Police look to identify two suspects in Lasantha murder probe

One suspect was believed to be around 35 years of age, 5 feet 8 inches in height and fair in complexion. The police are attempting to identify two suspects believed to have been involved in the murder of journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga.The police today released the sketches of two suspects described by witnesses as having being involved in the murder. The other suspect was believed to be around 40 years of age, 5 feet 10 inches in height and dark in complexion. The police said that anyone with information related to the two suspects can contact the police on 0718591753, 0718591770 or 0773291500. (Colombo Gazette)

Kensington Palace releases photos of Louis christening

Kensington Palace has released some official photos of the Royal Family in honour of Prince Louis’ christening.The images were taken by celebrity photographer Matt Holyoak following the christening on July 9.They show Prince William and his wife Kate with their three children — Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George.There are also pictures with their wider family, including newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.One shows the Duchess of Cambridge gazing down at Louis, who is dressed in a frilly cream lace royal christening gown.That gown is a handmade replica of the Royal Christening Robe.In 2008, it replaced the original which had been worn for all royal christenings since 1841.Louis, the fifth in line to the British throne.He was born on April 23 and was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury at The Chapel Royal of St. James’s Palace. read more

TD says Bank of Canada rate cut no game changer for housing

TD says Bank of Canada rate cut no ‘game changer’ for housing market by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 17, 2015 11:29 am MDT Last Updated Jul 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – TD Bank says the Bank of Canada’s latest decision to cut its key interest rate will not be a “game changer” for the country’s housing market.Some have raised concerns about what the interest rate cut by the central bank could mean for an already hot housing market.TD said Friday the central bank’s decision resulted in a small move lower for variable rate mortgages, but added the posted five-year fixed rate is the most important factor for the housing market.“It is the rate that borrowers must be income tested against to qualify for a mortgage, and it most closely follows the five-year government bond yield,” said the report.With the yield on five-year government bonds sitting near record lows, TD said there is little room to drop further.“In fact, we think global forces will pull Canadian bond yields slightly higher as the year rolls forward, as rate hikes in the U.S. draw closer and global conditions improve,” TD said.The bank upgraded its housing market forecast on Friday, but it attributed the improvement to the large decline in mortgage rates over the first part of the year.In the updated forecast, TD expects existing home sales to grow 5.1 per cent this year and prices to rise 7.1 per cent. Housing starts are expected to total 187,400.The prediction compared with a February forecast by the bank that saw a 2.0 per cent drop in existing home sales, prices rising 1.5 per cent and housing starts totalling 177,000. read more

Game of Thrones ABCs games dominate Sunday

by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Jun 28, 2016 1:41 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 28, 2016 at 2:53 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Game of Thrones,’ ABC’s games dominate Sunday NEW YORK, N.Y. – On an unusually busy summer night of television, viewers turned out Sunday for game shows, “Game of Thrones” and a BET awards show stuffed with tributes to the late Prince.HBO drew a record audience of 8.9 million for the sixth season finale of the fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” besting the 8.1 million for the previous season-ender, the Nielsen company said Tuesday.That’s usually only a fraction of the number of people who catch an episode once DVR playbacks, reruns and HBO Go viewings are added in. Viewership more than doubles, and gets close to tripling, with time-shifting taken into account, according to the research firm Samba TV.ABC may be growing as a family favourite by bunching remakes of classic game shows on Sunday. The first edition of its game night featured “The $100,000 Pyramid,” ”Celebrity Family Feud” and “Match Game,” and each program landed among Nielsen’s 10 most-watched programs of the week.Viacom’s decision to televise Sunday’s BET Awards across 12 of its networks, including Nickelodeon and MTV, may have saved the program from an embarrassing ratings story. The show was seen on Sunday by 7.2 million viewers, with 4.5 million watching on BET. Last year, when it was shown on BET and its Centric offshoot, the viewership was 6.3 million, Nielsen said.The BET event had its share of memorable moments, from multiple performances of Prince numbers to Justin Timberlake attracting some Twitter hate for saying on social media that he liked an attention-getting speech on black culture by actor Jesse Williams.That attracted the notice of “senior black-skinned correspondent” Roy Wood Jr. on “The Daily Show,” who said Timberlake deserved credit.“He was watching the BET Awards when every other white person was watching ‘Game of Thrones,’” Wood said.CBS narrowly won the week in prime time, averaging 4.64 million viewers. NBC had 4.59 million viewers, ABC had 4.46 million, Univision had 3 million, Fox had 2.2 million, Telemundo had 1.4 million, ION Television had 1.3 million and the CW had 920,000.Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, as it celebrated the news of having its best half-year ratings in its 20-year history. Fox News averaged 1.93 million viewers last week, the Disney Channel had 1.73 million, HGTV had 1.54 million, USA had 1.53 million and Discovery had 1.46 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts for the fifth time in the past six weeks. It averaged 7.8 million viewers to the 7.7 million for NBC’s “Nightly News” and 6.4 million for the “CBS Evening News.”For the week of June 20-26, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.73 million; “Game of Thrones,” HBO, 8.89 million; “The $100,000 Pyramid,” ABC, 8.09 million; “Celebrity Family Feud,” ABC, 7.98 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.56 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 7.21 million; “The Bachelorette,” ABC, 7.05 million; “Match Game,” ABC, 6.64 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 6.58 million; “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC, 6.54 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com read more

