Ban Kimoon endorses report of UN team assessing Lebanese border security

Mr. Ban transmitted the report to the Security Council yesterday, Michele Montas told journalists, adding he “fully supports” the recommendations of the Lebanon Independent Border Assessment Team.“It is clear that efforts are required from the Lebanese Government, with the support of the international community, to develop a more efficient system for border management in Lebanon,” Ms. Montas said.“The Secretary-General also concurs with the recommendation that Syria should cooperate with the Lebanese authorities, noting that Syria has a shared responsibility in controlling its borders with Lebanon and in implementing [Security Council] resolution 1701,” which ended last year’s war between Hizbollah and the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF).The five-member team, comprised of experts in border security, police, customs and military issues, was set up by Mr. Ban after a request from the Council in April. The team travelled to Lebanon late last month and spent several weeks holding consultations with Lebanese officials and bilateral partners already assisting the country on border monitoring and reviewing existing security arrangements. 27 June 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon backs the recommendations contained in the report of the independent United Nations team tasked with assessing the monitoring of the Lebanese border with Syria, his spokesperson announced today. read more

On eve of nuclear security summit UN agency aids in warding off

9 April 2010When 47 countries gather in Washington on Monday at a summit to prevent nuclear proliferation and counter the risk of atomic weapons falling into terrorist hands, one United Nations agency with a proven track record in the field will be front and centre in offering help. From protecting nuclear sites against theft and sabotage to enabling secure repatriation of used but still dangerous atomic fuels to helping countries guard against radioactive attacks on major events such as the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games or June’s soccer World Cup in South Africa, the Vienna-based UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has played a major role.“The risk that any terrorist or criminal would be able to construct a nuclear explosive device or a radiological dispersal device, a so-called dirty bomb, and then use it for their purposes… the threat is real,” IAEA Office of Nuclear Security Director Anita Nilsson said this week of the Washington meeting, which United States President Barack Obama has convened and which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend.“We have been talking about nuclear security for a long time and it has been part of the interest of the international community for a long time, but it has come into focus lately because of many brutal terrorist events that happened around the globe and the recognition that they see no limits.”The IAEA, which began life 53 years ago as a UN body with the name Atoms for Peace, does not have responsibility for nuclear security in Member States but can help all countries that so wish “to establish effective, sustainable nuclear security systems that would significantly reduce or even eliminate this threat,” Ms. Nilsson added.“We recognize that this is a global threat and, therefore, if there are countries and regions who do not recognize the possibility that something like this could happen, that we think is the greatest threat. There is no room for complacency when we are speaking about nuclear security,” she stressed.The Beijing Olympics involved one and a half years of work in which IAEA helped train people to detect radioactive material that might be brought into the venues, and to know what to do if that happened. “And this has now become a major part of how to prepare for big gatherings and events,” Ms. Nilsson said, citing the upcoming World Cup as another example.“We supply them with radiation detection equipment and how to use it, and also what to do if there is detection or even a dispersal of radioactive isotopes – what are the first measures to take and how to clean it up,” she added.Greece, Germany and Brazil likewise called on agency support for the 2004 Olympics, the 2006 World Cup and the 2007 Pan American Games respectively.The IAEA has invaluable knowledge in the field. “The exuberance, the show and the colours that characterize these events often belie sinister risks such as terrorism, which unfortunately come with the high profile these events receive,” it said in a news release. “Recently, the international community has been confronting a new security threat: the risk of the malicious use of nuclear or other radioactive material, an area in which the IAEA has unique expertise.”But the agency is not only concerned with nuclear materials if they should get into the wrong hands. Much of its work focuses on trying to ensure that this does not happen in the first place.IAEA experts help States protect nuclear facilities and transport against sabotage or theft, offering specialized training, helping to enhance cooperation between various national law enforcement officials and backing the installation of radiological monitoring equipment and training at border crossings.In the past six years the agency has helped Member States repatriate 45 consignments of radioactive materials from developing countries where they were used in medicine, industry or research. Should a nuclear security incident occur or a nuclear or radiation emergency arise, the IAEA Incident and Emergency Centre coordinates 24/7 specialized support and assistance for Member States.Some 110 States and several international organizations voluntarily contribute information to the agency’s illicit trafficking database, which tracks nuclear or other radioactive materials outside authorized custody and control. On top of this, the IAEA also undertakes various types of on-site visits to assess a State’s specific security vulnerabilities, needs, and capabilities. read more

