health Security, said: “Ebola left a devastating legacy in our country. We are proud that we have been able to contribute to developing a vaccine that will prevent other nations from enduring what we endured.” A team of contact tracers visited a community in Conakry, Guinea, in 2015 after a family member was infected with Ebola. The family was provided with buckets and chlorine and taught how to wash hands properly at home. Photo: UNMEER/Martine Perret ‘Ring vaccination’ approachThe trial took place in the coastal region of Basse-Guinée, the area of Guinea still experiencing new Ebola cases when the trial started in 2015. It employed an innovative design, a so-called “ring vaccination” approach – the same method used to eradicate small pox. This involved tracing all people who may have been in contact with a new Ebola case within the previous three weeks as well as certain “contacts of contacts.” These “rings” were randomized to receive the vaccine either immediately or after a three-week delay. In addition to showing high efficacy among those vaccinated, the trial also shows that unvaccinated people in the rings were indirectly protected from Ebola virus through the ring vaccination approach. However, the authors note that the trial was not designed to measure this effect, so more research will be needed. “This both historical and innovative trial was made possible thanks to exemplary international collaboration and coordination, the contribution of many experts worldwide, and strong local involvement,” said Dr. John-Arne Røttingen, specialist director at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, and the chairman of the study steering group. Also, WHO said that an international vaccine-focussed organization,GAVI, provided $5 million to Merck, one of the vaccine’s manufacturers, towards its future procurement once the vaccine is approved, prequalified and recommended by WHO.As part of this agreement, Merck committed to ensure that 300,000 doses of the vaccine are available for emergency use in the interim, and to submit the vaccine for licensure by the end of 2017. Merck has also submitted the vaccine to WHO’s Emergency Use and Assessment Listing procedure, a mechanism through which experimental vaccines, medicines and diagnostics can be made available for use prior to formal licensure. read more

Arrest of three Libyans wanted for grave crimes would send strong and

Fatou Bensouda was delivering her latest report on the progress being made to bring those charged with grave crimes in Libya to account, since the overthrow of the former president in 2011, acknowledging that “the path to justice is often long and the investigations undertaken by her office, “are complex and challenging”. “Establishing the rule of law is essential to securing ongoing peace and stablity in Libya” she said. “The Council must demonstrate through concrete action its commitment to holding accountable, those responsible for violations of humanitarian law” and the other crimes listed in the Rome Statute.  Establishing the rule of law is essential to securing ongoing peace and stablity in Libya – ICC Prosecutor, Fatou BensoudaShe said ensuring that outstanding warrants issued for the arrest of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli, and Al-Tuhamy Mohamed Khaled, are executed, with them transferring to the ICC for trial, was “the first and indispensible step”.  “Such a development would send a strong and necessary message to the victims of grave crimes in Libya, that the Council and the international community at large are serious about pursing justice…and committed to taking concrete action towards that end”, she told Council members. Ms. Bensouda – who appeared before the Council in New York, despite the revocation of her visa by the United States on 4 April over her Office’s investigation of US military personnel in Afghanistan – said that the authorities in Libya remained “under and obligation to arrest and surrender Mr. Gaddafi to the ICC”, although he is appealing against the warrant on the grounds that he has already been tried for the same offences. “In the present circumstances, given that Mr. Gaddafi is still at large, the pursuit of justice for his alleged crimes remains at an impasse, both in Libya and before the ICC”. She said that as illustrated by the three cases, “the execution of arrest warrants remains one of the ICC’s greatest challenges”, leaving them wholly reliant on the cooperation of States. The commitment of the Council to urge States to act, was also key, she added. Improving accountability for crimes against migrants Turning to the victimization of migrants and refugees attempting to cross through Libya en route to Europe and other destinations, Ms. Bensouda said it was clear that “abuses against migrants start as soon as they cross the border into Libya and continue throughout the journey to the north coast.” The allegations of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment implicate many different parties she said, noting that according to a report from UN Mission UNSMIL, and the UN human rights office OHCHR, based on 1,300 first hand accounts, “alleged crimes are being committed by all sides, including State officials, members of militia and armed groups, as well as smugglers and traffickers.” Her Office, has adopted a two-pronged approach of monitoring abuse and allegations of crimes in both official and unofficial detention centres, to determine whether the ICC has jurisdiction, and also cooperating with States and organizations to coordinate prosecutions and investigations aimed at “closing the impunity gap for Rome Statute and transnational crimes, as well as organized criminal activity”, she said.  UN ‘very concerned’ over airstrikes The United Nations is “very concerned” over reports of airstrikes which took place on Tuesday, reportedly hitting a migrant detention centre in Tajoura, in Eastern Tripoli, where fighting in recent weeks following the advance of the self-styled Libyan National Army, has led to dozens of civilian deaths.  Two migrants were reportedly injured, and UNSMIL continues to remind all parties of their obligation under International Humanitarian Law to ensure the protection of civilians, including migrants and refugees, said the UN Deputy Spokesperson on Wednesday. Farhan Haq told journalists in New York that the mission was also deeply concerned about “increased cases of arbitrary arrest and abduction of officials, activists and journalists. It calls on all parties to release immediately anyone arbitrarily arrested and detained and reminds all authorities to operate within the rule of law and ensure that arrests and detention fully comply with due process.” read more