Aboriginal Womens Day event featured documentary guest speakers

The question of membership has caused a divide in Waneek Horn-Miller’s home community of Kahnawake, the former Olympian told an audience at Brock recently.Horn-Miller, a sports commentator and Pan-Am Games gold medalist in water polo, was a guest speaker at Brock’s sixth annual Aboriginal Women’s Day event March 18. She and her non-Native husband are featured in the film Club Native, which chronicles the thorny question of membership on a reserve near Montreal that aims to preserve its identity. Club Native was also screened at the event.Letters were sent to about 25 non-Native Kahnawake residents in February telling them to leave the territory. Letter recipients included a teacher and man who operates a long-time Tae Kwan Do school, she said.“These are people with serious ties to the community,” she said.Waneek Horn-Miller speaks at a recent Aboriginal Women’s Day event at Pond Inlet.The issue of membership started with the federal government’s Indian Act, which overthrew traditional Aboriginal concepts of membership and imposed colonial ones. Horn-Miller said she has proposed compromises to her band administration.Band council has since decided to hold public hearings on the issue.Horn-Miller is co-ordinator of the First People’s House at McGill University. Other guest speakers at the Aboriginal Women’s Day event included Toronto Aboriginal filmmaker Judith Schuyler and Jackie Labonte, University Aboriginal cultural advisor and healing and wellness co-ordinator at Fort Erie Friendship Centre.The event also featured Maadjii Maadzii on woman’s hand drum and the traditional big drum group Ohnia:kara:. Club Native was also screened.About 40 people attended the day-long event at Pond Inlet, which was sponsored by Aboriginal Student Services.Quick links:• Video: Aboriginal Women’s Day — St. Catharines Standard• Aboriginal Student Services | Brock University• NFB — Club Native• First People’s House read more

Mahaica fisherman stabs estranged wife to death drinks poison

Doctors are now making stringent efforts to save the life of a father of two who consumed poison on Thursday morning after stabbing his reputed wife to death in front of their Belmont, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara home.Deomattie PersaudDead is 23-year-old Deomattie Persaud also known as “Kalvina,” while her husband Bishwanie Mahraj, 34, a fisherman, is currently a patient at the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital.According to reports received, the couple would have verbal disputes often. However, about three weeks ago, the duo reportedly had a physical altercation and Persaud moved out of the home they shared, with her two children.INews was told that Mahraj then took the children to stay with him about a week ago and when Persaud turned up this morning to collect them, he dragged her out of the taxi and stabbed her.Eyewitnesses, at the scene of the crime said that just as the woman exited the hire car, Mahraj grabbed her and began to stab her multiple times about her body.After leaving her motionless, the man then consumed the poison.Bishwanie Mahraj at the Mahaicony Cottage HospitalPublic spirited persons then rushed him and his estranged wife to a medical facility where Persaud was pronounced dead on arrival.Police in a subsequent release detailed that the “deceased and the suspect have been in a common law relationship for the past eight years with two children. The deceased who left the home sometime ago returned with a taxi to take the children to school, when the suspect pulled her out of the car, stabbed her multiple times about her body, returned to the house and drank a liquid substance from a bottle.”Persaud is at the Lyken’s Funeral Home awaiting post mortem examination.Investigations are continuing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan kills self after feeding wife, daughter poisonSeptember 10, 2019In “Crime”Parika man who consumed poison after setting his home alight succumbsSeptember 26, 2017In “Crime”68-Y-O Mahaica woman was strangled to deathMay 25, 2015In “Crime” read more