Army to recruit 100 Tamil girls

A group of 100 Tamil girls will be joining the Army during a ceremony scheduled to be held at Bharathipuram, Killinochchi on Saturday, the Army media unit said.The young girls will be enlisted in the Volunteer Force of the Sri Lanka Army and be assigned to serve under 6th Battalion of the Sri Lanka Army Women’s Corps. After initial military training, they would be assigned for duties in Killinochchi and Mullaitivu districts and it is hoped that they will facilitate the ongoing military civil cooperation activities in the areas. The ceremony on the 17th, where parents of the young ladies will formally hand them over to the Army, has been organized as per Hindu customs and traditions, the army media unit said.

Higher food and gas costs push up US wholesale prices 05 pct

WASHINGTON – A rise in food and gas costs drove a measure of wholesale prices up sharply in May. But outside those volatile categories, inflation was mild.The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index rose 0.5 per cent in May from April. Gas prices rose 1.5 per cent last month, and food costs increased 0.6 per cent.The increase last month followed a 0.7 per cent decline in April and a 0.6 per cent drop in March, both of which were driven by steep declines in gas prices.Core prices, which exclude the food and energy, rose just 0.1 per cent in May. That matches the April increase.The index measures price changes before they reach the consumer.“There really is not much inflationary pressure in the economy,” Paul Dales, an economist at Capital Economics, said in a note to clients.Aside from sharp swings in gas prices, consumer and wholesale inflation has increased very slowly in the past year. Both the overall and core indexes have risen just 1.7 per cent in the 12 months ending in May. That’s below the Federal Reserve’s 2 per cent inflation target, allowing the Fed more latitude to pursue its aggressive policies to spur greater economic growth.The combination of modest economic growth and high unemployment has kept wages from rising quickly. That’s made it harder for retailers and other firms to raise prices.Most of the May increase in food costs stemmed from a 41.6 per cent jump in the cost of eggs, the biggest on record. The jump reflected soaring demand in the U.S. and overseas. The Memorial Day and Mother’s Day holidays, popular occasions for brunch, spurred more demand in the U.S., a department spokesman said. And Mexico imported more U.S. eggs in response to a bird flu epidemic.Nearly two-thirds of the 0.1 per cent increase in core prices occurred because of a 0.4 per cent rise in the wholesale cost of pickup trucks. The housing recovery has created more business for landscapers and contractors, who have bought more trucks.The Fed has said it plans to keep the short-term interest rate it controls at a record low near zero until the unemployment rate falls below 6.5 per cent, provided inflation remains under control. The unemployment rate ticked up in May to 7.6 per cent.The Fed is also purchasing $85 billion a month in bonds to keep longer-term interest rates down. That’s intended to encourage more borrowing and spending, which drives economic growth. The Fed says it will continue to buy bonds until the job market improves substantially.Employers are adding jobs at a steady pace and consumers are spending more, despite an increase in Social Security taxes at the beginning of the year. That’s fueled intense speculation that the Fed may soon start reducing the pace of its monthly bond purchases.Many economists expect they will do so by the end of the year, particularly if hiring stays healthy. But tame inflation means they face less pressure to taper their purchases. If prices were rising more quickly, the Fed could be forced to end its bond-buying program and raise interest rates.The Fed’s next policymaking meeting will take place next week, June 18-19. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jun 14, 2013 8:42 am MDT Higher food and gas costs push up US wholesale prices 0.5 pct. in May; core prices tame read more