Math and Science Dean hopes to use international relations to enhance recruitment

Rather than rest on his laurels after receiving international accolades earlier this year, Ejaz Ahmed wants to leverage those global relations to aid with recruitment at Brock University.In January, the Dean of Brock’s Faculty of Mathematics and Science had an auditorium named in his honour at the University of the Punjab — the largest and oldest seat of higher learning in Pakistan. The auditorium holds up to 100 students and is used for teaching, seminars and various gatherings.A native of Pakistan, Ahmed has close ties to the University of Punjab and regularly gives lectures to its postgraduate students and faculty members.“The College decided to name the auditorium after Ahmed to acknowledge his services regarding the improvement of our curriculum and research facilities,” said Shahid Kamal, Principal of the College of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences, part of the university.Ahmed also learned in January that he had been awarded a Bualang ASEAN Chair Professorship, presented to academics of all disciplines from abroad who are internationally recognized as leaders in their field. The award allows him to pursue groundbreaking research at Thammasat University, the second oldest university in Thailand.Ahmed, whose research primarily focuses on big data, appreciates the recognition his colleagues have bestowed on him and looks to leverage these ties to help in Brock’s international recruitment.“I am so incredibly thankful for the support I have received regarding my work,” he said. “These recent developments speak to the quality of research being done in our Faculty and I hope that this helps in bringing Brock to the forefront of students’ minds all over the world.”  A well-travelled man, Ahmed knows that pursuing an education internationally takes a lot of consideration. Now in his second term as Dean, his story at Brock is one that stems back to his days in Karachi, capital of the Sindh province of Pakistan.After spending the entirety of his childhood there, Ahmed completed an undergraduate degree with honours and a Master of Science degree in Statistics at the University of Karachi. He was later appointed as an officer at a major bank and enrolled in an evening program at the Institute of Business and Administration.However, he found his work was not intellectually stimulating and knew he wanted more. After much deliberation, he decided to pursue higher education. He eventually moved to Ontario and earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Guelph and a PhD from Carleton University.“This was likely the hardest and most important decision of my life,” Ahmed said. “I would not be where I am today had I not left home.“I’d like for students everywhere to know that while it may be tough to leave your family and friends, it is important for you to seek the best education that you possibly can, and we can provide that to you at Brock University,” he said. read more