Luminant ready to provide power to over a million Texans with completion

first_imgLuminant, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings, has just completed the second unit of its Oak Grove 1,600 MW coal-based plant in Robertson County, Texas. The 800 MW Unit 2 plant is in the final testing phase while Unit 1 came online in December 2009. Oak Grove is the first pulverised coal plant, in the US, to utilise carbon sorbent injection technology to remove mercury and should, according to the company, be capable of powering almost 850,000 average Texas homes when both Units 1 and 2 are combined. Along with the 581MW Sandow 5, another coal based plant, this means that Luminant can now provide power to more than 1.15 million Texas homes.The pulverised lignite coal plant‘s advanced environmental controls are expected to reduce emissions (NOx, SO2, and PM) by 70% over national coal plant averages and will have lower emissions rates than any existing lignite plant in Texas – a far cry from 2006 when the Oak Grove plans were targeted by a lawsuit based on the Clean Air Act. Luminant, formerly TXU, began building Oak Grove in 2007.Texan electricity companies have said that new coal plants are needed to meet the state’s growing demand for power and to diversify fuel sources. Currently around half of the power plants in Texas use gas as a primary fuel while another fifth are dual fuelled by oil and gas.According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the electric grid for roughly 75% of Texas, only 18% of power plants are coal-fired. However the National Energy Technology Laboratory has estimated that 13,755 MW of coal-based capacity is under construction as of January 2010.last_img read more

Karabatic and Liscevic MVP in France

After voting process the best players are choosen in France. Nikola Karabatic from Aix and Kristina Liscevic from Metz Handball are MVP’s…MENBest player: Nikola Karabatic (Aix-en-Provence).Best coach: Patrick Cazal (Dunkirk).Best youngstar: Timothey N’Guessan (Chambery).Best defender: Rock Feliho (Nantes).Best goalkeeper: Vincent Gerard (Dunkirk).Best left back William Accambray (Montpellier).Best right back Marko Kopljar ​​(Paris SG).Best center-half Edin Basic (Chambery).Best pivot: Issam Tej (Montpellier).Best left wing: Valero Rivera (Nantes).Best right wing Luc Abalo (Paris SG)WOMENBest player: Kristina Liscevic (Metz).Best coach Sandor Rac (Metz).Best youngstar: Manon Houette (Fleury-les-Aubrais).Best defender: Stephanie Daudé (Le Havre).Best goalkeeper: Armelle Attingré (Issy-Paris).Best left back: Jovana Stoiljkovic (Le Havre).Best rear right: Ana De Sousa (Le Havre).Best center-half Kristina Liscevic (Metz).Best pivot: Laurisa Landre (Le Havre).Best left wing Paule Baudouin (Metz).Best right wing Marta Lopez (Fleury-les-Aubrais).Best referees: Thierry Denis Dentz and Reibel. Kristina LiscevicNikola Karabatic ← Previous Story Vive Targi Kielce – Mistrz Polski! Next Story → SKA Minsk verifies Cup Challenge Cup title with another victory read more