Ehlers hat trick Laine pair of goals lead Jets past Blackhawks 65

WINNIPEG — Nikolaj Ehlers had a hat trick and Patrik Laine became the fourth-youngest player in NHL history to score 100 career goals when he recorded a pair in the Winnipeg Jets’ 6-5 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.Laine scored his 100th and 101st goals in his 178th game at the age of 20 years, 224 days. Wayne Gretzky did it the fastest in 20 years and 40 days. The other players were Jimmy Carson and Brian Bellows.The Finnish forward now has a league-leading 21 goals this season, 18 scored in November, and 24 points.Ehlers scored a goal in each period, with his third fired in when he went in alone on goalie Corey Crawford and beat him with a low shot at 9:45 of the third period to make it 6-3. It was his third career hat trick.Jacob Trouba also notched a goal and one assist for Winnipeg (14-8-2), while Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler each had three assists.Marcus Kruger, John Hayden, Jan Rutta, Domink Kahun and Artem Anisimov for Chicago (9-12-5). Anisimov’s goal came at 17:08 of the third to squeeze the score to 6-5. David Kampf contributed a pair of assists and Hayden added one.Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves for the Jets, who were 1-3-0 in their four previous games.Crawford stopped 27 shots for the Blackhawks, who are 1-4-0 in their last five games.Three goals were scored in the first four minutes of the opening period, which ended tied 2-2.Laine used a rebound to score his 20th goal of the season at 1:43. Kruger flipped in a bouncing puck at 3:03 and Ehlers regained Winnipeg’s lead 49 seconds later. Hayden tied it with a rebound off Kampf’s breakaway shot at 8:10.Winnipeg jumped out to a 4-2 lead early in the second period when Ehlers scored his seventh goal of the season at 1:01 and Trouba notched his second of the season 45 seconds later.Jets defenceman Cameron Schilling, called up from the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose on Wednesday, picked up the secondary assist of Ehlers’ goal, the first point of his seven-game NHL career. The 30-year-old Indiana native hadn’t played an NHL game since March 2015 when he was with Washington.Schilling and fellow defenceman Sami Niku were on the ice replacing injured blue-liners Dustin Byfuglien and Joe Morrow.Hellebuyck missed a glove save on a long shot by Rutta at 9:31 to squeeze the score 4-3.Winnipeg went into the third period up 27-18 in shots on goal after holding the Blackhawks to five shots in the middle frame.Laine scored on the power play at 1:18 of the third. He has 14 points (13 goals, one assist) in his past seven games. Ehlers followed up at 9:45, but Kahun sent a loose puck in front of the crease past Hellebuyck at 13:16 and Anisimov made it 17:08 with a quick shot from the side of the net.The Jets head out for a three-game road trip starting against New Jersey on Saturday. Chicago ends its quick two-game road trip Saturday in Nashville.Judy Owen, The Canadian Press read more

Temple Owls Zach Smith joins Urban Meyers staff at Ohio State

New Ohio State football head coach Urban Meyer’s staff continued to take shape Thursday as the addition of Temple University wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator Zach Smith was announced. Smith, who spent five years coaching under Meyer at Florida as a quality control assistant and a graduate assistant from 2005-2009, comes to OSU after helping lead the Owls to a 9-4 record in 2011 and a 35-17 win against Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 17. Smith oversaw a receiving unit that compiled 1,648 yards this past year. Two members of Temple’s special teams unit — junior punter Brandon McNamus and junior running back Matt Brown — received All-Mid-American Conference honors in 2011. “Zach has done a terrific job as wide receivers coach at…Temple,” Meyer said in a press release. “I am really looking forward to having the opportunity to work with him again. Ohio State is going to benefit from his coaching and his abilities as a recruiter.” A Dublin, Ohio, native and grandson of former Buckeyes coach Earle Bruce, Smith also served as wide receivers and special teams coach at Marshall during the 2010 season. “It is really, really a dream come true,” Smith said in a press release. “I grew up watching Ohio State, my grandfather coached here and I always dreamt of doing it, too. Plus, I have an opportunity to work with coach Meyer again. I was able to spend five years on his staff at Florida, and now working with him again is another dream come true for me.” Current OSU head coach Luke Fickell and his staff will remain in their positions through the Buckeyes’ Jan. 2 appearance in the 2012 Gator Bowl against Florida. Meyer’s staff will take over after. read more