Jo Cox gunman killed MP then calmly walked away with not a

first_imgJean and Gordon Leadbeater, the parents of Jo Cox, arriving at the Old BaileyCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP He just walked away with not a care in the world, he just walked awaywitness David Honeybell A knife that was allegedly used in the killing of Jo Cox A far-Right extremist “walked away with not a care in the world” after murdering the Labour MP Jo Cox, a court has heard.Thomas Mair calmly left the spot where he repeatedly shot and stabbed the Remain campaigner in what a witness described as “very cold, he just walked away”, jurors were told.The 53-year-old waved his knife at horrified onlookers and warned they had “better move back” as he killed Mrs Cox a week before the EU referendum vote, his Old Bailey trial heard.Mrs Cox, a 41-year-old mother of two, was set upon outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, near Leeds, in front of her staff and shocked residents on June 16. Jack Foster told the court he saw the man, having shot Mrs Cox once, reload his gun before shooting her twice more.The England fan, who was wearing a red Three Lions football shirt ahead of a Euro 2016 game that evening, told how he shouted “f—— leave her alone” but he took no notice.”He reloaded his gun again, putting two cartridges in, cocked it and shot her on the floor,” Mr Foster said.He told the court he and two other men followed the man into a nearby street. Mr Foster added: “He casually walked off. No remorse, no nothing.” Clarke Rothwell was in a nearby sandwich shop when he heard a “popping” noise and a woman scream.Mrs Cox then slumped to the floor before she was shot in the stomach, he said.The man shouted words such as “this is for Britain” and “put Britain first” before reloading his gun and shooting for a third time, the witness told jurors. Tracy Bywood saw the killing as she was washing up in a care home kitchen overlooking the scene.She said the MP “went down on the floor like a sack of potatoes”, adding: “It was so awful to see a woman have such animosity shown towards her.”Fighting back tears, she told the court: “I known it was a popping noise because I won’t even buy Pringles any more, I can’t handle the noise of the seal breaking.” Mr Hussain demonstrated in the witness box how the man had stabbed Mrs Cox five or six times in front of him.He said: “When I reached near, he stepped back. I said: ‘What are you doing? What’s wrong with you?'”He said: ‘Move back, otherwise I’m going to stab you.’ He was standing there with two ladies and another man. He said ‘better move back’. He shot twice. He moved back and shot again.”Mr Hussain told jurors that by this point Mrs Cox, whom he had recognised as his MP, was being helped by an Asian woman.He said: “Jo’s head was in her lap and she was pleading for Jo to stand up, talking about her kids. Her hands and clothes were covered in blood. She was the only person there helping her.” Police at the scene of Jo Cox’s killing in Birstall, West YorkshireCredit:Ben Lack for The Telegraph 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. Jo Cox was allegedly killed by Thomas Mair, rightCredit:PA/Metropolitan Policecenter_img Police at the scene of Jo Cox's killing in Birstall, West Yorkshire Mair denies Mrs Cox’s murder, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon, a dagger.He has also pleaded not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Mr Carter-Kenny on the same date. The trial continues. Her assistant stepped in and hit the man with her handbag, while 78-year-old passer-by Bernard Carter-Kenny desperately tried to intervene but was stabbed too, the trial has heard.A witness described how the killer “just walked away with not a care in the world”, leaving Mrs Cox dying in the street.David Honeybell, who had gone to see Mrs Cox before her surgery, told jurors: “He just walked away with not a care in the world, he just walked away.”Another witness, Stephen Connolly, said: “It was very cold, he just walked away.”Taxi driver Rashid Hussain pulled up at around the same time as Mrs Cox’s arrival at Birstall library in a silver Vauxhall Astra.As he was giving his passenger her change, Mr Hussain heard what sounded like a “firecracker”, jurors were told. A gun that was presented in evidence during the trial of Thomas Mair A gun that was presented in evidence during the trial of Thomas MairCredit:West Yorkshire Police Jo Cox was allegedly killed by Thomas Mair, right Julie Holmes, who witnessed the attack from her cake shop, told how Mrs Cox’s killer looked straight at her as if to say “here I am”.She said: “He took a step into the road and he looked around and he looked over to where I was standing.”He looked me right in the eye and lifted the gun, not pointing it at me but as a gesture, saying ‘here I am’.” A knife that was allegedly used in the killing of Jo CoxCredit:West Yorkshire Police Jean and Gordon Leadbeater, the parents of Jo Cox, arriving at the Old Baileylast_img read more

Three YouTube vloggers die in waterfall plunge at Canadas Shannon Falls

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana receding on Global Development Rankings since 2015- AliAugust 3, 2018In “Business”Man swept over Niagara Falls survivesJuly 10, 2019In “latest news”India: Man hit by train in quest for perfect selfieJanuary 25, 2018In “latest news” (BBC) Three members of a YouTube travel blogging collective have died after falling over a waterfall in Canada.Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper were part of High On Life, who post videos of their travel adventures.Photos of the trio were posted on a GoFundMe page (BBC)The group said: “They were three of the warmest, kindest and most driven and outgoing people you could ever meet.”Police said the trio were swimming at the top of Shannon Falls in British Columbia on Tuesday when they “slipped and fell into a pool 30m (98ft) below”.Other members of the group, who have 1.1 million followers on Instagram and more than 500,000 YouTube subscribers, named the three on their memorial fund page and in a tribute video.They said: “There are truly no words that can be said to ease the pain and the devastation we are all going through right now.”According to the Vancouver Sun, the accident happened when Scraper slipped and fell, with Gamble and Lyakh also getting swept away as they tried to save her.High On Life are based in Vancouver and were formed by Gamble, Lyakh and another high school friend, Parker Heuser, after they travelled the world in 2012.They decided to turn travel and video production into a full-time job and often promoted brands and destinations in the pictures and videos they posted from exotic locations.Their Facebook page says: “High On Life is the attitude to embrace all of life’s opportunities with a positive outlook and energy.”In one of his last Instagram posts, Gamble, 30, spoke about the things we can all learn from “our younger selves”.He wrote: “Life isn’t about responsibilities, tough decisions and hard work, it’s about feeling bliss and living in the moment.”Last year, Gamble, Lyakh and another group member, Justis Price Brown, were banned from US federal land for five years after pleading guilty to walking on a sensitive hot spring in Yellowstone National Park and other crimes at parks across the western US.In a statement released on Wednesday, Royal Canadian Mounted Police said they had received a call about three people swimming in one of the pools at the top of Shannon Falls, about 36 miles (58km) north of Vancouver.“The individuals were with a group of friends when they slipped and fell into a pool 30 metres below,” they said.They added that teams had “worked throughout the day to complete the complex recovery of all three people from Shannon Falls” and that the file had been given to the coroner’s office. read more