Joe Cole announces retirement from football

first_imgJoe Cole has announced his retirement from playing football and will now focus on forging a coaching careerThe 37-year-old midfielder made the announcement on Tuesday morning after a spell with Tampa Bay Rowdies in the United Soccer League.“After 20 years as a professional, the time has come for me to hang up my boots,” said Cole on the Premier League website.“It has been a dream come true. All of it.“Whatever is next, I hope the next two decades are as special as my last 20 years as a professional have been.“A huge thanks to everyone who helped me along that path.”He added: “I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have played with some of the very best players of my era and even more fortunate to call a lot of them friends.“Winning trophies at Chelsea was particularly special for me. Those memories will live with me forever, as will the chance I had to share them with my family.“Looking to the future, I want to stay involved in the game. I feel I can offer a lot as a coach.“To lend my experience to help other young footballers achieve their dreams, just like I did, is a big passion of mine.”Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.Cole graduated from the West Ham youth academy and made 187 appearances for the senior side across two spells after debuting as a 17-year-old in January 1999.After moving to Chelsea in 2003, Cole helped new coach Jose Mourinho deliver their first league title in 50 years.He also had spells with Liverpool, Lille, Aston Villa, Coventry and lastly Rowdies.Cole made 56 England appearances and represented the national side at three World Cups.Premier League: 🏆🏆🏆FA Cup: 🏆🏆League Cup: 🏆And who could forget the ‘worldie’ he scored against Sweden in the 2006 World Cup.More on Joe Cole’s retirement: https://t.co/eaJ1fRY5fi pic.twitter.com/WQIPcnzrbN— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 13, 2018last_img read more

Suncity Group 1H18 losses set to increase significantly

first_imgSuncity had group-wide losses of RMB1.06 billion in the first six months of 2017, up from RMB64.9 million in 1H16. Full results for the six months to 30 June 2018 will be released next week.Suncity announced earlier this month that is was delaying again the purchase of a 34% stake in Vietnam IR project Hoiana while it waits for developer Hoi An South Development Ltd to receive bank approval. Completion of the purchase is expected to be completed by the end of August. Load More Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchase JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Macau junket operator Suncity Group Holdings Limited has issued a negative profit warning for the six months ended 30 June 2018, stating it expects to record a significant increase in its loss attributable to owners of the company when compared to 2017 numbers.In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the company said the result is mainly attributable to the increase in loss of approximately RMB944.1 million (US$137.3 million) in respect of the change in fair value of the derivative component of convertible bonds. Success Universe profit soars 230% in 1H19 on higher Ponte 16 share RelatedPostslast_img read more

Sadhvi Pragya leads in Bhopal Kamal Naths son Nakul Nath ahead in

first_imgSadhvi Pragya Singh ThakurtwitterIn the earliest leads emerging from the key state of Madhya Pradesh, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from the key constituency of Bhopal has established a small lead over her opponent, former chief minister Digvijay Singh of Congress.The constituency of Bhopal has been held since 1989 by the BJP and represented by prominent personalities like former chief minister Kailash Joshi and Uma Bharati. Sadhvi Pragya’s candidature had led to controversy due to allegations against her for being part of terrorist attacks.The safest seat for the Congress in the entire state, Chhindwara, held by chief minister Kamal Nath since the 1970s, is tilting towards the Congress with his son Nakul Nath having a very slender early lead. Another constituency that managed to withstand the Modi wave of 2014 – Guna – is witnessing a healthy lead for Jyotiraditya Scindia.In another prominent constituency, Jabalpur, Rakesh Singh, also from the BJP is leading against his closest competitor, former Advocate General of the state during the tenure of Digvijay Singh, Vivek Tankha of Congress.Singh has been the representative of Jabalpur in the lower house of Parliament since 2004 and has managed to hold on to his party’s nomination despite many other candidates getting dumped. Tankha had been close to the Congress Party for a long time before joining it officially. He is the son-in-law of the Ajay Narayan Mushran, former finance minister in Digvijay Singh government. He was also the Additional Solicitor General during UPA regime at the centre and had hoped to unseat his rival after the success of his party in the 2018 Vidhan Sabha elections.In another important constituency, Vidisha, presently represented by Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, who decided to not contest these elections, BJP candidate Ramakant Bhargav is leading. In the last Lok Sabha elections, BJP had won 25 of the 27 seats. Exit polls have suggested the saffron party holding on to its domination.last_img read more