Solar hybrid power plant pays off for B2Gold at Otjikoto in Namibia

first_imgB2Gold has provided an update on the solar power plant working at its Otjikoto gold mine, in Namibia, in its 2018 financial results, confirming that the installation is making savings when it comes to heavy fuel oil (HFO) use and power generation costs.On May 29, the company celebrated the official opening of the solar plant, one of the first fully-autonomous hybrid plants in the world.At the time, B2Gold said it would allow the company to significantly reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from the site’s current 24 MW HFO power plant. The shift to an HFO solar hybrid plant was, at that point, expected to reduce Otjikoto’s HFO consumption by approximately 2.3 million litres and reduce associated power generation fuel costs by approximately 10% in 2018.B2Gold selected Caterpillar and Cat® dealer Barloworld for the 7 MW solar power solution. The full system included Cat photovoltaic solar modules and the Cat microgrid master controller.In the company’s 2018 results, B2Gold said the plant was now providing approximately 13% of the electricity consumed on site.And, the plant had also achieved its expected HFO consumption and power generation fuel cost results: “Changing the power plant to an HFO solar hybrid plant reduced Otjikoto’s HFO consumption by approximately 2.4 million litres and reduced associated power generation fuel costs by approximately 10% in 2018,” B2Gold said.last_img read more

BioShock Infinite requires 24GHz processor 20GB install

first_imgThe release of BioShock Infinite may have been pushed back a month to March 26, but that hasn’t stopped the team at Irrational Games releasing new information about the game in preparation for its launch. And with just over two months to go, the PC specifications have been revealed.As is typical, Irrational Games and publisher 2K have released both minimum and recommended specs for the title. Meeting the minimum will get you a playable game, where as recommended hardware means you’ll experience the game as the developer wanted you to, with all the graphical features turned on and the resolution set to HD levels.In order to play the game you are going to need a minimum of:2.4GHz Core 2 Duo or 2.7GHz Athlon X2 processor2GB RAMATI Radeon HD 3870, Nvidia 8800 GT, or Intel HD 3000 GPU512MB dedicated video card memory20GB hard drive spaceWindows Vista 32-bit with Service Pack 2If you want to play the game as intended, then you need to at least meet the following recommended specs:Quad core Intel or AMD processor4GB RAMATI Radeon HD 6950 or Nvidia GTX 5601024MB dedicated video card memory30GB hard drive spaceWindows 7 64-bit with Service Pack 1In all cases, BioShock Infinite requires Steam and therefore you’ll need access to the Internet in order to authenticate your copy. You can, however, play without a connection after that.Chances are good that most modern PCs will match the recommended specs with the one exception being the graphics card. That may require an upgrade. The hard drive requirement is also quite large, but not ridiculous taking into account the size of hard drives today.The good news is BioShock Infinite is going to be playable on most PCs and laptops released over the last few years, and even if your hardware doesn’t come up to spec, you can always opt for the PS3 or Xbox 360 version.last_img read more