Four police officers and three children caught up in explosion

first_imgUpdated 1.35pmAN INVESTIGATION INTO a bomb attack on a police Landrover on the Falls Road last night has revealed that the device was not thrown at the vehicle as was originally suspected.It had been left in place at the City Cemetery and detonated by the use of a command wire, said the PSNI today.Four officers and several members of the public were caught up in the explosion. One adult and three children were in a passing car that was struck in the explosion. It caused considerable damage to their car and left them badly shaken.The Falls Road is still closed as a follow-up search of the area continues.Superintendent Barbara Gray described this as “deliberate attempt to kill police officers” and “an attack on the community of West Belfast”.She said it is only through good fortune that no-one was seriously injured or killed last night.As with all incidents a review of the police response will be carried out to ensure that we do everything possible to provide the highest quality response to the communities of North and West Belfast.Detectives are appealing for anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area of the City Cemetery in recent days or anyone who has any information to contact them at Woodbourne on 0845 600 8000.Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.last_img read more

Seniors fact sheets launched by joint initiative in South Australia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Ten fact sheets that contain information for seniors translated in Greek were launched by the Greek Orthodox Community of SA (GOCSA) two Fridays ago, together with the Seniors Information Service (SIS). The topics covered in the fact sheets include: Home support options, residential aged care facilities, respite care, hiring private care services, legal advice, care and support after a hospital stay, power of attorney, wills, estates and probates and to move or not to move.The fact sheets were officially launched by Federal MP Steve Georganas, who thanked the GOCSA and its staff in organizing the launch and praised GOCSA for its initiative in working together with a mainstream organisation to meet the information needs of the Greek community. Mr Georganas reiterated the importance of distributing the resources widely to ensure equal access to information by the Greek community and promoting a greater capacity to make informed decisions about aged care services. A short visual presentation followed with Mr Theo Panagopoulos, GOCSA Media Liaison Officer, demonstrating to participants how to access the 10 Greek SIS Fact Sheets on the GOCSA website.last_img read more

Hierro has full confidence in De Gea

first_imgSpain manager Fernando Hierro has once more defended goalkeeper David De Gea after he accidentally allowed Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot to slip through his hands in their 3-3 draw against PortugalFollowing a challenging week at the Spanish training camp that saw their football federation fire head coach Julen Lopetegui with just days before their first game of the World Cup, Spain faced off against Portugal hoping to put their troubles behind them with a convincing victory.After Diego Costa had cancelled out Ronaldo’s early goal, De Gea then made a rare mistake which caused Ronaldo’s shot to slip right through his hands and restored Portugal’s lead.Costa and Nacho then gave Spain a 3-2 lead, before De Gea conceded yet again against Ronaldo to end the tie at 3-3.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.However, Hierro defended Spain’s number one and insisted that their full focus is now on their next game against Iran on Wednesday at the Kazan Arena.“I see David as being very calm and he has all our confidence in full,” said Hierro, according to Football-Espana.“Players need confidence and support at all times and my decision is very clear, and I will be fair with every player.“The squad has had a day off and that helped David relax and step away, because we are more interested with natural methods in our preparations, making sure we get our heads right.last_img read more

Griffin Officially Appointed CEO at Time Inc

first_img Griffin joined Meredith in 2004 as president of the publishing group AND was named president of the national media group last August. Late last month, Meredith reported net earnings for its 12-month fiscal 2010 of $103.96 million, up from a loss of $107.08 million during its fiscal 2009 calendar year. Revenues dipped slightly to $1.38 billion from $1.4 billion. Meredith’s National Media Group, which publishes its magazines, reported a full-year operating profit of $167 million, an increase of 11 percent over 2009. Revenues dipped slightly to $1.11 billion, including $526 million in advertising revenue.Last week, Time Warner reported that profits at its magazine publishing unit nearly tripled through the first six months of 2010 to $203 million. Revenues were flat at roughly $1.72 billion.“I have believed for some time that Jack is the right person to be the next CEO of Time Inc., and I couldn’t be more pleased that he will lead this company into the future,” Moore says in a statement. “It’s a vote of confidence in our strategy that Jeff and the board have landed one of the most experienced leaders in our industry.” The reports last week were true. Time Inc. parent Time Warner announced Monday morning that former Meredith Corp. National Media Group president Jack Griffin will take over as CEO of the magazine publishing unit, replacing longtime chairman and CEO Ann Moore. Griffin will join the company at the end of September.Moore, who has served 32 years with Time Inc., is set to retire, the company says. Moore will stay on as chairman through Griffin’s transition but will relinquish that role to Griffin as well upon her departure.According to Time Warner chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes, Griffin [pictured] is “an exceptional executive who knows how to expand the reach and relevance of strong publishing brands, and he will be a champion of our high-quality journalism. As CEO, Jack will further advance our lead position in the industry and accelerate the expansion and innovation of our titles on all platforms.”last_img read more

In Other News Local Officials Propose Creating a Training Center at Fort

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Leaders in Brooklyn and military officials should collaborate to establish a cybersecurity and first-responder training facility at Fort Hamilton, New York City’s only active military installation, according to an op-ed by New York Rep. Dan Donovan  (R) and Andrew Hoan, outgoing president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. “The base can be a hub to educate a generation of cybersecurity and emergency responders, and can help launch businesses that would develop tech defenses to keep our nation safe,” they state.last_img