Russia UK contact Dhaka over nerve attack issue

first_img.The governments of Russia and the United Kingdom have contacted Bangladesh over the nerve agent attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury on 4 March.Russia conveyed to Bangladesh its position over the ‘attempt-to-kill’ incident through a diplomatic note to Bangladesh government on 22 March. The UK discussed the matter with the Bangladesh officials.Diplomats said the UK high commission in Dhaka discussed the issue with the Bangladesh authoruities on 15 March, seeking Dhaka’s impartial role in Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).Bangladesh’s ambassador in the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal, who is also a permanent representative at the OPCW, is the chairperson of executive council of the OPCW, which investigates into chemical attack.Russia, US and UK are also members of the council.Sheikh Mohammed Belal told Prothom Alo over phone that UK prime minister Theresa May has already sent a letter to the director general of the OPCW Spanish ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü on 14 March.Asked about possible timeline of the investigation, Belal said fixing a deadline is impossible as the issue is “a very technical one”.“The whole process of OPCW is a very technical thing, so there is no political relation with it.”He also said a team led by the director general will carry out the investigation. “The investigation report will be handed over to the council once it is done.”Belal said it is the authority of the council whether the findings of the investigation will be made public.“If any of the council members requests the council not to publish the matter, it won’t be published,” he added.Almost 150 Russian diplomats have so far been expelled from 24 countries, including the US and tge UK, around the world since 4 March nerve attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter.Earlier in a press statement, the Russian embassy in Dhaka condemned the expulsions of Russian diplomats.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islam.last_img read more

Sweden faces extreme fire risk in coming days

first_imgThis handout picture obtained from the European Space Agency (ESA) on July 23, 2018 from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission was captured on July 17, 2018 and shows a detailed view of flames and smoke from two of the fires, along with smoke from other fires in Sweden. Sweden warned Monday of an “extreme” risk of fresh forest fires as much of Scandinavia baked in a heatwave and dozens of fires hit countries across northern Europe.Sweden’s civil protection agency MSB counted 27 active fires across the country on Monday, half the previous day’s number, as temperatures were expected to soar as high as 35 Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) this week.Other European countries including France, Italy and Germany have sent a mix of plane, trucks and firefighters to help tackle the blazes as Sweden, where usual summer temperatures are closer to 23 Celsius, has struggled to contain the crisis.Some 25,000 hectares (62,000 acres) of land has already gone up in smoke or continues to burn — an area twice the size of the city of Paris.At least four of the fires had not been brought under control, MSB said, and weather conditions were unfavourable.Sweden is experiencing an unprecedented drought and soaring temperatures which have reached the highest in a century.”The risk is extreme” in the southern part of Sweden, with the heatwave leaving forests tinder dry with no rain likely, MSB head of operations Britta Ramberg told a news conference.Ramberg said anybody lighting fires or barbecues would face prosecution.Norway, Denmark and Poland have also sent help to battle the blazes.Almost 140 Polish firefighters and 44 trucks arrived in the central Jamtland province on Sunday.France has dispatched two water-bomber planes and in the region of Ljusdal, 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of Stockholm, French firefighters were deployed to ensure that blazes put out in recent days do not reignite.”We are working on the edges (of the burned areas), treating the surface and picking through the earth,” firefighting co-ordinator Stephane Nissle told AFP. “It’s a long struggle.”Forest firesThere has been practically no rain since the beginning of May in the Nordic country, aside from a paltry 13 millimetres in mid-June.Farmers have even been forced to send livestock to slaughter after fire damage led to shortages of hay.The Forestry Bureau said in a statement Monday that the value of the destroyed forests was 900 million kronor (87 million euros).Other northern European nations have been struggling to contain forest fires as the temperature shows no sign of dropping.In Finland’s northernmost Lapland province, fires have ravaged wood and grassland close to the border with Russia.Norway, which this year experienced its hottest May temperatures on record, has also seen several small fires, and one firefighter was killed on 15 July  while trying to contain a blaze.Fires have raged for five days in Latvia, destroying more than 800 hectares (2,000 acres) in the Baltic state’s western regions.Meteorologists warned that the high temperatures are persisting and no rain is expected for the next two weeks.Latvia has experienced severe drought over the last few months, prompting authorities to declare a natural catastrophe in the agricultural sector.And in Greece — a country no stranger to summer blazes — authorities on Monday ordered the evacuation of a region west of Athens as a fire raged out of control.More than 130 firefighters, five aircraft and two helicopters have been mobilised to tackle the “extremely difficult” situation due to strong gusts of wind, Athens fire chief Achille Tzouvaras said.The army has also provided four helicopters and tankers, according to the interior ministry.Temperatures in Greece have soared in recent days — it was forecast to hit 41 Celsius on Monday — with the culture ministry closing early due to the heat.last_img read more