Titanic Twister and Aliens actor Bill Paxton has died at the age

first_imgTitanic, Twister and Aliens actor Bill Paxton has died at the age of 61 The actor also starred in Terminator, Weird Science and Apollo 13. By AFP Share Tweet Email1 46,213 Views Sunday 26 Feb 2017, 3:54 PM 64 Comments Image: AP/Press Association Images http://dailyedge.ie/3260222 Image: AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Updated 8.06pmHOLLYWOOD ACTOR BILL Bill Paxton, best known for his roles in such blockbusters as Apollo 13 and Titanic, has died at the age of 61.The Texas-born actor was a familiar face on US movie screens, with a string of memorable credits to his name from a career spanning several decades.“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” said a statement from a family representative.One of Paxton’s earliest character roles was as a thug in the 1984 The Terminator, and he left a mark as the ill-fated Private Hudson in the 1986 sci-fi thriller Aliens.Paxton played the part of Fred Haise, one of the astronauts of the Apollo 13 lunar mission in the 1995 drama of the same name, while in the 1997 Titanic he was the treasure hunter who led an obsessive search for the sunken ship.“A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker,” the family statement said.Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.Paxton appeared well earlier this month, presenting an award at the NAACP Image Awards in California. Source: Matt SaylesHe also presented a People’s Choice Award with Training Day co-star Justin Cornwell last month. Source: Vince Bucci- © AFP, 2012 Additional reporting Emer McLysaght Short URL Feb 26th 2017, 3:54 PM last_img read more

2 potential bombing witnesses seen with suitcase are sought

first_imgNEW YORK — Investigators of last weekend’s bombings have released an image of two men who took a suitcase they found on a city street, possibly without realizing a wired pressure cooker they removed from it and left behind could have blown them to bits.Police investigating the bombings in New York and New Jersey have been saying for several days they were looking for the men, who they stressed were being sought as potential witnesses in the case, not as suspects.“They’re not in any jeopardy of being arrested,” Jim Watters, chief of the New York Police Department’s counterterrorism unit, said on Wednesday. “We have no reason to believe they’re connected.”Federal prosecutors have charged Ahmad Khan Rahami with detonating a pipe bomb in a New Jersey shore town on Saturday morning and a pressure cooker bomb in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood later that night. Thirty-one people were injured in the New York blast. A second pressure cooker bomb left in Manhattan didn’t explode and is the subject of the latest public plea.Prosecutors said surveillance video shows Rahami rolling a suitcase down the street, then abandoning it on the sidewalk where that second device was found.last_img read more

Ian Holloway slams referee Chris Kavanagh

first_imgFormer Queens Park Rangers Ian Holloway has slammed referee Chris Kavanagh who sent off Nuno-Espirito-Santo for Jurgen Klopp-style celebration.Nuno, who is the manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers was dismissed for going onto the pitch to celebrate his team’s late winner, in their 4-3 victory over Leicester City.Holloway believes Nuno was hard-done by Kavanagh who failed to send off Jurgen Klopp for the same actions during the Merseyside derby earlier in the season.Speaking to talkSPORT’s Jim White, Holloway said: “You could see he [Nuno] was itching, he was slapping the hands of his staff and he thought ‘I’m going [to celebrate with the players]’.”“Instead of running on the pitch he ran up the side and then he ran behind the goal and he wanted to say to the lad [Jota] who’s had some injury problems ‘well done’.”Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“But when he gets back, off you go! Now I know rules are rules but I know what happens as a referee.”“The same ref didn’t send off Klopp for doing it against Everton. He didn’t send him off.”“I wish he didn’t send off Nuno because where does it stop? He [Kavanagh] obviously got a ticking off from his bosses and he’s now sent him off.”“I thought it was silly, it was stupid. With the passion, with the pressure managers are under, you should be allowed to celebrate to a point.”last_img read more