NOW HIRING Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job Openings

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools has posted the following FIVE job openings over the past 10 days:Full-Time Administrative Assistant at Wilmington Public SchoolsFull-Time LPN/Educational Assistant at Wilmington Middle SchoolFull-Time Educational Assistant (STRIDES Program) at Wilmington Middle SchoolPart-Time/Temporary Substitute Teachers, Educational Assistants, Nurses & LPNs at Wilmington Public SchoolsFull-Time Director of Technology & Digital Learning at Wilmington Public Schools(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 6 New Job OpeningsIn “Business”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”last_img read more

Fujifilms latest Instax instant camera can add audio clips to your prints

first_img 0 Share your voice Post a comment Colorful and compacts. Sarah Tew/CNET The Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay combines the features of an analog instant film camera with digital camera convenience in the smallest package possible. Like the company’s Instax Square SQ10, the LiPlay (pronounced LEE-play) is a hybrid instant film camera. It doesn’t shoot straight to instant film like analog Instax cameras, but instead uses a very small 1/5-inch digital image sensor that captures 2,560×1,920-pixel images (about 5 megapixels). The prints are small like those from other Instax Mini cameras at 3.4 by 2.1 inches (86 by 54 mm), though the actual image size is 2.4 by 1.8 inches (62 by 46 mm).22-fujifilm-instax-mini-liplayThe LePlay’s LCD lets you review shots before you print. Sarah Tew/CNET At its heart, the LiPlay is a digital camera. To that end, you get a small LCD on the back to frame your shots, and all your pictures are stored to either internal memory or an optional microSD card. This means you can print just the shots you want, instead of getting a print every time you press the shutter release. And you can customize photos with one of the camera’s six color filters and one of up to 30 frame options before you print.Although a large portion of the digital camera market has disappeared due to the prevalence of excellent phone cameras, the instant film camera market continues to be popular. Since its introduction in 1998, Fujifilm has sold more than 40 million Instax models globally, according to the company. 17-fujifilm-instax-mini-liplayYou can turn up to 10 seconds of audio into a QR code to put on prints. Sarah Tew/CNET The LiPlay also has Bluetooth so you can connect it to your phone. Using the LiPlay mobile app, you can remotely control the camera, which makes selfies a bit easier (although the front does have a small selfie mirror). You can also use the LiPlay as a printer for any of the shots you take with your phone. Plus, with no ink or paper, the film is the only consumable. That, along with its compact size, makes the LiPlay very easy to travel with. The built-in battery is good for up to 100 prints on a single charge.Taking its digital features a step further than the SQ10, Fujifilm added a mic button to the front of the camera. Press it to record up to 10 seconds of audio that gets converted to a QR code and printed in the corner of the picture. Scan it with your phone and you’ll hear the clip.The Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay goes on sale June 14 for $160. Tags Computers Cameras Fujifilmlast_img read more