6 killed as bus hits roadside tree

first_imgThe destroyed bus on Bagerhat-Mawa highway in Fokirhat, Bagerhat on Saturday. Photo: Prothom AloSix people were killed and 12 others injured critically as a bus hit a tree by the Bagerhat-Mawa highway in Kakdanga area of Fakirhat upazila in Bagerhat on Saturday morning.Three of the deceased are – Kuddus Sardar, 60, from Arjunpur village in Koyra of Khulna, Hemayet Biswas, 45, from Kodla village in Mollarhat and the bus driver Farhad, 45, from Noihati in Rupsa, Khulna.The driver of the bus lost control over the steering as its tyre burst and hit the roadside tree, killing five people on the spot, said Fakirhat police station officer-in-charge Rafiqul Islam.Another person died at the hospital, police added.The injured were taken to Khulna Medical College Hospital and Fakirhat Upazila Health Complex.Police, fire service men and local people are continuing the rescue work, the OC said.last_img read more

Federal Judge Rules Pasadena Infringed On Latino Voting Rights Orders Changes

first_imgCity of PasadenaPasadena City Council in a photo taken in 2015.A federal judge ruled late Friday that the the City of Pasadena promoted and implemented a voting plan intended to dilute Latino power at the polls.In a 113-page ruling (a link is below), U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal ordered city officials to revert to an eight-single-member City Council voting plan used before 2014. That was the year voters narrowly approved a plan that elected six members from districts and two at large. In summarizing the ruling, the judge wrote:“In the Supreme Court’s foundational decision on vote dilution, Reynolds v. Sims, 377 U.S. 533 (1964), the Court ruled that dilution was tantamount to infringing the very right to vote. ‘Overweighting and overvaluation of the votes of those living here has the certain effect of dilution and undervaluation of the votes of those living there. The resulting discrimination against those individual voters living in disfavored areas is easily demonstrable mathematically. Their right to vote is simply not the same right to vote as that of those living in a favored part of the [jurisdiction].’ In Pasadena, Texas, Latino voters under the current 6–2 map and plan 56 do not have the same right to vote as their Anglo neighbors.”Aside from restoring the previous voting plan, Rosenthal also said she will supervise the 2017 municipal elections in May and watch for any efforts to suppress Latino voting rights. The  judge also ordered Pasadena to submit any future changes in its voting plan to the U.S. Justice Department for civil rights pre-clearance.One month after the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, Pasadena Mayor Johnny Isbell proposed changing the council’s structure to a mix of six single-member district seats and two at-large seats.The plaintiffs–represented by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)–filed a lawsuit sued under the Voting Rights Act. They argued during the trial in late 2016 that Isbell forced a ballot measure through the city’s council, over the objections of its Latino-backed members. Voters approved the measure, in an election that broke largely on racial lines.Plaintiffs’ attorneys also accused the mayor of using city funds and resources to mobilize Anglo voters on Pasadena’s south side to support the ballot measure. The result, the plaintiffs said, is that in 2015 Latinos lost–by a handful of votes–a council seat they’d previously been favored to win.Attorneys for Pasadena countered during the trial that the new districts preserved Latinos’ existing strength: Their candidates held four seats on the city council under the old system, and that’s how many they won in the first election under the new system. The attorneys also argued that Hispanic voting strength is only expected to grow in coming years along with the city’s Latino population.In a statement reacting to Friday’s ruling, MALDEF called Rosenthal’s ruling “well-reasoned” and serves as a “clear warning” to other jurisdictions seeking to dilute minority voting rights.Emails to Pasadena city officials have not been returned.MALDEF vs City of Pasadena, TX Voting Rights Case Ruling Sharelast_img read more