Grazing goats arrive in Lemon Grove to clear vegetation as fire season

first_imgGrazing goats arrive in Lemon Grove to clear vegetation as fire season approaches LEMON GROVE (KUSI) — For city officials in Lemon Grove, wildfire hazards really get their goat — or actually, a lot of goats.As has been the case periodically for a decade in the eastern San Diego County town, a herd of goats is voraciously eating open-space vegetation that otherwise would pose worrisome fire hazards as springtime warmth gives way to summer swelter. The bearded, cloven-hoofed creatures were let loose to vacuum up grass and shrubs and weeds last weekend on an undeveloped hillside off Lawton Drive and Mount Vernon Street, near state Route 125 in the eastern reaches of the community, said Miranda Evans, management analyst for the Lemon Grove City Manager’s Office.The throng of roughly 200 brush-hungry ruminants, provided by San Diego goat-rental company Environmental Land Management, are scheduled to consume wildfire fuels in various parts of the city this month on a $6,500 municipal contract. The going rate for the animals’ grazing services is $675 an acre.“So they do have quite a bit of work to do,” Evans said.City leaders consider the strategy a double-win situation, because goats, unlike gas-powered cutting machines, do away with flammable foliage without creating air and noise pollution — or possibly sparking fires in ironic fashion amid attempts to prevent them.“And if you think about it, they’re eco-friendly lawn mowers,” Evans said.The animals — which are penned while on the job in temporary fencing and overseen by human handlers and a Great Pyrenees livestock-guard dog — are expected to be in Lemon Grove for up to two weeks, busily working their way through “a lot of delicious meals,” Evans said. KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 8, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom, May 8, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Utility commissioners weigh rate hike

first_imgCommissioners with Clark Public Utilities will weigh six rate-increase alternatives on Aug. 10, all in the range of about 5 percent.Utility staff members delivered another grim financial update for the three-member commission on Tuesday.A lousy economy and mild weather has depressed demand for electricity, which is forcing the utility to look for ways to offset a projected year-end budget shortfall of almost $17 million on a $388.6 million electric system budget.Commissioners knew they adopted a tight budget in December, but they decided to hold rates steady in the face of the economic recession.“We did last year just exactly what we’ve done a lot of years,” Commissioner Byron Hanke said. “If we could see our way clear without a rate increase, we would do it.”However, without raising rates or dramatically slashing costs, the utility now faces the possibility of failing to meet minimum financial requirements to repay bonds. General Manager Wayne Nelson said the utility has frozen wages, reduced travel and curtailed large capital expenditures.“We’ve done everything we can do,” Hanke said. “Just in the past three or four weeks, we’ve started winding up on the fact that we needed to do something — and do something quickly.”Commissioners on Tuesday considered a range of six alternatives, each with a rate increase of about 5 percent on the current rate of 7.65 cents per kilowatt-hour. The rate could be slightly more or less, depending on whether commissioners decide to spend $2.7 million in cash reserves or boost the monthly flat customer charge by $1 or $2.last_img read more

Teen faces judge for firing shots on South Beach

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A teen accused of firing bullets on South Beach made an appearance in court.Seventeen-year-old Horace Bernard Butler faced a judge in court, Wednesday. He faces several charges, including attempted second-degree murder.Officials may decide to prosecute him as an adult.According to police, Butler fired several shots outside of a cafe along Fifth Street and Ocean Drive, early Tuesday morning.No one was hurt in this case.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday September 3 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Tuesday, September 3, 2019:#1) Wilmington Board of Health MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Health meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#2) Teen Advisory Board Meeting at Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library’s Teen Advisory Meeting is at 7pm in the library’s second-floor Banda Room. This is your chance to tell us what library programs you want to attend and what books, movies, and games we should have available for checkout in the Teen Zone. You’ll earn one hour of community service for your time and input into making the library a more teen-centered place! For Grades 6-12. Register HERE.#3) Tour Of Wilmington Town MuseumThe Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.#4) Wilmington Senior Center ActivitiesThe Wilmington Senior Center is holding its usual Tuesday activities — Walking Group (8am); Zumba (9am); Aerobics (10:30am); Mah Jongg (1pm); Tai Chi (1pm); and Gentle Yoga (2:30pm).#5) Angels In Motions MeetingAngels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.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… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, June 18, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 27, 2019In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Pixar announces its next big movie Soul