Gasline Official Says InState Project Is No Pipedream

first_imgWith an oversupply of natural gas in the country, Alaska is exploring the construction of a relatively small, low-pressure gasline within the state’s borders – while still holding out hope for a much larger project should prices improve.Dan Fauske is the president of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation – or AGDC. He spoke to Sitka’s Chamber of Commerce last week about when and where Alaskans may see gas.Download AudioDan Fauske. Photo by Ellen Lockyer.The AGDC is the latest attempt by the state to put something — anything — together to promote the construction of a gasline from the North Slope. The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation was established by the legislature in 2010 to explore in-state options for gas while a more high-profile effort — Gov. Sarah Palin’s Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, or AGIA — was trying to connect North Slope gas to markets in the lower 48 through a gasline in Canada.Earlier this year, Gov. Parnell announced that the state and TransCanada had called it quits, putting an end to AGIA.Now, the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation is the only game in town. And Dan Fauske knows this game has been played time and time again.“We have a plaque in our office. It says, Fairbanks to get Gas. It’s from the 1954 Daily News-Miner. So this debate’s been going on a while.”The problem is economic. Natural gas is sold in volumes of 1,000 cubic feet at a price — right now — somewhere between $3 and $4. To sell gas, it has to be delivered in pressurized pipelines, or be super-cooled and liquefied.If you’re close to the gas, it can be a great deal. The city of Anchorage has been served for decades by low-cost gas from oil refineries next door in Cook Inlet.On the North Slope, where the state has vast reserves of natural gas, Fauske says it’s considered a byproduct.“For years, the gas a Prudhoe Bay has been reinjected into the ground to force the oil out. The petroleum engineers will tell you that we’ve looked at this gas three and four times. They’ve recycled it.”The AGDC is exploring a 700-mile gasline from Prudhoe Bay to Nikiski, which would be about one-hundred miles shorter than a gasline to Valdez, where the TransAlaska Oil Pipeline terminates. There are two options on the table. A 36 -inch low-pressure pipeline that would carry so-called “lean gas” — or gas ready for delivery directly to consumers. The other option is a 42-inch pipeline delivering much higher volumes of gas under much higher pressure. The smaller pipeline would cost almost $8-billion and serve primarily Alaskans. The larger pipeline would cost $65-billion, and supply Alaska and the global export market.The big three oil producers — Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, BP — and even TransCanada would partner with the state in the big pipeline, if it ever pencils out. Fauske says this is a big “if.”“Oil companies are not charged with taking care of Alaskan citizens. Oil companies do things for their shareholders. I’m not defending them, I’m just saying no one’s going to invest in this kind of project so that 700,000 Alaskans can get a benefit. The reality is: They do things for their shareholders. The irony is that the Alaska Permanent Fund is a huge shareholder of Exxon stock. People say, They should have done this. It’s been looked at thirty times.”The state invested $355 -million dollars in the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation to perform the preliminary engineering and design for the smaller gasline — called the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline — which will take about 2 years. Fauske believes that sometime in that window, the two projects will meld and the state will ultimately have a 10-percent stake in a gasline that is operational by 2020.Fauske spent 18 years as the director of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation before taking over AGDC. He was on Gov. Palin’s AGIA team, which he says was a good idea, when gas was at $10. His expertise is in finance.The discovery of shale gas in the northern plains of the US undermined AGIA, but Fauske believes this new gasline strategy, based on revenue bonds, is a workable solution for the state’s energy needs, as well as the largest construction project in the country.But he says gas is nothing akin to the discovery of oil on the North Slope.“Oil is king. Gas gives us security. From a revenue standpoint gas will never replace oil.”Asked by a member of the chamber audience to give odds on which gasline would be built, Fauske pointed to the radio microphone and tv camera and declined. Instead, he quoted a line from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, and said, “Something wonderful’s going to happen.”last_img read more