Its Finally Happening Pacific Rim 2 Has Started Production

first_imgBoyega posted a short video Tuesday of the dreary weather conditions in Sydney. “Grey skies today but here to put the beat down on some kaiju,” he said. “Sydney sorry for the exploding buildings and giant lizard sightings. It’s for your own safety -Pentecost.” Stay on target Day 1 of shooting. The adventure begins… #PacificRim2 pic.twitter.com/IONAg1gsfd— Steven DeKnight (@stevendeknight) November 9, 2016Considering the heroes defeated a level five kaiju and blew up the rift where the monsters came from, we can only imagine what the Jaegers could be facing this time.Maelstrom had been referred to as a working title before this confirmation.Film star John Boyega was also on set for the first day of production, which he talked about briefly on his Instagram. The actor was cast as the son of Stacker Pentecost, who was played by Idris Elba in the first film. Little is known about the plot of Maelstrom or even what kinds of characters we’ll be introduced to. Cailee Spaeny, Jing Tian, Levi Meaden, and Ivanna Sakhno have all been cast, but their roles haven’t been announced. It’s been speculated that Charlie Hunnam, one of the stars of the first film, won’t be returning, even though Guillermo del Toro hasn’t confirmed this, and it’s unclear if Rinko Kikuchi has been cast.Story creator del Toro, along with Derek Connolly and Emily Carmichael, worked on the script.Pacific Rim: Maelstrom is scheduled to hit theaters Feb. 23, 2018.center_img Netflix is Launching New ‘Altered Carbon’ and ‘Pacific Rim’ Anime SeriesGEEK PICK: Tamashii Nations Robot Spirits Pacific Rim: Uprising Gipsy Av… Here’s something we needed today. With all the talk of the end of days, we could use somebody who will cancel the apocalypse.The sequel to Pacific Rim has officially begun production in Sydney, Australia and has an official title that isn’t Pacific Rim 2: Electric Boogaloo.According to new photos from the set, the sequel is titled Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, which is a perfect title for so many reasons. Not only is a maelstrom another name for a whirlpool, but it also signals that it’ll be a time of strife for everybody in that universe.Steven DeKnight, the director of the film, confirmed it on Twitter.last_img read more

Blizzard Launches Overwatch Discipline Tracker for Players

first_img Lego Adds Two More ‘Overwatch’ Sets: Wrecking Ball and Junke…Toy Tuesday: Best Overwatch Toys Stay on target Overwatch is keeping an eye on rule-breaking players with a new disciplinary initiative.On Friday, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., the company that developed Overwatch, announced a new discipline tracker for pros in a press release.Starting next year, Overwatch League will keep track of a list of players who are disciplined for disobeying the Overwatch League rules of competition and code of conduct. According to Blizzard, seven Overwatch players were already penalized for their misconduct.AdChoices广告When players join the Overwatch League,  the league office reviews their conduct record, and will discipline those that break the rules. The league will review each case individually, and key factors for discipline level include the time and severity of the violations.Blizzard published the names of disciplined players in the press release. Infractions and actions taken were also listed, including game suspensions for account boosting and fines for account sharing.The list didn’t include players who are not under contract with an Overwatch League team and might receive fines or suspensions if they return to the league. Blizzard said players who previously served penalties while playing in Contenders (high-level Overwatch tournaments) are usually not subject to additional discipline when they join the Overwatch League.Blizzard said Overwatch League will continue to monitor player misconduct and take disciplinary action as needed.More on Geek.com:5 Reasons to Stick With ‘Overwatch’Players Discover a Weird Glitch in ‘Overwatch’s’ Oasis MapLego Overwatch Sets Leak on Target Applast_img read more

VIDEO Check out the epicenter of Costa Ricas annual Romería

first_img Facebook Comments In this time-elapse video, Jonathan Jiménez captures the scene in front of the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles in Cartago, east of San José. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to this spot each year to visit ‘La Negrita,’ the popular name for the Vírgen de Los Angeles, Costa Rica’s patron saint. Finding La Negrita: A story of coming home The climax of the pilgrimage takes place tomorrow, August 2, a national holiday in Costa Rica. Read more: Related posts:La Romería: From 1635 to now Millions expected in annual Costa Rica pilgrimage President Solís to sit out annual Costa Rican religious pilgrimage to Cartago Catholic faithful begin annual pilgrimage to Costa Rica’s Basilica de Los Ángeleslast_img