first_imgThen, 2021 should see the studio launch three more Marvel movies in February, May and November; four Disney live-action movies in March, May, July and October; one Disney animation in November; one Pixar animation in June; the next Indiana Jones installment in July; and Avatar 2 on Dec. 17.In 2022, we should get three more Marvel movies, four Disney live-actions, one Disney animation, two Pixar animations and a Star Wars movie. 2023 so far features one Disney live-action and Avatar 3. The years 2024 and 2026 each have an untitled Star Wars movie; and Avatar 4 and 5 should hit screens in 2025 and 2027.This year, Disney and Pixar have also got The Lion King, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Frozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on the release slate. 1 Now playing: Watch this: 2019 movies to geek out over 1:49 Comment Share your voice Tagscenter_img 77 Photos Pixar’s Toy Story 4 brings new characters, cutting-edge… Pixar would no doubt like to see box offices around the world Soul’d out. Pixar Disney’s Pixar Animation Studios has announced that its next feature film will be called Soul. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on June 19, 2020. “One year from today, Pixar Animation Studios will take you on a journey from the streets of New York City to the cosmic realms to discover the answers to life’s most important questions,” Pixar said Wednesday on Instagram. Culture TV and Movies The studio has also set up an Instagram account for Soul.The announcement comes just a couple of weeks after Pixar released the first trailer for its upcoming film Onward, with the Disney-owned studio tweeting the official poster and the first teaser trailer in late May.Toy Story 4 also came out in theaters earlier this month, showing how far Pixar’s animation has come in the last two decades.Walt Disney Studios’ updated film release schedule for the next few years sees Onward launching on March 6. Also scheduled for 2020 are The King’s Man — the third Kingsman movie — on Valentine’s Day, the live-action Mulan movie on March 27, an untitled Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film on May 1, Artemis Fowl on May 29, Jungle Cruise on July 24, another untitled Marvel film on Nov. 6, an untitled Disney animation on Nov. 25 and Cruella on Dec. 23. Disney Pixarlast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday June 19 2019

first_imgA U.S. Supreme Court decision is impacting the enforcement of fishing regulations on the Kuskokwim River. For the first time in at least seven years, no federal wildlife officers are patrolling the lower Kuskokwim River during king salmon season. Scientists examine songs of North Pacific right whales looking for meaning Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau Defendant in Anchorage teen’s homicide case now faces federal child porn charges June Leffler, KSTK – Wrangell Dead gray whale near Wrangell located and secured June Leffler, KSTK – Wrangell Rain a respite for Southeast water conservation measures Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel The U.S. House voted 233-201 for an amendment that would block the Corps of Engineers from proceeding on a permit for the proposed Pebble Mine. Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks US House approves anti-Pebble amendment; Young votes no, defends permit process Federal researchers in the Bering Sea have released recordings of songs by some of the rarest whales in the world. While this is exciting news for marine science, it could point to heartache for North Pacific right whales.center_img Army officials are investigating the death of a Stryker Brigade soldier whose body was found Monday in his barracks room on Fort Wainwright. New federal charges have been filed against two people involved in the June 2 murder of 19-year-old Cynthia Hoffman in Anchorage. Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington, D.C. In Alaska, when contamination is discovered on a site — usually it’s up to the owner, or the person responsible for making the mess fix it. But what happens when it’s not clear who owned the property, who caused the pollution and who should pay to clean it up? Lower Yukon schools contend with legacy of contamination The carcass of a gray whale spotted floating over the weekend near Wrangell has been located. Soldier found dead in barracks at Fort Wainwright Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly gets first satanic invocation Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Questions surrounding Supreme Court decision mean no federal officers patrolling Lower Kuskokwim A member of the local Satanic Temple gave the invocation at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday night for the first time since the borough changed its policy on invocations last year. Despite some recent rainfall, it’s still abnormally dry across Southeast Alaska. Wrangell remains in severe drought even if the city’s reservoirs are overflowing from recent rains.last_img read more

Case filed over Tabligh clashes

first_imgTabligh clash File Photo.A case has been filed for obstructing police from performing their duties and attacking them during clashes between two factions of Tabligh Jamaat on the bank of the Turag River in Tongi on Saturday, reports UNB.A sub-inspector of Tongi police station filed the case accusing 20-25 unidentified men on Sunday night, said the officer-in-charge of the police station Emdadul Haque.A man was killed and at least 60 others were injured in a series of clashes between two factions of Tabligh Jamaat for establishing control over Ijtema Maidan on the bank of the Turag river in Tongi.last_img