11 Musicians Wed Actually Like To See On Game Of Thrones

first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future No matter what your opinions on the 7th season premiere of Game of Thrones, people are almost entirely united on one thing: what the hell was Ed Sheeran doing in Westeros? The ginger Brit pop star’s cameo appearance as a soldier who sings a little tune for Arya Stark was universally panned as a weird publicity stunt that made absolutely no sense for the most popular show on TV.But you know what? We believe there’s a way to make anything work, even musician cameos on sexy, violent fantasy TV series. Plenty of rock stars have crossed over into acting with fine results, like Iggy Pop on Deep Space Nine and Justin Timberlake going from boy band stardom to Southland Tales.If Game of Thrones is going to pull this kind of thing again, here’s a list of eleven musicians that we think could fit right in.Die Antwoordvia Wikimedia Commons/Greg LawlerSouth African rappers Die Antwoord are notorious for their outrageous appearance, and Yo-Landi and Ninja would fit right in with the Brave Companions, the ragtag group of mercenaries that Tywin sets loose on the countryside. Composed of the nastiest scum from all over the world, the membership constantly fluctuates. The showrunners wouldn’t even have to give them dialogue, just throw them in front of somebody’s sword and let the fun begin. Actually, please don’t let them sing or rap or even open their mouths. Treat them like they won a contest or something.Glenn Danzigvia Wikimedia Commons/Andreas LindmarkLodi, New Jersey’s favorite son, Glenn Danzig has been mixing horror and punk since the days of the Misfits. He’s one of rock & roll’s most notorious fantasy fans, cribbing a Michael Golden illustration from Marvel Comics for his self-titled band and publishing his own line of sexy, gory funnybooks himself. Danzig’s acting career has seen him take a few roles, notably as an angel in The Prophecy II and on an episode of Portlandia. He’d be great in a one-off role as somebody’s morbidly violent henchman who gets to swing a sword a few times before being decapitated.Kate Bushvia Wikimedia Commons/Philip ChappellEnglish singer-songwriter Kate Bush is wildly influential but never got the commercial success she deserved on this side of the Atlantic. Her vibe is very well suited to Game of Thrones, which revels in strong female characters with a touch of mysticism. After over fifteen years out of the public eye, Bush roared back into our hearts with 2005’s Aerial album and has been producing vital, intelligent music ever since. A guest spot on Game of Thrones would be perfect for her career’s second act. She did a little acting in the 1990s but her talents have yet to be tapped.Krist Novoselicvia commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:JmabelSize matters in the Seven Kingdoms (with the notable exception of Tyrion Lannister), and big gents have been wreaking havoc on Game of Thrones for a while. If they producers wanted to cast a musician who can go toe-to-toe with the mastodons, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic is the man for the job. Measuring a mighty 6’7″ in his stocking feet, the musician’s current project is called Giants in the Trees, a very George R. R. Martin name if we’ve ever heard one. Most of his time is spent on political activism in recent years, but who knows? Maybe he’d deign to stop into Westeros for a spell.Mortiisvia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:MorwenNorwegian metal musician Håvard Ellefsen, better known as Mortiis, wouldn’t even have to go through makeup to play a character on Game of Thrones. His performance gimmick for the past few decades has been to rock out with a prosthetic mask and ears that give him the visage of a troll-like creature. He and his band often dust themselves with flour before taking the stage to make them look like they’ve just crawled to the surface from a deep cave in the earth. In recent years he’s dialed back on the theatricality, but we’re sure that for exposure on this level he’d go back to it.Ras Kassvia youtube.com/channel/RasKassThere are lots of rappers who dig Game of Thrones, but only one recorded a whole hip-hop recap of Season 6. Los Angeles MC Ras Kass dropped his track for the AV Club in May, and it’s proof that he’s as down with the franchise as anybody. While we’re not arguing for a break in immersion so that he can bring us up to speed on the show’s approximately eleven million characters, the MC’s powerful flow could be brought to bear in-universe in some cool way. It would also help resolve some of the show’s much-commented on diversity issues.Weird Al Yankovicvia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyle_CassidyYes, we realize this is a bit of a stretch. But if there’s one thing that we know about Weird Al Yankovic is that he’s a master chameleon, able to adapt to virtually any genre or style. We’re not recommending that he perform a wacky parody or anything. In fact, it’d probably be a lot funnier if they just cast him totally straight-faced as just another face in the crowd instead of like a jester or something. Sure, nearly all of his past acting experience has been in comedies, but Al is 57 years old now and is probably looking for a challenge.Rihannavia flickr.com/photos/dodnewsfeatures/15207242834If you’ve seen Valerian, you know that Rihanna was one of the best things about that gorgeous but pretty incoherent flick. Ms. Fenty has expressed an interest in moving into acting, and her exotic appearance would be great for a role on Game of Thrones, where characters come from all over the world to kill each other and show their boobs. We’re not 100% sure what character would be best for her talents, but she can pull off pretty much everything from doe-eyed ingenue to badass warrior without breaking a sweat.Luc Lemayvia Rubén G. Herrera –flickr.com/photos/darkmomo/13996009256We’re going to throw in at least one dude that you might not have heard of, just to keep things interesting and so you can learn something new, dear reader. Luc Lemay is the lead singer and guitarist of Gorguts, the Canadian death metal group notorious for pushing the envelope in technical prowess. One of his recent projects is Pleiades’ Dust, a 33-minute track about a long-demolished Iraqi library from the 9th century. So the guy is a nerd who knows how to stretch things out – perfect for Game of Thrones. Cast him as a librarian and let Lemay do what he does best.Action Bronsonvia flickr.com/photos/coupdoreille/9342519753Of all the rappers who would have a good time in medieval times, Action Bronson definitely seems like he’d top the list. The rotund MC and former chef weighs in at over three bills due in no small part to his love of eating, and his massive, unkempt beard would make him fit right in. While we don’t think George R. R. Martin has written a rap into any of the books, Bronson could certainly deliver some kind of heavy diss that just happened to rhyme if the need was felt. Or he could just eat a whole turkey leg in front of the camera and call it a day. It’s win-win.Diamanda Galásvia Andy Newcombe – flickr.com/photos/92523880@N00/2343508277If you’re going to cast somebody on your TV show because of their voice, why not use somebody with one of the most powerful and disturbing voices in the world? Diamanda Galás has blown minds for decades with her powerful soprano, which she puts to the service of dark and complex topics in collaboration with artists as varied as Erasure and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. In film, she worked on 2013 horror flick The Conjuring, providing composition and vocal performances. She’s a striking figure that could bring something no other guest has to the world of Game of Thrones.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Connecting the Dots Between Senior Homeownership and Housing Shortages

first_img Freddie Mac housing shortage Sam Khater senior homeowners 2019-02-06 Donna Joseph in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News, Servicing Connecting the Dots Between Senior Homeownership and Housing Shortages Sharecenter_img February 6, 2019 3,997 Views Seniors who are aging in place hold 1.6 million housing units off the market, according to the February Insight, released by Freddie Mac on Wednesday. The report sheds light on today’s housing shortage and pointed out that senior choosing to age in place is a key factor contributing to it. This has also been identified as a significant barrier to young adults buying their first homes.“We estimate that approximately 1.6 million more senior households are staying in place than would have been the case if they had behaved like previous generations of homeowners,” said Sam Khater, Chief Economist at Freddie Mac. “For scale, 1.6 million units is roughly the same as the number of new single-family and multifamily housing units built each year, and it represents more than half of the current shortfall of 2.5 million housing units that we estimated in our December Insight.”Khater also indicated that the additional demand for homeownership from seniors will increase the relative price of owning vs renting, “making renting more attractive to younger generations.” “This further highlights the importance of addressing barriers to the production of new housing supply to help accommodate long-term housing demand,” he added.Among the key highlights of the report, seniors born after 1931 were found to be staying in their homes longer leading to higher homeownership rates for this group compared to previous generations. Freddie Mac estimates that 1.1 million existing homes have been held off the market through 2018 by those born between 1931 and 1941. Another 300,000 units are being held off the market by those born between 1942 and 1947, per the report estimates. Baby Boomers born between 1948 and 1958 hold another 250,000 off the market, the report revealed.Quoting data from the Urban Institute, the report stated that 3.4 million millennials are missing out on homeownership. The projection is that the trend of seniors aging in place will continue to record an increase, as both the number of seniors increases and the barriers to aging in place are reduced. Community satisfaction and quality of life were cited as the two reasons keeping senior homeowners in a particular place.Read the full report here.last_img read more