US halts funding for UN Palestinian refugee agency

first_imgA Palestinian protester throws a stone during a demonstration near the border with Israel, east of Gaza City, on 31 August. Photo: AFPThe United States announced it was halting funding for the United Nations’ agency for Palestinian refugees Friday after declaring the organization was “irredeemably flawed.Washington has long been the UN Relief and Works Agency’s (UNRWA) largest donor but is “no longer willing to shoulder the very disproportionate share of the burden,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.Nauert said there would be no additional contributions beyond a $60 million dollar payment made in January, drawing condemnation from both the Palestinians and UNRWA.“The United States will no longer commit further funding to this irredeemably flawed operation,” Nauert added.There have been widespread warnings about the impact of a halt to funding from the US, which contributed $350 million to UNRWA’s budget last year.“We reject and condemn this American decision in its entirety,” chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said in a statement, calling on all countries “to reject this decision and to provide all possible support” to UNRWA.UNRWA also slammed the US decision, dismissing Nauert’s characterization of the agency.UNRWA “expresses deep regret and disappointment at the US’ announcement that it will no longer provide funding to the Agency after decades of staunch political and financial support,” spokesman Chris Gunness wrote on Twitter.“We reject in the strongest possible terms the criticism that UNRWA’s schools, health centers, and emergency assistance programs are ‘irredeemably flawed,’” he said.UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that UNRWA has his “full confidence,” calling on “other countries to help fill the remaining financial gap, so that UNRWA can continue to provide this vital assistance.”The agency supports some five million registered Palestinian refugees and provides schooling for 526,000 children in the Palestinian territories as well as in camps in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.Fears over funding have already led to warnings from UNRWA that it may have to permanently shut all the 711 schools that it runs after recent temporary closures.US lost ‘status as peacemakerAnd while there was some relief for the agency on Thursday when Germany said it would provide additional funding, UNRWA’s director Pierre Krahenbuhl said earlier this week that the agency needs $200 million to continue its work until the end of this year.The United States also announced last week that it was cancelling more than $200 million in bilateral aid to Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.Nauert said the US would “intensify dialogue with the United Nations, host governments, and international stakeholders about new models and new approaches” to help alleviate any impact on Palestinian children.“We are very mindful of and deeply concerned regarding the impact upon innocent Palestinians, especially school children, of the failure of UNRWA and key members of the regional and international donor community to reform and reset the UNRWA way of doing business,” she added.The Palestinian ambassador to Washington, Hossam Zomlot, had earlier said that the US would be guilty of “reneging on its international commitment and responsibility” if reports that funding was to end were confirmed.“By endorsing the most extreme Israeli narrative on all issues including the rights of more than five million Palestinian refugees, the US administration has lost its status as peacemaker and is damaging not only an already volatile situation but the prospects for future peace,” Zomlot said in a statement to AFP.Israel and the United States have both accused UNRWA of perpetuating the Israel-Palestinian crisis by maintaining the idea of the right of return-that Palestinians will be able to return to the homes from which they fled.And both governments say the UN as whole is biased against Israel, pointing to its long history of votes in the General Assembly against the Jewish state.The Palestinian Authority has refused all contact with Washington since US president Donald Trump announced late last year that he was unilaterally recognizing Jerusalem-which is claimed by both Israel and the Palestinians-as the Israeli capital, making the US one of very few countries to do so.The Palestinians were further enraged by the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on 14 May, which was attended by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who has been tasked with trying to revive the essentially moribund Middle East peace process.Kushner has publicly questioned Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’ willingness to make concessions to secure peace.Palestinian officials have countered that the Trump administration has come up with “nothing of substance” in trying to end the decades-old conflict despite the US president’s stated confidence of securing what he calls “the ultimate deal.”last_img read more