Studying Mortgage Rate Shifts

first_img Share The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) dropped from 4.07% to 4.06% week-over-week, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.66%.“Mortgage rates fell for the fourth consecutive week and continued the medium-term trend of lower rates since late 2018,” said Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sam Khater. “The drop in mortgage rates is causing purchase demand to rise and the mix of demand is skewing to the higher end as more affluent consumers are typically more responsive to declines in rates.”The 15-year FRM averaged 3.51% with an average 0.4 point, down from the previous week when it averaged 3.53%. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.15%.According to realtor.com Chief Economist Danielle Hale, April’s data indicates potential increases later in the year“Mortgage rates slipped again this week to 4.06% and remain more than a half percentage point below where they were last year. Trade and economic uncertainty have driven investors to safe haven investments, which have kept mortgage rates low and may also explain why they have yet to spark a pick-up in home sales,” Hale said. “While lower mortgage rates could potentially help buyers stretch their budget, higher prices nationwide nearly exactly offset today’s rate advantage. But there’s another factor at play, earnings, which are up 3.2% and coupled with roughly even mortgage payments, this gives buyers an affordability advantage over last year.”The housing market is likely to see healthy growth this spring according to reports by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Home sales are also expected to surge during this time, the reports noted.According to Fannie Mae’s Economic and Strategic Research Group’s (ESR’s) May outlook, leading indicators for housing continued to suggest a “solid spring homebuying season,” with the ESR revising its forecast for the second quarter and the rest of the year upwards for housing.Echoing this sentiment, Freddie Mac kept its positive outlook on the housing industry unchanged in its May forecast citing “positive impact of low mortgage rates, a strong labor market, low unemployment, and modest wage growth,” as some of the leading factors that would leave a positive impact on the market. market Mortgage Rates Prices sales 2019-05-23 Seth Welborn Studying Mortgage Rate Shiftscenter_img May 23, 2019 316 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Originationlast_img read more

In this May 25 2017 file photo actor Will Smith

first_img In this May 25, 2017 file photo, actor Will Smith poses for photographers upon arrival at the amfAR charity gala during the Cannes 70th international film festival, in Cap d’Antibes, southern France. Smith, Jordan Peele, Kirsten Dunst and Robert Downey Jr. are part of YouTube Original’s new series line-up. YouTube said Friday, July 27, 2018, that in “Will Smith: The Jump,” the star will bungee jump from a helicopter over the Grand Canyon. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Jul 27, 2018 4:14 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2018 at 8:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Will Smith, Kirsten Dunst add new YouTube Originals farecenter_img BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Will Smith, Jordan Peele, Kirsten Dunst and Robert Downey Jr. are part of YouTube Original’s new series line-up.YouTube said Friday that in “Will Smith: The Jump,” the star will bungee jump from a helicopter over the Grand Canyon.The live broadcast will take place on Sept. 25, Smith’s 50th birthday. Smith’s bravado is in response to a challenge from the Yes Theory channel on YouTube.“Get Out” filmmaker Peele is the co-creator (with “Key & Peele” writer Charlie Sanders) of “Weird City,” described by YouTube as a comedic sci-fi anthology series with six episodes.Guest stars will include Rosario Dawson, Michael Cera and LaVerne Cox.Dunst stars in “On Becoming a God in Central Florida,” a dark comedy about a minimum-wage worker who schemes her way into a company that ruined her family. The 10-episode series, produced by Dunst, is set in the early 1990s.Downey will host and narrate a series that explores the world of artificial intelligence through the perspectives of researchers and experts. The still-untitled series will look at the impact of A.I. and how it’s changing people’s lives and the change yet to come.The 2019 debut dates for it and the other new series were not provided.This fall, YouTube Originals will debut “Origin,” a sci-fi thriller about people struggling for survival on an abandoned spacecraft. The cast includes Natalia Tena (“Game of Thrones”), Tom Felton (of the “Harry Potter” film franchise) and Sen Mitsuji.last_img read more

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